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The Selby sets a new design standard for luxury rental living

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The Selby sets a new design standard for luxury rental living

Photos courtesy of Tricon Capital Group

When it comes to interior design inspiration, there are the usual go-to sources we rely on when we are thinking of renovating or renewing our living spaces. The various HGTV shows, design magazines and blogs, Pinterest, boutique hotels, or perhaps, an actual, newly renovated home of a friend or relative you just visited set the inspiration wheels in motion. There are endless resources for the homeowner, but there is one place we don’t typically consider to look when dreaming and planning our refreshed spaces: rental suites…yes, rental suites.

The tables have turned

The Selby by Tricon House, is the first in a series of upscale, purpose-built rental apartment buildings that will spatter across Toronto’s downtown core. There are a few in the works, (57 Spadina Avenue in the city’s fashion district and Scrivener Square in Rosedale/Summerhill), with The Selby debuting in The Six last year in late November. Located at 25 Selby, it is set to redefine rental living with luxury apartments bordering the neighbourhoods of South Rosedale and Cabbagetown. Up until now, renters may have looked longingly to the various design options offered to homeowners (budget-permitting, of course) to totally transform their interiors. But now homeowners who are ready to upgrade their abodes, can find inspiration by the sophisticated design of this unique rental property in the heart of the city.

Raising the bar

The 50-storey tower offers suites featuring high-end finishes and appliances. “Thoughtfully designed and appointed purpose-built rental apartments have been a mainstay housing option in U.S. cities for years, says Gary Berman, president and CEO of Tricon Capital Group. “We are leveraging our experience in the U.S. and Canada to bring a new type of rental offering to Toronto. Our goal is to create communities that reflect the changing needs of a world-class city, to deliver buildings of exceptional quality, and to set the bar for a new type of city living.” All 502 apartments are meticulously edited to maximize space, curated with high-quality materials, which provide both a sumptuous and comforting feel. They partnered with notable brands and talented designers to offer this unparalleled environment with impeccable artistic details to bring their vision to fruition.

It takes a village

Starting with the kitchens and bathrooms, The Selby set their sights on a beloved lifestyle brand from Italy. “Tricon House paid very special attention to the design details and who they partnered with, and they chose to partner with Scavolini,” says Horia Gruia, president of Scavolini Toronto. The family-run, Italy-based company is the leader in kitchen design for over 50 years, and the company has been in Toronto for 15 years. It was the natural choice to build the luxury kitchens for all of The Selby’s one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, which also feature quartz countertops from Caesarstone. A household name in Italy, where houses are sold without a kitchen, and homeowners must furnish all the cabinets and appliances in their home, “this is the first foray in the rental market for Scavolini,” confirms Gruia, and the modular nature of the design allows for easy installation as well.

The Sax kitchen reveal

The Scavolini Sax kitchen was personalized and premiered in Canada at The Selby. It comes in two colour palettes: one light and one dark. The light scheme is comprised of Batista Oak and Mist Grey; the darker scheme is Calicoat Oak and Graphite Grey. The Sax is a combination of cross-wood texture in a matte finish, a modern, minimalist design with hardware on base cabinets only, not on the upper cabinets. The colour scheme was selected to reflect a distinctive, yet cohesive design esthetic from floor to floor of the building. “There are five or six layout kitchen designs in the building, but one floor has one colour scheme and the next floor will have the other,” informs Gruia. Sounds like a checkerboard or the perfect Instagram feed. All kitchens include a breakfast bar, stainless-steel appliances, induction stove, dishwasher, (and a wine fridge!), a stunning wall unit and matching accessories.

Preserving history

Award-winning and internationally recognized Toronto designer, Johnson Chou, was Tricon’s pick to design the suites, main lobby, including the common spaces for residents housed in the exquisite 150-year-old Gooderham mansion, which once was the dwelling of Ernest Hemingway when he wrote for the Toronto Star. This historical Toronto treasure was moved and lovingly restored for the project, and it now stands adjacent to the building for residents to enjoy the building’s amenities, which among others, include a 3,500-square-foot fitness centre, spa, and bistro, bar and lounge by Oliver & Bonacini.

Design authority

“We worked very hard to give designer Johnson Chou a profound understanding of what Tricon House meant and he successfully translated our brand esthetic in design,” says Chief Marketing Officer at Tricon House, Alexandra Blum. “For The Selby, it was a mixture of the vibrant geographical area, honouring the past and incorporating a very layered interior design, like rich caramel leather sofas in the mansion, cow-hide back chairs and a stunning copper chandelier in the lobby.”

Elevated lifestyle

The suites include oversized windows, which allow for plenty of sunlight, and walk-in closets with organizers that are conveniently located in between the master bedroom and bathroom. But beyond the design considerations, The Selby is about creating communites and mixed-use spaces. Blum believes that the design is just part of the formula that elevates lifestyle. “We put people first, and creating a sense of belonging is needed more than ever in this technology-obsessed, always-connected world.

As homeowners, I won’t elaborate on the impressive amenities and amazing city views of the Rosedale Valley for residents, we don’t want to incite rental envy as we busy ourselves with that unrelenting house maintenance checklist. It is nice to know though if life circumstances change, we can trade in our property for a rental suite without sacrificing high-quality design, and an added sense of community to bout!

Pièce de resistance

Back to design. Blum extols the importance of art, as a collector and as an experience. Seen as an essential element to enhance spaces, Tricon House partnered with EyeBuyArt, a local initiative, which offers residents access to a curated collection of beautiful works of art at accessible prices. They start at $250. “Tricon invested in art pieces for the lobby, mansion and spa, and we wanted to extend that to our residents at an affordable price point for their homes,” says Blum. A budget-conscious initiative in luxury rental is a nice touch. So perhaps for your next renovation or home improvement project, you can tear a page from the latest Toronto luxury rental suites for some design inspiration. Tried-and-true design, quality materials mixed in with some save-splurge decisions are what reno dreams are made of — no matter where you live.

Inspired by beauty in all its forms, Toronto-based RENO & DECOR editor Silvana Longo loves exploring current and upcoming design trends, or planning her next trip to Europe for more inspiration. writerbydesign.ca

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Lighten Your Laundry Load

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Lighten Your Laundry Load

As a productivity coach, my mission is to help people have more fun while getting things done, and laundry is no exception. In my holistic model for sustainable performance, Productivity CPR™, the R stands for Ritual. Why ritual? Because I think the word ritual can give a sense of honour to what can often be perceived as mundane.

Laundry never stops, so if we’re going to have to take care of it, I like to encourage ways to make it a lot less onerous. Read on to find ways you might even find yourself enjoying it!

Shift your mindset

Whether it be processing receipts or doing laundry, a task that one finds tedious can be elevated with careful thought. Think of your clothing as a tool to help you do what you want to do and to help you make the impression you want to make in the world. Doing laundry then becomes taking care of the clothes that take care of you. This shift in perspective can elevate laundry from a mundane task to an act of love and honour.

Fit laundry in virtually anywhere

If space is tight, in a spot only 24” wide, you can install the ventless, Smart All-In-One Washer and Dryer from Whirlpool, which as it sounds includes both the washer and the dryer in one machine! Not only does it save space, you don’t have to worry about switching clothes from the washer to the dryer. It also saves you time with its high-capacity dispenser, which holds up to 20 loads worth of laundry detergent. With the new Whirlpool app you can turn it on from anywhere. This allows you to start a load while waiting for your daughter to hit the ice at hockey practice and track progress while away.

Simplifying the process

Whenever you go into the laundry room typically your hands are full. What better way to make the laundry process even more seamless than to have a touchless light switch? Just walk into the room and the light switches on for you. It’s simple things like this that can help ease the chore of this everyday task. The Home Depot Canada has several options to choose from.

Keep collection easy

Make sure you have an easy way to gather laundry anywhere it collects. Bedrooms or a shared bathroom are ideal spots and there are a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any space. A corner unit is fun in a kid’s room if you want to make tossing laundry in the hamper a fun way to get kids involved in the process. Hampers now come in a wide range of finishes as well so you can find something to blend in with your decor. The handles on the hamper shown here make it easier to carry. I love the wide variety of options at Neatfreak.

Hang darks and delicates to dry

A foldable, yet very sturdy rack in narrower than usual dimensions means you can tuck drying laundry into a smaller space, and possible even out of sight. This rack from Canadian Tire is strong enough to hold not only clothes on the bars themselves as you would expect, but clothes on hangers along the edges as well increasing drying capacity.

Give yourself a treat

If you’re like me, in the winter months, your skin is dry. Add water, laundry and cleaning to the list and you have a recipe for dry, cracked skin. Why not have a luxurious salve on hand to use while doing the laundry, especially after any hand-washing, to keep your skin feeling soft and smooth? Made in Canada, from 80 per cent organic ingredients, toxin-free DermaCare Skin Salve from eScential Wellness will make you feel like you’re loving yourself a little bit and there’s nothing like given yourself a little love after some hard work.

Productivity Catalyst Clare Kumar inspires and guides busy people to live more organized, productive, healthy and fulfilling lives. As a Certified Executive Coach, productivity expert, experienced professional organizer, and mom of teens, she is excited to help others achieve sustainable performance and reach their potential.

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How to create a dependable laundry room

How to create a dependable laundry room

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How to create a dependable laundry room

As a mom, a lot of people depend on us. I recently worked with Alison, a firefighter and mom of five-year-old Gwen, who I had the pleasure of overhauling her laundry room. At work, people depend on Alison to help save lives, and at home, her family depends on her for countless things — so creating systems and spaces that allow her to reliably get the job done was the name of the game in this space.

First things first

No laundry room is complete without a washer and dryer. For this space, I chose Maytag’s Front Load Extra Power Washer and Dryer, which have an extra power feature. For the washer, the extra power button fights stains that dissolve best in hot water and in cold — all in one load. For the dryer, the extra power button helps get thick fabrics drier the first time by adding extra time to the cycle.

Tons of storage

Alison’s home is on the smaller size, so every single square inch of this space needed to count. I went with taller-than-average uppers from Ikea in a high-gloss navy blue for a look that is both modern and functional, allowing Alison to store detergent, cleaning supplies, towels and other necessities in arm’s reach. We also incorporated storage on the other side of the room with multiple drawers, and decorative shelving. This space doubles as a desk for Alison’s young daughter when not needed for folding!

Tons of folding space

Whether you are a Netflix-and-fold kind of person or not, I think a dependable laundry space needs to have ample counter space. In this space, I used butcher-block counters to provide a warm, textural contrast against the blue cabinetry and marble wallpapered walls that I found at https://anewall.com/. Installing a counter over a front-load washer and dryer is always a must for me as it provides a durable surface and creates a more built-in look to your appliances.

Space for hanging

I think one of the most overlooked functions of a laundry room is space for hanging clothing that needs to air-dry. Whether you use a folding wire contraption that allows clothing to lay flat, a rope that allows you to hang clothing, or hooks like I did right here, you definitely need to plan for this element so you can have the option for air-drying clothing.

Make it beautiful

I am a big believer that when a space is beautiful, we are so happy to be there, and this makes us super productive. So we utilized all KINDS of strategies to make this space just gorgeous. We wrapped a marble wallpaper along all the walls, we added gorgeous crown moulding, we added all kinds of teal accents that we found at Home Sense and just had so much fun with art, beautiful towels, and greenery.

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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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don't ignore the east

Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, since we’ve been able to observe the trend for the last few years, but a new report from ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada underlines just to what degree homebuyers are heading west.

West, as in Hamilton and Halton Region – Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.

In analyzing sales trends in nine Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts over the past five years, ReMax notes those areas captured 10.1 per cent of total market share in 2018, with a 2.3-per-cent increase over 2013.

The reasons are fairly obvious: The quest for homes at affordable prices. Indeed, this spillover effect has stimulated homebuying activity in most areas flanked by Toronto’s core and Hamilton. Burlington, in particular, soared between 2013 and 2018, with home sales almost doubling and average prices climbing 50 per cent to $769,142.

Builders of new homes also recognize the appetite for lowrise homes in the west.

But with such strong growth in Burlington, how long will this market remain an affordable option?

“The communities in the west will still be affordable compared to Toronto proper, but what we are going to see is a continued uptick in demand for more of the outlying communities like Brantford, Waterdown, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and even as far-reaching as London and Niagara,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlanti Canada, told HOMES Publishing. “What will really impact the growth of these markets, outside of availability and affordability, will be the underlying transit systems and investments in local economies, as people still have a need to be connected to the GTA core.”

But, Alexander also told HOMES Publishing, the window of opportunity to head west may be closing.

“As the west end of the GTA continues to see growth and price appreciation, a leveling effect will likely come into play (with the east region),” he says.

GTA east areas such as Durham Region may not have the same appeal as the west – currently. “The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers. In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

So, yes, prospective homebuyers, go west if you like, but also keep an eye on the east.


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Spice Girl Mel B's Hollywood home a scary good deal

Spice Girl Mel B’s Hollywood home a scary good deal

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Spice Girl Mel B’s Hollywood home a scary good deal

Mel B “Scary Spice” Brown has listed her West Hollywood home for sale for US$5.9 million. Brown gained fame and wealth as a member of the popular girl band, Spice Girls, from 1994 through 2000. The group hit the big time with their first album Spice, which immediately gained No.1 status in more than 17 countries, selling 30 million copies worldwide.

It was only the beginning of the group’s record-breaking success. Brown branched out on her own even before the group split in 2000 and continued her career as a solo artist, actress, author and even a judge on The X Factor in Britain and Australia, and America’s Got Talent in the U.S. Now divorced from filmmaker Stephen Belafonte with whom she co-owned the home since 2014, Brown and the Spice Girls are reuniting for a 12-performance reunion tour this summer.

Located in the Bird Streets neighborhood, legendary for its spectacular views and celebrity residents, the four-storey, 5,226-sq.-ft. home was built in 1928 and recently underwent a renovation. The sleek contemporary has ceilings up to 20-ft. high and massive glass walls that capture the views of downtown Los Angeles. Encompassing a total of four bedrooms and six baths, the entire fourth floor is devoted to the master suite with two of almost everything, including TVs, bathrooms, dressing rooms and private terraces. The lush suite also has both a refrigerator and microwave.

The main living area contains formal living and dining, chef’s kitchen, recording studio, fully-equipped gym, game room and family room. Rooms are sized for grand entertaining that can continue out to the pool-spa terrace with its outdoor kitchen, TV, firepit and lots of room for guests. In addition to updating the mechanical systems such as plumbing and electric, Brown and Belafonte also upgraded the digital “smart” system, which operates the entire house, including the fireplace. There is a four-car garage, and tall hedges and plantings provide total privacy.

The location also features celebrity neighbors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston and Keanu Reeves.

View the listing here.


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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.

 

Rob Lowell Photography

340 Croton Lake Road – Bedford Corners, New York

Source: TopTenRealEstateDeals.com


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Empire Communities

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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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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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.

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.

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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