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Affinity Condos

Sales at new Rosehaven’s Affinity Condos are brisk, with spring 2020 move-ins

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Sales at new Rosehaven’s Affinity Condos are brisk, with spring 2020 move-ins

Less than 25 suites remain at Affinity Condominiums. This contemporary residential address is located just minutes from the waterfront in Aldershot, a popular, up-and-coming neighbourhood that’s well connected to transit, shopping and dining.

Sales at Affinity have been so brisk that construction started well on schedule a while back. Now the West building has risen to its full six floors. Exterior and interior finishing are progressing well. The East building is also rising fast on the horizon. Move-ins are scheduled for spring/summer 2020.

Modern suites and amenities

Affinity offers a great selection of one- and two-bedroom suites designed for modern living, with exceptional features and finishes. Open concept kitchen and Great Rooms are perfect for spending quality time with family. Contemporary finishes include sleek quartz countertops, designer cabinetry, glass tile backsplash and wide plank flooring.

A wide range of sophisticated amenities offer residents an active, urban lifestyle with contemporary charm and stylish accents. Main entrance Lobbies in both buildings are crafted with sleek finishes, and both offer their own mail room. The Lounge offers a sophisticated setting to greet guests, head out for the night, or come home to your sanctuary.

The Fitness Centre

Staying fit and healthy is a breeze, as each building has its own fully-equipped Fitness Centre comprised of a gym and yoga room. Both spaces come with state-of-the-art equipment, including treadmills, cardio machines, weights, barbells and more. Balance mind, body and spirit in the calm and serene yoga studio. You can’t beat the convenience of a workout area so close — whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening, the fitness area awaits.

The Terrace

Each building has a stunning Rooftop Terrace with great views, outdoor fireplaces, barbecue stations and more. Invigorate your senses. Feel the breeze off the lake. Listen to the sound of friends’ laughter. Smell the delicious delights on the barbecue. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation or any other special occasion. Your terrace is the ideal place to make memories.

The Commons

When it’s time to kick back and relax with friends and family, head over to The Commons – a bright, inviting and spacious party place designed to let you and your friends have a great time. Take advantage of the kitchen area, catch the big game on the state-of-the-art TV or sharpen your competitive edge on the billiards table. It’s always party central in The Commons.

Everything at your doorstep

Everything that residents need for an active, connected lifestyle is right at Affinity’s doorstep. The bus stop is right outside the building, plus you have easy access to the Burlington GO station and highways. Shoppers can choose from a variety of exciting destinations, including Ikea, and Burlington’s favourite Mapleview Mall. Shop, dine, commute, entertain — you can do it all.

Affinity Condos is well under construction with less than 25 suites remaining, from one- to two-bedroom plus formal dining room. Suites range from 687 to 1,272 sq. ft. and start from the mid $400,000s, with parking and locker included.

Be sure to follow Affinity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news, promotions and offers, including construction progress with the latest photos and updates. For further information visit the website.


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Gallery Condos + Lofts

Carriage Gate introduces Gallery Condos + Lofts – an exciting new community

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Carriage Gate introduces Gallery Condos + Lofts – an exciting new community

Picture yourself living in the heart of Burlington’s downtown core right across from City Hall at Gallery Condos + Lofts by Carriage Gate Homes. This exciting and vibrant community introduces Burlington’s most anticipated lifestyle opportunity.

Residents will be able to enjoy music, dance and theatre performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and take in the exhibits at the Art Gallery of Burlington. They can walk to fine eateries and bistros, and stroll to Spencer Smith Park, with its scenic waterfront promenade. The park is the site of numerous events throughout the year – the Sound of Music Festival and Ribfest are just two of the many festivals that take place in beautiful downtown Burlington. The Brant St. Pier, extending 132 metres into Lake Ontario, provides breathtaking views of the lake and the city’s shoreline.

At Gallery Condos + Lofts, it’s the details that make the difference. The suites are modern with luxury finishes, open-concept layouts and chef style kitchens to bring together family and friends over the art of food. The custom cabinets, vanities, and quartz countertops add a sophisticated touch to the suites. The oversized terraces with barbecue connections in the tower suites maximize usable space, making them a pleasure to live in. Suites range in size from 500 to more than 1,600 sq. ft., with most of the tower units averaging a little less than 1,000 sq. ft.

“The soft lofts on the gallery level are a first for Burlington,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate. They will feature soaring ceilings, barn style doors, and concrete accent walls. The master ensuites offer a one-of-a-kind four-piece spa experience. The signature feature places the tub in a five-by-five-ft. rain room which has been meticulously curated by award-winning Tomas Pearce Interior Design. 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.

When it comes to a great lifestyle, you don’t have to venture far from your home at Gallery Condos + Lofts, thanks to an impressive list of onsite amenities, including a magnificent indoor pool, a private yoga room, fully-equipped fitness facilities, pet spa, party room with private dining area, and billiards lounge. From the top of the 22nd floor, residents and their guests will enjoy spectacular lake views in every direction from the rooftop oasis, with a fire feature, lounge areas, and barbecues for alfresco dining.

Burlington offers excellent value for buyers looking for urban amenities and a great location. Gallery Condos + Lofts has 159 units, with prices starting from the $400,000s to more than $1 million. Perfectly positioned at Brant and James St., the building is adding to the colourful palette of the downtown core with its pedestrian-friendly urban location. The wide streetscapes on three sides of the building offer the perfect place for plenty of new trees, street furniture and outdoor patio space. As the city of Burlington undergoes a revitalization, these streetscapes will go a long way to improve the downtown core, while still offering a quaint yet hip feel that residents will revel in.

Demolition is scheduled to start this summer, with an official groundbreaking for Gallery Condos + Lofts anticipated in the early fall, and move-ins projected for spring of 2021.

There is no doubt that the city exudes an electric vibe, a place full of life and energy, which Gallery Condos + Lofts is pleased to be right in the centre of.

About Carriage Gate

Carriage Gate has been building in Southwestern Ontario areas for more than 30 years. It has created award-winning communities in Hamilton, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Oakville. As a visionary company specializing in the construction of high-quality homes, modern condominiums, commercial developments and urban highrise communities, Carriage Gate celebrates the past and ensures its commitment to being “Home to New Living.”

For further information, including preconstruction sales opportunities, visit the sales office, located at 2107 Old Lakeshore Rd. The sales office is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.

905.637.3885
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Affinity Condos

Affinity Condos is an exciting new project by renowned homebuilder Rosehaven Homes

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Affinity Condos is an exciting new project by renowned homebuilder Rosehaven Homes

Just minutes from the waterfront in Aldershot, one of Burlington’s popular, up-and-coming neighbourhoods, a contemporary residential address is quickly rising on the horizon. This is Affinity Condominiums, an exciting new project by renowned homebuilder Rosehaven Homes.

The resounding success of Affinity has resulted in less than 30 suites remaining for purchase. Choose from a great selection of one- and two-bedroom suites. Features and finishes are of exceptional quality and the standard of craftsmanship is second to none. Open concept kitchen and Great Rooms are perfect for spending quality time with family. Contemporary finishes include sleek quartz countertops, glass tile backsplash and wide plank flooring.

Construction on this modern two-building condo is well underway. This condominium is starting to take shape. In fact, the west building residents will be moving in early next year. Less than 30 suites remain in Affinity, so make this your opportunity to own!

The building amenities are designed to let residents lead a modern, active, urban lifestyle with contemporary charm and stylish accents. Main entrance lobbies in both buildings are crafted with sleek finishes and both offer their own mail room. The lounge in the main building offers a sophisticated setting to greet guests, head out for the night, or come home to your sanctuary.

The fitness centre

Staying fit and healthy is a breeze as each building has its own fully-equipped fitness centre comprised of a gym and yoga room. Both spaces come with state-of-the-art equipment including treadmills, cardio machines, weights, barbells and more. Balance mind, body and spirit in the calm and serene yoga studio. You can’t beat the convenience of a workout area so close — whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening, the fitness area awaits.

The terrace

Each building has a stunning rooftop terrace with great views, outdoor fireplaces, barbecue stations and more. Invigorate your senses. Feel the breeze off the lake. Listen to the sound of friends’ laughter. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation or any other special occasion. Your terrace is the ideal place to make memories.

The Commons

When it’s time to kick back and relax with friends and family, head over to The Commons – a bright, inviting and spacious party place designed to let you and your friends have a great time. Take advantage of the kitchen area, catch the big game on the state-of-the-art TV or sharpen your competitive edge on the billiards table. It’s always party central in The Commons.

Moments from everything

Everything that residents need for an active, connected lifestyle is right at Affinity’s doorstep. The bus stop is right outside the building, plus you have easy access to Burlington GO station and the highway. Shoppers can choose from a variety of exciting destinations including Ikea and Burlington’s favourite Mapleview Mall. Shop, dine, commute, entertain — you can do it all.

Affinity Condos is well under construction with less than 30 suites available, from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom-plus formal dining room. Suites range in size from 575 to 1,272 sq. ft., and start from the mid $300,000s, with parking and locker included. For further information, visit the website.


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Gallery Condos + Lofts

Gallery Condos + Lofts offers urban-inspired living in Burlington

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Gallery Condos + Lofts offers urban-inspired living in Burlington

Situated in the heart of downtown Burlington, just west of Toronto and directly across from city hall, Carriage Gate’s Gallery Condos + Lofts will offer homeowners modern luxury and all the creature comforts of home.

The 159 suites have been meticulously curated by award-winning Tomas Pearce Interior Design. The art-inspired lobby features two-storey ceilings, an integrated fireplace, and luxurious lounge seating beneath a cascading designer chandelier. An understated elegance is enhanced with original artwork and sculptures throughout the building.

For creative souls

Priced from the $400s, suites at Gallery Condos + Lofts will range in size from 514, to more than 1,600 square feet. Pre-construction pricing is still available for a limited time. The tower suites feature expansive windows, oversized balconies/terraces with gas barbecue connections, as well as spacious open-concept floorplans, chef-style kitchens and nine-foot ceiling heights. “Interiors have been designed for the way that you live, with most of the tower units averaging close to 1,000 square feet,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate Homes. “The attention to detail that we’ve put into these extraordinary kitchens, is sure to bring out the culinary artist in you.”

The soft lofts on the gallery level of the 22-storey building, boast unique urban finishes, barn-style doors, concrete accent walls and 10-foot ceiling heights. The signature, master ensuite, includes a one-of-a-kind, four-piece wet room, elevating it to a spa-like experience.

Building amenities will include an elaborate party room with separate dining and billiard spaces on the second floor, as well as a gym and a yoga room that open to the outdoors, and a spectacular indoor pool. From the top of the 22nd floor, a rooftop oasis provides breathtaking views. Lounge in luxury, or dine alfresco, while overlooking downtown Burlington and Lake Ontario. A 24-hour concierge service, and pet spa, round out this fine living experience.

The extended community

Energetic, vivid, dynamic and full of life, Burlington is undergoing a revitalization. As a further expression of the artistic vibe of this city, Gallery Condos + Lofts is adding to the colourful palette. The building will be situated at the corner of Brant and James Streets, with wide streetscapes on all three sides of the building. A lushly landscaped piazza-style environment will feature patios, dining and street-level retail – the perfect gathering place.

Gallery Condos + Lofts positions residents in the centre of all that Burlington has to offer, including cultural events, festivals and year-round activities. Walk or bike along the 32-kilometre Brant Street Pier, and take advantage of an abundance of shops and restaurants in downtown Burlington.

Carriage Gate Homes has been building award-winning communities in southwestern Ontario for more than 30 years. Gallery Condos + Lofts is one of their finest developments.

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Burlington Gallery Condos + Lofts

Burlington Gallery Condos + Lofts are art-inspired with modern design

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Burlington Gallery Condos + Lofts are art-inspired with modern design

Coming soon to downtown Burlington, Gallery Condos + Lofts will feature 159 art-inspired tower suites and soft loft units with urban finishes, higher ceilings barn style doors, concrete accent walls, and track style lighting. The modern design curated by renowned Tomas Pierce Interior Design boasts open concept layouts, as well as large balconies and terraces, that are perfectly positioned for breathtaking views in every direction. Aside from the 10-ft.-high ceilings, the lofts’ master ensuite offers a one-of-kind, four-piece spa bath. This signature feature places the tub in a five-by-five-ft. rain room which will add a unique touch to the spa like experience. The soft loft concept, will make up about 20 per cent of the residential units and is new to the market. The building is designed for living, as most of the tower units average slightly less than 1,000 sq. ft., with large chef style kitchens, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and large outdoor spaces with gas barbecue connections.

Located on Lake Ontario, the city of Burlington 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. The 22-storey building will feature a four-storey podium with a unique cutaway corner and wide streetscape for the public to enjoy.

Building amenities will include an elaborate party room with separate dining and billiards spaces on the second floor, as well as a gym and yoga room that opens to the outdoors for indoor or outdoor practice and a spectacular second floor indoor pool. There will also be an extensive rooftop feature including separate dining, lounge and barbecue areas in addition to fire features. All of these spaces will showcase the spectacular views the building offers.

From the top of the 22nd floor, residents and their guests will enjoy the lake, harbour into Hamilton and the Toronto skyline. Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate Homes, credits the unique positioning of the building, along with its design, for the fact that many of residents will enjoy these views from their suites as well. Carnicelli explains that the wide streetscapes on three sides of the building of Brant, James and John Streets offers the perfect space for plenty of new trees, street furniture and even outdoor patio space. As the city undergoes a revitalization, these streetscapes will go a long way to improve the downtown core while still offering a quaint yet hip feel that residents will revel in. The close proximity to City Hall and Civic Square make it an ideal location for those who work in the city or want to enjoy all it has to offer on their time off.

The builder goes on to explain that the location is full of vitality and he’s excited to tap into that. “This is an art-inspired project,” Carnicelli says of his desire to make a contribution to public art as part of the development. The plan is to engage local artists in the project with the intent of featuring local art in the building’s lobbies and common areas.

About Carriage Gate Homes

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 registration planned for spring/summer this year.

Prices start from $400,000 with suites ranging in size from 500 to more than 1,500 sq. ft. Learn more and register or learn more about Burlington.


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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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Burlington

Burlington – engaged in development

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Burlington – engaged in development

Long gone are the days when Burlington, a city of about 185,000 off the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario, was a sleepy suburb on the outskirts of the GTA. Expansion in highway and transit infrastructure, economic and employment growth and new housing development are all contributing to what today is a booming, and self-sustaining, destination.

It’s all coming together nicely for Burlington. For some, perhaps, maybe a little too fast.

But more on that later.

Blessed location

Blessed with an outstanding natural location close to the lake, the QEW, Dundas Street West and Hwys. 403 and 401, getting to and around Burlington has never been a challenge. But recent improvements to transit service and highways have afforded even easier movement for businesses and residents.

Such growth has contributed to an increasingly diverse economy, strong in automotive and manufacturing, but not overly reliant on any one sector. Some of the city’s largest employers include Cogeco Cable, ARGO Land Development and the Joseph Brant Hospital.

Besides being close to Lake Ontario to the south, and the Niagara Escarpment to the north, Burlington is also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It boasts more than 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, the world’s largest lilac collection and three on-site restaurants.

Down by the lake, the recently renovated Spencer Smith Park hosts an array of annual free festivals, including Canada’s largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, Children’s Festival and Lakeside Festival of Lights.

Engaged in development

With so much in Burlington’s favour, it’s no surprise that more people are moving here – particularly those looking for more affordable homes than in Toronto. Indeed, it’s a nice compromise: Oakville to the east, is now one of the GTA’s priciest housing markets; Hamilton to the west, is more affordable but still considered an area in transition.

Nor should it come as a surprise that Burlington residents are engaged in their community development, and took the opportunity in the October 2018 municipal elections to vote for change. Journalist and city councillor Marianne Meed Ward became the city’s first female mayor since 1978, replacing two-term incumbent Rick Goldring.

“Burlington residents have consistently raised concerns about over-intensification and development in our city,” she said after officially taking over in December 2018. “During the election, they made their voices heard and clearly indicated the need to review the scale and intensity of planned development, especially in the new Official Plan.”

To that end, Meed Ward says she plans to take a close look at development, specifically in downtown, and has launched a Red Tape Red Carpet task force to address permitting and approvals. She also campaigned on tackling traffic congestion, tax reform, building trust with the community and protecting greenspace.

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Location, location, location

• Population 185,000, located in Halton Region at the northwestern end of Lake Ontario

• Distance from Toronto, 60 km; 21 km from Oakville; 15 km to Hamilton

Key landmarks

• Royal Botanical Gardens

• Spencer Smith Park

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Valera 2 by Adi Development Group – Condominiums

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Valera 2

Valera 2: Adi Developments announces grand opening of new Burlington condo

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Valera 2: Adi Developments announces grand opening of new Burlington condo

On Feb. 23 and 24, 2019 Adi Development Group officially celebrated the grand opening of the second phase of Valera, its spectacular master-planned community in Uptown Burlington. Valera 2 (also called V2) offers an array of the most popular one-, two- and three-bedroom designs from the first phase, with the addition of new layouts adding to the selection. Prices for one-bedrooms starting from the $350,000s and two-bedrooms from the $410,000s attracted a crowd.

Unbeatable location

Commuting and travelling is easy from the Valera community; transportation options include GO trains, rapid bus transit, and Hwys. 403 and 407 and the QEW are only minutes away. For the utmost in convenience, many life-enhancing services lie within walking distance. Shopping, golf courses, restaurants, entertainment venues, medical services are also close. The forested walking and jogging trails of Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Niagara Escarpment are among the local destinations ideal for enjoying the outdoors.

Enticing condo amenities

The dramatic double-height luxurious lobby is a warm welcome for residents of Valera and V2 alike, where 24-hour attentive concierge service offers peace of mind. Beyond the lobby, a private dining/meeting room is provided for those having a home-based or mobile office in mind. The recreation and leisure centre is envisioned as the heart of the community, a place to gather and also to watch major sports and entertainment events in the designated entertainment lounge. The on-site pet spa provides another level of convenience for pet owners.

On the third floor, there’s a wonderful rooftop lounge with fire pit, refreshing pool and outdoor dining and barbecue area where condo owners will soak in the resort-style atmosphere and spectacular views. V2’s shared amenities also address people’s desire for health and wellness by incorporating a wellness spa with a sauna and steam room, a cross-fit equipped fitness facility and yoga studio. An on-site car share program is designed to provide a convenient and cost-effective option for condo buyers who choose not to own a vehicle.

Exceptional design and modern interiors

Lush green gardens surround V2, providing a stunning backdrop to the architecturally contemporary exterior with abundant glass, and a facade which steps back as it rises 10 storeys to create large private terraces. Suite layouts are designed to maximize use of space, resulting in homes that are both functional and flexible. Kitchens come with premium appliances, quartz countertops and modern cabinetry in stylish two-tone finishes. Bright and spacious principal living areas feature up to nine-ft. ceilings and wide-plank laminate flooring.

Adi’s Home+ smart-building technology integrates keyless entry, climate control, security and app-enabled convenience. Residents will be able to monitor their homes from a digital wall pad or from anywhere in the world on their mobile device.

Building to higher standards in real estate development

Adi Development Group was established in 2007 by brothers Tariq Adi and Saud Adi. Today, the Adi team shares a passion for superior architecture and design; delivering convenience, value and world-class customer service to its buyers, and specializes in real estate investment, planning, design, building and management.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 4880 Valera Rd. in Burlington, or register for V2 on the website.

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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.

Deena Pantalone

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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Tariq Adi

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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