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LOCAL FOCUS: Clarington

LOCAL FOCUS: Clarington

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LOCAL FOCUS: Clarington

by Gale Beeby

Bowmanville, Courtice & Newcastle

LIVING HISTORY

Clarington is the most easterly municipality in the GTA, located along the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is the amalgamation of the former townships of Darlington, Clarke, Bowmanville, the Village of Newcastle and the Village of Orono, as well as a number of rural villages, some of which are Bond Head, Enniskillen, Hampton, Kendal, Maple Grove, Mitchell Corners, New Park, Newtonville, Port Darlington, Port Granby, Salem, Starkville, Taunton and Wilmot Creek.

There are heritage buildings and structures scattered throughout the rural countryside and in clusters of heritage homes within the towns and hamlets. But Clarington is full of new housing tracts and condominium buildings in the denser areas.

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LEISURE PURSUITS

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport International Raceway) in Bowmanville hosts both minor grand prix races and major racing events. Clarington is home to five Christmas parades, more than any other municipality in Canada. The parades are held in Bowmanville, Newcastle, Courtice, Orono, and Enniskillen/Tyrone. Docville Wild West Park is a mock Wild West town that offers tours and is also used as a film set. Bowmanville is also home to Camp 30, a POW camp for German troops during the Second World War and the last surviving POW camp in Canada.

PARKS & REC

The largest park in the area is the Darlington Provincial Park, located south of Highway 401 near Courtice. The park borders the shore of Lake Ontario and McLaughlin Bay, which is shallow and was closed off from the lake sometime in the 1990s by natural wave action. It offers lots of recreational activities, including camping, picnic facilities, nature trails and a long strip of sandy beach.

The Samuel Wilmot Nature Area in Newcastle is a 77-hectare park that contains trails, viewing platforms and interpretive signs. The Port of Newcastle Park offers spectacular view of the lake from its kilometre of paved trail located on the top of a bluff.

Clarington also offers a large range of recreational facilities at its many parks. There are a host of country-style fairs in many of the rural communities that make up Clarington including AppleFest in Bowmanville, the annual Orono Fair — one of the oldest fairs in Ontario — every September, the BluesBERRY Festival in Bowmanville, which celebrates the best of blues music and fresh berries, and the Wooden Boat Festival at the Port of Newcastle Marina.

RETAIL THERAPY

The small towns and hamlets that make up Clarington are full of lovely boutiques, cafés, bistros, gift and craft shops and, of course, there are plenty of farmers’ markets. Although the area doesn’t have a large indoor shopping mall, you don’t have to go far to fulfill your need to shop until you drop; there are great indoor malls and big box stores in Oshawa and, a little further afield, Peterborough.

EASY ACCESS

Highway 401 runs throughout the region, with Highway 35 and Highway 115 bisecting Newcastle and taking commuters north into cottage country. Durham Region Transit offers some bus routes throughout Clarington, taking commuters west, and GO Transit offers train and bus service in and out of the region.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 92,100

Walk Score: 9

Motto: Wisdom Knowledge and Trust

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Editor's Choice: Fourteen Estates

Editor’s Choice: Fourteen Estates

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Editor’s Choice: Fourteen Estates

Eden Park in Clarington combines modern design with innovative high-performance construction

An exciting new concept in luxury living is coming to the picturesque Clarington countryside in the eastern GTA. Eden Park is an enclave of 28 estate-size lots with energy-efficient homes in Newtonville, a rural village located close to the urban amenities of Bowmanville and the historic charm of Port Hope and Cobourg.

For this ground-breaking development, award-winning builder Fourteen Estates of Ajax sought out Bone Structure, a leader in sustainable construction with its steel-frame houses, to create Eden Park’s innovative contemporary residences. The homes will be Net Zero Ready, potentially saving homeowners up to 90 per cent in energy costs.

Fourteen Estates is well known as a builder of high-end custom homes in exclusive locations, but the company is expanding its focus.

“We will always do high-end custom homes but we are branching into high-tech engineered homes and Eden Park will be our transition into this market,” said Fourteen Estates president Shawn Rondeau. “We are very excited about this site.”

“This is likely the first modern design and high-performance subdivision of its kind in Ontario,” says Marc Bovet, founder and CEO for Bone Structure. “The homes will have large open spaces and be very energy efficient, thanks to our high-performance building envelope and patented steel structure construction system.”

With Bone Structure providing the building system for Eden Park, the precision-designed homes will be completed in a much shorter time frame than with conventional construction methods. With few load-bearing walls, the steel-structure homes facilitate expansive open-concept spaces and can easily accommodate future additions or reconfiguration of spaces.

Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists, Ontario leaders in new home residential design, collaborated with Bone Structure’s design team to create home designs that are contemporary yet classic, with generous windows, neutral tones and contemporary long board, stone and brick detailing inspired by nature. The homes will be rich in the fine details and superior craftsmanship that Fourteen Estates has built its reputation on.

The homes will incorporate the best available non-toxic building materials available. And the steel structure is resistant to rot or mould and is fully recyclable.

With lots three-quarter of an acre or larger in size and layouts from 2,600 to 3,700 square feet, the homes are ideal for growing families. Eden Park’s location just north of Highway 401 makes for easy commuting. The site is less than 10 minutes east of the village of Newcastle, which has pharmacies, grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants.

Eden Park will also appeal to baby boomers looking for a quiet yet comfortable lifestyle; a bungalow design is among the plans on offer for those scaling down.

Homeowners can enjoy all that the municipality of Clarington has to offer with its blend of urban amenities and rural flavour. It has villages and towns with quaint main streets, farmers’ markets, craft breweries, parks, trails, golf courses, marinas and many annual festivals.

Eden Park is within minutes of Northumberland County, where visitors can enjoy the history and culture of Port Hope, spend a day at Cobourg’s famous beach, or hike, bike, horseback ride or cross-country ski the 11,000 acres of the Ganaraska Forest. Prince Edward County’s popular wine country is just over an hour away.

“The community of Eden Park has been created by a team of like-minded experts that is not afraid to push the envelope to bring a new level of design innovation to the residential home industry,” says Mark Wadden of Blue Elephant Group Inc., the company overseeing the sales and marketing for the project. “The integrity and reputation of Fourteen Estates provides the assurance that those who choose to live here can feel confident that they have chosen an exceptional home.”

EDEN PARK

The Sales Centre is open by appointment only. Register online to receive more information.

647.668.3695
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