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Barrie, Ontario

Barrie – Gateway to cottage country open for business

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Barrie – Gateway to cottage country open for business

Barrie may be best known as the “gateway to cottage country,” but, borrowing from a recent initiative of a certain provincial politician, the city might just as well hang a sign out front saying “open for business.”

Indeed, the days of this city of 141,434 being little more than a popular tourist and getaway destination are long over.

Barrie is a thriving city in its own right. It has long moved on from a bedroom community for Toronto, about 100 kms south, to developing its own increasingly diversified economy, with a focus on education, healthcare, information technology and other sectors.

For example, Barrie recently hosted industry experts, executives, investors and entrepreneurs from across Ontario at the third annual Manufacturing Innovation Summit. Presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada, the event strives to help manufacturers maintain competitiveness and maximize productivity.

Creative economy

Further illustrating a focus on economic development, the City has partnered with Sandbox Centre to make regional resources for innovation and entrepreneurship more accessible to local businesses. Opened in April, Sandbox Centre is the first private sector-led innovation hub in Ontario.

“The rapid pace of change in business and in technologies means that companies are best positioned to succeed when they can learn and share from each other,” says Karen Dubeau, director of creative economy with the City. “Sandbox Centre provides a centralized hub for established businesses, aspiring innovators, and independent entrepreneurs to share expertise, energy and opportunities.”

Director of creative economy? Such a title and position speak volumes about Barrie’s forward-thinking leadership.

It is exactly these types of initiatives that make Barrie so appealing for real estate. Economic development means employment, jobs attract residents, and residents translate to housing demand.

The city’s ability to attract younger residents is influenced by its growing reputation as a place for families and young, active professionals. Recent GO Transit expansion has made it easier for professionals to live in Barrie, where it’s more affordable, and work in Toronto or somewhere along the way.

However, as a smaller centre, Barrie is sometimes subject to swings in the real estate market. Median home prices for the first quarter of 2019, at $505,795, were flat compared to the same period last year. Detached bungalows, however, grew 1.8 per cent, year-over-year.

While at first glance this might not seem like great news, but the slower price growth provides buying opportunities for Barrie’s resident profile – many of them young, first-time homebuyers.

Live, work and play

It’s not strictly business in Barrie, however. Tourism still plays an important role in the local economy, with the historic downtown and waterfront major attractions. The downtown area hosts numerous annual festivals and events such as The Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrielicious, Winterfest, Jazz & Blues Festival, Promenade Days, and Ribfest and Craft Beer Show.

Barrie is also home to Kempenfest, one of the largest outdoor arts and crafts celebrations in Ontario.

During the winter months, people still flock to the area’s nearby hills – Horseshoe Resort, Mount St. Louis Moonstone, and a little further afoot, Blue Mountain.

Then, of course, there’s the hometown Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, who play out of the Barrie Molson Centre downtown.

Location, location, location

Located in Simcoe County in the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, about 100 kms north of Toronto, 36 km to Orillia; population 141,434.

Key landmarks

  • Barrie Molson Centre
  • Centennial Park & Beach
  • Georgian Theatre
  • Heritage Park
  • MacLaren Art Centre
  • Waterfront Heritage Trailb

Select housing developments

Ashton Meadows by Briarwood Development Group

Birchwood Estates of Essa by Alair Homes

Bear Creek Ridge by Bradley Homes

Birchwood Estates of Essa by Lilac Homes

• East Village Urban Towns by Cygnus Developments cygnusdevelopments.com

Forest Heights Estates by Democrat Homes

Professor’s Walk by Democrat Homes

Thornton Estates by First View Homes


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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.

DEMOCRAT HOMES
Forest Heights Estates

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


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At Forest Heights Estates, by Democrat Homes, luxury has never been so affordable

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At Forest Heights Estates, by Democrat Homes, luxury has never been so affordable

Democrat Homes is creating one of the most exclusive and desirable communities in the GTA, just one hour north of the city and perfectly situated between Orillia and Barrie. Forest Heights Estates, in Horseshoe Valley, offers brick and stone bungalow and two-storey single-family homes on treed ravine lots, nestled in nature but handily close to all modern amenities. Imagine hiking, skiing or golfing, just moments away, while big box stores, boutiques, restaurants, waterfront, schools, hospitals and a major university are a short drive nearby.

And then there are the homes! Classic two- or three-garage bungalows with nine-ft. ceilings, upgraded kitchens and finishes, sited on sprawling 100- by 200-ft. (minimum) sized lots. These single level homes range from 1,615 to 2,821 sq. ft. and incorporate large picture windows with ample views of the stunning landscape…of your own backyard! Other standard features include: Hardwood flooring, gas fireplace, granite counters, superior ceramics and designer finishes. Whether you just like the one-floor convenience or have had with climbing stairs, these are the perfect models for you.

Of course, who can argue with the unmatched beauty, refinement and elegance of a classic two-storey estate home – especially in Forest Heights. The refined town-and-country abodes have found an ideal placement in picturesque Horseshoe Valley. These stunners offer high-pitched roofs, two- and three-car garages, large verandas and distinct windows on their brick and stone exteriors. Step inside to discover sizeable foyers, nine-ft. ceilings (some with vaulted and cathedral treatments), wood, tile and berber carpeted floors, large master bedrooms plus two or three additional generous bedrooms, and so much more. There are six exceptional models to choose from, ranging in size from approximately 2,400 to 3,500 sq. ft., one more beautiful than the other.

Forest Heights is a real neighbourhood with fantastically fit empty-nesters and forever young families coming together in a celebration of fine living and fabulous surroundings. All homeowners will enjoy convenient access from Horseshoe Valley Road. And the homes are perfectly situated on a quiet main road as well as several one-of-a-kind cul-de-sacs. Everything you need is right there, or conveniently close by. The area’s famous ski hills and renowned golf courses are literally a five-minute drive away!

Finally, you should know that these Estate Homes are available at half the Toronto price, starting from the low $700,000s. Phase 1 is almost 50 per cent sold, but a generous selection of houses and lots are still available. Spring is the perfect time to find your forever home in Forest Heights.

DEMOCRAT HOMES
Forest Heights Estates

To register call (705.835.0354), email sales manager Mark Palumbo or visit the website.


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Democrat Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Democrat Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Democrat Homes

New release of two-storey homes and bungalows at Forest Heights Estates in picturesque Horseshoe Valley

There is great excitement just a one-hour drive north of Toronto in a tree-filled, estate lot community from Democrat Homes. These brick and stone homes sit on minimum half-acre lots, backing onto woods or lush green space, with convenient access from Horseshoe Valley Road.

Each home is designed to fit beautifully into the natural surroundings and offer nine-foot main floor ceilings, large picture windows, upgraded doors and trim and minimum two-car garages. The luxury continues through each model, from the 1,615-square-foot three-bedroom Horseshoe bungalow model to the stunning, three-car garage, two-storey 3,552-square-foot Pinespring residence.

The five bungalow designs feature high pitch roofs, open concept layouts with large kitchens and family rooms, vaulted and cathedral ceilings and traditional gas fireplaces.

The three larger-than-life two-storey homes offer the perfect mix of large family spaces with undeniable country lavishness. The four-bedroom 3,057-square-foot Briarwood model offers a spacious foyer leading past formal living and dining rooms, to the gourmet kitchen with a large island, breakfast area, and ample family room overlooking a private treed backyard.

Upstairs there’s plenty of room for a growing family with multiple bedrooms, a large main bath and two well-appointed ensuites. The 19-foot master bedroom is a balance of comfort and sumptuousness with — not one — but two walk-in closets. The exterior B Elevation is a masterful fusion of brick and stone, which extends through the big front porch and all three adjacent garages.

This one-of-a-kind community is nestled in the Horseshoe Highlands, just minutes from the ski hills and with direct access to walking trails, natural parkland and the family-friendly great outdoors. But the great thing is that big-city amenities are a short 10 to 15 minute drive away in either Barrie or Orillia. It’s your choice. Shopping, entertainment, culture, universities, churches and hospitals are all handily close by.

The Grand Opening of Forest Heights Estates is slated for May 2018. Prices start from the low 700,000s.

DEMOCRAT HOMES
Forest Heights Estates

Go online to register or contact sales manager Mark Palumbo at Mark@DemocratHomes.com.

705.835.0354
DemocratHomes.com


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