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Celebrity Living: Paris Hilton's Sunset Strip home for sale

Celebrity Living: Paris Hilton’s Sunset Strip home for sale

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Celebrity Living: Paris Hilton’s Sunset Strip home for sale

Granddaughter of hotelier Conrad Hilton, the former Sunset Strip-Hollywood Hills home of super-socialite heiress Paris Hilton is now on the market priced at $4.8 million (U.S.).

As the inventor of the concept of being famous for being famous and accidentally making sex tapes a popular vehicle for others to gain their foothold in the celebrity world, those who have looked deeper than Hilton’s party-girl image are fully aware that this gorgeous heiress is a workhorse when it comes to creating and promoting her brands, whether it be her perfume line, accessory stores, acting on television and in films, authoring her book Confessions of an Heiress, a New York Times best seller, recording albums or hiring out as a hot celebrity DJ. From tabloid fodder to highly successful entrepreneur, Hilton’s story has been from riches to more riches through her own hard work.

Hilton started her career as a model for Donald Trump’s agency, Trump Model Management, while still a teenager. Her looks, family connections and lifestyle amid the wealthiest social circles made her popularity soar when she was featured in tabloids and entertainment news.

When ex-boyfriend, poker player Rick Salomon, released a sex tape which he filmed during their affair, Hilton was devastated but shortly thereafter co-starred with her friend Nicole Richie in the hit television reality series The Simple Life, which ran for five seasons on Fox. It was during this time frame when Hilton lived in her Hollywood Hills home that is now for sale.

Though now living and operating out of Ibiza, Spain, Paris travels most of the year promoting her brands and doing DJ gigs. She occasionally returns to the U.S. to visit family. Now engaged to The Secret Circle star Chris Zylka, Hilton is currently planning her 2019 wedding. Her most recent estimated wealth was approximately $300 million, which the tabloids gleefully report has increased by several million dollars with the gift of her pricey engagement ring.

The house Hilton called home during the filming of her reality television series is a three-story, Spanish-style property overlooking Sunset Strip and sweeping views of the Los Angeles city lights. Built in 1926, the 3,064 sq. ft. house includes four bedrooms and four baths, formal living and dining rooms that open to a courtyard, and a large eat-in kitchen that opens to the backyard with high-low terraces, lawn, swimming pool, spa and firepit.

Old Hollywood-style glamour elements include dark wood floors, wood-beamed ceilings, pool cabanas and impressive chandeliers, which have always been hallmarks of star-studded California real estate. There is also a game room with pool table, a spacious media room, guest quarters, den and separate office.

The master suite is pure Hollywood sparkle. Hilton brought in her team of decorators for the house to turn it into a true heiress-style abode as they had done for her other homes. These same furnishings are included in the sale.

Hilton’s glamorous Hollywood Hills home and her original furnishings, where she lived during the five seasons of her television program The Simple Life are now for sale priced at $4.8 million (U.S.). Co-listing agents are Rebekah Schwartz Sklar and Hilton’s uncle, Mauricio Umansky of The Agency in Beverly Hills.

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Altree Developments announces two new marquee projects

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Altree Developments announces two new marquee projects

Altree Developments, led by third-generation developer Zev Mandelbaum, previously of Marlin Spring, Lanterra and H&R, is pleased to announce the company’s two new projects in the GTA, 2 Forest Hill Rd. in Toronto and 44 Zorra St. in Etobicoke. Plus Altree has just launched another development in Jersey City, N.J. — West Side Arts.

Following the acquisition of six properties at St. Clair Ave. and Forest Hill Rd., the Altree Forest Hill development will be a luxury nine-storey midrise building with approximately 75 units, spanning 1,000 to 4,000 sq. ft. The majority of each exclusive unit will feature expansive terraces, introducing outdoor areas to every living space.

Providing renowned inspirational residential, commercial and retail projects built with integrity, Altree Developments, is committed to connecting communities through the development of iconic projects. Altree is guided by Mandelbaum’s vision to seamlessly integrate projects into the existing culture of the neighbourhoods in which they develop, while uncovering opportunities to enhance communities and build with integrity. “It is a great privilege and honour to be able to bring these three iconic projects to life, creating beauty among three distinct neighbourhoods,” said Mandelbaum, president and CEO, Altree. “At Altree Developments, we are dedicated to seeking out projects that allow us to build a meaningful experience within each community we enter, offering residents a locale to live, dream and thrive.”

The Zorra St. development, located at The Queensway and Islington Ave., will be comprised of a 35-storey tower that spans across 340,000 sq. ft. of gross residential floor area, offering a diverse mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. It will be a landmark for the established and easily accessible community that delivers top-notch retail offerings and public green spaces for residents to enjoy. Only minutes away from downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport, this development will serve as a hub for millennials and young families.

Altree Developments, launched in late 2018, continues a 70-year multi-generational family legacy in the development industry, including H&R REIT, founded by his grandfather Sandy Hofstedter, and Lanterra Developments, founded by his father Mark Mandelbaum. Prior to the launch of Altree, Zev previously held roles as co-founder, chief operating officer and principal at Marlin Spring, and commercial division lead at Lanterra Developments.

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Bruce Willis New York estate

Bruce Willis New York estate for sale

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Bruce Willis New York estate for sale

Die Hard star Bruce Willis has been actively buying and selling real estate across the country for years while still managing his other business ventures and a tight film schedule. With the goal of returning to California to be close to family and friends, and having just sold his Sun Valley ski home, his focus has now turned to the sale of his pastoral New York estate, which has served as his East Coast family residence since 2014. It is listed at $12.95 million (U.S.).

Located only 40 minutes from midtown Manhattan, the gated 22-acre estate in Bedford Corners comes with views over the Croton Reservoir and lush countryside. Grounds contain a total of four houses, two garages, a saltwater pool, poolhouse and tennis court.

There is also a vegetable garden much loved by Emma and Bruce’s young children. With a total of 12 bedrooms between the four houses, it is convenient to entertain guests who can enjoy their own separate fully-contained living space.

The Craftsman-style main house — at 8,958 open-and-airy square feet — has five bedrooms and multiple fireplaces including one in the kitchen and master suite. There is also a playroom, media room, wine cellar and an octagonal room above the roofline for viewing the countryside and the reservoir. The house is filled with light from large windows that offer superb views and ultimate privacy.

Westchester County is well known for its celebrities who enjoy living in the countryside but also its proximity to Manhattan. The area is home to Oscar-winning actors, Broadway stars, musicians and billionaires including Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chevy Chase, David Letterman and Richard Gere. Billionaires Nelson Peltz and Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan CEO, also live in Bedford.

Though their lives will be concentrated on the West Coast in coming years, the Willis family will still keep their Manhattan apartment.

Willis is currently working on the film Glass, with plans already in the works for three additional films. Now with more than 70 films under his belt, Bruce, 63, shows no signs of slowing down, proving himself to be an “action” figure in real life as well as the roles he plays.

The elegant country estate of Bruce and Emma Willis is now on the market priced at $12.95 million. The listing agents are Nancy Strong, Stacey Oestrich and Ann Cutbill Lenane of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Armonk, N.Y.

 

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340 Croton Lake Road – Bedford Corners, New York

Source: TopTenRealEstateDeals.com


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Empire Communities has 4 new model homes in Thorold to inspire homeowners

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Empire Communities has 4 new model homes in Thorold to inspire homeowners

After much anticipation, Empire Communities, one of Canada’s largest homebuilders, has unveiled four brand new model homes in the Legacy community in Thorold. Empire is thrilled to have partnered with renowned Toronto-based interior design firm, figure 3, to bring the vision for these model homes to life, and create unique spaces that will inspire.

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With the help of figure 3, Empire selected four unique design styles to appeal to the diverse needs and tastes of its homeowners – Shabby Chic, Industrial Ranch, Modern Scandi and Manor Estate. Each of these spaces offers a great deal of inspiration and skillfully display four distinct home plans available at Legacy.

“Empire has worked with figure 3 in the past, and we have always been delighted with the end result. There was no question that partnering with them on these model homes at Legacy would result in four very unique, yet beautiful spaces,” says Sue MacKay, vice-president of marketing at Empire Communities. “We can’t wait for the public to view our brand new models and we hope they get inspired to bring these decor styles into their own homes.”

Shabby Chic
Shabby Chic

The Shabby Chic is a 2,306-sq.-ft., four-bedroom Vibrant Corner home featuring an eclectic mix of antique decor accents, intricate light fixtures, distressed woods and woven fabrics.

Industrial Ranch
Industrial Ranch

Inside the 2,606-sq.-ft., four-bedroom Enchant model lives the Industrial Ranch style. This home is furnished with elegant brown leather sofas and modern farm-inspired furniture and accessories.

Modern Scandi
Modern Scandi

Mixed with light hardwood floors, furniture and natural materials, the interior of the 1,908-sq.-ft., four-bedroom Tranquil model is true to Modern Scandi style as it is bright, airy and minimalistic.

Manor Estate
Manor Estate

The Manor Estate home was designed with a sophisticated homeowner in mind, featuring elegant furniture in muted tones, a calming gray paint scheme and plenty of bling throughout the 3,483-sq.-ft., four-bedroom Gloucester plan.

Once completed, the Legacy community will be home to more than 1,000 new families. Construction is now well underway on townhomes and detached homes as the area comes to life and prepares for its first residents.

Prospective homeowners and community members are invited to visit Empire Legacy in Thorold at 1161 Kottmeier Rd. to explore the new model homes and check out the ongoing construction progress within the community.

Empire Communities is a residential builder/developer involved in all sectors of the new homebuilding industry, including both lowrise and highrise built forms. Celebrating 25 years of building inspiring new places to live, Empire has an established tradition of creating prestigious award-winning new homes, communities and amenities and has earned a reputation for outstanding attention to detail and customer service.


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My perfect living room

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My perfect living room

As many of you know, I recently renovated my kitchen and turned it into the kitchen of my dreams. (You can read about it)

Well, after doing my kitchen, I had to update my living room. There wasn’t anything really wrong with it — I just wasn’t in love with it. I had done a tie-over decorating job, but hadn’t yet tackled making it a space I loved. It had old dark floors and a dark mantel. When I walked into the living room from my new dream kitchen, I really felt the darkness of this room. So, it was time to make it my own!

The floors really drove the direction of this room. I was shopping for new hardwood with Neue Floors and found light bleached-out looking engineered hardwood flooring. I loved the idea of going with engineered hardwood – it’s durable, the colour is amazing and it’s easy to clean. On these new floors I can wear my high heels and my dogs can run and play without worrying about scratching and dinging these floors – they just don’t show wear and tear.

I carried the Neue flooring up the wall on the fireplace and installed a Dimplex electric fireplace. The change over to the electric fireplace was so easy – it just came out of the delivery box and slid into the existing hole left by removing the gas insert. Because this unit is electric, it offers the best options – I can have the heat on, off or set to any temperature I want. As a bonus, I don’t need to have a mantel between the fireplace and the TV so I was able to create this stunning focal point where the hardwood carried up the wall. Plus I ordered an affordable TV mount from Wayfair Canada that I can swing any want I want so I can watch TV even from my kitchen – now that’s a bonus!

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Because I so enjoy entertaining, I kept my beautiful Jo Alcorn velvet sectional. This sofa is textured, lighter in tone and offers lots of seating space for guests. It’s the perfect piece to play up the Scandinavian look in this room.

Pillows, you know I love pillows! These ones are from my line as well. They are not only stylish but fully washable. As in, pop the entire pillow into the washer. They’re perfect so my pups can curl right up and enjoy this room as much as I do.

Finally, the privacy aspect. Because I’m a bit off the street level, I didn’t want to cover up my entire windows to get privacy and it was important to keep as much natural light flowing in as possible. I turned to Budget Blinds and chose a top down/bottom up cellular shade that is cordless so that there are no messy strings. This allows me all the privacy I want without sacrificing any style or light. It’s the perfect option for this room.

This room is beautiful, modern, inviting and super comfortable. It’s the perfect place to relax and to entertain.

I always love it when I’ve completed a design job for a client and you see their happiness at getting exactly what they wanted. That’s the happiness I feel right now!

Jo Alcorn is founder and design specialist at Alcorn Home.

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Top tips for making a home office

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Top tips for making a home office

I recently created a gorgeous bedroom space that incorporated a home office. Here are my top tops when creating multi-use spaces.

All hard working mamas and papas deserve a beautiful bed. After a hard day of raising kids, working outside and inside the home, moms and dads are tired. So invest in a beautiful bed!

This Wayfair bed does not disappoint; it is soft, plush and elegant. I love the tufted headboard and the drama the wingback headboard adds. Plus, this was a great value; I have spent upwards of $4,000 on custom upholstered, storage beds so getting this one for less than $2,000 is just fabulous.

A beautiful bed needs a quality mattress. Here we used the award winning Casper mattress. I also chose Casper’s sheet and duvet set in a crisp white. A bonus, they deliver right to your door and arrive within days of ordering.

Once your bed is taken care of, designate the spot for the office. I opted for custom millwork here to utilize every square inch of storage I could. Going custom allowed us to paint the desk this gorgeous turquoise colour, Benjamin Moore Waterfall 2050- 50.

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Take note of the brass, hand-cast cabinet pulls from Toronto entrepreneur Shayne Fox. They’re like jewellery on this desk.

Every desk needs a chair, and this chair is a game changer. It literally felt like a hug for my lower back and pelvis. The CoreChair is an ergonomic active sitting chair that provides optimal support while introducing movement into your workday. This chair needs to be in homes and offices everywhere.

Add your personality! This is important regardless of the kind of space you are creating; it has to reflect you and your unique personality. Here I just had to add elements like this Metrie door painted Benjamin Moore Yellow Highlighter 2021-40. To ensure this was the focal point, I kept the adjacent sliding closet doors in white to ensure some balance.

Again, to ensure the space didn’t feel too overwhelming with all the vibrant pops, I wrapped the room in Metrie’s tongue and groove paneling and painted it Benjamin Moore Decorate White CC-20. I love interior mouldings — they provide such a beautiful textural element to any space.

Every bedroom needs to feel cosy and comfortable, which is why I added ample blankets and pillows in a variety of textures, all within our colour palette to stay harmonious, and displayed them on this ladder from Bouclair. Lighting also makes a big impact in the room, with a stunning modern chandelier, also from Bouclair, adding an architectural element.

Lastly, the fun accessories. I picked up this tray and yellow pen holder at Bouclair, where it’s easy to come home with a carful of fun, well-priced accessories. I love the painterly element of this tray and on trend rope detail.

Lisa Canning is a parenting, interior design and lifestyle expert in Toronto where she lives with her husband and seven children, ages nine and under.

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Activa homes is the best in quality, service and satisfaction

Activa homes is the best in quality, service and satisfaction

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Activa homes is the best in quality, service and satisfaction

Meet Activa, the largest and most active land developer and home builder in the Region of Waterloo. As your partner, they understand that buying a new home is not just a financial investment, but a personal and emotional one too. That’s why Activa has developed a streamlined and stress-free process that makes your homebuying experience second-to-none. From your colour selections appointment and your first walk-through of the home at pre-drywall, to your pre-delivery inspection and after move-in care, Activa provides you with the best in quality, service and satisfaction and ensures you are informed and looked after at every step.

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Activa is proud to offer quality-built homes with stunning standards, in communities that include access to parks, trails, schools, and must-have amenities.

The company’s detached homes and townhomes showcase incredible features as standard, offering homeowners more than $20,000 in value without an increase in price! These include larger basement windows, nine-ft. main floor ceilings, engineered hardwood, granite kitchen countertops, and more. The homes are also Energy Star certified, saving you money and giving you a quieter, more comfortable home.

Last year, Activa was proud to be named Builder of the Year – Single-Detached, by the Waterloo Region Home Builders Association and the Waterloo Region Record. With a continued commitment to a stress-free home building journey and a quality-built home, Activa is excited to be launching several new projects in 2019. Here are the communities you should register for this year:

Doon South

Coming to Kitchener’s Doon South in early 2019 are new and popular townhome floorplans in back-to-back, traditional and split-level designs. These will offer 1,300 to 1,900 sq. ft. of space, two to three- bedrooms, and attached one or two-car garages. The Doon South area combines natural elements such as environmentally-protected woodlands, greenspaces, and parkland interwoven with a network of walking trails, easy 401 access and close proximity to many other amenities. The new Groh Public School, which covers Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, is within walking distance, making Doon South an ideal location for young families and commuters. Pricing will start in the high $300,000s.

Huron Village

Activa is also proud to be returning to Kitchener’s Huron Village in early 2019, offering single-detached homes, as well as stacked and back-to-back townhome designs – including a limited number of live-work units. These large townhomes will offer spacious, open-concept main floors, 1,250 to more than 4,000 sq. ft., two to four bedrooms and, for many, a finished office or attached garage. The picturesque Huron Village is known for its proximity to natural areas where families can run, walk, bike and hike. Conveniently located near Hwy. 7/8 as well as the 401, homes will also be close to various shops and restaurants.

What’s currently on the market?

In addition to these exciting upcoming releases, Activa is currently selling single-detached, townhomes, and condominiums in several communities across Waterloo Region. Think stunning suburban condos with 900 to 1,400 sq. ft. priced from the mid $300,000s, spacious townhomes with 1,650-plus sq. ft. from the high $400,000s, and luxurious single-detached homes with 1,600 to 4,000 sq. ft. from the high $500,000s. Don’t want to wait for a new build? Activa also offers several move-in ready homes in both Cambridge and Waterloo.

Why Waterloo Region?

Less than an hour away from the GTA, Waterloo Region offers all the benefits of the big city, without the downtown price tag. For the same $500,000 you could spend on a downtown bachelor pad, you can get a spacious two-bedroom condo, a three-bedroom freehold townhome with easy 401 access, or with just a bit more budget you can get away from sharing walls in your own single-detached home.

Waterloo Region is home to hundreds of parks, and over 125 km of trails to walk, bike or jog. Just minutes from Hwy. 401, the Region is less than an hour’s drive from Mississauga and has several buses and trains to Toronto – making for a reasonable commute however you travel. The Region also boasts incredible and unique restaurants, renowned schools for all ages, multiple produce markets and entertainment hotspots for live theatre, movies, and outings alike.

Whether you’re looking to spread out with more space or hoping to save some coin on your new home purchase, you’ll find a great place to live in Waterloo Region

Homes for every lifestyle, just down the 401

Whether you’re building your first home, one with more space for your growing family, or something to rightsize into, Activa ensures that each home is built to a higher standard, with tried-and-true home designs, communities close to amenities, and building certifications such as Energy Star.

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Ready to find your next home? Browse Activa’s communities and homes on the website and set up a personal appointment with one of their knowledgeable sales representatives.

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Resale Market: Homes sales fall in 2018

Resale home sales fall in 2018

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Resale home sales fall in 2018

Highlights:

  • National home sales fell 2.5 per cent from November to December.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down by 19 per cent from one year ago.
  • The number of newly listed homes was little changed from November to December.
  • The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) was up 1.6 per cent year-over-year in December.
  • The national average sale price fell by 4.9 per cent year-over-year in December.

Home sales via Canadian MLS Systems fell by 2.5 per cent in December 2018 compared to November, capping the weakest annual sales since 2012. Monthly declines in activity since September have fully retrenched its summer rally and returned it near the lowest level since early 2013.

Transactions declined in about 60 per cent of all local markets in December, led by lower activity in Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Ottawa, London-St. Thomas and Halifax-Dartmouth, together with a regionally diverse mix of other large and medium sized urban centres.

Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 19 per cent year-over-year in December 2018 and stood almost 12 per cent below the 10-year average for the month of December. Sales were down from year-ago levels in three-quarters of all local markets, led overwhelmingly by the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, the Okanagan Region, Calgary, Edmonton, the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton-Burlington. This decline, in part, is due to elevated activity posted in December 2017 as homebuyers rushed to purchase in advance of the new federal mortgage stress test that came into effect on January 1, 2018.

“What a difference a year makes,” says CREA president Barb Sukkau. “Sales trends were pushed higher in December 2017 by homebuyers rushing to purchase before the new federal mortgage stress test took effect at the beginning of 2018. Since then, the stress test has weighed on sales to varying degrees in all Canadian housing markets and it will continue to do so this year.”

“The Bank of Canada recently said that it expects housing activity will stay ‘soft’ as households ‘adjust to the mortgage stress test and increases in mortgage rates,’ even as jobs and incomes continue growing,” says Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist. “Indeed, the bank’s economic forecast shows it expects housing will undermine economic growth this year as the mortgage stress test has pushed homeownership affordability out of reach for some home buyers,” he added.

The number of newly listed homes remained little changed (up 0.2 per cent) from November to December, with declines in close to half of all local markets offset by gains in the remainder.

With sales down and new listings steady in December, the national sales-to-new listings ratio eased to 53.3 per cent compared to 54.8 per cent in November. This measure of market balance has remained close to its long-term average of 53.5 per cent since the beginning of 2018.

Considering the degree and duration to which market balance readings are above or below their long-term averages is the best way of gauging whether local housing market conditions favour buyers or sellers. Market balance measures that are within one standard deviation of their long-term average are generally consistent with balanced market conditions.

Based on a comparison of the sales-to-new listings ratio with the long-term average, about two-thirds of all local markets were in balanced market territory in December 2018.

The number of months of inventory is another important measure for the balance between sales and the supply of listings. It represents how long it would take to liquidate current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

There were 5.6 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of December 2018. While this remains close to its long-term average of 5.3 months, the number of months of inventory has swollen far above its long-term average in Prairie provinces as well as in Newfoundland and Labrador. By contrast, the measure remains well below its long-term average in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. In other provinces, sales and inventory are more balanced.

The Aggregate Composite MLS Home Price Index (MLS HPI) was up 1.6 per cent year-over-year in December 2018. The increase is smaller but still broadly in line with year-over-year gains posted since July.

Apartment units posted the largest year-over-year price gains in December (4.9 per cent), followed by townhouse/row units (3.1 per cent). By comparison, two-storey single-family homes posted a small increase (0.4 per cent) while one-storey single-family home prices eased slightly (-0.3 per cent).

Trends continue to vary widely among the 17 housing markets tracked by the MLS HPI. Results were mixed in B.C. Prices are now down on a year-over-year basis in Greater Vancouver (-2.7 per cent) but remain above year-ago levels in the Fraser Valley (+2.5 per cent). Meanwhile, prices posted a year-over-year increase of 6.4 per cent in Victoria and rose 11 per cent elsewhere on Vancouver Island.

Among housing markets tracked by the index in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area, MLS HPI benchmark home prices were up from year-ago levels in Guelph (6.8 per cent), the Niagara Region (6.8 per cent), Hamilton-Burlington (6.4 per cent ), Oakville-Milton (3.3 per cent) and the GTA (3 per cent ). Home prices in Barrie and District remain slightly below year-ago levels (-1.1 per cent).

Across the Prairies, where supply is historically elevated relative to sales, benchmark home prices remained below year-ago levels in Calgary (-3.2 per cent), Edmonton (-2 per cent), Regina (-5.2 per cent) and Saskatoon (-1.2 per cent). The home pricing environment is likely to remain weak in these housing markets until elevated supply is reduced and becomes more balanced in relation to demand.

Home prices rose 6.9 per cent year-over-year in Ottawa (led by an 8.3-per-cent increase in townhouse/row unit prices), 6 per cent in Greater Montreal (led by a 9.1-per-cent increase in townhouse/row unit prices) and 2.5 per cent in Greater Moncton (led by a 12.2-per-cent increase in townhouse/row unit prices).

The MLS HPI provides the best way to gauge price trends because average price trends are strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in December 2018 was just over $472,000, down 4.9 per cent from the same month in 2017. The year-over-year decline reflects how the jump in sales in December 2017 in advance of the stress test was more pronounced in more expensive markets. The national average price is heavily skewed by sales in Greater Vancouver and the GTA, two of Canada’s most active and expensive markets. Excluding these two markets from calculations cuts almost $100,000 from the national average price, trimming it to just under $375,000.

For more information, visit crea.ca/housing-market-stats/


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The Heathwood tradition continues at Wallaceton in South Kitchener

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The Heathwood tradition continues at Wallaceton in South Kitchener

For nearly 40 years, award-winning builder Heathwood Homes has been creating extraordinary communities for families across Southern Ontario. Now, Heathwood is offering fabulous new homes in Wallaceton, a unique master-planned community in the desirable and convenient area of South Kitchener.

At the sales opening of the luxurious townhomes, 50 per cent of the limited release was sold to purchasers attracted to Heathwood’s innovative open-concept designs in three- and four-bedroom layouts. An excellent selection of these fabulous townhomes are still available. In addition, Heathwood is accepting registrations for its upcoming 31-ft. single-detached homes release.

Wallaceton’s location is perfect for first-time buyers, young and growing families seeking a move to a larger home, as well as those right-sizing their lifestyle. Situated opposite the new RBJ Schlegel Park, which is currently under construction, Wallaceton also has a large community park, unique parkettes, an elementary school site, open space/wetland area, ponds, trails and walkways. A wide selection of retailers and restaurants are also nearby.

Heathwood’s homes have striking exteriors in timeless materials of stone, brick and siding with classic detailing. Luxury interior features of these townhomes include finished lower level with a three-piece bathroom, nine-ft. main level ceilings, stone kitchen counters, hardwood flooring on main level, oak stairs, electric fireplace in great room (all as per plan), and many more luxury features. The two-storey townhomes range from 1,785 to 2,733 sq. ft. with spacious living and dining areas, large family rooms, gourmet kitchens and sleek bathrooms.

The 31-ft. detached homes will be available in sizes from 1,600 to nearly 3,000 sq. ft., with three- and four-bedroom layouts and loaded with standard luxury features.

Heathwood has earned the reputation as a builder with a difference – and that difference will soon brighten South Kitchener’s residential landscape in Wallaceton. Register for Wallaceton singles today at heathwood.com.

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Smart, energy-efficient homes of the future coming to Markham

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Smart, energy-efficient homes of the future coming to Markham

The City of Markham in partnership with Mattamy Homes and Enwave Energy Corp. have announced they will research and design a pilot neighbourhood of approximately 300 homes, serviced by a community-scale distributed geothermal energy system for heating, cooling, and domestic hot water. Grant funding has been provided by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) for design activities. The TAF invests in urban climate solutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.

The City of Markham has set out to become a net-zero emissions city by 2050. To achieve this ambitious target, the Municipal Energy Plan – Getting to Zero includes strategies for increasing and improving energy efficiency through implementing green technology, energy conservation and efficiency in all sectors of Markham. Markham will welcome Canada’s largest geothermal net-zero emissions community, which will have the potential to transform the residential housing market. The community’s heating and cooling system will be maintained, operated and delivered by Enwave Energy.

“This is first major step to achieving our goal of becoming net-zero water, waste and emissions community by 2050, and this one of many innovative initiatives you will see with development partners,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Markham is a municipal leader in energy conservation and management. This project will set the standard for a new way of thinking about how we generate and distribute energy in North America.”

Located in north Markham, the community will utilize deep wells up to 250 metres, allowing the community to tap into geothermal energy. Heating and cooling will be delivered at the neighborhood level through a single common ambient pipe buried underneath the community and connected to each home, similar to that of an electrical grid. The system will be maintained and operated by Enwave’s team of expert engineers, who will ensure the system is efficient and reliable.

This community scale model boasts several benefits to the consumer, including greater energy efficiency through optimization, increased energy savings to consumers, reduced maintenance burden and costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. All of these benefits will increase comfort and convenience for residents.

Upon completion of the pilot, the model may be applied to future phases of the Mattamy development. The best practices and lessons learned from this unique partnership will help advance geothermal community energy systems across the GTA and beyond.

Construction of this new community is expected to begin in 2020.

“Mattamy Homes is privileged to be a partner with the City of Markham and Enwave in this innovative project,” says Brad Carr, CEO, Mattamy Homes Canada. “This forward- thinking business model, where the burden of optimizing advanced heating and cooling equipment is transferred from the homeowner to a private entity, will contribute to job creation and drive innovation adoption in the housing industry. Mattamy has a long history of leadership in homebuilding innovation, and we see this partnership as clearly aligned with our sustainability and innovation strategy.”

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with a 40-year history of operations across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps 7,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. mattamyhomes.com

http://www2.markham.ca/markham/ccbs/indexfile/Agendas/2018/Development%20Services/pl180611/Mattamy%20Presentation%20Geothermal.pdf

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