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Groundbreaking marks Phase 2 launch and Phase 1 sell out at Ironwood in North Oshawa

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Groundbreaking marks Phase 2 launch and Phase 1 sell out at Ironwood in North Oshawa

 

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Back row, right to left, Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter; Podium Developments’ vice-president, development, Christian Huggett. Front row, right to left, Podium Developments’ Project Manager Hani Agha; Managing Director Oskar Johansson; Managing Director Bernard Luttmer; Regional & Oshawa City Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri; Building Capital Principal Saqib Qureshi; Cranson Captial Securities’ President Devon Cranson; Vice-President Business Development David Roff.
Photo: Robert Lowdon

Having sold out the first release, Podium Developments and Building Capital recently broke ground at Ironwood in North Oshawa and released Phase 2.

The development team welcomed community partners and visitors to celebrate this milestone at the townhome collection located just north of Simcoe Street North and Taunton Road in North Oshawa. Priced from the upper $400’s, a new release of lots is now available, including a limited number of park lots.

Ironwood is situated on a private street on an 11-acre property between Camp Samac and Oshawa Creek in Cedar Valley. The Ironwood community backs onto hundreds of acres of valley land, forest and stream, and is minutes to Cedar Valley Conservation Area, Centennial Park and Somerset Park.

In addition to being close to shopping, dining and entertainment, Ironwood is a 10-minute walk to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College. Public transportation access is nearby, and residents can be at Hwys. 407 and 401 in less than 15 minutes.

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Sporting modern architecture, the three- and four-bedroom townhouses at Ironwood feature a private garage and driveway with two-car parking, plus either a backyard or rooftop terrace. Community amenities include a private landscaped park, community gardens, an off-leash dog park, children’s playground, walking path, tobogganing hill and a sports field with a seasonal ice rink – all backing onto the protected acres of ravine lands.

Townhome sizes range from a generous 1,521 to 1,865 sq. ft. Well-appointed open-concept interiors receive generous natural light from large windows that grace more than three full floors of living space. Among the standard features is nine-ft. ceiling heights on the main level. Adding to the convenience for Ironwood residents, a minimal maintenance fee of approximately $150 per month covers daily upkeep of landscaping, snow removal, and site and amenity maintenance.

Podium Developments and Building Capital have more than 25 years of combined experience. Podium Developments was founded in 2004 by successful professionals who share a new vision of excellence. The company has a proven track record in rezoning and developing sensitive urban infill locations. Founded in 2008, Building Capital has focused largely in North Oshawa, having built and sold several student housing projects and earned a reputation as one of Ontario’s leading student housing developers. Building Capital’s extraordinary knowledge of the North Oshawa area makes the firm the perfect partner for Podium Developments.

The Ironwood Towns Presentation Centre is located at 1700 Simcoe St. North, Unit B. Parking is available at the rear of this building. Hours are Monday to Thursday noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m., Fridays closed. To register for the new release, call 905.576.0139 or visit myironwood.ca

 

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Ironwood Towns by Podium Developments now open in North Oshawa

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Ironwood Towns by Podium Developments now open in North Oshawa

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By Wayne Karl

Podium Developments and Building Capital have opened Ironwood Towns, a new community located just north of Simcoe Street North and Taunton Road in North Oshawa.

This private 11-acre property nestled between Camp Samac and Oshawa Creek, backs onto hundreds of acres of valley land, forest and stream, and is minutes to Cedar Valley Conservation Area, Centennial Park and Somerset Park. Ironwood is also conveniently close to public transportation options, shopping, dining and entertainment venues. The lifestyle offered in this community is one of nature and ease. It’s a seven-minute drive to Hwy. 407 and 14 minutes to Hwy. 401. Residents can also walk to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 10 minutes.

Situated on a private street, the 125 three- and four-bedroom contemporary freehold towns feature a private garage and driveway with two-car parking, and either a backyard or rooftop terrace. Architecture introduces a clean, modern addition to the neighbourhood.

With this first phase, 40 units are being released across three different models. Phase two is targeted for spring 2019 or earlier, if sales go well.

PRIVATE PARK

Well-planned, beautifully appointed, open-concept interiors receive generous natural light from large windows scattered over three full floors of living space. Residents will enjoy exclusive access to a private landscaped three-acre park, gated off-leash dog park, children’s playground, walking path, tobogganing hill and a sports field with a seasonal ice rink, all backing onto the protected acres of ravine lands. There’s even an area residents can share garden space with other members of the community, growing their own fresh vegetables.

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Units measure from about 1,700 to 1,800 sq. ft., with prices from the mid-$500,000s. All units have a garage and a driveway space for parking, with either arooftop terrace or private backyard, depending on the model. Backyards come with deck and fencing, small area for private garden and a direct walkoff from the main living floor. A maintenance fee of approximately $150 per month covers everyday upkeep such as landscaping and snow removal.

Ironwood Towns represents something of a transitionary project forPodium and Building Capital, since they have mostly collaborated on student housing to date. The partners recently opened University Studios in Oshawa – an eight-storey, mixed-use student housing project.

URBAN AND SUBURBAN

“The main concept (at Ironwood) is a combination of urban and suburban living,” says Christian Huggett, vice-president of development for Podium. “We’ve kind of brought condo finishes to suburban ideas… and tried to step it up from ‘builder basic’ finishings.”

The Ironwood Towns Presentation Centre is now open for preview registrations, at 1700 Simcoe St. N., Unit B. Hours are Monday to Wednesday noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 905.576.0139 or visit myironwood.ca

 

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Grand Opening at University Studios in Oshawa

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Grand Opening at University Studios in Oshawa

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Oshawa Mayor John Henry (fourth from left) and Podium Developments’ Managing Director Bernard Luttmer cut the ribbon. Left to right are Podium Developments’ Vice-President Construction, James Wilkinson; Vice-President Development, Christian Huggett; Managing Director, Oskar Johansson; Mayor Henry; Luttmer, Building Capital CEO Saqib Qureshi and Varsity Properties’ President A.J. Keilty. Photo: Evan Eisenstadt

Podium Developments and Building Capital recently celebrated the Grand Opening at University Studios in Oshawa – an eight-storey, mixed-use student housing project. With with three ground floor tenants (Starbucks, Dominos and Osmows), as well as 308 studio units and related indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, the building acts as a new gateway to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College campuses and to North Oshawa itself

The most unique element of the development are the units, or SmartStudios, the product of big-city thinking into a small space – all the modern conveniences supplied furnished in a tight package (less that 300 sq. ft.). SmartStudios include a three-piece bathroom, washer/dryer, storage area, kitchenette with microwave, stovetop, dishwasher and fridge, study area, lounging area with extra storage underneath, and a military-grade table-bed combined with a four-seat dining table to maximize space economy.

Suite features include granite kitchen countertops, mirrored kitchen backsplash, individual electrical panel with circuit breakers, hardwired high speed internet connection, as well as key furniture including electronic standing desk, desk chair and two dining chairs, couch, TV and window coverings.

University Studios is located 45 minutes east of Toronto, adjacent to UOIT and Durham College in the rapidly intensifying Simcoe Road Corridor and burgeoning North Oshawa area.

Oshawa is serviced by GO Transit, VIA Rail, Hwy. 401 to the south, 407 to the north and 412. Under construction is Hwy. 418 as well as the further east extension of the 407.

BUILDING AMENITIES

Ground-floor amenities include a lobby/social lounge, executive concierge, four meeting rooms, a fitness facility, management office, parcel lockers, multifunctional amenity room, outdoor lounge with barbecue and dining area, bicycle parking and student-friendly retail and student-friendly patios.

Located on each residential floor is a social hub that includes a fully-appointed kitchen, dining area and lounge.

NEIGHBOURHOOD FEATURES

The surrounding areas include schools, places of worship, cafes, boutiques, restaurants, shopping centres and big box stores. A community of culture that gives residents the opportunity to visit theatres and museums. Bordered to the south by Lake Ontario, Oshawa residents enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails lakeside.

For more information, visit universitystudios.ca

 

 

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January 2017 eNewsletter

Huge success for small units at University Studios

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Huge success for small units at University Studios

By Anita DeVries – DRHBA

I never thought I would see it here in Oshawa.

But yes, the millennial phenomena of smaller is better has been spotted in the spacious, beautiful, green Durham Region at University Studios, located at Durham Region’s Education Hub.

Podium Developments and Building Capital are building SmartStudios and, at 275 to 400 square feet, they are an efficient use of small spaces that creates comfortable lifestyles.

Built within walking distance to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College, these compact units are very functional and affordable and offer better living spaces than traditional dorm life or room rentals.

For example, the Murphy bed — with the military quality hinges — can be pulled down over a kitchen table. The bed is made and ready to snuggle into with your laptop or book and there are reading lights and USB connections built right into the wall unit. In the kitchen area you will find a two-element cooktop and a clever height-changing desk, which can be used as a stand-up table, extra counter space or regular sit-down breakfast nook. The kitchen and hall cabinetry is combined into a single sleek bank on one side of the apartment, providing storage and functional space.

This new building will be highly energy efficient as it will be built under the new building code.

There are 308 studio units being built in the eight-storey mixed-use building — just south of UOIT and Durham College — at 1900 Simcoe Street North. Commercial units on the main floor provide convenient access to shopping and restaurants.

The starting price for a fully furnished unit — including bed, refrigerator, washer, dryer, stovetop, dishwasher, standing desk, dining table, four chairs, loveseat, side table and LCD television — was $150,000 and they were gobbled up by eager buyers in the first weekend that sales opened. The project is under construction and will be occupied by September 1, 2018.

Due to the desirability of the location on a main public transit route, the developers negotiated with the City of Oshawa for reduced parking space allotments from more than one space per unit to 0.22 spaces per unit. There will be four car share spaces and residents will be able to have membership in the car share program. This will encourage tenants and owners to use public transit and active transportation, which leads to cleaner environments.

“Today’s millennials don’t have an interest in owning cars,” said Christian Huggett, one of the masterminds at Podium who researched and designed the suites. “They are more socially responsible and environmentally conscientious.”

Building an entire building full of micro suites is not a traditional approach to a multi-storey condominium building. Generally, a range of unit types are provided for variety and to reduce sales risk. But the Podium team discovered that there has been no bachelor units built in Oshawa since before 1989, so the market for these units was wide open. After studying micro suites built in New York, San Francisco and Tokyo, and realizing the new mindset of people who have grown up in an era where owning a home and two cars means working your life away, Huggett pitched the exclusively micro-suite project and soon everyone was excited about it.

“The proximity to campus will mean that most residents will be students, who will live better than we did in university,” said Huggett, noting that they have their own bathrooms and kitchens at University Studios.

It is difficult to make small units function well, but Podium’s design team had a wealth of life experience in living small — from dorm rooms to sailing and living in Scandinavia. The team also came up with a flexible design to make units accessible; as a result, 49 of the 308 units will be fully accessible, meeting CSA and ADA standards.

“The accessibility committee was very excited about this project,” said Huggett.

Podium Developments has an established reputation for building student housing; they have already built towns and condos in north Oshawa geared for students. As land prices continue to increase, and household sizes continue to decrease, we may be seeing more of these types of smaller functional units — and not just near universities.

Due to the strong demand for the units at University Studios, Podium and Building Capital are teaming up again to build on the success of the SmartStudios with the launch of the lowrise University Towns on the same stretch of Simcoe Street North.

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Anita DeVries is the executive officer at the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association.

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