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In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

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In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

When people think Niagara, they often think only of the Falls themselves, those natural wonders to which a visit never seems to grow old.

But beyond the awe-inspiring beauty and power of the Falls and the Niagara River, Niagara Region offers a lot more that’s worthy of just a weekend getaway.

Encompassing towns such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, the Niagara Region is blessed with a great natural location. It occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula, bounded by the U.S. to the south and on the north by Lake Ontario, and of course the Niagara Escarpment – all of which offers strong potential for business and lifestyle choices.

These natural landscapes and climate make the Niagara Region perfect for agri-business such as winemaking – a key economic sector. The Niagara Wine Route, connecting dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw to complement cultural events such as the Shaw Festival.

Indeed, a visit to the area can involve a stop at the Falls, winery tours, the quaint town of Niagara-on-the- Lake, the Botanical Gardens with its Floral Clock and Butterfly Conservatory, several championship golf course and a growing casino industry in downtown Niagara Falls.

But this is all for play. To live and work in the region is another matter.

Economic growth

Again, a blessing of location, Niagara is within 800 km of two provinces, nine states and 130 million people on both sides of the border. This means opportunities for business. The trade that flows across Niagara’s borders totals more than $100 billion annually, and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across Canada and the U.S. The infrastructure network to support this trade activity comprises five international bridges, multiple railways and the Welland Canal, linking Lake Erie into the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

All of this is conducive to growth potential for the region’s manufacturing and transportation and logistics sectors, to complement the historical strength in agriculture and tourism.

Niagara’s economy has shown steady growth in a number of areas, particularly in job creation and new investment, but still lags slightly behind Ontario averages. The Niagara economic development department confirms the area still has challenges in higher unemployment, lower participation rate and lower household income per capita.

But that’s changing. In 2018 alone, Niagara had $1.7 billion in construction investment. From 2015 to 2018, such investment grew by 56 per cent in Niagara, compared to 19 per cent for Ontario overall.

New home development

As the economy grows and affords people more opportunity to live and work in Niagara – or close by – new-home development is following.

Much of the housing growth is in the lowrise category, as buyers from the GTA find the lot sizes and price points far more appealing and affordable.

According to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey, aggregate home prices in St. Catharines-Niagara were $418,673 in the second quarter of 2019. This is up 3.2 per cent per cent from the same period last year.

Given the popularity of condominiums as a lifestyle choice, growth in this category is on its way. Homes by DeSantis, for example, has condo projects underway in both Grimsby and Stoney Creek. And Urbane Communities is building Marbella Condominium in Niagara Falls.

Location, location, location

A regional municipality in Southern Ontario comprising 12 municipalities such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland; 130 kms from Toronto; 86 kms from Hamilton.

Key landmarks

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Casino Niagara
  • Clifton Hill
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Niagara Wine Route
  • Welland Canal

Select condo developments

Marbella Condominium by Urbane Communities

Utopia Condominiums by New Horizon Development Group

AquaZul by Homes By DeSantis

Como Condos by Homes By DeSantis


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Odyssey – your journey leads here to Grimsby

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Odyssey – your journey leads here to Grimsby

Journey through a day of living at Odyssey – begin the morning with a cup of coffee on your balcony watching the sun rise over the escarpment. Around 9 a.m., you stroll along the waterfront with your dog, taking in the peace and serenity of Lake Ontario. Before bringing the dog back to your suite for a nap, you make a pitstop at the pet spa on the main level to wash up. Next is lunch at one of the many great restaurants in downtown Grimsby, followed by shopping at one of countless quaint boutiques on Livingston Avenue. End your day hosting friends and family at the rooftop entertainment lounge, which offers direct access to the Lakeview Terrace.

This paints a pretty picture of experiencing life at Odyssey, yet it still doesn’t match the unrivaled experience of actually living in this idyllic community in the heart of Grimsby. Designed by Kirkor Architects, Odyssey is the first of its kind on the Grimsby waterfront. A brilliant 20-storey condominium residence, Odyssey by Rosehaven Homes brings an innovative vision to life.

Odyssey is set to be an icon of modern style, featuring a beautiful glass façade full of light and life. As one of the tallest condominium buildings in Grimsby, it will be highlighted by a circle of townhomes, retail shops and patios. Patton Design Studio, the interior designers for this project, used the nautical inspiration of the waterfront to create grand, dynamic spaces that bring into harmony the lake and Odyssey’s interiors.

Glitz, glamour and dreamy views are truly the epitome of Odyssey. Whether you are in the impressive lobby, the fully-equipped fitness and yoga room or the rooftop entertainment lounge, the atmosphere is larger than life. Your new favourite spot will surely be the stunning Lakeview Terrace or Sunset Boulevard – two rooftop terraces where you can take in the surrounding scenery while enjoying a barbeque and al fresco dining.

In addition, every suite at Odyssey has a spectacular view. Each south-facing condo within the building reveals an extraordinary display of the Niagara Escarpment. You will never tire of watching the sunset and sunrise over the striking landscape.

The Ripple suite in particular is a standout, offering views of both the water and the escarpment. This suite is 982 sq. ft. with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as two separate balconies facing different directions for ultimate scenic sights. The entire space is highlighted by the open floorplan with windows spanning the main living area, bringing in plenty of natural light.

The rest of the building is just as remarkable. With a dedicated bicycle parking area, Wi-Fi enabled amenity areas, surveillance cameras throughout various spaces and the virtual concierge for added security, every aspect of your living experience has been thought out and implemented for ultimate convenience.

Odyssey is located steps from the shores of Lake Ontario, on Windward Drive. Enjoy the natural spaces Grimsby has to offer with a walk, bicycle ride or run along the waterfront. Explore the Bruce Trail, stunning caves and lookout areas across the Niagara Escarpment. Grimsby, located just East of Stoney Creek, and minutes from world-class golf courses is the gateway to Ontario’s prestigious wine country.

Grimsby is home to many unique shops, as well as an abundance of big-box stores, providing an unparalleled shopping experience only moments from your doorstep. Several restaurants with mouthwatering menus within walking distance of Odyssey, with many more only requiring a quick drive. For the urban urge you may be looking for, the future Grimsby GO Station will bring you to downtown Toronto in just over an hour.

Odyssey is fresh, modern and convenient. Your journey has led you to the right place.

For more information about Odyssey, visit odysseylife.ca
or visit the sales centre at
10 Windward Dr., Grimsby, Ont.
T. 289-235-7430
Monday to Thursday noon to 7 p.m.
Fridays closed
Saturday, Sunday and holidays noon to 6:00 p.m.
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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

by Gale Beeby

Including the communities of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

HOUSING OPTIONS

The region’s housing is comprised predominantly of single-family dwellings – from historical homes dating back 200 years, to new master-planned communities – although condos are making their inevitable appearance.

There’s something in Niagara for everyone at every price point and every style, from luxury estate homes to modest semis and townhomes, with many new projects springing up throughout the region. Click here for a full list of homes for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

There is a lot to do in the Niagara Region! Too many to list here, but some highlights include a visit to the famous Niagara Falls, a stroll through the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a jet-boat ride on the Niagara River rapids, taking in a play at the world-renowned Shaw Festival, a drive along the Niagara Wine Trail, a picnic along the Niagara Parkway, watching the world-class Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (rowing), a night at one of the casinos, or a round of golf on one of the region’s fabulous golf courses, which includes Canada’s oldest course, Niagara-on-the-Lake, which held its first international tournament in 1895.

PARKS & REC

The Niagara Region has hundreds of kilometres of trails and paths, as well as a multitude of parks. In Niagara Falls, Queen Victoria Park features manicured gardens, platforms with views of the American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls as well as underground walkways behind the falls.

The Niagara River Recreational Trails runs 56 kilometres from Fort Erie to Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake and includes many historical sites from the War of 1812. The Greater Niagara Circle Route Trail System is 140 kilometres of mostly off-road paved trails for walking, cycling or rollerblading. It passes through urban centres, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts and agricultural areas.

Also in the area is the Bruce Trail, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Merritt Trail, which passes through many of the old sections of the Welland Canal, the Waterfront Trail, and the Welland Canals Parkway.

RETAIL THERAPY

A stroll down the main street of any of the towns in the region will be a delight with a number of boutiques, cafés, art galleries, craft stores and fine dining establishments. Niagara-on-the-Lake, in particular, is a great place to spend the day popping into one unique store after another. There are also a number of outlet malls in Niagara offering brand-name shopping at lower-than-retail prices.

EASY ACCESS

Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each have airports and the area is served by a number of expressways, including Highways 405, 406, 420 and the QEW. Niagara Region Transit moves riders between Welland, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Niagara Falls Transit and the St. Catharines Transit Commission provide local bus service in the two largest communities in the region. GO Transit and VIA Rail provide train and bus service to Niagara Region from the GTA.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 447,900

Known as: The Honeymoon Capital of the World

Walk scores:

St. Catharines: 52

Welland: 47

Niagara Falls: 43

Port Colborne: 38

Lincoln: 32

Grimsby: 31

Fort Erie: 31

Thorold: 36

Niagara-on-the-Lake: 25

Pelham: 22

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Lock-and-leave lifestyles

Home buyers are thrilled with the carefree condo, lock-and-leave lifestyle at two popular communities by Rosehaven Homes. It’s a straightforward concept – one that allows residents to lock their door, knowing that the upkeep of their property will be well looked after. Responsibilities, like cutting the grass, raking the leaves, and shovelling the snow are all taken care of, so that travel becomes a care-free pastime.

WATERFRONT LIVING IN GRIMSBY

Odyssey in Grimsby, artist's concept.
Odyssey in Grimsby, artist’s concept.

Scheduled to open this fall is Odyssey – a luxurious 20-storey condominium residence, along with an exclusive collection of condominium townhomes. Located in Grimsby and surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment, Odyssey offers a picture-perfect lifestyle that’s modern and maintenance-free.

From the high rise condominium building, residents can enjoy expansive views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Spacious, open-concept interiors, in both the condos and townhomes, feature contemporary finishes that complement a range of personal styles.

Grimsby was recently named the best place to live in Niagara by MoneySense magazine. This town has a wonderful selection of restaurants, shopping, spas, recreation centres, art galleries and more. They have recently revitalized their waterfront, and residents of Odyssey have access to the Waterfront Trail. Natural attributes include tree-lined trails and waterfalls along the Niagara Escarpment and Centennial Park. And, close by is Niagara-on-the-Lake with renowned wineries, restaurants and the Shaw Festival.

Here, residents have easy access to the QEW. And come 2021, GO trains are expected to be running from Grimsby to Toronto’s Union Station.

AFFINITY IN BURLINGTON

Affinity in Burlington, artist's concept.
Affinity in Burlington, artist’s concept.

Construction is well underway at Affinity Condos, but there’s still time to secure your condominium in these popular mid rise buildings. A wide selection of one- and two-bedroom suites, plus those with a formal dining room, remain. Sizes range from 575 to 1,272 square feet.

Affinity consists of two six-storey, mid rise buildings, and each includes a fitness/yoga room, a party room with kitchen and a rooftop terrace.

Contemporary suites include wide-plank, laminate flooring throughout, as well as 12- x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in the bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and in the bathrooms, and nine-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state-of-the-art roller blinds, in addition to an underground parking space and a storage unit, are also included.

Affinity is situated in an established residential neighbourhood in Burlington, close to waterfront parks and trails, as well as the GO train, Highway 403 and the QEW.

For those who are on the go, as well as empty-nesters, Affinity condominiums are especially appealing. Simply lock-and-leave for a happy-go-lucky lifestyle.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For Odyssey, register online. odysseylife.ca

Affinity’s Presentation Centre is located at 516 Plains Road East in Burlington. affinitycondo.com


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BUILDER PROFILE: Homes by DeSantis

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by Catherine Daley
Photography, courtesy of Homes by DeSantis

Specialized home building in coveted locations

When a company specializes in a particular product or service, the customer ultimately benefits, as they can be assured that the most advanced research, testing and implementation of said commodity has been performed. The same school of thought is behind Homes by DeSantis. Not only have they perfected their craft in terms of home building, but they have focused on particular areas in which to develop, and, as a result, the home buyer benefits from this intimate knowledge.

Ocean model at AquaBlu
Ocean model at AquaBlu

For close to 60 years Homes by DeSantis has been building and developing properties from Hamilton to Niagara. Started by Peter DeSantis in 1959, the company is now run by his son, Gabriel. With more than 12,000 homes to their credit, this family-based organization works extremely hard to promote Canadian home ownership. “Our focus is geared to more compact, smart and affordable living,” says DeSantis. “Homes with less maintenance – that are more lifestyle oriented.”

Calais model at On the Ridge
Calais model at On the Ridge

CLASSIC COMMUNITIES

DeSantis currently has four sites under construction and new releases scheduled. The waterfront condominiums of AquaZul feature resort-like amenities, including a fitness centre, and a pool with cabanas and a barbecue area.

The final release at Centreville in Beamsville features new designs. Located in the heart of town, this all-encompassing community includes 44 smart townhouses and six commercial spaces.

Cannes model at On the Ridge
Cannes model at On the Ridge

Myst is an exquisite collection of urban towns located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Stoney Creek. It’s positioning affords residents easy access to transit and major arteries.

Coming this fall is the third phase of On The Ridge. Situated high on the Niagara Escarpment, residents of this community will enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and recreational opportunities.

Century Condos in downtown Grimsby is a mid-rise building that will feature commercial space on the main level. “Century condos is the perfect reward for those who aspire to an elevated living experience,” says DeSantis.

Team DeSantis accepts the award for Community of the Year for Lincoln Square from the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders' Association.
Team DeSantis accepts the award for Community of the Year for Lincoln Square from the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association.

GIVING BACK

Gabriel DeSantis has been immersed in the home building industry for most of his life. In 1996 he was president of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association – one of the largest in Ontario. He served as a director on the board for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association from 1995 to 1997, dedicating much of his time to the New Home Warranty Program (Tarion).

In 2012, DeSantis became the first home builder in the region to build a home, along with their suppliers and contractors, for Habitat for Humanity. DeSantis also contributes to many charitable organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House in Hamilton, as well as the Princess Margaret and St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundations.

AquaZul & AquaBlu
AquaZul & AquaBlu

GENERATIONAL KUDOS

Homes by DeSantis are now seeing the children, and the grandchildren, of those who purchased from the company more than 50 years ago, buying their first home. “We’re now getting third generation buyers,” says DeSantis. “It’s very humbling. But it also means that we’re doing something right.”

DeSantis goes on to say that it’s important to always think ahead of the curve. With the constant changes in government policies, interest rates and market fluctuations, they have to deliver what their customers are looking for. Not only do they appeal to first-time buyers, but they are also cognizant of the perquisites, and the necessities, that empty nesters desire. “Those who are looking to downsize are usually quite happy to sell their big home and settle into a smart space with everything within walking distance,” says DeSantis. “People are enjoying life that much more, and condo ownership gives them the freedom to do other things.”

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Rosehaven Homes introduces an icon of modern style on the waterfront

Welcome to forever views of water and sky, white sails and the iconic Toronto skyline across the bay. Welcome to Ontario’s world-renowned wine region and the picturesque town of Grimsby, brimming with local goodness, the Niagara Escarpment and a future GO Train Station that will get you to Union in just over an hour. This is Odyssey, a fresh new community of modern condos and towns by award-winning Rosehaven Homes. Your journey leads here.

“Odyssey will be a first of its kind on this section of the Grimsby waterfront. It will be iconic, full of light and life, reflecting not only the water and sky, but a dynamic sense of community.” – Kirkor Architects

Rising high above the waterfront, Odyssey will feature a brilliant glass façade, wrapping each residence in natural light. Its purposeful, stepped back design and rooftop social spaces will give residents spectacular views of Lake Ontario. It will be one of the tallest condominiums in Grimsby, highlighted by a circle of exclusive, street level townhomes with retail shops and patios.

Reflective. Vibrant. Welcoming. Home

“Our inspiration was to create interiors that harmonize with the architecture and waterfront. The lobby and welcome lounge were designed to be not only grand in size, but also in volume, allowing for creative lighting details.” – Patton Design Studio

Inside, Odyssey will be highlighted by its entertainment spaces, particularly its rooftop Sky Lounge, Sunset Boulevard and Lakeview Terrace. Equipped with ample seating, both inside and out, a chef’s kitchen and prep station, plus two terraces with fireplaces, a barbecue, private alcoves and brilliant views of the lake and escarpment, this will be the ultimate space for hosting dinner parties, celebrating family or simply enjoying an evening to yourself.

Nautically-Inspired Suites

“We kept the palette light and white so it pairs naturally with flashes of blue from the lake to create a modern, yet relaxed ambience.” – Patton Design Studio

Welcome to the heart of Odyssey. Where great design intuitively complements your lifestyle and the quality of finishes enhances not just the look, but also the feel of each suite. This is where the unison of design and detail creates comfort in every setting.

Contemporary Towns

Odyssey will feature two collections of townhomes. The Winston Collection will feature a contemporary, streamlined design, beautiful rooftop terraces, the benefit and convenience of private underground parking and, most notably, an active, energetic vibe from its street-level shops and services. The Windward Collection will offer a more private and intimate feel by overlooking the central courtyard and tower’s roundabout entrance. Each one will be highlighted by four floors of modern living, spacious rooftop terraces, plus parking for two cars in a private garage and driveway.

Ready, Set, Go

Everything begins at the shores of Lake Ontario. Walk, bike or run the waterfront trail system, then explore the Niagara Escarpment’s Bruce Trail, caves and lookouts. For your urban endeavours, take the future Grimsby GO Train to downtown Toronto in just over an hour or stay local in Grimsby to shop, eat and workout. Let’s not forget that this is world-renowned wine country with award-winning favourites from Magnotta, Inniskillin and Vineland just down the QE.

REGISTER NOW FOR PRIORITY ACCESS

Rosehaven is excited to announce that the launch of Odyssey is slated for this fall 2018. Register now at OdysseyLife.ca for project updates and an invitation to preview.


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AQUAZUL Waterfront Condos

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Homes By DeSantis announces final release

Gorgeous lakeside views was one of the main reasons that new home buyers flocked to the AQUAZUL waterfront condominium project. Spacious suites and deluxe finishes helped to seal the deal. Homes By DeSantis announces the final release of residences with their Elite Series at this popular Lake Ontario development.

A variety of popular floorplans were released in each of the two condo buildings. These intimate, six- and 10-storey structures include remaining suites that range from 609 to 1,335 square feet – many with lake views.

PURE LUXURY

Purchasers who are looking for a larger suite will be enamoured with the Surfside. This impressive, 1,335-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite, also includes an oversized 645-square-foot terrace, with stunning views of Lake Ontario. The gracious 1,127-square-foot Bayside suite features two bedrooms, plus a den, and two bathrooms. And the 982-square-foot Bayfront suite also includes two bedrooms and two baths.

Sumptuous finishes include a choice of quartz or granite counter tops in the kitchen, as well as extended-height upper cabinets, six appliances, wide-plank laminate flooring and soaring ceilings up to 10 feet.

The features and amenities at AQUAZUL are not only luxurious, but they heighten the resort-like feeling. The third floor club room includes a theatre, a gym and a billiards room, as well as a sprawling balcony perched atop a dramatic two-storey loggia. This elevated outdoor space provides views of the courtyard, pool, cabanas and outdoor grill areas, and, of course, Lake Ontario.

WELL POSITIONED

Situated in the town of Grimsby, this Niagara region location is experiencing incredible waterfront growth. The municipality is investing $5 million into a waterfront park that will include promenades and lakeside trails to newly constructed beaches and outdoor pavilions.

Grimsby serves up a full complement of shops and services. AQUAZUL is extremely close to the proposed GO Station that is scheduled to arrive in 2021 at Casablanca Boulevard and the QEW. “We’ve become very good at staying ahead of the curve. People want to live at the lake, they want luxury and easy access to major centres – all at an affordable price,” says Gabriel Desantis, president. “AQUAZUL will be an icon on the Grimsby waterfront, both from an architectural perspective and an amenity perspective.”

DeSantis is pleased to report that AQUAZUL was recently named the mid-rise condominium project of the year by the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association.

With construction well underway, the first residents are scheduled to settle into their new homes in 2019. Only nine residences remain in the final phase of the Elite Series at AQUAZUL.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Office is located at 10 Concord Place in Grimsby

289.235.8541

aquazul@homesbydesantis.com


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BUILDER PROFILE: Marz Homes

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by Catherine Daley
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Four decades of homebuilding excellence

Historically, the cornerstone (foundation stone) was the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. The entire structure was determined by this stone, as all the other stones would be set in reference to it. Over time, it became a ceremonial stone that was set in a prominent position, and was often inscribed with the construction date, architect or builder. As with any work of art, the creator should be recognized. Marz Homes has made a tradition of signing the completion of each home that they build with a brick bearing their name.

Some 60 years ago, Mike (Marzio) Pompeani started his career as a masonry contractor. In 1968 he built his first single family home in Hamilton – the original residents still reside there today. In 1978 he founded Marz Homes. In keeping with Pompeani’s original vision, little has changed when it comes to an unwavering commitment to build the best, possible, homes.

South Coast Village
South Coast Village

A GUIDING PHILOSOPHY

A generation later, the family has maintained Pompeani’s core philosophy, which is to build every home as if they were building it for themselves. This benchmark has left them in good standing with their customers. The recipients of many local, provincial and and national awards that recognize their designs, communities and community service, the one that stands out is the Homeowner Mark of Excellence, which is a national honour bestowed upon the builder that maintains a high level of customer service in a Canada-wide satisfaction survey. In addition, Marz Homes has been awarded the Hamilton-Halton Homebuilders’ Association Consumer Choice Award for two years in a row. “This is the type of recognition that matters,” says Dan Gabriele, president. “Our customers are the ones that we have to impress.”

You’re only as good as the people that you have working for you, and it’s here that Marz shines. As a builder and developer, Marz is able to maintain a hands-on approach to ensure that every component fits perfectly into the final vision.

A company can say that they are committed to customer service, but how they treat their own employees and contractors speaks volumes. Many trade contractors have been loyal to Marz Homes for as long as the company has been in business. This allows Marz to guide them through the best construction practices, in order to meet their customers’ expectations.

SPECIALIZED NICHE

Marz Homes has witnessed incredible changes over the last four decades, especially as it relates to Hamilton. “Hamilton is great,” says Gabriele. “It offers a bevy of amenities. You have the urban aspect, as well as gorgeous, mature communities on the perimeter, in addition to wonderful natural features, like the escarpment, the lake and farmland. Whatever you want, Hamilton has it – and it’s affordable.”

The Lakewood model at Smithville Station
The Lakewood model at Smithville Station

Focusing on the areas that they’ve come know, Marz Homes recognizes the heightened potential, and popularity, of southwestern Ontario. Their demographic includes those who are starting out, and those who are now looking to downsize, and want less hustle and bustle. Towns, like Grimsby, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Crystal Beach and Cambridge fit the bill.

Dan Gabriele, president (left), presents the Arts Education & Community Arts Award at the Hamilton Arts Awards.
Dan Gabriele, president (left), presents the Arts Education & Community Arts Award at the Hamilton Arts Awards.

COMMUNITY AWARENESS

A sense of loyalty is reinvested back into the communities in which they build, and they feel a strong sense of obligation to give back. As a local employer in Hamilton, Marz supports the Canadian Cancer Society, Mac Kids, An Instrument for Every Child, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and arts-related initiatives. Of particular significance, Marz has helped to raise more than $700,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, and was awarded Corporate Citizen of the year for their continued efforts.

In support of McMaster Children's Hospital
In support of McMaster Children’s Hospital

Along with their long-standing trade and supply partnerships, Marz Homes strives to build the best quality homes. “We develop and build communities,” says Gabriele. “We offer complete neighbourhoods.”

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Affinity Condos & Odyssey Condos

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Rosehaven is making a big splash in condos

Rosehaven Homes is proud to offer inspired midrise and highrise condominiums to complement their vast selection of singles, semis and townhomes available at communities across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario.

Building on their success at Affinity Condos in Burlington, Rosehaven is poised to launch Odyssey waterfront condos in Grimsby.

Affinity Condos
Affinity Condos

Construction Underway at Affinity Condos in Burlington

Affinity Condos is under construction but it’s not too late to buy at this successful midrise condominium.

There’s a great selection of suites available from one-bedroom up to two-bedroom plus formal dining room, ranging in size from 575 up to 1,272 square feet. Affinity consists of two six-storey midrise buildings, each with its own fitness/yoga room, party room with kitchen and rooftop terrace.

The contemporary suites are finished with wide plank laminate flooring throughout and 12-inch x 24-inch imported porcelain floor tile in bathrooms, quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, 9-foot smooth ceilings. Five appliances, state of the art roller blinds, one underground parking space and a storage unit are included.

The Terrace at Affinity Condos
The Terrace at Affinity Condos

Set in a leafy established residential neighbourhood with easy access to the GO Train as well as the 403 & QEW, Affinity is ideal for a wide range of buyers from empty-nesters to first time buyers, commuters and young professionals.

The Waterfront Trail and LaSalle Park are nearby with trails, beach and more. Shopping, schools, and restaurants abound, with Ikea and Mapleview Shopping Centre, cinemas and big box stores minutes away by car or transit. Visit the Presentation Centre soon, located at 516 Plains Road East, or AffinityCondo.com.

Odyssey, Waterfront Living in Grimsby

Coming soon, Rosehaven is bringing waterfront living to Grimsby with Odyssey, a brilliant 20-storey condominium and townhomes launching this winter by the shores of Lake Ontario.

Odyssey’s highrise condominium residence will feature amazing views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. Spacious open concept interiors with contemporary finishes will complement your personal style whether it’s in a condo or a spacious townhome.

The gorgeous Grimsby waterfront is no longer the neighbourhood’s own secret. Here you will discover waterfront parks and conservation areas. Along the Niagara Escarpment are numerous waterfalls as well as miles of tree-lined trails to explore. Odyssey residents will also love the Waterfront Trail at their door.

With the lake right across the street, it’s hard to believe that it’s only 30 minutes to Oakville, Burlington and St. Catharines. There are renowned wineries to tour, beautiful Niagara On The Lake and Niagara’s many attractions. A new Grimsby GO Station is slated to open in 2021 with trains to Toronto’s Union Station.

Those who love waterfront condo living surrounded by natural beauty should register online for Odyssey right away at OdysseyLife.ca.


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Destination Ontario: Bloomin’ Gorgeous

Springtime in Niagara

Some 12,000 years ago, the falls at Niagara were defined when melting glaciers formed the Great Lakes. The rushing waters that ran downhill from one lake (Lake Erie) to another (Lake Ontario) carved out a river, and at one point passed over a steep, cliff -like formation – the Niagara escarpment. As the water began to wear its way back up the river, the deeply cut path that was left behind is now known as the Niagara Gorge.

The southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Region encompasses the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, as well as the charming towns of Niagara-on-the- Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie. The City of Niagara Falls is a vibrant community that affords residents with a plethora of opportunities in the areas of recreation, arts and culture. While urban amenities are in abundance, there’s still a relaxed stillness that comes with living in this beautiful area.

EXPLOSIVE BEAUTY
Come spring, it’s a visual flower feast. A drive through the Niagara region is an annual ritual for many, as the orchards are bursting with delicate blossoms on fruit-bearing trees. The Japanese flowering cherry trees, found at the Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights Park and Kingsbridge Park are expected to bloom by mid-May.

Located along the scenic Niagara Parkway is the Floral Clock, which was constructed in 1950. The clock’s face, complete with working mechanisms, is planted two times per year with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants arranged in beautiful designs. It is the second most photographed highlight in the region.

Floral clock

Created in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial Year, the fragrant Lilac Garden is located north of the Floral Clock and features 200 different lilac varieties in a range of colours.

The Botanical Gardens is located just north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Parkway. For more than 80 years, visitors have found solace while strolling the beautiful gardens. Also located here is the Butterfly Conservatory, and the world-famous rose garden that features more than 2,400 varieties.

Butterfly Conservatory

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the annual Falls Fireworks Series, Niagara Parks has expanded their schedule to include 111 fireworks daily displays throughout the summer. Special holiday shows are scheduled for the Memorial Day long weekend (May 25 to 28).

DAY TRIPPING
View the falls from the water, the air or the ground. No matter your vantage point, it’s an awe-inspiring experience – no matter the time of year.

Less than a half hour drive from the Falls, at the mouth of the Niagara River, is the quaint 18th century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, often referred to as Ontario’s loveliest town. Home to the renowned Shaw Festival, the town is an eclectic dining, shopping and sightseeing experience.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Old Fort Erie, Fort George, Brock’s Monument and Laura Secord’s homestead are just a few of the landmarks that will delight history buffs. The area was also an important stop on the legendary 1800s Underground Railroad.

In addition to slots and gaming tables, Fallsview Casino Resort showcases international performers.

Niagara boasts close to 100 parks and several championship courses, including Legends on the Niagara, Oak Hall Par 3 and the Whirlpool Golf Course, which was designed by golf architect Stanley Thompson and is rated as one of Canada’s most highly rated public golf courses.

CLIMATE CONTROLLED

Because of the two large bodies of water, Niagara Region is considered to be a moderate climate zone. Southern Ontario is roughly at the same latitude as southern France (Provence). The area’s temperatures make it ideal for growing tender fruit, and the conditions are ideal for ripening many varieties of grapes.

The Niagara Peninsula is one of four recognized viticultural areas by the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) in the Ontario Wine Industry. The European-style vineyards and wineries attract visitors from around the world. Many offer full tours of their facilities, and some have onsite dining, which feature sumptuous menus paired with their own VQA vintages.

The extended warm-weather season is also popular with boating, golf, hiking and biking enthusiasts.

Photography, courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

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