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The Uplands Courtice

At The Uplands Courtice grand opening, buyers embrace modern design and natural setting

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At The Uplands Courtice grand opening, buyers embrace modern design and natural setting

The Sept. 14 grand opening of the much-anticipated The Uplands Courtice, a spectacular new home community in the heart of Courtice, by developer High Street Courtice, was a resounding success. The first buyers of the initial 70 townhouses embraced the development’s one-of-a-kind setting and the contemporary design.

Nestled on rolling land at King Street and Darlington Blvd. in the GTA east next to conservation land and Farewell Creek, buyers were impressed by The Uplands’s nature-first approach. The community is located between Hwys. 2 and 401, just minutes from Oshawa to the west and Bowmanville to the east.

The opening proved the wide appeal of the townhomes, with everyone from first-time purchasers to families to downsizers. It attracted would-be buyers from the immediate area looking for new home options in the local community, as well as those from out of town looking not only for affordability, but also outstanding design in a very desirable location.

The Uplands has been designed to maximize homeowners’ enjoyment of this exclusive setting with its natural ravine and tranquil wooded trails. An entrance from The Uplands will connect residents directly to meandering paths and the Millennium Trail that leads to Tooley’s Mill Park with its gazebo, site of many community events. Soon, a newly constructed trail will link Tooley’s Mill to Darlington Provincial Park and the Waterfront Trail along Lake Ontario.

The Uplands’ contemporary two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses introduced a new style of home design to Courtice. The modern towns have been crafted with meticulous attention to detail and will sit on beautifully landscaped streetscapes suited for strolling, biking or connecting with neighbours. Starting in the $500,000s, the architecturally inspired elevations include brick, stone and stucco facades with Energy Star premium vinyl large front and back windows to bring the outdoors in. Three different collections of townhomes, some with walkouts and views of the ravine, will appeal to a diverse range of buyers.

The high quality interior finishes offered at The Uplands include airy nine-ft.-four-in. ceilings on the main floor and nine-ft. ceilings on the second floor, smooth finished ceilings, contemporary flush panel doors, lever-style interior door handles, stained oak handrail and pickets, and stained oak veneer stringers and solid oak risers on the main staircase. Kitchens feature contemporary cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, combination microwave/ range hood, double basin undermount sink and granite countertops, and islands (as per plan). The homes are constructed to save on energy, with superior levels of insulation, energy efficient windows, programmable thermostats and LED light fixtures.

Though the peaceful surroundings of The Uplands give the sense of being away from it all, everything needed for daily life is easily accessible in Courtice. The Uplands residents will have a bakery, LCBO, cafes, grocery stores and gastropub just minutes from home. In addition, a selection of big box stores are close by in Oshawa and Bowmanville.

Farmers’ markets, quaint boutiques and casual fare to fine dining venues are all right in Courtice. Just minutes away are the Courtice Community Complex, Durham College, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Trent University’s satellite campus in Oshawa for continuing education. Quaint downtown Bowmanville is just a few minutes east. Golf courses and riding stables are also in the immediate area.

Courtice is ideally located with access to Hwys. 407 and 401 just five minutes away and with Hwy. 418 on schedule to open in 2020 and providing a north-south link between Hwys. 407 and 401, access will be even easier. The Oshawa GO and VIA station is less than 15 minutes from The Uplands, making it easy to head east for a long weekend in Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa, go further afield to the east coast, or to travel west to Toronto’s Union Station and beyond.

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Visit the presentation centre, located on Hwy. 2 and Old Kingston Rd. in Courtice. The presentation centre is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; by appointment weekends, closed on holidays.

To learn more about The Upland’s unique lifestyle surrounded by nature and to see the beautiful modern home designs, call (905.240.2244) or visit the website.


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The Uplands Courtice

The Uplands Grand Opening set for nature first Courtice community

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The Uplands Grand Opening set for nature first Courtice community

The much-anticipated grand opening of The Uplands Courtice, a spectacular new home community in the heart of suburban Courtice, is happening this September. That’s when home buyers will have the opportunity to purchase one of the first 70 contemporary townhouses to be released and learn about the idyllic lifestyle offered in this nature-first community.

The Uplands is set on rolling land at King Street and Darlington Blvd. in the GTA east next to conservation land and Farewell Creek. The community is located between Hwys. 2 and 401, just minutes from Oshawa to the west and Bowmanville to the east.

The Uplands has been thoughtfully designed to maximize homeowners’ enjoyment of the exclusive setting with its natural ravine and tranquil wooded trails. An entrance from The Uplands will connect residents directly to meandering paths and the Farewell Creek Trail that leads to Tooley’s Mill Park with its gazebo, site of many community events. Soon, a newly constructed trail will link Tooley’s Mill to Darlington Provincial Park and the Waterfront Trail along Lake Ontario.

The Uplands’ contemporary two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses will introduce a new style of home design to Courtice. The modern towns have been crafted with meticulous attention to detail and will sit on beautifully landscaped streetscapes suited for strolling, biking or connecting with neighbours. Starting in the $500,000s, the architecturally inspired elevations include brick, stone and stucco facades with Energy Star premium vinyl large front and back windows to bring the outdoors in. Three different collections of townhomes, some with walk-outs and views of the ravine, will appeal to a diverse range of buyers.

Quality interior finishes at Uplands include airy nine-ft. four-in. ceilings on the main floor and nine-ft. ceilings on the second floor, smooth finished ceilings, contemporary flush panel doors, specially selected lever-style interior door handles, stained oak handrail and pickets, and stained oak veneer stringers and solid oak risers on the main staircase. Kitchens feature contemporary cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, combination microwave/range hood, double basin undermount sink and granite countertops, and islands (as per plan). The homes are constructed to save on energy, with superior levels of insulation, energy efficient windows, programmable thermostats and LED light fixtures.

Though the peaceful surroundings of The Uplands gives residents the sense of being away from it all, everything needed for daily life is easily accessible in Courtice. The Uplands residents will have a bakery, grocery store, LCBO, cafes and gastropub as well as clothing shops minutes from home. There are also larger shopping malls in Oshawa to the west and in Bowmanville to the east.

Everything from farmers’ markets to quaint boutiques and casual fare to fine dining venues is right in Courtice. Just minutes away are the Courtice Community Complex, Durham College, The University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Trent University’s satellite campus in Oshawa for continuing education. Quaint downtown Bowmanville is just a few minutes east. Golf courses and riding stables are also in the immediate area.

As part of the GTA, Courtice is ideally located with access to Hwys. 407 and 401 just five minutes away. With Hwy. 418 on schedule to open in 2020 and providing a north-south link between Hwys. 407 and 401, access will be even easier. The Oshawa GO and VIA station is less than 15 minutes away, making it easy to head east for a long weekend in Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa, go further afield to the east coast for some R&R, or to travel west to Toronto for a play, concert or dinner. In fact, Courtice is the same convenient distance from Toronto as Hamilton and offers easy access to Canada and international destinations.

THE UPLANDS

Visit the presentation centre, located on Hwy. 2 and Old Kingston Road in Courtice. The presentation centre is open from 1 p.m. to 6 pm. Monday to Wednesday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends. Closed holidays; Thursday and Friday by appointment. To learn more about The Upland’s unique lifestyle surrounded by nature and to see the beautiful modern home designs, buyers are invited to attend September 14’s Grand Opening or to visit the website.

905.240.2244


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The Uplands Courtice

Modern townhomes and bungalofts taking shape at The Uplands Courtice

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Modern townhomes and bungalofts taking shape at The Uplands Courtice

One of Clarington’s most highly anticipated developments will put nature first, as the luxury condos and townhomes of The Uplands take shape on a rolling site at King St. and Darlington Blvd. in the GTA east.

Located between Hwys. 2 and 401 minutes from Oshawa to the west and Bowmanville to the east, The Uplands Courtice offers a tranquil oasis adjacent to conservation land and a creek. It provides homeowners with the rare opportunity to connect with nature in the middle of bustling suburban Courtice, yet be close to all amenities.

Downtown Toronto is easily accessible with the Oshawa GO Train, which is just 40 minutes to Union Station or Hwys. 401 and 407, which are only five minutes from your doorstep. The Hwy. 418 link will soon make travel much faster. Those travelling east can catch the VIA train in Oshawa which can whisk you to Ottawa, Montreal and beyond.

The modern townhouses and bungalofts launching in September at The Uplands Courtice will start in the $500,000s. When completed, the project will have approximately 450 residential units, including condos and townhomes. The interior finishes will have stainless steel appliances in the kitchens, granite counters and contemporary cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, and a selection of engineered wood flooring, porcelain and carpet as per plan. The site’s slope is being used to maximize views, with townhouses set along the valley, and condos behind them, so all residents can enjoy views of Farewell Creek.

Developer Alan Hirschfield of High Street Courtice Inc. has made protecting and enhancing the environment a top priority for The Uplands. The company donated land along the creek to the municipality and a former rough path is being transformed into a public trail that will link picturesque Tooley’s Mill Park with its gazebo, site for many community events, to Darlington Provincial Park. An entrance from The Uplands will connect its residents directly to the trail where they can walk or cycle (Darlington Beach on Lake Ontario is a 12-minute bike ride away).

Hirschfield’s vision is to create a setting, so all Uplands residents, as well as the larger community, will enjoy the scenic natural features at their doorstep. “The park is very popular and we also donated a half acre to create parking,” says Hirschfield. “If you get more people using the valley, it will be kept cleaner and they’ll keep an eye on what’s happening there.”

As well as improving and protecting the Farewell Creek valley lands, The Uplands is bringing new housing choices to that part of Durham Region. As the population has become more mature and diverse, people want to be able to stay in the community, whether they work there or are downsizing. Hirschfield has also seen the flow of young couples and professionals from the GTA to more affordable communities offering a more serene lifestyle. That’s why Uplands is offering a mix of units.

“The townhouses will be ‘comfortably modern’ in design and of high quality,” he says, “with brick and stucco facades, clean lines, slightly sloped roofs, garage doors with contemporary detailing and large windows. There will be some units in the 1,350-sq.-ft. range, with the master bedroom on the main floor and another bedroom on the second floor. Buyers needing more space can find up to 3,200-sq.-ft. towns with double-car garages.

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: High Street Courtice

Find your outstanding townhouse living at The Uplands in Courtice

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Find your outstanding townhouse living at The Uplands in Courtice

An exceptional townhome lifestyle that blends the tranquility of nature with the convenience of suburban living comes to the vibrant community of Courtice in January, with The Uplands.

Long-awaited, The Uplands in Courtice puts homeowners in a unique setting adjacent to wooded conservation land and Farewell Creek with the Millennium Trail and walking paths just steps from their backyards. A trail links The Uplands Courtice to picturesque Tooley’s Mill Park with its gazebo, site for many community events and connection to a trail for walking or cycling.

The community is set between Highways 2 and 401, at King Street and Darlington Boulevard, with many day-to-day amenities within walking distance, including a bakery, pubs, coffee shop and LCBO, with everything else one needs just a short drive away.

In addition to this one-of-a-kind setting, The Uplands offers buyers the choice of three different home collections. The contemporary two-, three- and four-bedroom towns feature beautifully landscaped streetscapes, superb design and quality craftsmanship.

Starting in the $500,000s, the architecturally inspired elevations include brick, stone and stucco facades with large front and back windows to bring the outdoors in. The Ravine Collection overlooks the wooded ravine, with stunning backyard views. Ranging in size from 2,230 to 3,265 square feet, the townhomes are available in two- or three-bedroom designs, all have terraces and decks and finished basements that can be customized. Many plans have walkouts to the backyards and most have double-car garages.

The Wood Collection offers three-storey townhomes, 1,816 to 2,007 square feet, with two or three bedrooms. Main levels include walkouts to spacious decks and lower levels have finished recreation rooms with a full bathroom and walkouts to the rear yard. The Park Collection is a series of spacious two- and three-bedroom bungalofts ranging from 1,387 to 1,827 square feet with the master bedroom on the main level, a third bathroom on the second level and a third bedroom that can convert into an office. The Urban Collection offers layouts not previously available outside central Toronto. The two- or three-bedroom models, 2,095 to 2,106 square feet, offer three storeys of beautiful living space accessible by stairs or private elevator with two underground parking spaces.

Interior finishes include airy nine-foot four-inch ceilings on the main floor and nine-foot ceilings on the second floor, smooth finished ceilings, contemporary flush panel doors, lever-style interior door handles, stained oak handrail and pickets and stained oak veneer stringers and solid oak risers on the main staircase.

Kitchens feature contemporary cabinetry in a variety of colours and finishes, stainless steel appliances, combination microwave/range hood, double basin undermount sink and granite countertops and islands (as per plan).

The Uplands Courtice provides an ideal lifestyle and an ideal location. Residents will find everything from farmers’ markets to boutique shops to eateries right in Courtice. Just to the west is the bustling city of Oshawa with prime shopping at the Oshawa Centre, the region’s largest hospital, Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a Trent University satellite campus. Just to the east is the charming Bowmanville with its picturesque downtown with unique shops and restaurants.

Highways 401 and 407 are five minutes away and the GO Transit train and VIA station less than 15 minutes away. It’s easy to enjoy an evening out in Toronto or to head east for a weekend in Ottawa or Montreal or for some relaxation in Prince Edward County wine country.

Developer Alan Hirschfield of High Street Courtice has made protecting and enhancing the environment a top priority for The Uplands. He has been inspired by condo projects in Seattle that place as much, or more, emphasis on ecological and neighbourhood benefits as they do on architecture and design. High Street Courtice brings over four decades of architectural design and building experience to the project.

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: National Homes

Blueprint Workshop revolutionizes new home consumer research

As its slogan “You are the Blueprint” attests, National Homes takes homebuyer feedback seriously when planning its homes and communities.

Always an industry innovator, the company has now revolutionized the concept of traditional focus groups and consumer research with the National Homes Blueprint Workshop, a ground-breaking event that explored how homeowners feel about their homes, how they live in them, and what type of design, features and technology they believe will improve their lives.

The January Blueprint Workshop brought together creative design thinkers with dozens of past and potential future National Homes buyers of varied ages and demographics. They gathered in the IBM Innovation Space at Venture Labs in Markham, along with National Homes staff, designers, architects, engineers and partner leaders for a THINKTANK dedicated to new homes. Students from York University’s Schulich School of Business real estate master’s program also participated.

They broke into four small groups with partner leaders to engage in discussions, presentations and interviews. IBM helped to design and facilitate the workshop.

When IBM’s expertise in human-centred design indicates that the conversation is less about features and functions, and more about users and outcomes, businesses are more successful. It’s about understanding what matters to clients, how they see the world and getting to know them.

“With a typical focus group, people are sitting behind a screen or mirror with a facilitator and it’s structured,” says Deena Pantalone, director of marketing innovation and managing partner for National Homes. “This was more relaxed and comfortable. Rather than asking things such as, ‘Which interior finish do you like,’ we discussed generally how it feels to live in a house.”

The workshop’s purpose was to provide in-depth insight into homebuyers’ needs and desires, to further research and development efforts to position National Homes as a builder that values innovation and is responsive to its customers.

The day delved into the homeowner experience beyond bricks and mortar, explored new technology and time-saving solutions, as well as how to make the homebuying experience unique. It explored the idea of community, looking not just solely at homeowners’ needs, but what their parents and children might need as well.

Participants were selected based on responses to a survey sent to registrants from National Homes’ communities, along with current homeowners.

Partner leaders included Karl Vredenburg, Director IBM Design Worldwide Client Programs and head of IBM Studios Canada; Professor James McKellar, Associate Dean External Relations and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Schulich School of Business; Raphael Wong and Matt Lennan of ThoughtWire, a leading Canadian digital intelligence company; Jenna Zaza of The Interactive Abode, a technology company that allows purchasers to virtually decorate their new homes and make finishing selections online; Jason Disher, Logan Stewart, Tyler Balding and Yonnas Tecle of Panasonic, a company that makes state-of-theart home products; and Bob Storey, Andreas C. Leuth and Greg Jefferies of Sto Canada Ltd., a leader in high-performance building cladding options.

“Innovation has always been a staple of our corporate foundation,” says Pantalone. “I’ve travelled to leading international cities where this type of research is being carried out. We want to anticipate homeowner problems and provide solutions by thinking ahead. We want to provide futuristic homes that are affordable.”

Workshop participants got a glimpse into some of the future possibilities. For example, ThoughtWire has changed the way people act with their built environment with its software. It has played a transformative role in digitizing healthcare facilities, speeding up workflow and improving patient experience with automation and real-time interactions between medical staff, systems and devices. For instance, patients can control the temperature in their rooms, medical personnel get real-time patient information on their devices and elevators can be programmed so food carts delivering patient meals won’t be delayed. Some of this technology can be adapted for residential use.

Panasonic might be best known for home entertainment products in Canada, but the company has a comprehensive lineup of home-related products and builds entire new home communities in Japan. Participants learned about the Shimau Principle – the art of space and harmony where everything is in its rightful place. Panasonic offers comprehensive storage and organization solutions. Developed in Japan, where people live in smaller spaces, the solutions are a great fit for condos — or any home — as many homeowners do not utilize space to its best advantage.

Attendees got to see, touch and feel EcoShapes from Sto Canada, a product that has been used in Europe for more than 30 years but is new to Canada. It reduces energy costs, provides a higher R-value and reduces the home’s carbon footprint. Sto’s forward-thinking products contribute to creating a superior energy-efficient home.

Zaza, founder of The Interactive Abode, explained how pop culture, online sites and TV shows inspired development of her interactive software that allows purchasers the time to research and make decisions about their new home selections from the comfort of their own homes. It uses photo-realistic renderings to take the guesswork out of decisions between standard or upgrade options and allows buyers to visualize how colour selections and finishes will look in their new residence. Zaza says in the last five years, sales centres have incorporated software that helps with homebuying, but the process was lacking in the design studio. Zaza brought four laptops for workshop participants to try the online design studio for themselves.

Pantalone is excited about the possibilities the Blueprint Workshop offered and sees this as the springboard for more collaborative sessions with homeowners and other partners to transform the builder-buyer relationship.

“Our slogan, ‘You Are the Blueprint,’ means something to us as a company,” she said. “This will allow us to take our relationship with our purchasers to a whole new level and create a more meaningful buying and living experience for them.”

National Homes looks forward to offering some of their latest “bright ideas” at upcoming new home communities in 2018 and 2019 including Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.
National Homes returns to Bradford with Phase 2 of The Forest, featuring elegant homes and stunning architecture.

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Visit National Homes online for more information and to register for previews before the public openings in communities in Markham, Bradford, Brampton, Courtice and Burlington.

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