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Elite M.D Developments is building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

Elite M.D Developments building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

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Elite M.D Developments building a beautiful, sustainable Brantford

On Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, Elite M.D Developments acquired the sale of the Arrowdale Municipal Golf Course in Brantford. “Our team is very excited about this unique parcel of land, and about the city of Brantford in general,” says Kim Kopyl, vice-president of sales and marketing for Elite.

“We look forward to contributing to the economic growth of Brantford by providing affordable living and a platform to strengthen the foundation of community. Award-winning architects are currently bidding their design concepts to us for developing the 32 acres with approximately 300- plus singles and towns, alongside the 17-acres set aside for the city to develop into a community park. We have envisioned building affordable luxury homes, featuring contemporary craftsman exteriors, complementing the surrounding countryside.”

This is Elite M.D Developments’ fifth development site in Brantford, in addition to eight other upcoming premier communities in Southern Ontario. Elite acquired Conklin Plaza, which offers commercial retail and medical offices. The Ambrose Condos at 401 Shellard Lane features an 11-storey condominium residence with curated amenities enveloping the outdoors. The Ambrose Condos will have spacious one- and two-bedroom suites in the city of legendary culture and ingenuity, surrounded by heritage parks, rivers and historical culture.

Another exciting development coming soon, would be Station Sixty Lofts at 60 Market Street, where Elite will be restoring the historical train station existing there. Their logo gives acclaim to the esteemed station built in the 1800s which Elite respects and will be incorporating into their development, by utilizing the old train station as its lobby.

Finally, 88 Birkett Lane, which is a collaborative community with LIV Communities, where together the companies are developing more than 300 towns. “Before developing any land, we strive to become experts in that region to best serve homage to the city we are developing, and to understand and deliver on the needs of our future homeowners,” says Sam Sahki, co-founder of Elite Developments. “We are here to support the growth of Canada’s sixth best city to live in and will offer quality homes at affordable pricing.”

“Our vision is to capture the historic ambiance, country charm and deliver a harmonious community with urban necessities,” adds Hamid Hakimi, president of Elite M.D Developments. “We are humbled and honored to be contributing to the awareness of this beautiful city.”

About Elite M.D Developments

Elite M.D Developments has built its foundation with 50 years of combined building experience. The company has attained a superior reputation in delivering premier residential and commercial properties throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada. Elite M.D Developments is the only builder in Canada providing a platform for medical professionals to be able to conduct their practices in well-built properties and opportunities to invest into real estate markets. It supports 150 medical practitioners at the 30 medical offices it has built.

Residential properties at Elite M.D Developments feature a portfolio of high-, mid- and lowrise homes and master-planned developments. The company focuses on the most current technologies, with health, wellness and leading innovative features throughout, ensuring it delivers a sustainable product. This reflective precision is executed by a dream team of experienced professionals specializing in real estate, who deliver homes that are affordable and enjoyable, while maximizing value for investments in real estate.


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The Ambrose is the new luxury condo in Brantford by Elite MD Developments

The Ambrose is the new luxury condo in Brantford by Elite MD Developments

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The Ambrose is the new luxury condo in Brantford by Elite MD Developments

The Ambrose, an 11-storey boutique condominium, is launching this summer in Brantford. Developed by Elite MD Developments, the 198-unit, luxury residence is conveniently located within proximity to transportation, universities, parks, trails, beaches, shops and restaurants.

“With affordable pricing starting from the $300,000s, the development offers an incredible opportunity to have a higher quality of life, for a fraction of the cost in the GTA,” says Kim Kopyl, vice-president, sales and marketing. “Southwestern Ontario recently experienced the largest increase in sales in 2020, as people began working from home and relocating. Working from home, being surrounded by nature with added equity, never sounded better.”

This location is perfect for first-time homebuyers, students, young families, and empty nesters. Located at 401 Shellard Lane, residents of The Ambrose will benefit from proximity to transportation, local amenities, attractions, universities and an abundance of green spaces.

Colborne Common Shopping Centre, for example, is five minutes east and features Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart, Starbucks, banks, medical centres and restaurants. The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford is the largest sports centre in Canada, with everything to keep you healthy and fit. Brantford is a historical city ignited by innovation, filled with art galleries, and museums. Natural greenspaces are right at your fingertips. Enjoy weekends at the Brant Conservation Area and canoeing down the Grand River. With the Brantford-Cambridge Trails running along the Grand River, you’ll have more than 77 kms of the best hiking and biking trails in Ontario.

Within the development, endless private amenities await, all custom curated by the award-winning design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. Featuring a contemporary lobby lounge enveloping natural surroundings, state-of-the-art fitness centre, rooftop oasis with outdoor barbecue niches, fireplace, outdoor dining, outdoor lounge and exercise path. This development also respects four-legged family members, with a convenient off-leash dog park and dog wash area.

The Connectivity Lounge provides a safe space for students, entrepreneurs, and empty nesters to work and connect. This amenity space is filled with the latest technology so residents can study together, host Zoom meetings and Skype with family members while enjoying a latte. Feel free to enjoy the fresh air while surfing the net on the Connectivity Lounge’s outdoor terrace. Other amenities include a socially distance theatre, expansive party room, an outdoor rooftop exercise path, expanded parcel room, bicycle and locker storage areas and electrical car charging stations.

Suites at The Ambrose range in size from 545 to 1,045 sq. ft. Available floorplans include a collection of spacious one- and two-bedroom units with open-concept layouts, functional living spaces, impressive finishes and stunning colour palettes designed by Raphael Gomes.

Elite MD Developments has built its foundation with more than 50 years of combined building experience. The company has attained a superior reputation in delivering premier quality commercial and residential properties throughout the GTA, southern Ontario, eastern Canada and the U.S.

The residential properties at Elite MD Developments focus on high-, mid- and lowrise condos, master-planned developments including adult-lifestyle, urban towns, and single-detached homes.

“We respect the surrounding landscapes and build homes that complement existing environments, while our team choreographs a premier lifestyle for our homeowners,” says Kopyl. “All our homes are focused on the most current technologies, with health, wellness and leading innovative features throughout.” “There is a lot of time, thought and care given to ensure we deliver a sustainable product for the future, anticipating the needs of our homebuyers” adds Sam Sakhi, co-founder of Elite MD Developments. “This reflective precision is executed by a dream team of experienced professionals specializing in real estate, who deliver homes that are enjoyable to live in, while maximizing value for investments in real estate. We understand the importance of a home and look forward to building communities of excellence, with convenient amenities, surrounded by nature. We are excited about our upcoming launches of landmark communities.”

Elite MD Developments will soon launch other developments – Woodland Country Estates in Hagersville, Station Sixty Lofts in Brantford, and The Fonthill Luxury Residences in Fonthill.

“Our passion in real estate is evident by delivering superior quality, leading-edge designs, curated technology and wellness derived homes,” says President and Founder Hamid Hakimi. “We build homes inspired by you, with innovative living for life.”

To learn more about The Ambrose condos and the upcoming launch, register online.


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Losani Homes has three exciting new releases starting this fall

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Losani Homes has three exciting new releases starting this fall

Losani Homes is proud to deliver three exciting new releases starting this fall, the first being the masterplanned community, Brant West in Brantford. Brantford has been named one of the best cities to own real estate, offering a stunning blend of nature and neighbourhood with all the amenities your family will ever need.

Brant West is a multi-phase community whose initial release will feature more than 100 two- and three-storey townhomes, as well as single-family detached homes. Brant West residents will be able to enjoy everything Brantford’s rich outdoors have to offer. Its traditional and river trail systems stretch over 70 km, and are ideal for hiking, jogging, cycling, and are pet friendly. It comes as no surprise that with such a rich trail system connecting Hamilton, Simcoe, and Cambridge, that Brantford is known as the hub of Ontario trails. With more than 60 playgrounds to enjoy across the city, which offer a summer packed with activities, Brantford is the perfect choice to help raise a family. Brant West is now open, featuring towns and singles starting from the $400,000s.


Also coming late fall is Waterworx, 120 contemporary back-to-back and three-storey townhomes. Over the past few years, the Hamilton real estate market has grown to a point where affordability has become a problem for many prospective homeowners. Waterworx will help bridge that gap for those who have been priced out of Hamilton, without having to compromise on quality craftsmanship or forward-thinking design. Only a 10-minute drive to the booming downtown core and only a few blocks east of charming Ottawa St., Waterworx provides a much-needed answer for those looking to stay in Hamilton. And with the Redhill Parkway around the corner, travel becomes a convenient luxury. With homes starting from the $300,000s, the continued investment to the ever-growing east end of Hamilton, and the incoming LRT, Waterworx will deliver incredible value for every purchaser.

Vibrant at Vista Ridge

Lastly, Vibrant at Vista Ridge, offering nearly 100 back-to-back, two- and three-storey townhome designs in the heart of wine country. Positioned on a former winery in the charming town of Beamsville, Vista Ridge is a unique community that embodies all that Niagara has to offer, including bountiful nature and enchanting vistas. In addition, it has the envied location of being a short walk to the treasured Bruce Trail and Niagara Escarpment. The award-winning Vibrant at Vista Ridge community will conclude the rich and diverse product lineup suiting all tastes, needs, and budgets. And with towns starting from the $300,000s, Vibrant offers tremendous value, while delivering all the modern amenities today’s sophisticated purchasers deserve.


For further information or to register for these exciting new releases, visit the website.


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Brant West modern towns and singles from Losani Homes coming soon to Brantford

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Brant West modern towns and singles from Losani Homes coming soon to Brantford

Losani Homes is proud to deliver its next master-planned community, Brant West, in charming Brantford, Ont. A stunning blend of nature and neighbourhood with all the amenities your family will ever need, it’s about time to start thinking about heading west.

The city of Brantford has been the home to many great moments in Canadian history. Named after Joseph Brant and founded on the Grand River, it is where Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call ever, and also, the birthplace of Wayne Gretzky. Steeped in tradition, Brantford features picturesque landscapes creating the perfect backdrop to raise a family.

Brantford living also promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, with a slew of both traditional and river trails. The trail systems stretch over 70 km and are ideal for hiking, jogging, cycling, and interacting with nature. In the winter months under proper conditions, the trails lend themselves perfectly to cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It comes as no surprise that with such a rich trail system connecting Hamilton, Simcoe, and Cambridge, that Brantford is known as the hub of Ontario trails. And with more than 60 playgrounds to enjoy across the city, which offer a packed summer activity sheet, Brantford is the perfect choice to raise a family. Other amenities include the Steve Brown Sports Complex, the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, Lorne Park, the lovely Harmony Square, as well as the Brantford municipal airport.

Losani Homes is extremely proud to have a presence in Brantford and will be offering a range of homes as rich and diverse as the land itself. Single-family detached homes will be offered across 33-, 36-, 40- and 46-ft. lots, and purchasers will have their choice of four timeless elevations. Be it the freshly redesigned traditional, French inspired Chateau, Tuscan, or the forward-thinking Modern, Losani Homes has a design to satisfy all styles and tastes. Losani Homes will also be offering a wide variety of its award-winning modern townhome designs. Tremendous value does not have to come at the price of sacrificing style in the master-planned Brant West community.


Brant West Set to release in fall 2019 and starting from the $400,000s, you can register online now for this exciting new community.


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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don't ignore the east

Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, since we’ve been able to observe the trend for the last few years, but a new report from ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada underlines just to what degree homebuyers are heading west.

West, as in Hamilton and Halton Region – Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.

In analyzing sales trends in nine Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts over the past five years, ReMax notes those areas captured 10.1 per cent of total market share in 2018, with a 2.3-per-cent increase over 2013.

The reasons are fairly obvious: The quest for homes at affordable prices. Indeed, this spillover effect has stimulated homebuying activity in most areas flanked by Toronto’s core and Hamilton. Burlington, in particular, soared between 2013 and 2018, with home sales almost doubling and average prices climbing 50 per cent to $769,142.

Builders of new homes also recognize the appetite for lowrise homes in the west.

But with such strong growth in Burlington, how long will this market remain an affordable option?

“The communities in the west will still be affordable compared to Toronto proper, but what we are going to see is a continued uptick in demand for more of the outlying communities like Brantford, Waterdown, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and even as far-reaching as London and Niagara,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlanti Canada, told HOMES Publishing. “What will really impact the growth of these markets, outside of availability and affordability, will be the underlying transit systems and investments in local economies, as people still have a need to be connected to the GTA core.”

But, Alexander also told HOMES Publishing, the window of opportunity to head west may be closing.

“As the west end of the GTA continues to see growth and price appreciation, a leveling effect will likely come into play (with the east region),” he says.

GTA east areas such as Durham Region may not have the same appeal as the west – currently. “The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers. In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

So, yes, prospective homebuyers, go west if you like, but also keep an eye on the east.


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Brantford – On the move and poised for growth

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Brantford – On the move and poised for growth

You may know Brantford, Ont. only as the birthplace of Wayne Gretzky and the place where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but these days, this city of about 100,000 has a lot more going for it than just history.

Namely, its growth potential and bright future.

Powerhouse location

Indeed, one thing in Brantford’s favour is a prime natural location in Southwestern Ontario, on the Grand River and along Hwy. 403, with proximity to major consumer and industrial markets throughout North America. That makes it a powerhouse locale for business, and with improving transportation infrastructure, also for living here and commuting elsewhere in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Developed largely as an industrial centre catering to the agricultural sector (remember Massey-Ferguson and other farm implement names?), Brantford once thrived as a manufacturing town. But by the 1980s, following massive consolidation in the heavy equipment industry, the economy was in steady decline. Closures and bankruptcies left thousands unemployed, and economic depression set in.

Fast-forward to mid 1990s when the Brantford to Ancaster section of the 403 was completed, opening up easier access to U.S. markets such as Buffalo and Detroit, and an economic revival was on.

More recently, companies such as Procter & Gamble and Ferrero Group (maker of the world-famous Nutella and Ferrero Roche chocolates) have set up shop in Brantford.

World Nutella day

Ferrero, in fact, is a key employer. After opening the $150-million plant in 2005, employing 600 workers, the operation has expanded twice, investing another $140 million and adding almost another 100 jobs. The city even hosts an annual World Nutella Day celebration every February (this year it was Feb. 5).

All of this development has led Brantford to boast one of the lowest unemployment rates in Ontario, well below the provincial and national averages.

With a diversifying economy and expanding employment opportunities, those moving to the city will also find homes that are far more affordable, compared to Toronto and other areas in the GTA.

Housing affordability

“You can sell your home in Mississauga for $720,000 and buy the same home in Brantford for $420,000,” former Brantford mayor Chris Friel said last year when Moneysense magazine ranked the city the number one place in Canada to buy real estate. “You have all the amenities you need, and yet you’re only five minutes away from beautiful little towns and a rural area.”

Revitalization efforts of the downtown area have brought a mix of old and new, home to a growing post-secondary scene, with four institutions, including Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College.

Economic diversity, housing affordability, lifestyle, proximity to amenities and transportation options… All of these developments have Brantford poised for growth. According to the City, population is forecast to reach 163,000 by 2041.

Forget history. Brantford is preparing itself for a bright future as a place to live, work and play.


Location, location, location

• Population 100,000, located in Southwestern Ontario in Brant County, on the Grand River and along Hwy. 403

• Distance from Toronto, 100 km; 135 km from Buffalo; 275 km from Detroit

Key landmarks

• The Bell Memorial, commemorating Alexander Graham Bell

• Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre

• Elements Casino Brantford

Select upcoming housing developments

Dufferin Crossing by Schuit Homes – Single-family homes

Portside at Woodway Trails by Royal Arc Developments – Townhomes

Portside at Woodway Trails by Huron Creek Developments – Townhomes


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Emphasis on beautiful architecture and quality-crafted homes

Lindvest is a Toronto-based real estate development group with deep roots, spanning six decades in the award-winning, highly-respected H&R family of companies. Their signature emphasis on beautiful architecture and quality-crafted homes, has made them a popular choice among homebuyers who are looking for a little more than the ordinary fare.

Lindvest builds well-planned, innovative communities in areas that fuse nature with convenience. Whether it’s a charming subdivision in a pristine setting or an iconic highrise in the city, Lindvest’s award-winning communities are as vibrant and unique as the people who live in them. From convenient locations and beautiful settings to innovative designs and luxurious finishes, every detail of a Lindvest neighbourhood is rooted in the company’s deep passion to help better the lives of their homebuyers.

Presently, Lindvest has communities coming soon in Vaughan, Oakville and Aurora. Each is singularly unique and offers an incredible variety of options.


The beauty of nearby Kleinburg Village will soon be celebrated in a master-planned community of impressive estate homes. Here, Lindvest, with its long history of fine building in the GTA, is bringing its signature style to Klein Estates at Pine Valley and Teston Roads. This spectacular collection of traditional and contemporary homes on 42- and 50-foot lots will be polished to perfection with upscale refinements hand-selected for their beauty, functionality and quality.

A decidedly rural ambiance but far from isolated, Klein Estates offers the peace and tranquility of the countryside with fast connections to its urban neighbours. Downtown Mississauga is just 20 minutes away by car, Thornhill a mere 10 minutes, while Toronto’s Union Station is a fast 45-minute commute by GO Transit train from the Maple station just 10 kilometres away. Served by Highways 400, 401, 27, 407 and 427, Klein Estates is easily accessible for commuters.

Life in this lovely community is imbued with charm and art. Marketed as “The Art of Time Well Spent,” the Village of Kleinburg reflects the quaint ambiance of a turn-of-the-century town with modern accoutrements like a delightful Starbucks that attracts cyclists from around the GTA. Kleinburg is chock-a-block with one-off restaurants like Avenue Cibi e Vini, Avlyn Gardens Ristorante, Bellsito Trattoria, Chartreuse, Cookie Crumble Eatery and The Longchamp Pub. Wander the quaint village streets and discover its many unique shops and boutiques all in a lush forested setting where rolling hills and magnificent scenery forms the backdrop to life at a more relaxed pace.

Not far away, the famous Kortright Centre offers a tribute to conservation helping people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment with a vision to create The Living City, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity. Close by, the well-loved McMichael Canadian Art Collection, home to Canada’s treasured Group of Seven masterpieces, offers programs and events for adults and children alike.

Kleinburg is home to the Binder Twine Festival, held yearly in the month of September. The tradition of the Binder Twine Festival originated with Charles Shaw Jr. who, in the 1890s, began selling binder twine to the local farmers. Binder twine was used to tie together sheaves of wheat. In appreciation for their business, Shaw gave his customers a modest dinner that eventually became a large community festival complete with games, refreshments and entertainment.

Like the community around it, Klein Estates is unique, with its own personality and style. Considered a bright beacon of creativity in a sea of architectural conformity, Klein Estates’ homes will blossom into beautiful streetscapes traversing delightful forests and rolling hills. This is a family neighbourhood where kids can experience a safe and happy childhood, where parents can enjoy all the trappings of a privileged lifestyle, where neighbours become friends and where life is good.

Klein Estates will be one not to be missed.


As one of three prestigious builders, Lindvest is shaping a stunning community of single-family homes called North Oakville. Located a short distance from the city’s Uptown Core, North Oakville is a one-of-a-kind community within a city that has been named the best place to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine. MoneySense gathered data on 415 cities across the country and ranked how they measure up in 10 categories – wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to healthcare, amenities and culture. In an article published July 31, 2018 in MacLeans, Oakville was not only the best place to live overall, but “the best place for new Canadians, the third best place to retire and the fifth best place to raise a family.” Oakville placed in the top 25 per cent of all cities in six out of 10 categories.

Despite a growing population (recent census pegs Oakville at 200,000), it still retains its small-town charm. Which is a compelling reason for people looking for a detached home in a prestigious community to consider Lindvest’s North Oakville — opening later this fall.


Seventy-two beautiful townhomes ranging in size from 1,725 to 2,362 square feet are well on their way to completion in Lindvest’s Aurora Glen community. Priced from the mid $900,000s, these homes are conveniently located close to all of the amenities of Aurora.

This is a great place to live and raise a family. Aurora has been ranked in the top 10 of wealthiest towns in Canada. With four secondary schools and numerous elementary schools Aurora has outstanding choices. The highly prestigious St. Andrews College, a private independent school for boys, is also located in Aurora.

Aurora has a long history of theatre, with its own community theatre group, Theatre Aurora. The group currently produces five shows each year as well as two youth shows.

With only 23 homes available for purchase, be sure to watch for the model home unveiling set to take place this fall.


Lindvest will be offering new communities in Oakville and in Brantford.


Go online to register for all of Lindvest’s projects.



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Local Focus: Brantford & Caledonia

Local Focus: Brantford & Caledonia

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Local Focus: Brantford & Caledonia

by Gale Beeby

Two great locations on the Grand River offer a more relaxed lifestyle


Brantford is probably best known as the hometown of two great Canadian heroes — Alexander Graham Bell and Wayne Gretzky. Known as the “Telephone City,” Brantford has a host of housing options, as does it’s neighbour, Caledonia. Both have great historic downtowns and lots of new housing tracts. Click here for a full list of homes for sale.


Local museums include the Bell Homestead, the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Brant Museum and Archives, the Canadian Military Heritage Museum and the Personal Computer Museum. Brantford is the home of several theatre groups including the Brant Theatre Workshops, the Dufferin Players, His Majesty’s Players, Ichthys Theatre, Stage 88, Theatre Brantford and the Whimsical Players. The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts is a local performance venue.

The Caledonia Toll House is the third oldest building in Caledonia still standing; the first being Haldimand House and the second being Caledonia Mill. The Caledonia Mill is a historic building built in 1846 and is a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act. It is the last timber-frame water-powered mill along the Grand River.

The Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament is held in Brantford annually and the Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. In 2010, the tournament established a Guinness World Record for the largest Street Hockey Tournament in the world with 205 teams and just over 2,090 participants.

Other annual events include the Brantford International Villages Festival, the Brantford Kinsmen Annual Ribfest, the Chili Willy Cook-Off and Frosty Fest. The Bell Summer Theatre Festival takes place from Canada Day to Labour Day at the Bell Homestead.

Brantford has many sports teams including the Red Sox of the Intercounty Baseball League, the Braves of the Junior Intercounty Baseball League, the Blast of the Allan Cup Hockey League, Galaxy SC of the Canadian Soccer League, the Harlequins of the Ontario Rugby Union and the 99ers of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. In Caledonia, the Corvairs compete in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.


Brantford is an internationally acclaimed Communities In Bloom champion. Lorne Park and Victoria Square are brimming with spectacular annuals and shade trees and the grounds of historic Bell Homestead and Glenhyrst Art Gallery boast impressive floral displays.

There are dozens of trails in the area. Some are for hiking only, like the Grand Valley Trail or the Six Nations Nature Trail, while others are for hiking and cycling, like the Trans-Canada Trail system, S.C. Johnson Trail and the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway.

The trails can alos be used for crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing.


The Brantford Municipal Airport is just outside of town, while the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is located about 35 kilomtres east. Via Rail operates a train service through downtown Brantford on the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, with a stop at Toronto’s Union Station. Brantford Transit services the city, and Greyhound Canada has service to Toronto, Hamilton, London and Windsor. GO Transit operates bus service between Brantford, Hamilton and Burlington. The area is served by Highways 403 and 24.


Brantford population: 97,500

Brantford walk scores: 45


Caledonia population: 9,680

Caledonia walk scores: 48



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The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

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The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

by Ben Myers

The next hot areas

Demand for new housing in the GTA has never been higher. According to Altus Group data, the benchmark price for available new single-family homes was $1,225,774 in December, a 23.2 per cent annual increase. The benchmark price for available new condominium apartments was $716,772 at the end of 2017, 41.3 per cent above the average value from December 2016. And for the second consecutive year, new condo sales set a record high. So the industry must be building more homes than ever, right?

Actually, no. Housing starts in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (TCMA) reached 38,700 in 2017 according to CMHC, only slightly above the 10-year average of 36,800, but down 1 per cent from last year. There is a massive backlog of projects that have experienced strong absorption, but have yet to break ground due to a shortage of construction companies. The average single-detached home took 11 months to complete in 2017, the highest total ever tracked by CMHC, and it took 13.5 months to complete a semi and 14 months to complete a townhouse, both record highs. It took over two and a half years to finish construction on the average apartment (condo and rental) in the Toronto CMA last year, the second highest annual result to date.

Some buyers tired of waiting for new home deliveries are looking outside the region. According to Bullpen’s Residential Real Estate Round Up Report, the most popular destinations in December for prospective new homebuyers outside the GTA were Hamilton and Guelph. New homes are delivered much quicker in both of those markets. In fact, CMHC reports that it took just six months on average to build a single-detached home in Guelph last year. However, the prices are not as inexpensive as they used to be. Our report shows that the average new project in Hamilton has new single-family units starting from about $1,600 a square foot for about $570,000, while Guelph projects have lowrise product starting from $1,700/sf for $625,000.

GTA buyers are taking notice of these more affordable markets. Ryan Waller of Home Group Realty Group in Guelph estimates that a quarter of all resale transactions in Guelph were to GTA buyers based on the fact that 25.5 per cent of buyers were represented by GTA real estate agents in 2017.

With the new mortgage stress test in place, and GTA new home price growth through the roof, the next hot area for new homes will probably be outside the region. Based on our numbers, look for strength in the Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood new home markets in 2018.

Ben Myers is President of Bullpen Research & Consulting.


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