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Standing out from the crowd in Mississauga

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Standing out from the crowd in Mississauga

Mississauga has always been a city of noteworthy accomplishments, from its inception as a city in 1974 combining the former townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville; to being home to Canada’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, from 1978 to 2014.

You might expect such a track record of ambition from one of the most populous – and fastest-growing – municipalities in Canada.

Covering a huge swath of land – 288 square kms, 13 km of which front Lake Ontario – Mississauga comprises many distinct neighbourhoods and communities. The former town of Port Credit, for example, once a sleepy little industrial locale, home to the iconic – and smelly – St. Lawrence Starch Co. plant from 1890 to 1990, today is a much sought-after residential area, thanks to its prized waterfront location.

Local histories

Many of these areas host annual festivals that pay respect to local histories. Streetsville, for example, holds its annual Bread and Honey Festival, paying homage to the area’s roots as a mill town. And Port Credit’s Mississauga Waterfront Festival and the Southside Shuffle blues and jazz festival display everything that the community has to offer.

With McCallion running the show over 12 consecutive terms, until she stepped aside and Bonnie Crombie won the election in 2014, Mississauga was known as a city of growth. McCallion consistently boasted she oversaw among the lowest taxes in Canada and made it easy for companies to do business there. Today, the area is home to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, including Laura Secord Chocolates, Honeywell Aerospace, Walmart Canada and Kellogg’s Canada.

Getting around Mississauga is, well, you are travelling over a vast area, and traffic these days… But Hwys. 401, 403, 410 and the QEW all run for stretches through the city, and there’s no shortage of GO Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit options.

Waterfront recreation

For sports and recreation, again Mississauga is blessed with numerous recreational winter and summer sports leagues with decades of local history. Using the Streetsville example again, the Vic Johnston Community Centre dates back to 1961, and sits adjacent to Memorial Park and the Credit River.

And, following the Credit River down to Port Credit, Memorial Arena is another beautiful old barn, sitting adjacent to Memorial Park and facing Lake Ontario. The park itself serves as host location for some of the area’s largest festivals.

Then there’s the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre), where the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads play, and which also is home to a number of community rinks.

Location, location, location

• More than 288.42 square kms, 13 kms fronting Lake Ontario; bounded by Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Toronto and Lake Ontario

Key landmarks

• Living Arts Centre

• Mississauga Celebration Square

• Paramount Fine Foods Centre

• Sheridan College Business School

• Square One Shopping Centre

• University of Toronto Mississauga

Select housing developments

20/Twenty Towns by Consulate Development Group

Eleven 11 Clarkson by Saxon Developments

Jewels of the Meadows by Ideal Developments

Lakeview Village by Lakeview Community Partners

Parc Towns by The Daniels Corporation

The Clarkson Urban Towns by Haven Developments

Tuxedo Park by Maple Valley Development Corp.


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The Clarkson Townhomes

The Clarkson Townhomes inspired by life on the GO

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The Clarkson Townhomes inspired by life on the GO

What if there was a place that felt like home but was changing right before your eyes? Clarkson Village is that place where you can unwind and relax, lounge or stroll. You’ll always find something exciting happening right around the corner.

In the heart of it all is The Clarkson Urban Towns by Haven Developments. Located in south Mississauga’s prestigious Clarkson Village at 2200 Bromsgrove Rd., this community will allow you to experience urban living to the fullest.

The Clarkson keeps you close to what’s important for everyday life. Conveniences like grocery stores and pharmacies make it easy to shop for much-needed essentials, including a new Loblaw’s pick-up location at the Clarkson GO Station. Become part of a growing community with a local scene of boutique shops, activities and restaurants.

These spacious and stylish townhomes inspire peaceful moments on your own or exciting celebrations with friends. Featuring meticulous attention to detail, a well-designed floorplan to maximize space, and luxurious interior finishes such as quartz, glass tile and options such as brushed gold accents to complete the look.

Haven Developments creates communities that complement and enrich the lives of homeowners. The company designs properties that feel like home and connect you to the city you love. Being connected is something Haven achieves in proximity to transit, nature, and amenities. In fact, one of its most distinctive philosophies is that it builds only in locations with superior access to transit.

At The Clarkson you’ll discover transit options that will quickly get you to your desired destination. With GO at your doorstep, get to Union Station in 25 minutes flat. Nearby highways take you through the GTA and beyond. Gain easy access to Toronto and Pearson International Airport.

GO Transit operates three train lines and several GO bus routes through Mississauga. MiWay is the primary bus operator with a dedicated and fast east to west bus-only roadway. MiWay’s routes connect with GO Transit commuter rail and intercity buses. The system also connects with Brampton Transit to the north, Oakville Transit to the west, York Region Transit (YRT) to the northeast, and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to the east.

Thanks to Loblaws and Metrolinx you can order groceries online and pick them up at the Clarkson GO Station on your way home from work, in time to prepare a fresh meal — just one of the many perks this location has to offer.

Most people have no idea how much greenspace Mississauga has. The outdoor enthusiast is sure to find their haven with miles of walking trails, boardwalks and a scenic cycling path along the Lakeshore. Discover the new Bromsgrove and Sheridan Creek trails across the street from The Clarkson.

The proximity to Port Credit, only a five-minute ride on the GO, is certainly a draw as Mississauga’s entertainment hub for shopping, dining and entertainment.

Need any more reasons to love life at The Clarkson?

Haven is having a public launch in February. Register at the website to receive updates on this development.

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Streetsville Centre

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The ultimate in right-space living

For many, once they enter the empty nester stage of life, they also want a change of lifestyle – one that is simpler and less-encumbered with the day-to-day tasks of maintaining a large family home. Dunpar Homes has developed the perfect compromise at Streetsville Centre.

This 200-unit enclave of executive, back-to-back townhomes is located in the heart of Streetsville. It’s convenient location positions you close to everything, including the GO station (located right across the street), retail shops and restaurants on the main street and Streetsville Memorial Park, as well as easy access to Highways 401, 403 and the QEW. And for leisure and business travellers, Toronto Pearson International airport is a 10-minute cab ride.

RIGHT-SIZING

Rather than thinking of it as downsizing, refer to it as right-sizing. Studies show that we spend 80 per cent of our time in only 20 per cent of our homes – leaving lots of wasted space. Moving to a smaller, better laid out, home could put money in your retirement bank account.

The savings are significant, not only in terms of mortgage payments (if you still have them), but also as it relates to utilities, property taxes, insurances, etc. In addition, maintenance and upkeep costs, especially on older homes, can be exorbitant.

REDIRECTED PRIORITIES

With extra cash flow, you have the opportunity to travel more, to help out your children or grandchildren, to buy an alternate warm-weather condo, or add to your retirement portfolio. A diversified portfolio is always more attractive than one that ties up your equity in one bulk investment. As long as the house that you sold was your principal residence, the proceeds are tax-free, so the money is yours to do with as you wish. As with any big decision, it’s best to speak with your financial advisor.

When buying new, you want to be selective, and to make sure that you get exactly what you’re looking for. Your time is valuable, and you no longer need to be worried about mowing the lawn, shovelling the snow or exterior maintenance.

MORE TO GAIN

Homes here are spacious, and range in size from 1,500 to 1875 square feet. All have three bedrooms, two-car garages and well-proportioned principal rooms, as well as a roof top deck or a balcony off the kitchen. Prices start in the mid $800,000s, and include granite countertops, an under-mount kitchen sink, a frameless glass shower door in the ensuite, smooth ceilings and stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Dunpar insists upon having full control over the exterior architecture and landscape design in every one of their communities. As a result, a Dunpar community is recognizable. And while residents benefit from a maintenance-free lifestyle, they also are ensured of a good-looking community for years to come.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Information Centre is located at 80 Thomas Street in Mississauga.

416.236.9800 / dunparhomes.com


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Streetsville Centre

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It’s All About the Location

Location, location, location is still the real estate mantra when buying, but these days that desired location could actually be somewhere quite different. For the modern down-sizer, a good location is anywhere that offers a better quality of life, so that more time can be spent doing the things that they want to do.

In the northwest corner of Mississauga is the quaint, historic community of Streetsville. It’s here that Dunpar Homes introduced Streetsville Centre – a new development right in the middle of it, at 80 Thomas Street.

This 200-unit enclave of luxury custom towns and semis is within walking distance to everything you could possibly need, and only a quick, 30-second jaunt to the GO Station across the road. A two-minute stroll puts you on the main street, where you’ll find charming shops and restaurants. Another five minutes and you’re at Streetsville Memorial Park, with its soccer field, baseball diamond, community centre, outdoor pool, hiking trail and 100-seat picnic grounds. Highways 401, 403 and the QEW are close by, and Toronto Pearson International Airport is a 10-minute drive.

When Jane Jacobs penned her now famous The Rise and Fall of American Cities, she noted how urban renewal usually led to the loss of neighbourhoods and an elimination of local experiences. As a result, Jacobs lobbied to save old buildings – those familiar landmarks that create a sense of place.

The sleepy village of Streetsville escaped the demolition policies of the 70s and 80s, leaving many of the old buildings intact. The relatively small population keeps the town centre accessible.

Dunpar Homes follows similar planning principles and looks for desirable infill properties that are close to existing amenities, like services, retail and transportation routes. Such locations are coveted for their organic growth, while creating that solid sense of place that Jacobs found to be so important.

Originally founded in 1818 on a 648,000-acre tract of land (the last on the Credit River), Streetsville was named after a Niagara surveyor – Timothy Street. In exchange for his services he was granted 1,000 acres on the fast flowing river, where he built his own home in 1825.

Off the beaten track, Streetsville’s architecture and cultural diversity grew at a slow pace over two centuries. Jacobs believed that adding a few buildings every year created a healthy urban fabric, with structures of all ages, and styles, represented.

The spacious homes at Streetsville Centre range in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet, with roof-top decks and balconies off the kitchen. Prices start in the mid $800,000s for three-bedroom designs that have well-proportioned principal rooms and two-car garages. Interior features include, granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, an under-mount kitchen sink and a frameless glass ensuite shower, as well as smooth ceilings and stainless appliances.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Information Centre is located at 80 Thomas Street in Mississauga.

416.236.9800

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Streetsville Centre

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Right-size the next stage of life

Downsizing is a word that can be fraught with emotion, especially as it pertains to uprooting from the home where you raised your children, as well as having to edit your belongings down to a more manageable size. Apparently, most of us spend 80 per cent of our time in 20 per cent of our living spaces. When you look at it this way, it’s more like right-sizing.

At Streetsville Centre in Mississauga you can find exactly what you want, and need, for the next stage of life. Here, you can choose from well-designed townhomes, with all the luxury upgrades that you’ve always desired.

When you scale down, the equity from your family home is tax-free if reinvested in a principal residence. The financial benefits go a long way towards realizing other retirement dreams, or assisting your children and grandchildren. Speak to a financial advisor about how changing your home affects your overall fiscal plan.

There are so many things to consider when relocating, especially as it relates to the proximity of health care, transit, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, as well as social and natural attributes for getting out and about. Dunpar Homes‘ latest project positions you in the centre of Streetsville, nestled in the middle of acres of parkland on the Credit River, and directly across the street from the GO station. Streetsville Memorial Park includes a soccer field, baseball diamond, community centre, outdoor pool, picnic grounds and hiking trails. The Ontario Racquet Club is a 150,000-square-foot facility with indoor, and outdoor, tennis courts, squash courts and hot yoga classes, as well as pilates and spinning studios. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area and the Riverwood Conservancy are located close by.

Streetsville Centre is a 200-unit enclave of luxury towns and semis starting from the mid-$800s. All models include three bedrooms, two-car garages and lots of storage, and range in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet.

Gracious designs feature high ceilings, large windows, and functional, openconcept floorplans. Interior finishes, include marble or granite countertops, hardwood floors and large closets. Easy access to the deck and rear yard, naturally extends the interior footprint when entertaining family and friends.

You’ll have lots of extra time, without having to worry about shovelling the snow, cutting the grass or yard maintenance – time that is better spent with those you love – especially your grandchildren. Unlike condos, where space and storage are at a premium, a townhome at Streetsville Centre is less expensive per square foot than a condominium, and offers you far more space when you’re ready to right-size.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Call or register online to book an appointment.

416.318.9112

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Making luxury more affordable

Dunpar Homes has made buying a new townhome in the heart of Streetsville a whole lot easier. Streetsville Centre is a 200-unit enclave of luxury towns and semis starting from the mid-$800s.

Home ownership is becoming out of reach for new purchasers in the GTA. While still a great investment, affordability and debt loads are of great concern. In addition, commuting and traffic congestion are getting worse, and finding the perfect (affordable) location is harder to find.

With the Ontario government’s Fair Housing Plan unveiled last April, the real estate market slowdown is no secret. Intended to bring stability and affordability to renters and homebuyers, the plan included a 15 per cent foreign buyer tax, and stricter regulations on real estate agents.

To help offset any further deterrents, Dunpar Homes is offering a three-year mortgage, for qualified buyers, at an interest rate of 1.99 per cent. New home buyers will also receive $25,000 off the purchase price, or $30,000 in design credits for upgrades.

The well-established community of Streetsville was founded in 1818, and still maintains its historic charm. With easy access to the GO train and major thoroughfares, getting to where you need to go is comfortable and convenient. Located within the city of Mississauga, Streetsville also benefits from a plethora of amenities, medical services, shopping and entertainment – many within walking distance. Streetsville Memorial Park includes a soccer field, baseball diamond, community centre, outdoor pool, picnic grounds and hiking trails. The Ontario Racquet Club is a 150,000-square-foot facility with indoor, and outdoor, tennis courts, squash courts and hot yoga classes, as well as pilates and spinning studios. Rattray Marsh Conservation Area and the Riverwood Conservancy are located close by.

With plenty of green space, there’s room to breathe, along with a wide variety of outdoor activities like cycling, rollerblading and hiking. The nearby Credit River offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities. The river is also well-stocked thanks to the stewardship of the Credit River Anglers Association (CRAA). Migrating birds tend to like this area, as well, making it popular with bird watchers.

Streetsville Centre showcases a selection of well-designed homes, with the one thing that is often lacking – lots of storage. All models include three bedrooms and two-car garages, and range in size from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet.

Downsizing baby boomers, who are active and want to remain so, are on a quest to find the perfect home that satisfies their desire for a (somewhat) slower pace, while remaining vital and engaged. Dunpar Homes has come up with the perfect new home community at Streetsville Centre.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Call or register online to book an appointment.

(416) 318-9112
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