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The Davis Residences celebrates grand opening success in Newmarket

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The Davis Residences celebrates grand opening success in Newmarket

The Davis Residences at Bakerfield recently celebrated its official grand opening in Newmarket. The successful event attracted many excited potential homebuyers interested in discovering unprecedented modern urban condo living in Newmarket.

Excited crowds attend The Davis Residences’ official grand opening in Newmarket. Photo: Greg King

Rising 15 storeys, The Davis will be located on Parkside at Davis, in the heart of Uptown Newmarket’s urban centre. The Davis is the first phase of a 4.4-acre master-planned community that will consist of three towers rising above a beautifully landscaped courtyard and a new urban park. The residential community will boast approximately 500 new suites.

The Davis celebrates its official sales office grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Left to right: The Rose Corporation’s President Daniel Berholz; CEO Sam Reisman; Vice-President Andrew Webster; and Milborne Group’s Vice-President Brian Shew. Photo: Arthur Mola

Developed by The Rose Corporation, the modern condominium is designed by Toronto architecture firm RAW to meet LEED Silver requirements incorporating the latest in advanced energy-efficient building methods and materials. The building presents a sleek and sophisticated urban design with spacious, liveable suite layouts ranging from one- to three-bedroom configurations. The building will be surrounded by a communal 20,000 sq. ft. park with a children’s playground, which will help to enhance the public realm while at the same time provide a health-conscious and safe social space for local area residents.

Photo: Arthur Mola

The condominium will also feature outstanding indoor amenities, including a stunning designer lobby and modern lounge with a fireplace and gallery; state-of-the-art fitness centre and yoga studio; elegantly-appointed party room with kitchen; furnished guest suites; kids play room; landscaped rooftop terrace; pet spa and bike racks for those who intend to explore the many attached local bike trails.

The Davis’ future residents will be in the heart of it all placing them walking distance to a wealth of boutique shops, restaurants, galleries and local services along Main St. Centrally located along a VIVA Rapidway route, just steps to Newmarket GO station, and close to Hwys. 404 and 400, The Davis will be at the heart of this emerging region that is naturally poised for a residential density boost.

The elegant one- to three-bedroom condo residences are priced from the $400’s to more than $600,000.

For more information register at thedaviscondos.com. Those interested in ownership opportunities at The Davis should email sales@thedaviscondos.com, call 905.235.9200 or visit the sales office at 693 Davis Dr., Newmarket. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

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Editor's Choice: Shining Hill by Regal Crest Homes

Why the spotlight is on the new Regal Crest Homes’ Shining Hill community in Aurora/Newmarket

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Why the spotlight is on the new Regal Crest Homes’ Shining Hill community in Aurora/Newmarket

Coming October 26, 2019, Regal Crest Homes has the ideal location for those dreaming of a life in Aurora/Newmarket! Located in the beautiful area at St. John’s Sideroad and Yonge Street, Shining Hill will showcase beautifully designed traditional and rear lane townhomes, semis and single detached homes on the border of Aurora and Newmarket. Imagine living in the Shining Hill community where you can easily access the best of two towns!

Aurora is a desirable, affluent, town that prides itself on community and the charming character that only a small town can offer. It is in top 10 Ontario towns and cities to live in Ontario by recent 2019 Maclean’s ranking and in top 10 communities to raise a family. Aurora is home to Magna International, the largest manufacturer of automotive parts in North America.

Newmarket has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine 2018 and has garnered an international reputation for being one of the country’s most dynamic, diverse and desirable towns to live and work in. Newmarket is also widely considered a progressive place with a reputation for innovation, particularly in its environmental projects.

Both towns offer access to many schools, including French Immersion, International Baccalaureate and private schools like St. Andrew’s College in Aurora. You are closely situated to the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine, a preserved geological area that runs through the town of Aurora, giving you access to lots of trails in the area, which you can enjoy all year round. There a number of local parks, notably the just started Wildlife Park, community centres, like the Stronach Aurora Recreational Complex and the Aurora Family Leisure Complex which has skateboard park, pool, and arboretum. The state-of-the-art Magna Centre recreation complex in Newmarket offers hockey rinks, a pool and indoor gym.

Shops and restaurants are just some of the amazing amenities that will surround you. Having access to big box stores in both Aurora North and Newmarket, along with Upper Canada Mall, can make shopping a breeze. There are also plenty of dining establishments both large and small. The new homes in Shining Hill will be within short driving distance to both Hwys. 400 and the 404, making commuting to neighbouring towns such as Richmond Hill and King City convenient and easy.

Regal Crest Homes is an established builder for over 50 years, where quality and integrity have gone hand in hand. Attention to detail and stellar customer service have made Regal Crest one of the most successful builders in southern Ontario. They are currently selling new homes in the following communities:

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Shining Hill

Live brighter at Shining Hill! Don’t miss out on this fantastic location and opportunity for this new community on the border of Aurora/Newmarket, coming October 26, 2019. To register call (905.669.5003) or visit the website.


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The Davis Residences, Newmarket

In Conversation With… Daniel Berholz, President, The Rose Corporation

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In Conversation With… Daniel Berholz, President, The Rose Corporation

Daniel Berholz, The Rose Corporation
Daniel Berholz
President
The Rose Corporation

Attainable homeownership options are growing more and more important each day, as rising prices and tightening new home supply severely limit buying opportunities and locations.

The Rose Corporation is intent on doing something about that.

With – to get further insights into how The Rose Corporation plans to achieve these objectives.

Condo Life: The Rose Corporation seems like a bit of a different real estate company… What is it readers really need to understand about your firm?

Daniel Berholz: The Rose Corporation has had a diverse history over almost 40 years and has had experience and expertise in many forms and tenures of real estate and other businesses as well. Currently, however, Rose is a developer of visionary residential communities (both condominium and freehold) and a developer/owner of purpose-built rental properties.

CL: What is your primary focus in the GTA, in terms of both geography and product type?

DB: Newmarket has been a big focus for us recently. We just introduced Newmarket’s first new highrise condominium in more than 30 years – The Davis Residences at Bakerfield. We’ll be hosting our Grand Opening sales event on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. The Davis is part of a master-planned community that will consist of other similar buildings which will be high end rental buildings or condominiums.

The Davis Residences, Newmarket
The Davis Residences, Newmarket

Our King George School Lofts & Town Homes development is another community in Newmarket that we’re really proud of. It comprises 11 condo lofts within the old school building surrounded by 14 two-storey freehold townhomes.

As well, we recently completed the first privately funded, purpose-built market rental apartment tower in York Region since the 1980s, called 212 Davis Apartments – a 15-storey, 225-unit building.

In Kitchener, we are active in the purpose-built rental development market with the introduction of our first project, Woodside Terraces, which included 103 suites. The second phase will include 91 units and will feature a new wing being built on excess land.

And at 388 King St. in downtown Kitchener, we recently broke ground on a seven-storey, 70-unit purpose-built rental apartment.

CL: Who are your target clients? Purely investors? Homebuilders? Or homebuyers who want to become real estate investors?

DB: Our target clients are homebuyers who are looking for valuable, quality homeownership opportunities. We are focused end-users – from first-time buyers looking for their first home purchase, families who need more room to grow and even empty-nesters who are seeking more maintenance-free housing options with plenty of lifestyle amenities.

Our target clients also include investors who are seeking to diversify their real estate portfolio.

CL: How’s the market these days for the products that you offer?

DB: The market is strong for condo developments, which provide more affordable homeownership opportunities for first-time buyers and turnkey options for empty nesters who want to sell their large homes and keep a tidy savings for their retirement.

The Davis Residences lobby, Newmarket
The Davis Residences lobby, Newmarket

As more people are looking to move out of the GTA due to affordability, municipalities such as Newmarket, that were once viewed as bedroom communities, have been attracting more people to the area because buyers can get better value.

And with companies such as Celestica and York Region headquarters moving into Newmarket, this only adds to the demand of alternative to lowrise housing, such as condos and purpose-built rentals, which are more attainable options for commuter employees seeking to live closer to work.

CL: For residential offerings, affordability and “missing middle” type housing are key issues. How does The Rose Corporation address these issues in its projects?

DB: One of our primary focuses is working collaboratively with all levels of government on all of our projects so that together, we can deliver the type of housing that is needed to provide a complete community in the areas we develop.

Increases in prices for ground related housing have made ownership unattainable for many people over the past number years in Newmarket. The Davis Residences will provide the area the first opportunity to own new quality housing at affordable prices.

As well, Rose’s purpose-built rental housing developments provide affordable alternatives within their communities. This includes 212 Davis Apartments in Newmarket. This building leased up quickly due to its attractive and affordable price point relative to other options in the area.

CL: The Rose Corporation was nominated for the People’s Choice Award in the 2019 BILD Awards for your King George School Lofts & Town Homes development. What was it about this project that made it so special?

DB: King George School Lofts and Town Homes repurposes one of downtown Newmarket’s oldest and most beloved properties. The creation of this trendsetting new address, offering 11 condominium lofts within the old school building surrounded by 14 two-storey freehold townhomes, sets a new bar for innovative design.

Loft homes range from 640 to 1,250 sq. ft., while townhomes offer nearly 2,200 sq. ft. of magnificent living space. Both lofts and towns feature exceptional architecture and finishing features designed to reflect the ultimate in contemporary living. The architecture combines Victorian and Edwardian heritage with modern luxury. The project is set within a lush perimeter of 100-year-old trees, century old heritage buildings and iconic historical landmarks just steps from the historic downtown core of Main Street offering extensive amenities, shops, cafes and restaurants.

CL: What did you learn from that project, or the experience of being nominated for an award that consumers vote on, that you’re carrying forward to future projects?

DB: It’s always important to validate that what you think you’re doing well is widely recognized as such. We are still thrilled to win awards, but that’s not what we set out to do. Rose prides itself as an innovative developer.

Our big push now is to develop purpose-built rental apartments and condominiums to address the critical shortage of housing that is affordable that seniors, single and families alike need – and need now.

The Rose Corporation management team
Left to right, The Rose Corporation’s Project Manager David Bannerman; President Daniel Berholz; and Vice-President Andrew Webster

CL: What’s next for The Rose Corporation? Ideally, tell us something that isn’t largely publicly known…

DB: What most don’t know is that we are growing our executive management team. Rose has been active since 1983, and now a new generation of managers is transitioning as the old guard cedes authority and responsibility.

Fortunately, several senior members will remain with reduced roles. Now we will have the experience of a generation and the energy, skills and enthusiasm that a youthful team brings.

We are very excited to soon announce new partnerships with some experienced and well-known financial entities. These partnerships will allow us to advance our development aspirations with landowners we are in active discussion with.

The geography remains outside Toronto and includes locations in Peel, Halton and York regions, as well as new deals within the communities we are currently active in, Kitchener and Newmarket.

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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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The Davis Residences

The Davis Residences – Newmarket’s newest condominium community

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The Davis Residences – Newmarket’s newest condominium community

The Davis Residences, by Rose Corporation, is part of the first masterplanned, multi-family communities to come to Newmarket in a very long time. Part of the larger Bakerfield community, The Davis will be defined by its sleek, sophisticated urban design. Three towers will rise above a beautifully landscaped courtyard, and will include an exceptional collection of spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.

Appealing to a wide range of new home buyers, The Davis is ideal for those who are looking to right-size, now that they’re retired or empty-nesters. For first-time buyers, this GTA location is a wonderful opportunity to get into home ownership, with easy access to the city. With historically low rental vacancies, The Davis offers a variety of ownership opportunities.

Amenities galore

Within a short walk, residents can experience a rich, full life. The intersection of Yonge Street and Davis Drive is a sought-after destination, with pedestrian-friendly boulevards, open green spaces, and a vibrant retail corridor.

It truly is at the heart of Newmarket, with reliable transit and a plethora of amenities on your doorstep – from fashionable shops and boutiques, to elegant dining, cafes, bistros, movie theatres, community centres and more. Upper Canada Mall, and the historic Main Street of Newmarket, are close by.

In addition to the GO station, other travel options include VIVA Transit, and access to highways 404 and 400, making travel into the city of Toronto a breeze, as well as weekend getaways to cottage country. Enjoy sailing, swimming, boating, cross country skiing and hiking, all close to home.

Medical facilities in, and around, Newmarket are top notch, including the Southlake Regional Health Centre on Davis Drive.

At-home considerations

Inspired lifestyle amenities are part of the extended community at The Davis. A sense of style welcomes you to the upscale lobby and lounge. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easy with a yoga studio and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. For larger gatherings, the fashionable party room is available to host family and friends, and includes a kitchenette and dining table. For your entertaining convenience, you can book a furnished guest suite for overnight guests.

When the grandchildren come to stay, there’s a Kids’ Club play space, a community park and the Haskett Park, which is located next to The Davis. At the end of an enjoyable day, relax on the rooftop terrace, while overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

One-, two- and three-bedroom suites are available. All include a private balcony, along with expansive windows, for treetop views of the neighbourhood – and beyond. Spacious, open-concept interiors flow seamlessly from the living and dining areas to the kitchen. Master bedrooms include a sumptuous ensuite, and each suite is elegantly appointed with tasteful features and finishes.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Now accepting registrations.


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Local Focus: Aurora & Newmarket

Aurora & Newmarket: Close to Toronto, but far from the hustle of city life

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Aurora & Newmarket: Close to Toronto, but far from the hustle of city life

With some homebuyers priced out of the downtown Toronto core, not to mention limited availability, many are heading to the suburbs in search of more affordable homes.

Those looking north – to Aurora and Newmarket – may indeed find savings. They may also get more bang for their buck, in the way of larger properties and lots for those prices.

But it isn’t all about paying less in Aurora and Newmarket, where proximity to nature, including the Oak Ridges Moraine, and expanding highway and transit infrastructure, make living here and working in Toronto an appealing option.

Aurora

Located in York Region, Aurora is an increasingly popular and affluent town. According to the 2016 Census, the population here grew 4.2 per cent from 2011 to 55,445 – but is forecast to grow to more than 69,000 by 2020.

With an average household income of more than $155,000, Aurora is one of the wealthiest towns, not just in the province, but in all of Canada.

What’s causing such growth? An increasingly diverse economy and business expansion, which drive housing demand and rising prices.

Through it all, Aurora has been able to maintain a small-town feel. In 2016, it was ranked as one of the Top 25 places to live in Canada.

Still, the October 2018 municipal election brought change to Aurora. Tom Mrakas unseated incumbent Geoff Dawe, running on a platform centred around housing and growth. He had said he wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He also intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment and improve municipal infrastructure.

Newmarket

Located just seven kms north of Aurora, with a population of more than 85,000, Newmarket, too, gets lots of love.

In a recent survey conducted by the Town, 95 per cent of residents said they are satisfied with Newmarket as a place to live, and 80 per cent are satisfied with overall service levels.

“The feedback received from the Community Survey results support Newmarket’s reputation as one of the Best Places to Live in Canada, according to MoneySense Magazine,” says Mayor John Taylor.

Like neighbouring Aurora, Newmarket was ranked in the top 25 communities in Canada in 2016 and 14th among best small cities. In 2017, Amazon Canada rated it as number 20 of the top 100 most romantic cities in Canada.

Also, as was the case with Aurora, the elections last year brought change to Newmarket, when then-Mayor Tony Van Bynen decided not to seek re-election. John Taylor took over, making the economy, business growth, community building and expanding new housing developments his top priorities.

Location, location, location

Aurora, population 55,445, 49 kms north of Toronto

Newmarket, population 84,224, 7 kms north of Aurora

Select upcoming housing developments, Aurora

Queen’s Grove by North Star Homes, luxury homes, Yonge Street and Bloomington Sideroad

Shining Hill by Townwood Homes, detached, semis and townhomes

Aurora Townhomes by Andrin Homes, townhomes

Select upcoming housing developments, Newmarket

Glenway on the Green by Lakeview Homes, bungalows

Estate Homes at Copper Hills by Redwood Living, estate homes

Redwood on Yonge by Redwood Properties, adult lifestyle condominiums


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John Tory

GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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GTA mayoral elections – who won and where they stand on housing

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Housing policy, affordability and supply were among the key issues in many municipalities leading up to the Oct. 22 Ontario elections.

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and others did their best to alert voters to the issues, and to gage candidates on how well they understood them.

Homes Publishing did its own assessment of a selection of GTA municipalities in the context of housing development.

But now that the results are in (well, most of them), let’s take a look how some of the notable races shook down, and the various policies of the newly elected mayors, with help from BILD.

 

AURORA

Tom Mrakas (New)
Housing and growth: Proposes to protect Aurora’s Stable Neighbourhoods from “monster home” infill, by using planning tools such as Interim Control By-laws. Also wants to ensure better land use planning decisions are made through the Local Appeals Body and by implementing a Design Review Panel. He intends to uphold the Official Plan and continue to oppose golf course redevelopment. Improving municipal infrastructure, through complete streets, is also a priority.
Taxes: Proposes to reduce the tax levy.

 

BRAMPTON

Patrick Brown (new)
Housing: Proposes to create a streamlined, more efficient approvals process at City Hall for new home construction and renovations across all levels of affordability. Proposes to develop a housing strategy that encourages neighbourhood-sensitive development of rooming houses, basement apartments and in-law suites.

 

BURLINGTON

Marianne Meed Ward (New)
Growth: Opposes overdevelopment of Burlington and will seek to control growth by reducing provisions in the Official Plan, as well as accept growth only when infrastructure can handle it.
Housing: Intends to secure affordable housing with inclusionary zoning and require new development to provide a percentage of senior-friendly units. Intends to set greenspace per population targets within reasonable walking distance through prioritizing parkland over cash-in-lieu for major new developments.

 

CALEDON

Allan Thompson
Housing and growth: Supports housing and growth management initiatives that will maintain the characteristics of Caledon’s communities and create opportunities for residents and future residents of live, work and retire.

 

EAST GWILLIMBURY

Virginia Hackson
Housing: Proposes to complete the first phase of growth of 7,000 homes. In terms of transportation corridors, plans to work with the Mayor of Bradford to solve gridlock on roads between Hwys. 404 and 400.
Infrastructure: Proposes to work with the Province and local MPP to deal with the delay of the Upper York Sewage Solution which will ultimately eliminate the Holland Landing Sewage Lagoons. Proposes to address the need for quality broadband in the community.

 

HALTON HILLS

Rick Bonnette
Housing: Proposes to continue to manage difficult conversations around intensification and growth the Province has mandated and the development residents are seeing.

 

KING CITY

Steve Pellegrini
Plans to focus on business growth, the new municipal office, the library and seniors centre expansion project, as well as road beautification in the township.

 

MISSISSAUGA

Bonnie Crombie
Housing: Intends to institute an Inclusionary Zoning policy to incentivize the building of new, affordable units. Proposes to form partnerships with leaders in affordable housing to get new buildings in the ground on a faster pace.
Environment: Proposes to work with staff to bolster Green building standards that will improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and improve urban forest canopy.
Development: Supports Mississauga’s office for a Development Ambassador.

 

NEWMARKET

John Taylor
Economy: Top priorities include jobs and the economy, community building and parks recreation and trails. Wants to the Renew Economic Development Strategy and increase jobs in the community. Grow the city’s broadband company to deliver affordable high-speed internet to local businesses. Proposes to keep taxesbelow GTA average.
Growth: Proposes to meet regularly with existing employers and grow local business base.
Community Building: Proposes to protect neighbourhoods – intensify in the right places.
Housing: New housing developments must include options for low/moderate-income families. Create a community inclusivity round table and increase senior-friendly housing and recreation.

 

OAKVILLE

Rob Burton
Growth: Proposes to continue to protect Glen Abbey through the use of Cultural Heritage Landscape provisions and court challenges.
Environment: Proposes to focus on protecting greenspace and the environment and controlling growth.

 

OSHAWA

Dan Carter (New)
Growth/Housing/Transit: A 4-Pillar Platform includes creating affordable, vibrant, healthy communities that invests in active transportation networks and creates employment opportunities with industries.

 

RICHMOND HILL

Dave Barrow
Growth: Proposes to continue with the Town’s economic vitality, build a strong community, manage our growth to respect the existing neighbourhoods and lead a responsive and efficient government.
Housing: Proposes to work with the Province and the Region to increase the rental housing supply, maintain the existing rental supply and add affordable ownership homes. Allowing secondary suites in existing homes will also create new housing once new by-laws that monitor the neighbourhoods are in place. Also believes the Town needs to review and update its 10-year-old Development Plan in order to process new development applications. Zoning By-laws also need to be brought into the “urban” town.

 

TORONTO

John Tory
Housing: Proposes to build 40,000 affordable rental units over 12 years. Leverage City lands, including lands surrounding TTC Stations.
Property Taxes: Keep property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. Supported City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
Transit: Continue to build out the transit network plan – SmartTrack.

 

UXBRIDGE

Dave Barton
Growth and development: Proposes a seven-point platform, a main concern is the competing interest between farmland and “irresponsible and ill-considered development.” Wants to ensure that growth has clear collaboration with the livelihood of people who depend on the land.

 

VAUGHAN

Maurizio Bevilacqua
Taxes: Promises to keep Vaughan as one of the lowest taxed municipalities in the GTA. Focus on transit and roads to keep Vaughan moving. Working closely with government partners at all levels to ensure wise investments for new transit initiatives and improvements including the Yonge Subway, VIVANext, as well as road building and widening.
Innovation: Will transform the City of Vaughan into a hub for education, culture, sports and the arts by building the infrastructure required to achieve excellence and improve accessibility.
Other: Continue to excel in environmental stewardship. Support and attract small and large businesses to Vaughan.

 

WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

Iain Lovatt (New)
Growth: Proposes to preserve heritage that is integrated with future development. Integrating heritage built form into new developments as well as establishing Heritage Conservation Districts and site plan bylaws in heritage areas in town are identified a must.
Development: Within the first 100 days, hopes to assemble a meeting of commercial-industrial landowners to get everyone on the same page, about the 404 corridor and the servicing for the area going forward. Believes that these underserviced and underutilized lands represent about $1 billion in new tax assessment for Whitchurch-Stouffville.

 

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Local Focus: Aurora & Newmarket

Local Focus: Aurora & Newmarket

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Local Focus: Aurora & Newmarket

by Gale Beeby

The two historic towns are sustaining gradual growth

HOUSING OPTIONS

Often considered a bedroom community of Toronto, Aurora and Newmarket have a wide selection of homes for any taste or budget, from historic century homes to custom estate homes. The towns have also seen the influx of the condo boom and a number of developers are currently building there. To see a list of new homes for sale in these two communities please click on the links above.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Aurora has its own community theatre group, Theatre Aurora, which was founded in 1958, and now is located in the Factory Theatre on Henderson Drive. The Aurora Cultural Centre is an 1886 heritage building that has been transformed into a centre for the arts, culture and heritage. Built in 1862, Hillary House is recognized by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board as one of Canada’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. It contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers, household furnishings and equipment dating from the early 19th to the late 20th century.

The Newmarket Theatre is the largest in town, with a capacity of 400, and boasts a selection of world-class artists each year. The Resurgence Theatre Company is a small professional company that is focused on resurrecting the classics and has an annual Shakespearean production in the Fairly Lake Conservation Area.

Newmarket is home to the Newmarket Hurricanes, who compete in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. Their main rivals are the Aurora Tigers.

There are several golf courses in the area, including Silver Lake Golf Course, St. Andrew’s Valley, Highland Gate Golf Club, Westview Golf Club, Magna Golf Club, Beacon Hill Golf Club.

PARKS & REC

Aurora has over 65 parks encompassing more than 700 acres. Connecting many of the parks is a trail system of about 25 kilometres for joggers, hikers and cross-country skiers. There is also an emerging community bicycle path network. The Holland River Valley Trail, designed in 2000 as part of the regional Nokiidaa Trail, passes through a natural valley of mixed forests, meadows and wetland habitats. The McKenzie Marsh, Salamander Pond and Willow Farm Pond are some of the natural areas in Aurora. Mature forest trails can also be accessed in Case Woodlot and Sheppard’s Bush as well as the urban and rural sections of the Oak Ridges Trail.

Newmarket has over 45 parks with over 800 acres of parkland, including picnic areas, walking trails, playgrounds, soccer pitches, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball diamonds. Fairy Lake was created when a dam was built on the East Holland River in 1801. The Mabel Davis Conservation Area has 1,400 metres of trails along the east and west sides of the East Holland River.

RETAIL THERAPY

Aurora and Newmarket both have fabulous historic downtowns that offer many unique boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and cafés. Aurora’s downtown is known for its home decor stores. In nearby Newmarket, the Upper Canada Mall is a high-end centre with over 300 stores and services.

EASY ACCESS

Aurora and Newmarket are connected to Toronto by Highway 404, which then connects with Highways 407 and 401. Public transit is provided by York Region Transit, which operates the Viva Blue bus rapid transit route from Newmarket to the Finch Bus Terminal. Commuter train and bus service is operated by GO Transit.

BY THE NUMBERS

Aurora population: 53,210

Newmarket population: 80,400

Aurora walk scores: 47

Newmarket walk scores: 50

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Bringing exceptional innovative designs to Southern Ontario

With an incredible portfolio of over 3,500 homes in communities across southern Ontario, Andrin Homes’ commitment to excellence has been at the cornerstone of their undisputed building success.

A testament to the company’s exceptional building standards, Andrin has produced a series of outstanding master-planned communities, creating beautiful homes that embrace the homebuyer’s every need through unsurpassed living environments.

Andrin will soon be releasing detached-home communities in Milton and East Gwillimbury, as well as new incredible townhome communities in Aurora and Markham.

Due to their unprecedented success, Andrin is also scheduled to release future phases in the following communities: detached homes at Hillsborough (Holland Landing), townhomes at both Glenway (Newmarket) and Country Lane (Whitby), and Condominiums at Tower Two (Kitchener).

MILTON

Andrin is excited to announce that the release for one of their most anticipated new detached/townhome communities, Panorama in Milton, is just around the corner.

As Canada’s fastest-growing community and preferred tourist destination, Milton attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton offers an abundance of parkland and trails including the Bruce Trail and the century-old Mill Pond in the heart of the historic downtown area. An ideal place to live, work and play, Milton has experienced a new residential and industrial growth unprecedented in Canada.

This collection of detached homes and townhomes in Milton is for families who thrive on access to breathtaking natural spaces. Located within walking distance from Kelso Park, families will be able to enjoy year-round recreation including swimming, camping, skiing and tobogganing within the neighbourhood borders.

HILLSBOROUGH

With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is preparing to release the next phase of Holland Landing’s most coveted master-planned community, Hillsborough. A unique collection of detached homes on 38-, 40- and 45-foot lots, Hillsborough is uniquely surrounded by parks, nature reserves and conservation areas.

At the heart of Hillborough is an incredible 10-acre community park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, splash pads, ponds, sitting areas and a gazebo – all linked by pathways that are in and around the community.

Homebuyers will also have easy access to the new Highway 404 extension and the East Gwillimbury GO Transit station with direct access to downtown Toronto.

GLENWAY

Newmarket’s premier townhome community, Glenway, is now under construction with the next phase expected to be released in 2018. An exclusive collection of two and three-storey townhomes, the community is set on attractive, tree-lined streetscapes featuring luxuriously appointed interiors and meticulous craftsmanship.

Glenway is easily connected to the 400 series of highways including the Highway 404 extension and Highways 401 and the 407. Homeowners are also steps away from the Viva transit line, GO Transit trains and buses, as well as the rapid transit lanes on Yonge Street.

COUNTRY LANE

Country Lane in Whitby represents a new style of the master-planned community with unique streetscapes, traffic calming roundabouts and meticulously designed homes – all set on 26-, 36- and 45-foot lots.

With Country Lane’s Phase One having been one of its most successful communities, Andrin cannot wait to introduce a new phase of townhomes to homebuyers in the upcoming year.

Country Lane is moments away from excellent schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation. Minutes from GO Transit and Highways 401 and 407, homebuyers are just 30 minutes away from Toronto — close enough to the big city, yet far enough away to offer a clean, small-town style family community.

TOWER TWO CONDOMINIUMS

Tower Two sets a new standard for sustainable urban living with the introduction of Kitchener’s first LEED candidate residential condominium community.

With City Centre built and completely sold out and Tower Two set to open soon, this condominium project exudes a truly urban lifestyle, including the use of energy efficient heating, plumbing and electrical systems, reduced consumption, enhanced recycling, walking, biking, car share and transit.

Mere steps from transit, Tower Two is situated in a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood with well-established shopping, dining, entertainment and employment opportunities.

ANDRIN HOMES

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Editor's Choice: Andrin Homes

Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

Bringing exceptional innovative designs to Southern Ontario

With an incredible portfolio of over 3,500 homes in communities across Southern Ontario, Andrin Homes’ commitment to excellence has been at the cornerstone of their undisputed building success.

A testament to the company’s exceptional building standards, Andrin has produced a series of outstanding master-planned communities, creating beautiful homes that embrace the homebuyer’s every need through unsurpassed living environments.

Andrin will soon be releasing detached home communities in Milton and East Gwillimbury, as well as new incredible townhome communities in Aurora and Markham.

Due to their unprecedented success, Andrin is also scheduled to release future phases in the following communities: detached homes at Hillsborough (Holland Landing), townhomes at both Glenway (Newmarket) and Country Lane (Whitby), and condominiums at Tower Two (Kitchener).

PANORAMA

Andrin is excited to announce that the release for one of their most anticipated new detached/townhome communities, Panorama in Milton, is just around the corner.

As Canada’s fastest-growing community and preferred tourist destination, Milton attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton offers an abundance of parkland and trails including the Bruce Trail and the century-old Mill Pond in the heart of the historic downtown area. An ideal place to live, work and play, Milton has experienced a new residential and industrial growth unprecedented in Canada.

HILLSBOROUGH

With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is also preparing to release the next phase of Holland Landing’s most coveted master-planned community, Hillsborough. A unique collection of detached homes on 38-, 40- and 45-foot lots, Hillsborough is uniquely surrounded by parks, nature reserves and conservation areas.

At the heart of the Hillborough is an incredible 10-acre community park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, splash pads, ponds, sitting areas and a gazebo – all linked by pathways that are in and around the community.

GLENWAY

Newmarket’s premier townhome community, Glenway, is now under construction with the next phase expected to be released in 2018.

An exclusive collection of two and three-storey townhomes, the community is set on attractive, tree-lined streetscapes featuring luxuriously appointed interiors and meticulous craftsmanship.

COUNTRY LANE

Country Lane in Whitby represents a new style of the master-planned community with unique streetscapes, traffic calming roundabouts and meticulously designed homes, all set on 26-, 36- and 45-foot lots.

With Country Lane’s Phase One having been one of its most successful communities, Andrin cannot wait to introduce a new phase of townhomes to homebuyers in the upcoming year.

Country Lane is moments away from excellent schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation.

TOWER TWO CONDOMINIUMS

Tower Two sets a new standard for sustainable urban living with the introduction of Kitchener’s first LEED candidate residential condominium community.

With City Centre built and completely sold out and Tower Two set to open soon, this condominium project exudes a truly urban lifestyle, including the use of energy efficient heating, plumbing and electrical systems, reduced consumption, enhanced recycling, walking, biking, car share and transit.

ANDRIN HOMES

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