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Democrat Homes’ Forest Heights Estates is truly one of a kind

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Democrat Homes’ Forest Heights Estates is truly one of a kind

Picture it. Towering pines and maples, oak trees and white birch dotting the landscape. Breathe in the clean, fresh air as you listen to the sound of serenity – quiet interrupted only by the gentle chirping of birds. Now picture the home of your dreams framed against the greens and reds and browns of the Simcoe County Forest. This isn’t a fantasy or a pipe dream. This is the reality Democrat Homes is building for a fortunate few in the brand new Forest Heights Estates community in Horseshoe Valley.

More than 30 years in the business has taught the Palumbo family (Democrat Homes) the real differences between a house and a home. A house is a shell, four walls and a roof with no personal attachments. A home is that special somewhere you choose to live – a place where you feel safe and where you spend time with those you love. It’s the setting for your biggest moments and celebrations. Democrat wants Forest Heights to be the place you choose, a community of homes, luxurious, affordable and situated amid rolling hills and green tree tops. It’s like no other community and the limited 80 lots truly make it one of a kind. It is a special place that will remain a jewel in the heart of Oro-Medonte for years to come. This is your chance to be part of this most exclusive neighbourhood.

To match the stunning natural beauty of the nature all around, Democrat has raised the bar by offering exceptional standard features – bringing elegance and luxury inside every home they build. Incredible standards include engineered hardwood floors, nine-ft. ceilings, oak stairs, insulated steel garage doors, upgraded trim and kitchen cabinets, 200-amp service, pot lights, tankless water heaters and more. Democrat wants to set every house apart with a uniqueness and individuality that will speak to your refined taste.

Bold brick and brick with stone elevations are dramatically silhouetted against the verdant greenery just outside your back door. Democrat Homes’ custom-style elevations feature architecturally refined exteriors, which include: high-pitched roofs, classic masonry, decorative columns, and pre-cast detailing (such as key-stones banding and sills) giving each model a regal stature.

Each lot is special, ranging from a minimum half acre to private cul-de-sacs boasting premium lots that approach three acres of treed beauty. There is something for everyone. Each home is given the space it deserves, instead of the “sardines in a can” look and feel of so many other subdivisions.

Located in Oro-Medonte within the beautiful Horseshoe Valley, Forest Heights Estates feels like a private resort, yet is just 15 minutes from the neighbouring cities of Barrie and Orillia. Toronto is just an hour’s drive away. More important, you’re minutes away from world class golfing, skiing at Mount St. Louis Moonstone, canoeing on Bass Lake, walking the countless trails and wildlife preserve, or enjoying the many restaurants and boutique art shops tucked into the surrounding towns. There is so much to do and see whenever you wish; all you have to do is walk out the front door. Whether it’s the peace and quiet tranquility of your backyard or a day filled with adventure, it’s all at your fingertips in Forest Heights Estates.

Beyond the natural beauty of the surroundings, every Democrat home is Built to Appreciate. Not only will the thoughtful design and attention to detail provide you with an incredible living experience for years to come, but your valuable purchase will appreciate in so many ways… and remain a source of pride for your family and the surrounding community.

Forest Heights Estates checks all the boxes, an incredible location that will continue as one of the most desirable luxury communities in the Horseshoe Valley and GTA. Curb appeal with curated designs and layouts that will please everyone. Architectural beauty that will stand the test of time. Quality construction with the peace of mind that only a new build can provide. Yes, you can rest assured that every Democrat home is built to the Ontario building code with only high quality materials and finishings that will last a lifetime. Hundreds of options and customizable premium upgrades will add that personal touch all your very own.

Sales Manager, Mark Palumbo, handles every purchase personally and will help you navigate your newhomebuying experience with ease. From the initial purchase to colour charts, electrical layouts and kitchen design, Palumbo will assist you with every aspect of your new home.

Forest Heights Estates

For further information and to register, visit the Democrat Homes website or e-mail Mark Palumbo directly.


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Gallery Condos + Lofts

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

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

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

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

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

“The soft lofts on the gallery level are a first for Burlington,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate. They will feature soaring ceilings, barn style doors, and concrete accent walls. The master ensuites offer a one-of-a-kind four-piece spa experience. The signature feature places the tub in a five-by-five-ft. rain room which has been meticulously curated by award-winning Tomas Pearce Interior Design. There are units that will appeal to everyone from young buyers looking to buy their first home, to mature adults seeking to downsize, but who still want space for entertaining family and friends.

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

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

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

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

About Carriage Gate

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

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



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Lucchetta Homes

Lucchetta Homes the only builder with five nominations and three wins at CHBA National Awards

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Lucchetta Homes the only builder with five nominations and three wins at CHBA National Awards

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development, features a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft luxury custom towns, backing onto the Niagara escarpment.

At Davis Heights, the Luxe Collection is custom curated by the renowned interior design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home features a vertical glass wine-cellar embedded in the staircase filled with local wines, an elegant paneled library, convenient and practical double, main floor masters with ensuites, each meticulously designed with individual masculine and feminine forward touches.

Relax in the sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and oversized island perfect for entertaining. Lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet-bar, Great Room with home theatre and your own personal gym. Homes are priced from the $700,000s with floorplans ranging from 1,530 to 2600 sq. ft. Occupancy is scheduled for fall of 2019 or early 2020. Stop in to see the award-winning models. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility with private terraces overlooking a ravine.


As part of Riverside‘s Grand Opening Special at Hunter’s Pointe, new-home buyers will receive $20,000 in designer upgrades upon the purchase of a single-detached home! Riverside features perfectly aligned bungalow homes with waterfront lots, single-detached lots and award-winning bungalow towns. Towns are available from $499,900, with occupancy in May 2020. Move-in-ready homes are available with 30-, 60- and 90-day closings.

The contemporary Lancaster, now open, is an award-winning NZR model home designed by Wendi Pelfrey. Everything is perfectly designed to address homeowners’ needs, and is conveniently within reach of natural elements in a serene, lush landscape.

The Lancaster was recently nominated for Best Production Home and Best Kitchen in Ontario and Canadian homebuilder association awards, and was recently named Best Kitchen by Niagara Home Builder’s Association. This is a premier, resort-style, Energy-Star certified adult community, with world-class amenities and convenient services right at your fingertips.

“Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “And the quality of life is far superior.”

Well recognized

Ugo Lucchetta started Lucchetta Homes more than 60 years ago. Today, it is well-known for quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Sons Robert and Ed carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of mouth praise expressed by their customers.

Last year alone, Lucchetta Homes won or was nominated for more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. The company most recently won for Community of the Year in the CHBA Awards, and EnerQuality’s Energy Star Builder of the Year.

Lucchetta Homes was also the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist for the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence in five categories. From more than 700 entries, each entry was judged by more than 180 CHBA members from across Canada. On May 10th, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Lucchetta Homes achieved being one of the biggest winners of the evening, taking home three CHBA Awards!

  • Best Attached Home – Under 1,500 sq. ft.: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Print Ad: Riverside Hunters Pointe
  • Best Brochure: Davis Heights

Lucchetta was also nominated in the coveted CHBA categories of Marketing Excellence and Design Excellence.

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl. “Winning these coveted awards truly validates the caliber of excellence that Lucchetta Homes is consistently providing to the real estate industry on a national level.”

“Being a boutique builder, we are proud to have been considered as finalists and honoured to have won such prestigious national awards,” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta, principals of Lucchetta Homes. “We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and these achievements further authenticate our focus on homeowner satisfaction.”

Such recognition has inspired the company to keep raising the bar. “Legendary luxury is something everyone at Lucchetta Homes strives to provide – where we not only build homes, but foundations to live your best life.”

Niagara at its finest

There are many perks and benefits to living in this area, which include lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, organic farmers’ markets, beaches, designer outlet shopping, casinos, the Shaw Festival and a plethora of other attractions and amenities. GO Transit rail service is well on its way to Niagara. And, for those who love to travel, you can easily access the Buffalo and Niagara airports. With an abundance of greenspace, outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding, golfing and tennis.


  • Ryans Grove and Davis Heights, Fonthill
  • Hunters Pointe, Welland
  • Lusso, St. Catharines





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Palm Springs style, Vancouver views

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Palm Springs style, Vancouver views

• Photography By Provoke Studios

When the sun beckons, saying no to outdoor living is simply not an option. That’s the unwritten rule here in Canada, where our winters are bitter and the summers are never quite long enough. But a well-designed al fresco living and entertaining area will take you from early spring into late fall without a second thought – and if it’s really well done, it’ll carry you through those lingering winter months as well. That was the goal for the designer and owner of this home, Phyllis Lui, who together with her friend and business partner, Aleem Kassam, founded Vancouver-based design firm Kalu Interiors.

This particular project is especially close to Lui’s heart, being her own private residence. She offers a sneak peek of her always-sunny, Palm Springs-inspired abode.

Killer views

“The views are killer,” admits Lui, who’s steadfast mission to embrace nature seems to be worth every effort. Interestingly, her journey to maximize the outdoors began with her home’s interior.

“I was aiming to achieve a cohesive style between indoors and out, which meant echoing similar elements throughout,” Lui notes, pointing out the continuous colour scheme of cream, coral and royal blue, which pairs beautifully with a palette of soft finishes.

Esthetically speaking, the style is cool and contemporary, yet friendly and fun – the sheer essence of West Coast life. The easygoing, open-concept floor plan ushers you past the kitchen and family room, through stacking glass doors that all but disappear to reveal a breathtaking mountain view, best enjoyed from the adjoining main-floor patio.

Outdoor bliss

“The goal was to make this feel like a fun extension of the indoors,” Lui explains. The uninterrupted indoor-outdoor experience is achieved by taking those traditional “interior” elements outside. A rug underfoot, beautiful quality furnishings, accessories and art deliver comfort and style that invite early mornings and long evenings under the stars.

Warm it up

Lui incorporated wood soffits and pavers layered with rugs, to instantly bring a sense of warmth and welcome to this otherwise contemporary exterior. An oversized barbecue provides all-season cooking and entertaining under the covered outdoor dining and lounging area, complete with integrated heaters mounted overhead for year-round use of the space.

Multi-Level Magnificence

The master bedroom features another walkout and, arguably, a dream come true – a luxurious hot tub steps from the bed and with a breathtaking mountain view. Does it get any better than this? Perhaps it does from the vantage point of the upper-level deck, where a firepit area and lounger seating capture mountains, sea and sky.

Is that artificial turf underfoot? You bet it is! This evergreen landscaping option is gaining popularity, and was an ideal choice for this rooftop patio – and equally appreciated by anyone seeking something that looks lush year-round, is low-maintenance, and likely to induce green-envy glances from the neighbours.

Encircling the upper deck is a frameless glass railing, which maintains the clean and modern esthetic that characterizes this home and provides unobstructed views of the water and the mountains on the horizon.

Outdoor living is certainly top of mind in these weeks leading up to summer, but with a decked-out deck like this, Lui is no slave to Mother Nature. A warm, Palm Springs-style with cosy comforts make this al fresco living space a hot spot, regardless of the weather.

SOURCES LOWER DECK: Navy Blue SOFA, COFFEE TABLE & DINING SET, CHAIRS around firepit, Crate & Barrel Gold easy CHAIRS, CB2 Flamingo ART, Leftbank Art RUG, Chilewich PILLOWS, Etsy CHAIRS & COFFEE TABLE beside hot tub, West Elm PLANTERS, Canadian Sunlight HOT TUB, Beachcomber Hot Tubs UPPER DECK: FIREPIT, Dreamcast LOUNGERS, CB2 SIDE TABLES between loungers, Anthropologie UMBRELLA, Ginger Jar

Lydia McNutt is an award-winning writer, editor, journalist pro based in the Greater Toronto Area.


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Judy Marshak, multifaceted and multi-talented

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Judy Marshak, multifaceted and multi-talented

By Cece M. Scott cecescott.com

An award-winning actress, singer, song writer and ukulele aficionado, Judy Marshak has received positive reviews and accolades for her vast range of talents – from clown to torch singer.

Photo, Sarah Tacoma

Marshak gives credit for her decades-long musical career to childhood friend, Wendy Honickman, who convinced her to audition for the 1960’s musical play HAIR at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre. “Wendy knocked at my door and told me that we were going down to the Rock Pile, where the open auditions were being held,” says Marshak. “I was called back a couple of times, and became an understudy.”

Marshak had the opportunity to perform in Hair, but taking off her clothes in front of an audience was something that the young actress from the suburbs wasn’t comfortable with. So, instead, she studied clowning with Richard Pochinko. In her mid-20s, Marshak went on tour with The Royal Bros. Circus.

At the age of 69, Marshak says that she’s always loved to sing since she was a young girl. Apparently, her mother, Linda, would have friends over to listen to Judy sing herself to sleep. “I would dream that a Broadway producer was out in the driveway listening to me,” says Marshak, “I was a musical kid and had a strong fantasy that, one day, I would be up on stage performing.”

Marshak’s mother was a nightclub singer, who went by her stage name Linda Getz, and supported her own mother by singing from the young age of 14. Albert, Marshak’s father, was a Barber Quartet singer, with a natural sense of harmony. “I got my musical gifts from both my parents.”

Twice nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award, once for her role as Mrs. Potts in Beauty And The Beast, and for her portrayal of Fleur, the menopausal mama in Anne Marie MacDonald’s Anything That Moves (which won the Dora for Best Musical, 2001).

Marshak also received two ACTRA nominations for CBC radio musical performances. In addition to Beauty and the Beast (1995 to 1997), Marshak also includes her roles in Doubt and The Glass Menagerie as among her favourites. “Appearing as Mrs. Potts at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre, was probably the closest to portraying who I am – cheery, nurturing and motherly,” says Marshak. “I loved that role. It’s one of the big highlights of my career.”

The role of Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, which Marshak performed in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from 2001 to 2005, also resonates with Marshak. Marilla is known to be a stern character, so Marshak worked to find the parts of Marilla’s personality that didn’t make her a caricature. “My challenge was to find levels in Marilla that portrayed her as a real human being. The best characters that you see in films, or plays, do not encompass just one aspect,” says Marshak. “It’s one of my most wonderful, outstanding roles.”

Selfie with husband, Andrew, Port Hope, 2019

Marshak found playing the head chorus girl in the play, Pal Joey, to be somewhat of a stretch for her. Marshak laughs at the memory, “I always felt chunky growing up and there I was up on stage, with five other girls, adorned in tiny pasties and fishnet stockings.”

She was being typecast as a musical theatrical actress, but was able to gain more experience and hone her craft in a number of movies and television roles. Marshak appeared with Ellen Burstyn in The Stone Angel (2007); with Daryl Hannah in All The Good Ones Are Married (2007); and with Richard Dreyfus and Graham Greene in the 2019 film, Astronaut. On the small screen she appeared in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2014) and Being Erica (2009). “At this age, there isn’t much opportunity to play the lead,” says Marshak. “It’s usually an older person role.”

A few years ago, Marshak tore her meniscus during a rehearsal for It’s A Wonderful Life – one of the most painful things that she has ever experienced. “Fortunately, I was playing an older lady, and I had to use a cane for the duration of the play.”

The injury, however, has limited Marshak’s ability to take on roles that involve dancing or a great deal of physical activity. “I don’t audition for those parts anymore,” says Marshak. “I just don’t think that I can do it.”

Marshak says that she’s still pretty good at remembering her lines as an actress, but is finding it more difficult to remember lyrics, even to songs that she has written. “It does get worse as I get older. I always have to keep a music stand in front of me now.”

After the breakup of her 25-year marriage, Marshak used the pain to inspire many of the songs on her 2009 CD, A Matter of Time, which was one of Richard Ouzounian’s (Toronto Star) top eight picks of the year for the Broadway musical crowd. Not all of the songs are bittersweet. When Marshak met her current husband, she wrote a joyous song for the CD called How Do You Know.

Marshak had her first child at the age of 34 (Nicholas, now 35), and her second child (Matia, 32) at the age of 37. She had an opportunity to go to Broadway when they were young, but leaving her children behind wasn’t an option. “It was a heavy load performing eight shows a week. I missed seeing my kids and putting them to bed, so I declined the opportunity, and the role went to my understudy,” says Marshak. “My career is not always first and foremost for me. My kids are my blessings in life.”

Photo, Sarah Tacoma

“Stay creatively active. Part of me still feels like a child.” – Judy Marshak

Currently, Marshak is giving Ukeology workshops and lessons, and she performs on Vision Networks’ weekly singalong, Your All Time Favourite Hit Parade (Produced by Zoomer TV), which takes listeners back to some of their favourite pop music.

On July 26th of this year, Marshak will be doing a performance reading in Could I Have This Dance, a new musical at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The event is in celebration of the Anne Murray Centre’s 30th Anniversary. “The play is a compilation of several of Anne Murray’s songs. I play the mother of the lead actor,” says Marshak. “Anne Murray has given us a thumbs up – we have her support on the project.”

Marshak’s contagious positivity and free spirit has served her well. “The reality that we are not eternal is the hardest part,” says Marshak. “The trick is not to fall into the trap of aging. It’s a state of mind.”


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Mattamy Homes

There’s never been a better time to buy new – at Mattamy Homes

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There’s never been a better time to buy new – at Mattamy Homes

Since 1978 Mattamy has been making the dream of homeownership a reality, having built more than 90,000 new homes and more than 11,000 condo suites across hundreds of communities. Today, Mattamy is proudly the largest privately-owned home builder in North America.

With a 40-year history of building new homes and communities people love to live in, Mattamy has amassed an incredible list of reasons to buy new. From the choice to personalize your floorplan through Mattamy’s Architect’s Choice Options Program, to beautiful master-planned communities designed with living a fuller, happier life in mind.

Mattamy offers a full range of trendy condos, thoughtfully designed townhomes and detached homes. Mattamy has the GTA covered from east to west and south to north. Take a drive around the company’s GTA neighbourhoods this spring to discover a home and community exactly where you want to live. In all communities across Canada, Mattamy is offering your dream home at your dream price. The time has never been better than now to buy a new Mattamy home to get a head start on creating new family memories.

More great reasons to buy new from Mattamy;

Unleash your inner designer. Mattamy’s Design Studio lets you choose from a huge variety of modern and traditional finishes including hardwood, granite, quartz and so much more.

Enjoy peace of mind. Mattamy and Tarion offer a seven-year structural warranty on all new homes, giving you peace of mind when purchasing your new home.

Move into a great neighbourhood. Mattamy meticulously selects the areas in which it builds. Ensuring homeowners have access to schools, recreation centres, convenient shopping, dining and entertainment is paramount.

Have everything at your fingertips. Mattamy condos have thoughtfully designed suites, modern features and finishes, and life enhancing amenities like fitness facilities, rooftop terraces and stylish common areas.

Move in and start enjoying. No renovations required, sit back and enjoy your new home.

Brand new amenities. Park, recreation and nature trails outside your front door.

Master-planned communities. Curved streets and homes closer to the street create an inviting, family friendly neighbourhood.


With great advantages like these, and amazing new home and condo prices and incentives, there’s never been a better time to buy new from Mattamy. Visit the web site to learn more about all their communities.


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Lindvest's Aurora Glen

Aurora Glen by Lindvest brings bright, airy and unique townhomes

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Aurora Glen by Lindvest brings bright, airy and unique townhomes

Lindvest is having another incredibly productive year doing what it does best: Building homes. Five of the company’s projects are actively under or nearing construction all across the GTA: Aurora, Brampton, Markham, Newcastle, and Toronto. From detached homes, elegant townhomes, to highrise condos, Lindvest occupied close to 500 homes in 2018, and is on pace to inviting continue this trend into 2019. All of these incredible accomplishments are complemented by several exciting new projects.

Aurora Glen

The most recent release of the Aurora Glen townhomes is one not to be missed. The third phase of this beautifully planned community in Aurora is now open. Located just north of Leslie St. and Wellington, you are invited to tour the model home and visit the sales office.

These townhomes are uniquely bright and airy. Floor to ceiling windows in nearly every room cast volumes of natural light, emphasizing tall ceilings and spacious interiors. A serene escape just north of the city, this dazzling home is the ideal opportunity to entertain your friends and family in a beautiful lush community filled with trees.

Now open, the fully decorated model townhome is a must see. Designed and decorated by Toronto interior design firm Rebecca Hay Designs, whose specialty is creating high-end family friendly interiors that are distinguished yet inviting, the model townhome is classic, contemporary, and a true entertainer’s dream. Rebecca and her team added custom details such as upgraded crown moldings and coffered ceilings to elevate sophistication.

Having a little fun with colour adds to the family friendly vibe. Bright bold colours in the family room add personality to the otherwise classic construction of the home. A soft palette in the kitchen with leathered black granite countertops and marble backsplash adds texture and class. Matte black and soft greys contrast with warm brass lighting and thoughtful details throughout the open concept space.

Rich black traditional style interior doors have sleek matte black handles to match. The hardwood flooring throughout the main floor balances with natural marble mosaic tiles in the entry and powder room. A true gem, the powder room is your hidden delight, presenting playful wallpaper paired with a sleek black faucet. It’s a fun little surprise waiting around the corner to inspire guests.

The master bedroom celebrates style and elegance with its wallpapered tray ceiling. A bright and spacious corner bedroom leads into a large ensuite complete with a soaker tub, curbless glass shower, and double vanity. The design team raised the wow factor by adding gorgeous large format tiles to all the walls. Beautiful brass touches elevate the design by including brass faucets and fixtures by Moen. A stunning modern chandelier hangs above the tub radiating extra sparkle.

As with all previous phases in this community, these townhomes are equipped with smart thermostats, intelligent locks and LED lighting.

These townhomes need to be experienced to be appreciated. There are 29 units nearing completion, several of which are already move-in ready, launching a truly unique buying opportunity.

Starting from the west and making its way east, Lindvest has these other communities to offer in 2019:

North Oakville is currently open and features contemporary and traditional elevations of 36-, 38-, 41-, 43- and 45-ft. single-detached homes. North Oakville is located on the east side of 6th Line, between Dundas St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. Set amid one of the region’s most coveted neighbourhoods, the natural splendor of North Oakville makes for a setting beyond compare.

Klein Estates is slated to open soon is located at Pine Valley Drive and Teston Road. This community will feature 42- and 50-ft. estate homes just moments away from the charming village of Kleinburg. A beautiful and historical town, it has managed to retain its charm without sacrificing convenience. Purchasers will discover delightful restaurants, cafes, coffee bars and boutiques to explore. For the exteriors, Lindvest teamed up with Suriano Design Consultants, a full-service architectural practice with an award-winning portfolio of residential projects. The interiors will be designed by Jane Lockhart Design. This award-winning interior design firm offers premium level knowledge, creativity, and competency through all phases of every project. Jane Lockhart’s team will bring their well-known brand of detail-driven perfectionism to the finishing line. These are sure to be spectacular homes.

Sonic Condos are well into the sky, with only a few tower units available. The last and final phase of this project is UltraSonic townhomes, which will be opening soon. Across from the Ontario Science Centre, and steps from the highspeed Eglinton Crosstown, UltraSonic follows in the same futuristic footsteps of its predecessors, Sonic and SuperSonic. An über modern addition to the Sonic community, UltraSonic will up the ante on the brand’s “future perfect” promise. High on style and luxury, these limited-edition townhomes will offer all the companion bells and whistles one would expect. If you’re into high style and luxury, this is a project not to be missed.

The Towns at Gracefields are part of a master-planned community located in Newcastle, Ont. These classically styled townhomes feature spacious floorplans ranging from 1,400 to 2,100 sq. ft., making them ideal for families. Already well under construction in a beautiful country setting, these townhomes will be move-in ready this year.

Aurora Glen
Sonic Condos
The Towns at Gracefields
North Oakville
Klein Estates

To find out more about these communities visit the website.


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9th & Main Condos + Towns

Last chance at pre-construction prices at Pemberton’s 9th & Main Condos + Towns in Stouffville

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Last chance at pre-construction prices at Pemberton’s 9th & Main Condos + Towns in Stouffville

Pemberton Group is getting ready for the start of construction at the successful 9th & Main Condos + Towns development in the heart of Stouffville. The community features spacious, luxurious two- and three-bedroom townhome designs ranging in size from 1,510 to 1,975 sq. ft.

In addition to the townhomes, the community itself is comprised of two eight-storey condominiums and two-storey lofts. Suites include two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom and two-storey lofts. Prices start from the $700,000s for condo suites and from the $800,000s for townhome and lofts suites.

Located within the York Region of the Greater Toronto Area, Stouffville is the third fastest growing community in Canada. With easy accessibility to major highways such as 404 and 407, recent plans to develop extra GO Bus terminals, and with the addition to the Stouffville GO Train, homeowners seeking commuting convenience will appreciate this location. The Stouffville GO Train is a short three-minute drive, which makes traveling to downtown a breeze.

9th & Main’s thriving condominium and townhome community is ideal for young families, empty-nesters looking to downsize, and homeowners transitioning from larger homes to the next phase of their lives. Offering a connected way of life, residents will be just minutes from restaurants, bistros, cafes, and boutique shopping along Main Street. Grab a bite to eat at local staples, including Fishbone By The Lake, Main Street Bakehouse and Main Street Burger Shoppe. Running last-minute errands could not be easier with Metro, LCBO, Shoppers Drug Mart, and SmartCentres Stouffville all close by.

Just moments away are lush parks and trails, including Musselman’s Lake, Sunnyridge Park and Rupert Park, which is a top choice for families, featuring a playground, picnic area, toboggan hill, baseball diamond, skating rink, and basketball court. Golf-lovers will appreciate the several golf clubs in the area, including the popular Angus Glen, Spring Lakes and Station Creek Golf Club.

Teeming with arts, sports, leisure and recreational facilities, Stouffville also presents an abundance of cultural options. The recently expanded Leisure Centre houses a library, fitness centre, indoor pool and gymnasium. Stouffville’s free public art gallery, the Latcham Art Centre, and The Lebovic Centre of Arts & Entertainment that hosts a variety of events are also close by.

The 9th & Main community is also surrounded by top educational facilities and schools, including the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library, Stouffville District Secondary School, Royal Cachet Montessori School and Oscar Peterson Public School.

Townhome residents will also have access to all of 9th & Main’s hotel-inspired amenities, which offer diverse spaces for entertaining including a gym, yoga-Pilates studio, men’s and women’s change rooms with steam rooms, theatre, library/lounge with fireplace, media lounge with gaming console, virtual golf, children’s play room, two boardrooms, two guest suites and a pet wash. Also included is a large party room with fireplace, bar, pool table, and caterer’s kitchen that opens onto a beautifully-landscaped outdoor terrace.

Both the townhomes and condominium suites are thoughtfully designed and luxuriously appointed with spa-inspired bathrooms, including a contemporary undermount vanity sink, glass-enclosed walk-in shower and soaker tub, as per plan. Step into style with seven-inch-wide, premium engineered flooring throughout the living room, dining room, kitchen, den, hall, foyer and bedroom(s).

Pemberton Group

For decades, Pemberton Group has earned a reputation for creating successful residential developments of uncompromising quality in some of the greatest locations across the Greater Toronto Area. Its exceptional portfolio of current and upcoming communities at various development stages, offers elevated modern lifestyle opportunities for everyone. From Toronto, to Mississauga, to Stouffville, to Maple, Pemberton’s diverse communities are specifically designed to fit your preferred lifestyle. To discover more about Pemberton’s incredible offerings, register today on their website. You can also follow Pemberton Group on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

For a limited time, homebuyers can take advantage of a 10-per cent deposit program within six months, as well as the last chance at pre-construction prices. For further information call (289.380.3451), visit the website, or visit the presentation centre, located at 11750 Ninth Line in Stouffville.


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HOME is where the kitchen island is

HOME is where the kitchen island is

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HOME is where the kitchen island is

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

A High Park kitchen trades in its peninsula for a family-friendly island.

An open-plan kitchen is the epicentre for modern living. It has merged living, dining, work and play into one great space, and the kitchen island is command central.

Long gone are the days of the peninsula – making an island fit into your plan by any means very necessary! Our lives revolve around this proverbial island whether or not the home has the luxury of a separate dining room. We cook, eat, laugh and sometimes, even shed a few tears at this central gathering point. The notion of formal sit-down dinners is almost a thing of the past. We are willing to forego that formal space to make room for our busy, multi-faceted modern lifestyle.

Make a statement

The great room plays many different roles, and as such, we want our kitchens to blend into the living space. One of the ways to successfully do this is to incorporate cabinetry that resembles furniture, more so than one may expect for a typical kitchen cabinet.

The materials and colour palettes we are exploring for our kitchen spaces are getting more daring, slowly moving away from a neutral palette, and allowing statement colours, tones and textures to make a permanent appearance.

Lighting schemes are becoming increasingly more prominent and hi-tech, with the ability to alter the whole ambience of a space with the touch of a button on your mobile device.

Let’s talk about the dollars and cents for a moment; your kitchen is the best investment you can make in your home, not only for resale, but for the sheer enjoyment of your day-to-day life. Knowing how to maximize what is often the limited space of your old-Toronto home is a challenging task. Our High Park project is a prime example of a traditional old-Toronto home with a closed-off kitchen, which provided poor circulation throughout the ground floor, as well as a lack of natural light – did we mention that it had a peninsula?

Space & view enhancements

The homeowners had previously invested in their west-facing rear yard, but could barely see the beauty of their gardens from their small kitchen windows. The task at hand for our Design Build team was to respect the historical period of this Edwardian home, and bring the kitchen into the 21st century, all the while monitoring the budget.

A small addition over the existing basement staircase provided the opportunity for glazing across the entire rear facade of the kitchen, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

An island almost 10-feet long that could accommodate the family of five was the starting point of the kitchen plan. Existing architectural features, such as the stained-glass bay window, were also a key element to the kitchen design. The paint colour, Forest Black Green by Benjamin Moore, used on the cabinetry grounds the light tones of the natural limestone floors.

A servery by the doorway to the dining room plays double-duty for entertaining formally in the dining room, and preparing breakfast on the daily.

Heightened functionality

Deploying clever planning and organizational tips to ensure adequate storage needs were met allows for the open-shelving above the servery, which is not only functional, but showcases a collection of the homeowners’ curated accessories making the space uniquely theirs.

An abundance of marble shapes the focal points of the space, from the Quartize Nuage countertops in the kitchen to a striking black Belvedere marble countertop on the servery, signposts a change of function and invites a new texture into the overall design.

Updating this kitchen also meant investing in home automation; automated blinds, kitchen appliances and even music create that perfect mood, and are of course all easily controlled by your smart device.

If you are dreaming about an escape to your own island, consider what “home” really means to you, and we guarantee you will find that home is where your kitchen island is.

SOURCES: KITCHEN COUNTER MARBLE: Quartize Nuage, CIOT SERVERY COUNTERTOP: Belvedere marble, Olympia CABINETRY PAINT: Forest Black Green, Benjamin Moore WALL PAINT: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

Natalie Venalainen is a Senior Designer at Men at Work Design-Build. She has 10 years of industry experience and has won several awards including the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s top 30 under 30 design professionals across North America in 2018.

Claire Muldrew is a Designer at Men At Work Design-Build. Claire has a B.A in Architecture & Design and a profound interest in how the interior environment shapes our everyday living.


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Amy Sky & Marc Jordan

Amy Sky & Marc Jordan – The law of attraction is working overtime

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Amy Sky & Marc Jordan – The law of attraction is working overtime

Some 33 years ago, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan met in Los Angeles at the home of composer and songwriter, John Capek. Sky had recently moved there, and Jordan had been living in L.A. since 1977. “We were instantly drawn to each other,” says Sky. “I thought Marc was handsome, charismatic and extremely funny. We just never seemed to run out of things to talk about.”

Massey Hall, 2016; Linda Marie Stella Photography
Massey Hall, 2016; Linda Marie Stella Photography

Jordan says that he remembers that Sky was wearing a dress from the 50s and that she looked like a movie star. As a couple, and individually, the two have written chart-topper songs for pop royalty. They were married on December 31, 1987.

Influenced by singer/songwriters of the 70s, Sky wrote her first songs at the age of 13. Reba McEntire recorded If Only, written by Sky, on her album called Just a Little Love. Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, and Cyndi Lauper have all recorded songs by Sky, as did Heart, with whom Sky wrote Voodoo Doll and Cherry Blossom Road. A backup singer for Newton-John, Anne Murray, and Ronnie Hawkins, Sky’s musical journey began in Nashville. “When I played with Ronnie in Nashville, a lot of music business people came out,” says Sky. “I got a write-up in the Tennessean, and from there, was discovered by several songwriters.”

Amy Sky Twilight Rose; Linda Marie Stella Photography
Amy Sky Twilight Rose; Linda Marie Stella Photography

Along with playing the piano on her latest songs, Sky also plays with a cello quartet. “Music is the portal to spirituality for me,” says Sky.

Jordan was immersed in music at a young age. His father, Charles Jordan, was a radio host, singer and cantor, “My dad loved the maritime folk songs, and those early records of Pete Seeger,” says Jordan. “It was these initial influences that helped me later on when I wrote songs such as Rhythm of My Heart for Rod Stewart.”

Amy Sky, Zoe Sky Jordan and Ezra Jordan, Koerner Hall, 2017; Linda Marie Stella Photography
Amy Sky, Zoe Sky Jordan and Ezra Jordan, Koerner Hall, 2017; Linda Marie Stella Photography

Initially, Jordan studied film at Brock University. He played at a number of iconic hippie coffee houses in Yorkville, including the celebrated Riverboat. He had his first hit in 1978 with Marina del Rey.

As a couple, one of their first duets was a song written by Jordan called Soul on Soul. Sky released it on her CD called Burnt By The Sun. “Right after we recorded it, Rod Stewart asked for permission to record it as a single, so we couldn’t release it as such,” says Sky. “But, it’s not too shabby when Rod Stewart covers one of your songs.”

Linda Marie Stella Photography
Linda Marie Stella Photography

The accolades and awards kept on coming, with Jordan winning a Juno for producer of the year (1994) for Waiting For A Miracle on the Reckless Valentine album. He won several ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) awards, and the first Canadian Smooth Jazz award for male vocalist (2005). Sky has won three SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) awards, an American Songwriting Award, a Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for best composition (2007), as well as three Juno nominations. Written by Sky and Eddie Schwartz, the song, Everything Love Is, won a Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best Composition (2007).

Along with her music, Sky has had a successful live theatre run. As the lead in the Broadway play Blood Brothers (1996 and 1998) at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Sky played the role of Mrs. Johnstone, the mother of seven children. “The story was about a poor, working class woman, whose husband left her when she got pregnant with her sixth kid, which were twin boys,” says Sky. “She gave up one of the brothers to a wealthy woman. The twins, played by the late David Cassidy and the late Michael Burgess, grew up on different sides of the tracks, before actually meeting. It was what really launched my career.”

Linda Marie Stella Photography
Linda Marie Stella Photography

The Liv on Project was formed as an intimate partnership between friends, including Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Sky. Newton-John’s sister, Rona, passed away suddenly from brain cancer, and Olivia wanted to write a song for her sister’s memorial service. “She asked me to write the song with her,” says Sky. “As we wrote, we realized that there were not a lot of songs that addressed loss and grieving. One of the biggest things about going through something difficult, is feeling alone. It is very healing to know that other people are on the same journey.”

Jordan, too, has branched out in various genres. In 2010, at the age of 62, he appeared in the movie, Score: A Hockey Musical, playing the part of Newton-John’s husband. “I thought I was auditioning to do the music,” says Jordan. “But the director thought I looked like the husband – a nutty professor kind of guy. I had quite a few lines in the movie, but it was short takes, so I didn’t find it hard.”

Marc and Amy, 1997
Marc and Amy, 1997

The couple’s two children are also involved in music. Zoe Sky Jordan (28), lives in Nashville and sings, writes and plays guitar. Ezra Jordan (25), is an alt-pop, R&B singer, as well as a songwriter and piano player. “I am also grateful to have two children who are funny and creative,” says Sky. “We really get each other.”

Committed to giving back, the couple supports causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Jordan, who is dyslexic, helps with related fundraisers. Sky advocates for CAMH and the Mood Disorders Association. “I have been vocal about living with mood disorders,” says Sky. “Most notably, postpartum depression, following the birth of both my kids.”

Prague, 2014; Photo, Paul Eves
Prague, 2014; Photo, Paul Eves

To stay fit, the couple enjoys cycling, hiking, swimming and practicing yoga together. Retirement is not in their foreseeable plans. In fact, Jordan has a new career hosting a radio show on Jazz.FM91 called Songs I Wish I Had Written. In addition, he is the chair of the songwriting department at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre, and plays gigs with the quartet, Lunch at Allen’s.

Currently, Sky is making a new CD with her husband, who is the featured guest artist. Jordan is releasing his 16th CD called Both Sides, recorded with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The couple is also working on a Broadway musical called Fly High – a love story between a circus performer and a rock musician who are trying to make their world a better place. “I love my life; I love my wife; I love making music,” says Jordan.


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