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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

Markham – a hotbed of economic development and growth

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Markham – a hotbed of economic development and growth

As the fourth most populous community in the GTA – after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton – Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years.

It’s long been known as a centre for growing sectors such as technology and life sciences – and therefore employment growth – one of the key drivers of housing demand.

Today, Markham is home to more than 1,000 such companies, with IBM, Huawei, Honeywell, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola and Oracle all having their Canadian headquarters located in the city.

Residence has its price

Buying a home in Markham may cost you, though, as it has also become one of the GTA’s most expensive housing markets.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the first quarter of 2020, aggregate home prices grew 6.9 cent year-over-year to $1 million. Standard two-storey prices grew 6.6 per cent to $1.16 million, while detached bungalows increased 5.7 per cent to $1.02 million.

Still, new-home development is a priority for Markham City Hall and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who was first elected in 2006 and is known as developer- and builder-friendly. The city has a number of new home developments underway, including some high-profile condo and lowrise projects.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Cultural diversity

Culture is also an important attraction in Markham, with The Flato Markham Theatre offering more than 300 live performances each year, showcasing the diversity of the city. In addition, Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay House, which was the home of Group of the Seven’s Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft., the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Markham also has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts more than 22 kms of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in the city is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh, and it recently underwent revitalization to remove sediment, restore the shoreline and plant native foliage.

Getting around Markham is facilitated by easy access to Hwys. 404 and 407 and the DVP, and for public transit, York Region Transit/Viva connects with all nine York Region municipalities, and GO Transit provides regular train and bus service.

Location, location, location

Population of 328,940, located in the Regional Municipality of York in the GTA; distance from downtown Toronto, 30 km

Key landmarks

• Flato Markham Theatre

• Varley Art Gallery

• Milne Dam Conservation Park

• Angus Glen Golf Club

Select housing developments

Abbey Lane Towns by Poetry Living

Cornell Markham by Ballantry Homes

Canvas on the Rouge by Flato Group

Cornell Rouge by Madison Group

Kennedy Manors by Kylemore Communities

Riverwalk Meadows by Flato Group

Union Village by Metropia

Union Village by Minto Communities

Victory Green by Remington Group

Village Homes on the Avenue by Andrin Homes


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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

As the fourth most populous community in the GTA – after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton – Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years.

It’s long been known as a centre for growing sectors such as technology and life sciences – and therefore employment growth – one of the key drivers of housing demand.

Today, Markham is home to more than 1,000 such companies, with IBM, Huawei, Honeywell, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola and Oracle all having their Canadian headquarters located in the city.

Residence has its price

Buying a home in Markham will cost you, however, as it has also become one of the GTA’s most expensive housing markets.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the fourth quarter of 2019, aggregate home prices grew two per cent year-over-year to $951,228, condos grew 4.9 per cent to $486,898.

Still, new-home development is a priority for Markham City Hall and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who was first elected in 2006 and is known as developer- and builder-friendly. The city has a number of new home developments underway, including some high-profile condo projects.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Cultural diversity

Culture is also an important attraction in Markham, with The Flato Markham Theatre offering more than 300 live performances each year, showcasing the diversity of the city. In addition, Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay House, which was the home of Group of the Seven’s Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft., the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Markham also has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts more than 22 kms of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in the city is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh, and it recently underwent revitalization to remove sediment, restore the shoreline and plant native foliage.

Getting around Markham is facilitated by easy access to Hwys. 404 and 407 and the DVP, and for public transit, York Region Transit/Viva connects with all nine York Region municipalities, and GO Transit provides regular train and bus service.

Location, location, location

Population of 328,940, located in the Regional Municipality of York in the GTA.

Distance from downtown Toronto, 30 km

Key landmarks

  • Flato Markham Theatre
  • Varley Art Gallery
  • Milne Dam Conservation Park
  • Angus Glen Golf Club

Select housing developments

9999 Markham Road by OnePiece Holding

Canvas on the Rouge by Flato Developments

Gallery Towers by Remington Group

Langstaff Gateway by Kylemore Communities

Panda Markham Condos by Lifetime Developments

Riverview by Times Group


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Kylemore Communities - Kennedy Manors

Kylemore Communities’ Kennedy Manors luxury town manors in Markham now open

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Kylemore Communities’ Kennedy Manors luxury town manors in Markham now open

Kylemore Communities is renowned for its luxury homes, and Kennedy Manors is no exception! Discover a new, limited collection of luxurious three-storey Town Manors at Kennedy Manors in Unionville, Markham. This release offers a selection of 15- and 19-ft. wide rear lane designs and 23-ft. wide traditional townhomes, all in Kylemore’s distinctive architectural style. Located within a highly desirable residential neighbourhood on the west side of Kennedy Rd., just north of 16th Ave., Kennedy Manors is now under construction and will offer occupancy dates starting fall 2019 and February 2020.

Exteriors at Kennedy Manors have combinations of brick, stone and stucco with covered front porches and architectural details resulting in streetscapes of unparalleled appeal. Townhome layouts have three levels of deluxe finished living space with bright, open main floors and three or four bedrooms on the upper level where spacious master bedroom retreats are located. Larger models offer a fourth or fifth bedroom on the lower floor. Sizes compare favourably with single-detached homes and range from 1,725 to 2,730 sq. ft. and priced from $1.2 million.

Luxury interiors include an abundance of upgraded finishes such as grand 10-ft. ceiling heights on main floor and nine-ft. on the upper floor, gas fireplace, deluxe cabinetry throughout, choice of imported ceramic tile and premium carpeting. Engineered hardwood flooring on main floors with oak stairs, and kitchens with granite countertops and a SubZero/Wolf stainless steel-finish appliance package.

Representative of Kylemore's luxury features.
Representative of Kylemore’s luxury features.

Kennedy Manors has an incredible location just minutes to prestigious Main Street Unionville, is convenient to Hwys. 404, 407, and two GO Stations, plus Angus Glen Community Centre, Markville Mall, dining, and Angus Glen Golf Club. Excellent schools and daycare facilities are also nearby. Kennedy Manors is perfect for luxurylovers who appreciate the convenient location and proximity to Markham’s fine amenities.

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Kennedy Manors

Visit the presentation centre, located at 4500 Major Mackenzie Dr. E. in Markham.

905.887.9950

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Luxury Town Manors

Luxury Town Manors by Kylemore now selling in Markham

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Luxury Town Manors by Kylemore now selling in Markham

Kylemore Communities is offering a limited collection of luxurious three-storey Town Manors at Kennedy Manors in Unionville, Markham. Located within a highly desirable residential neighbourhood off Kennedy Road, just north of 16th Avenue, Kennedy Manors features a selection of 15- and 19-ft. wide rear lane designs and 23-ft.-wide traditional townhomes.

Combinations of brick, stone and stucco with covered front porches result in streetscapes of unparalleled appeal. Townhome layouts have three levels of superior living space with bright, open main floors and three or four bedrooms on the upper level where spacious master bedroom retreats are located. Larger layouts offer an additional bedroom on the lower floor. Luxury interiors include an abundance of upgraded finishes. Sizes range from 1,725 to 2,730, priced from $1.2 million. Construction is underway, so quick closing dates are available.

Kennedy Manors is located just minutes to Main Street Unionville, is convenient to Highways 404, 407, and two GO Stations, and close to Markham’s fine amenities.

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Left to right, Frank Spaziani, Klaus Meyer (Hampers of Hope), Cailey Stollery and Russell Foy (Hampers of Hope).

Kylemore Communities embraces holiday spirit

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Kylemore Communities embraces holiday spirit

 

Left to right, Frank Spaziani, Klaus Meyer (Hampers of Hope), Cailey Stollery and Russell Foy (Hampers of Hope).
Left to right, Frank Spaziani, Klaus Meyer (Hampers of Hope), Cailey Stollery and Russell Foy (Hampers of Hope).

Luxury home builder and land developer, Kylemore Communities/Angus Glen Development, embraced the spirit of giving this season with a donation to benefit Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation and by hosting an annual holiday Ccelebration for consultants, suppliers and staff.

An important part of the company’s annual holiday celebration is a toy drive, and the total donations made an impressive display once again. The donated toys and games were divided between local organization Hampers of Hope, as well as SickKids Hospital.

The celebration was hosted by Cailey Stollery, CEO, Lindsay Stollery Jephcott CIO of Angus Glen and Kylemore Group of Companies, and Kylemore vice-president Frank Spaziani.

“We truly appreciate the loyalty, support and contribution of our tradespeople, suppliers and consultants that together make a Kylemore home among the best and most desirable in the GTA,” says Spaziani. “We have some exciting major new communities coming in 2019 and 2020, and with the continued dedication of our staff and suppliers we’ll bring these to fruition.”

Bear Necessities

Kylemore’s donation to the Bear Necessities program will benefit Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation. The program helps the hospital to purchase life-saving equipment that government funding doesn’t cover.

“We have a decades-long commitment to Markham where many of our team live, work and play,” says Stollery. “Through our Kylemore Kares charitable initiative, we are pleased to be supporting the local hospital, which provides a vital service to area residents.”

There’s still time to join Kylemore in lifting someone’s spirits this holiday season, with the purchase of a plush Teddy Bear, soft sleep sack for a newborn, or a warm blanket for a patient. Learn more at lifesavinggifts.ca or call 905.472.7059.

Kylemore Communities is the recipient of a Heritage Markham 2017 Award of Excellence for the restoration and integration of the historic Colty’s Corner Schoolhouse into The Shoppes of Angus Glen; a 2014 Markham Design Excellence Award for Angus Glen Community, which also received BILD Association’s 2013 Places to Grow Community of the Year Award. Kylemore’s The 6th at Angus Glen has captured numerous prestigious design awards from BILD, OHBA and an Award of Merit from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO).

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In Conversation With: Patrick O’Hanlon

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In Conversation With: Patrick O’Hanlon

Kylemore Communities is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Eight years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the indomitable Patrick O’Hanlon for the first time over lunch at Auberge du Pommier, a sophisticated restaurant that specializes in fine French cuisine. He ordered the “grilled cheese sandwich.”

It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

O’Hanlon is never one to mince words; he speaks his mind and that is a quality that I — although not all — appreciate. It’s the Irish in him.

Born in Dublin and raised in Toronto, O’Hanlon has a degree in urban planning from Ryerson University. Following school he went to work for the Region of Peel and then moved on to Bramalea Ltd., which at the time was one of the largest building and developments companies in the GTA.

“Working at Bramalea was a good training ground,” O’Hanlon told me. “I didn’t speak for the first five years. Yes, really,” he assured while acknowledging my scepticism. “I was a human sponge and I just listened and learned.”

From there, O’Hanlon joined Gordon Stollery in Angus Glen Development, and then founded Kylemore Communities with Stollery and Frank Spaziani.

“It’s that word ‘quality’ again,” said O’Hanlon. “I couldn’t have done better for partners than Gordon and Frank.”

The Angus Glen master-planned community, which follows new urbanism planning principles and which began in 1997 with highend homes around the 36-hole championship golf course of the same name, has now expanded to over 1,400 residences, including The Brownstones, a collection of townhomes along the south course, and The 6th, a midrise condo building also overlooking the south course, home to the 2015 Pan Am Games golf tournament.

Today, O’Hanlon and Spaziani work alongside the next generation of the Stollery family, represented by Cailey and Lindsay, to bring Gordon Stollery’s vision for Angus Glen to fruition.

Angus Glen Community, which includes The Shoppes of Angus Glen within walking distance of most of the homes and where Kylemore is now headquartered, won the prestigious Places to Grow Community of the Year award from the Building Industry and Land Development Association in 2013.

Q: Who would you consider a mentor?

A: David Ptak, who was vice president of Bramalea’s Residential Group when I worked there. Working for Bramalea gave me a strong foundation. What I learned most from David were the words “quality, quality, quality” — not just in the context of building materials or workmanship but also the quality of the people you work with and the people you count as friends and business partners. I couldn’t have done better for partners than Gordon and Frank.

Q: What’s on the drawing board for the future?

A: We’ve got two really big exciting projects coming: the redevelopment of the York Downs Golf and Country Club and Langstaff Gateway, which is a huge mixed-use development.

York Downs

Q: Let’s talk about York Downs first. What is the plan and the timeline?

A: It’s still currently being used as a golf course, but we purchased the 400 acres for $412 million. Our initial plan submitted to the City of Markham has 2,400 homes in a new urbanism style like Angus Glen. This is a joint venture partnership with Angus Glen, Kylemore, and Minto Communities.

The new parks, green spaces and schools will be positioned so that they can be conveniently accessed by the wider community.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done before we can bring the full plan forward.

Q: Now, Langstaff Gateway. I remember you talking about this the first day I met you, eight years ago.

A: Oh yea, it’s really exciting! And I’m very enthusiastic about working with Peter Calthorpe, an urban planner who is a champion of new urbanism and walkable cities.

Langstaff Gateway — located south of Highway 407 and east of Yonge Street — is just industrial land now, but the vision is to build a massive live/work/play master-planned community designed by Calthorpe. He calls it the most transit-oriented site he has ever worked on.

Actually, it really is a literal gateway to everywhere in the GTA and beyond. It’s at the intersection of three main public transit lines: GO, the TTC subway, York Region transit and VIVA rapid transit services. As well, Highway 407 and Highway 7 are right there and the new 407 Transitway will move people quickly to Pearson airport.

Transit is just one of the key principles of new urbanism that are being applied to the 47-hectare site. Peter’s preliminary plan also calls for all residential, business and retail building to be within walking distance of each other and we’ll probably integrate “people movers” into the site. It will be the densest new project in North America.

We’re proposing to build stacked townhomes, six- to eight-storey midrise buildings, and residential towers up to 50 storeys.

Q: Tell me about how Kylemore gives back to the communities it builds.

A: I believe in the importance of strong communities, where people can live and work and grow together. As a company, we have a policy of social responsibility and are involved in a number of initiatives that create positive impacts on our local residents.

To that end, we created Kylemore Kares and we host several events throughout the year to raise money for local charities. These include our annual Kylemore Kares Charity Golf tournament, the Kylmore Hockey With Heart tournament and our annual holiday toy drive, to name a few.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I become a real Canadian, lace up some skates and play hockey. My position is goon. I’m the nicest guy in the world until I step out on the ice. Then I become Patrick O’Hooligan. I also golf — I’m pretty good — and can often be found kicking a soccer ball.

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  • Brownstones at Angus Glen
  • The 6th at Angus Glen
  • Kennedy Manors

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