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Braestone Horseshoe Valley offers a new vision of elegant country living

Braestone Horseshoe Valley offers a new vision of elegant country living

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Braestone Horseshoe Valley offers a new vision of elegant country living

Imagine an idyllic community nestled between gently rolling hills and valleys. A place where you can reconnect with your roots. Where stately pines tower over winding trails and clear water ponds shelter turtles, frogs and migratory birds. A community that offers a casual yet refined style of living, that is down home, yet up country. Welcome to Braestone, a picture-perfect community located in the scenic Oro-Medonte region of southern Ontario, just minutes from the urban centres of Barrie and Orillia.

Braestone’s 275-acre nature preserve is crisscrossed by a comprehensive trail system that walkers, cyclists, cross country skiers and snowshoers can enjoy. This unspoiled countryside, while providing privacy, also offers a meaningful sense of community. Within the Braestone nature preserve, you’ll find century-old forests, wetlands, aquifer ponds and cold-water streams.

Phase 4 now open

These rolling hills, expansive vistas and winding streetscapes form the backdrop for the 100 families who have moved in over the last four years or so. Over the years, Braestone has expanded with more facilities and more families, and today, it’s into its successful fourth phase. Comprised of 20 homesites on a selection of valley and ridge lots ranging from approximately half an acre to more than one acre in size, this new phase offers families an escape from the hustle and bustle of city live with all of the conveniences they need close by.

Braestone’s homes are inspired by the quaint farmhouses and barns that dot the Oro-Medonte countryside and have an architectural style that is sophisticated, timeless and simple in detail. Traditional pitched rooflines and extra deep soffits, integrated with generous porches and lit by authentic gas-burning lanterns create truly charming elevations and inviting streetscapes.

Inspiring models and finishes

Six inspiring main models are available with various elevations – The Cumberland, The Clydesdale, The Morgan, The Belgian, The Thoroughbred and The Oldenburg – ranging in size up to 3,263 sq. ft. These bungalows and two-storey homes come with two-, three- and four-bedroom plans and offer optional lofts and optional finished coach houses.

The homes have been designed using a “continuation architecture” approach, with principal rooms at the home’s core, resulting in more majestic homes with wider, more expandable and more interesting layouts that better complement Braestone’s large acreage lots. Strict architectural guidelines for exteriors ensure a consistent look with the high level of quality that defines Braestone.

Premium interior finishes include vaulted ceilings in Great Rooms, stained treads and stair railing, modern farmhouse cabinetry with granite kitchen countertops, luxurious deep soaker tub in master bathroom, full glass showers, premium engineered hardwood on main floor, high-efficiency furnace, and lots more.

The Remarkables – extraordinary amenities

Braestone’s Remarkables are simple and timeless amenities that have grown naturally out of the community’s own unique and magnificent landscape. These amenities include horse paddocks, future Starfall park for star gazing, Nordic skiing, a maple sugar shack, orchard and berry picking and more. There are literally dozens of Remarkables that differentiate and define Braestone as a special community.

One of Braestone’s most popular Remarkables is the Sugaring Week, which happens every spring. The event draws Braestone residents out to the woods and to the charming Sugar Shack to enjoy the age-old practice of tapping maple trees and boiling the sap to make syrup. This sweet tradition takes place year after year – many tree farms across Ontario have been tapping the same sugar maple for more than 100 years.

Another extraordinary initiative is the neighbouring Braestone Farm, where on 108 acres of fertile land, pumpkins, berries, apples and more are grown. In this peaceful pastoral setting, families have an opportunity to access and experience first-hand a vanishing way of life in Ontario.

Though Braestone lies in the heart of the countryside, it’s just minutes from a wealth of urban amenities. The neighbouring historic community of Orillia is just 10 minutes away and offers small-town charm with modern day conveniences. Within a 10-minute drive from Braestone you’ll discover fabulous dining, hiking, boating, skiing, golfing, shopping and more to suit each and every lifestyle.

Nearby amenities include Horseshoe Valley Resort, Moonstone Ski Resort, Blue Mountain Village, Braestone Club, Settlers Ghost Golf Club, Copeland Forest, Hardwood Cross Country Ski and Bike. Ontario’s famed Muskoka and cottage country is less than an hour away. Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is just 15 minutes away and Toronto Pearson International Airport is just slightly more than an hour from Braestone.

Winner of the Best New Home Community Award by Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Braestone offers families a refined upcountry lifestyle in harmony with nature. Phase 4 is now open, with homes from the mid $700,000s to low $1 millions.

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Braestone

Visit the Discovery Centre, located at 3288 Line 9 North in Oro-Medonte. For further information visit the website.


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Lindvest

Lindvest has realized that when it comes to the homebuilding industry, it’s time to Do It Differently

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Lindvest has realized that when it comes to the homebuilding industry, it’s time to Do It Differently

As one of the GTA’s premier homebuilders, Lindvest has decided that status quo is no longer acceptable in the industry. While it’s easy to measure success purely by numbers such as sales and revenues, the company has committed to being different. Whether it’s how it treats customers throughout the sales process or the little things that can often be overlooked, Lindvest has committed to providing its product with energy, pride, joy, pleasure, dedication, consistency and confidence.

This new message, simple and yet provocative, has been seen on billboards, televisions and digital platforms throughout the GTA. This message has woven its way into the Lindvest branding, website, social media platforms and more. The goal is for the voice of Lindvest to stand out from the pack by breaking away from the standards of marketing in the industry.

Do it Differently isn’t performative; it’s prescriptive. Lindvest doesn’t want to claim it’s different just for the sake of being different, but because the company knows that there are people out there who aspire to carve out their own unique path in life. The builder wants to provide a homebuying experience that is as unique and special as it should be. It’s about more than attempting to outperform competitors – the real goal is for the company to better itself.

In July, the brand was launched internally to the company at a private event, where staff was joined by Jamaal Magloire, the assistant coach of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors, who roused the crowd with a speech about how the Raptors attained great success by doing it differently.

Director of Marketing Joseph Alberga proudly proclaimed: “This is a year of change, and as an organization, we’re embracing it.”

“It is time to distinguish ourselves from the ordinary and move away from the status quo,” said Anthony Martelli, chief operating officer. “It requires a commitment at every level from each and every one of us. We are committed to ensuring the homebuying process at Lindvest will be positive at every touchpoint for our customers. It will be driven by care.”

In addition to a new website that provides more detailed information about available homes and upcoming opportunities, Lindvest is updating many of its operating procedures to ensure the quality, consistency and level of service that will align with the campaign promises. From purchasing at the sales centre to choosing interior decor options, from site visits to final closing, Lindvest is striving to provide a different and better experience to all purchasers.

Lindvest President George Hofstedter took the stage and gave his two cents. “Just like Jamaal, I’ve been doing something I’ve loved all my life – real estate. We haven’t done it wrong. We’re just going to do it better. I look forward to the future.”

LINDVEST HOMES

To learn about Lindvest’s current and upcoming communities, and for more information about the Do It Differently campaign, visit the website.


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Andrin Homes

Andrin Homes has 30 years of homebuilding excellence – with more to come

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Andrin Homes has 30 years of homebuilding excellence – with more to come

It’s not every day that a company gets to celebrate a milestone as significant as 30 years in business. But as 2020 approaches, Andrin Homes prepares to do just that.

And not just 30 years of building homes, but 30 years of developing new communities – with many of the homes and developments award-winning, and themselves worthy of celebrating.

“Andrin does more than just build homes,” says President Peter Smith. “We build communities. We are proud of our past accomplishments and look forward to the future, confident that we have the skills to create quality developments that will stand the test of time.”

Indeed, just imagine how homebuilding – like any industry – has evolved over three decades. Andrin Homes has not only kept pace with changing consumer demands and construction techniques, it continues to deliver – with excellence.

The company’s commitment to detail extends well beyond the completion of its new homes. It focuses on sourcing the best products, providing the best value in the best locations, and wants to provide its homebuyers with the best customer service – before and after the sale.

“We must be doing something right,” Smith says. “As we approach the 30th anniversary of Andrin in 2020, we continue to build one outstanding community after another, with thousands of homes completed across the GTA and beyond. Our commitment to deliver excellence in design, craftsmanship and customer service will never change – this is the foundation of our success.”

Timed with the 30th anniversary, Andrin has four outstanding newhomebuying opportunities for GTA residents.

Boatworks at Victoria and Dufferin in Whitby

Launch a new chapter in your life in Whitby, where Boatworks offers beautiful townhomes and semi-detached homes, just minutes from the waterfront to the south, downtown to the north, and easy access to the GO station, the 401 and the 412. Why Whitby? The town was ranked as one of the 2019 Best Communities in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine, citing strong amenities and culture, among other features. With more than 90 parks, including year-round trails at Cullen Central Park, a popular farmers’ market from May to October and other highlight community features, there’s no doubt Whitby is one of the best places to connect with nature and enjoy life.

Country Lane at Taunton and Country Lane in Whitby

Whitby is all about family living. Country Lane – a master-planned community of freehold towns and 26-ft. single-detached homes boasting traffic-calming roundabouts, walking and cycling trails, a park splashpad and playground – is perfect for families of all sizes. And with the recent expansion of Hwy. 407, connecting Whitby with Hwys. 401 and 412, heading out into surrounding communities or into downtown Toronto has never been easier.

Glenway Urban Towns at Yonge and Davis Drive in Newmarket

Newmarket last year was named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine. This sentiment matches perfectly with Glenway Urban Towns, with a collection of urban townhomes and live/work towns with distinguished architecture and luxurious interiors, located adjacent to the Newmarket GO station. With sprawling parks and trails, and easy access to Hwys. 404 and 400, Glenway Urban Towns is perfectly suited for young families and professionals alike.

Village Homes at McCowan and 16th in Markham

Markham has been a hotbed for growth and development for years, with a booming local economy and employment growth. Combine this with cultural diversity, countless recreational amenities, natural attractions such as Toogood Pond, and proximity to Hwys. 407 and 404, and it all makes Markham a great choice for a new home location. At Village Homes, with townhomes and semis in a convenient location, residents are close to everything that makes Markham so popular.

Andrin’s new-home communities offer a wide range of styles to meet buyers’ ever-changing needs in the GTA. These communities include urban towns, traditional condominium towns, semi-detached and single-family homes.

Combine this range of product types with excellent locations, centrally and conveniently positioned close to amenities, transit, and lifestyle choices that Andrin offers in Whitby, Newmarket and Markham, and you have the very kind of affordable housing supply the GTA so desperately needs more of.

All of this, of course, delivered with the usual excellence Andrin, its homes and its communities have become known for.

What else do you expect from a company about to celebrate 30 award-winning years in the business? All of this and more of the same in 2020, its milestone year in homebuilding, and more in future years to come.

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National Homes

Bright ideas come out of National Homes’ Blueprint Design Lab

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Bright ideas come out of National Homes’ Blueprint Design Lab

Society is undergoing a time of groundbreaking change. Advanced technology, Green initiatives, smart cities, robotics; it’s all taking place as the largest single demographic, Baby Boomers, are handing the reins to Millennials, a group with very different perspectives and needs.

The Forest Phase 2 Model Home.
The Forest Phase 2 Model Home.

To steer a successful course and to thrive, the team at National Homes has deeply leaned into their core philosophy and longtime tagline: You are the Blueprint. One of the GTA’s most celebrated names, National Homes is renowned for its customer focus, as the company designs, builds, markets and sells homes based entirely on their understanding of clients’ needs.

This promise inspired the company to create a new and experiential concept, The Blueprint Workshop. National Homes wanted to re-imagine the way the company listened to its customers and design their homes. Having employed traditional focus groups and online survey methodologies for more than 20 years, National’s goal in creating the Blueprint Workshop series was to find a new way to engage participants far beyond the standard notions.

The vision was to revolutionize the way new home consumer research is accomplished, thereby raising the bar for innovative thinking around home design, with a particular focus on the fast-developing “smart home” connectivity technology of the future.

National’s inaugural Blueprint Workshop event was held at the IBM Innovation Space, welcoming globally recognized leaders in the fields of technology, product development, and design, who participated in group interactions and the co-creation process. Also taking part were dozens of past and potential National buyers of varied ages and demographics: National staff architects, designers and engineers; and students from York University’s Schulich School of Business real estate master’s program. The group then rolled up their sleeves and held deep discussions, presentations, interviews and educational sessions, all in a thinktank format.

Many groundbreaking ideas from that first Blueprint Workshop are already working their way into homes of new National communities. For example, when new-home buyers indicated that they want more input into the building of their homes than just choosing cabinets and countertops, the builder responded by launching a new customer service initiative that combines the best use of technology, with hands-on involvement.

At National’s new forward-looking Blueprint Design Lab, customers can personalize their new home to reflect their style using the Virtual Interior Design Tool that makes the decor selection process more fun, creative, and efficient. National’s R&D Department regularly tests products, materials and techniques in the Blueprint Design Lab, particularly with sustainability in mind, and this is where future Blueprint Workshops will also be held.

To provide blueprint-to-welcome mat updates for customers, another innovative use of technology by National is The Homeowner Portal that connects buyers to the design and construction of their home from the moment they decide to buy until long after they move in.

The builder is constantly pushing the envelope to source the latest and the best, with a commitment to use advanced thinking to make a real difference in the way people live in their home. National calls these Bright Ideas. Things such as smart thermostats to keep costs low, smart locks and cameras to keep residents safe, and built-in recycling areas to make responsible waste sorting easy. Incorporating these Bright Ideas and others make National homes smarter, more responsive and energy-efficient, a very Bright Idea in itself.

New-home buyers care about energy efficiency, sustainability, carbon footprint, smart home products and much more. They also care about functionality, convenience and comfort. Many Bright Ideas take comfort to a whole new level. Imagine a closet organizer with revolving shoe rack in the dressing room, pulldown cupboards and motion sensor faucets in the kitchen, a voice-activated smart shower in the spa ensuite that controls on/off, water temperature and flow, and a convenient pull-down drying rack in the laundry room. Simplifying life is a Bright Idea, too.

It’s already happening for National buyers at The Forest Phase 2, who will enjoy many Bright Ideas as standard features. Residents will benefit from a main door smart lock and Wi-Fi video doorbell, and the ultimate help to stay uncluttered: a drop zone with storage, shelves and hanging hooks, and a family centre with desk. This is fitted with a whiteboard and shelving to display and store messages, school forms, family calendar and various other odds and ends with no place to go in a typical home, this exciting Bright Idea also has a hidden charging station for multiple smart devices.

IBM Blueprint Workshop.
IBM Blueprint Workshop.

Involving buyers in the process, National aims to provide innovative new solutions by thinking ahead and designing the homes of the future, today. Interested potential purchasers can sign up online to participate in scheduled Blueprint Workshops related to upcoming new National communities in the early planning stages.

NATIONAL HOMES

For more on National’s Bright Ideas, Blueprint Workshops, Blueprint Design Lab, current and upcoming communities, visit the website.


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Democrat Homes

Democrat Homes’ Forest Heights Estates is truly one of a kind

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Democrat Homes’ Forest Heights Estates is truly one of a kind

Picture it. Towering pines and maples, oak trees and white birch dotting the landscape. Breathe in the clean, fresh air as you listen to the sound of serenity – quiet interrupted only by the gentle chirping of birds. Now picture the home of your dreams framed against the greens and reds and browns of the Simcoe County Forest. This isn’t a fantasy or a pipe dream. This is the reality Democrat Homes is building for a fortunate few in the brand new Forest Heights Estates community in Horseshoe Valley.

More than 30 years in the business has taught the Palumbo family (Democrat Homes) the real differences between a house and a home. A house is a shell, four walls and a roof with no personal attachments. A home is that special somewhere you choose to live – a place where you feel safe and where you spend time with those you love. It’s the setting for your biggest moments and celebrations. Democrat wants Forest Heights to be the place you choose, a community of homes, luxurious, affordable and situated amid rolling hills and green tree tops. It’s like no other community and the limited 80 lots truly make it one of a kind. It is a special place that will remain a jewel in the heart of Oro-Medonte for years to come. This is your chance to be part of this most exclusive neighbourhood.

To match the stunning natural beauty of the nature all around, Democrat has raised the bar by offering exceptional standard features – bringing elegance and luxury inside every home they build. Incredible standards include engineered hardwood floors, nine-ft. ceilings, oak stairs, insulated steel garage doors, upgraded trim and kitchen cabinets, 200-amp service, pot lights, tankless water heaters and more. Democrat wants to set every house apart with a uniqueness and individuality that will speak to your refined taste.

Bold brick and brick with stone elevations are dramatically silhouetted against the verdant greenery just outside your back door. Democrat Homes’ custom-style elevations feature architecturally refined exteriors, which include: high-pitched roofs, classic masonry, decorative columns, and pre-cast detailing (such as key-stones banding and sills) giving each model a regal stature.

Each lot is special, ranging from a minimum half acre to private cul-de-sacs boasting premium lots that approach three acres of treed beauty. There is something for everyone. Each home is given the space it deserves, instead of the “sardines in a can” look and feel of so many other subdivisions.

Located in Oro-Medonte within the beautiful Horseshoe Valley, Forest Heights Estates feels like a private resort, yet is just 15 minutes from the neighbouring cities of Barrie and Orillia. Toronto is just an hour’s drive away. More important, you’re minutes away from world class golfing, skiing at Mount St. Louis Moonstone, canoeing on Bass Lake, walking the countless trails and wildlife preserve, or enjoying the many restaurants and boutique art shops tucked into the surrounding towns. There is so much to do and see whenever you wish; all you have to do is walk out the front door. Whether it’s the peace and quiet tranquility of your backyard or a day filled with adventure, it’s all at your fingertips in Forest Heights Estates.

Beyond the natural beauty of the surroundings, every Democrat home is Built to Appreciate. Not only will the thoughtful design and attention to detail provide you with an incredible living experience for years to come, but your valuable purchase will appreciate in so many ways… and remain a source of pride for your family and the surrounding community.

Forest Heights Estates checks all the boxes, an incredible location that will continue as one of the most desirable luxury communities in the Horseshoe Valley and GTA. Curb appeal with curated designs and layouts that will please everyone. Architectural beauty that will stand the test of time. Quality construction with the peace of mind that only a new build can provide. Yes, you can rest assured that every Democrat home is built to the Ontario building code with only high quality materials and finishings that will last a lifetime. Hundreds of options and customizable premium upgrades will add that personal touch all your very own.

Sales Manager, Mark Palumbo, handles every purchase personally and will help you navigate your newhomebuying experience with ease. From the initial purchase to colour charts, electrical layouts and kitchen design, Palumbo will assist you with every aspect of your new home.

DEMOCRAT HOMES
Forest Heights Estates

For further information and to register, visit the Democrat Homes website or e-mail Mark Palumbo directly.


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Lucchetta Homes

Lucchetta Homes the only builder with five nominations and three wins at CHBA National Awards

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Lucchetta Homes the only builder with five nominations and three wins at CHBA National Awards

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development, features a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft luxury custom towns, backing onto the Niagara escarpment.

At Davis Heights, the Luxe Collection is custom curated by the renowned interior design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home features a vertical glass wine-cellar embedded in the staircase filled with local wines, an elegant paneled library, convenient and practical double, main floor masters with ensuites, each meticulously designed with individual masculine and feminine forward touches.

Relax in the sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and oversized island perfect for entertaining. Lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet-bar, Great Room with home theatre and your own personal gym. Homes are priced from the $700,000s with floorplans ranging from 1,530 to 2600 sq. ft. Occupancy is scheduled for fall of 2019 or early 2020. Stop in to see the award-winning models. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility with private terraces overlooking a ravine.

Riverside

As part of Riverside‘s Grand Opening Special at Hunter’s Pointe, new-home buyers will receive $20,000 in designer upgrades upon the purchase of a single-detached home! Riverside features perfectly aligned bungalow homes with waterfront lots, single-detached lots and award-winning bungalow towns. Towns are available from $499,900, with occupancy in May 2020. Move-in-ready homes are available with 30-, 60- and 90-day closings.

The contemporary Lancaster, now open, is an award-winning NZR model home designed by Wendi Pelfrey. Everything is perfectly designed to address homeowners’ needs, and is conveniently within reach of natural elements in a serene, lush landscape.

The Lancaster was recently nominated for Best Production Home and Best Kitchen in Ontario and Canadian homebuilder association awards, and was recently named Best Kitchen by Niagara Home Builder’s Association. This is a premier, resort-style, Energy-Star certified adult community, with world-class amenities and convenient services right at your fingertips.

“Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “And the quality of life is far superior.”

Well recognized

Ugo Lucchetta started Lucchetta Homes more than 60 years ago. Today, it is well-known for quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Sons Robert and Ed carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of mouth praise expressed by their customers.

Last year alone, Lucchetta Homes won or was nominated for more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. The company most recently won for Community of the Year in the CHBA Awards, and EnerQuality’s Energy Star Builder of the Year.

Lucchetta Homes was also the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist for the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence in five categories. From more than 700 entries, each entry was judged by more than 180 CHBA members from across Canada. On May 10th, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Lucchetta Homes achieved being one of the biggest winners of the evening, taking home three CHBA Awards!

  • Best Attached Home – Under 1,500 sq. ft.: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Print Ad: Riverside Hunters Pointe
  • Best Brochure: Davis Heights

Lucchetta was also nominated in the coveted CHBA categories of Marketing Excellence and Design Excellence.

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl. “Winning these coveted awards truly validates the caliber of excellence that Lucchetta Homes is consistently providing to the real estate industry on a national level.”

“Being a boutique builder, we are proud to have been considered as finalists and honoured to have won such prestigious national awards,” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta, principals of Lucchetta Homes. “We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and these achievements further authenticate our focus on homeowner satisfaction.”

Such recognition has inspired the company to keep raising the bar. “Legendary luxury is something everyone at Lucchetta Homes strives to provide – where we not only build homes, but foundations to live your best life.”

Niagara at its finest

There are many perks and benefits to living in this area, which include lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, organic farmers’ markets, beaches, designer outlet shopping, casinos, the Shaw Festival and a plethora of other attractions and amenities. GO Transit rail service is well on its way to Niagara. And, for those who love to travel, you can easily access the Buffalo and Niagara airports. With an abundance of greenspace, outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding, golfing and tennis.

LUCCHETTA HOMES
Niagara

  • Ryans Grove and Davis Heights, Fonthill
  • Hunters Pointe, Welland
  • Lusso, St. Catharines

905.732.2658

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Mattamy Homes

There’s never been a better time to buy new – at Mattamy Homes

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There’s never been a better time to buy new – at Mattamy Homes

Since 1978 Mattamy has been making the dream of homeownership a reality, having built more than 90,000 new homes and more than 11,000 condo suites across hundreds of communities. Today, Mattamy is proudly the largest privately-owned home builder in North America.

With a 40-year history of building new homes and communities people love to live in, Mattamy has amassed an incredible list of reasons to buy new. From the choice to personalize your floorplan through Mattamy’s Architect’s Choice Options Program, to beautiful master-planned communities designed with living a fuller, happier life in mind.

Mattamy offers a full range of trendy condos, thoughtfully designed townhomes and detached homes. Mattamy has the GTA covered from east to west and south to north. Take a drive around the company’s GTA neighbourhoods this spring to discover a home and community exactly where you want to live. In all communities across Canada, Mattamy is offering your dream home at your dream price. The time has never been better than now to buy a new Mattamy home to get a head start on creating new family memories.

More great reasons to buy new from Mattamy;

Unleash your inner designer. Mattamy’s Design Studio lets you choose from a huge variety of modern and traditional finishes including hardwood, granite, quartz and so much more.

Enjoy peace of mind. Mattamy and Tarion offer a seven-year structural warranty on all new homes, giving you peace of mind when purchasing your new home.

Move into a great neighbourhood. Mattamy meticulously selects the areas in which it builds. Ensuring homeowners have access to schools, recreation centres, convenient shopping, dining and entertainment is paramount.

Have everything at your fingertips. Mattamy condos have thoughtfully designed suites, modern features and finishes, and life enhancing amenities like fitness facilities, rooftop terraces and stylish common areas.

Move in and start enjoying. No renovations required, sit back and enjoy your new home.

Brand new amenities. Park, recreation and nature trails outside your front door.

Master-planned communities. Curved streets and homes closer to the street create an inviting, family friendly neighbourhood.

MATTAMY HOMES

With great advantages like these, and amazing new home and condo prices and incentives, there’s never been a better time to buy new from Mattamy. Visit the web site to learn more about all their communities.


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Lindvest's Aurora Glen

Aurora Glen by Lindvest brings bright, airy and unique townhomes

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Aurora Glen by Lindvest brings bright, airy and unique townhomes

Lindvest is having another incredibly productive year doing what it does best: Building homes. Five of the company’s projects are actively under or nearing construction all across the GTA: Aurora, Brampton, Markham, Newcastle, and Toronto. From detached homes, elegant townhomes, to highrise condos, Lindvest occupied close to 500 homes in 2018, and is on pace to inviting continue this trend into 2019. All of these incredible accomplishments are complemented by several exciting new projects.

Aurora Glen

The most recent release of the Aurora Glen townhomes is one not to be missed. The third phase of this beautifully planned community in Aurora is now open. Located just north of Leslie St. and Wellington, you are invited to tour the model home and visit the sales office.

These townhomes are uniquely bright and airy. Floor to ceiling windows in nearly every room cast volumes of natural light, emphasizing tall ceilings and spacious interiors. A serene escape just north of the city, this dazzling home is the ideal opportunity to entertain your friends and family in a beautiful lush community filled with trees.

Now open, the fully decorated model townhome is a must see. Designed and decorated by Toronto interior design firm Rebecca Hay Designs, whose specialty is creating high-end family friendly interiors that are distinguished yet inviting, the model townhome is classic, contemporary, and a true entertainer’s dream. Rebecca and her team added custom details such as upgraded crown moldings and coffered ceilings to elevate sophistication.

Having a little fun with colour adds to the family friendly vibe. Bright bold colours in the family room add personality to the otherwise classic construction of the home. A soft palette in the kitchen with leathered black granite countertops and marble backsplash adds texture and class. Matte black and soft greys contrast with warm brass lighting and thoughtful details throughout the open concept space.

Rich black traditional style interior doors have sleek matte black handles to match. The hardwood flooring throughout the main floor balances with natural marble mosaic tiles in the entry and powder room. A true gem, the powder room is your hidden delight, presenting playful wallpaper paired with a sleek black faucet. It’s a fun little surprise waiting around the corner to inspire guests.

The master bedroom celebrates style and elegance with its wallpapered tray ceiling. A bright and spacious corner bedroom leads into a large ensuite complete with a soaker tub, curbless glass shower, and double vanity. The design team raised the wow factor by adding gorgeous large format tiles to all the walls. Beautiful brass touches elevate the design by including brass faucets and fixtures by Moen. A stunning modern chandelier hangs above the tub radiating extra sparkle.

As with all previous phases in this community, these townhomes are equipped with smart thermostats, intelligent locks and LED lighting.

These townhomes need to be experienced to be appreciated. There are 29 units nearing completion, several of which are already move-in ready, launching a truly unique buying opportunity.

Starting from the west and making its way east, Lindvest has these other communities to offer in 2019:

North Oakville is currently open and features contemporary and traditional elevations of 36-, 38-, 41-, 43- and 45-ft. single-detached homes. North Oakville is located on the east side of 6th Line, between Dundas St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. Set amid one of the region’s most coveted neighbourhoods, the natural splendor of North Oakville makes for a setting beyond compare.

Klein Estates is slated to open soon is located at Pine Valley Drive and Teston Road. This community will feature 42- and 50-ft. estate homes just moments away from the charming village of Kleinburg. A beautiful and historical town, it has managed to retain its charm without sacrificing convenience. Purchasers will discover delightful restaurants, cafes, coffee bars and boutiques to explore. For the exteriors, Lindvest teamed up with Suriano Design Consultants, a full-service architectural practice with an award-winning portfolio of residential projects. The interiors will be designed by Jane Lockhart Design. This award-winning interior design firm offers premium level knowledge, creativity, and competency through all phases of every project. Jane Lockhart’s team will bring their well-known brand of detail-driven perfectionism to the finishing line. These are sure to be spectacular homes.

Sonic Condos are well into the sky, with only a few tower units available. The last and final phase of this project is UltraSonic townhomes, which will be opening soon. Across from the Ontario Science Centre, and steps from the highspeed Eglinton Crosstown, UltraSonic follows in the same futuristic footsteps of its predecessors, Sonic and SuperSonic. An über modern addition to the Sonic community, UltraSonic will up the ante on the brand’s “future perfect” promise. High on style and luxury, these limited-edition townhomes will offer all the companion bells and whistles one would expect. If you’re into high style and luxury, this is a project not to be missed.

The Towns at Gracefields are part of a master-planned community located in Newcastle, Ont. These classically styled townhomes feature spacious floorplans ranging from 1,400 to 2,100 sq. ft., making them ideal for families. Already well under construction in a beautiful country setting, these townhomes will be move-in ready this year.

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Activa homes is the best in quality, service and satisfaction

Activa homes is the best in quality, service and satisfaction

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Activa homes is the best in quality, service and satisfaction

Meet Activa, the largest and most active land developer and home builder in the Region of Waterloo. As your partner, they understand that buying a new home is not just a financial investment, but a personal and emotional one too. That’s why Activa has developed a streamlined and stress-free process that makes your homebuying experience second-to-none. From your colour selections appointment and your first walk-through of the home at pre-drywall, to your pre-delivery inspection and after move-in care, Activa provides you with the best in quality, service and satisfaction and ensures you are informed and looked after at every step.

Homes & Communities by Activa

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

The company’s detached homes and townhomes showcase incredible features as standard, offering homeowners more than $20,000 in value without an increase in price! These include larger basement windows, nine-ft. main floor ceilings, engineered hardwood, granite kitchen countertops, and more. The homes are also Energy Star certified, saving you money and giving you a quieter, more comfortable home.

Last year, Activa was proud to be named Builder of the Year – Single-Detached, by the Waterloo Region Home Builders Association and the Waterloo Region Record. With a continued commitment to a stress-free home building journey and a quality-built home, Activa is excited to be launching several new projects in 2019. Here are the communities you should register for this year:

Doon South

Coming to Kitchener’s Doon South in early 2019 are new and popular townhome floorplans in back-to-back, traditional and split-level designs. These will offer 1,300 to 1,900 sq. ft. of space, two to three- bedrooms, and attached one or two-car garages. The Doon South area combines natural elements such as environmentally-protected woodlands, greenspaces, and parkland interwoven with a network of walking trails, easy 401 access and close proximity to many other amenities. The new Groh Public School, which covers Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, is within walking distance, making Doon South an ideal location for young families and commuters. Pricing will start in the high $300,000s.

Huron Village

Activa is also proud to be returning to Kitchener’s Huron Village in early 2019, offering single-detached homes, as well as stacked and back-to-back townhome designs – including a limited number of live-work units. These large townhomes will offer spacious, open-concept main floors, 1,250 to more than 4,000 sq. ft., two to four bedrooms and, for many, a finished office or attached garage. The picturesque Huron Village is known for its proximity to natural areas where families can run, walk, bike and hike. Conveniently located near Hwy. 7/8 as well as the 401, homes will also be close to various shops and restaurants.

What’s currently on the market?

In addition to these exciting upcoming releases, Activa is currently selling single-detached, townhomes, and condominiums in several communities across Waterloo Region. Think stunning suburban condos with 900 to 1,400 sq. ft. priced from the mid $300,000s, spacious townhomes with 1,650-plus sq. ft. from the high $400,000s, and luxurious single-detached homes with 1,600 to 4,000 sq. ft. from the high $500,000s. Don’t want to wait for a new build? Activa also offers several move-in ready homes in both Cambridge and Waterloo.

Why Waterloo Region?

Less than an hour away from the GTA, Waterloo Region offers all the benefits of the big city, without the downtown price tag. For the same $500,000 you could spend on a downtown bachelor pad, you can get a spacious two-bedroom condo, a three-bedroom freehold townhome with easy 401 access, or with just a bit more budget you can get away from sharing walls in your own single-detached home.

Waterloo Region is home to hundreds of parks, and over 125 km of trails to walk, bike or jog. Just minutes from Hwy. 401, the Region is less than an hour’s drive from Mississauga and has several buses and trains to Toronto – making for a reasonable commute however you travel. The Region also boasts incredible and unique restaurants, renowned schools for all ages, multiple produce markets and entertainment hotspots for live theatre, movies, and outings alike.

Whether you’re looking to spread out with more space or hoping to save some coin on your new home purchase, you’ll find a great place to live in Waterloo Region

Homes for every lifestyle, just down the 401

Whether you’re building your first home, one with more space for your growing family, or something to rightsize into, Activa ensures that each home is built to a higher standard, with tried-and-true home designs, communities close to amenities, and building certifications such as Energy Star.

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

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COVER STORY: EDITOR'S CHOICE: Losani Homes

Losani Homes one of Canada’s best-managed companies

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Losani Homes one of Canada’s best-managed companies

For more than 40 years, Losani Homes has been known for their recognizable style and unparalleled craftsmanship. Founded in 1976 by Giovanni Losani, along with eldest son Lino, Fred Losani joined his brother and father in 1985 following graduating from Brock University.

Losani carefully chooses locations that are close to parks, trails and wooded areas, and augments these natural settings with wide boulevards and pleasing streetscapes giving each community a spirit distinctly its own, while all standing the tests of time.

In addition to more than 100 home building awards that range from local markets to world-wide recognition, Losani Homes was also named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 11 straight years, a distinction conferred by the Queen’s School of Business, CIBC, The National Post and Deloitte. In the process, Losani Homes has gained platinum status in what is Canada’s leading business awards program, a feat no other homebuilder in Canada can claim. In addition, the company has received the coveted Consumer’s Choice Awards for service, value and quality for the Hamilton/Niagara regions each of the past five years, in addition to the award for Philanthropic Company of the Year.

McKENZIE

Losani Homes’ latest community offering serves up some of the best value in southern Ontario when it comes to new communities. With four two-storey contemporary townhome designs available to compliment the rich diversity offered across the single detached options, the McKenzie strikes a unique balance between offering industry-leading value without any compromises. Two-storey townhomes range in square footage from 1,454 to 1,728 and start at $397,900. Single-family detached homes are available on 36-foot and 40-foot lots with your choice of 20 unique award-winning models. Many of which come in your choice of one of four timeless elevations starting at just $504,900.

VISTA RIDGE

Positioned on a former winery in Beamsville, Vista Ridge is a unique community that embodies all that Niagara has to offer, including rich soil and enchanting vistas. In addition, it has the envied location of being close to the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment. However, Vista Ridge’s popularity also has to do with its infrastructure. Built into the community are tennis courts, a splash pad and traditional park space.

Here, two-storey towns come in three distinct layouts, ranging in size from 1,454 to 1,708 square feet, and start at $429,900. Single-family detached homes are available on 36-foot and 40-foot lots, as well as custom lots, starting at $555,900. Models range in size from 1,348 to 3,198 square feet and are available in four elevations.

SIMPLY GRAND

This Paris might not have the Eiffel Tower, but it has been billed as one of the most charming towns in Ontario. Steeped in cobblestone character, the Grand River measures the pulse of everyday life in Paris.

Two-storey semis are available in three models ranging in size from 1,481 to 1,855 square feet, with prices starting at $447,900. A total of 24 detached single-family designs are available with a choice of one of four elevations. Homes are positioned on 43-, 46- or 50-foot lots, and range in size from 1,360 to 3,500 square feet.

CENTRAL PARK

One of the largest, and most innovative, master-planned communities in Hamilton is Central Park. This neighbourhood offers inspired designs and lot choices that are built around a wonderful park, all within walking distance to shopping. Also close by is the Eco-trail Promenade, which offers direct access to the 10-kilometre East Mountain Trail Loop.

Spacious, two-storey towns are priced from $529,900 for layouts that range between 1,470 to 1,554 square feet. Three-storey towns range in size from 1,252 to 1,633 square feet and start at $444,900.

LINCOLN ESTATES

Nestled amongst 48 wineries, Lincoln Estates is one of the most exclusive collections of single-family homes in Beamsville. The location is ideal for those who love the great outdoors with the Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail nearby.

Choose from 26 exclusive designs of detached homes that range in size from 1,533 to 3,632 square feet. Four exterior elevation packages include Tuscan, Chateau, Traditional and Modern on 40-, 46- or 50-foot lots. Custom lots are also available. Prices start at $689,900.

PRONTO: HOMES ON DEMAND

Losani Homes’ Pronto: Homes on Demand program allows homebuyers to get the house that they want, when they want it. Because the home was built before purchasing, significant savings are passed on to the homebuyer and quick closings are available.

Move-in-ready properties, with closings as soon as 30 days, are available at Augusta Encore, Astoria Grand, Fallingwaters and Ancaster Woodlands. A selection of styles and models are priced from $439,900 to $1.2 million.

With so much diversity in Losani Homes’ current community lineup and Pronto inventory, no matter what portion of the market you and your family occupy, there is something for you at Losani Homes.

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