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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

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DRHBA names winners of 2020 Awards of Excellence

The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) recently named the winners of the 2020 Awards of Excellence.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovations, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing of projects within Durham Region.

Due to the pandemic, DRHBA took the Awards ceremony online.

This year’s winners include ( full list and video ):

Excellence in Print Ad/Direct Mail Piece
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Sales Brochure Design
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Interior Decorating – Model Homes/Suite
Brookfield Residential – New Seaton, Dunbarton

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Small Volume
Geranium – Courts of Canterbury

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Large Volume
Great Gulf – Whitby Meadows

Excellence in Back to Back Townhome
Minto Communities – Windsor Corner, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Semi-Detached or Townhome under 2,000 sq. ft.
Delpark Homes with credit to Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists – Kingsbridge 7

Excellence in Highrise Building Design (7 Storeys and Up)
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Excellence in Production Built Kitchen Design
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (under 2,000 sq. ft.)
Geranium – The Cavendish

Excellence in Single (2,001-3,000 sq. ft.)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Single (3,001-4,000 sq. ft)
Minto Communities Ontario – Winchester, Ivy Ridge

Excellence in Social Media
FarSight Homes

Excellence in Website Design
Tribute Communities – UC Tower

Supplier of the Year
Reliance Home Comfort

Prestige awards

Corporate Citizenship
Minto Communities Ontario

Community of the Year
Podium Developments – Ironwood in North Oshawa

Builder of the Year – Small Volume
Holland Homes Inc.

Builder of the Year – Large Volume
Great Gulf


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Local Focus: Oshawa & Whitby

Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

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Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

As prospective homebuyers have looked outside the Toronto core in search of more affordable lowrise homes in recent years, most of them have headed to Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and other points west.

This migration may soon change.

“The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada, told HOMES Magazine earlier this year. “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, there you go, homebuyers – keep an eye on Whitby, Oshawa and other parts of Durham Region.

Economic diversity

And don’t let any potential uncertainty over General Motors Canada’s announcement late last year that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant. Oshawa, and other points in Durham, are about a lot more than one company.

“(The) employment sector in Oshawa has been shifting for some time, and Oshawa has healthily diversified to add technology, educational institutions, healthcare, administration and many professionals to its offerings of great jobs and companies in the market,” says Christian Huggett, vice-president, development, at Podium Developments. The company has a number of townhome developments in the city.

“(The GM news) not altered our plans,” he says. “We continue to believe that the outlook is bright for home sales in North Oshawa, buoyed by its proximity and relationship to schools, the 407 network, the significant growth occurring and planned for North Oshawa.”

ALSO READ: What we can learn from the looming GM closure in Oshawa

Location just east of Toronto along Hwy. 401 is among the reasons Whitby and Oshawa draw attention. With Whitby just 59 kms from Toronto and Oshawa 62, commuting is a real option – particularly with recent GO Transit improvements and the expansion of Hwy. 407.

Durham Region Transit connects with the other cities in the region, including Pickering, Ajax, Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. The 401 runs through the south of region, Hwy. 7 runs across its northern edge and the Hwy. 407 extension to Hwys. 35 and 115 across the top of Durham Region.

Translation? Getting to, from and around Durham is getting increasingly easy, which makes living here and working elsewhere a real possibility.

Expanding attractions

As with any growing municipality, Whitby and Oshawa also offer expanding amenity and retail options. The Oshawa Centre, for example, is the largest shopping complex in Durham and is home to more than 230 outlets. And in downtown Oshawa, of course, there’s a variety of unique shops and restaurants.

In Whitby, Pearson Lane is a historical development that houses boutiques, cafes and services.

Nature is also front and centre, as Oshawa is home to wildlife preserves such as the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. Oshawa Botanical Gardens boasts North America’s largest contemporary peony collection.

In Whitby, more than 100 parks more than 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail, await residents. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.

Location, location, location

  • Located east of Toronto in York Region, Durham forms the east end of the GTA. Whitby 59 km from Toronto, Oshawa 62 km. Durham population 645,862; Oshawa 159,458; Whitby 128,377.

Key landmarks

  • Lynde Shores Conservation Area
  • Oshawa Botanical Gardens
  • Oshawa Centre
  • Tribute Communities Centre

Select housing developments


Eastmore Village by Delpark Homes

Ironwood by Podium Developments

O North Urban Towns by Greycrest Homes

Symphony Towns by Marlin Spring

Winchester Estates by Menkes Developments


Park Vista by Paradise Developments

Park Vista by Fieldgate Homes

Station No. 3 by Brookfield Residential

The Hamptons at Country Lane by Heathwood Homes


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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Pathways

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Pathways

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Pathways

A new release and new models are coming soon to Pathways in Caledon East by Brookfield Residential and CountryWide Homes

Caledon East is the town you have been looking for. With quality schools, a whole host of activities for you and your family to enjoy, and acres of green space, parks and conservation areas to explore, this is the town for you. Caledon East boasts golf courses, spas and ski resorts, as well as a robust arts and culture scene and is a mere 40 minutes from Toronto via Highways 410 and 427, with easy access to GO Transit.

Both Brookfield Residential and CountryWide Homes, the award-winning builders of Pathways, knew that a town like Caledon East, with so many wonderful attributes, would be the perfect location for a community of beautiful homes inspired by a place that cherishes the past while continuously growing.

“We are looking forward to the new release of Pathways. The first phase was so well received, it’s exciting to continue development in Caledon East and to have the opportunity to bring this master-planned community to life,” says Marc Thibault, VP of sales and marketing for Brookfield Residential.

“The neighbourhood is well established, with quality schools, and many parks and trails in the area. Families are sure to appreciate those details when they move into this highly desirable, mature community.”


Located in Caledon East at the corner of Old Church Road and Innis Lake Road, Brookfield Residential and CountryWide Homes are proud to work together toward the new release of a community where future homeowners will have the opportunity to choose between 36-foot two-car bungalows and 46- and 50-foot singles.

“We are very proud of Pathways and have no doubt that it will live up to the principles that homeowners have come to expect from us — innovative designs, exceptional quality and superb customer service,” says Thibault.

“It is comforting to know that we will share that desire with a like-minded builder such as CountryWide Homes and to provide homeowners with choice and variety in terms of designs and finishes.”

The community will feature a mix of 36-foot two-car bungalows and singles, and homeowners may choose between homes with a view of the neighbourhood’s community park, the pond, or a backyard that looks out over calming green space.

Each option is designed to bring the natural beauty of Caledon East in while also enriching your life with all of the intelligent spaces and detailed finishes you’d expect to find in a modern, high-quality home.

Pathways is a collaboration between two leading builders in Ontario,” adds Richard Mariani, manager of sales and marketing at CountryWide Homes. “The homes we’re building include a mix of traditional, transitional and contemporary options, designed to appeal to a variety of different tastes. No matter the builder our customers buy from, they are going to receive a high-quality home that complements the elegant and active lifestyle to be found in Caledon East.

“CountryWide homes are available in many different floorplans, and all of those floorplans can be tailored to your family’s needs. Serveries, fourth and fifth bedrooms, libraries and side door entrances leading to service stairs are just some of the optional features that you’ll find at Pathways.”


The city of Caledon has repeatedly been included in the list of safest cities in Canada.

“We are incredibly proud of the community we’re building here,” says Mariani. “Caledon East is a beautiful place to live. Not many communities in Ontario can say they have the kind of connection to nature that ours will, and Pathways is going to have access to farmers’ markets, parks, golf courses, equestrian sports, hockey arenas, everything. Plus, Caledon has great schools and it’s a very safe, beautiful town.

“We knew we would be creating a neighbourhood that would be ideal for established families and for people who are looking to move up, just outside the city, without losing that easy access to everything they still want.”


There is always something exciting to do in Caledon East, no matter what type of activity you most enjoy. For families with kids who love sports, the Caledon Community Complex offers hockey rinks and soccer fields. If golf is your game, Caledon has more than half a dozen courses and clubs in the area. If getting active and enjoying the beauty of nature is more to your taste, then Caledon’s many trails and parks are a wonderful choice.

The Cheltenham Badlands are a lovely natural area to explore, but are not the only available option. The Caledon East Community Park, Caledon Trailway Path, Albion Hills Conservation Area, Glenn Haffy Conservation Area and Edelweiss Park lend Caledon a true sense of being one with nature and help it to remain as one of the greenest towns in Ontario.


The small-town feel of the area doesn’t stop Caledon from offering up a wide range of amenities. Pub or martini bar, sushi or fish and chips, no matter your preference the area has it and more. Residents of Caledon East can choose to buy fresh food from local farmers’ markets, but they can also get all of their shopping done in one place by choosing a big brand store like Zehrs or Walmart.

Artsy families will love that Caledon is home to cultural events like the Headwaters Arts Festival and cultural centres like the Caledon Players Theatre, and all parents can appreciate that the community offers a place where you can trust that your children will grow up with good schools nearby. There are also plenty of medical centres in the area, such as the Brampton Civic Hospital, which means that residents of all ages can stay safe and healthy.

The new release of Pathways, along with its new home designs, is coming soon. Website registrants will be given access to priority information leading up to the launch, and they will also be invited to the VIP Opening Event. All who are interested are encouraged to register online so that they don’t miss out on the opportunity to get first choice of the best options available.

Brookfield Residential
CountryWide Homes

Go online to register for priority information, updates and an invitation to the VIP Preview Opening.



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