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Local Focus: Oshawa & Whitby

Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

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Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

As prospective homebuyers have looked outside the Toronto core in search of more affordable lowrise homes in recent years, most of them have headed to Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and other points west.

This migration may soon change.

“The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada, told HOMES Magazine earlier this year. “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, there you go, homebuyers – keep an eye on Whitby, Oshawa and other parts of Durham Region.

Economic diversity

And don’t let any potential uncertainly over General Motors Canada’s announcement late last year that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant. Oshawa, and other points in Durham, are about a lot more than one company.

“(The) employment sector in Oshawa has been shifting for some time, and Oshawa has healthily diversified to add technology, educational institutions, healthcare, administration and many professionals to its offerings of great jobs and companies in the market,” says Christian Huggett, vice-president, development, at Podium Developments. The company has a number of townhome developments in the city.

“(The GM news) not altered our plans,” he says. “We continue to believe that the outlook is bright for home sales in North Oshawa, buoyed by its proximity and relationship to schools, the 407 network, the significant growth occurring and planned for North Oshawa.”

Location just east of Toronto along Hwy. 401 is among the reasons Whitby and Oshawa draw attention. With Whitby just 59 kms from Toronto and Oshawa 62, commuting is a real option – particularly with recent GO Transit improvements and the expansion of Hwy. 407.

Durham Region Transit connects with the other cities in the region, including Pickering, Ajax, Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. The 401 runs through the south of region, Hwy. 7 runs across its northern edge and the Hwy. 407 extension to Hwys. 35 and 115 across the top of Durham Region.

Translation? Getting to, from and around Durham is getting increasingly easy, which makes living here and working elsewhere a real possibility.

Expanding attractions

As with any growing municipality, Whitby and Oshawa also offer expanding amenity and retail options. The Oshawa Centre, for example, is the largest shopping complex in Durham and is home to more than 230 outlets. And in downtown Oshawa, of course, there’s a variety of unique shops and restaurants.

In Whitby, Pearson Lane is a historical development that houses boutiques, cafes and services.

Nature is also front and centre, as Oshawa is home to wildlife preserves such as the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. Oshawa Botanical Gardens boasts North America’s largest contemporary peony collection.

In Whitby, more than 100 parks more than 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail, await residents. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.

Location, location, location

  • Located east of Toronto in York Region, Durham forms the east end of the GTA. Whitby 59 km from Toronto, Oshawa 62 km. Durham population 645,862; Oshawa 159,458; Whitby 128,377.

Key landmarks

  • Lynde Shores Conservation Area
  • Oshawa Botanical Gardens
  • Oshawa Centre
  • Tribute Communities Centre

Select housing developments

OSHAWA

Eastmore Village by Delpark Homes

Ironwood by Podium Developments

O North Urban Towns by Greycrest Homes

Symphony Towns by Marlin Spring

Winchester Estates by Menkes Developments

WHITBY

Park Vista by Paradise Developments

Park Vista by Fieldgate Homes

Station No. 3 by Brookfield Residential

The Hamptons at Country Lane by Heathwood Homes


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TCDSB The Mikey Network

The Mikey Network partners with Toronto Catholic District School Board

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The Mikey Network partners with Toronto Catholic District School Board

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All 202 schools and various facilities of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) now have defibrillators installed. Participants at a recent partnership announcement with The Mikey Network at St. Lawrence Catholic School in Scarborough, are, left to right: Mikey Network’s Eva Naumovski; Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron; TCDSB Trustee Michael Del Grande; TCDSB Associate Director of Business Services & CFO Lloyd Norongha; Khaled Elgharbawy; Stacey Coray; Veronica Olmedo; Yoliana Azer, Superintendent Peter Aguiar

The Toronto Catholic District School Board is taking the important step of equipping all 202  of its facilities with automated external defibrillators. The AEDs, as they are known, are potentially lifesaving devices and are supplied by The Mikey Network.

“We appreciate the feedback provided by parents, staff, students and other community members regarding AEDs and we continue to look for opportunities that help us ensure the safety and well-being of all our staff and students, which is always our number one priority,” says TCDSB Chair Maria Rizzo. “Through this partnership with The Mikey Network, we have successfully achieved ourgoal of having every school site equipped with an AED by the end of 2019, ahead of schedule.”

“Today marks an important moment, aimed at putting a spotlight on the challenge that people living with rare, congenital heart conditions face on a daily basis, as well as the emotional toll it takes on their loved ones,” adds TCDSB Vice-Chair Michael Del Grande. “Events like this give us anopportunity to come together as a Catholic community to show our support to those vulnerable toincidents of sudden cardiac arrest and to show them that there is help.”

In December 2018, the TCDSB board approved the allocation of about $210,000 to fund the purchase of the AEDs. Staff received CPR and AED training over the 2019 March Break. The Board also arranged first aid courses during the 2018-19 school year, so a minimum of two staff members per school are trained in standard first aid, CPR and AED use. Most schools already have more than two certified first aiders.

“We are delighted to partner with the Toronto Catholic District School Board on their installation of potentially life saving defibrillators,” says Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron. “With our Mikey placements, we are helping give people a second chance at life.  As a not-for-profit organization, we’re committed to teaching people how to use defibrillators and how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.  Over the years we have trained over 13,400 in CPR and AED, and to date, have 43 recorded saves, eight of whom are under 18 years of age, and that is very gratifying.”

The Mikey Network has also created a free mobile app called The Mikey Young at Heart app, designed to help teach students CPR and AED training, making them more confident to use an AED or administer CPR should they ever need. Time spent learning on the app can go toward their high school volunteer hours.

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Heathwood Eleven Altamont

Coming soon to North York – Eleven Altamont by Heathwood Homes

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Coming soon to North York – Eleven Altamont by Heathwood Homes

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

If you’re scouting about for new lowrise home options, take note: Eleven Altamont, by Heathwood Homes, is set to launch this fall.

Urban living on Yonge Street is what Eleven Altamont is all about, with luxury townhomes from 1,708 to 2,504 sq. ft., in two- and three-bedroom configurations.

Rich, dark charcoal brick and beige stone set the tone of sophistication for these luxury townhomes in a master plan around a landscaped courtyard garden. Inside, the homes offer large contemporary, open concept designs finished with only the finest in luxury appointments. Even more, each incorporates the flair and flexibility of a custom home catering to your own family’s unique needs. Choose whether you want your master suite on the second or third level. Select the most convenient location for your laundry and choose if you want a third bedroom or a family room. This is sophisticated urban living taken to the next level.

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

In the heart of North York

Set amidst tree-lined streets in the very heart of one of North York’s most sought-after established neighbourhoods, Eleven Altamont will afford cosmopolitan living in an intimate residential enclave, only minutes from everything that matters. Live just steps away from schools, parks, transportation and fabulous shopping.

Vibrant outdoor living is an integral part of Eleven Altamont. At the centre of the community is a landscaped courtyard where residents come together to relax, mingle and socialize. Walkways, trees and a parkette offer a soothing touch of green, while shaded benches invite you to rest and watch the world go by. This is your sanctuary, a retreat to come home to after a busy day.

Stroll through parks, savour international cuisines, send your kids to the best schools, enjoy a theatre production, hop on the subway and be downtown in minutes. Edithvale Park and Community Centre is steps away and offers a host of fun children’s activities, the Toronto Centre for the Arts provides world-class entertainment, and Mel Lastman Square hosts numerous civic events.

Heathwood Eleven Altamont

Highlight features include an eight-ft. front door, smooth nine-ft. ceilings throughout all three levels, eight-ft. interior doors with stained nickel lever handles and hinges, central air and a Smart Home Package that includes a home hub, smart thermostat video doorbell and more.

The master ensuite boasts an upgraded furniture-style vanity and free-standing tub and frameless glass shower with rain shower-style showerhead. For all bathrooms, you have your choice of granite or quartz countertops.

Epicurean tastes

For epicurean tastes, gourmet kitchens come with custom designed cabinetry with extended upper cabinets, your choice of granite or quartz square edge countertops, choice of designer selected tile backsplash, soft close doors and drawers and a premium appliance package.

Step outside your new luxury town and into the nearby great outdoors, with private rooftop terraces with a natural gas barbecue connection, on each terrace, and exclusive shared outdoor amenities, including seating areas, exercise areas, bicycle storage, pet zones and play areas.

Register now at heathwood.com

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Bob Finnigan

CHBA names Bob Finnigan Member of the Year

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CHBA names Bob Finnigan Member of the Year

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Bob Finnigan

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has named Bob Finnigan, partner at Herity (Heathwood Homes), CHBA Past President, member of BILD GTA and long-time building industry executive, as its Member of the Year.

CHBA presented the award, one of its annual Association Leadership Awards, during its 76th National Conference in Niagara Falls on May 10. The prestigious awards showcase the contributions, qualities and accomplishments of leaders within the association.

Association Leadership Awards

  • Member of the Year, Bob Finnigan, recognized for his many years of dedication and leadership at the national level of CHBA.
  • Home Builders’ Association of the Year, Saskatoon & Region HBA for its record of membership development and services, internal leadership and governance, and the effectiveness of its government advocacy and communication activities.
  • Executive Officer of the Year, Guy Huntingford from BILD Calgary Region, for exemplary leadership during his time at the association.
  • Community Service Award, CHBA Edmonton Region, for new and ongoing charitable activities and positive impact on the community.

 

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Heathwood Homes

Heathwood Homes’ Wallaceton in Kitchener has all the features that make you feel “home at last”

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Heathwood Homes’ Wallaceton in Kitchener has all the features that make you feel “home at last”

At Wallaceton in Kitchener, Heathwood Homes believes that a “dream home” shouldn’t require many, if any, upgrades at all. Because the new home you’ve been dreaming of probably has pretty much everything you want in the first place.

Out of this belief came the “Heathwood Included” philosophy, which is simply this: Heathwood Homes incorporates the most luxurious and stylish selection of features and finishes, not as optional extras but all included in the standard purchase price.

The perfect example of this are the luxury townhomes being offered at Wallaceton.

Superior exteriors

“Heathwood Included” begins with the the company’s homes, the exceptional stone and brick elevations with classic detailing and an oversized eight-ft. fibreglass main entry door. Maintenance-free, low E Argon-filled vinyl casement windows are incorporated throughout, with R27 insulated walls and R60 attic insulation. The attention to detail is evident with the colour coordination of all the materials and the elegant garage doors.

Main floor luxury

Lofty nine-ft. ceilings can be found throughout the main level, along with richly grained 3.25-in. oak strip hardwood flooring in a choice of colours. Oak stairs lead upstairs with matching handrail, nosing and pickets in choice of stain. Big bright windows let the sun stream in, and luxurious imported ceramic tile flooring is laid in the kitchen, breakfast room, powder room, foyer and mud room, with 4.25-in. baseboards and 2.75-in. casings throughout.

Master chef quality kitchen

Kitchens come equipped with trimmed archways, ceramic flooring, and custom designed cabinetry with extra height uppers for ample storage. Luxury stone 0.75-in. countertops are available in a choice of colours with square edge undermount stainless steel sinks and upgraded faucets. Most kitchens are also appointed with an extra large kitchen island with extended breakfast bar, and all feature a stainless steel range hood.

Magnificent masters and ensuites

On the second level, the master bedrooms invite you into a private sanctuary featuring a nine-ft. high tray ceiling, luxurious 40-oz. broadloom, and large walk-in closets. Also included is a spacious spa-inspired ensuite, with a freestanding soaker tub, glass shower enclosures, imported ceramics, and beautiful stone countertops.

Beautifully finished lower level

For most builders, a finished basement is an optional extra, but again it’s all part of “Heathwood Included.” With nine-ft. foundation walls, the basements offer extra height ceilings, too! This gives you fabulous extra space, which is yours to use as you choose. A children’s playroom, a home theatre room, a hobby room – whatever you need – all finished and waiting for you the day you move in. Even better – a conveniently located three-piece bathroom.

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The Heathwood tradition continues at Wallaceton in South Kitchener

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The Heathwood tradition continues at Wallaceton in South Kitchener

For nearly 40 years, award-winning builder Heathwood Homes has been creating extraordinary communities for families across Southern Ontario. Now, Heathwood is offering fabulous new homes in Wallaceton, a unique master-planned community in the desirable and convenient area of South Kitchener.

At the sales opening of the luxurious townhomes, 50 per cent of the limited release was sold to purchasers attracted to Heathwood’s innovative open-concept designs in three- and four-bedroom layouts. An excellent selection of these fabulous townhomes are still available. In addition, Heathwood is accepting registrations for its upcoming 31-ft. single-detached homes release.

Wallaceton’s location is perfect for first-time buyers, young and growing families seeking a move to a larger home, as well as those right-sizing their lifestyle. Situated opposite the new RBJ Schlegel Park, which is currently under construction, Wallaceton also has a large community park, unique parkettes, an elementary school site, open space/wetland area, ponds, trails and walkways. A wide selection of retailers and restaurants are also nearby.

Heathwood’s homes have striking exteriors in timeless materials of stone, brick and siding with classic detailing. Luxury interior features of these townhomes include finished lower level with a three-piece bathroom, nine-ft. main level ceilings, stone kitchen counters, hardwood flooring on main level, oak stairs, electric fireplace in great room (all as per plan), and many more luxury features. The two-storey townhomes range from 1,785 to 2,733 sq. ft. with spacious living and dining areas, large family rooms, gourmet kitchens and sleek bathrooms.

The 31-ft. detached homes will be available in sizes from 1,600 to nearly 3,000 sq. ft., with three- and four-bedroom layouts and loaded with standard luxury features.

Heathwood has earned the reputation as a builder with a difference – and that difference will soon brighten South Kitchener’s residential landscape in Wallaceton. Register for Wallaceton singles today at heathwood.com.

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Heathwood Homes' Wallaceton is a unique master-planned community

Heathwood Homes’ Wallaceton is a unique master-planned community

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Heathwood Homes’ Wallaceton is a unique master-planned community

In historic South Kitchener

An inspiring blend of history and nature, Wallaceton is Kitchener’s newest masterplanned community. In this beautiful setting, Heathwood Homes continues its fine tradition with an exquisite collection of townhomes and 31-foot single-detached homes. Wallaceton offers homebuyers a choice of three or four-bedroom layouts.

Inspired by the city’s rich cultural heritage, this new South Kitchener community will consist of townhomes, detached homes, winding trails, a spacious central park, numerous parkettes and a proposed new school.

Embodying a lifestyle of luxury and convenience, every detail of the Wallaceton community is meticulously designed. Classic in its architecture, the homes exterior facades will include elegant stone, brick and siding, eight-foot fiberglass front doors with luxurious passage sets, maintenance-free low E Argon-filled vinyl casement windows, insulated garage doors and articulated fiberglass shingles with manufacturer’s lifetime limited warranty. Interior finishes will include spacious front foyers, 3 1/4-inch hardwood flooring, nine-foot ceilings throughout the main floor, oak wood staircases, freestanding soaker tubs, large glass shower enclosures, and large walk-in his and her closets. Chef-inspired kitchens will include extra large islands with extended breakfast bars, luxury stone countertops with undermount sinks, extended upper cabinets and stainless-steel hood fans.

Immediately across the street from RBJ Schlegel Park and Recreation Centre, which is now under construction, Wallaceton’s prime location makes it one of the most sought-after lowrise communities in Kitchener. The city offers more than 125 kilometres of trails and there is no better way to explore the city than by walking, jogging or cycling along the community trails. Some of the city’s most popular trails include The Iron Horse Trail, which runs 5.5 kilometres between Ottawa Street in Kitchener and Erb Street West in Waterloo, providing a scenic and historic route linking the two cities.

Seamlessly incorporating modern amenities on its historical backdrop, Kitchener offers exceptional shopping from charming boutique shops to big box centres. The hub of artistic and cultural celebrations, Kitchener is also home to the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the Centre in the Square. Kitchener also celebrates its rich cultural past through its many museums, including the Homer Watson House and Gallery and the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village.

Kitchener is also home to some of the country’s top academic institutions including The University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, Conestoga College, Liaison College, Medix School, Stanford International College and TriOS College.

With Kitchener’s enhanced public transit system and extensive trail network, residents can get across the city and the Waterloo region by walking, cycling, or by combining both with public transit. Easy access to Highway 401 and the Conestoga Parkway will also allow for an easy commute outside of the Waterloo region.

Heathwood’s tradition of exceptional homes continues at Wallaceton!

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Wallaceton

Go online to register and learn more about this amazing new masterplanned community.


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The Mikey App is saving lives

The Mikey App is saving lives

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The Mikey App is saving lives

Kayley, a 17-year old Toronto high school student, recently saved the life of a man who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while walking down Yonge Street.

Kayley, a Mikey Hero
Kayley, a Mikey Hero

She signed up for the “Mikey Young At Heart App” over a year ago and saved a man’s life using the skills she learned through the app.

“Last summer I was walking downtown and I noticed people making a fuss. A man was lying on the ground and his face was blue so I knew something was wrong,” Kayley said. “I quickly knelt down beside him to perform CPR. I got to just over 30 chest compressions and then he started to breathe again.

“Nobody in the crowd knew how to perform CPR. But I knew because a year before I had downloaded the Mikey Young At Heart App. Going through the app’s videos and quizzes gave me the confidence I needed to act fast and without fear.

“I’m proud to have been given a Toronto Police Service Award for my efforts. But I believe that with the right training, anyone could and would do exactly the same.

Download the Mikey Young at Heart app today … and you just might save a life tomorrow!”

The Mikey Young at Heart App is giving a new generation of young Canadians the knowledge and confidence to step up and really make a difference in the world. All students who complete the app are awarded volunteer hours toward their secondary school graduation diploma.

“Earn your volunteer hours while you learn CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) the Mikey way,” Kayley said.

The Mikey Network’s goal is to save more lives by training everyone on how to perform CPR and operate a Mikey AED (automatic external defibrillator).

The Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem, a partner in Heathwood Homes and Herity. In the summer of 2002, Mike was on a golf course in Muskoka when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and passed away.

In 2003, Hugh Heron of Heathwood and Herity established The Mikey Network in memory of his dear friend. No one knows whether a defibrillator could have helped to save Mike’s life, but in his name, The Mickey Network places AEDs in as many public places as possible, so that other cardiac arrest victims may have a second chance.

Since then, 37 people have been saved by Mikey AEDs.

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Heathwood H.O.M.E. Awards; A testament to Customer Service

Heathwood H.O.M.E. Awards; A testament to Customer Service

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Heathwood H.O.M.E. Awards; A testament to Customer Service

Calgary, Alberta, April 5, 2017 – Heathwood Homes recently received “Best Customer Experience” in Ontario at the 7th CustomerInsight Homeowner Mark of Excellence (H.O.M.E.) Awards. CustomerInsight is a Calgary-based customer experience research company. The Best Customer Experience Award is based on one-month and 13-month post-possession reviews by homeowners, which is a true testament to how the nominees treat their purchasers. Heathwood Homes has long been one of the most respected builders in Ontario and has earned the public’s trust. The tagline “Home at Last®” sums up the company’s customer service-driven commitment.

Heathwood operates on the basis that service begins the moment potential purchasers enter the sales offices and continues to long after move-in. The website HomeAtLast.com is a comprehensive, easy-to-use resource for Heathwood owners, with descriptions of the home-buying process every step of the way. Visitors to the website can find out about construction, a checklist and moving tips, maintenance, warranty information, emergency numbers, useful forms and even information on The Mikey Network, the charity Heathwood and The Heron Group founded in 2003 to place public-access defibrillators called MIKEYs in at-risk public places.

Hugh Heron, President, Heathwood Homes
Hugh Heron, President, Heathwood Homes

The website also contains a section called “Décor Store Experience” – an example of how Heathwood goes to fulfill its service commitment. In addition to providing a wealth of information online, Heathwood recently treated purchasers at Country Lane, the master-planned community in Whitby, to a special seminar to help them prepare for their colour-selection appointment.

Heathwood Homes has been bringing communities to life for more than 40 years, and has earned a reputation as a builder with a difference. More information on Heathwood’s communities can be found at Heathwood.com.


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Team Mikey Invites You to Hit the Trail

Team Mikey Invites You to Hit the Trail

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Team Mikey Invites You to Hit the Trail

You are invited to join Team Mikey on Saturday, May 27 for the 2017 Walk of Life at the Ontario Science Centre and E.T. Seton Park.

Participation will help raise funds and awareness for the Mikey Network, which aims to place public access defibrillators in high-risk locations across the GTA. The Mikey Network was established by Hugh Heron of Heathwood Homes and Herity in memory of a partner and friend, Michael Hart Salem, who died of a sudden cardiac arrest while golfing.

The event will feature a one-, three- or five-kilometre walk, a five- or 10-kilometre run, chair exercises for seniors and kids fun run plus lots of fun activities for children of all ages.

Your donation will also help children at high risk of cardiac arrest live a more normal life. In many cases these children would not even be able to leave the hospital without a portable automated external defibrillator (AED).

Through the Mikey’s Kids program, they can participate in activities they would not otherwise be able to, and their families can have peace of mind of knowing their Mikey is close by should they ever need it.

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