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In conversation with… Deena Pantalone of National Homes

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In conversation with… Deena Pantalone of National Homes

With a mission that You are the blueprint, National Homes is laser focused on what new-home buyers want, the things they love and how they want to live. Having built more than 5,000 homes across the GTA, with increased focus on the highrise market, National doesn’t just strive to build quality new homes. Just as critical is exceptional customer care, and a market-leading embrace of technology every step of the way.

We spoke with Managing Partner and Director of Marketing & Innovation Deena Pantalone to get her insights on just how National connects with today’s discerning homebuyers, and what lies ahead in 2019.

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HOMES Magazine: As Director of Marketing & Innovation at National Homes, how has what you do changed over your time in the role?

Deena Pantalone: The largest change has been the evolution of our marketing to digital communications, and smart phones in particular. My role has expanded from Managing Partner and Director of Marketing, to Managing Partner and Director of Marketing & Innovation over the years, as I am constantly looking for innovative ideas to set National apart from everyone else, whether it be in our designs, technology or our customer service. We want to be at the forefront.

We are focused on keeping up to date with state-of-the-art technology and seeing how it can apply to National Homes. Keeping an open eye and mind approach to any new property technology and be willing to explore and implement if it will benefit the homeowners, potential buyers and us.

HM: Technology is an increasingly important part of home building these days – in everything from construction to sales and marketing to what customers expect in home tech. How prevalent is National involved in keeping up with these trends?

DP: Technology is central to everything we do at National. As homes and families get more and more integrated with the new digital revolution, National Homes is in the thick of it all – bringing ever more bright ideas that help our homebuyers stay on top of their lives. More choices. More options. More devices. At the end of the day, it’s about making our homebuyers’ lives easier, smarter and richer.

We do market research and workshops to determine what our buyers would like to have in their ideal homes and how they would feel if we implemented certain things, because it goes back to our core values – You are the blueprint.

We hold cutting-edge events such as our Blueprint Workshop at the IBM Innovation Space, which brought together 70 participants in discussions, presentations and interviews, learning about innovative products from building and design professionals and sharing their thoughts in a thinktank format. This way, our customers have a direct input into ideas that are reflected in our home designs. Because our philosophy has always been that, as a customer, you are the Blueprint.

We’ve brought virtual reality into our sales offices so buyers can walk around and explore their future homes, and we’re constantly looking for ways to be energy efficient and more sustainable.

 

 

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Pantalone leading a customer focus group discussion

HM: And in the next five to 10 years, what will be the biggest change or opportunity in these areas?

DP: Property Technology is expanding at an exponential rate. That means your home will be smarter tomorrow than it is today. We will be seeing more of smart buildings, cities and communities, driverless vehicles which will affect the way that homes are designed.

Right now, smart home technology is just in its infancy, so in five to 10 years, everything will be connected not only in our homes, but our construction processes and development work.

HM: How important is social media at National Homes, in terms of connecting and communicating with customers – particularly Millennials, who have grown up in the digital age?

DP: Digital communications are key to everything we do today. Prior to a sale, it starts with social media on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and Facebook. We search out the latest innovations in architecture, design, technology from around the world and share them with our community. And, of course, we also speak to our followers about upcoming neighbourhoods and other news.

HM: National is building in a variety of communities in and around the GTA. Where do you see the next hot market – in terms of either geography or product type?

DP: There’s no question that affordability has become the biggest issue in the GTA housing market, and land prices are right at the heart of the matter. Everything starts with the needs of our customers, and if price is even more of an issue today, then we have a responsibility to find answers.

This is why we are bringing on new communities in Brampton, Courtice and Burlington, where lower land prices can make homes more affordable. And we are expanding our product design mix to include midrise condominiums that give people better prices.

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Forest Phase 2 Model Home

HM: What can your customers expect from a National home?

DP: Our customers can expect a home that is designed with their needs in mind. We put an enormous amount of effort into research, workshops, focus groups and questionnaires.

Our customers can expect exceptional customer service. Our Customer Care program has been designed to make the entire home purchasing experience a positive one. Some of the highlights include a New Home Workshop and seminar to prepare you for the homebuying process, the National Care Kit, a wealth of information on how to care for the finishes inside your home, innovative framing walk-throughs, detailed customer surveys and a homeowners’ portal communication hub where they will find everything they need to know about their home.

HM: Please finish the following statement. For National Homes, 2018 was a year of:

DP: Innovation. From the home designs we have been developing for our new communities, to the products and technology we are incorporating into our homes, this year we have been pushing the boundaries behind the scenes to ready ourselves for the launch of our next communities.

HM: And 2019 will be a year of:

DP: Introduction and implementation. In the new communities we introduce this year, all the research and development we have been working on behind the scenes will start to be available to our new buyers. And that makes this coming year a very exciting time for us.

Portfolio

  • THE FOREST, detached homes, Bradford, Final phase coming soon
  • STATION TOWN, townhomes, Markham, In registration
  • THREE RIVERS CLAIREVILLE, townhomes, Claireville, In registration
  • COURTICE, townhomes, In registration
  • BURLINGTON, townhomes and condos, In registration
  • BRAMPTON, townhomes, In registration

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In Conversation With… Tariq Adi, President and CEO of Adi Development Group

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In Conversation With… Tariq Adi, President and CEO of Adi Development Group

If you’re in the market for a new home, or pay any level of attention to the new-home building industry in the western end of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, it’s hard not to notice Adi Development Group.

Based in Burlington but with projects extending into Toronto, Adi just feels like a different company. Thoughtful, on-target developments in choice locations, and a sharp focus on customer service, the condominium and townhome builder applies high standards to everything it does.

We spoke with President and CEO Tariq Adi for his insights on the home building landscape, and what lies ahead for the company in 2019.

Condo Life: Adi Development Group seems very customer-focused. How much does this help differentiate your company?

Tariq Adi: One of our top core values is that we’re “customer obsessed” – everything we do begins and ends with our customers. We feel that, in general, the customer service in our industry is not where it should be. We’re taking a radical approach to that and ensuring we treat our customers with five-star service and deliver on our promise. We aren’t perfect, but we wake up every day asking, “How can we better serve our customers?” Buying a new home is never easy, especially if it’s your first time. Our job is to make it as pleasurable an experience as we possibly can.

CL: Adi recently released Valera 2 ahead of schedule. What led to this decision?

 TA: The launch of Valera was a huge success. The project was so well received, we didn’t anticipate how quickly it would sell. The buildings’ superior location and focus on design, coupled with the Adi brand’s customer-centric philosophy, was most likely what did it. We sold out the first building in virtually two days! This prompted us to launch V2 due to the overwhelming demand, so we could release more units. The project is going strong with VIP registrants still able to get a choice unit before the grand opening in early 2019.

Adi Developments Valera 2

Uptown Burlington

CL: Uptown Burlington is really hot right now. What is it about this neighbourhood that makes it so popular?

TA: Uptown Burlington is by far one of the most desirable and hottest neighbourhoods in the GTA. The site is perfectly located right off the 407 ramps, with the 403 and Metrolinx GO station only a 10-minute drive south. The area is bustling with every kind of shopping and service-oriented retail, with schools, lush parks, walking trails and golf courses nearby. The site is in the middle of four major cities off Dundas Street, such as Hamilton, Waterdown, Milton and Oakville, and is perfect for commuters looking for something more convenient and more affordable.

The Niagara escarpment views give you the feeling of being somewhere scenic and secluded, while realistically being in the city with all the conveniences around you. The fact that new supply is virtually zero and the uptown corridor is built out from a lowrise and even infill perspective puts a lot of pressure on pricing. Single-family homes in the area exceed $1.3 million, and townhomes are selling for well into the $800’s. Not to mention the lack of rental accommodations available. The vacancy rate in Burlington has and remains very low at 0.5 per cent. All of these factors make the suites and townhomes at Valera a perfect investment for investors looking to rent their units, as they’ll never have a shortage of tenants.

Adi buildings will always rent at a premium. We pulled MLS listings of rentals in our recently completed LINK Condos + Lofts buildings, and the average rental in the building is inching to more than $3 per square foot, (per month), which is equivalent to downtown Toronto rents and a purchase price of half of what you’d pay in Toronto. From a value and affordability, and investment perspective and as prudent real estate investor, Burlington is probably where I’d choose to invest my money. And that’s where I’d put my money as a buyer looking in the GTA as well.

CL: Adi recently went before the Ontario Municipal Board for a review of your plan at Nautique in downtown Burlington. How have things progressed with this project since then?

TA: I’m happy to share that Nautique has finally been approved and construction will be starting this spring! It will retain its title of being the tallest tower in the city.

Municipalities need to realize that delaying developments leads only to an erosion in affordability and access to new homes for a much-needed sector of the market that can’t otherwise buy. Unfortunately, while they pretend to care, our pleas on building attainable housing and creating new jobs to stimulate the local economy fall on deaf ears. This is a bigger challenge facing our entire industry and local municipal planning departments, and city councillors need find more efficient ways of handling applications and accommodating growth without pandering to the NIMBYs. We’re seeing a YIMBY movement starting – which is always awesome!

Game changer

CL: And what is the status of 64 Prince Arthur – a project you have called a “game changer” –  in Yorkville, Toronto, which also went to the OMB?

 TA: No updates yet, but we continue to work with our team to push our application forward. We feel the city needs to come to the table and ensure the success of these projects. As of now they appear to be overwhelmed with the volume of applications to the board and don’t have a real mechanism or process to deal with it. We still believe it’s a beautiful building that will put Toronto on the map from an architectural and urban design perspective,whether the city knows it yet or not.

 CL: What are some exciting things taking place at some of your other communities?

 TA: We’ve got a lot of great suites available in some of our current and existing communities that are either complete or under construction. There are some great units remaining at Link and Stationwest and, of course, Valera and V2.

There will be a lot of exciting things happening in 2019 with four major construction projects taking shape and new acquisitions in the pipeline.

We’re nearing completion of our Link Condos + Lofts community, with most of the units occupied and condos now registered. Stationwest by the Aldershot GOStation is taking shape, as well with the servicing program complete and buildings going up. We anticipate having some occupancies starting there in 2019. Nautique and Valera will also be starting construction soon, as well as a very small and exclusive townhome community called Aeria on the Burlington lakeshore.

Focus on value

CL: Affordability is a growing concern. How is Adi addressing this issue, to ease buyers’ entry into the market?

TA: Affordability and attainability are key focus areas for Adi in 2019. We’ll continue to deliver projects that offer cutting edge design, both architecturally and from an interior perspective, with a real focus on value and attainability for our buyers. I’m not sure how $1,500 psf is going to be sustainable for everyday folks in downtown Toronto. You’re really alienating an entire population at those prices. Projects such as Valera are perfect examples of that attainability, with one-bedroom units selling in the low $300,000s and townhomes, which will be released in the spring, from the mid $600,000s for more than 1,600 sq. ft. of living space. Assisting first-time buyers with mortgage options and down payment assistance will help us deliver housing to those buyers that are otherwise priced out of the market.

CL: Please finish the following statement: For Adi Development Group, 2018 was a year of:

TA: Customer focus and growth!

CL: And 2019 will be a year of:

TA: Even more customer obsession and growth!

Portfolio

  • Nautique, Lakefront Residences, 374 Martha St., Burlington Now selling
  • Nautique, Penthouse Collection, 374 Martha St., Burlington Now selling
  • Valera Registrations only
  • V2 Registrations only
  • The West at Stationwest, Condominiums at Stationwest, 101 Masonry Crt., Burlington Now selling
  • Stationwest, Smart-Style Townhomes, 101 Masonry Crt. Now selling
  • LINK2 Condos + Lofts, Dundas Street West and Sutton Drive Move-in ready
  • LINK Condos + Towns, Dundas Street West and Sutton Drive, Move-in ready

 

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Valera 2: This Fall's Hottest Condo

Valera 2 condo offers buyers another option in Burlington

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Valera 2 condo offers buyers another option in Burlington

In the amenity-rich growing neighbourhood of Uptown Burlington where the price of a single family home has reached over $1.3M, Adi Development Group‘s Valera — the first phase of a smartly master-planned community, has been a huge success. While the first phase suites sold at record pace, a great selection of condominiums and popular plans and townhomes remain, so new homebuyers will find outstanding choices of well priced functional plans offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts.

Valera has been so successful that by popular demand, and ahead of schedule, Valera 2, also known as V2, (the condominium’s second, and final tower) will be released soon to offer the same highly desirable spacious and functional layouts, plus a few new ones. As valued colleagues, members of the Adi Broker community, will receive exclusive and advance pricing and floorplan information about and access to Valera 2.

Convenient location

From Valera, residents will be able to commute or travel easily, as access to GO trains, rapid bus transit and highway access is only minutes away. Never leave the comfort of your neighbourhood, with comprehensive modern amenities surrounding the community within walking distance such as shopping, golf courses, restaurants, entertainment venues and more. On a natural note, the Valera neighbourhood is surrounded by parks, forested walking and jogging trails and anchored by views of the breathtaking Niagara Escarpment.

Exceptional design and finishes

Lush green gardens will cradle Valera’s contemporary exterior whose clean lines, expansive glass and stepped architecture, creating huge private terraces, will add a breath of fresh air to its surroundings. Thoughtful suite layouts feature flexible spaces and modern lines. Kitchens come with premium appliances, quartz countertops and polished chrome fixtures. Well-planned principal living areas have up to nine-foot-high ceilings and wide-plank laminate flooring. Adi Home+ smart-building technology integrates keyless entry, climate control, security and mobile app-enabled convenience so residents can keep track of their homes from their in-suite digital wall pad or from anywhere in the world on their mobile device.

Desirable amenities

Arrive home to Valera’s open double-height luxurious lobby offering peace of mind and security with 24 hour on site concierge service. Residents can also access a private dining/meeting room for those aspiring entrepreneurs working from home who need to take those urgent meetings, or simply have friends over and enjoy a private dinner. Hang out in the recreation and leisure area, or watch the game in the entertainment lounge after taking your little furry friend for a walk then wash at the on site pet spa. On the third floor, the rooftop lounge and fire pit, rooftop pool and outdoor dining and barbecue area offer striking views. Amenities extend to a wellness spa with a sauna and steam room, a cross fit equipped fitness facility and yoga studio. Ditch the car; with on site Car Share available to all residents, trips to visit friends and family or simply running your errands has never been easier or more affordable.

Impeccable track record

With a proven track record in Burlington and the GTA, the award-winning Adi Development Group has earned its tagline “Building the Exceptional”. The ADI team delivers designs that maximize space, quality, style and comfort, all while delivering world class service and experience to cater to your every need as a discerning homebuyer.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located on site at 4880 Valera Rd., in Burlington. For more information or to register, visit the website.

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Gallery Condos + Lofts: Coming Soon to Downtown Burlington

Gallery Condos + Lofts coming soon to downtown Burlington

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Gallery Condos + Lofts coming soon to downtown Burlington

For five years in a row MoneySense magazine has named Burlington the best mid-sized city in Canada, as well as the second-best city in Ontario. Located on Lake Ontario, the city offers residents a safe and friendly environment, as well as fabulous restaurants, shopping, festivals, events and a culturally rich arts community. Gallery Condos + Lofts will place residents in the centre of it all.

BURLINGTON ROCKS

There’s no shortage of things to do in, and around, Burlington, including music, dance and theatre performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, and featured exhibits at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Residents will be able to walk to fine eateries and bistros, and stroll to Spencer Smith Park, with its scenic waterfront promenade. The boardwalk is a favourite destination for joggers, cyclists and walkers. The park also hosts numerous events, including the Sound of Music Festival and Ribfest. The Brant Street Pier extends 132 metres out into Lake Ontario and provides breathtaking views of the the city’s shoreline.

The area is served by three GO stations and several major highways, making it easy to travel to downtown Toronto, to indulge in neighbouring Hamilton’s burgeoning food scene, or to visit Niagara wine country for a weekend escape.

ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION

Gallery Condos + Lofts will be located at Brant and James in downtown Burlington, and was inspired by the city’s vibrant arts scene. Carriage Gate Homes is working with local artists and will feature their art throughout the building. The company has been building award-winning communities in southwestern Ontario for more than 30 years.

The 22-storey building will feature a four-storey podium with a unique cutaway corner, and a wide streetscape. The rooftop will feature barbecues, a fire feature and stunning views in every direction. Also included is a fitness facility, along with a yoga studio with an indoor/outdoor stretching area and a heated indoor pool with lounge areas, as well as a multi-purpose party room with a bar and dining room.

Large balconies and chef-style kitchens augment each of the 161 open-concept suites. Units with lofts are available on the gallery level, and highlight urban finishes like 10- foot ceilings and barn doors. The master ensuite in the loft units include a one-of-a-kind, four-piece spa bath. This signature feature places the tub in a five- by five-foot room for a totally relaxing environment. “We are incorporating a lot of custom home features into our condo suites, in order to bring added value to our customers,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate.

THE BERKELEY

The Berkeley condominium in downtown Burlington is close to completion, with expected occupancy later this year. This building is geared to transitional buyers, who appreciate a luxurious, hotel-type environment.

To register for Gallery Condos+Lofts, visit gallerycondominiums.ca or carriagegatehomes.com


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Carriage Gate’s Gallery Condos + Lofts in Burlington

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Carriage Gate’s Gallery Condos + Lofts in Burlington

Burlington offers a lifestyle that’s hard to beat – a safe and friendly environment, beautiful Lake Ontario waterfront, festivals and community events, great shopping and restaurants, and a rich arts and cultural life. The charming, walkable downtown is undergoing a revitalization and is attracting new residential and mixed-use development. Carriage Gate will play a key role in the evolution of the downtown with four separate sites within a four-block radius. Gallery Condos+Lofts is their latest condominium project coming soon.

Comprising 161 art inspired suites, Gallery Condos+Lofts is situated directly across from city hall in the downtown core. With interior design by Tomas Pearce, the building will feature open-concept layouts, large balconies, gourmet chef style kitchens and loft units on the gallery level. The loft units will have features that are uniquely urban. Aside from the standard 10-foot high ceilings and barn doors, the lofts master ensuite offers a one-of-kind, four-piece spa bath. This signature feature places the tub in a 5′ x 5′ rain room which will add a unique touch to the spa like experience. “We are incorporating a lot of custom home features into our condo suites to bring added value to our customers,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate.

The building will feature a fourstorey podium with a unique cutaway corner and wide streetscape for the public to enjoy. It will have a rooftop amenity with barbecues and fireplace feature for residents to enjoy the outdoors and admire the views. Other amenities include full fitness facilities, including a yoga studio with an outdoor stretching area, a heated indoor pool with an indoor/outdoor lounge area, multi-purpose party room, with bar and dining room. Residents will enjoy spectacular views every direction, including Lake Ontario to the south, the Niagara Escarpment to the north, Toronto to the east, Hamilton and the Burlington Skyway to the west.

Spencer Smith Park, located along the Burlington Waterfront, is home to many events and festivals throughout the year.
Spencer Smith Park, located along the Burlington Waterfront, is home to many events and festivals throughout the year.

Gallery Condos +Lofts was inspired by Burlington’s vibrant local arts scene. “Carriage Gate is working with local artists and will feature their art throughout the building,” adds Carnicelli. The 22-storey building designed by Turner Fleischer Architects will create a contemporary landmark on the corner of Brant and James Street, while respecting the charm of the downtown. With suites ranging from 491 to 1,500 square feet, there are units that will appeal to everyone from young buyers looking to buy their first home, to mature adults seeking to downsize, but who still want space for entertaining family and friends.

Prices are in the $700 per square foot price range for a new Burlington condo, compared to over $1,000 per square foot for a new Toronto suite and will offer excellent value and amenities.

Residents will be able to enjoy music, dance and theatre performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, take in the exhibits at the Art Gallery of Burlington, walk to fine eateries and bistros, and stroll to Spencer Smith Park, with its scenic waterfront promenade. The park’s boardwalk is a favourite destination for dog walkers, joggers, cyclists or people who simply want to enjoy a leisurely walk and admire captivating views. The park is the site of numerous events throughout the year – the Sound of Music Festival and Ribfest are just two — and has expansive green space, a children’s playground and Waterjet Park. The Brant Street Pier, extending 132 metres into Lake Ontario, provides breathtaking views of the lake and the city’s shoreline. The downtown continues to transform with the arrival of entrepreneurs who are starting businesses there. With all the city has to offer, Money Sense magazine has named it the best mid-sized city in Canada for five years in a row and the second-best city in Ontario to live in.

Gallery Condos + Lofts will place residents in the cultural heart of downtown Burlington close to dining, shopping, cultural destinations and more.
Gallery Condos + Lofts will place residents in the cultural heart of downtown Burlington close to dining, shopping, cultural destinations and more.

The company has been building in the Southwestern Ontario area since 1988, including infill and custom homes, and commercial developments. It has created award-winning communities in Hamilton, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Oakville. The Berkeley hotel inspired condominium is now under construction in downtown Burlington with occupancy planned for later this year.

For further information about Carriage Gate or to register for Gallery Condos+Lofts, visit the websites.

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John Tory

GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

John Tory

Housing policy, affordability and supply were among the key issues in many municipalities leading up to the Oct. 22 Ontario elections.

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and others did their best to alert voters to the issues, and to gage candidates on how well they understood them.

Homes Publishing did its own assessment of a selection of GTA municipalities in the context of housing development.

But now that the results are in (well, most of them), let’s take a look how some of the notable races shook down, and the various policies of the newly elected mayors, with help from BILD.

 

AURORA

Tom Mrakas (New)
Housing and growth: Proposes to protect Aurora’s Stable Neighbourhoods from “monster home” infill, by using planning tools such as Interim Control By-laws. Also wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment. Improving municipal infrastructure, through complete streets, is also a priority.
Taxes: Proposes to reduce the tax levy.

 

BRAMPTON

Patrick Brown (new)
Housing: Proposes to create a streamlined, more efficient approvals process at City Hall for new home construction and renovations across all levels of affordability. Proposes to develop a housing strategy that encourages neighbourhood-sensitive development of rooming houses, basement apartments and in-law suites.

 

BURLINGTON

Marianne Meed Ward (New)
Growth: Opposes overdevelopment of Burlington and will seek to control growth by reducing provisions in the Official Plan, as well as accept growth only when infrastructure can handle it.
Housing: Intends to secure affordable housing with inclusionary zoning and require new development to provide a percentage of senior-friendly units. Intends to set greenspace per population targets within reasonable walking distance through prioritizing parkland over cash-in-lieu for major new developments.

 

CALEDON

Allan Thompson
Housing and growth: Supports housing and growth management initiatives that will maintain the characteristics of Caledon’s communities and create opportunities for residents and future residents of live, work and retire.

 

EAST GWILLIMBURY

Virginia Hackson
Housing: Proposes to complete the first phase of growth of 7,000 homes. In terms of transportation corridors, plans to work with the Mayor of Bradford to solve gridlock on roads between Hwys. 404 and 400.
Infrastructure: Proposes to work with the Province and local MPP to deal with the delay of the Upper York Sewage Solution which will ultimately eliminate the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Proposes to address the need for quality broadband in the community.

 

HALTON HILLS

Rick Bonnette
Housing: Proposes to continue to manage difficult conversations around intensification and growth the Province has mandated and the development residents are seeing.

 

KING CITY

Steve Pellegrini
Plans to focus on business growth, the new municipal office, the library and seniors centre expansion project, as well as road beautification in the township.

 

MISSISSAUGA

Bonnie Crombie
Housing: Intends to institute an Inclusionary Zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units. Proposes to form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing to get new buildings in the ground on a faster pace.
Environment: Proposes to work with staff to bolster Green building standards that will improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and improve urban forest canopy.
Development: Supports Mississauga’s office for a Development Ambassador.

 

NEWMARKET

John Taylor
Economy: Top priorities include jobs and the economy, community building and parks recreation and trails. Wants to the Renew Economic Development Strategy and increase jobs in the community. Grow the city’s broadband company to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses. Proposes to keep taxesbelow GTA average.
Growth: Proposes to meet regularly with existing employers and grow local business base.
Community Building: Proposes to protect neighbourhoods – intensify in the right places.
Housing: New housing developments must include options for low/moderate-income families. Create a community inclusivity round table and increase senior-friendly housing and recreation.

 

OAKVILLE

Rob Burton
Growth: Proposes to continue to protect Glen Abbey through the use of Cultural Heritage Landscape provisions and court challenges.
Environment: Proposes to focus on protecting greenspace and the environment and controlling growth.

 

OSHAWA

Dan Carter (New)
Growth/Housing/Transit: A 4-Pillar Platform includes creating affordable, vibrant, healthy communities that invests in active transportation networks and creates employment opportunities with industries.

 

RICHMOND HILL

Dave Barrow
Growth: Proposes to continue with the Town’s economic vitality, build a strong community, manage our growth to respect the existing neighbourhoods and lead a responsive and efficient government.
Housing: Proposes to work with the Province and the Region to increase the rental housing supply, maintain the existing rental supply and add affordable ownership homes. Allowing secondary suites in existing homes will also create new housing once new by-laws that monitor the neighbourhoods are in place. Also believes the Town needs to review and update its 10-year-old Development Plan in order to process new development applications. Zoning By-laws also need to be brought into the “urban” town.

 

TORONTO

John Tory
Housing: Proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years. Leverage City lands, including lands surrounding TTC Stations.
Property Taxes: Keep property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. Supported City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
Transit: Continue to build out the transit network plan – SmartTrack.

 

UXBRIDGE

Dave Barton
Growth and development: Proposes a seven-point platform, a main concern is the competing interest between farmland and “irresponsible and ill-considered development.” Wants to ensure that growth has clear collaboration with the livelihood of people who depend on the land.

 

VAUGHAN

Maurizio Bevilacqua
Taxes: Promises to keep Vaughan as one of the lowest taxed municipalities in the GTA. Focus on transit and roads to keep Vaughan moving. Working closely with government partners at all levels to ensure wise investments for new transit initiatives and improvements including the Yonge Subway, VIVANext, as well as road building and widening.
Innovation: Will transform the City of Vaughan into a hub for education, culture, sports and the arts by building the infrastructure required to achieve excellence and improve accessibility.
Other: Continue to excel in environmental stewardship. Support and attract small and large businesses to Vaughan.

 

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

Iain Lovatt (New)
Growth: Proposes to preserve heritage that is integrated with future development. Integrating heritage built form into new developments as well as establishing Heritage Conservation Districts and site plan bylaws in heritage areas in town are identified a must.
Development: Within the first 100 days, hopes to assemble a meeting of commercial-industrial landowners to get everyone on the same page, about the 404 corridor and the servicing for the area going forward. Believes that these underserviced and underutilized lands represent about $1 billion in new tax assessment for Whitchurch-Stouffville.

 

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Lock-and-leave lifestyles

Home buyers are thrilled with the carefree condo, lock-and-leave lifestyle at two popular communities by Rosehaven Homes. It’s a straightforward concept – one that allows residents to lock their door, knowing that the upkeep of their property will be well looked after. Responsibilities, like cutting the grass, raking the leaves, and shovelling the snow are all taken care of, so that travel becomes a care-free pastime.

WATERFRONT LIVING IN GRIMSBY

Odyssey in Grimsby, artist's concept.
Odyssey in Grimsby, artist’s concept.

Scheduled to open this fall is Odyssey – a luxurious 20-storey condominium residence, along with an exclusive collection of condominium townhomes. Located in Grimsby and surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment, Odyssey offers a picture-perfect lifestyle that’s modern and maintenance-free.

From the high rise condominium building, residents can enjoy expansive views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Spacious, open-concept interiors, in both the condos and townhomes, feature contemporary finishes that complement a range of personal styles.

Grimsby was recently named the best place to live in Niagara by MoneySense magazine. This town has a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, spas, recreation centres, art galleries and more. They have recently revitalized their waterfront, and residents of Odyssey have access to the Waterfront Trail. Natural attributes include tree-lined trails and waterfalls along the Niagara Escarpment and Centennial Park. And, close by is Niagara-on-the-Lake with renowned wineries, restaurants and the Shaw Festival.

Here, residents have easy access to the QEW. And come 2021, GO trains are expected to be running from Grimsby to Toronto’s Union Station.

AFFINITY IN BURLINGTON

Affinity in Burlington, artist's concept.
Affinity in Burlington, artist’s concept.

Construction is well underway at Affinity Condos, but there’s still time to secure your condominium in these popular mid rise buildings. A wide selection of one- and two-bedroom suites, plus those with a formal dining room, remain. Sizes range from 575 to 1,272 square feet.

Affinity consists of two six-storey, mid rise buildings, and each includes a fitness/yoga room, a party room with kitchen and a rooftop terrace.

Contemporary suites include wide-plank, laminate flooring throughout, as well as 12- x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in the bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and in the bathrooms, and nine-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state-of-the-art roller blinds, in addition to an underground parking space and a storage unit, are also included.

Affinity is situated in an established residential neighbourhood in Burlington, close to waterfront parks and trails, as well as the GO train, Highway 403 and the QEW.

For those who are on the go, as well as empty-nesters, Affinity condominiums are especially appealing. Simply lock-and-leave for a happy-go-lucky lifestyle.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For Odyssey, register online. odysseylife.ca

Affinity’s Presentation Centre is located at 516 Plains Road East in Burlington. affinitycondo.com


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Affinity Condos & Odyssey Condos

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Affinity Condos & Odyssey Condos

Rosehaven is making a big splash in condos

Rosehaven Homes is proud to offer inspired midrise and highrise condominiums to complement their vast selection of singles, semis and townhomes available at communities across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario.

Building on their success at Affinity Condos in Burlington, Rosehaven is poised to launch Odyssey waterfront condos in Grimsby.

Affinity Condos
Affinity Condos

Construction Underway at Affinity Condos in Burlington

Affinity Condos is under construction but it’s not too late to buy at this successful midrise condominium.

There’s a great selection of suites available from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room, ranging in size from 575 up to 1,272 square feet. Affinity consists of two six-storey midrise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen and rooftop terrace.

The contemporary suites are finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and 12-inch x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, 9-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state of the art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit are included.

The Terrace at Affinity Condos
The Terrace at Affinity Condos

Set in a leafy established residential neighbourhood with easy access to the GO Train as well as the 403 & QEW, Affinity is ideal for a wide range of buyers from empty-nesters to first time buyers, commuters and young professionals.

The Waterfront Trail and LaSalle Park are nearby with trails, beach and more. Shopping, schools, and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores minutes away by car or transit. Visit the Presentation Centre soon, located at 516 Plains Road East, or AffinityCondo.com.

Odyssey, Waterfront Living in Grimsby

Coming soon, Rosehaven is bringing waterfront living to Grimsby with Odyssey, a brilliant 20-storey condominium and townhomes launching this winter by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Odyssey’s highrise condominium residence will feature amazing views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Spacious open concept interiors with contemporary finishes will complement your personal style whether it’s in a condo or a spacious townhome.

The gorgeous Grimsby waterfront is no longer the neighbourhood’s own secret. Here you will discover waterfront parks and conservation areas. Along the Niagara Escarpment are numerous waterfalls as well as miles of tree-lined trails to explore. Odyssey residents will also love the Waterfront Trail at their door.

With the lake right across the street, it’s hard to believe that it’s only 30 minutes to Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines. There are renowned wineries to tour, beautiful Niagara On The Lake and Niagara’s many attractions. A new Grimsby GO Station is slated to open in 2021 with trains to Toronto’s Union Station.

Those who love waterfront condo living surrounded by natural beauty should register online for Odyssey right away at OdysseyLife.ca.


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Editor's Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Building on Affinity’s success in Burlington, Rosehaven is poised to launch Odyssey in Grimsby

Rosehaven Homes is proud to offer inspired condominium residences to complement their vast selection of singles and townhomes currently available at communities across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario.

From the eager response to date, it is clear that this home type satisfies a growing number of buyers’ needs. Besides giving many first-time buyers the opportunity to own, contemporary suites have many attractive features. Residents enjoy carefree condo living with lifestyle amenities, and no maintenance or chores like snow shoveling. Owners also discover that a condo is a “lock-and-leave” home so they can go away on vacation without worry.

AFFINITY

With construction underway at Affinity, the doors are open on the new Presentation Centre just down the street at 516 Plains Road East in Burlington.

There’s a great selection of suites available from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom-plus-formal-dining-room, from 575 up to 1,272 square feet. Affinity consists of two contemporary six-storey midrise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen and rooftop terrace.

Suites are finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and 12-inch-by-24-inch imported porcelain floor tiles in bathrooms, quartz countertops and nine-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state-of-the-art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit are included.

Set in an established neighbourhood, Affinity is surrounded by green space with Lake Ontario’s picturesque Burlington Bay, the Waterfront Trail and LaSalle Park on the doorstep. Shopping, schools and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores just minutes away by car or transit.

Close to Aldershot GO Transit station, and with easy access to the QEW, this inspired condo answers the needs of a wide range of buyers from empty nesters to first-time buyers, commuters and young professionals. Visit the new Presentation Centre or AffinityCondo.ca for more.

ODYSSEY

Rosehaven is bringing refined waterfront living to Grimsby with Odyssey, a brilliant 20-storey condominium launching this summer by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Odyssey’s highrise condominium residence will feature spacious open-concept interiors with contemporary finishes to complement your personal style. And there’s a choice of lake views or escarpment views.

Set amidst everything that makes the Niagara Region appealing, Grimsby is a vibrant and growing town with a lively arts scene, shopping, dining and more. Here you will discover waterfront parks and conservation areas with miles of tree-lined trails to explore. Odyssey residents will love the Waterfront Trail at their door.

It’s only a 30-minute drive to Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines. There are renowned wineries to tour, the beautiful village Niagara-on-the-Lake to visit and all the attractions of Niagara. A new Grimsby GO Transit station opens soon on the Lakeshore West line that runs from Niagara to Toronto’s Union Station.

Those who love waterfront condo living surrounded by natural beauty are urged to register online for Odyssey right away.

ROSEHAVEN HOMES

Rosehaven has something for everyone, whether a condominium, townhome or detached home.

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Local focus: Oakville & Burlington

Local focus: Oakville & Burlington

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Local focus: Oakville & Burlington

by Gale Beeby

HOUSING OPTIONS

Oakville and Burlington are comprised of a number of traditional neighbourhoods. The old town of Oakville, which is along the waterfront, is chock-a-block with historical century homes and grand mansions, which spread the entire length of the township from the Mississauga border in the east to the Burlington border in the west. The stately homes continue along Burlington‘s waterfront. Click on the links above for a list of developments for sale in the area.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts holds performances by many international artists and is also the venue for the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, the Oakville Children’s Choir and the Oakville Ballet company. The Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is an annual summer event that features a number of stages along Lakeshore Road East. The Waterfront Festival takes place in Coronation Park and includes amusement park rides, arts and crafts, food and drinks, concerns and nightly fireworks displays.

Burlington is home to the award-winning Royal Botanical Gardens, which has the world’s largest lilac collection. It features over 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, including four outdoor display gardens, the Mediterranean Garden under glass, three on-site restaurants, the Gardens’ Gift Shop, and festivals.

The Art Gallery of Burlington houses the largest collection of Canadian ceramics. Ireland House at Oakridge Farm is a history museum depicting family life from the 1850s to the 1920s. Burlington’s Performing Arts Centre is a 750-seat facility that hosts a number of performances of varying styles and offers many children’s activities.

PARKS & REC

Oakville has 3,500 acres of parkland, over 300 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks, gardens, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks. Burlington has 115 parks with 1,430 acres of parkland in the city. On the shore of Lake Ontario, Spencer Smith Park has been renovated with an observatory, outdoor pond, water jet play area and restaurant.

Several conservation areas feature year-round activities. Mount Nemo Conservation Area has paths that lead to the Bruce Trail and rock climbing areas. Bronte Creek Provincial Park features a campground and recreational activities and event throughout the year.

The Bruce Trail also runs through Kerncliff Park and at many points runs along the edge of cliffs, providing a clear view of Burlington, the Burlington Skyway Bridge, Hamilton and Oakville.

RETAIL THERAPY

There are great boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bistros along the main streets of the villages that make up Oakville and Burlington. The largest mall is Oakville Place, which has a famous clock as its centrepiece. The Mapleview Centre in Burlington and Burlington Mall are the destination shopping centres and Appleby Mall has recently been renovated as an outdoor box store centre.

EASY ACCESS

Oakville Transit provides local bus service and Burlington Transit connects with Hamilton. GO Transit runs train and bus service regularly from the area. The area is served well by highways, including the QEW and Highways 407, 403, 6, 8 and 20, making commutes into the Niagara Region or the GTA simple.

BY THE NUMBERS

Oakville population: 193,800

Oakville average annual income: $163,752

Oakville walk scores: 51

Oakville.ca

Burlington population: 183,400

Burlington average annual income: $88,085

Burlington walk scores: 54

Burlington.ca


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