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Home isn’t just where the heart is, it’s the centre of our world and increasingly the place we need to be to stay healthy. But, we need to live in healthy homes to do so. Aside from bubble wrapping the entire house, there are easier ways to create a healthy, sustainable environment beautifully.

Nassa BASKET PENDANT LIGHT. $449. cb2.ca
Nassa BASKET PENDANT LIGHT. $449. cb2.ca

One day we may all live in an ultra-low energy use home such as the Passive House, but for now, we can all put into practice what we know will lead to a more sustainable future. So, how do we get started when it comes to our home? It’s more than what you see.

You probably notice the style, layout and colour in a beautiful room, but what you may not see matters, too. High-quality construction and durability of the furnishing are just important interior design decisions. The economics of purchasing better quality for longevity and sustainability is a step toward a healthy home. Think about it, a poorly designed kitchen layout with outdated appliances uses more energy (both environmental and mental) than a well-functioning space.

Photo: by Gillian Jackson
Photo: by Gillian Jackson

It’s better to invest in one well-made sofa than purchasing (and disposing of) several poorly made ones over time. Well-designed, quality furnishings endure. Investing in Canadian-made furniture is the smart choice economically and ecologically. You may pay more upfront, but your investment will last. Shopping locally also reduces the carbon footprint and strain on the environment from importing goods from outside the country.

Many home product designers are following the guidelines of cradle to cradle design. It involves planning the entire life cycle of a product, like the cycle of nature. At the end of the life of a product, it can be recycled and returned to the earth biologically or re-utilized into new products technically. Products such as cradle to cradle countertops and carpet tiles are available on the market today.

Aim Sectional with chaise. $5,133. kavuus.com
Aim Sectional with chaise. $5,133. kavuus.com

When a designer comes to your home, they are taking in the whole picture, your entire residence and how you use it. A house is a system with lots of moving parts. Each part is interdependent on the other to work. For instance, the building frame and components such as the walls, furnace and windows, are the body. The inputs (energy, water and furniture) and outputs (waste, sewage, heat and gases) are all connected, activities inside the system like heating, cooking, eating, and sleeping affect the inputs and outputs. So, for example, if your home isn’t well-insulated, you’re losing the energy used to heat or cool it. Remember the dysfunctional kitchen? It wastes energy, too.

If your home isn’t new, there are some easy choices to make when upgrading or repairing energy wasters. Choose high-efficiency Energy Star appliances, fix leaks in pipes, draftproof windows and install low-flow fixtures in the shower and taps. Turn off lights when you leave a room (if it’s empty) and switch to warm LED lights. Use more natural fibres such as down, wool and cotton. Compost! Don’t rinse and repeat all the time.

The goal of good sustainable design goes beyond style, layout and colour. It’s also to save energy, use water efficiently, reduce carbon emissions and reduce waste in the landfill while protecting natural resources. As the song goes, don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. The key to a sustainable, beautiful and healthy home is making good choices for the future.

Designer, spokesperson, author and television personality, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s best-known experts in the world of design and colour.

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SanDiego Homes offers RiverSide Living in Angus

SanDiego Homes offers Riverside Living in Angus

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SanDiego Homes offers Riverside Living in Angus

SanDiego Homes has earned a reputation for outstanding quality in construction and home designs. Rare in new communities today, SanDiego Homes offers purchasers the option of making changes, including structural changes, to their chosen designs. It’s almost like getting a custom home.

In addition to the current executive incentive, luxurious standards include (all as per plan) a direct-vent gas fireplace, main floor stained oak staircase and handrail, metal railing pickets, a large cold room, separate access stairs to the basement, plus kitchens with 40-in.-tall upper cabinets, granite countertops, and pantries and islands where shown as per plan.

On top of all of that, SanDiego Homes is a registered Energy Star new home builder, and has been recognized as a finalist for Energy Star Builder of the Year by EnerQuality. The company has also been named a winner in the 2019 Canadian Home Builders’ Association Housing Excellence Awards for its bungalows.

With the same quality and options that are provided in Innisfil, the Angus Riverside Living site offers not only 50-ft. lots, but also custom designed townhomes. This site backs onto 54 acres of beautiful conservation land which offers multiple walking trails with two rivers – the Nottawasaga River and Pine River. The site also offers premium lots that back onto a storm water management pond or lots that have walk-out basements. From the site, you are about a 15-minute walk to the downtown core of Angus and approximately a 15-minute drive into Barrie and to Hwy. 400.

And talking about location, Lakeside Living in Innisfil offers the best of all possible worlds – easy access to the lake, plus proximity to a wealth of local amenities. Innisfil has become a hot residential destination, as it is home to 43 km of Lake Simcoe shoreline, parks, recreation facilities, trails, excellent schools and shopping venues. Hwy. 400 is close by, making trips to Barrie and the GTA convenient. Plus, this phase of the community is walking distance to the new future GO train station at Webster Blvd. and 6th Line. Talk about convenience!

SANDIEGO HOMES

Visit the presentation sales centre, located at 1659 Webster Blvd. in Innisfil, and the Angus sales office, located at 16 Bank St. They are both open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; Friday by appointment.

For more information call (705.436.5445 ext.1) or visit the website.


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KiWi Condos

KiWi Condos is a huge success as GTA-based Millennials flock to Hamilton

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KiWi Condos is a huge success as GTA-based Millennials flock to Hamilton

With its youthful vibrancy and diverse, pedestrian-friendly amenities, downtown Hamilton is experiencing a major urban renewal. Millennials represent 28 per cent of Hamilton’s population and they have a significant impact on the city’s diversified economy.

Now Rosehaven HomesKiWi Condos is luring Millennials from the GTA who are seeking affordable homeownership opportunities to the heart of Hamilton’s booming downtown corridor. While the average condo in the GTA currently sells for $1,291 per sq. ft., condo units at KiWi are priced starting from the mid $300,000s, representing an average of slightly more than $600 per sq. ft. – a fantastic value proposition.

An iconic 14-storey midrise located at 212 King William St. in the heart of Hamilton’s electrifying urban art hub, Kiwi Condos is just a few blocks from downtown’s famous monthly Art Crawl. There’s so much to do around here. Savour diverse cuisines at nearby restaurants, cafes and bistros. Go for a bracing walk in the Bayfront Pier 4 Park. This walkable neighbourhood is near the Hamilton GO Centre and Beasley Park. From arts to cuisine to transit to shopping to nature, everything is just minutes away.

Distinguished by clean lines and a modern urban aesthetic, KiWi Condos complements the cosmopolitan skyline of downtown Hamilton. A wide selection of contemporary suite designs ranging in size from 484 to 960 sq. ft. come with trendy features and contemporary finishes that add style and convenience to modern living. With 144 bike storage spots in the building, KiWi is perfect for cycling enthusiasts.

Bright, spacious, airy open-concept interiors offer spectacular views from windows and balconies. Three designer-selected colour packages – grey, cream and white – offer you the opportunity to personalize your home to your individual taste. Premium features include nine- and 10-ft. ceilings, plank vinyl laminate flooring throughout, contemporary cabinets, penny tile backsplash, quartz kitchen countertop, Energy Star kitchen appliances and more.

KiWi’s extensive offering of lifestyle amenities is designed to entertain, energize and nourish mind, body and soul. The beautifully landscaped Rooftop Terrace on the 14th floor is the perfect venue to party under clear blue skies or starlit evenings overlooking the twinkling lights of downtown Hamilton.

KiWi’s indoor amenities are just as impressive. Arrive home in style in a sleek, stylish lobby with a lounge that boasts a cool, comfortable ambience. Step it up in the state-of-the-art equipped fitness centre on the ground floor, or find your inner zen in the yoga studio. Host an Instagram-worthy party in the Social Room, complete with catering kitchen, multipurpose space, and dining room. Get your pet refreshed at the pet spa with a dog wash station. Other amenities include a virtual concierge and convenient parcel storage.

KiWi Condos is an exciting new project from Rosehaven Homes, a leading name in residential real estate since 1992. The recent Grand Opening was a huge success. There’s still a great selection of one-, one- plus den, two- and two-bedroom plus den suites available, but not for long!

Visit the presentation centre, located at 212 King William St. in Hamilton. For further information visit the website or check them out on Facebook and Instagram @kiwicondos.


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Activa

Meet Activa – They’re making the homebuying experience stress-free

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Meet Activa – They’re making the homebuying experience stress-free

Activa is 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.

Homes & communities by Activa

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

Their 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. Their 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 homebuilding journey and a quality-built home, Activa is excited to be selling several new projects throughout Kitchener, including:

  • Ormston at Doon South – 30-, 36-, and 40-ft. lots, ranging from 1,634 to 3,387 sq. ft., starting from the high $500,000s, as well as freehold townhomes, ranging from 1,686 to 1,840 sq. ft., starting from the low $500,000s.
  • Doon South – Back-to-back condo townhomes ranging from 1,355 to 1,616 sq. ft., starting from the low $400,000s, as well as bungalow townhomes at 2,285 sq. ft., starting from the low $600,000s.
  • Huron Village – 30-, 36- and 40-ft. lots, ranging from 1,634 to 2,806 sq. ft., starting from the high $500,000s.
  • The 124 – Back-to-back condo townhomes at 1,800 sq. ft., starting from the mid $400,000s.
  • Riverwood – 45- and 50-ft. lots, ranging from 1,674 to 4,034 sq. ft., starting from the high $700,000s.

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 the Hwy. 401, the region is less than an hour’s drive from Mississauga and has several busses 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.

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.

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.

ACTIVA

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


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Riverview by Times Group Corp.

Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

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Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

The fourth phase in the renowned Uptown Markham development by Times Group Corp., Riverview is a consummate balance of historic village charm and modern energy. On June 1, Times Group Corp unveiled Riverview’s most-anticipated family-sized units.

In a rare setting that overlooks the Rouge River, Riverview is an exclusive enclave of three smart signature towers, built to the highest and most energy-efficient LEED Gold standards. With the first two of three towers recently unveiled, Riverview’s last tower is set to open this Summer. Priced from the high $400,000s with units ranging from 579 to 2,360 sq. ft., the new residences offer a range of luxurious family-sized units unparalleled in the city of Markham.

The first fully smart condo towers in Markham, Riverview integrates intelligence, control and adaptability with energy, efficiency and comfort. Enabled by smart-home technology, Riverview offers an outstanding collection of smart condo features including occupancy-sensor smart lighting, automated parcel delivery, license plate recognition for automated entry, and a state-of-the-art Building Automation System (BAS) to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Other features include enhanced security through smartphone-controlled common area access, cameras and elevator control, future ready electric vehicle charging stations, keyless smart lock suite entry, and advanced Rogers WiFi with unlimited ultra high speed 150 mbps Internet.

The in-suite Wall Pad Home Connect system lets residents use, see and speak video chat to welcome guests and connect to the Riverview concierge. Residents can immediately notify authorities of an emergency, stay up-to-date and receive timely event and building notifications, and receive local weather updates. Suite heating and cooling can also be controlled from your smartphone.

Committed to environmental sustainability, Uptown Markham is Ontario’s first LEED-certified privately-owned residential highrise development. River Park (phase 1) is the first and only LEED Platinum 10-plus-storey building in Canada; Riverwalk (phase 2) is certified LEED Gold and Riverside (phase 3) and Riverview are both LEED Gold candidates.

With the goal of eliminating its carbon footprint, Richview units include an exclusive Energy Star appliance package, thermally insulated Low-E Argon-filled and double-glazed windows, an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), and a four-pipe HVAC fan coil system for year-round resident-controlled heating and cooling.

Boasting the ultimate in modern luxury, interiors at Riverview will feature open-concept floorplans, welcoming foyers, 10-ft. ceiling heights, contemporary laminate flooring, and engineered quartz stone windowsills. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens will include custom-designed deep upper cabinetry, premium granite countertops, undermounted stainless-steel kitchen sinks, ceramic tile backsplash, and undercabinet valance lighting.

At the heart of Uptown Markham is Uptown Market – more than 170,000 sq. ft. of shops, services and supermarkets — including a Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and an LCBO. A three-tier, state-of-the-art Amenity Pavilion with a rooftop terrace provides luxurious facilities for the most sophisticated lifestyles. Building amenities include a fully-equipped fitness facility with adjoining his/hers changing rooms, saunas, a large yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. Residents will also enjoy the spectacular multipurpose space featuring a bar and fireside seating, a dining area and catering kitchen, a library, party room, and a ping pong and billiards room.

Visit the sales office, located at 60 Town Centre Blvd., Unit A in Markham. The sale office is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. Weekends; closed Fridays.

905.479.5557
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Lowrise Feature: Lucchetta Homes

Lucchetta Homes is Niagara’s award-winning builder

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Lucchetta Homes is Niagara’s award-winning builder

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses by Lucchetta Homes, featuring a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft custom towns, backing onto a lush ravine and the Niagara escarpment.

The LUXE Collection is custom-curated by the renowned interior design firm – Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home is now open for viewing, and features a vertical glass wine-cellar embedded in the staircase and filled with local wines.

Occupancies are scheduled for late 2019, and into 2020. Interiors include double masters with ensuites, a panelled library, 15-foot vaulted ceilings in the living room, gourmet kitchens with two-tone cabinets, and an oversized island. The lower-level features a spacious guest suite, a games room, a wet-bar, a great room with a home theatre, and a personal gym. Every detail has been considered on these homes that range from 1,530 to 2,600 square feet, priced from the $744,900s.

Join Lucchetta Homes on May 25th for their Sip and Savour charity event. Lucchetta will be matching all donations and presenting the proceeds to Wellspring Niagara. At the event, guests will be treated to an oyster bar, hor d’oeuvres, local wine, craft beer, and live entertainment, while viewing the new releases. Davis Heights is currently 60 per cent sold.

Riverside

As part of Riverside‘s grand opening special at Hunter’s Pointe, new home buyers will receive $10,000 in upgrades with the purchase of a luxury, single-detached bungalow. Walkout, waterfront lots, single detached lots, and award-winning bungalow towns, are priced from $499,900, with occupancy scheduled for April 2020. Move-in-ready homes are available with 30-, 60- or 90-day closings.

Now open, and designed by Wendi Pelfrey, is the award-winning, Net Zero Ready Lancaster model. Addressing the needs of those new home purchasers who are downsizing, everything is meticulously designed and accessible. The Lancaster was recently nominated as the Best Home in Ontario and in Canada by both OHBA and CHBA. It also won Best Kitchen and Best Sales Team by the NHBA in 2019.

This resort-style, adult community includes world-class amenities and services. “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.”

Celebrated builder

Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago. Sons, Robert and Ed, carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation and word-of mouth praise from their loyal customers.

In 2018, alone, Lucchetta Homes won, or were nominated for, more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. Most recently, they won Community of The Year by CHBA and EQ’s Energy Star Builder of The Year. In addition, they received the Excellence in Green, and Community of The Year, by the NHBA (2019).

Lucchetta Homes was the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist by the CHBA National Awards in five categories, including Best Detached Home (one-storey bungalow); Best Attached Home (under 1,500 sq. ft.); Best Print Ad (Riverside); Best Attached Home (1,500+ sq. ft.); and Best Brochure (Davis Heights). “Just to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and a testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl.

Robert and Ed Lucchetta commented on the fact that it’s very prestigious to be considered for national awards as a boutique builder. They build every home as if they would live in it themselves, and constantly reinforce their mantra – legendary luxury. They not only build homes, but sustainable foundations to live your best life.

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SanDiego Homes offers Lakeside Living in Innisfil

SanDiego Homes offers Lakeside Living in Innisfil

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SanDiego Homes offers Lakeside Living in Innisfil

A new release and brand new models are making a splash in Innisfil, where SanDiego Homes offers beautiful bungalows and detached homes within a five-minute walk to the lake! Most lots are 50- to 60-ft.-wide corner lots, and in keeping with this upscale neighbourhood, home exteriors feature generous combinations of brick and stone. Peaked gables, spacious porches, accent windows and dramatic arches are among the striking architectural highlights you will find in varying combinations. The new release of bungalows will start from the mid-$600,000s – remarkable for these superbly appointed homes. Plus, purchasers can choose “Executive” custom upgrades, which include 10-ft. main floor ceilings, triple-glazed windows, taller basement ceiling heights, smooth ceilings throughout, and much more.

Among SanDiego Homes’ designs are 15 bungalow plans that range from 1,090 to 2,400 sq. ft. – perfect for empty-nesters and seniors. Those who prefer a two-storey home will find layouts from 2,400 to 3,700 sq. ft. in size. Many homes feature three-car tandem garages.

In addition to the current Executive incentive, luxurious standards include (all as per plan) a direct-vent gas fireplace, main floor stained oak staircase and stained oak handrail, metal railing pickets, a large cold room, separate access stairs to the basement, plus kitchens with 40-in.-tall upper cabinets, granite countertops, and pantries and islands where shown as per plan. Rare in new communities today, SanDiego Homes offers purchasers the option of making changes, including structural changes, to their chosen designs. It’s almost like getting a custom home.

On top of all of that, SanDiego Homes is a registered Energy Star new-home builder. The homes in Innisfil will come equipped with an array of Energy Star features such as a 95 per cent equal or better high-efficiency furnace, electronic programmable thermostat, heat recovery ventilator for increased indoor air quality and reduced energy consumption, more insulation, and an Energy Star-rated air conditioner. SanDiego Homes has been recognized as a finalist for Energy Star Builder of the Year by EnerQuality. The company has also been named a finalist in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Housing Excellence Awards for its bungalows.

And talk about location! Lakeside Living in Innisfil offers the best of all possible worlds – easy access to the lake, plus proximity to a wealth of local amenities. Innisfil has become a hot residential destination, as it is home to 43-km of Lake Simcoe shoreline, parks, recreation facilities, trails, excellent schools and shopping venues. Hwy. 400 is close by, making trips to Barrie and the GTA convenient. Plus, this phase of the community is walking distance to the new future GO Train station on Webster Bouv. and 6th Line. Talk about convenience!

SanDiego Homes was founded by husband-and-wife team Diego and Sandra Rizzardo, who have 50 years of combined experience and family background in home building and land development. This family business now includes a third generation, as their three university graduate children have joined the team. The Rizzardos are passionate about providing homeowners with inspired designs, superb quality craftsmanship and exemplary customer service.

SanDiego Homes has now opened its second site, located in Angus, Ont. With the same quality and options that are provided in Innisfil, the Angus site offers not only 50- and 60-ft. corner lots, but also townhomes, and 30- and 34-ft. lots. This site backs onto 54 acres of beautiful conservation land which offers multiple walking trails with two rivers – the Nottawasaga River and Pine River. The site also offers premium lots that back onto a storm water management pond or lots that have walk-out basements. From the site, you are about a 15-minute walk to the downtown core of Angus and approximately 15-minute drive into Barrie and to Hwy. 400.

SANDIEGO HOMES

Visit the new Innisfil Presentation Sales Centre (opening July 28, 2019), located 1659 Webster Blvd. The sales centre is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; Friday by appointment.

705.436.5445


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Lucchetta Homes

Lucchetta Homes has the finest new home locations in the Niagara region

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Lucchetta Homes has the finest new home locations in the Niagara region

If you’re looking for a new lowrise home in the Niagara Region, Lucchetta Homes has something for you. Be it a bungalow townhome or a single-detached home, this award-winning builder has offerings at some of the finest locations in the Niagara region.

Davis Heights

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development by Lucchetta Homes will feature a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft towns, backing onto a Carolinian forest and the Niagara escarpment.

Out of respect for some rare chestnut trees in the area, Lucchetta will be building around the trees to preserve them. This type of care is also evident in the attention to detail that the company invests in each and every home.

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.

Double masters with ensuite, paneled elegant library, sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and an oversized island perfect for entertaining are just some of the highlights. The lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet bar, Great Room with home theatre, and your own personal gym. Every detail has been meticulously thought out. Homes are priced from the $699,900s for floorplans that range from 1,600 to 3,000 sq. ft. Occupancy is fall 2019-20. Stop in to see the award-winning models available for viewing Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Davis Heights is currently 60 per cent sold. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility.

Riverside, Hunters Pointe

As part of Riverside‘s Grand Opening Special at Hunters Pointe, new-home buyers will receive $25,000 off the purchase of luxury, single-detached, custom bungalow homes. Premium, walkout waterfront lots, single-detached lots and award-winning bungalow towns are available from $499,900, with occupancy in April 2020.

There are also move-in ready homes available with 30-, 60- and 90-day closings. The contemporary Lancaster NZR model home, designed by Wendi Pelfrey, is now open. Everything is conveniently within reach, and perfectly designed, addressing residents’ every need, and the home is surrounded by natural elements in a serene and lush landscape. The Lancaster was recently nominated as Best Home in Ontario by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), and Best Home in Canada by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA).

“This is a premier, resort-style, adult community, with world-class amenities and convenient services right at your fingertips,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA. And the quality of life is far superior.”

Lucchetta Homes

Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago. Today it is well known for its 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 from their customers.

In 2018 alone, Lucchetta Homes won or was nominated for more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. Most recently it won Community of the Year by CHBA, and the EQ Energy Star Builder of the Year, by EnerQuality. Lucchetta Homes was the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist for the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence in five categories:

  • Best Detached Home – One-Story Bungalow: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Attached Home – Under 1,500 sq. ft.: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Print Ad – Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Attached Home – 1,500-plus sq. ft.: Davis Heights

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and a testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl.

“Being a boutique builder, we are proud to have been considered for such prestigious national awards,” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta. “We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and this achievement further validates our focus on homeowner satisfaction.”

LUCCHETTA HOMES

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293 The Kingsway

The Benvenuto Group offers homeowners modern luxury at 293 The Kingsway

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The Benvenuto Group offers homeowners modern luxury at 293 The Kingsway

Situated in the heart of Toronto’s prestigious Kingsway neighbourhood, The Benvenuto Group‘s midrise development will be a true urban oasis. Bespoke modern architecture with clean lines will highlight the community’s collection of four midrise buildings. Accented with mature trees and landscaped central courtyards and walkways, 293 The Kingsway offers residents the privacy and exclusivity of a gated community. Every element of the community speaks to a refined simplicity, a quiet, under-stated elegance that’s the hallmark of its neighbourhood.

Priced from $399,900, suites at 293 The Kingsway will range in size from 494 to 1,505 sq. ft., and preconstruction pricing remains available for only a limited time. Interiors have been designed for the way you live; 293 The Kingsway suites feature expansive windows and cantilevered balconies, bright and spacious open-concept floorplans, nine-ft. ceiling heights, wide plank, engineered hardwood flooring, and spa-inspired master-ensuite washrooms. The kitchen finishes are curated by the award-winning Patton Design Studio.

At 293 The Kingsway, eco-friendly features have been integrated in every suite to ensure energy efficiency and reasonable operating costs. Green features include motion sensor activated lighting in common area corridors, a tri-sorter for recycling, electric car charging stations, bike storage, energy-efficient lighting, Energy Star appliances, and programmable thermostats.

Amenities abound at 293 Kingsway. The magnificent lobby is more than a welcoming area, it’s a preview of the luxury and prestige of the project. Thoughtful amenities enhance this incredible community, including a spacious games room with a pool table, foosball and comfortable lounging chairs, a Pet Spa, an elegantly appointed dining room and party room, as well as a 3,420 sq. ft. state-of-the-art private fitness studio. The seventh floor rooftop terrace features views of the neighbouring greenspace, in the heart of one of the city’s most lush enclaves.

An ever-changing kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and tastes, The Kingsway features newly opened coffee bars, decades old mom-and-pop shops, gourmet dining, antique shops and designer stores. With its lush canopy of mature trees, quiet parks and grand residences, The Kingsway is one of the most engaging neighbourhoods in Toronto. Walk or bike to nearby parks such as James Garden, Lambton Woods Park, and Humber Marsh Park. The Thomas Riley Memorial Park offers amenities for the whole family to enjoy, including tennis courts, a skating rink and a swimming pool. The Humber River Recreational Trail/Bike Path is only minutes away and connects to Lake Ontario’s waterfront bike trails.

Offering quick and easy access to Hwys. 427, 401, and the 400, The Kingsway neighbourhood is served by the Royal York and Old Mill TTC subway stations. An integrated MiWay and GO Bus Terminal will soon be coming to the nearby Kipling subway station, offering connections between the different GTA transit systems, moving the current bus terminus from Islington Station.

Visit the sales office, located at 289 The Kingsway in Etobicoke. The sales office is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.

647.291.0658

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Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

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Great Gulf Homes – Is it possible to find an affordable home in the GTA?

You may have heard that owning a new home in the GTA has become an almost impossible dream, but that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth! Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is a new masterplanned community of townhomes and singles coming soon to Taunton Rd. and Coronation Rd. in central Whitby. With freehold towns from 1,485 to 2,110 sq. ft , singles from 1,810 to 3,275 sq. ft., and prices starting at $515,990, it looks like the dream of homeownership is still very much within reach.

Room for a growing family

If you’re wondering where a family of three, four or more can find an affordable new home in the GTA, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Homebuyers will discover beautiful, family-size towns and singles with three- to five-bedroom floorplans available in this exciting new Great Gulf community. Additionally, Great Gulf Whitby Meadows will offer multiple layout options featuring, everything from second floor laundry rooms to expanded mudrooms, walk-in closets, two-car garages and more, to suit all family lifestyles and needs.

Outdoor time has been made a priority in all aspects of this community, with large lots providing ample yard space, charming, nature-infused neighbourhoods, and a sprawling community park.

A convenient commute to Toronto

Only a short drive east of Toronto, Whitby has become Durham Region’s most sought-after destination for active young families. It is a picturesque locale boasting more than 125 parks, 950 acres of active parkland, thousands of acres of lush open space and beaches, plus 60 km of trails, such as the renowned Ash Creek and Heber Down Conservation area. Whitby is also home to Canada’s largest municipally owned recreation facility, and a family-friendly entertainment centre loaded with everything from popular restaurants to a massive movie theatre, and even an indoor skydiving facility.

Not only will Great Gulf Whitby Meadows place homeowners at the bustling heart of the city, but this vibrant new community is only minutes away from the 401, 407, 412, and GO Transit. This makes for an easy, straight-forward commute west to downtown Toronto.

A home for your generation and the next

Great Gulf has a longstanding history in the Whitby area, and its commitment to building high-quality homes not only takes this generation of homebuyers into consideration, but subsequent generations as well.

The homes of Great Gulf Whitby Meadows are being planned with smarter construction, better materials and higher standards intended to benefit families and the environment. Both townhomes and singles will be Energy Star certified to ensure a higher level of energy savings and environmental sustainability. This means elevated standards in heating and cooling, insulation, electrical and plumbing, air quality and energy efficiency. The townhomes and singles will also be built with the science of H+me Technology, a state-of-the-art synergistic process where homes are virtually constructed to ensure precision before anything is physically built. Homes are pre-assembled in a dedicated facility allowing them to be built at a fraction of the time it takes traditionally. The H+me Technology’s advanced process ensures tighter gaps and fewer seams aiding to reduce energy consumption and material waste during construction by up to 70 per cent.

Spacious towns and singles, family-focused neighbourhoods, easy commuting, and all for the best price in the GTA. It sounds like Great Gulf Whitby Meadows is the answer this generation of new homebuyers has been searching for. The question is, what are you waiting for?

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