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The Humber by Options For Homes

The Humber is an upcoming condo community from Options For Homes

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The Humber is an upcoming condo community from Options For Homes

Rare is the opportunity to live next to unbridled nature while having easy access to the urban vitality of downtown Toronto. The Humber is an upcoming condo community that offers just that – and a down payment boost that makes homeownership more accessible for everyone.

Nestled on the banks of the Humber River at Lawrence Ave. W. and Weston Rd., The Humber is a riverside oasis in Weston Village, one of Toronto’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods. With 13-km of lush parkland trails at its door and uninterrupted, Instagram-worthy southwest views on the river’s bend that will never be obstructed, this 232-unit, 22-storey condo is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

Meanwhile, it’s located a mere three-minute walk from the Weston UP Express stop and is only a quick 15-minute zip to Union Station or 12 minutes to Pearson, putting all the city has to offer within easy reach, making The Humber’s location the best of both worlds.

With The Humber, which is developed by Options for Homes and built by Deltera (part of the Tridel Group of Companies), you can be assured of high-quality condos at more affordable prices. It’s something that Options has been doing for 25 years (including the first three buildings in The Distillery District and a development in The Junction). Prices are kept as low as possible by forgoing costly amenities such as pools, while investing in beautiful common spaces and environmental features such as solar panels. This helps keep maintenance fees low and stable, which are a city-low of $0.49 per sq. ft. Options also brings homeownership within reach with its down payment boost of up to 24 per cent for families making their first purchase, and requiring only 5 per cent total down payment.

“We’re able to help families who can afford the carrying costs of homeownership by giving them an extra down payment boost,” says Options for Homes Director of Sales and Marketing Mary Pattison. “That’s often all someone needs to become a homeowner.”

Because Options sells only to homeowners and not to investors, life at The Humber is ideally suited for families and those who value community. Sheena McDonald, who along with her husband purchased a three-bedroom suite at The Humber, says this focus on building community was an important factor in their decision to buy. “I feel like it’s rare. We have a number of friends who live at Heintzman (in The Junction) and I’ve learned through them that that sense of community actually does exist in Options developments,” she says. “It seems like it’s not your typical condo situation in Toronto.”

With a large percentage of two- and three-bedroom suites, The Humber is designed to suit the needs of families of all sizes. It’s also pet-friendly, as homeowners are able to own up to two pets, and its smokeless policy – which permits only vaping of tobacco or cannabis in the building, including private homes – mitigates the negative impacts of smoking for all of The Humber’s residents.

Speaking of community, The Humber is set amid a neighbourhood bustling with urban renewal. Weston already boasts renowned community events and amenities such as the Weston Farmers’ Market (the city’s oldest), its own Santa Claus parade, Weston Lions Park and Arena, but now it’s getting a cultural boost with the Artscape Weston Commons, which is home to artist housing, Urban Arts and Shakespeare in Action.

Quality, community and unparalleled natural beauty are hallmarks of The Humber. With excellent transit options, a rejuvenating neighbourhood, and down payment support that makes homeownership possible, The Humber is a perfect place to call home.

Visit the presentation centre, located at 1984 Weston Rd. For further information call (416.867.1501) or visit the website.


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Etobicoke is development central, literally

Etobicoke is development central, literally

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Etobicoke is development central, literally

In real estate terms, an area in transition is a good thing, since it generally refers to progress, development and things being on the upswing.

Count Etobicoke as just one of those areas.

Really? Etobicoke, that large, narrow north-south swath that stretches from Lake Ontario up to Steeles Ave., and shouldered by Humber River on the east and Etobicoke Creek on the west? With large, well established and affluent neighbourhoods?

Yes, one and the same – the west end locale with the funny name people often mispronounce (FYI the K is silent) – that wasn’t exactly in need of an upgrade.

Blessed with a strong natural location due to its proximity to downtown Toronto, easy access to the QEW and Hwys. 401, 427 and 27, the Bloor subway line and several major TTC and GO Transit hubs, Etobicoke has long been a sought-after residential location.

North Etobicoke, for its easy highway access, plethora of commercial ventures and lower priced real estate. Etobicoke Centre, for its proximity to the Islington-City Centre West central business district, and exclusive neighbourhoods with large, treed properties such as the Kingsway. And South Etobicoke, or Etobicoke Lakeshore, for its prime lakefront location and areas such as Humber Bay and Mystic Pointe.

Do south

But when it comes to new condo development and buying opportunities, it’s all about the south. Well, mostly the south, until very recently.

Etobicoke Lakeshore was the first to transition, with the former motel strip at Lakeshore and Park Lawn giving way over the last several years to dozens of new projects. Today it is one of Toronto’s hottest new condo destinations. Your location here is right on Lake Ontario, with outstanding views of downtown Toronto, along the Martin Goodman Trail for cycling and running, and close to the Gardiner to commute into the city and to the QEW to head west. TTC bus and streetcar service is quite literally at your front door.

Now the condo boom is spreading north, into the central part of Etobicoke with new developments along Dundas St. W. between Islington and the 427, and several more planned for the south side of Dundas just west of Kipling subway. New condos are also springing up along the 427 near Burhamthorpe, appealing to those who prefer highway access over transit.

Under construction

Indeed, in Etobicoke Centre, construction will be the order of the day. For years. Six Points intersection, known locally as “Spaghetti Junction,” is a complicated interchange where Kipling, Bloor and Dundas all intersect. To support future development in the area, the City is spending tens of millions of dollars over the next two years to modernize the road and surrounding infrastructure. Plans include improved pedestrian and cycle access, wider sidewalks, more trees, street furniture and improved access to Kipling subway. The station itself is being expanded into a regional transit hub to link the TTC with GO Transit trains and buses, as well as Mississauga Mi-Way bus lines.

Location, location, location

Bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, on the east by the Humber River, on the west by Etobicoke Creek and Mississauga, and on the north by Steeles Ave. W.; population 365,143.

Key landmarks

• Centennial Park

• Etobicoke Waterfront

• Humber River

• Sherway Gardens

• The Old Mill

Select condo developments

293 The Kingsway by Benvenuto Group

300 The East Mall by KingSett Capital

327 Royal York Rd. by Vandyk Group

689 The Queensway by Parallax Development Corp.

1197 The Queensway by Marlin Spring

Empire Phoenix by Empire Communities

Parkland on Eglinton West by Shannex Inc.

Queensway Park by Urban Capital

Valhalla Town Square by Edilcan Development Corp.

Vita Two on the Lake by Mattamy Homes


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Hurricane season has hit: How you and your clients can protect yourself

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Hurricane season has hit: How you and your clients can protect yourself

In mid-October, 1954, the remnants of tropical Hurricane Hazel settled over Toronto, dumping 3.5 inches of rain on an already soggy city. Rivers across the area flooded, knocking out bridges and more. The most devastating damage happening on a street called Raymore Dr., built on the floodplain of the Humber River. Fourteen homes were washed away, many with people trapped inside. Thirty-five people from the street died. Many lessons were learned from this disaster including, don’t build on a flood plain.


While we typically think of hurricanes affecting the southern U.S., the largest storms often have impacts reaching Canada, particularly the Atlantic provinces. If you’re in the path of potentially devastating storm, FirstOnSite Restoration shares these 10 tips for you and your clients to protect your properties.

  • Board up your windows. Broken windows leave your property exposed to wind, rain, and flying objects. Plywood is an extremely effective and relatively inexpensive way to protect your windows against hurricane-force winds. Other options: storm shutters and impact-resistant windows.
  • Secure loose outdoor objects. Any unsecured item can become a deadly projectile in high winds – garbage bins, potted plants, lawn furniture, gardening equipment, toys. Move these indoors, or tie them down, to avoid injury to people, or damage to your property or your neighbours’.
  • Check your roof. Cracks or leaks in a roof can lead to water damage during a hurricane. Loose shingles can also become projectiles.
  • Trim your trees. Falling trees pose a risk to both your property and neighbouring properties. Reduce this risk by removing any dead trees or branches now.
  • Protect your property against flooding. If your area is vulnerable to storm surges or overflowing rivers, this step is especially important. Sandbags piled at least half a metre high form a protective barrier against floodwaters.
  • Install surge protectors. Hurricanes often cause power outages, followed by power surges when electricity is restored. Surge protectors help protect your electronic devices from voltage spikes caused by power surges.
  • Back up electronic devices. This step is critical for businesses. Data should be stored off-site, in case physical computers or devices are damaged or inaccessible due to a hurricane.
  • Create an inventory of your property. Knowing exactly what items are in your home or business is vital when filing an insurance claim. In addition to making a written list of contents, you can take photos or videos, or use an inventory app.
  • Ensure you have adequate insurance coverage. Check your policy to make sure you’re covered for damage caused by rain or wind. This generally includes damage caused by flying debris or falling branches or trees, or damage when water enters through openings caused by high winds.
  • Stay informed. When a hurricane develops, landfall can often be predicted 24–48 hours in advance – providing a window of time for last-minute preparations, and if necessary, evacuation.




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Township of King

Township of King

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Township of King

King City, Nobleton and Schomberg


King Township was named for John King (1759-1830), an English Under-Secretary of State for the British Home Office. The lands were originally acquired by the British in an agreement with the Mississaugas, known as the Toronto Purchase in 1787. Acquisition under the Toronto Purchase included the townships fo Etobicoke, King, Vaughan and York (Upper Canada) in 1805, where 250,808 acreses were exchanged for £1,700.

By 1801, Timothy Rogers, a Loyalist from Vermont had travelled north along Yonge Street and found an area southwest of Newmarket that he found very appealing. He applied for and received a grant for land totalling 40 farms, each of 200 acres and returned to Vermont to recruit families to operate the farms.

The area would become known as Armitage in honour of its first settler Amos Armitage. It was the first of King’s settlements and is now part of Newmarket. Soon after the establishment of Armitage, the communities of Kettleby and Lloydtown were established to the west. More settlers arrived over the subsequent years to populate the region, drawn by the relatively cheap fertile land.


By 1842, the principal villages at the time were Lloydtown, Brownsville (now Schomberg), Bogarttown (now a part of Newmarket), and Tyrwhitt’s Mills (now Kettleby).

In 1851, the township annexed from West Gwillimbury the portion of land north of its extant and east of the Holland River as a result of the formation of Simcoe County, although some of the land has been ceded to what are now known as Newmarket, Aurora and Oak Ridges.

There is some evidence of a large Wendat (Huron) encampment at Hackett Lake. Residents in the area in the 1950s and ’60s discovered arrowheads and other archaeological items indicating a Huron presence. This is consistent with the fact that the Toronto Carrying-Place Trail, a major route used in the 17th and 18th centuries, passes through the township. The route was used by explorer Étienne Brûlé, who first travelled along the trail with 12 Huron guides in 1615.

Early settlements in the area developed primarily around gristmills and sawmills. These were important economic engines in the region during the 19th century, which resulted in the establishment of other communities and businesses nearby.

Cooking maple syrup
Cooking maple syrup

The majority of King is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is the origin for the headwater of many rivers, including the Humber River.

The Holland Marsh, considered to be Ontario’s vegetable basket, straddles King Township and Bradford West Gwillbury. King is also known for its horse and cattle farms.


Thoughtful planning has allowed for slow growth in the Township, with the population growing to 24,512 in 2016. As the area is largely rural, homes are mostly single-family dwellings, but with the recent addition of master-planned communities in all three of the municipalities, a wider range of housing options has become available. Go to myhomepage.ca to search for a new home or condo in King Township.

Township offices
Township offices


Most residents of King work outside of the township, with many finding the commute to Toronto very reasonable. The top employers in King City are Seneca College, the head office of Clublink and the Kingridge Conference Centre.


Public schools with classes from kindergarten through Grade 12 are administered by the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board. The only public secondary school in King, King City Secondary School, serves students in a relatively large geographic area, including some from adjacent towns. A private Catholic high school, St. Thomas of Villanova College, and private JK -12 school, The Country Day School, are also located in the township.

Seneca College
Seneca College

There is also a campus of Seneca College located in King City, which offers a variety of programs.


Dressage competition
Dressage competition

If you love horses, you’ll find lots to do in the area. Home to some of Canada’s top riding facilities, you can learn to show jump or take up the fine art of dressage.

Golf courses abound in the area, too, and some of the best courses in the GTA are just a short drive away, including Nobelton Lakes, King Valley, Cardinal Golf Club and Carrying Place.

A beautiful country road in the fall.
A beautiful country road in the fall.

There’s nothing like a leisurely drive in the country, especially when it’s to the Holland Marsh, known as Ontario’s vegetable basket. The Holland Marsh was originally a wetland that was developed into a growing area that now spans 7,000 acres of very fertile soil. While carrots, celery and onions remain the main crops, the area now boasts orchards as well as craft breweries, wineries and restaurants. The Holland Marsh Growers’ Association holds a yearly Soup Fest in the autumn.

Schomberg Fair
Schomberg Fair

In Schomberg, the yearly agricultural fair (held in May) is a must-see event, as is its Main Street Christmas festival.

The King Brewery opened in 2002 in Nobleton and is open for tours. It’s best known for its Czech Pilsner.


Public transit is provided by York Region Transit/Viva and GO Transit. Because of the rural nature of the communities, public transit isn’t that viable a way of moving around the region, but GO Transit does provide commuter service to Toronto. There is easy access to major provincial highways including Highways 9, 27, 400, 427, 404, and 407.


Small villages offer lots of boutique-style shopping along their main streets and these three villages are no exception. You’ll also be close to the largest mall in the region, Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket.

King Public Library
King Public Library


Sheena’s Kitchen in Schomberg offers lots of gourmet treats, and fine dining establishments abound, including The Schomberg Pub & Grill. In King City, Hogan’s Inn, Locale and the Paper Crane offer fine dining. In Nobleton, give The Summerhill a try, or perhaps Raffaele’s Cantina.


Police service is provided by the York Regional Police. There are no hospitals in King City, Schomberg or Nobleton, but there are plenty of medical centres and doctors’ offices.


King Township offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year. Hiking and bike trails are prevalent and are enjoyed by most area residents.

In Nobelton, the Cold Creek Forest and Wildlife Area includes over six kilometres of trails and is one of the best spots for bird watching. The Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill is an internationally recognized site for cutting-edge research in biodiversity, ecology and conservation biology. Public walking trails are available there in addition to their events and workshops.



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