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Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019

Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

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Flato Markham Theatre honours locals in annual performing arts awards

Flato Markham Theatre Performing Arts Awards Sept 10, 2019
Markham Performing Arts 2019 winners, staff and artists

The Flato Markham Theatre recently hosted its 5th Annual Performing Arts Awards, with celebrations honouring homegrown artistic achievements. Special performances included a three-time Provincial champion in piano, Richard Yeh, musical excerpts from the best of Broadway from Markham producer Brian Goldenberg and a special guest appearance by award-winning recording artist, Pavlo.

But the spotlight shone on the real stars of the evening: Community Group/Artist of the Year, Markham at the Movies; Professional Artist of the Year, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen; Partner of the Year, Asian Television Network; and a new category this year, Ambassador of the Year, Alicia and Alex Chiu.

Markham at the Movies (MATM), chaired by Paul Sylvester, is a non-profit group, run by volunteers and film enthusiasts who focus on bringing award-winning Canadian and international films to Markham’s resident’s doorstep. Markham at the Movies is a partner of Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) group. It started at a small scale, presenting movies in the Theatre’s rehearsal hall and has grown into a popular community cultural event, now presenting a six-movie series throughout the year at the Flato Markham Theatre.

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Left to right, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Shakir Rahmatullah and Eric Lariviere

Ballet Jörgenis not only an internationally respected touring ballet company, but it is also one of the only companies that will take professional ballet productions to smaller communities across Canada and into the US. Executive Director Stephen Word and his team brings outreach opportunities within those communities, giving young dancers opportunities to perform with the ballet onstage.

Asian Television Network (ATN) delivers South Asian and Asian content to residents across Canada. Shan Chandrasekar, president and CEO of ATN, pioneered South Asian programming in Canada in 1971 and ATN has grown into one of the leaders in the media industry today, operating 54 specialty tv channels along with radio channels across the country.

Alicia and Alex Chiu have been long time supporters of the Flato Markham Theatre. Alex left politics this last election and holds the current record for the longest serving councillor in Markham. For the Theatre, Alex has been instrumental for the growth of the Theatre Gala which raises money for its Discovery programs and has championed raising the profile of the event, making it into a prime fundraising event for culture in Markham and York Region. Alicia and Alex have been involved in the Federation of Filipino Canadians, including their “Taste of Broadway” event.

Every year the Flato Markham Theatre chooses a Canadian artist to design the Markham Performing Arts Awards. This year’s talented artist is Cathy Mark. Working from her studio on the north shore of Lake Scugog, her metalwork is inspired by Canadian flora and fauna. The award she created for Community Group/Artist of the Year for Markham at the Movies is a metal sculpture of young fiddleheads and ferns representing the audience (fiddleheads) with the full-grown ferns representing the films themselves. The Performing Artist of the Year award for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, depicts a moose teaching a bear to dance, symbolizing the ballet company (moose) offering its hand to and guiding the young bear who represents the young dancers the company mentors and their involvement in the community.

Flato Markham Theatre is a jewel in the crown of the Markham community, located only 30 minutes from the downtown core. The intimate, 527-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility provides patrons with unforgettable access to a host of internationally acclaimed artists and productions through its annual Diamond Season presented by Weins Canada. Illuminating the central theme that the live arts in Markham matters, the season features the best of classical, jazz, world music, dance, comedy, pop artists, and family entertainment. Flexible ticket package options and complimentary parking are available.

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Andrin Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boatworks at Victoria and Dufferin in Whitby

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

Country Lane at Taunton and Country Lane in Whitby

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

Glenway Urban Towns at Yonge and Davis Drive in Newmarket

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

Village Homes at McCowan and 16th in Markham

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

KYLEMORE COMMUNITIES
Kennedy Manors

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

905.887.9950

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Riverview by Times Group Corp.

Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

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Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

The fourth phase in the renowned Uptown Markham development by Times Group Corp., Riverview is a consummate balance of historic village charm and modern energy. On June 1, Times Group Corp unveiled Riverview’s most-anticipated family-sized units.

In a rare setting that overlooks the Rouge River, Riverview is an exclusive enclave of three smart signature towers, built to the highest and most energy-efficient LEED Gold standards. With the first two of three towers recently unveiled, Riverview’s last tower is set to open this Summer. Priced from the high $400,000s with units ranging from 579 to 2,360 sq. ft., the new residences offer a range of luxurious family-sized units unparalleled in the city of Markham.

The first fully smart condo towers in Markham, Riverview integrates intelligence, control and adaptability with energy, efficiency and comfort. Enabled by smart-home technology, Riverview offers an outstanding collection of smart condo features including occupancy-sensor smart lighting, automated parcel delivery, license plate recognition for automated entry, and a state-of-the-art Building Automation System (BAS) to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Other features include enhanced security through smartphone-controlled common area access, cameras and elevator control, future ready electric vehicle charging stations, keyless smart lock suite entry, and advanced Rogers WiFi with unlimited ultra high speed 150 mbps Internet.

The in-suite Wall Pad Home Connect system lets residents use, see and speak video chat to welcome guests and connect to the Riverview concierge. Residents can immediately notify authorities of an emergency, stay up-to-date and receive timely event and building notifications, and receive local weather updates. Suite heating and cooling can also be controlled from your smartphone.

Committed to environmental sustainability, Uptown Markham is Ontario’s first LEED-certified privately-owned residential highrise development. River Park (phase 1) is the first and only LEED Platinum 10-plus-storey building in Canada; Riverwalk (phase 2) is certified LEED Gold and Riverside (phase 3) and Riverview are both LEED Gold candidates.

With the goal of eliminating its carbon footprint, Richview units include an exclusive Energy Star appliance package, thermally insulated Low-E Argon-filled and double-glazed windows, an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), and a four-pipe HVAC fan coil system for year-round resident-controlled heating and cooling.

Boasting the ultimate in modern luxury, interiors at Riverview will feature open-concept floorplans, welcoming foyers, 10-ft. ceiling heights, contemporary laminate flooring, and engineered quartz stone windowsills. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens will include custom-designed deep upper cabinetry, premium granite countertops, undermounted stainless-steel kitchen sinks, ceramic tile backsplash, and undercabinet valance lighting.

At the heart of Uptown Markham is Uptown Market – more than 170,000 sq. ft. of shops, services and supermarkets — including a Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and an LCBO. A three-tier, state-of-the-art Amenity Pavilion with a rooftop terrace provides luxurious facilities for the most sophisticated lifestyles. Building amenities include a fully-equipped fitness facility with adjoining his/hers changing rooms, saunas, a large yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. Residents will also enjoy the spectacular multipurpose space featuring a bar and fireside seating, a dining area and catering kitchen, a library, party room, and a ping pong and billiards room.

Visit the sales office, located at 60 Town Centre Blvd., Unit A in Markham. The sale office is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. Weekends; closed Fridays.

905.479.5557
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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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Markham

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 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 the GTA’s most expensive housing markets, with median home prices now exceeding $1 million.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the first quarter of 2019, prices for a two-storey home grew 0.8 per cent year-over-year to $1.08 million; bungalows are down 11.4 per cent to $1.06 million; condos are down 2.1 per cent to $452,951. Overall, aggregate home prices were flat year-over-year, but still sit at $1.01 million.

In the GTA, only Richmond Hill, Oakville and Vaughan are more expensive.

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 the Group of 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 new-home developments

Blue Sky by Fieldgate Homes, single-detached homes.

Cornell Rouge by Madison Group, towns, semis and detached homes

Opus Homes in Stouffville by Opus Homes, detached homes and townhomes

Station Town by National Homes, townhomes

Trendi Towns by Treasure Hill Homes, urban townhomes

UNION Margo by Aspen Ridge Homes, condos and townhomes


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Ballantry Homes

Only the finest in design, construction and customer service at Ballantry Homes

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Only the finest in design, construction and customer service at Ballantry Homes

The Ballantry Homes success story began 20 years ago with a small 10-lot project on the banks of the Rouge River in Markham. That modest first step led to progressively larger developments and, to date, Ballantry has constructed more than 10,000 homes in more than 35 communities across the GTA. Throughout the years, the company has remained true to its goal of using and offering only the finest in design, materials, construction and customer service for its projects.

This attention to quality has earned the builder multiple awards and Ballantry is particularly proud of the recognition it has received for their customer service – receiving the Avid Award for “the best customer service experience” and the Avid Benchmark Award for “best customer experience,” taking particular pride in the fact that 95 per cent of surveyed Ballantry homeowners said they would recommend Ballantry to their loved ones and would buy another home from this builder for themselves.

Ballantry Homes has now announced four upcoming projects within and beyond the GTA.

The first is Oak Park, a high-end condo project in the very desirable and enormously popular town of Oakville just west of Toronto. Oakville is a storied town famous for its lakefront, its quaint village ambience and its quality shopping areas, restaurants, business sections and schools. Oakville is also well known for its status as one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Canada. When you combine all that with the high standards of a Ballantry development, you can be assured a wonderful homeowning experience.

The second new offering is Cornell Markham, which will be located in the award-winning Cornell neighbourhood of Markham northeast of Toronto. The community will be a short commute to downtown Toronto, close to a lively local shopping and business section. The area has maintained a touch of its country origins and you can visit the creeks and parkland of the Rouge Valley while enjoying your contemporary suburban lifestyle.

This year there will be a new release of three- and four-bedroom freehold townhomes on Burl Oak Drive that feature double car garages, rooftop terraces and much, much, more. This is a wonderful and increasingly rare opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life within the GTA.

The third new release is Reflections Caledonia, which is situated mere steps from the broad and serene Grand River in the quaint small town of Caledonia. Caledonia is part of a network of charming Grand River situated towns such as Elora, Cambridge and Brantford, and the Sunday driving possibilities are endless. You are only a short drive from Hamilton and a reasonable commute to Toronto. Reflections will combine townhomes with 30-, 38- and 40-ft. detached homes, and the quality of the design and materials is guaranteed.

The fourth and final new release is the Edgewater Trails in Welland, located south of St. Catharines, southwest of Niagara on the Lake and west of Niagara Falls. This may represent the best of country/big town living and is the very definition of scenic. Edgewater Trails will be a community of townhomes and 38- and 45-ft. detached homes. Half of the development’s homes will back on to the Welland Canal, and provide an idyllic view of the tall ships passing by. Welland itself is a thriving mid-size town surrounded by waterways and parks and forests. There is an abundance of shopping and restaurants to be enjoyed and the two Niagaras (Falls and On The Lake) will be a source of endless touristy entertainment. Once again, the quality of the development is guaranteed because this will be a Ballantry Homes community.

Ballantry has a catch phrase “we build dreams” and it is certain that homebuyers will discover their dream in one of these remarkable new developments.

BALLANTRY HOMES

For further information on all of Ballantry’s projects visit the website.


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Fieldgate Homes

An overview of the numerous Fieldgate Homes projects currently on the market

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An overview of the numerous Fieldgate Homes projects currently on the market

For more than 60 years, Fieldgate Homes Homes has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners. Year after year, the company has remained one of the GTA’s favourite builders by providing extraordinary quality and value to homebuyers. In 2019, Fieldgate is excited to continue this tradition with numerous great homes available at top GTA locations. Continue reading to discover amazing value in a family home community near you.

Stouffville – new release of 30-, 36- and 40-ft. singles at Blue Sky

Located just five minutes north of Markham, Blue Sky is an acclaimed community in central Stouffville. More than 1,500 families already call Blue Sky home. With easy access to beautiful parks, local schools, shopping and restaurants, residents here enjoy the benefits of life in a neighbourhood with all the amenities already in place.

At Blue Sky, you can commute to work with ease thanks to nearby GO Transit and Hwys. 404 and 407. On your days off, you’ll love having golf, ski hills, hiking and more all nearby. Homebuyers here can choose from a wonderful selection of single-family homes. These beautiful residences come with numerous bonus incentives that make them a great choice for families that are looking for their dream home. The New Release this spring will include freehold townhomes, 30-, 36- and 40-ft. singles.

If you’re looking to move within the next six months, Fieldgate also has a selection of freehold towns and singles with early closing dates. Call the sales team at 905.640.0002 to learn more.

West Brampton – move in soon at Valleylands

Since opening, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. At an ideal location on the west side of Chinguacousy Road, south of Queen Street West, this is a place where the valleys surrounding Credit River offer a breathtaking outdoor playground of lush green parkland, with major urban conveniences all just moments away. Luxurious four- and five-bedroom homes up to 3,192 sq. ft. with finished basements are now available for early move in. Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 8676 Chinguacousy Rd., just south of Queen Street West, to learn more.

Kleinburg – early closings at Impressions

A limited selection of early-closing inventory homes is now available in Kleinburg’s highly acclaimed, award-winning Impressions community. There are 44-ft., four- and five-bedroom homes from 3,209 sq. ft. to 3,600 sq. ft. with closings from 30 to 120 days. This is your chance to move in soon. It’s just minutes from the heart of historic Kleinburg. With more than 70 acres of parklands and greenspace, and a new community school, Impressions is Kleinburg’s most complete community.

West Whitby – new release continues at Whitby Meadows

Whitby Meadows is a masterplanned community that offers west Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional selection of 30- and 36-ft. single-detached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. Visit the Presentation Centre located on the northwest corner of Taunton Road and Coronation Road to find your new dream home today.

West Brampton – 36 ft. singles now available at Cobblestones South

At Cobblestones South, just north the 407 and west of Chinguacousy Road, you can discover an exquisite selection of 36-ft. designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to more than 3,400 sq. ft. With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here. Enjoy Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Hwys. 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

Kleinburg – New Kleinburg opens in 2019

Fieldgate Homes is proud to announce a continuation of its award-winning Impressions community. New Kleinburg is an all new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. With the future Hwy. 427 extension just minutes away, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. Offering luxurious detached homes on 30-, 38- and 44-ft. lots, you can renew your love of the good life at New Kleinburg.

FIELDGATE HOMES

For further information on any of these remarkable communities, Sales Centre locations, phone numbers and floorplans, visit the website.


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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

Fraser Institute GTA schools 1

If you’re looking to buy a new home or condo and especially interested in being close to good elementary schools for your family, the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools provides some insight.

This year’s Report Card ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests.

“The Report Card is a valuable tool for parents and educators because it allows them to easily identify successful schools across the province – serving similar students and communities – that can serve as an example to follow,” says Peter Cowley, senior fellow with the Fraser Institute’s School Performance Studies.

Fraser Institute GTA schools

For example, St. Catharines’ E.I. McCulley Public School, where 61.9 per cent of students have special needs, improved its overall rating from 4.6 out of 10 in 2014, to 8.9 out of 10 last year.

And Ealing Public School in London had a 0 out of 10 overall rating in 2014, but improved to 7.5 last year, even though 45.5 per cent of its students have special needs.

“All too often, principals and teachers try to excuse a school’s poor overall performance by blaming the characteristics of its students or the communities they serve, but the Report Card shows that any school, no matter where it’s located or what challenges its students face, can succeed,” Cowley says.

For the complete results on all ranked schools, visit compareschoolrankings.org

 

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Raising the Roof 2019

Toque Tuesday educates and raises money to tackle homelessness

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Toque Tuesday educates and raises money to tackle homelessness

 Raising the Roof 2019

Feb. 5 was Toque Tuesday, and community members in Markham gathered at the Markham GO Transit Station to help raise money and support for Raising the Roof’s National Toque Campaign. 

The team, which included members of HOMES Publishing Group (HPG), raised money and awareness for Raising the Roof, which supports local agencies in the fight against homelessness nationally and here in our community.  A large portion of the funds raised will go towards community partner agencies. 

The Markham group, lead by Sonia Presotto and Raising the Roof board member Josh Rosset, both of HPG, raised $2,200 in toque sales and donations to support Toque Tuesday.

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