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Model Home Feature presents Hometown - Sharon Village by Acorn Developments

Model Home Feature presents Hometown – Sharon Village by Acorn Developments

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Model Home Feature presents Hometown – Sharon Village by Acorn Developments

Coming this summer to East Gwillimbury – NetZero Ready

This summer, Acorn Developments is excited to be introducing NetZero Ready model homes at Hometown – Sharon Village, in beautiful East Gwillimbury. Acorn’s NetZero Ready homes combine advanced design and superior building technology to craft residences that are incredibly energy efficient. NetZero Ready homes will be the norm in the future, but we’re pleased to be implementing this now. The benefits will save you energy, improve your health and provide a superior experience of comfort and more. These model homes are not just efficient, they’re also remarkably stylish. Each model has been beautifully decorated by Kelly Harvey Living with inspired landscape design by Garden Party to reflect the high standards of luxury and style that define Acorn residences.

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Hometown – Sharon Village

  • Limerick Point, Yonge and Bloomington, Richmond Hill – now open
  • Lookout on the Knoll, Richmond Hill – coming soon
  • King City – coming soon
  • Hometown, East Gwillimbury – move-in ready homes available

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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Housing policy, affordability and supply were among the key issues in many municipalities leading up to the Oct. 22 Ontario elections.

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and others did their best to alert voters to the issues, and to gage candidates on how well they understood them.

Homes Publishing did its own assessment of a selection of GTA municipalities in the context of housing development.

But now that the results are in (well, most of them), let’s take a look how some of the notable races shook down, and the various policies of the newly elected mayors, with help from BILD.

 

AURORA

Tom Mrakas (New)
Housing and growth: Proposes to protect Aurora’s Stable Neighbourhoods from “monster home” infill, by using planning tools such as Interim Control By-laws. Also wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment. Improving municipal infrastructure, through complete streets, is also a priority.
Taxes: Proposes to reduce the tax levy.

 

BRAMPTON

Patrick Brown (new)
Housing: Proposes to create a streamlined, more efficient approvals process at City Hall for new home construction and renovations across all levels of affordability. Proposes to develop a housing strategy that encourages neighbourhood-sensitive development of rooming houses, basement apartments and in-law suites.

 

BURLINGTON

Marianne Meed Ward (New)
Growth: Opposes overdevelopment of Burlington and will seek to control growth by reducing provisions in the Official Plan, as well as accept growth only when infrastructure can handle it.
Housing: Intends to secure affordable housing with inclusionary zoning and require new development to provide a percentage of senior-friendly units. Intends to set greenspace per population targets within reasonable walking distance through prioritizing parkland over cash-in-lieu for major new developments.

 

CALEDON

Allan Thompson
Housing and growth: Supports housing and growth management initiatives that will maintain the characteristics of Caledon’s communities and create opportunities for residents and future residents of live, work and retire.

 

EAST GWILLIMBURY

Virginia Hackson
Housing: Proposes to complete the first phase of growth of 7,000 homes. In terms of transportation corridors, plans to work with the Mayor of Bradford to solve gridlock on roads between Hwys. 404 and 400.
Infrastructure: Proposes to work with the Province and local MPP to deal with the delay of the Upper York Sewage Solution which will ultimately eliminate the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Proposes to address the need for quality broadband in the community.

 

HALTON HILLS

Rick Bonnette
Housing: Proposes to continue to manage difficult conversations around intensification and growth the Province has mandated and the development residents are seeing.

 

KING CITY

Steve Pellegrini
Plans to focus on business growth, the new municipal office, the library and seniors centre expansion project, as well as road beautification in the township.

 

MISSISSAUGA

Bonnie Crombie
Housing: Intends to institute an Inclusionary Zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units. Proposes to form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing to get new buildings in the ground on a faster pace.
Environment: Proposes to work with staff to bolster Green building standards that will improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and improve urban forest canopy.
Development: Supports Mississauga’s office for a Development Ambassador.

 

NEWMARKET

John Taylor
Economy: Top priorities include jobs and the economy, community building and parks recreation and trails. Wants to the Renew Economic Development Strategy and increase jobs in the community. Grow the city’s broadband company to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses. Proposes to keep taxesbelow GTA average.
Growth: Proposes to meet regularly with existing employers and grow local business base.
Community Building: Proposes to protect neighbourhoods – intensify in the right places.
Housing: New housing developments must include options for low/moderate-income families. Create a community inclusivity round table and increase senior-friendly housing and recreation.

 

OAKVILLE

Rob Burton
Growth: Proposes to continue to protect Glen Abbey through the use of Cultural Heritage Landscape provisions and court challenges.
Environment: Proposes to focus on protecting greenspace and the environment and controlling growth.

 

OSHAWA

Dan Carter (New)
Growth/Housing/Transit: A 4-Pillar Platform includes creating affordable, vibrant, healthy communities that invests in active transportation networks and creates employment opportunities with industries.

 

RICHMOND HILL

Dave Barrow
Growth: Proposes to continue with the Town’s economic vitality, build a strong community, manage our growth to respect the existing neighbourhoods and lead a responsive and efficient government.
Housing: Proposes to work with the Province and the Region to increase the rental housing supply, maintain the existing rental supply and add affordable ownership homes. Allowing secondary suites in existing homes will also create new housing once new by-laws that monitor the neighbourhoods are in place. Also believes the Town needs to review and update its 10-year-old Development Plan in order to process new development applications. Zoning By-laws also need to be brought into the “urban” town.

 

TORONTO

John Tory
Housing: Proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years. Leverage City lands, including lands surrounding TTC Stations.
Property Taxes: Keep property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. Supported City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
Transit: Continue to build out the transit network plan – SmartTrack.

 

UXBRIDGE

Dave Barton
Growth and development: Proposes a seven-point platform, a main concern is the competing interest between farmland and “irresponsible and ill-considered development.” Wants to ensure that growth has clear collaboration with the livelihood of people who depend on the land.

 

VAUGHAN

Maurizio Bevilacqua
Taxes: Promises to keep Vaughan as one of the lowest taxed municipalities in the GTA. Focus on transit and roads to keep Vaughan moving. Working closely with government partners at all levels to ensure wise investments for new transit initiatives and improvements including the Yonge Subway, VIVANext, as well as road building and widening.
Innovation: Will transform the City of Vaughan into a hub for education, culture, sports and the arts by building the infrastructure required to achieve excellence and improve accessibility.
Other: Continue to excel in environmental stewardship. Support and attract small and large businesses to Vaughan.

 

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

Iain Lovatt (New)
Growth: Proposes to preserve heritage that is integrated with future development. Integrating heritage built form into new developments as well as establishing Heritage Conservation Districts and site plan bylaws in heritage areas in town are identified a must.
Development: Within the first 100 days, hopes to assemble a meeting of commercial-industrial landowners to get everyone on the same page, about the 404 corridor and the servicing for the area going forward. Believes that these underserviced and underutilized lands represent about $1 billion in new tax assessment for Whitchurch-Stouffville.

 

RELATED READING

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7 factors that will affect GTA housing in 2019 – and 5 reasons to consider buying NOW

 

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The most expensive home and the lowest priced home in the GTA (not including mobile homes or cottages).

HIGH

15350 Bathurst Street, King City
Price: $24,950,000
MLS Number: N4039081

Foxley Green encompasses about 80 acres with a commanding corner position at the gateway to Aurora. The main residence spans 21,630 square feet on two levels with a solid granite exterior, two elevators, indoor pool, main floor master suite, plus three additional bedroom suites. Also in the main house is a complete two-bedroom staff apartment.

The immaculately maintained property offers gardens, groomed hiking trails, a cold-water stream, deep pond with a skating pavilion, 13-stall riding stable, 3,800-square-foot guesthouse plus a three-bedroom staff home. There is a long gated driveway that leads to the main house.

This grand country estate is within a 10-minute drive to top private schools, area amenities and Highways 404 and 400.

Broker or Record: John Dunlap
Salesperson: Murray Snider
Moffat Dunlap Real Estate
16630 Dufferin Street, King City
905.841.7430


LOW

4689 Jane Street, Unit 502, Toronto
Price: $82,500
Maintenance fees: $664.38
MLS Number: W4144232

Located close to highways and York University in the Black Creek area, this two-bedroom spacious condo is ready for a new paint job. The unit comes with an underground parking space and a large balcony.

Broker: Accsell Realty Inc.
Salesperson: Shelly Anne Howe
5155 Spectrum Way, Unit 22 Mississauga
416.477.2300


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Township of King

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Township of King

King City, Nobleton and Schomberg

LIVING HISTORY

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.

Farmland
Farmland

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.

HOUSING OPTIONS

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

THE WORKPLACE

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.

SCHOOL DAYS

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.

LEISURE PURSUITS

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.

EASY ACCESS

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.

RETAIL THERAPY

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

LET’S EAT

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.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

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.

PARKS & REC

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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