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Neighbourhood Watch: Hamilton

Hamilton is the tech city of the future

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Hamilton is the tech city of the future

Hamilton may be best known as a steel city – a moniker it may never shake, given the industry is still alive and well here. But here’s a more modern nickname for you – tech town.

Yes, really.

The city of 536,917, located at the west end of Lake Ontario in the Niagara Peninsula and along the Niagara Escarpment, was recently ranked as one of the top tech cities in North America for “opportunity.”

Commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE rated Hamilton number two, citing a tech scene that has grown by 52 per cent over the last five years. This, in addition to naming it Canada’s fastest growing mid-sized city for tech talent in 2018.

“Hamilton’s tech scene is growing rapidly and new spaces, ideas, and collaborations are putting ‘Innovation to Work’ each day,” says Judy Lam, the City’s acting director of economic development. “Requests for brick and beam office space are flooding in to our office and we are working to attract and retain this creative class in Hamilton – which a ranking such as this one will greatly assist in such an endeavour.”

This reputation may be slightly unfamiliar to some, but homebuyers have known the city has been transitioning for years.

City on the highrise

Indeed, a quest for single-detached housing at affordable prices has sent throngs of buyers from the Toronto area to Hamilton over the past decade, ReMax Canada confirmed in a recent report.

While more affordable lowrise homes may have encouraged GTA buyers to head west, it may be the stellar performance of the highrise sector that keeps them here. See, for example, how healthy the price growth in Hamilton is for condos, as compared to that for all housing types.

Developers, meanwhile, are catering to the growing demand for highrise housing in the city. Rosehaven Homes’ KiWi Condos is among the signature projects underway in the city. More are to come, particularly as nearby Burlington is putting the brakes on such development in its downtown area.

It’s not just about homebuying opportunity in Hamilton, however. From educational institutions such as McMaster University and Mohawk College, to exhibits such as the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, to historical landmarks such as Dundurn Castle, there’s plenty to enjoy in and around the city.

City favourites

For sports fans, there’s the city favourite Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, who play out of the new Tim Hortons Field, as well as the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League, playing out of FirstOntario Centre, formerly Copps Coliseum.

Hamilton is also benefiting nicely from the billions being spent on transit and highway infrastructure improvements in the province, allowing residents to live there and easily get around the city or travel into surrounding areas.

All of this further positions Hamilton and its residents to enjoy its rising stature as a tech town, and a place to be now and in the future.

Location, location, location

Located in the Golden Horseshoe at the west end of Lake Ontario; population of 536,917; 68 kms from Toronto, 73 kms to Niagara Falls.

Key landmarks

• Canadian Football Hall of Fame

• Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

• Dundurn Castle

• FirstOntario Centre

• Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

• Tim Hortons Field

Select condo developments

98 James St. Condos by Hue Developments

98 James St. Condos by LCH Developments

CoMo Condos by Homes By DeSantis

Harbour Condos On The Bay by Canlight Group

KiWi Condos by Rosehaven Homes

Odyssey Condos & Towns by Rosehaven Homes

Soho Central Park by Losani Homes


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Neighbourhood Watch: Niagara

In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

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In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

When people think Niagara, they often think only of the Falls themselves, those natural wonders to which a visit never seems to grow old.

But beyond the awe-inspiring beauty and power of the Falls and the Niagara River, Niagara Region offers a lot more that’s worthy of just a weekend getaway.

Encompassing towns such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, the Niagara Region is blessed with a great natural location. It occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula, bounded by the U.S. to the south and on the north by Lake Ontario, and of course the Niagara Escarpment – all of which offers strong potential for business and lifestyle choices.

These natural landscapes and climate make the Niagara Region perfect for agri-business such as winemaking – a key economic sector. The Niagara Wine Route, connecting dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw to complement cultural events such as the Shaw Festival.

Indeed, a visit to the area can involve a stop at the Falls, winery tours, the quaint town of Niagara-on-the- Lake, the Botanical Gardens with its Floral Clock and Butterfly Conservatory, several championship golf course and a growing casino industry in downtown Niagara Falls.

But this is all for play. To live and work in the region is another matter.

Economic growth

Again, a blessing of location, Niagara is within 800 km of two provinces, nine states and 130 million people on both sides of the border. This means opportunities for business. The trade that flows across Niagara’s borders totals more than $100 billion annually, and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across Canada and the U.S. The infrastructure network to support this trade activity comprises five international bridges, multiple railways and the Welland Canal, linking Lake Erie into the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

All of this is conducive to growth potential for the region’s manufacturing and transportation and logistics sectors, to complement the historical strength in agriculture and tourism.

Niagara’s economy has shown steady growth in a number of areas, particularly in job creation and new investment, but still lags slightly behind Ontario averages. The Niagara economic development department confirms the area still has challenges in higher unemployment, lower participation rate and lower household income per capita.

But that’s changing. In 2018 alone, Niagara had $1.7 billion in construction investment. From 2015 to 2018, such investment grew by 56 per cent in Niagara, compared to 19 per cent for Ontario overall.

New home development

As the economy grows and affords people more opportunity to live and work in Niagara – or close by – new-home development is following.

Much of the housing growth is in the lowrise category, as buyers from the GTA find the lot sizes and price points far more appealing and affordable.

According to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey, aggregate home prices in St. Catharines-Niagara were $418,673 in the second quarter of 2019. This is up 3.2 per cent per cent from the same period last year.

Given the popularity of condominiums as a lifestyle choice, growth in this category is on its way. Homes by DeSantis, for example, has condo projects underway in both Grimsby and Stoney Creek. And Urbane Communities is building Marbella Condominium in Niagara Falls.

Location, location, location

A regional municipality in Southern Ontario comprising 12 municipalities such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland; 130 kms from Toronto; 86 kms from Hamilton.

Key landmarks

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Casino Niagara
  • Clifton Hill
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Niagara Wine Route
  • Welland Canal

Select condo developments

Marbella Condominium by Urbane Communities

Utopia Condominiums by New Horizon Development Group

AquaZul by Homes By DeSantis

Como Condos by Homes By DeSantis


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CoMo Condos

Homes by DeSantis creating a unique midrise condo along Lake Ontario shoreline in Stoney Creek

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Homes by DeSantis creating a unique midrise condo along Lake Ontario shoreline in Stoney Creek

Homes By DeSantis invites you to turn the page on the next chapter of your adventure with a space that suits your style at CoMo. What is CoMo? It’s a unique midrise condominium with west coast design and aesthetics creating a coastal modern vibe along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Stoney Creek this spring.

Rising at Fruitland Road and Lakeview Drive, CoMo is at the centre of a picturesque lakeside community of unique shops and scenic escapes. And with nearby QEW and GO transit access, you’ll never miss a beat with quick trips to everything Hamilton has to offer. There’s no fear of missing out on life when you live at CoMo because #NoFoMoCoMo is the CoMo M.O. – just in case you didn’t know.

CoMo will offer 140 Smart Suite’s from one-, one plus den, to two-bedrooms, featuring a distinct flavour of inspired architecture crafted by KNYMH with interiors designed by Tomas Pearce Interior Designers. This “dream team” was responsible for the nearby AquaBlu and AquaZul condominiums, multi award-winners that have been honoured by local, provincial and national home building associations.

“We firmly believe that condo living is about the experience beyond the four walls of your residence. Incorporating art, enhancing the natural environment through thoughtful landscaping and carefully planned exterior elevations have become our trademark. Extending the living spaces into the public spaces, allowing our homeowners to feel truly at home in every corner of CoMo,” says DeSantis President Gabriel DeSantis.

The area surrounding CoMo offers vibrant vistas, including parks, trails, conservation areas and stunning waterfalls to both explore and keep your Insta followers envious. The eight-km Hamilton Beach Trail starts just outside your door at CoMo and joins the 7.5-km Hamilton Waterfront Trail, offering a paved six-metre-wide biking, rollerblading and walking trail along the lake all the way to Hamilton and Burlington and opening to even larger waterfront paths.

Living just minutes from Hamilton means that escaping the sprawl won’t make you late for bi-weekly art crawls in the thriving #HamOnt arts and entertainment scene. Define your style at the many one-of-a-kind boutiques, spoil your inner foodie with famous Hamilton eats, and catch live shows and weekly events with incredible local talent and visiting performers. Urban explorers will find quick access to a #shoplocal culture that has everyone in the know heading to The Hammer. “A lot of attention has been paid to what’s going on in Hamilton,” says DeSantis. “With downtown restoration projects, waterfront trail investments and an enhanced GO transit infrastructure, the future or our city is incredibly bright; owning in this city on the rise is a smart investment.”

The CoMo M.O. encourages residents to enjoy endless new discoveries with instant access to the GTHA and Niagara region via the QEW and new Confederation GO Station coming this year. CoMo also ensures that residents can fully recharge, relaxing with friends and neighbours at the Social Lounge and taking in spectacular views from the Coast Patio rooftop terrace. And whether your doggo is a fresh faced pupper or a loyal woofer, CoMo offers the means to pamper your best friend with a Puppy Wash and a specially designed Bark Park.

The casual west coast atmosphere of the area is captured in the stone and wood accents of the exterior elevation and accentuated further in the architectural and interior design of CoMo. The unique Smart Suite Design puts the focus on subtle tones and sleek, streamlined spaces to make the most of your new home, while open concept floorplans and wide expanses of glass offer greater views alongside the picturesque shoreline.

Embrace the coastal modern spirit and start your adventure by registering online today at comocondos.com and learn just how easy it is to say #NoFoMoCoMo.


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