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ORO at Edge Towers is the gold standard in luxury living

ORO at Edge Towers is the gold standard in luxury living

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ORO at Edge Towers is the gold standard in luxury living

Solmar Development Corp. introduces ORO at Edge Towers, the third and final Tower in Mississauga’s landmark community, renowned for its premier location and elevated urban lifestyle.

ORO means gold. Precious and desirable, the final Tower at Edge will be the crowning achievement of the Edge Towers community, and will be recognized as the highest level of luxury condominium living in downtown Mississauga, for years to come.

Rising 50 storeys over Mississauga City Centre, ORO is a triumph of modern architectural design and quality craftsmanship. Distinguished by its contemporary design, the landmark tower of precast and glass over a majestic, multi-storeyed podium, will become a beacon of style and sophistication on the downtown Mississauga skyline. ORO will be the ultimate high note in this three-tower symphony of premium elegance and lifestyle. With ORO, Edge goes gold.

ORO is surrounded by an abundance of shopping, dining, transit, entertainment and cultural amenities. Enjoy living just steps from Square One, with its 360-plus shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and myriad services. Watch an exciting event at the nearby Celebration Square. Enjoy art, theatre and culture at the Living Arts Centre or the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

ORO is the only new preconstruction condominium in downtown Mississauga that is located directly on the new Hurontario LRT, and is walking distance to the Cooksville GO train station, with quick access to Union Station. Square One is a hub for MiWay Transit and offers a number of routes throughout Mississauga, even connecting to Toronto. Plus, you’re just minutes from the QEW, 403 and 401, and just 20 minutes from Pearson Airport.

Timeless elegance is the first and lasting impression at ORO. It begins with the luxurious lobby, inspired by the world’s most exclusive hotels. Presided over by a courteous 24-hour Concierge, the lobby is adorned with marble floors and venetian plaster columns in neutral tones. Sleek designer furniture and premium accents elevate the ambience, while natural light pours in through large windows.

Luxury amenities include two guest suites and two party rooms with private outdoor terraces. There is more than 19,000 sq. ft. of outdoor amenity space, which includes an outdoor gym and yoga area, outdoor terrace with separate dining area, outdoor terrace with lounge, barbecues, and al fresco dining. Other amenities include the indoor gym and yoga studio, sports lounge, billiards lounge, movie theatre, Wifi lounge and the Galleria, a stylish glass-enclosed space with grand ceilings, marble flooring and captivating streetscape views.

ORO sets a high new standard in luxury condominium living in Mississauga with superior finishes such as smooth nine-ft. ceilings, full-size washers and dryers, frameless glass shower doors, and exquisite details such as premium baseboards and door casings.

Expect nothing but the highest quality of features and finishes in every suite. Luxurious interiors come with premium laminate floors, panelled doors with brushed nickel hardware and energy-efficient double-glazed windows.

Indulge in a gourmet experience in the sleek signature kitchen with integrated, brand name appliances, quartz countertop and contemporary European style cabinets. Relax and rejuvenate in the spa-style bathroom with temperature-controlled shower or luxurious deep soaker tub.

Enjoy the convenience of insuite laundry and separately metered hydro for individual control and comfort. All residences are conveniently pre-wired for cable television, telephone and unlimited gigabyte fibre Internet. This is gold standard living of the highest magnitude.

Luxury is built right into the design at ORO, with almost all suites containing a guest bathroom. The 600-plus suites offer a wide selection of floorplans, from one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den to spectacular three-bedroom suites and Penthouses. Suites range in size from 505 to 668 sq. ft. The ultra luxury Penthouses are designed at more than 1,800 sq. ft.

Solmar Developments is a family owned business with a 30-year track record of building luxury homes and condominiums with superior workmanship, quality finishes and exemplary customer service. Distinguished by timeless elegance, Solmar communities are rich in character and personality, imbued with old world values and new age efficiencies.

Classic in appeal, yet modern in its outlook, ORO will continue Solmar’s shining tradition of creating one-of-a-kind architectural and luxury landmarks that rise above the ordinary.

With the successful sale of Edge Tower 1 and 2, and with construction well under way, Solmar will be launching ORO at Edge Towers early this year.

Now is the golden opportunity to share in the success, the comfort and elevated lifestyle, and the most desired location in downtown Mississauga. Demand for ORO is at an all-time high and suites are limited. Prior registration is an absolute must if you want to receive your exclusive preview invitation.

Go online and register your interest today. To register, visit the website.


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Bruce Kirkland

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Bruce Kirkland

By Cece M. Scott cecescott.com

Best known as the Toronto Sun’s movie critic for several decades, Bruce Kirkland says, “I had three different careers in my life and I didn’t apply for any of them.”

“AT THE END OF MY SUMMER INTERNSHIP AT THE Toronto Star, I became the paper’s first, full-time music critic, for which I wasn’t really qualified,” says Kirkland. “This role dramatically broadened my interest in the possibilities of a wide breadth of music genres. If the music was good, I wanted to listen to it.”

Bruce Kirkland
Photography by Derek Kirkland

Moving on to the Ottawa Journal in 1979 as the entertainment editor, Kirkland appointed himself the paper’s film critic. He had a little more experience in this field, having watched movies on the family’s old television set. “Most of the films were in black and white,” says Kirkland. “And if I gave a movie ten minutes, I would watch it to the end. This served me well. I went on to be a film critic for 36 years.”

The first interview that Kirkland conducted for the Toronto Sun in 1980 was with Bette Midler, singer, songwriter, actress and comedian. “The interview with Bette was a real kick-start,” says Kirkland, “That is one thing that I do miss since retiring – the opportunity to sit down with people like her.”

His last interview for the Toronto Sun was in 2016 with the influential filmmaker, Martin Scorsese.

Photo by Hugh Harold Kirkland

As a young teen, Kirkland was painfully shy. His father was in the RCAF, which necessitated the family moving 16 times in Kirkland’s first 16 years. Inadvertently falling into journalism (he signed up for the wrong course at the University of Western Ontario), Kirkland decided to pursue it – a decision that proved to be fruitful.

Kirkland has attended 44 Toronto International Film Festivals (TIFF), 31 Cannes Film Festivals, and covered a dozen Oscars. His interviewees include Tommy Lee Jones (his least favourite personality), Russell Crowe (a casual friend), Toronto filmmaker, writer and actor, David Cronenberg, as well as Canadian film director, Atom Egoyan, William Hurt, Mary Steenburgen, and American politician and environmentalist, Al Gore – to name a few.

When reminiscing about the hype that was attached to the illustrious Cannes Film Festival, Kirkland recounts filing his stories by teletype, which were run by local men, who didn’t speak English. They were merely inputting the words that were on the page. “Sometimes it was so garbled my editor didn’t know what I was talking about,” says Kirkland with a laugh. “After the teletype machines, the technology evolved to crude boxy computers that looked like giant lunch boxes, and probably had the computing power of 1/100th of today’s cell phones. High speed internet did not come until much later in my career.”

Kirkland could relate scores of celebrity anecdotes, but when the topic turns to birding (a true birder never calls it bird watching) he becomes visibly animated. “I love travelling, especially in Latin America. I love speaking Spanish, which I continue to study. And I love to feed my birding obsession in Costa Rica.”

Kirkland’s birding preoccupation began in 1976, when he spotted a large gathering of Northern Gannets sitting atop a skyscraper-sized rock on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. “It was like seeing the Manhattan of the bird world,” says Kirkland. “The area was later declared a reserve, and became protected land. I felt like I was involved in a little bit of nature history. It was a magical, life changing experience.”

At the age of 70, Kirkland is grateful for his physical health. He enjoys working around the house, travelling and hiking. “Walking long distances doesn’t bother me in the least,” says Kirkland. “It is the excitement of the chase, and it is also good exercise. If you are completely bonkers about birding like I am, you want to see every bird possible.”

Kirkland says that his emotional and spiritual wellbeing is a result of his deep friendship with his second wife, Rachel Sa. Sa is an author and former Toronto Sun columnist. She currently works as a public relations manager for an engineering and architectural firm. “Rachel is the love of my life,” says Kirkland.

On safari in Kenya last July, the couple were challenged by a young bull elephant, who trumpeted their vehicle. “The guide told us that the situation was dangerous; that even the click of a camera might frighten the elephant,” says Kirkland. “It was exhilarating, rather than filling us with fear.”

Bottom photo provided by Derek Kirkland

The couple ended up adopting two orphaned elephants (Mukkoka and Enkesha) through the David Sheldrick Foundation. “We got to feel the elephants, experience the texture of their skin and marvel at their eyelashes. We’re still in awe.”

Kirkland currently co-edits and writes for the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) organization, and contributes his much-loved film column for Active Life magazine. “If you have a good life, embrace it, trust it, and expand it every chance you get.”


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Small wonder

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Small wonder

Photography by Donna Griffith

Like the babies who sleep in them, all nurseries grow up eventually. Tamara Robbins Griffith knew it was time for her daughter, Amelia, 4, to have a big-girl room, but it wasn’t as easy as painting some walls and rearranging the furniture. “It’s the smallest room in our house at just 80 square feet,” says Tamara, home decor expert. “The makeover was like playing Tetris. I had to be thoughtful about how to get the most out of the room.” What topped Tamara and her husband, Edward’s, must-have list for Amelia’s room? A multi-functional space that incorporated storage, looked pretty (but not too precious) and included all the things their daughter loved most.

Figure out function

Tamara’s first move was to commission a ceiling-high closet that included dresser drawers and enough vertical space to hang Amelia’s dresses. With that part of the vision complete, she turned her sights to furniture. It was Edward’s idea to explore a loft bed to maximize the tight square footage. The couple fell hard for this sleek, contemporary version made from FSC-certified wood — but it meant managing their budget accordingly. “We splurged on the bed, but saved on all the decorating accessories so we balanced an investment with great deals,” she says. Selling the nursery suite and putting the proceeds toward the new furniture helped, too. Next, Tamara created a mini-desk using a side table, and sourced some toy-storage solutions. “I love soft baskets and hampers because they’re decorative in their own right, and make clean up so easy. Lucky for me, Amelia’s a good tidy-upper!”

Find a fun motif

As the youngest in the family, Amelia (who has a brother, Noah, 8) already lives with a ton of hand-me-downs, so Tamara decided to let her choose the wallpaper for the room’s feature wall. “I gave her six to pick from,” says Tamara. “Some were bold and some were soft, but she really liked these ikat-style polka dots.” The blush-pink tones served as a sweet backdrop for sunny pops of yellow, accents of red and black and a subtle insect motif — proving that little girls’ rooms don’t always have to be full of sugar and spice. “When we were working on the bedroom, it was the summer of bugs,” says Tamara with a laugh. “Dragonflies, snails, cicadas, ladybugs, you name it. We joke that she’s going to become an entomologist.” A bumblebee pillow, beetle artwork and ode to snails above the desk are a cheeky nod to the theme.

“We injected a bit of black into the room to keep it from feeling too childish”

Sprinkle in some magic

The nook under the loft bed is a natural spot for the family to indulge in one of its favourite pastimes: reading. A bookshelf that matches the bed offers both open and closed storage for books, artwork and collectibles. Layered rugs up the comfort factor: “If you’re hanging out on the floor, as kids do, it’s nice to snuggle up on a sheepskin,” says Tamara. The final touch was the addition of some twinkle lights. Tamara and Edward experimented with Christmas lights before settling on a strand of white dragonflies in keeping with the theme. “We really wanted her room to feel a bit magical,” says Tamara. “Amelia just loves it, and now it’s a cosy spot for all of us to curl up.”



Beth Hitchcock writes a weekly design column for the Globe & Mail and is the former Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine. She is developing several book projects, including a series with acclaimed designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson to be published by Simon & Schuster this spring.


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Spend more time living at RiverBend Golf Community by Sifton Properties

Spend more time living at RiverBend Golf Community by Sifton Properties

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Spend more time living at RiverBend Golf Community by Sifton Properties

At RiverBend Golf Community, Sifton Properties invites you to spend more time living. Residents will tell you that can mean any number of things – more time outdoors, more time relaxing, more time playing golf, and more time connecting with neighbours and friends. Basically, at RiverBend life is simply about doing more of what makes you happy.

Sifton believes that people thrive when they live in a beautiful home, and a friendly community surrounded by nature. Here, the opportunities to socialize and be active 50-plus men and women can significantly enhance your health and quality of life.

“We’ve never felt so welcomed. Our social calendar is jam-packed,” share Rebecca and Dave, residents of RiverBend. “RiverBend is a truly inclusive community. It’s such a nice feeling to get a cheerful wave at the front gate as you return home at the end of the day, and we’ve even been welcomed into many of our neighbours’ homes. At RiverBend, there’s something for everyone. It doesn’t matter your age or ability, your social calendar is filled with great interactive events.”

Residents enjoy membership to the 28,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse, which includes a fitness centre and indoor pool, a casual bar and lounge, a spacious dining room with delicious cuisine, and private meeting rooms for community use. In addition to these amenities, the club plays host to a number of social events developed alongside an enthusiastic social committee. Year-round activities include mahjong, darts, billiards, yoga, gardening club, bridge lessons, travel club and more.

And for those who came for their love of golf, the pristine Doug Carrick designed 18-hole golf course is mere steps from your back door. “With course-side bungalows and golf cart garages, RiverBend exceeds our every expectation,” says Margaret. “With a pro shop and clubhouse only a two-minute golf cart ride from home, RiverBend is a golf enthusiast’s dream. The community is so welcoming and the camaraderie doesn’t end on the course. We play more frequently than ever and there are plenty of other activities. There is no better 19th hole from which to enjoy a sunset and a glass of wine than your very own backyard.”

RiverBend is also home to the LPGA’s Ontario-based short-game “genius,” Gareth Raflewski. Named the 2018 PGA of Canada’s Teacher of the Year, Gareth is one of the best young coaches in golf, an instructor whose love for the sport shows in his desire to see constant improvements in his students. Raflewski has now worked with at least 50 players on the LPGA Tour and even continues to instruct RiverBend members.

Now constructing the community’s tenth and final phase of single-family homes, Sifton Properties is preparing a number of spectacular new lots available overlooking the golf course. In addition, prospective buyers have the opportunity to view a number of quick closing homes. These quick closing homes allow a purchaser to choose new construction, while skipping lengthy build times that may not fit into their moving plan. This makes them a great choice for those looking for a brand new home with a shorter turnaround. Quick closing homes can be outfitted and completed in as little as 30 days, depending on the stage of construction.

Advantages to selecting a quick closing home:

  • Move in faster and enjoy flexibility in a closing date.
  • Walk through the house and get a true sense of the space you’ll call home.
  • Enjoy designer selected upgrades and on-trend finishes that today’s buyers are looking for.
  • Fewer decisions to make means less hassle for those who don’t feel strongly about making every new home selection.
  • Everybody wins – Sifton is motivated to sell the house and often offer incentives that mean more for your dollar.

Visit the presentation centre to learn more. We’ll greet you at the private gates and invite you to explore our model homes, the spacious clubhouse and pro shop, as well as the peaceful streets of RiverBend.

Tour additional Sifton communities in London, Ilderton and Ingersoll. Ingersoll provides the perfect balance between career and quality of life in a safe and friendly community located just two minutes from the 401. Ideal for the commuter family, HarrisView provides buyers with more value for their housing dollar and is quickly becoming the choice for families across Southwestern Ontario.

  • Short walk away from top-rated elementary schools
  • Nearby nature trails, parks, riverside green spaces and the downtown core
  • Choose from home sites with 40- to 50-ft. frontages
  • One- and two-storey home designs from the upper $400,000s

RiverBend Golf Community

Visit the sales office, located at 2200 Jack Nash Dr. in London, Ont. The sales office is open from noon to 5 p.m. daily.





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Silvergate Homes is redefining Niagara living

Silvergate Homes is redefining Niagara living

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Silvergate Homes is redefining Niagara living

For more than 35 years, Silvergate Homes has excelled in new-home building in Niagara. Owned and operated by two generations of the Passero family, Silvergate has carefully nurtured a reputation for exceptional quality and a commitment to customer service.

This underlying philosophy hasn’t changed since day one, and Silvergate is now getting noticed well beyond the local new home market. Its two flagship communities, Legends on the Green and Village on the Twelve, are attracting the attention of a growing number of homebuyers from the GTA who are seeking value and luxury in Niagara.

Legendary living in Niagara Falls

An Energy Star-certified contemporary bungalow townhome community, Legends on the Green offers luxury living and architectural elegance. Backing onto the outstanding Legends on the Niagara championship golf course, this rare enclave community of 58 upscale bungalow towns is located in the charming village of Chippawa along the Niagara River.

“We’re extremely proud of Legends on the Green,” says John Passero, president of Silvergate Homes. “The location is second-to-none with its secluded backdrop along the golf course, yet it’s just minutes away from all the amenities Niagara Falls has to offer.”

The architecturally-controlled exteriors at Legends are extraordinary, with a stylish fusion of dark siding, stone and modern brick. Interior layouts and finishes exude luxury, with designer kitchens, spa-like ensuites and spacious living areas.

On the banks of the ’12’

Overlooking a beautiful ravine along the banks of St. Catharines’ historic Twelve Mile Creek is one of Silvergate’s most luxurious releases to date. The sixth phase of Village on the Twelve is a limited collection of two-storey and bungalow urban townhomes.

These homes offer upscale, sophisticated and modern design; architecturally-controlled exteriors to ensure aesthetic beauty and balance within the Village on the Twelve community. Clean lines, numerous windows for bright interiors, innovative floorplans and contemporary styling elevate this collection of stunning homes.

It’s a secluded oasis in one of the city’s most prestigious areas, a rare opportunity in what is considered “Niagara’s Urban Hub.” Village on the Twelve residents are just a short five-minute drive away from the downtown, which offers premier dining, a new performing arts centre and the Meridian Centre sports and spectator facility. St. Catharines is indeed getting noticed, having welcomed world-class acts in recent years, including Elton John, John Mellencamp and The Tragically Hip, to name a few.

Niagara’s growing allure

Real estate in the Niagara Region is booming as buyers from the GTA look to escape an overheated metropolitan market. It’s a perfect place to downsize while locking in exceptional value. GTA sellers can upscale their comfort and luxury, while achieving considerable savings.

Both Legends on the Green and Village on the Twelve are ideal home bases for enjoying some of Niagara’s top amenities. The area caters to millions of visitors every year, so when it comes to conveniences, comforts and hospitality, the Niagara Region’s population of approximately 450,000 punches well above its weight. The options are truly unsurpassed:

  • 88 award-winning wineries nearby including Trius, Wayne Gretzky, Jackson Triggs, Stratus, Peller Estates and Inniskillin
  • More of a beer fan? No need to worry, as Niagara’s Ale Trail offers craft breweries to tempt your palate, including Oast House & Silversmith
  • Hundreds of kilometres of hiking and biking trails to explore
  • Two casinos and the Fort Erie Racetrack, acclaimed as Canada’s prettiest
  • A golfer’s paradise, with nearly 50 courses to choose
  • A foodies delight; from farm-to-table to fine Fallsview dining, there is something for everyone
  • Enjoy Niagara’s plentiful harvests at one of several local farmer’s markets
  • Buffalo and Western New York are easy to get to, opening up a whole new world of shopping, dining, entertainment and professional sports

Better built by Silvergate Homes

The other common theme uniting the two communities is Silvergate’s top-notch reputation. When you select a Silvergate home, you’re selecting a better built home. This includes superior craftsmanship, materials, architecture and design, not to mention personalized customer service that is committed to helping you realize your dream home.

Silvergate Homes is an award-winning, Tarion Warranty builder and RenoMark contractor for a reason, with more than 30 builder awards for excellence, design, marketing and environmental stewardship. Its homes are invariably built to exceed provincial building code standards. Silvergate is also a pioneer in Niagara when it comes to Green building, firmly dedicated to building energy-friendly new homes through eco-friendly practices and technologies.


Visit the web site to learn more about Legends on the Green, Village on the Twelve, and other Silvergate opportunities in Niagara.


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Forest Hill Private Residences

Altree Developments brings an elegant boutique condominium to the Forest Hill neighbourhood

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Altree Developments brings an elegant boutique condominium to the Forest Hill neighbourhood

A timeless place for one to call home is the vision for Altree Developments‘ latest project, Forest Hill Private Residences, located at 2 Forest Hill Rd. The building will be comprised of a nine-storey, bespoke luxury midrise building with approximately 90 residences. Consisting of a combination of townhomes and condominiums, suites will span from approximately 950 to 4,000 sq. ft., with prices ranging from $1.8 million to more than $6 million.

Located north of downtown Toronto, the former village of Forest Hill has been a noteworthy district as one of the city’s most sought-after neighbourhoods since the 1960s. With a long lineage of multi-generational expertise, Forest Hill Private Residences reflects Altree Developments’ commitment to bringing landmark projects to market and building upon preexisting and iconic communities. The firm has worked with the industry’s best designers and architects to create a building with timeless designs containing floor-to-ceiling windows, expansive outdoor space, and 10-ft. ceilings to add to this prestigious location.

“Our mission at Altree is to seamlessly integrate projects into the pre-existing culture and spirit of the neighbourhood in which we develop,” says Zev Mandelbaum, president and chief executive officer. “Those within the Forest Hill community have called this area home for many years, and we view this as an opportunity to transform this notable address into something that truly embodies seamless luxury and elegant design.”

Forest Hill Private Residences will provide homeowners with incredible views of the neighbourhood overlooking the thriving strip of St. Clair Avenue West and lush green hues of Forest Hill Road. Home to local conveniences and quaint shops adored by many within Toronto, this building will allow residents to experience the incomparable feeling of coming home.

“Forest Hill Private Residences is going to be an incredibly unique building with a tailored experience to each resident,” says Mandelbaum. “Most suites from the third to ninth floors will have expansive terraces with tremendous outdoor exposure, an aspect that is missing from many buildings in the city.”

With the utmost attention to detail and focus on privacy, individuals of this upcoming project will have the joy of living in this distinguished neighbourhood, but with the downtown access and convenience of a central location. Residents will have an array of sophisticated concierge and amenity services, such as an impressive hosting room, full service gym with personal trainers, yoga and pilates instructors, as well as nutritionists and massage therapists.

“We wanted to create a building that had the best-in-class services that this buyer is accustomed to, with an element of privacy and in an environment they felt like they could call home,” says Mandelbaum. “With the notable reputation of this area and the timeless design and offerings this building will contain, Forest Hill Private Residences will be a location that residents will call home for years to come.”

Within steps from St. Clair Avenue West, residents will have access to some of the area’s most renowned and beloved restaurants, local shops and boutiques. As a desired destination to walk the beautiful tree-lined streets, future homeowners of this condominium will be able to enjoy the attributes of this neighbourhood. Residents will also be within proximity to the city’s most well-known schools, such as Upper Canada College, providing an ideal area to raise a family.

“It was very important for Altree to focus on providing top-of-the-line finishes, amenities and services for residents of Forest Hill Private Residences, as well as design and architecture that conveyed the feeling of home,” says Mandelbaum.

Forest Hill Private Residences will carefully blend selected architectural details with simplistic elements to create a building with true elegance. Inspired by the beauty of the surrounding foliage, this iconic project will also integrate lush greenery within its landscaping architecture design and expansive outdoor space offerings.

Forest Hill Private Residences is set to begin selling units in early 2020. To learn more about this iconic project visit the website. The project is now accepting registrations.


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Braestone Horseshoe Valley offers a new vision of elegant country living

Braestone Horseshoe Valley offers a new vision of elegant country living

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Braestone Horseshoe Valley offers a new vision of elegant country living

Imagine an idyllic community nestled between gently rolling hills and valleys. A place where you can reconnect with your roots. Where stately pines tower over winding trails and clear water ponds shelter turtles, frogs and migratory birds. A community that offers a casual yet refined style of living, that is down home, yet up country. Welcome to Braestone, a picture-perfect community located in the scenic Oro-Medonte region of southern Ontario, just minutes from the urban centres of Barrie and Orillia.

Braestone’s 275-acre nature preserve is crisscrossed by a comprehensive trail system that walkers, cyclists, cross country skiers and snowshoers can enjoy. This unspoiled countryside, while providing privacy, also offers a meaningful sense of community. Within the Braestone nature preserve, you’ll find century-old forests, wetlands, aquifer ponds and cold-water streams.

Phase 4 now open

These rolling hills, expansive vistas and winding streetscapes form the backdrop for the 100 families who have moved in over the last four years or so. Over the years, Braestone has expanded with more facilities and more families, and today, it’s into its successful fourth phase. Comprised of 20 homesites on a selection of valley and ridge lots ranging from approximately half an acre to more than one acre in size, this new phase offers families an escape from the hustle and bustle of city live with all of the conveniences they need close by.

Braestone’s homes are inspired by the quaint farmhouses and barns that dot the Oro-Medonte countryside and have an architectural style that is sophisticated, timeless and simple in detail. Traditional pitched rooflines and extra deep soffits, integrated with generous porches and lit by authentic gas-burning lanterns create truly charming elevations and inviting streetscapes.

Inspiring models and finishes

Six inspiring main models are available with various elevations – The Cumberland, The Clydesdale, The Morgan, The Belgian, The Thoroughbred and The Oldenburg – ranging in size up to 3,263 sq. ft. These bungalows and two-storey homes come with two-, three- and four-bedroom plans and offer optional lofts and optional finished coach houses.

The homes have been designed using a “continuation architecture” approach, with principal rooms at the home’s core, resulting in more majestic homes with wider, more expandable and more interesting layouts that better complement Braestone’s large acreage lots. Strict architectural guidelines for exteriors ensure a consistent look with the high level of quality that defines Braestone.

Premium interior finishes include vaulted ceilings in Great Rooms, stained treads and stair railing, modern farmhouse cabinetry with granite kitchen countertops, luxurious deep soaker tub in master bathroom, full glass showers, premium engineered hardwood on main floor, high-efficiency furnace, and lots more.

The Remarkables – extraordinary amenities

Braestone’s Remarkables are simple and timeless amenities that have grown naturally out of the community’s own unique and magnificent landscape. These amenities include horse paddocks, future Starfall park for star gazing, Nordic skiing, a maple sugar shack, orchard and berry picking and more. There are literally dozens of Remarkables that differentiate and define Braestone as a special community.

One of Braestone’s most popular Remarkables is the Sugaring Week, which happens every spring. The event draws Braestone residents out to the woods and to the charming Sugar Shack to enjoy the age-old practice of tapping maple trees and boiling the sap to make syrup. This sweet tradition takes place year after year – many tree farms across Ontario have been tapping the same sugar maple for more than 100 years.

Another extraordinary initiative is the neighbouring Braestone Farm, where on 108 acres of fertile land, pumpkins, berries, apples and more are grown. In this peaceful pastoral setting, families have an opportunity to access and experience first-hand a vanishing way of life in Ontario.

Though Braestone lies in the heart of the countryside, it’s just minutes from a wealth of urban amenities. The neighbouring historic community of Orillia is just 10 minutes away and offers small-town charm with modern day conveniences. Within a 10-minute drive from Braestone you’ll discover fabulous dining, hiking, boating, skiing, golfing, shopping and more to suit each and every lifestyle.

Nearby amenities include Horseshoe Valley Resort, Moonstone Ski Resort, Blue Mountain Village, Braestone Club, Settlers Ghost Golf Club, Copeland Forest, Hardwood Cross Country Ski and Bike. Ontario’s famed Muskoka and cottage country is less than an hour away. Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is just 15 minutes away and Toronto Pearson International Airport is just slightly more than an hour from Braestone.

Winner of the Best New Home Community Award by Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Braestone offers families a refined upcountry lifestyle in harmony with nature. Phase 4 is now open, with homes from the mid $700,000s to low $1 millions.


Visit the Discovery Centre, located at 3288 Line 9 North in Oro-Medonte. For further information visit the website.


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ADI Development Group

Adi Developments is reimagining the urban landscape

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Adi Developments is reimagining the urban landscape

When brothers Tariq and Saud Adi started Adi Development Group in 2007, they knew they wanted to approach the development business differently than the rest by bringing world-class architecture to suburban communities that hadn’t seen it before.

“I think what has set us apart from other developers is the fact that we went into the industry knowing we wanted to shake it up, to be changemakers and to have a different approach,” says Tariq Adi, the company’s co-founder and CEO. “We bring a vibrancy to communities you don’t see elsewhere. You know an Adi building when you see one.”

Adi Development Group, most well-known for its numerous residential developments in Halton Region, was just named one of Canada’s 10 fastest growing companies by the Globe and Mail. Today, Adi is behind 12 different projects across the Greater Toronto Area – each at different stages of the development process, representing more than 3,800 residential units. These range from stylish townhomes with modern facades situated in master-planned communities, to elegant highrise buildings with imaginative amenity spaces.

Being disruptors in the real estate industry is central to the way that Adi does business. From the beginning, the brothers have set out to build unique and memorable communities that stand out amongst the rest, with thoughtful details included at attainable price points. By challenging the status quo, Adi has made innovative, design-forward thinking standard in each of its projects. “When you look around at new developments, you see a lot of the same; it’s becoming predictable. When we started Adi, we knew we wanted to deliver something that was the opposite of predictable. Something that was cool, visionary, and interesting – to create the kind of communities that we could envision living in ourselves.”

Adi plans to bring its signature approach to other markets. The company’s first expansion will take shape in 2020, when it launches its inaugural projects in Toronto. The first of these will be 135 Portland Street – a desirable address near shopping, entertainment, and transit. “What we’re doing along Portland is an extraordinary fusion of heritage and a modern vision for Toronto.

The team at Adi has put a lot of work into reimagining this location into a vibrant community that fits seamlessly into the King West neighbourhood,” explains Saud Adi, the co-founder and COO of Adi Developments. “It’s a great introduction to the energy we will bring to our other developments in Toronto.” Following 135 Portland Street, Adi has a second Toronto project in the works, also anticipated to launch in 2020, at 64 Prince Arthur Avenue in the Annex. Together, the brothers make a strong, well-balanced team – with Tariq imagining new ways to transform the urban landscape, and Saud discovering innovative ways to improve the quality and speed of construction on every Adi project.

One thing that unites the pair is their shared vision for the future of real estate and their entrepreneurial spirit, which earned them a spot on Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019.

Adi has a great selection of suites currently available. Nautique Lakefront Residences offers luxurious condominium suites overlooking the waterfront in downtown Burlington. Pricing starts from the $500,000s for one-bedroom and $700,000s for two-bedrooms. Luxurious and penthouse suites available. Grand opening continues at Stationwest, with a limited collection of Terrace Townhomes, each boasting two storeys of living space, a private rooftop terrace, and a two-car garage. Pricing starts from the mid $600,000s, located steps from the Aldershot GO station. Watch for the new release of Townhomes at Valera, coming in late 2019. Valera is a masterplanned community in Alton Village.

Learn more about Adi Developments and its communities by registering at the website.


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Lindvest has realized that when it comes to the homebuilding industry, it’s time to Do It Differently

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Lindvest has realized that when it comes to the homebuilding industry, it’s time to Do It Differently

As one of the GTA’s premier homebuilders, Lindvest has decided that status quo is no longer acceptable in the industry. While it’s easy to measure success purely by numbers such as sales and revenues, the company has committed to being different. Whether it’s how it treats customers throughout the sales process or the little things that can often be overlooked, Lindvest has committed to providing its product with energy, pride, joy, pleasure, dedication, consistency and confidence.

This new message, simple and yet provocative, has been seen on billboards, televisions and digital platforms throughout the GTA. This message has woven its way into the Lindvest branding, website, social media platforms and more. The goal is for the voice of Lindvest to stand out from the pack by breaking away from the standards of marketing in the industry.

Do it Differently isn’t performative; it’s prescriptive. Lindvest doesn’t want to claim it’s different just for the sake of being different, but because the company knows that there are people out there who aspire to carve out their own unique path in life. The builder wants to provide a homebuying experience that is as unique and special as it should be. It’s about more than attempting to outperform competitors – the real goal is for the company to better itself.

In July, the brand was launched internally to the company at a private event, where staff was joined by Jamaal Magloire, the assistant coach of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors, who roused the crowd with a speech about how the Raptors attained great success by doing it differently.

Director of Marketing Joseph Alberga proudly proclaimed: “This is a year of change, and as an organization, we’re embracing it.”

“It is time to distinguish ourselves from the ordinary and move away from the status quo,” said Anthony Martelli, chief operating officer. “It requires a commitment at every level from each and every one of us. We are committed to ensuring the homebuying process at Lindvest will be positive at every touchpoint for our customers. It will be driven by care.”

In addition to a new website that provides more detailed information about available homes and upcoming opportunities, Lindvest is updating many of its operating procedures to ensure the quality, consistency and level of service that will align with the campaign promises. From purchasing at the sales centre to choosing interior decor options, from site visits to final closing, Lindvest is striving to provide a different and better experience to all purchasers.

Lindvest President George Hofstedter took the stage and gave his two cents. “Just like Jamaal, I’ve been doing something I’ve loved all my life – real estate. We haven’t done it wrong. We’re just going to do it better. I look forward to the future.”


To learn about Lindvest’s current and upcoming communities, and for more information about the Do It Differently campaign, visit the website.


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Neil Crone, Feeling funny

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Neil Crone, Feeling funny

By Cece M. Scott cecescott.com

You may know him best as the irascible, redneck radio host, Fred Tupper, on CBC’s long-running comedy sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie. Neil Crone, actor, comedian, columnist and author, says that he loved playing the character of Tupper because it reminded him a little of his dad, and also of himself. “I like to play characters who are close to home,” says Crone. “Fred was a kind person with a really big heart, but he was a little rough around the edges.”

When in an Indian curry restaurant in Toronto, Crone was approached by a young girl, whose mom was wearing a hijab. “She was shy and said, ‘I really like you on your television show.’ Wow, I said, you know who Fred Tupper is, and you still like him? That felt really great, like we were making a difference, bringing people together, as opposed to being divisive,” says Crone. “If this girl, who couldn’t have been more than eight or nine years old, could see the humanity in my goofy, rednecked character, then clearly we were doing something right – something good.”

As Fred Tupper, Little Mosque on the Prairie. Photo by Peter Stranks

At the age of 59, Crone subscribes to the theory of radiating happiness outwards, in order to attract the same back. He’s a nature buff, and is very conscientious of his impact on the planet. “I meditate quite often and am a big believer in affirmations,” says Crone. “I visualize my day every morning to make sure that I am clear about what I want to have happen, and then go forward to attract that.”

Crone began his career as a high school teacher, where he taught English and drama for three years at King City Secondary School. However, deep down, he knew that he really wanted to be an actor. “At that time, though,” laughs Crone, “the thinking around being an actor leaned towards getting a real job.”

As Bad Santa on Derringer in the Morning Q107 for which he won a Canadian Comedy Award. Photo by Peter Stranks

After nighttime stints at Theatresports and Big City Improv, Crone accepted a role at Toronto’s famed Second City Touring Company before moving on to the prestigious Second City Mainstage. Recurring roles on The Red Green Show, Wind at my Back, Goosebumps and Power Play heightened Crone’s visibility. Feature films followed, which included Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (1998), American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002), Against the Ropes (2004), and Hollywoodland (2006).

Working alongside Burt Reynolds and James Garner are memories that will always resonate with Crone. “The minute I walked onto the set, James approached me and introduced himself. He was as big as you get, but he still had the graciousness to treat me like a peer,” says Crone. “That stuck with me. I try to do my best to extend the same kind of warmth to young actors working with me now.”

THE Yes MEN (an improv comedy show) with Patrick McKenna, Neil Crone and Kevin Frank. Photo by Jonathon Van Bilsen

For all the inherent acting ups-and-downs, Crone says it provided him with the flexibility, along with a positive environment, in which to raise his kids – Duncan, now 28, and Connor, 25. As a stay-at-home dad, Crone drew on his experiences with his boys in the creation of a number of children’s books. “I had this huge well of kids’ stuff to draw inspiration from.”

Crack a Smile Colorectal Cancer fundraiser. Photo by Jonathon Van Bilsen

These imaginings resulted in the writing of four books: Who Farted – Stories in Verse for Big and Little Kids; The Farmers Secret Midnight Dance; I Am Dead at Recess and Coby Builds a House.

Crone has also published a collection of his award winning columns (as appeared in Metroland papers) titled Enter Laughing – The Early Years. A spokesperson for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and Colon Cancer Canada, Crone also wrote Semi-Colon: A Writer’s Cheeky Journey Through Colorectal Cancer. “I had already had a scope and a resultant diagnosis,” says Crone. “I went for surgery to remove the lesion but when the surgeon opened me up he found a peach-sized tumour on the outside of my colon, eating its way in. I was only 43 at the time. Nobody saw it coming. It worked for, and against, me. I was healthy enough that they could give me massive doses of radiation and chemotherapy. But it was quite scary, especially with two young boys at home. It was a definite reset button.”

Crone believes that his ability to laugh, along with his positive attitude, were contributing factors in his recovery. At the time, he was living in an old Victorian home with his-then wife, Suzanne Crone, and their two sons. He says that he’d wile away the hours on their screened-in porch, and imagine all the things that he was going to do when he got better.

His perspective has changed, and he says that he has a better appreciation for what’s important, and what should be prioritized. “I have relaxed my attitude on life, completely understanding the bullet that I dodged,” says Crone. “I do my best to keep my body supple by riding my bike, canoeing, golfing and hiking with my fiancée, Kathryn.”

Moving into his sixth decade, Crone is dealing with an arthritic knee and soft tissue damage, a direct result of his chemotherapy. “It’s a challenge to maintain an active lifestyle with a body that can’t keep up. Trying to find ways to carry on, and wrestle with the pain, is ongoing. But, really, I still feel very young.”

Photography, Suzanne Crone

“As my footprint – I want to leave people feeling good.” – Neil Crone

Currently, Crone is working on a series called Endlings, which is now in its second season. He plays the part of Mr. Leopold, who runs a foster home. “I’m one hundred per cent behind the show’s message, which is about embracing differences and loving people – even broken people,” says Crone.

In 2008, Crone won the Canadian Comedy Award for his radio work as Bad Santa on Q107. He’s been a finalist on numerous occasions for his humour column, and placed second and third for Humour Columnist of the Year, from the Ontario Community Newspaper Awards, in 2001, 2002 and 2012.

Crone says that he absolutely loves acting, as a job, but admits that the types of roles he’s now getting are changing as the years go by. “I am auditioning for grandparent roles now. But I still feel like I’m 18 years old – that is, until I pass a mirror. But, I am content with my life now,” says Crone. “When all is said and done, I don’t think I will ever grow up.”


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