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Neighbourhood Watch: South Core

South Core is lively, lakefront, prized and prestigious

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South Core is lively, lakefront, prized and prestigious

If a lively and active downtown lifestyle is what you’re after, check out Toronto’s South Core. It might also help if you work in the nearby financial district, as residency in this prestigious neighbourhood has its price.

So-called for its proximity to the downtown core but, obviously south… from the railway lands to Lake Ontario, and bounded on the west by Lower Simcoe Street and on the east by Lower Jarvis Street.

Indeed, Toronto is blessed with a prized waterfront location, which in recent years has seen billions of dollars in development, from public spaces to new residences to new commercial and retail opportunities. And the South Core is a prime example of this growth.

Looking northwest from the common terrace at Menkes' Harbour Plaza.
Looking northwest from the common terrace at Menkes’ Harbour Plaza.

Sustainable and connected

Consider, for instance, the Southcore Financial Centre (SFC), a major mixeduse, sustainable complex. Designed to exceed the expectations of today’s globally connected businesses and sophisticated urban travelers, SFC comprises two striking LEED Gold certified office towers totaling 1.4 million sq. ft. and The Delta Toronto – a premium four-star, 560- room, next generation hotel.

Or One York Street by Menkes Developments, a 35-floor, 800,000- sq.-ft. Class AAA building at York and Harbour targeting LEED Platinum certification.

The sustainability and connectivity of these projects typify the redevelopment underway in the South Core. Both buildings boast direct and enclosed access to the PATH to Union Station for TTC, GO Transit the UP Express and more, and beyond through Toronto’s underground network. Within easy walking distance are landmarks such as Scotiabank Arena, the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, world class restaurants and the city’s Entertainment and Theatre districts.

Then there’s Maple Leaf Square, a multi-use complex and public square next to Scotiabank Arena, with a newly expanded video screen for live outdoor public broadcasts of Leaf and Raptors games, and home to Real Sports Bar & Grill, one of North America’s largest sports bars.

Residential opportunities

But the South Core isn’t all about office towers and commerce, as residential opportunities are also part of the development. New condominiums have sprouted up, along with the office towers, including Harbour Plaza by Menkes Developments, located at 88 Harbour St. and 100 Harbour St. Here, along with similar connectivity to the underground PATH, residents enjoy a 30,000-sq.-ft. health club, outdoor terrace with tanning deck and other top-drawer amenities.

Also nearby, slightly to the west at Spadina, is CityPlace by Concord Adex, one of the first major condo developments in the area.

Now that the west and central portions of the waterfront are well along in development, and you can’t go any further south into the lake, condo growth is spreading east. Menkes has Sugar Wharf Condominiums at Sugar Beach, and Tridel is building Aqualuna at Bayside, at Merchants Wharf and Queens Quay East.

And then, a little further east and perhaps a few years down the road, there’s the proposal for Sidewalk Labs, the 12-acre, smart-city site at Quayside, which is planned to include a mix of housing types, public spaces and other high tech amenities.

Location, location, location

South from the railway lands to Lake Ontario, bounded on the west by Lower Simcoe Street and on the east by Lower Jarvis Street

Key landmarks

  • Harbourfront
  • Maple Leaf Square
  • Queen’s Quay Terminal
  • Redpath Sugar Refinery
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Scotiabank Arena
  • Southcore Financial Centre
  • The Power Plant Art Gallery

Select condo projects

162 Queens Quay by Empire Communities

Aqualuna at Bayside by Tridel

Harbour Plaza by Menkes Developments

One Yonge Condos by Pinnacle International

Sugar Wharf by Menkes Developments

Ten York by Tridel


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Etobicoke is development central, literally

Etobicoke is development central, literally

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Etobicoke is development central, literally

In real estate terms, an area in transition is a good thing, since it generally refers to progress, development and things being on the upswing.

Count Etobicoke as just one of those areas.

Really? Etobicoke, that large, narrow north-south swath that stretches from Lake Ontario up to Steeles Ave., and shouldered by Humber River on the east and Etobicoke Creek on the west? With large, well established and affluent neighbourhoods?

Yes, one and the same – the west end locale with the funny name people often mispronounce (FYI the K is silent) – that wasn’t exactly in need of an upgrade.

Blessed with a strong natural location due to its proximity to downtown Toronto, easy access to the QEW and Hwys. 401, 427 and 27, the Bloor subway line and several major TTC and GO Transit hubs, Etobicoke has long been a sought-after residential location.

North Etobicoke, for its easy highway access, plethora of commercial ventures and lower priced real estate. Etobicoke Centre, for its proximity to the Islington-City Centre West central business district, and exclusive neighbourhoods with large, treed properties such as the Kingsway. And South Etobicoke, or Etobicoke Lakeshore, for its prime lakefront location and areas such as Humber Bay and Mystic Pointe.

Do south

But when it comes to new condo development and buying opportunities, it’s all about the south. Well, mostly the south, until very recently.

Etobicoke Lakeshore was the first to transition, with the former motel strip at Lakeshore and Park Lawn giving way over the last several years to dozens of new projects. Today it is one of Toronto’s hottest new condo destinations. Your location here is right on Lake Ontario, with outstanding views of downtown Toronto, along the Martin Goodman Trail for cycling and running, and close to the Gardiner to commute into the city and to the QEW to head west. TTC bus and streetcar service is quite literally at your front door.

Now the condo boom is spreading north, into the central part of Etobicoke with new developments along Dundas St. W. between Islington and the 427, and several more planned for the south side of Dundas just west of Kipling subway. New condos are also springing up along the 427 near Burhamthorpe, appealing to those who prefer highway access over transit.

Under construction

Indeed, in Etobicoke Centre, construction will be the order of the day. For years. Six Points intersection, known locally as “Spaghetti Junction,” is a complicated interchange where Kipling, Bloor and Dundas all intersect. To support future development in the area, the City is spending tens of millions of dollars over the next two years to modernize the road and surrounding infrastructure. Plans include improved pedestrian and cycle access, wider sidewalks, more trees, street furniture and improved access to Kipling subway. The station itself is being expanded into a regional transit hub to link the TTC with GO Transit trains and buses, as well as Mississauga Mi-Way bus lines.

Location, location, location

Bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, on the east by the Humber River, on the west by Etobicoke Creek and Mississauga, and on the north by Steeles Ave. W.; population 365,143.

Key landmarks

• Centennial Park

• Etobicoke Waterfront

• Humber River

• Sherway Gardens

• The Old Mill

Select condo developments

293 The Kingsway by Benvenuto Group

300 The East Mall by KingSett Capital

327 Royal York Rd. by Vandyk Group

689 The Queensway by Parallax Development Corp.

1197 The Queensway by Marlin Spring

Empire Phoenix by Empire Communities

Parkland on Eglinton West by Shannex Inc.

Queensway Park by Urban Capital

Valhalla Town Square by Edilcan Development Corp.

Vita Two on the Lake by Mattamy Homes


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Great Gulf, Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise

GTA’s top homebuilders and projects honoured at 39th Annual BILD Awards

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GTA’s top homebuilders and projects honoured at 39th Annual BILD Awards

Great Gulf, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise
Great Gulf, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Lowrise

Great Gulf and Tridel were among the big winners at the recent 39th Annual BILD Awards, as the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) recognized the top builders and developers, projects and marketing initiatives in the industry.

Builders of the Year

Great Gulf earned the distinction of Lowrise Builder of the Year, while Tridel won for Mid/Highrise Builder of the Year.

Tridel, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Highrise
Tridel, BILD Awards Homebuilder of the Year, Highrise

The awards honour achievements in planning, design, sales, marketing and city building in 40 categories. A group of 41 expert judges from across North America determined the winners from 850 submitted entries.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward Sorbara, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, was presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his 52 years of leadership in the building and land development industry.

Edward Sorbara, right, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, is presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award by BILD President David Wilkes
Edward Sorbara, right, principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, is presented with BILD’s Lifetime Achievement Award by BILD President David Wilkes

Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award

Tridel also took home the Stephen Dupuis Humanitarian Award for the company’s unique approach to corporate social responsibility. The founding families and every Tridel employee takes pride in the fact that the Tridel brand is synonymous with integrity, quality, customer service, innovation and sustainability.

People’s Choice Award

The coveted People’s Choice Award, determined by members of the public through online voting, was awarded to Aoyuan International for its M2M development. Aoyuan’s vision for M2M is a condominium community that supports and encourages a healthy urban lifestyle, while providing living options that make it easy for families to raise children in the city. The master plan includes more than 1,500 new residences, a community centre and a daycare.

“The People’s Choice Award is a unique honour because it is the public that decides the winner,” says BILD President and CEO Dave Wilkes. “Over 5,200 people cast votes for projects that competed for the best in city building. These projects demonstrate how the industry is providing a wide range of housing options for home buyers in GTA.”

Best New Planned Community

Lakeview Community Partners Ltd. won Best New Planned Community for Lakeview Village. Lakeview Village reconnects the community through a diverse mix of build forms for different uses, including residential, cultural, institutional, commercial and retail. Lakeview will repurpose brownfield land that was once home to the Ontario Power Generation Station in Mississauga.

Lowrise Project of the Year

The Lowrise Project of the Year went to Treasure Hill Home Corp. for its Charbonnel development near De La Salle College in Toronto, while Urban Capital Property Group, M3 Condos, in Mississauga was selected as the Mid/Highrise Project of the Year.

Best Highrise Building Design

Best Highrise Building Design went to Lanterra Developments for 50 Scollard. The project boasts contemporary architecture from Norman Foster and interiors by Toronto-based Italian designer, Alessandro Munge, and an incomparable location in the heart of Yorkville.

Best Midrise Building Design

Alterra Group of Companies and Graywood Developments Ltd. won the award for Best Midrise Building Design for Wonder Condos. Wonder is one of the last of its kind in Toronto, a landmark address that will house heritage lofts, condos and townhouses. Wonder is built on the site of the former Weston Bakery on Eastern Avenue.

Best Overall Marketing Campaign

The award for Best Overall Marketing Campaign went to the team of Empire Communities and Pureblink for their campaign for Empire Phoenix.

For a complete list of award recipients, visit bildawards.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.

Legacy
Legacy

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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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Toronto Entertainment District a condo community?

Toronto Entertainment District a booming condo community in the making

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Toronto Entertainment District a booming condo community in the making

If you haven’t been to Toronto’s Entertainment District lately, you’re in for quite the surprise.

In fact, you might not even recognize this booming neighbourhood.

Long a Toronto hot spot filled with some of the city’s best theatres and restaurants, the Entertainment District is in full-on transition mode – into also becoming one of the most prestigious condo destinations.

A place to live

The Entertainment District, a condo community?

Yes, that same area punctuated by such landmarks as Roy Thompson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, and Canada’s Walk of Fame, known as a place to play and eat, is now becoming known as a place to live.

“Look around at all the buildings being built and how the neighbourhood is changing and will continue to change,” Alan Vihant, senior vice-president, highrise at Great Gulf recently told Condo Life at the ground-breaking for the company’s 357 King West project. Great Gulf’s 357 King West is a 42-storey condo at the corner of King St. W. and Blue Jays Way.

This development and population growth is now leading to other expansion. “It’s not just a place to live now,” Vihant says. “A lot of offices are moving here, the bars and restaurants continue to evolve. It’s a great time to be building down here.”

Essentially born in the 1990s as an entertainment and tourist hub, with a burgeoning nightclub scene elbowing its away among the existing theatres and restaurants, the early 2000s brought the first wave of a condo boom.

More recently, SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences, Festival Tower, and Bisha Hotel and Residences are among some of the notable condo projects that are up and running.

Abuzz with excitement

One key cultural attraction is TIFF Bell Lightbox, which opened in 2010 on the northwest corner of King Street and John Street. The first five floors of this 42-storey tower serve as headquarters for the Toronto International Film Festival, while the Festival Tower residences sit atop. With TIFF Bell Lightbox serving as host to countless international stars and pre-screenings during the annual festival, the area is often abuzz with excitement.

Add to this more recent landmark developments such as Bisha Hotel and Residences, and Nobu Residences, and you have an expanding array of exciting residential opportunities.

Then there’s Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant at 99 Blue Jays Way, and more recently even a Wahlburgers (of the Wahlburgers restaurant chain and famed brothers Donny and Mark Wahlburg). All of it a stone’s throw from the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Scotiabank Arena.

The team at Great Gulf breaking ground at 357 King West.
The team at Great Gulf breaking ground at 357 King West.

Transition to excellence

And more is on the way.

Great Gulf and Ed Mirvish Enterprises, for example, recently announced they have reached an agreement on the sale to Great Gulf of the site of the proposed landmark Mirvish+Gehry project in the Entertainment District.

All of it adds up to an area in transition indeed – to excitement and excellence.

 

Location, location, location

Bordered by Spadina Avenue, King Street West, University Avenue and Front Street

Key landmarks

  • Roy Thompson Hall
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant
  • Wahlburgers
  • Rogers Centre

Select existing condos

  • SoHo Metropolitan Hotel & Residences, by Mastercraft Starwood
  • Festival Tower, by Daniels
  • Bisha Hotel and Residences, by Lifetime Developments

Select upcoming condos


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THE SALESMAN : What to look for when buying an investment condo

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THE SALESMAN : What to look for when buying an investment condo

By Dan Flomen
Empire Communities

Buying a new condominium is the largest investment anyone will make in his or her lifetime. It’s a purchase that will come with almost a lifetime of mortgage payments and monthly maintenance and tax bills.

So why is that most people spend less time reviewing the paperwork on this buy than the paperwork when purchasing a television or car? In fact, countless people buy new condominiums and never take the paperwork to a lawyer. An equal number of people don’t even take the time to read the paperwork themselves.

It is of no surprise to many on the building side that on closings so many of these people are surprised by what they deem the hidden costs of buying and the surprising terms that they “never knew.” The truth of the matter is that almost all builders fully disclose all closing costs and terms in the agreements. In fact, the new home warranty program (Tarion) has regulations specifically calling on builders to outline all the closing costs a buyer will have to pay. Where this is a fixed number, that amount is disclosed. Where there is a possibility of an unknown cost — such as the exact amount of realty tax — the method of calculation is also spelled out for buyers. To fully understand where to look, a buyer must first understand the major sections of any Agreement of Purchase and Sale.

A condominium purchase in Ontario comes with an automatic conditional period. Known as the “cooling off” period, this 10-day time frame in which the buyer can cancel starts from the date at which the buyer acknowledges receiving both an executed and accepted Agreement of Purchase and Sale along with the condominium document and disclosure material. The 10-day period allows the buyer to familiarize themselves with both these agreements.

The condominium documents will have a section called the budget, which is critical for a buyer to review. It will spell out the maintenance fees specific to both the subject unit — and all units in the building — and lays out how the fees were calculated. A buyer should read this section carefully as it will show potential future issues, such as escalation rights of the maintenance fees if the building is not completed by a certain date. It will also indicate how the builder and property manager intend to maintain the building. If this number seems low you should ask the builder how this cost would not escalate.

The other important items are to understand is the rules and regulations, which will help you understand your rights towards leasing if bought as a long-term rental investment. Very few buildings allow short-term rentals, yet more and more we are seeing Airbnb listings contrary to the rules. If you are caught doing things contrary to the rules you should be aware of the condominium’s right to a forced sale.

The Agreement of Purchase and Sales will almost always have a section called Adjustments. This will outline many of the extra costs that a buyer will have to come up with on closing. These include items such as meter installations, law society fees, increases in development charges and parkland levies, taxes that are not included and the cost per deposit cheque for the solicitor to deposit in their trust account.

It is rare for a builder to waive these but many will put an upper limit on any variable ones. This is more of a personal decision than a legal one.

Take the time to understand all these costs and speak to your accountant for a better. Above all, it is also important that you speak to your accountant to understand the HST implications upon buying a new condominium. HST is often not included in investment properties but the government has some programs to refund most of the money once the unit is leased. On closing, however, you may be hit with a large HST bill.

This all may seem scary but in the long run the condominium markets, especially in the GTA, has provided returns that makes good business sense. Take the time to read your paperwork. Understand the downsides, but when weighed with the potential upside, take a leap of faith if you feel the buy is right.

Dan Flomen is senior vice president, sales, at Empire Communities. https://empirecommunities.com/

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The Salesman: The Wave Theory

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The Salesman: The Wave Theory

By Dan Flomen
Empire Communities

If you have been in real estate long enough, you know about the wave theory. No, I’m not referring to a mathematical theory, but the rise and fall of the velocity of sales in the market.

From-time-to-time, and often due to governmental interference, the number of sales in a given quarter rise or fall. The more the volume of sales fall, the greater the news coverage.

The beginning of this year should prove to be a slower sales cycle, not because of pricing, which continues to rise, but because of the government’s desire to slow the pace of sales under the premise of protecting the future. Because of that, the new mortgage rules and stress test are now in place. Some statistics show that 10 per cent of the market will no longer be able to purchase a home. Others have stated that is a lowball estimate. But what is the underlying reason behind the government’s changes to the rules? Is it to actually slow the market or to ensure that buyers are not over-extending themselves and protecting the future? Only time will tell, but the issues surrounding the new stress test are not black and white.

The first issue is that they are requiring conventional buyers to qualify at a much higher interest rate and therefore eliminating many potential homeowners who would otherwise qualify. Keep in mind they are basing this on potential future increases in interest rates, while at the same time not factoring in employment income increases. In other words, they are saying you need to qualify for a much larger monthly payment (assuming the rates go up over the next several years) but not factoring in salary increases.

This makes no sense. This creates undue pressure on young families trying to get into the market. Forget investors for a moment and focus on Canadians trying to get into homeownership.

The other issue is that so much emphasis was put on getting this message out that the fear mongering will take over the psyche of many who do qualify.

This in turn will affect the volume of sales in the short term.

The silver lining in all this is that — like a wave — the slower short-term sales numbers will often be offset by a rush of sales in the second quarter when the reality of the changes are absorbed and understood better. The initial shock to the general public will be forgotten and buyers seeking a home or an investment will come back.

Let’s face a truth: Toronto and the outlying areas are still a great opportunity for long-term investing. As well, the first quarter will see some unique opportunities for those people looking to get into the market. Waiting too long may result in missing out on lower prices; as with any wave, with rising sales volume prices increase, too.

Take your time and purchase wisely … but don’t stop buying.

Dan Flomen is EVP, sales at Empire Communities and EVP at TFN Realty Inc.
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What is your decor personality?

What is your decor personality?

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What is your decor personality?

Empire Communities will help homeowners to live beautifully with a new video design series in partnership with Andrew Pike.

Empire Communities, one of Canada’s largest homebuilders, is announcing the launch of a new design series in partnership with Andrew Pike. The eight-episode “Love Design, Live Empire” video series — filmed on location in five new model homes at the Riverland community in Breslau — will inspire homeowners to live beautifully in a space that reflects their style.

Starring Andrew Pike, the founder and principal designer at Andrew Pike Interiors Inc. and nationally recognized media personality, these bite-sized videos offer essential tips and advice for every room of the house. By subscribing to the video series, viewers will unlock new content each week, including style guides, design tips and budget planning templates to design their dream home.

“We know how stressful and overwhelming decorating one room can be – let alone an entire newly built home – so partnering with Andrew Pike to create beautiful inspiration for homeowners and guide them through the design process of their dream home is something we are very excited about,” said Sue MacKay, vice president of marketing at Empire Communities. “By working with Andrew to create five very different, yet viable design styles, we’ve made sure that there’s something for everyone.” With five model homes at Empire Riverland as his canvas, Pike transformed each space into a magazine-worthy home with design themes Coastal Chic, Hollywood Glamour, Modern Farmhouse, New Traditional and Refined Industrial. Through the series, viewers can now bring Pike’s expertise into their homes.

“After years of working with Empire, I feel confident I understand what their homeowners are looking for, and hope to inspire with both functional and sophisticated design,” said Pike. “My partnership with Empire has resulted in some truly amazing projects, and I believe this one is one of our best yet.”

For more information on the video series, visit empirecommunities.com/love-design-live-empire and take the Design Quiz to identify your design personality.

Empire Riverland is set in the picturesque town of Breslau, a quick jump from Kitchener/Waterloo. Riverland is a 1,300 townhome and detached home master-planned community offering families a safe, friendly community rich with green space, parks, a community centre, and schools.

For more information, visit empirecommunities.com.


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Empire Communities appoints new president for highrise division

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Empire Communities appoints new president for highrise division

Emilio Tesolin has 20-year history in development industry

(CNW) — Empire Communities announced the appointment of Emilio Tesolin as its new president, highrise as of November 27, 2017.

Emilio Tesolin
Emilio Tesolin

Emilio Tesolin most recently served as division president, highrise, with Mattamy Homes. He first joined the Monarch Corporation in October 1997, and has held several senior positions throughout the course of his career. In 2005, Tesolin was promoted to senior vice president of highrise at Monarch until it was acquired by Mattamy in January 2015.

As a 20-year veteran of the construction industry, Tesolin has been involved in both lowrise and highrise construction and brings an immense amount of experience to Empire. He received his Bachelor of applied arts and science degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto in 1983.

“As Empire grows, we have positioned ourselves with great leadership to ensure that our highrise developments are the upper echelon of innovation and customer satisfaction,” said Tim Royds, COO of Empire Communities.

Empire Communities builds lowrise and highrise communities across Southwestern Ontario, the GTA and Houston, Texas. Founded in 1993, Empire has built over 10,000 new homes and condos, combining innovative energy-saving features with designs that make luxury living more affordable. Today, Empire is one of the largest homebuilders in Canada, with over 100 awards for their communities, customer service and dedication to green building.

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Product Profile: Distinctions - EnerQuality Awards - Mar2017

Product Profile: Distinctions – EnerQuality Awards

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Product Profile: Distinctions – EnerQuality Awards

Paul Golini of Empire Communities chosen as EnerQuality Hall of Fame inductee

Paul Golini Jr. took to the stage as this year’s EnerQuality Hall of Fame inductee at the EQ Awards held February 23, 2017 at the Universal EventSpace in Vaughan.

He joins a prestigious group of green building champions, including Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, Andy Goyda, Canadian Builder Lead & Market Development Manager for Owens Corning Canada, and the late Bruce Gough, considered the father of the Energy Star program in Canada.

Golini is the executive vice president and co-founder of Empire Communities, a privately-held real estate development company in Vaughan. The son of a civil engineer and contractor, and the grandson of an apartment builder in Rome, he came pretty close to being a restaurateur instead of builder.

“In my teens, I was more interested in my mom’s family business. She comes from a lineage of restaurateurs in Rome,” Golini told the Toronto Star in 2011. “My grandparents started a restaurant in 1911 and I spent my summers working in the business. At a certain point, I had to decide and it ended up being the building business.”

After obtaining a master’s of commerce and an economics degree from the University of Toronto, he worked in Japan and Brazil before returning to join his father’s development company. Within a year, he and partners Dan and Andrew Guizzetti started their own building company.

The EnerQuality Hall of Fame award recognizes “an individual who has made a significant and long-term impact advocating energy efficiency and green building practices in the new construction energy.”

Empire — one of Canada’s largest homebuilders — was an early adopter of high-performance homebuilding. Since their involvement began more than a decade ago, Empire has enrolled more than 4,000 homes in Energy Star and has made the 20 per cent more-efficient-than-building-coderequirements a standard in the bulk of their lowrise projects.

Golini has tirelessly served on many industry boards and committees, holding such positions as chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), serving as a member of the board of directors of Tarion Warranty Corporation and the EnerQuality Corporation, as a Habitat for Humanity Toronto Advisory Committee member and Member of the Toronto Region Board of Trade; he was also appointed by the Ontario Government to the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council (BCCAC).

“I have been struck over and over again by one quality in particular of Paul’s: his way with people,” said Corey McBurney, EnerQuality president “As the quote says: ‘People forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel.’ ”

The man and the organization both share a history of philanthropy – Empire has a policy to positively impact the neighbourhoods they build in, donating to or sponsoring programs ranging from the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford to the annual Caledonia Easter Egg Hunt.

In addition to his industry-related volunteer efforts, Golini is also active in causes including the Humber River Hospital campaign and serving as president of the board of directors of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival.

ENERQUALITY AWARDS

Go online to see a full list of all the EnerQuality award winners.

EnerQuality.ca/awards


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