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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

As the fourth most populous community in the GTA – after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton – Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years.

It’s long been known as a centre for growing sectors such as technology and life sciences – and therefore employment growth – one of the key drivers of housing demand.

Today, Markham is home to more than 1,000 such companies, with IBM, Huawei, Honeywell, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola and Oracle all having their Canadian headquarters located in the city.

Residence has its price

Buying a home in Markham will cost you, however, as it has also become one of the GTA’s most expensive housing markets.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the fourth quarter of 2019, aggregate home prices grew two per cent year-over-year to $951,228, condos grew 4.9 per cent to $486,898.

Still, new-home development is a priority for Markham City Hall and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who was first elected in 2006 and is known as developer- and builder-friendly. The city has a number of new home developments underway, including some high-profile condo projects.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Cultural diversity

Culture is also an important attraction in Markham, with The Flato Markham Theatre offering more than 300 live performances each year, showcasing the diversity of the city. In addition, Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay House, which was the home of Group of the Seven’s Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft., the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Markham also has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts more than 22 kms of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in the city is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh, and it recently underwent revitalization to remove sediment, restore the shoreline and plant native foliage.

Getting around Markham is facilitated by easy access to Hwys. 404 and 407 and the DVP, and for public transit, York Region Transit/Viva connects with all nine York Region municipalities, and GO Transit provides regular train and bus service.

Location, location, location

Population of 328,940, located in the Regional Municipality of York in the GTA.

Distance from downtown Toronto, 30 km

Key landmarks

  • Flato Markham Theatre
  • Varley Art Gallery
  • Milne Dam Conservation Park
  • Angus Glen Golf Club

Select housing developments

9999 Markham Road by OnePiece Holding

Canvas on the Rouge by Flato Developments

Gallery Towers by Remington Group

Langstaff Gateway by Kylemore Communities

Panda Markham Condos by Lifetime Developments

Riverview by Times Group


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Outlook 2020 – Shakir Rehmatullah, President, Flato Developments Inc.

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Outlook 2020 – Shakir Rehmatullah, President, Flato Developments Inc.

Part of our series of Outlook 2020 Q&As with building industry executives

How do you see the outlook for the new home industry in 2020?

It’s bright. The economy is getting better and more homes are being sold, financial and mortgage markets are improving and the federal government is a little easier to deal with. However, the affordability for new-home buyers, especially firsttime buyers, is a challenge because of the stress test. We need to help these buyers, not make it more difficult.

Shakir Rehmatullah
Shakir Rehmatullah, President, Flato Development Inc.

And for Flato Developments?

Similarly, the outlook is strong, largely because our target market is firsttime buyers and young families, and the homes we build are lower than the $1-million price point. For Flato Developments, most of our new homes will be outside of the GTA, from mid $400’s to $1 million, so affordability is key. People don’t mind driving outside the GTA as long as the location is right, the community is good, and they are getting value for their homes. It’s not just because home prices are lower, the cost of living is, as well. Living outside of GTA will be a trend.

What is your company doing to address the issues facing the homebuilding industry – namely, affordability and new home supply?

Affordability is the key. Most people can’t afford homes in the GTA. They are becoming too expensive too quickly, especially in last five years. All associated costs keep going up, such as developing charges, parkland levies, cost of construction, infrastructure and taxes. But personal incomes haven’t risen accordingly, so there is a gap and affordability has been affected.

In addition, the mortgage market has become very difficult and very tight. Most young families can’t afford to buy a home in the GTA. For example, single-detached homes in Markham are about $1.5 million. At Flato, we are stepping outside the GTA and going to place such as Dundalk, Beeton and Shelburne. We are exploring those areas because of the lower development charges, and we can afford to build the houses that people can afford.

What more could the industry do to address these issues?

The biggest thing is to work with the government, and we are fortunate to have the Conservatives in Ontario. They are cutting the red tape, and they are open for business. The less red tape, the better the market will be. The sooner we can bring homes online, more choices and more supply will bring down the prices. So, we need more supply, and the supply can only come with the government’s help. We also need to cut the red tape at the municipal level. The industry should continue to work with BILD on these initiatives.

What should prospective new-home buyers know about Flato Developments for 2020?

We are going to continue to build our Canvas on the Rouge condos in Markham, where construction just began, and the goal is to complete the project as soon as we can. We are continuing to build our master-planned communities in Dundalk and Beeton. Every year, we are looking to finish a part of the subdivision of these projects. In Dundalk, we have Edgewood Greens and we are excited to release Carriage House. In Beeton, we have Beeton Village and going to release another one, Green Ridge. We will have Grand Openings for Carriage House and Green Ridge early this year. They are all townhomes and single-detached. We are going to release the first senior apartment building, called Edgewood Suites, in Dundalk.

Why should prospective new-home buyers consider buying from your company in 2020?

We are building communities, not just homes. We spend a lot of time on master-planning the communities. We consider everything that homebuyers will need, from amenities to accessibility to facilities to transit. We consider where the parks and schools will be, and how residents can walk to these places safely. Wherever we can do safer plans for them, save greenspace, plant more trees and work with the conservation authorities… we do it. We take all of these things into consideration at Flato.

Our customers have chosen to trust us when it comes to making the biggest investment of their lives, and we strive to return that trust – from the moment we meet them, to the time we hand over the keys, and beyond.

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In the Spotlight - Flato Developments' Beeton Village

Flato Developments launches Beeton Village master-planned community

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Flato Developments launches Beeton Village master-planned community

Flato Developments has launched another master-planned community – Beeton Village – located north of the GTA, with a relaxed atmosphere where wide open fields and modern amenities all combine to form a quaint village community truly designed and constructed like no other. A unique and dynamic collection of heritage style single-detached two-storey and freehold townhomes starting from 1,600 sq. ft. from the mid $500’s and just a short drive to major highways, yet far from the congestion of the big city.

“Flato has been focussed on developing master-planned communities in Ontario for over a decade,” says Shakir Rehmatullah, Flato Developments’ president. “Beeton Village is close to Vaughan Mills, the major amenities in the GTA, yet far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. It’s the place where people can enjoy life and breathe clean air, that’s why people love it.”

Located just off 8th Line, Beeton Village is minutes from the country, but residents will still benefit from all local amenities. From local retailers, banks and restaurants, to leisure pursuits such as hiking, biking, fishing, golfing at Bond Head, Canadiana Golf Club and more, Beeton Village puts a world of family-friendly activities on your doorstep. With parks, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, schools, a library, community centre, trails, and greenspace, all anxiously awaiting the town’s newest residents, this is a community that takes a page from long ago to recreate that small-town warmth we all long for.

Beeton Village offers more than just a quiet getaway from the everyday. It provides a hometown feeling residents have to experience for themselves – all built with a level of craftsmanship and consistency that buyers have come to expect from Flato Developments. Here, signature country living melds seamlessly with meticulously laid out floorplans and next level features and finishes to create a community that is both sophisticated and convenient, modern yet respectful of its long and storied history.

At Beeton Village, you’ll find a unique combination of elegance and small-town pride. Designer kitchens with exquisite countertops and finely crafted cabinetry are found in every home. Plenty of room, both square footage and lot size, give families the room they need to grow in a serene and safe community that puts a world of opportunity at your fingertips.



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Flato Developments breaks ground at Canvas on the Rouge Condos - Jan2020

Flato Developments breaks ground at Canvas on the Rouge Condos

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Flato Developments breaks ground at Canvas on the Rouge Condos

With available units already 70 per cent sold, Flato Developments has begun construction at Canvas on the Rouge Condos in uptown Markham.

“Flato has been focussed on developing master-planned communities in Ontario for over a decade,” says Shakir Rehmatullah, Flato Developments’ president. “Markham is an incredible location for growing families, which is why we’ve designed a condominium project that appeals to them. Regardless of the size of your family, there’s truly something for everyone.”

Boasting scenic views of the greenbelt and Rouge River, Canvas on the Rouge is a unique collection of condominium suites with one, two and three bedrooms ranging from 605 to 1,024 sq. ft. Specifically designed with families in mind, Canvas offers countless building amenities, such as a party room, gym, guest suite, whirlpool, concierge and roof top terrace, with an extensive array of amenities nearby.

From its enviable location in North Markham near Little Rouge Creek, Canvas is minutes from the Mount Joy GO Station, Hwy. 407, the Centennial Community Centre, Markham Stouffville Hospital, and virtually unlimited greenspace.

“Canvas allows homebuyers to live in the safety and security of an established community near the Rouge River,” says Rehmatullah. Transit is at your beck and call, highways just minutes away and greenspace surrounding the property. Canvas gives you luxury, location, and an unparalleled quality of life. Plus, living in Markham means homebuyers never have to give up any of the amenities of larger centres like Toronto.”



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Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019

Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

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Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019
Markham Performing Arts 2019 winners, staff and artists

The Flato Markham Theatre recently hosted its 5th Annual Performing Arts Awards, with celebrations honouring homegrown artistic achievements. Special performances included a three-time Provincial champion in piano, Richard Yeh, musical excerpts from the best of Broadway from Markham producer Brian Goldenberg and a special guest appearance by award-winning recording artist, Pavlo.

But the spotlight shone on the real stars of the evening: Community Group/Artist of the Year, Markham at the Movies; Professional Artist of the Year, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen; Partner of the Year, Asian Television Network; and a new category this year, Ambassador of the Year, Alicia and Alex Chiu.

Markham at the Movies (MATM), chaired by Paul Sylvester, is a non-profit group, run by volunteers and film enthusiasts who focus on bringing award-winning Canadian and international films to Markham’s resident’s doorstep. Markham at the Movies is a partner of Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) group. It started at a small scale, presenting movies in the Theatre’s rehearsal hall and has grown into a popular community cultural event, now presenting a six-movie series throughout the year at the Flato Markham Theatre.

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Left to right, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Shakir Rahmatullah and Eric Lariviere

Ballet Jörgenis not only an internationally respected touring ballet company, but it is also one of the only companies that will take professional ballet productions to smaller communities across Canada and into the US. Executive Director Stephen Word and his team brings outreach opportunities within those communities, giving young dancers opportunities to perform with the ballet onstage.

Asian Television Network (ATN) delivers South Asian and Asian content to residents across Canada. Shan Chandrasekar, president and CEO of ATN, pioneered South Asian programming in Canada in 1971 and ATN has grown into one of the leaders in the media industry today, operating 54 specialty tv channels along with radio channels across the country.

Alicia and Alex Chiu have been long time supporters of the Flato Markham Theatre. Alex left politics this last election and holds the current record for the longest serving councillor in Markham. For the Theatre, Alex has been instrumental for the growth of the Theatre Gala which raises money for its Discovery programs and has championed raising the profile of the event, making it into a prime fundraising event for culture in Markham and York Region. Alicia and Alex have been involved in the Federation of Filipino Canadians, including their “Taste of Broadway” event.

Every year the Flato Markham Theatre chooses a Canadian artist to design the Markham Performing Arts Awards. This year’s talented artist is Cathy Mark. Working from her studio on the north shore of Lake Scugog, her metalwork is inspired by Canadian flora and fauna. The award she created for Community Group/Artist of the Year for Markham at the Movies is a metal sculpture of young fiddleheads and ferns representing the audience (fiddleheads) with the full-grown ferns representing the films themselves. The Performing Artist of the Year award for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, depicts a moose teaching a bear to dance, symbolizing the ballet company (moose) offering its hand to and guiding the young bear who represents the young dancers the company mentors and their involvement in the community.

Flato Markham Theatre is a jewel in the crown of the Markham community, located only 30 minutes from the downtown core. The intimate, 527-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility provides patrons with unforgettable access to a host of internationally acclaimed artists and productions through its annual Diamond Season presented by Weins Canada. Illuminating the central theme that the live arts in Markham matters, the season features the best of classical, jazz, world music, dance, comedy, pop artists, and family entertainment. Flexible ticket package options and complimentary parking are available.





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Product Showcase: Home Furnishings

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Product Showcase: Home Furnishings

by Rise Levy


Handmade in India from natural fibres, these pouf ottomans instantly add a splash of rustic texture and colour to your space. Poufs are perfect for use as a footrest; just kick up your feet and relax. Alternatively, you can use poufs as side tables by simply placing a tray on top of them. Best of all, you can use them as extra seating when guests come over.




Hide House provides a truly unique shopping experience! There is a large selection of fine leather furniture and unrivalled selection of luxurious leather, suede, wool, down and shearling fashions and accessories in their restored brick-and-beam building.




The ultimate in luxurious comfort, Flato’s faux mink fur throw is as cosy as it is beautiful. Whether it be draped over your sofa or bed, this throw will add warmth and elegance to any space — available in a wide range of colours, to coordinate with any colour palette!




Made from three-inch thick pine on steelpipe legging by Canadian artist, Matthew Young, this entryway table boasts rich lines and character while bringing art and function to any home. Using domestic and imported woods, Young’s work is on display in Canadian art galleries.




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Editor's Choice: Flato Developments

Editor’s Choice: Flato Developments

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Editor’s Choice: Flato Developments

Palgrave Estates is an exclusive luxury estate community

Rolling hills, natural greenspace and opulence beyond compare. Presenting Palgrave Estates, a painstakingly crafted collection of luxury estates homes with timeless designs and superb quality construction, just north of the Town of Caledon.

Take advantage of premium estate living, set amidst an untouched and highly sought-after landscape. Palgrave Estates gives homebuyers the luxury and location they’ve grown accustomed to with the attention to detail they demand from a luxury homebuilder.

Located at Mount Pleasant Road and Hunsden Side Road, this upcoming estate community is conveniently located in proximity to unique shopping experiences, from the local farmers’ markets to treasures like antique shops, jewellers, clothing or culture – Caledon truly has it all.

With a rich history of equine excellence, unparalleled golf courses and some of Ontario’s most sought-after mountain bike trails, Caledon is more than just a luxury, it’s a lifetime of making memories.

Residents can bask in the art and culture scene Caledon has to offer. Whether it’s the Headwaters Art Festival, Alton Mills Art Centre or live theatre, Palgrave Estates gives you the life experiences you crave but also the privacy you require.

This exclusive estate community is more than just rolling hills, impeccable greenspace and unsurpassed luxury. It features palatial residences on unheard of estate lots ranging from two to eight acres, featuring homes ranging from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet. These luxury estate homes offer a fresh new look, rooms without boundaries and flexible spaces with more function.

Every Palgrave Estates home includes exceptional details including, rich exteriors such as stone, stucco and brick, soaring 10-foot ceilings on the main floor and nine-foot ceilings on the upper level. Elegant gourmet kitchens, hardwood throughout the home and a long list of luxurious features that come standard. With homes starting from $1.99 million, a Palgrave Estates home is simply worth more.

Award-winning builder, Flato Developments Inc. treats every home with the care and attention that luxury requires. They continue to set standards and ensure incredible quality and service to each and every homebuyer.

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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

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In Conversation With – Shakir Rehmatullah

Flato Developments’ president has perfected the art of the condo.

Everybody has a story to tell — some are pretty interesting — and Shakir Rehmatullah has one that spans three countries and two continents, and all before he was 20.

In 1996, Rehmatullah came to Canada with his parents from their home in Karachi, Pakistan, where both his father and grandfather were in the building industry.

As soon as the family landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport, the family drove to Markham and checked into a hotel, which, incidentally, is right beside Flato’s new head office.

The senior Rehmatullah then rented a car and started looking for property he could buy and found a piece of land.

Rehmatullah was studying architectural engineering at the University of Miami before his family relocated to Canada, which is why he named his company Flato — Fla is the abbreviation for Florida and TO is for Toronto.

The energetic father of four has a passion other than building — the arts. It’s why Flato is the naming sponsor for the Markham Theatre and why Rehmatullah is a patron of the theatre. He also sponsors Markham’s Varley Art Gallery, named for Group of Seven painter Frederick Varley, and helps young artists market their work through The Original Artwork Collection at his home decor website, FlatoHome.com.

“I love the arts,” Rehmatullah says. “It’s important to me to support the communities where we build — whether it be sponsoring their community theatre, art galleries, or recreation centres. It’s not just about building houses; it’s about building communities.”

Q: What separates Flato from other homebuilders?

A: My passion and the pride I have in what I build. I learned from my father and grandfather that building homes isn’t just about creating shelter, but about creating vibrant communities. I live in the community I built because it’s important to me and I have nothing to hide. I have a long-term commitment to each project I build. I work in the community for the same reason.

Every community needs schools, parks, theatres, arenas, libraries, hospitals, art galleries … we all need them. To help create those amenities, and to support those amenities, is going above and beyond what is required. I don’t want to leave a ditch behind when I finish building. I’ll turn that ditch into a park.

I’m also really blessed to have a really great team working with me who shares my vision.

Q:You are a lowrise homebuilder that recently took on a condominium project, ArtHouse.

A: We have built many lowrise communities acorss the GTA; in Vaughan, Mississauga, Oakville, Markham, Richmond Hill and Brampton. And yes, our first condo, ArtHouse in Markham, a 14-storey building with 173 units, which has been completed. The project is completely inspired by the arts, right down to the amenities, which includes an artist’s studio, gallery space, a digital arts centre and a culinary arts studio. It’s also built to LEED Silver requirements and will include retail at grade.

Q:What’s on the drawing board?

A: I’m really excited about our upcoming communities. In Dundalk, we’ve got Phase 3 of Edgewood Greens about to be released. It’s a master-planned community of fully detached homes, ranging in size from about 1,800 to over 3,000 square feet. And in New Tecumseth — Beeton actually — we’re in the planning stages for another master-planned community.

I’m finding that we can build high-quality homes outside the GTA and offer a more affordable price point. Beeton is right off Highway 400 and just a short drive to Alliston and Barrie, making the commute into the GTA fairly easy. But I’m really hoping the government will do more to promote public transit, which would make it so much easier for people to move around and find affordable housing outside of the GTA.

We’ll soon be releasing our final phase of Alloa Greens in Brampton. And another upcoming community we have is Palgrave Estates, a luxury estate home community in Caledon, situated on one- to seven-acre lots.

Q: Do you have someone you would consider a mentor?

A: My father, absolutely; I learned a lot from him while he was a builder in Pakistan and after we moved to Canada.

Q:What makes you proud?

A: My kids. I have four children — aged 11, 9, 5 and 2 — and I love to spend time with them. I take them to school every day and we really enjoy each other.

I’m also very proud of my team here at Flato. It sounds cliché, but we really are a family. What we do is what we believe.

Q: Flato has a reputation for giving back to the community. Why is that important to you?

A: What I do is not about the money for me. It’s personal satisfaction. It gives me pleasure to give from my heart. I want Flato to be more than just the homes we build.

Q:What do you do for fun?

A: I love to spend time with my kids. But, of course, having lived in Miami, I enjoy golf. I used to be quite good but don’t have the time anymore, so when I do play, I really enjoy it.


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