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Affinity Condos & Odyssey Condos

Affinity Condos & Odyssey Condos

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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

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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.

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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

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Blueprint Workshop revolutionizes new home consumer research

As its slogan “You are the Blueprint” attests, National Homes takes homebuyer feedback seriously when planning its homes and communities.

Always an industry innovator, the company has now revolutionized the concept of traditional focus groups and consumer research with the National Homes Blueprint Workshop, a ground-breaking event that explored how homeowners feel about their homes, how they live in them, and what type of design, features and technology they believe will improve their lives.

The January Blueprint Workshop brought together creative design thinkers with dozens of past and potential future National Homes buyers of varied ages and demographics. They gathered in the IBM Innovation Space at Venture Labs in Markham, along with National Homes staff, designers, architects, engineers and partner leaders for a THINKTANK dedicated to new homes. Students from York University’s Schulich School of Business real estate master’s program also participated.

They broke into four small groups with partner leaders to engage in discussions, presentations and interviews. IBM helped to design and facilitate the workshop.

When IBM’s expertise in human-centred design indicates that the conversation is less about features and functions, and more about users and outcomes, businesses are more successful. It’s about understanding what matters to clients, how they see the world and getting to know them.

“With a typical focus group, people are sitting behind a screen or mirror with a facilitator and it’s structured,” says Deena Pantalone, director of marketing innovation and managing partner for National Homes. “This was more relaxed and comfortable. Rather than asking things such as, ‘Which interior finish do you like,’ we discussed generally how it feels to live in a house.”

The workshop’s purpose was to provide in-depth insight into homebuyers’ needs and desires, to further research and development efforts to position National Homes as a builder that values innovation and is responsive to its customers.

The day delved into the homeowner experience beyond bricks and mortar, explored new technology and time-saving solutions, as well as how to make the homebuying experience unique. It explored the idea of community, looking not just solely at homeowners’ needs, but what their parents and children might need as well.

Participants were selected based on responses to a survey sent to registrants from National Homes’ communities, along with current homeowners.

Partner leaders included Karl Vredenburg, Director IBM Design Worldwide Client Programs and head of IBM Studios Canada; Professor James McKellar, Associate Dean External Relations and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Schulich School of Business; Raphael Wong and Matt Lennan of ThoughtWire, a leading Canadian digital intelligence company; Jenna Zaza of The Interactive Abode, a technology company that allows purchasers to virtually decorate their new homes and make finishing selections online; Jason Disher, Logan Stewart, Tyler Balding and Yonnas Tecle of Panasonic, a company that makes state-of-theart home products; and Bob Storey, Andreas C. Leuth and Greg Jefferies of Sto Canada Ltd., a leader in high-performance building cladding options.

“Innovation has always been a staple of our corporate foundation,” says Pantalone. “I’ve travelled to leading international cities where this type of research is being carried out. We want to anticipate homeowner problems and provide solutions by thinking ahead. We want to provide futuristic homes that are affordable.”

Workshop participants got a glimpse into some of the future possibilities. For example, ThoughtWire has changed the way people act with their built environment with its software. It has played a transformative role in digitizing healthcare facilities, speeding up workflow and improving patient experience with automation and real-time interactions between medical staff, systems and devices. For instance, patients can control the temperature in their rooms, medical personnel get real-time patient information on their devices and elevators can be programmed so food carts delivering patient meals won’t be delayed. Some of this technology can be adapted for residential use.

Panasonic might be best known for home entertainment products in Canada, but the company has a comprehensive lineup of home-related products and builds entire new home communities in Japan. Participants learned about the Shimau Principle – the art of space and harmony where everything is in its rightful place. Panasonic offers comprehensive storage and organization solutions. Developed in Japan, where people live in smaller spaces, the solutions are a great fit for condos — or any home — as many homeowners do not utilize space to its best advantage.

Attendees got to see, touch and feel EcoShapes from Sto Canada, a product that has been used in Europe for more than 30 years but is new to Canada. It reduces energy costs, provides a higher R-value and reduces the home’s carbon footprint. Sto’s forward-thinking products contribute to creating a superior energy-efficient home.

Zaza, founder of The Interactive Abode, explained how pop culture, online sites and TV shows inspired development of her interactive software that allows purchasers the time to research and make decisions about their new home selections from the comfort of their own homes. It uses photo-realistic renderings to take the guesswork out of decisions between standard or upgrade options and allows buyers to visualize how colour selections and finishes will look in their new residence. Zaza says in the last five years, sales centres have incorporated software that helps with homebuying, but the process was lacking in the design studio. Zaza brought four laptops for workshop participants to try the online design studio for themselves.

Pantalone is excited about the possibilities the Blueprint Workshop offered and sees this as the springboard for more collaborative sessions with homeowners and other partners to transform the builder-buyer relationship.

“Our slogan, ‘You Are the Blueprint,’ means something to us as a company,” she said. “This will allow us to take our relationship with our purchasers to a whole new level and create a more meaningful buying and living experience for them.”

National Homes looks forward to offering some of their latest “bright ideas” at upcoming new home communities in 2018 and 2019 including Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.
National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.

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Visit National Homes online for more information and to register for previews before the public openings in communities in Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

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Affinity Condos

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Affinity Condos

With construction underway on new Rosehaven condominium in Burlington’s Aldershot, you can feel the excitement coming to life

Affinity consists of two contemporary six-storey midrise condo buildings. Exteriors will feature stunning glass walls, black brick with stone and stucco elements and ‘wood’ accents. Each building will offer its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen, rooftop terrace, lobby and mail room.

This inspired condo community is minutes to the Aldershot GO Station, with quick highway access, making it popular among a wide range of buyers, from empty-nesters to young professionals. Residents will enjoy the carefree lock-and-leave condo lifestyle, with numerous amenities in an established neighbourhood that is close to waterfront parks and trails.

The response among condo buyers to Affinity has been incredible. If you’re concerned that you’ve missed out on a real opportunity, don’t worry. There’s still a great selection of suites remaining, ranging from 575-square-foot one-bedrooms up to 1,272-square-foot two-bedrooms plus formal dining room.

The contemporary designs are stunning and bright with plenty of windows to let the outdoors in. The 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 bathroom, 9-foot smooth ceilings (10-foot ceilings on 6th floor suites). Suites include five appliances, state of the art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit.

Step into either building at Affinity and be welcomed in style in lobbies crafted with sleek finishes and marble accents. The building’s designer lounge provides a sophisticated setting for residents to greet guests and chat with neighbours. Sure to be a favourite, the rooftop terrace of each building features barbecues, outdoor fireplaces and seating perfect for conversation. Entertaining even a large crowd will be a breeze in the Party Room. with kitchen area, dining table, TV, billiards and conversation area with stylish contemporary decor.

Residents will discover the convenience of having a gym an elevator ride away; no more gym fees or cold winter morning workouts. Both buildings offer their own spacious fitness area and yoga room, complete with state-of-the-art equipment.

Set in a leafy established residential neighbourhood between Aldershot Park and Teal Greenway Park, Affinity is surrounded by green spaces. From Affinity it’s only a 20-minute walk to the Waterfront Trail or a four-minute car ride. Recreational access to Lake Ontario is found at nearby LaSalle Park, with marina, event pavilion, trails, boardwalk, beach, picnic areas, and wading pool, and an amazing view of Burlington’s Skyway Bridge that leads to Niagara and The Falls.

Aldershot is also home to the famed 2,700-acre Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest of its kind in Canada and a favourite destination. But don’t be fooled by all the natural splendour; the neighbourhood is well served with convenient amenities. Shopping, schools, and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores just minutes away by car or transit.

New Presentation Centre to open February 3rd, 2018 at 516 Plains Road, Unit 13, in Burlington. For further information or to book an appointment, visit the website.

1.888.410.0175

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Editor's Choice: Rosehaven Homes

Editor’s Choice: Rosehaven Homes

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This 25 year old is just getting started

As 2017 winds down, Rosehaven Homes’ 25th Anniversary celebration may seem complete — but they are just getting started. This year has been full of non-stop excitement with several successful new releases in Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Aldershot, and Brampton.

In addition, Rosehaven’s first foray into the midrise condo market is a best seller. And the company’s brand new website launched this year, providing busy customers with a more mobile-friendly interface.

TIFFANY HILL

Rosehaven returned this fall to upscale Ancaster with an exciting and much awaited new release of 45- and 40-foot singles with contemporary as well as classic elevations, plus the return of their traditional freehold townhomes. These homes boast stunning finishes such as hardwood and imported ceramic tile throughout the ground floor, oak stairs, spectacular kitchens, large family/great rooms and more.

AFFINITY CONDOS

With construction starting soon at Burlington’s favourite midrise condo, those who are interested should be aware that the Sales Office will be relocating soon, so hurry in for a tour of our designer model suite. In an established neighbourhood, Affinity is walking distance to shopping, schools, lakefront parks, trails and the Aldershot GO Transit train station. A good selection of contemporary suites remain, ranging from 575 to 1,272 square feet. Visit soon to take advantage of pre-construction pricing.

MOUNT PLEASANT

Imagine your family in a courtyard townhome up to 2,151 square feet in Brampton, each with a private fenced courtyard and double-car garage. This inspired design is the ultimate low-maintenance 24/7 outdoor oasis, with direct access from the garage into the home. The courtyard home design has classic roots for its ability to offer privacy and providing scenic views from indoors in all seasons and a protected “outdoor room” for kids to play, for barbecues and entertaining. Also available at Mount Pleasant are stunning freehold traditional townhomes as well as our contemporary terrace towns that are perfect for entertaining, and live/work townhomes offering ground floor commercial or retail space. For a limited time, Rosehaven is offering $20,000 (inclusive of HST) in Decor Dollars on all new townhome sales, so act swiftly and get a dream home decor budget.

COMING SOON

On The Ridge in Stoney Creek: Spring 2018 will be beautiful in Stoney Creek when Rosehaven launches a brand new release of 40- and 36-foot singles, semis and freehold townhomes. The homes will range from 1,398 to 3,303 square feet and will offer open-concept living with nine-foot smooth main floor ceilings, oak stairs, hardwood flooring and imported ceramic tile. Register now at LiveOnTheRidge.ca.

Tiffany Hill: Innovative freehold/condo lane townhomes are coming to Tiffany Hill in spring 2018. Register at TiffanyHill.ca.

This anniversary year might be drawing to a close, but great things are coming for the New Year with more design innovations and new releases at Rosehaven communities. We are ever evolving with new designs, partnerships and bold innovations. Here’s to our next 25 years!

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Fall is looking amazing

With autumn approaching, the respected builder is heading into the final quarter of its anniversary year, and like any 25-year-old, they’re full of vitality and just getting started.

TIFFANY HILL

Tiffany Hill returns to Ancaster this fall with a new release of exceptional singles and townhomes. Large four bedroom 45- and 40-foot singles, traditional freehold townhomes and new freehold/condo lane townhomes will be offered.

Interest is incredible and these stunning homes are expected to sell very quickly so be sure to register your interest now. This established community of winding avenues, abundant amenities, schools and natural spaces is highly sought-after in prestigious Ancaster. Be sure to register online at TiffanyHill.ca and stay in the loop.

AFFINITY

Affinity Condominiums, the best-selling midrise condo in Burlington, offers two contemporary buildings.

Seeing is believing but you’d better hurry to tour the gorgeous designer Model Suite and see the finishes and features for yourself. Construction will be starting soon and the Sales Centre is moving to a new location in the fall.

The suites range from 575 to 1,272 square feet with a choice of floorplans from one bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room. Contemporary finishes include wide plank laminate flooring, quartz countertops, nine-foot smooth ceilings and five appliances.

Rosehaven’s first foray into the Burlington condo market is a triumph. Imagine living the carefree condo lifestyle in an established neighbourhood near parks, trails and the waterfront. Plus, enjoy transit at your doorstep that will whisk you away to your desired location.

Those interested in this exciting project, located walking distance to the Aldershot GO Transit station, should visit soon for a tour. The Sales Centre is currently located at 348 Plains Road East, Aldershot.

MOUNT PLEASANT

Offering contemporary freehold Townhaus collection of terrace towns and live/work towns plus traditional freehold townhomes and a few singles, Mount Pleasant in Brampton has something for everyone.

Those looking for a townhome will be pleased with all the choices. There are beautiful two-storey traditional freehold townhomes that are ideal for growing families, with eat-in kitchen, spacious family-sized great rooms, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms including a master ensuite.

Entertaining is easy in the contemporary freehold Townhaus terrace towns that offer up to 2,286 square feet of open-concept living, including large great rooms with sliders that open onto an outdoor terrace. Busy residents will be pleased to have a two-car garage and there’s also a ground floor space with a private bath that can be used as a den or extra bedroom.

If your dream includes working from home, a contemporary freehold Townhaus live/work unit is for you, with its ground level work space including a half bath. Imagine being able to cut your commute to only one staircase while impressing your clients with the sleek modern styling and expansive windows. The living space on the two floors above is just as elegant and includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms, an outdoor terrace and one or two-car garage.

Mount Pleasant also has four magnificent detached homes to choose from. Visit the Sales Centre and see the stunning 41- and 45-foot singles available now.

Come to the Sales Office today at 308 Buick Boulevard off Mississauga Road.

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Local Focus: Hamilton

Local Focus: Hamilton

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Local Focus: Hamilton

by Gale Beeby

HOUSING OPTIONS

Hamilton is no stranger to historic housing or large estates, but also has a large selection of housing at any price, including an influx of new condominiums. There are many new housing developments. Click here to see a full list of homes for sale.

THE WORKPLACE

Hamilton is the centre of industry in the Golden Horseshoe. The Hamilton airport has grown to be the leading facility in the country for courier, cargo and freight shipments. The Port of Hamilton is the busiest port on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes.

Hamilton also has a busy agricultural industry, which generates more than $1 billion in trade annually. It is also becoming a leader in brownfield redevelopment and has recently begun an initiative to revitalize its downtown core.

Numerous TV and film productions have been filmed in Hamilton and a growing arts and culture community anchors the many local art galleries, recording studios and independent film production companies.

SCHOOL DAYS

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board administer schools in Hamilton. The Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest operates one elementary and one secondary school in Hamilton and there are a number of private schools in the area.

McMaster University Medical Centre
McMaster University Medical Centre

Hamilton is home to several post-secondary institutions, including the renowned McMaster University, which has over 22,000 students. Brock University in St. Catharines has a satellite campus in Hamilton used primarily for teacher education. Other schools include McMaster Divinity College, Mohawk College and Redeemer University College.

LEISURE PURSUITS

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington

The award-winning Royal Botanical Gardens is a 2,422-acre nature sanctuary considered the plant biodiversity hotspot of Canada. It is also a part of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum houses over 40 historical aircraft and an extensive aviation gift shop and gallery.

Dundurn Castle
Dundurn Castle

Also located in Hamilton is the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Hamilton Military Museum, the Museum of Steam and Technology, and the Whitehern Historic House and Gardens. Dundurn Castle is an 18,000-square-foot neoclassical mansion that was completed in 1835 by architect Robert Charles Wetherell. Built for Sir Allan Napier MacNab, the City of Hamilton has carefully restored the rooms to illustrate life in the 1850s.

Albion Falls
Albion Falls

Hamilton is also home to the Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and the Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League; their main rivals are the Toronto Marlies.

PARKS & REC

Gage Park
Gage Park

If you are an active hiker, this is the area for you. The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, runs 890 kilometres along the Escarpment from Tobermory in the north to Niagara in the south. The section of the trail from Milton to Grimsby runs along the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois.

Webster's Falls
Webster’s Falls

The Hamilton Conservation Authority operates several parks, including Westfield Heritage Village, Dundas Valley (home to the Hermitage Ruins), Fifty Point on Lake Ontario, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Confederation Park, Eramosa Karst (filled with underground caves and streams) and Valens Lake campground.

RETAIL THERAPY

Hamilton has a lively downtown with a large selection of boutiques, restaurants, cafés and salons. Jackson Square is Hamilton’s largest downtown shopping mall, which is also connected to FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum). The City Centre Mall and Lime Ridge Mall, Hamilton’s largest shopping destination with over 200 shops and services, round out the large shopping districts. And, of course, big box outlets are handily located.

EASY ACCESS

Transit is a viable option in Hamilton. The HSR (Hamilton Street Railway) runs throughout the city and connects with Burlington. Its name is a legacy of the days when most of public transit vehicles were streetcars. The area is served well by highways, including the QEW and Highways 403, 6, 8 and 20, the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway and the Red Hill Valley Parkway, making commutes into the Niagara Region or the GTA simple. GO Transit also goes in and out of Hamilton daily.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 536,917

Founded: 1816

Known as: The Waterfall Capital of the World

Walk Scores:

  • Westdale Hamilton: 90
  • West Hamilton: 88
  • Dundas: 83
  • Hamilton Mountain: 82
  • Ancaster: 75
  • Upper Wentworth: 73
  • Stoney Creek Downtown: 75

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Destination Ontario: Hamilton & Burlington

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Destination Ontario: Hamilton & Burlington

By Cece Scott www.cecescott.com

Golden Horseshoe Port Cities

Hamilton

Founded in 1816, Hamilton has experienced an epoch-making revitalization over the past few years. The city is becoming known for its vibrant arts community, tasty culinary destinations and still affordable housing. An equidistant hour’s drive from Toronto or Niagara Falls, Hamilton is Canada’s ninth largest municipality, and Ontario’s third. With leafy streets and epic architecture, Hamilton offers quirky neighbourhoods and historical charm.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

James Street North is at the centre of Hamilton’s developing arts’ scene, along with King William Street, Locke Street and King Street. James Street North has a wide selection of new eateries to choose from, including Jack & Lois, which was mentioned on You Gotta Eat Here, E-Talk and in The Huffington Post, plus Charred, Mesa and the health-conscious Green Bar. Funky boutiques offer everything from party ware to jewellery and fashions from local designers. Nearby Ottawa Street captures Hamilton’s eclectic spirit with dozens and dozens of storefronts that include D.Y.I. shops, fabrics, antiques, collectibles and restaurants.

James Street art crawl

For great shopping and dining, visit Gore Park in the city’s downtown core. Take some time out on a park bench to smell the roses while admiring the stately statues of Queen Victoria and Sir John A. Macdonald.

The Art Gallery of Hamilton has been an epicentre for the arts for more than 100 years, and is Ontario’s third largest public gallery. The McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) was founded in 1967 at McMaster University, and houses more than 7,000 pieces of art.

Hamilton’s live theatre scene offers diverse performances at Theatre Aquarius, and at smaller companies like the Players’ Guild of Hamilton and Hamilton Theatre Inc.

DAY-TRIPPING

Hamilton’s historical attractions include the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the HMCS Haida National Historic Site (Canada’s most famous Tribal Class warship) and Dundurn – a National Historic Site built in 1835. Now a museum, the castle was the former residence of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, Prime Minister of Upper Canada, 1854 to 1856. The current Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, is the museum’s patron, and is the great, great, great granddaughter of MacNab.

Other noted attractions include the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, (Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons is a member), the African Lion Safari Park and the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Canadian War Plane Museum

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Residents and visitors can cycle along Hamilton’s 7.5 kilometres of waterfront trails through the 40-acre Bayfront Park, which includes an outdoor skating rink and soon-tobe- refurbished public marina, and connects to the Royal Botanical Gardens. The Hamilton Escarpment offers spectacular views of the city and of the Hamilton Harbour.

Webster’s Falls

Hamilton, and the surrounding area, boasts more than 100 waterfalls. Webster’s Falls is located in the Spencer George/Webster’s Falls Conservation Area, and is considered Hamilton’s gem. Enjoy a self-guided walk along the well-maintained trails that provide access to a host of waterfalls along the Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail. Trekkers can also hike the King’s Forest Waterfall Walk to Albion Falls, the Devil’s Punchbowl Battlefield Creek Walk and the scenic Iroquoia Walk, among others. Picturesque cycling routes include the Escarpment Rail Trail, Dofasco Trail Loop, the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail and the Chedoke Rail Trail.

VALLEY TOWN

The picturesque town of Dundas is located close by, and features 19th century buildings, sophisticated boutiques and food emporiums. Nicknamed the Valley Town because of its location at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment on the western edge of Lake Ontario, Dundas is a short 20-minute drive from Hamilton.

Burlington

At the centre of the Golden Horseshoe is Burlington. This city is ideally situated between Toronto and Niagara, and offers the best of all worlds. It’s home to 115 parks and 200 annual events. For five years in a row, Burlington was named the best mid-sized city in Canada, as well as Ontario’s second best city to live in by MoneySense, 2017.

Rock Climbing at Rattlesnake

YEAR-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS

Seasonal changes in Burlington are celebrated with flair. In the early spring, Maple Festivals are popular at the Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Conservation Halton. Tulips and lilacs are the first to bloom at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the return of the cherry blossoms are always a highlight at Spencer Smith Park.

Come summer, there are a plethora of ways to stay active, including hiking on the many trails, cycling along the waterfront, or casting a line and picnicking at one of the many parks in the area. Farmers’ markets are plentiful as are open-air patios for dining al fresco. In June, the Sound of Music Festival kicks off and continues throughout the summer months. Canada’s Largest Ribfest is held on Labour Day weekend at Spencer Smith Park, and is a great way to close out the summer.

Fall into Nature celebrates the changing colours along the escarpment and throughout the region. Autumn festivals include the Pumpkins to Pastries Trail and the Harvest Festival.

Winter activities in Burlington include outdoor skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hiking. Closer to the holidays, long-standing events like Holiday Traditions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Candlelit Stroll and the Festival of Lights in downtown Burlington are delightful destinations.

BLOOMIN’ GORGEOUS

A National Historic Site of Canada, The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is a four-season experience. The RBG boasts the world’s largest lilac collection, and includes 2,700 acres of gardens, nature sanctuaries, on-site restaurants, a gift shop and yearly festivals.

CREATIVELY SPEAKING

Each year, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre includes an impressive lineup of music, theatre, dance and comedy. The Art Gallery of Burlington hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including the Soup Bowl and Arts Burlington Christmas Show & Sale. There are many small galleries and studios to explore, and the Art in Action Studio Tour is scheduled for the weekend of November 4th and 5th. To learn more about early life in Burlington, the Ireland House Museum offers a guided tour. Doors Open Burlington is on September 30, 2017.

Owl at Raptor Centre

Photography : Tourism and Culture, City of Hamilton; Webster’s Falls, bigstockphoto.com, Tourism Burlington; (rock climbing and Raptor Centre) Conservation Halton

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Rosehaven brings the excitement to Burlington with the Grand Opening of new designs and larger suites

The excitement continues in Burlington with the Grand Opening of Affinity East, offering new designs and larger suites, from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room and suites ranging in size from 585 up to 1,272 square feet.

After the overwhelming success of Affinity West — over 90 per cent sold and still going strong, Rosehaven is very proud of this much anticipated release of Affinity East.

Once complete, Affinity Condos will consist of two contemporary mid-rise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room(s) with kitchen, rooftop terrace & more. Exteriors will feature stunning glass walls, black brick with stone and stucco elements and ‘wood’ accents.

The contemporary suite designs will be finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and stunning 12- x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in all bathrooms; quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms; 9-foot smooth ceilings in suites (10-foot ceilings on 6th floor suites). Suites include five appliances, state of the art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit.

With Affinity, Rosehaven is bringing condo excitement to Filmandale Road and Plains Road East in Aldershot, a picturesque village within Burlington. This newly rediscovered community along Burlington Bay in Lake Ontario is seeing a new vibrancy and a revitalization following construction of an interchange to divert traffic and retain the charming ‘downtown’ core. The growing interest in the Aldershot area is understandable given the quick access to highways as well as the Aldershot GO station that is conveniently walking distance from Affinity.

Set in a leafy established residential neighbourhood between Aldershot Park and Teal Greenway Park as well as near Burlington Golf and Country Club, Affinity is surrounded by green space including the Waterfront Trail. Access to Lake Ontario is found at nearby LaSalle Park with Marina, event pavilion, trails, boardwalk, beach, picnic areas, and wading pool, free parking — and an amazing view of Burlington’s Skyway Bridge that leads to Niagara and The Falls. Of course, Aldershot is home to the famed 2,700-acre Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest of its kind in Canada.

Living in Aldershot also means being near a myriad of outdoor escapes. There are parks, bike paths, trails and literally over 100 waterfalls and cascades along the Hamilton/Stoney Creek portion of the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, not far from Affinity. Highways 403 and 407 make travelling anywhere in the GTA fast and easy. Schools, shops, restaurants and services are at the doorstep.

The best of nature and neighbourhood near the pulse of the city? Have it all at Affinity.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 348 Plains Road East in Aldershot/Burlington. Affinity East offers a limited number of suites, a fully decorated model suite and view the scale model showcasing Affinity East and West.


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