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Georgian International walks the talk at Braestone in Horseshoe Valley

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Georgian International walks the talk at Braestone in Horseshoe Valley

What began as a vision of a truly unique country estate community in Horseshoe Valley, #BraestoneLife is now a beautiful reality for the fortunate families who live there. Happily, there is still room for more residents as this welcoming community unfolds.

The skating pond has already seen many a pick-up hockey game and figure skating practice. The field of dreams is the site of home runs marked by corn stalks. Spring is heralded by maple sugaring at the sugar shack. The Christmas tree farm is growing, the berries are ready to be picked, and the pumpkin patch is on track for fall. The many lifestyle amenities that made living at Braestone look so extraordinary on paper are now in place. Braestone calls them Remarkables, life-enriching amenities that foster a deeper, richer connection with the land.

Mike Parker, vice-president of sales and marketing for Georgian International‘s real estate division, was an early purchaser before he joined the company. He says, “My backyard faces Braestone Farm and, as I sit on my porch, I marvel at the progress of this community.”

From the beginning, Barrie-based Georgian International understood that building a community out of nothing takes time, even if the backdrop is a remarkable 556 acres of green fields, lush woodlands and rolling hills. Intending to set traditions that will take hold and continue, the company has held community events: Summer corn roasts with live music; a pancake breakfast fundraiser; horse drawn sleigh rides on Family Day; Braestone maple syrup fundraiser; any excuse for a get together. Staying true to the intention and sustaining it through the building years to give it stability is important to everyone at Braestone.

More than brick and mortar are the connections between the residents who live there, and those that will naturally build and evolve over time. With more than 100 homes now built and occupied, a deep sense of community is forming around residents’ shared love of the natural setting unlike any other and the activities that the land affords them.

Groups have naturally started to form, giving expression to this vibrancy and lifestyle that draws residents to Braestone. A hiking club is one recent example, who meet at a set time before setting off to explore the nature preserve that winds through Braestone. Dog owners, too, are becoming friends as they walk the fields and trails – and so are their four-legged pals.

“The people who live here are inherently nature lovers and enjoy being outdoors, so it’s natural they would join with their neighbours for a hike,” says Mike, adding, “Although there is still work to do, the vision has taken root and is being enjoyed among the families who now call this remarkable community home.”

The children of Braestone have access to many great schools nearby, including the Oro-Medonte Forest School at Horseshoe Resort where kids aged two to 12 spend anywhere from half a day to full day outdoors exploring and learning amid nature’s splendour.

When complete, Braestone will consist of a total of 229 homes, each one a unique expression of its owners yet designed to create an appealing and consistent streetscape using progression architecture around a central core. Authentic gas lanterns will light the porches of these modern interpretation of farmhouse-style detached homes. Interiors reflect the natural setting and include classic quality tongue-and-groove engineered hardwood flooring, with designer tile in the foyers, bathrooms and mudrooms. Optional freestanding tubs are set in front of dreamy views over the valley, inviting a relaxing soak to refresh.

Everyone has a unique take on life and being in Horseshoe Valley in the heart of everything you love offers you a world of activities that will satisfy most everyday needs, and more. Braestone is close to Barrie and Orillia with numerous malls, shops, markets to choose from. Both centres boast stunning waterfront parks to enjoy the beaches as well as scheduled events and festivals. Golfing enthusiasts don’t have to go far to tee off – Braestone Club and other courses are nearby. Outdoor fun doesn’t end when the snow falls either. Ski resorts are dotted around the local neighbourhood and Blue Mountain is a short drive away.

Braestone is well on its way to becoming one of the prettiest new home and lifestyle communities in the country, offering vitality and activity. You are invited to join the story. Some homesites are still available in Phase 4, so hurry in for a site tour. The weather’s fine and the welcome is warm.

Georgian International. Unlike others.

One of Simcoe County’s most influential and recognized names, Georgian International is a dynamic leader in automotive retail and a dominant real estate investor in commercial and residential opportunities, including Windfall, Mountain House at Windfall and Braestone. Passionate about giving back to the community, Georgian has made it their mission to create legacy communities of artfully designed architecture inspired by small town Canada, with amenities that improve peoples’ lives, giving people that sense of home ensconced among mountains, lakes, Christmas tree parks, skating ponds. Homes and hometown communities that truly exceed buyers’ dreams.

GEORGIAN INTERNATIONAL

For further information visit the website.


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Georgian International offers remarkable communities in Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia area

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Georgian International offers remarkable communities in Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia area

Active families and retirees are heading in droves to the Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia region for its natural beauty and world-class attractions. Once here, they are delighted to discover that Georgian International, a visionary developer with strong roots in the neighbourhood offers exactly what they’re in search of; thoughtful communities that are an authentic reflection of small town Canada.

Braestone at Horseshoe Valley. Country Estate, rethought

Gas-fired lanterns. A pumpkin patch. A Christmas tree farm. A baseball diamond encircled by corn stalks à la Field of Dreams. These idyllic features complement the farmhouse-style homes that make up the Braestone estate community, one hour north of the GTA in Horseshoe Valley.

Braestone
Braestone

Developed by Georgian International, the 229 homes sit on 556 acres in the Oro-Medonte township. These ingredients, known as “remarkables,” truly capture the uniqueness of living here that appeals to prospective buyers.

Bringing a unique approach to Ontario real estate is a hallmark of the company. “What we’re doing is not what other developers are doing,” says Mike Parker, vice-president, sales and marketing for Georgian International’s Real Estate Division. “In the planning process, we came up with community features that will enhance people’s lives, that will be part of their active lifestyles.”

Bathroom at Braestone
Bathroom at Braestone

For example, a toboggan hill is a family-friendly add-on, and a sugar shack can teach residents about the age-old practice of tapping maple trees. “Braestone buyers are typically nature lovers and enjoy being outdoors,” Parker notes, “and that’s why we created remarkables like a skating pond, a berry patch.”

Parker adds that they regularly hold events for the community with the intention that the traditions will continue long after the development is built out. Summer corn roasts with live music, a pancake breakfast fundraiser, and family day horse drawn sleigh rides are just a few.

Livingroom at Braestone
Livingroom at Braestone

Besides successful sales, Braestone’s eye-catching offerings and impressive amenities are getting noticed by the industry. It was recognized as Best New Home Community of the Year in 2016 by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, and its Discovery Centre was named 2016 Best Lowrise Homes Sales Office in Canada by the CHBA. Most recently, the “Thoroughbred” model was awarded Best Two-Storey Design up to 2,500 sq. ft. by the Ontario Homes Builders Association.

Interior flourishes make the Braestone homes visually appealing, to say the least: Floors come complete with tongue-and-groove maple or oak, and porcelain tile is found in the bathrooms, foyers and mudrooms. Master bathrooms showcase an island-style soaker tub.

Windfall at Blue Mountain

Winner of the Simcoe County Home Builders Awards’ Project Of The Year 2017. Georgian International’s popular Windfall is a 609-home community at the base of Blue Mountain that attracts buyers looking for “comfort, character, culture and community with a relaxed way of life,” says Parker.

He notes that “it’s a place where nature and neighbourhood are in perfect balance… with community trails, Georgian Bay on one side, and the Niagara Escarpment on the other the beauty of the natural landscape is simply amazing.”

Windfall
Windfall

In the heart of the community will be The Shed, a barn-inspired gathering place that will form the hub for residents to network, socialize and relax. Cold- and hot-water outdoor pools are planned to further promote relaxed living.

“The semis and detached homes differ from the look of Braestone units with more mountain-like colours and shades,” Parker remarks. But both will feature a trademark flourish for Georgian International developments: Gas-powered lanterns.

“There’s a romantic feel, an ambiance, to lanterns that is special and not done by anyone else,” Parker says.

Buyers can select from well-appointed standard features or upgrade interior design packages that coordinate interior finishes, including flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting and other fixtures. started moving in this spring, beginning in May.

Bridge at Windfall
Bridge at Windfall

When fully completed, the 230-unit Mountain House will consist of two-, three, and four-storey buildings. The terrace suites boast a chalet-style and complemented by a community building, a bike repair station, a sauna and relaxation room, hot and cold pools and an idyllic setting. “Like all our projects, the standard features, such as full, glass-walled showers and exterior gas lanterns, go above and beyond expectations,” says Parker.

Mountain House
Mountain House

Close to Windfall and Mountain House are the historic areas of Collingwood, Blue Mountain Resort and Wasaga Beach, as all three regions are “remarkables” onto themselves for Ontario residents. Nearby activities include boating on Georgian Bay, fishing, snowboarding, ATV trail tours, water parks, golfing, sleigh rides and guided snowshoe hikes.

Georgian International. At home in beautiful Simcoe County

Georgian International is not just carving its own path in the real estate business, which began in 1985. The diverse company’s divisions include Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC and Air Georgian.

Georgian International has made it its mission to create communities of artfully designed architecture inspired by small town Canada, with amenities that improve peoples’ lives, giving people that sense of home ensconced among mountains, lakes, Christmas tree parks, and skating ponds.

And if that isn’t being Canadian at its most grassroots, we don’t know what is.

GEORGIAN INTERNATIONAL

For further information visit the Braestone, Windfall and Mountain House websites.


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Hanson Development Group

New collection of homes by Hanson Development Group at a unique Midland lakeside community

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New collection of homes by Hanson Development Group at a unique Midland lakeside community

Excitement is building at The Seasons on Little Lake, Southern Georgian Bay’s most unique lakeside community as the first homes get under construction this spring. The initial homeowners in this beautiful master-planned development are eagerly anticipating their one-of-a-kind lifestyle close to nature.

There’s more big news. Hanson Development Group will be launching a new collection of homes soon at The Seasons, giving buyers yet another option to live in a vibrant community within a pristine setting minutes from charming downtown Midland in dynamic Simcoe County. For far less than the price of a similar condominium in Toronto, you could be part of the beautiful community surrounded by nature. The Seasons is affordable, rich in amenities, and only 90 minutes from the big city.

All homes in the new collection will have garages and basements. To help visualize what living in a home at The Seasons will be like, visit the website at seasonslittlelake.com and take the virtual tours of typical homes in the community. The tours illustrate rooms with an abundance of natural light and generous open-concept designs that are perfect for entertaining. The homes are ideal for permanent or seasonal living and are distinguished by beautiful quality finishes.

For Doug and Karen Hill, the decision to purchase at Seasons was an easy one. “We were looking for a place outside of city where we could slow things down and really connect with nature,” said Karen. “We were also impressed with the broader vision for this community. It seems like a lot of consideration and detail has been placed on ensuring Seasons caters to those seeking a healthy and active lifestyle,” added Doug.

The Seasons offers contemporary condominium towns and semis, designed by a multi-award winning team of international talent. The community is set on approximately 247 acres comprised of woods, ponds, trails and open spaces adjacent to beautiful Little Lake. An extensive trail system connects the five distinctive and innovative parks of the community. The lifestyle at Seasons will be healthy and enjoyable, with a wealth of outdoor activities at residents’ doorsteps, including hiking, biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Homeowners will also enjoy birdwatching and wildlife settings close to home. Residents can also drink in the beauty of the natural surroundings at a more leisurely pace, while they walk, meditate or take in sunrises or sunsets by the lake.

A vibrant 10,000-sq.-ft. Members Club will offer further recreational and social amenities within walking distance of the homes, with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centre, party room, kitchen, library and meeting room. The club will be a hive of activity, with a busy calendar of events, courses and clubs.

Homebuyers will enjoy another added value: all current purchasers or homeowners and those who purchase prior to Sept. 1, 2019 will be offered a two-year social membership at the nearby Midland Golf and Country Club. The club was founded in 1919 by local businessman James Playfair, designed by Nicol Thompson, then redesigned by Thompson student Doug Carrick in the early 1990s. The result is an 18-hole course that reflects heritage and classic design and provides a challenge for casual and advanced golfers.

The Seasons will be a model of environmentally friendly, sustainable development. Approximately 100 acres of greenspace and parks will be transferred to the Town of Midland and permanently protected. Measures will be taken to preserve and protect the area’s natural landscape and native flora and fauna. Little Lake and the nearby 3,000-acre Wye Marsh nature reserve are environmentally protected for the enjoyment of the Midland community.

Although The Seasons’ setting is peaceful and natural, it’s close to numerous conveniences, including big box stores, unique boutiques, banks and restaurants. The Town of Midland also has a full complement of health and wellness professionals and services, including the new Georgian Bay Hospital.

HANSON DEVELOPMENT GROUP

To learn more about this unique lakeside community, visit the presentation centre, located at 16831 Highway 12 at Sumac Lane in Midland, or visit the website.


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The Seasons on Little Lake

The Seasons on Little Lake

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The Seasons on Little Lake

Southern Georgian Bay lakeside community

Construction has now begun at The Seasons On Little Lake. The first residents of this idyllic, Simcoe County community will be experiencing all that it has to offer come 2019 – and many of them can’t wait.

Future home owners and local residents attended a much-anticipated groundbreaking of the master-planned community in late May. Set along the shores of Little Lake, minutes from downtown Midland and only 90 minutes from Toronto, The Seasons on Little Lake offers a one-of-a-kind home ownership opportunity.

Destined to become one of southern Georgian Bay’s finest residential developments, the first phase by the Hanson Development Group is now well under way. The Maples collection includes one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom townhomes, as well as semi-detached homes that range in size from 867 to 1,599 square feet. Priced from $279,900, the value of these beautifully designed homes is evident. Monthly maintenance fees range from $199 to $337, making life at The Seasons On Little Lake very affordable.

“We’re very proud to, officially, kick off the construction for our development here in Midland,” says Mark Hanson, president of Hanson Development. “We’re continuing our strong commitment to this wonderful community. The next few years will prove to be very exciting as the community of Seasons grows.”

A 10,000-square-foot Members Club will offer social and recreational amenities within walking distance of the homes. It will include indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre, a party room, a kitchen, a library and a meeting room. With all that it has to offer, the club is expected to be a hive of activity, with a busy calendar of organized groups, events and classes.

With a wealth of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, swimming, canoeing and sailing, an active and healthy lifestyle is most-certain at The Seasons On Little Lake. Surrounded by nature, an extensive trail system will connect the parks and various features of the community. The tranquil setting is comprised of forests, ponds, trails and open spaces. Natural elements can be enjoyed throughout the seasons, as well as the glorious sunrises and sunsets over the lake.

Approximately 100 acres of parks and greenspace will be transferred to the town of Midland, and permanently protected. Measures will be taken to preserve the area’s natural landscape, and native flora and fauna. Little Lake, as well as the nearby 3,000-acre Wye Marsh nature reserve, are environmentally protected for the enjoyment of the Midland community.

In addition to the built-in amenities and facilities at The Seasons, this neighbourhood is positioned to take advantage of an extended community that includes golf courses, marinas, shops, services and restaurants. The town of Midland is an exciting hub, and also offers a full complement of health and wellness professionals, including the new Georgian Bay Hospital.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Presentation Centre is located at 16831 Highway 12 at Sumac Lane in Midland.

705.526.2700 / seasonslittlelake.com


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