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Wallaceton by Heathwood Homes

Heathwood Homes has new presentation centre and model homes now open at Wallaceton in Kitchener

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Heathwood Homes has new presentation centre and model homes now open at Wallaceton in Kitchener

Heathwood Homes‘ spectacular collection of singles and townhomes at the master-planned community of Wallaceton in south Kitchener has proven extremely successful – and now Heathwood’s a large state-of-the-art presentation centre is open and previewing two spectacular new model homes to tour. See for yourself the impressive level of finishes and exceptional design that are hallmarks of a Heathwood home. Exteriors are crafted from timeless materials – brick and stone – with classic architectural features.

Spacious, open-concept interiors are designed to meet the needs of today’s families and there are plans to suit everyone’s lifestyle.

Heathwood’s luxurious detached homes at Wallaceton include an spectacular eight-ft. front door, generous nine-ft. ceilings on the main and lower levels, luxury stone kitchen counters, large kitchen islands, hardwood flooring throughout the main level, oak stairs, a free-standing bathtub in the master ensuite and a cosy gas fireplace in the Great Room – and all of this for prices beginning from $719,900. The family sized townhomes, which come with a finished lower level (nine-ft. ceiling), including a three-piece bath, are equally impressive with prices starting from $578,900. The value is incredible for this desirable area just south west of Downtown Kitchener.

Wallaceton is home to a large community park – called Central Park – which isloaded with lots of features such as walking trails, soccer field, activity center and much more. In addition you will find parkette’s, an elementary school site, open spaces, ponds, a commercial centre, trails and walkways.

Just across the street, development is well underway on the brand new RBJ Schlegel Park, the city’s largest sports facility. When complete, it will feature sports fields, a children’s playground and splash pad, pathways leading to trails, community ice rink, a running/walking track and much more.

Within a few minutes’ drive, residents can access educational facilities (including the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College), entertainment venues, shopping, banks, public transportation and restaurants.

And, you just have to tour Downtown Kitchener, which is rapidly transforming into one of the most progressive cities in North America. You will find high tech offices, a band new rapid transit system and more, while still retaining its historical roots with amenities such as the Kitchener Market, where you can pick up fresh produce, seasonal flowers and a variety of artisanal goods.

Townhomes are available in sizes from 1,785 to 2,700 sq. ft. and are priced from $578,900. Singles range from 2,037 to 2,657 sq. ft. and start in price from $719,900.

For more than 40 years, award-winning builder Heathwood Homes has been creating extraordinary communities for families throughout southern Ontario and has earned a reputation for delivering top quality, superb design and outstanding customer service.

Be home at last in the community of Wallaceton with Heathwood.

Wallaceton in Kitchener

Visit the new presentation centre and model homes, located at 11 Dunlop St. in Kitchener. The presentation centre is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.




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The Davis Residences, Newmarket

In Conversation With… Daniel Berholz, President, The Rose Corporation

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In Conversation With… Daniel Berholz, President, The Rose Corporation

Daniel Berholz, The Rose Corporation
Daniel Berholz
The Rose Corporation

Attainable homeownership options are growing more and more important each day, as rising prices and tightening new home supply severely limit buying opportunities and locations.

The Rose Corporation is intent on doing something about that.

With – to get further insights into how The Rose Corporation plans to achieve these objectives.

Condo Life: The Rose Corporation seems like a bit of a different real estate company… What is it readers really need to understand about your firm?

Daniel Berholz: The Rose Corporation has had a diverse history over almost 40 years and has had experience and expertise in many forms and tenures of real estate and other businesses as well. Currently, however, Rose is a developer of visionary residential communities (both condominium and freehold) and a developer/owner of purpose-built rental properties.

CL: What is your primary focus in the GTA, in terms of both geography and product type?

DB: Newmarket has been a big focus for us recently. We just introduced Newmarket’s first new highrise condominium in more than 30 years – The Davis Residences at Bakerfield. We’ll be hosting our Grand Opening sales event on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. The Davis is part of a master-planned community that will consist of other similar buildings which will be high end rental buildings or condominiums.

The Davis Residences, Newmarket
The Davis Residences, Newmarket

Our King George School Lofts & Town Homes development is another community in Newmarket that we’re really proud of. It comprises 11 condo lofts within the old school building surrounded by 14 two-storey freehold townhomes.

As well, we recently completed the first privately funded, purpose-built market rental apartment tower in York Region since the 1980s, called 212 Davis Apartments – a 15-storey, 225-unit building.

In Kitchener, we are active in the purpose-built rental development market with the introduction of our first project, Woodside Terraces, which included 103 suites. The second phase will include 91 units and will feature a new wing being built on excess land.

And at 388 King St. in downtown Kitchener, we recently broke ground on a seven-storey, 70-unit purpose-built rental apartment.

CL: Who are your target clients? Purely investors? Homebuilders? Or homebuyers who want to become real estate investors?

DB: Our target clients are homebuyers who are looking for valuable, quality homeownership opportunities. We are focused end-users – from first-time buyers looking for their first home purchase, families who need more room to grow and even empty-nesters who are seeking more maintenance-free housing options with plenty of lifestyle amenities.

Our target clients also include investors who are seeking to diversify their real estate portfolio.

CL: How’s the market these days for the products that you offer?

DB: The market is strong for condo developments, which provide more affordable homeownership opportunities for first-time buyers and turnkey options for empty nesters who want to sell their large homes and keep a tidy savings for their retirement.

The Davis Residences lobby, Newmarket
The Davis Residences lobby, Newmarket

As more people are looking to move out of the GTA due to affordability, municipalities such as Newmarket, that were once viewed as bedroom communities, have been attracting more people to the area because buyers can get better value.

And with companies such as Celestica and York Region headquarters moving into Newmarket, this only adds to the demand of alternative to lowrise housing, such as condos and purpose-built rentals, which are more attainable options for commuter employees seeking to live closer to work.

CL: For residential offerings, affordability and “missing middle” type housing are key issues. How does The Rose Corporation address these issues in its projects?

DB: One of our primary focuses is working collaboratively with all levels of government on all of our projects so that together, we can deliver the type of housing that is needed to provide a complete community in the areas we develop.

Increases in prices for ground related housing have made ownership unattainable for many people over the past number years in Newmarket. The Davis Residences will provide the area the first opportunity to own new quality housing at affordable prices.

As well, Rose’s purpose-built rental housing developments provide affordable alternatives within their communities. This includes 212 Davis Apartments in Newmarket. This building leased up quickly due to its attractive and affordable price point relative to other options in the area.

CL: The Rose Corporation was nominated for the People’s Choice Award in the 2019 BILD Awards for your King George School Lofts & Town Homes development. What was it about this project that made it so special?

DB: King George School Lofts and Town Homes repurposes one of downtown Newmarket’s oldest and most beloved properties. The creation of this trendsetting new address, offering 11 condominium lofts within the old school building surrounded by 14 two-storey freehold townhomes, sets a new bar for innovative design.

Loft homes range from 640 to 1,250 sq. ft., while townhomes offer nearly 2,200 sq. ft. of magnificent living space. Both lofts and towns feature exceptional architecture and finishing features designed to reflect the ultimate in contemporary living. The architecture combines Victorian and Edwardian heritage with modern luxury. The project is set within a lush perimeter of 100-year-old trees, century old heritage buildings and iconic historical landmarks just steps from the historic downtown core of Main Street offering extensive amenities, shops, cafes and restaurants.

CL: What did you learn from that project, or the experience of being nominated for an award that consumers vote on, that you’re carrying forward to future projects?

DB: It’s always important to validate that what you think you’re doing well is widely recognized as such. We are still thrilled to win awards, but that’s not what we set out to do. Rose prides itself as an innovative developer.

Our big push now is to develop purpose-built rental apartments and condominiums to address the critical shortage of housing that is affordable that seniors, single and families alike need – and need now.

The Rose Corporation management team
Left to right, The Rose Corporation’s Project Manager David Bannerman; President Daniel Berholz; and Vice-President Andrew Webster

CL: What’s next for The Rose Corporation? Ideally, tell us something that isn’t largely publicly known…

DB: What most don’t know is that we are growing our executive management team. Rose has been active since 1983, and now a new generation of managers is transitioning as the old guard cedes authority and responsibility.

Fortunately, several senior members will remain with reduced roles. Now we will have the experience of a generation and the energy, skills and enthusiasm that a youthful team brings.

We are very excited to soon announce new partnerships with some experienced and well-known financial entities. These partnerships will allow us to advance our development aspirations with landowners we are in active discussion with.

The geography remains outside Toronto and includes locations in Peel, Halton and York regions, as well as new deals within the communities we are currently active in, Kitchener and Newmarket.



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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.

Wallaceton in Kitchener


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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.


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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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!


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


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LOCAL FOCUS: Waterloo Region

Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge thrive in Waterloo Region

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Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge thrive in Waterloo Region

by Gale Beeby


Kitchener and Waterloo are mostly made up of single-family homes and there is a great selection of home types, from historic homes to modern townhouses and condos. But single-family homes are still the norm.

Click here to see a list of new homes for sale.


The region has a lot of cultural venues and events, including the Contemporary Art Forum, The Open Ears Festival, IMPACT theatre festival, the Multicultural Festival, the Kitchener Blues Festival, Mill Race Festival and the Rock the Mill music festival.

It is also home to the Homer Watson House & Gallery, McDougall Cottage Historic Site, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Centre in the Square, The Cambridge Centre for the Arts and the Doon Heritage Museum.

Cambridge has some of the most historic bridges in Waterloo Region and the Black Bridge Road Bridge — built in 1916 — is Cambridge’s only truss bridge.

And, of course, Kitchener-Waterloo is home to Oktoberfest, an annual nine-day event that is billed as Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival and is the largest Bavarian festival in the world outside Germany.

Grand River Conservation Authority/S. Rhodes Photo LF
Grand River Conservation Authority/S. Rhodes Photo LF


Kitchener’s oldest outdoor park is Victoria Park in the heart of downtown. A cast-bronze statue of Queen Victoria, which was unveiled on Victoria Day in 1911, is the centrepiece. Another significant park is Rockway Gardens, which occupies a long narrow strip of land alongside King Street. Here there are many fountains, ponds, waterfalls and rock grottoes.

The region has an extensive community trail system and the Grand River draws nature-seeking tourists to the region. The Grand River Conservation Authority operates 11 conservation areas.


The downtowns of each of the region’s cities and townships offer some very stylish and forward-thinking retailers, as well as restaurants, cafés, salons and spas. Fairview Park is Kitchener’s largest shopping mall, while Conestoga Mall in Waterloo is also home to the Galaxy Cinemas. In Cambridge, the Cambridge Centre also has an NHL-sized ice rink.


The Conestoga Parkway is the area’s main highway, connecting with Highway 401. Public Transit throughout the Region of Waterloo is provided by Grand River Transit, which was created by a merger of Cambridge Transit and Kitchener Transit. GRT operates a number of bus routes in Kitchener, with many running into Waterloo and two connecting to Cambridge.

GO Transit provides bus service from Kitchener to Mississauga Square One and train service to Union Station during rush hours. Passenger train service is provided by Via Rail.

The Region of Waterloo International Airport is in Breslau.


Population: 583,500

Known best for: Oktoberfest

Walk scores:

Kitchener: Average of 47

Waterloo: Average of 44

Cambridge: Average of 44



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Editor's Choice: Activa

Editor’s Choice: Activa

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Editor’s Choice: Activa

Embrace nature at Doon South in Kitchener

Bordered by environmentally protected woodlands and green space, Doon South in Kitchener boasts a natural serenity year-round.

There is an abundant choice of trails and scenic corridors surrounding the community — watch as the leaves from the surrounding woodlands blossom in the spring and find comfort in the welcoming streetscapes lined with inviting front porches, verandas and balconies. Nature is always within reach in Activa‘s Doon South community.

Close enough to a host of amenities to make life easy — and just steps from a new Junior Kidergarten to Grade 8 elementary school, Groh Public School — Doon South is also a community distinguished by its mix of natural beauty and modern-day conveniences. Relish the feeling of nature as you drive down the secluded roads and inhale the fresh air from the surrounding greenery. When it’s time to slip back into the bustle of the city, take comfort in knowing you are mere minutes away from major city centres and Highway 401.

Currently available in Doon South are a limited number of luxurious townhomes. These open-concept homes are over 1,300 square feet in size and start in the low $400,000s with low condo fees. Beautiful standard finishes include high-end laminate flooring, kitchen islands as per plan and an attached garage. Offering three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, these townhomes are the perfect place to call your own for an affordable price.

Additionally, launching March 24, 2018, Sedgewood Crescent in Doon South will offer 30-, 36-, 40- and 45-foot two-storey single detached homes ranging from 1,865 to 3,406 square feet. The smallest plan, the Primrose, has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, while the largest plan, the Lakeview, offers four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Pricing will start in the low $600,000s. With a variety of lot sizes and well over a dozen floorplans to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect home for any family size.

Standard features include nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, hardwood in the great room, ceramic floors in the foyer, kitchen, laundry room, powder room and bathrooms, as well as an undermount sink and granite countertops in the kitchen. The homes are built to Energy Star standards with high-efficiency windows, furnace and air conditioning and a programmable thermostat.

Activa is the largest and most active land developer and homebuilder in the Region of Waterloo. As your partner, it understand that buying a home is not just a financial investment, it’s a personal and emotional one too. That’s why Activa has developed an easy, streamlined and stress-free process that makes your homebuying experience second-to-none. From your Colour Selections meeting to your first walk-through of the home, 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.

Doon South

Located at 200 Tall Grass Crescent, Kitchener, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit Activa online for more information on the towns and upcoming singles release.



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The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

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The Consultant: Time to get building in Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood.

by Ben Myers

The next hot areas

Demand for new housing in the GTA has never been higher. According to Altus Group data, the benchmark price for available new single-family homes was $1,225,774 in December, a 23.2 per cent annual increase. The benchmark price for available new condominium apartments was $716,772 at the end of 2017, 41.3 per cent above the average value from December 2016. And for the second consecutive year, new condo sales set a record high. So the industry must be building more homes than ever, right?

Actually, no. Housing starts in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (TCMA) reached 38,700 in 2017 according to CMHC, only slightly above the 10-year average of 36,800, but down 1 per cent from last year. There is a massive backlog of projects that have experienced strong absorption, but have yet to break ground due to a shortage of construction companies. The average single-detached home took 11 months to complete in 2017, the highest total ever tracked by CMHC, and it took 13.5 months to complete a semi and 14 months to complete a townhouse, both record highs. It took over two and a half years to finish construction on the average apartment (condo and rental) in the Toronto CMA last year, the second highest annual result to date.

Some buyers tired of waiting for new home deliveries are looking outside the region. According to Bullpen’s Residential Real Estate Round Up Report, the most popular destinations in December for prospective new homebuyers outside the GTA were Hamilton and Guelph. New homes are delivered much quicker in both of those markets. In fact, CMHC reports that it took just six months on average to build a single-detached home in Guelph last year. However, the prices are not as inexpensive as they used to be. Our report shows that the average new project in Hamilton has new single-family units starting from about $1,600 a square foot for about $570,000, while Guelph projects have lowrise product starting from $1,700/sf for $625,000.

GTA buyers are taking notice of these more affordable markets. Ryan Waller of Home Group Realty Group in Guelph estimates that a quarter of all resale transactions in Guelph were to GTA buyers based on the fact that 25.5 per cent of buyers were represented by GTA real estate agents in 2017.

With the new mortgage stress test in place, and GTA new home price growth through the roof, the next hot area for new homes will probably be outside the region. Based on our numbers, look for strength in the Brantford, Kitchener and Collingwood new home markets in 2018.

Ben Myers is President of Bullpen Research & Consulting.


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Destination Ontario: Waterloo Region

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Destination Ontario: Waterloo Region

By Cece Scott www.cecescott.com

Big city amenities, small town ambiance

Photography, Courtesy of Explore Waterloo Region

The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge are known as the Tri-Cities. Situated in southwestern Ontario on the Grand River, the Region of Waterloo is Canada’s 10th largest metropolitan area.

Grand River at Galt


From 1800 to the 1830s, Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonites, from upstate New York and Pennsylvania, moved north to Canada and settled throughout the Waterloo region. Today, there’s still a strong Amish and Old Order Mennonite presence in the area.

From mid April to late October, visitors can take a 75-minute Mennonite farm tour that includes a stop at an Old Order Mennonite farm. The Old Order refers to those Mennonite groups of Swiss/German and south German heritage who continue to practice a lifestyle without many elements that are associated with modern technology. The tour also includes a stop at the Farm Quilt Shop, where local, handcrafted items can be purchased.


The region of Waterloo has more than 500 kilometres of on-road bikeways, as well as off-road, multi-use trails. A part of the Trans Canada Trail, cyclists can ride through Kitchener, Waterloo and the Township of Woolwich to St. Jacobs Market.

More than 500 kilometres of multi-use trails.

The gently winding Grand River is one of Canada’s heritage rivers, and runs for more than 300 kilometeres. Four popular canoe routes are offered by the Grand River Rafting Company. The three-hour Cayuga Paddle is suitable for beginners. The three-hour Oneida Paddle and five-hour Cambridge Paddle are at an intermediate level. And, for the more adventurous, try the six-hour paddle from Glen Morris to Brant. The churning waters of the Elora Gorge attracts white-water enthusiasts. Launch your own craft, or rent one on-site, at the Grand River Conservation Authority.


St Jacobs Farmers’ Market is Canada’s largest, year-round farmers’ market, and features hundreds of vendors selling Ontario’s farm-fresh produce, crafts and imported goods, as well as scrumptious, ready-to-eat foods. It is located along the Conestogo River, eight kilometres north of Waterloo.

St Jacobs Farmers’ Market

Located in the downtown core, the Kitchener Market is a popular Saturday destination for locals and visitors. Pick up farm-fresh eggs, produce, flowers and homemade sausages, from one of the many Mennonite-operated farms in the Woolwich and Wilmot areas.

St. Jacobs’ horse-drawn train


A sure sign of spring is the The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, scheduled for the coming year on April 7th, 2018. It is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest, single-day, maple syrup festival. Founded in 1965, it continues to grow in popularity, and offers piping hot pancakes, as well as a half-mile long, outdoor mall, which features baked goods, handmade crafts and, of course, freshly made maple syrup. Buskers, live performances and saw-testing skills, add to the festivities. Visitors can also take a ride on the Waterloo Central Railway steam train, from St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market to Elmira.

West Montrose Covered Bridge


The Waterloo Central Railway organizes themed train experiences. The Great Train Robbery Adventure fictionalizes a dramatic event (with outlaws and horses) where a substantial amount of gold is on board – en route to the Elmira Bank. Other themed excursions, include the St. Patrick’s Night Train, The Vimy Ridge Steam Train, and the Father’s Day Train.

WCR Train Robbery

The West Montrose Covered Bridge was declared a provincial historic site in 1960, and is known as the Kissing Bridge. Built from 1880 to 1881, the bridge is Canada’s oldest covered bridge, and the last wooden covered bridge in Ontario.


Established in 1969, Kitchener Waterloo’s Oktoberfest runs for nine days every October. Steeped in the region’s German heritage, it is known as the largest Bavarian Festival in North America, and the second largest in the world. In 2018, the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary from October 5th to the 13th.


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Bringing exceptional innovative designs to Southern Ontario

With an incredible portfolio of over 3,500 homes in communities across southern Ontario, Andrin Homes’ commitment to excellence has been at the cornerstone of their undisputed building success.

A testament to the company’s exceptional building standards, Andrin has produced a series of outstanding master-planned communities, creating beautiful homes that embrace the homebuyer’s every need through unsurpassed living environments.

Andrin will soon be releasing detached-home communities in Milton and East Gwillimbury, as well as new incredible townhome communities in Aurora and Markham.

Due to their unprecedented success, Andrin is also scheduled to release future phases in the following communities: detached homes at Hillsborough (Holland Landing), townhomes at both Glenway (Newmarket) and Country Lane (Whitby), and Condominiums at Tower Two (Kitchener).


Andrin is excited to announce that the release for one of their most anticipated new detached/townhome communities, Panorama in Milton, is just around the corner.

As Canada’s fastest-growing community and preferred tourist destination, Milton attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton offers an abundance of parkland and trails including the Bruce Trail and the century-old Mill Pond in the heart of the historic downtown area. An ideal place to live, work and play, Milton has experienced a new residential and industrial growth unprecedented in Canada.

This collection of detached homes and townhomes in Milton is for families who thrive on access to breathtaking natural spaces. Located within walking distance from Kelso Park, families will be able to enjoy year-round recreation including swimming, camping, skiing and tobogganing within the neighbourhood borders.


With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is preparing to release the next phase of Holland Landing’s most coveted master-planned community, Hillsborough. A unique collection of detached homes on 38-, 40- and 45-foot lots, Hillsborough is uniquely surrounded by parks, nature reserves and conservation areas.

At the heart of Hillborough is an incredible 10-acre community park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, splash pads, ponds, sitting areas and a gazebo – all linked by pathways that are in and around the community.

Homebuyers will also have easy access to the new Highway 404 extension and the East Gwillimbury GO Transit station with direct access to downtown Toronto.


Newmarket’s premier townhome community, Glenway, is now under construction with the next phase expected to be released in 2018. An exclusive collection of two and three-storey townhomes, the community is set on attractive, tree-lined streetscapes featuring luxuriously appointed interiors and meticulous craftsmanship.

Glenway is easily connected to the 400 series of highways including the Highway 404 extension and Highways 401 and the 407. Homeowners are also steps away from the Viva transit line, GO Transit trains and buses, as well as the rapid transit lanes on Yonge Street.


Country Lane in Whitby represents a new style of the master-planned community with unique streetscapes, traffic calming roundabouts and meticulously designed homes – all set on 26-, 36- and 45-foot lots.

With Country Lane’s Phase One having been one of its most successful communities, Andrin cannot wait to introduce a new phase of townhomes to homebuyers in the upcoming year.

Country Lane is moments away from excellent schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation. Minutes from GO Transit and Highways 401 and 407, homebuyers are just 30 minutes away from Toronto — close enough to the big city, yet far enough away to offer a clean, small-town style family community.


Tower Two sets a new standard for sustainable urban living with the introduction of Kitchener’s first LEED candidate residential condominium community.

With City Centre built and completely sold out and Tower Two set to open soon, this condominium project exudes a truly urban lifestyle, including the use of energy efficient heating, plumbing and electrical systems, reduced consumption, enhanced recycling, walking, biking, car share and transit.

Mere steps from transit, Tower Two is situated in a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood with well-established shopping, dining, entertainment and employment opportunities.


Register today for more information.



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