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Lucchetta Homes - Davis Heights

Lucchetta Homes in Niagara at its finest

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Lucchetta Homes in Niagara at its finest

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development, features a limited selection of luxury custom bungalow towns, backing onto the Niagara escarpment. At Davis Heights, the Luxe Collection is custom curated by the renowned interior design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home features a vertical glass wine-cellar embedded in the staircase filled with local wines, an elegant paneled library, convenient and practical double, main floor masters with ensuites, each meticulously designed with individual masculine and feminine forward touches. Relax in the sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and oversized island perfect for entertaining. The lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet-bar, Great Room, and your own personal gym. Homes are priced from the $700,000s with floorplans ranging from 1,530 to 2,600 sq. ft. Occupancy is scheduled for fall 2020. Stop in to see the award-winning models. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility with private terraces overlooking a ravine.

Riverside

New block of towns has been released at Riverside at Hunter’s Pointe. Purchasers will receive $10,000 in designer upgrades upon any purchase of a Lucchetta Home during September. Riverside features single detached, attached and waterfront homes. Towns are available from $500,000s, singles priced from $600,000s with occupancy summer 2020. The contemporary Lancaster, now open, is an award-winning NZR model home designed by Wendi Pelfrey. Every square inch has been designed with the homeowners needs in mind, amongst a serene, lush landscape. This is a premier, resort-style, Energy-Star certified community, with world-class amenities and services. “Niagara has become the destination for retirees downsizing, looking for a balance of luxury and quality, peace and tranquility. Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “And the quality of life is far superior.”

Well recognized

Ugo Lucchetta started Lucchetta Homes more than 60 years ago. Today, it is well-known for quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Sons Robert and Ed carry on the traditions started by their father. The hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of mouth praise expressed by their customers. On Aug. 14, 2019 Lucchetta Homes was nominated as a finalist in five categories for the OHBA Awards of Distinction. Lucchetta is truly humbled and excited for the conference and awards gala in Collingwood. The company most recently won for Community of the Year in the CHBA Awards, and EnerQuality’s Energy Star Builder of the Year. Lucchetta Homes was also the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist in five categories for the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence, taking home three CHBA Awards in 2019.

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl. “Winning these coveted awards truly validates the caliber of excellence that Lucchetta Homes is consistently providing to the real estate industry on a national level.”

“We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and these achievements further authenticate our focus on homeowner satisfaction.” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta, principals of Lucchetta Homes. Such recognition has inspired the company to continuously raise the bar in innovation and quality. “Legendary luxury is something everyone at Lucchetta Homes strives to provide – where we not only build homes, but foundations to live your best life.”

Niagara at its finest

It’s a perfect spot to call home in Canada as a result of lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, organic farmers’ markets, beaches, designer shopping, and entertainment. Outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding, golfing and tennis. And for those who love to travel, you can easily access the Buffalo and Niagara airports.

LUCCHETTA HOMES

  • Davis Heights
  • Riverside at Hunter’s Pointe
  • Ryans Grove
  • Lusso Urban Towns

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Neighbourhood Watch: Niagara

In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

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In Niagara, the Falls are just part of the appeal

When people think Niagara, they often think only of the Falls themselves, those natural wonders to which a visit never seems to grow old.

But beyond the awe-inspiring beauty and power of the Falls and the Niagara River, Niagara Region offers a lot more that’s worthy of just a weekend getaway.

Encompassing towns such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, the Niagara Region is blessed with a great natural location. It occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula, bounded by the U.S. to the south and on the north by Lake Ontario, and of course the Niagara Escarpment – all of which offers strong potential for business and lifestyle choices.

These natural landscapes and climate make the Niagara Region perfect for agri-business such as winemaking – a key economic sector. The Niagara Wine Route, connecting dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw to complement cultural events such as the Shaw Festival.

Indeed, a visit to the area can involve a stop at the Falls, winery tours, the quaint town of Niagara-on-the- Lake, the Botanical Gardens with its Floral Clock and Butterfly Conservatory, several championship golf course and a growing casino industry in downtown Niagara Falls.

But this is all for play. To live and work in the region is another matter.

Economic growth

Again, a blessing of location, Niagara is within 800 km of two provinces, nine states and 130 million people on both sides of the border. This means opportunities for business. The trade that flows across Niagara’s borders totals more than $100 billion annually, and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs across Canada and the U.S. The infrastructure network to support this trade activity comprises five international bridges, multiple railways and the Welland Canal, linking Lake Erie into the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

All of this is conducive to growth potential for the region’s manufacturing and transportation and logistics sectors, to complement the historical strength in agriculture and tourism.

Niagara’s economy has shown steady growth in a number of areas, particularly in job creation and new investment, but still lags slightly behind Ontario averages. The Niagara economic development department confirms the area still has challenges in higher unemployment, lower participation rate and lower household income per capita.

But that’s changing. In 2018 alone, Niagara had $1.7 billion in construction investment. From 2015 to 2018, such investment grew by 56 per cent in Niagara, compared to 19 per cent for Ontario overall.

New home development

As the economy grows and affords people more opportunity to live and work in Niagara – or close by – new-home development is following.

Much of the housing growth is in the lowrise category, as buyers from the GTA find the lot sizes and price points far more appealing and affordable.

According to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey, aggregate home prices in St. Catharines-Niagara were $418,673 in the second quarter of 2019. This is up 3.2 per cent per cent from the same period last year.

Given the popularity of condominiums as a lifestyle choice, growth in this category is on its way. Homes by DeSantis, for example, has condo projects underway in both Grimsby and Stoney Creek. And Urbane Communities is building Marbella Condominium in Niagara Falls.

Location, location, location

A regional municipality in Southern Ontario comprising 12 municipalities such as Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland; 130 kms from Toronto; 86 kms from Hamilton.

Key landmarks

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Casino Niagara
  • Clifton Hill
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Niagara Wine Route
  • Welland Canal

Select condo developments

Marbella Condominium by Urbane Communities

Utopia Condominiums by New Horizon Development Group

AquaZul by Homes By DeSantis

Como Condos by Homes By DeSantis


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Park Lane Homes

Park Lane Homes is celebrating 30 years of homebuilding excellence

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Park Lane Homes is celebrating 30 years of homebuilding excellence

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Park Lane Home Builders in Niagara. Founded in 1989 by Edward Lenchyshyn, his vision was to build quality homes that were affordable. Three decades later, Park Lane has hundreds of homes under their collective tool belt. Not only are they experiencing an influx of repeat buyers, but the next generation are following in their parent’s footsteps, and are now sold on Park Lane’s reputation.

When only the best will do

Very much a family affair, the principals of Park Lane build each home as if it was their own. They take great pride in their elevated level of customer service, so that each new home owner can focus on the excitement and joy that comes with buying a new home.

In order to reflect the lifestyles of a broad range of homebuyers, Park Lane offers an extensive collection of townhouses and single-family homes. Fine features and finishes are included throughout. Select floorplans and upgraded choices may include nine-foot ceilings, quartz countertops, frameless glass showers and covered porches to suit individual decor preferences.

Village Creek

Located in the the quaint town of Stevensville, only five minutes from the Q.E.W. off Sodom Road, Village Creek Estates is a peaceful enclave of townhomes and single-family residences starting at $442,375. Across from an area of peaceful green space, and just off of the main street, Village Creek is close to schools, a library, a zoo, parks, shops, restaurants and hiking/biking trails, as well as beaches, Sherkston Shores campground, casinos and the Fort Erie Race Track.

Parklane Place

This coveted neighbourhood is located between Ridgeway and Crystal Beach, and is within walking distance of Crystal Ridge Park and a variety of amenities. Construction is now well underway on 22 townhomes starting at $439,900. Especially appealing to empty nesters, this vacation-like setting provides easy access to the sandy beaches of Fort Erie, as well as shops and restaurants in downtown Ridgeway. Summertime is the best time to take in this area, with local festivals, concerts and food vendors.

Come meet Cathy, Parklane's construction/sales manager
Come meet Cathy, Parklane’s construction/sales manager

Just right

Extensive insight into the Niagara region allows Park Lane to choose prime building sites that are close to all the things that matter. Snowbirds are only 25 minutes away from the Buffalo Airport, and ten minutes from Niagara Falls. The model home is now open, and the members of this family-run business are eager to help you find that just-right home.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Model Home is located at 4107 Village Creek Drive in Stevensville, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. weekends.

905.382.8857 / parklanehomebuilders.com


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Lucchetta Homes

Lucchetta Homes the only builder with five nominations and three wins at CHBA National Awards

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Lucchetta Homes the only builder with five nominations and three wins at CHBA National Awards

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development, features a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft luxury custom towns, backing onto the Niagara escarpment.

At Davis Heights, the Luxe Collection is custom curated by the renowned interior design firm Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home features a vertical glass wine-cellar embedded in the staircase filled with local wines, an elegant paneled library, convenient and practical double, main floor masters with ensuites, each meticulously designed with individual masculine and feminine forward touches.

Relax in the sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and oversized island perfect for entertaining. Lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet-bar, Great Room with home theatre and your own personal gym. Homes are priced from the $700,000s with floorplans ranging from 1,530 to 2600 sq. ft. Occupancy is scheduled for fall of 2019 or early 2020. Stop in to see the award-winning models. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility with private terraces overlooking a ravine.

Riverside

As part of Riverside‘s Grand Opening Special at Hunter’s Pointe, new-home buyers will receive $20,000 in designer upgrades upon the purchase of a single-detached home! Riverside features perfectly aligned bungalow homes with waterfront lots, single-detached lots and award-winning bungalow towns. Towns are available from $499,900, with occupancy in May 2020. Move-in-ready homes are available with 30-, 60- and 90-day closings.

The contemporary Lancaster, now open, is an award-winning NZR model home designed by Wendi Pelfrey. Everything is perfectly designed to address homeowners’ needs, and is conveniently within reach of natural elements in a serene, lush landscape.

The Lancaster was recently nominated for Best Production Home and Best Kitchen in Ontario and Canadian homebuilder association awards, and was recently named Best Kitchen by Niagara Home Builder’s Association. This is a premier, resort-style, Energy-Star certified adult community, with world-class amenities and convenient services right at your fingertips.

“Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “And the quality of life is far superior.”

Well recognized

Ugo Lucchetta started Lucchetta Homes more than 60 years ago. Today, it is well-known for quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service. Sons Robert and Ed carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of mouth praise expressed by their customers.

Last year alone, Lucchetta Homes won or was nominated for more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. The company most recently won for Community of the Year in the CHBA Awards, and EnerQuality’s Energy Star Builder of the Year.

Lucchetta Homes was also the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist for the CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence in five categories. From more than 700 entries, each entry was judged by more than 180 CHBA members from across Canada. On May 10th, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Lucchetta Homes achieved being one of the biggest winners of the evening, taking home three CHBA Awards!

  • Best Attached Home – Under 1,500 sq. ft.: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Print Ad: Riverside Hunters Pointe
  • Best Brochure: Davis Heights

Lucchetta was also nominated in the coveted CHBA categories of Marketing Excellence and Design Excellence.

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl. “Winning these coveted awards truly validates the caliber of excellence that Lucchetta Homes is consistently providing to the real estate industry on a national level.”

“Being a boutique builder, we are proud to have been considered as finalists and honoured to have won such prestigious national awards,” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta, principals of Lucchetta Homes. “We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and these achievements further authenticate our focus on homeowner satisfaction.”

Such recognition has inspired the company to keep raising the bar. “Legendary luxury is something everyone at Lucchetta Homes strives to provide – where we not only build homes, but foundations to live your best life.”

Niagara at its finest

There are many perks and benefits to living in this area, which include lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, organic farmers’ markets, beaches, designer outlet shopping, casinos, the Shaw Festival and a plethora of other attractions and amenities. GO Transit rail service is well on its way to Niagara. And, for those who love to travel, you can easily access the Buffalo and Niagara airports. With an abundance of greenspace, outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding, golfing and tennis.

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Niagara

  • Ryans Grove and Davis Heights, Fonthill
  • Hunters Pointe, Welland
  • Lusso, St. Catharines

905.732.2658

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Niagara, the lifestyle boost you’ve been looking for

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Niagara, the lifestyle boost you’ve been looking for

Photography courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

Located on the southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Region encompasses the cities of St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland, as well as the charming towns of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Grimsby and Fort Erie. The City of Niagara Falls is a vibrant community that promotes recreation, arts and culture. While urban amenities are in abundance, there’s still a relaxed stillness that comes with living in this beautiful area.

A sight for sore eyes

A drive through the Niagara region is an annual ritual for many, as the orchards are bursting with delicate blossoms on fruit-bearing trees. The Japanese flowering cherry trees, found at the Botanical Gardens, Queenston Heights Park and Kingsbridge Park are expected to bloom by mid-May.

Located along the scenic Niagara Parkway is the Floral Clock, which was constructed in 1950. The clock’s face, complete with working mechanisms, is planted two times per year with 15,000 to 20,000 carpet plants arranged in beautiful designs. It is the second most photographed highlight in the region.

Created in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s Centennial Year, the fragrant Lilac Garden is located north of the Floral Clock and features 200 different lilac varieties in a range of colours.

The Botanical Gardens is located just north of Niagara Falls on the Niagara Parkway. For more than 80 years, visitors have found solace while strolling the gardens. Also located here is the Butterfly Conservatory, and the world-famous rose garden that features more than 2,400 varieties.

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Everyday’s a holiday

View the falls from the water, the air or the ground. To experience the thundering roar, power and mystical qualities of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Niagara Gorge, book a tour through niagaracruises.com.

Less than a half hour drive from the Falls, at the mouth of the Niagara River, is the quaint 18th century town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, often referred to as Ontario’s loveliest town. Home to the renowned Shaw Festival, the town is an eclectic dining, shopping and sightseeing experience. Partnering with Parks Canada, eSkoot Niagara offers historical tours via an eSkooter.

Old Fort Erie, Fort George, Brock’s Monument and Laura Secord’s homestead are just a few of the landmarks that will delight history buffs. The area was also an important stop on the legendary 1800s Underground Railroad.

In addition to slots and gaming tables, Fallsview Casino Resort showcases international performers.

Niagara boasts close to 100 parks and several championship courses, including Legends on the Niagara, Oak Hall Par 3 and the Whirlpool Golf Course, which was designed by golf architect Stanley Thompson and is rated as one of Canada’s most highly rated public golf courses.

Two Sisters Vineyards

Two Sisters Vineyards

Our model home feature in this issue is by Solmar Development Corps. Sales and marketing manager, Angela Marotta, is also CEO of Two Sisters Vineyards, along with her sister Melissa Paolicelli-Marotta. Established approximately 10 years ago, the winery has received many awards and accolades, and was most recently named the ‘Best Small Winery in Canada for 2018’, by the National Wine Awards.

Photography Courtesy of Two Sisters Vineyards

Ideal conditions

Because of the two large bodies of water, Niagara Region is considered to be a moderate climate zone. Southern Ontario is roughly at the same latitude as southern France (Provence). The area’s temperatures make it ideal for growing tender fruit, and the conditions are ideal for ripening many varieties of grapes.

The Niagara Peninsula is one of four recognized viticultural areas by the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) in the Ontario Wine Industry. The European-style vineyards and wineries attract visitors from around the world. Many offer full tours of their facilities, and some have onsite dining, which feature sumptuous menus paired with their own VQA vintages.

Niagara Vintage Wine Tours offers half day, full day and evening tours, paired with gastronomic delicacies.

Morton’s Grille, Marriott Fallsview

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Lucchetta Homes

Lucchetta Homes has the finest new home locations in the Niagara region

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Lucchetta Homes has the finest new home locations in the Niagara region

If you’re looking for a new lowrise home in the Niagara Region, Lucchetta Homes has something for you. Be it a bungalow townhome or a single-detached home, this award-winning builder has offerings at some of the finest locations in the Niagara region.

Davis Heights

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses. This luxury development by Lucchetta Homes will feature a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft towns, backing onto a Carolinian forest and the Niagara escarpment.

Out of respect for some rare chestnut trees in the area, Lucchetta will be building around the trees to preserve them. This type of care is also evident in the attention to detail that the company invests in each and every home.

At Davis Heights, the Luxe Collection is custom-curated by the renowned interior design firm, Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home features a vertical glass wine cellar embedded in the staircase, filled with local wines.

Double masters with ensuite, paneled elegant library, sumptuous living room with 15-ft. vaulted ceiling, gourmet chef’s kitchen with two-tone cabinets, and an oversized island perfect for entertaining are just some of the highlights. The lower level features a spacious guest suite, games room, wet bar, Great Room with home theatre, and your own personal gym. Every detail has been meticulously thought out. Homes are priced from the $699,900s for floorplans that range from 1,600 to 3,000 sq. ft. Occupancy is fall 2019-20. Stop in to see the award-winning models available for viewing Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Davis Heights is currently 60 per cent sold. Hurry in to own your luxurious piece of tranquility.

Riverside, Hunters Pointe

As part of Riverside‘s Grand Opening Special at Hunters Pointe, new-home buyers will receive $25,000 off the purchase of luxury, single-detached, custom bungalow homes. Premium, walkout waterfront lots, single-detached lots and award-winning bungalow towns are available from $499,900, with occupancy in April 2020.

There are also move-in ready homes available with 30-, 60- and 90-day closings. The contemporary Lancaster NZR model home, designed by Wendi Pelfrey, is now open. Everything is conveniently within reach, and perfectly designed, addressing residents’ every need, and the home is surrounded by natural elements in a serene and lush landscape. The Lancaster was recently nominated as Best Home in Ontario by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), and Best Home in Canada by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA).

“This is a premier, resort-style, adult community, with world-class amenities and convenient services right at your fingertips,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing for Lucchetta Homes. “Buying a home here is a fraction of the cost of comparable homes in the GTA. And the quality of life is far superior.”

Lucchetta Homes

Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago. Today it is well known for its quality construction, craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service.

Sons Robert and Ed carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of-mouth praise from their customers.

In 2018 alone, Lucchetta Homes won or was nominated for more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. Most recently it won Community of the Year by CHBA, and the EQ Energy Star Builder of the Year, by EnerQuality. Lucchetta Homes was the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist for the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence in five categories:

  • Best Detached Home – One-Story Bungalow: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Attached Home – Under 1,500 sq. ft.: Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Print Ad – Riverside, Hunters Pointe
  • Best Attached Home – 1,500-plus sq. ft.: Davis Heights

“Simply to be nominated amongst the very best in the industry in Canada is a tremendous achievement, and a testament to our entire team,” says Kopyl.

“Being a boutique builder, we are proud to have been considered for such prestigious national awards,” says Robert and Ed Lucchetta. “We build every home as if we would live in it ourselves, and this achievement further validates our focus on homeowner satisfaction.”

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Riverside at Hunters Pointe

Pre-construction pricing now being offered at Riverside at Hunters Pointe

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Pre-construction pricing now being offered at Riverside at Hunters Pointe

As part of the premium collection at the Residences at Hunters Pointe, all new home buyers of the Riverside release will receive $25,000 off the purchase of a luxury, single-detached, custom home, for a limited time only. This community is located in the heart of the Niagara region, overlooking the Welland Canal.

Limited-time promotion

Standard lots, as well as premium waterfront lots, are priced from $586,900. Executive bungalow-towns start at only $499,900. Riverside is currently under construction with expected occupancy in November 2019. Two stunning model homes, designed by Wendi Pelfrey from That’s Fab Design, are now open for viewing – one of which is the net-zero-ready Lancaster model that was nominated for Best Production Home, by the OHBA in 2018. To take advantage of pre-construction pricing, visit soon, as limited lots remain.

Net-zero-ready homes

Lucchetta is leading the way at Riverside. Net-zero-ready homes produce clean energy, and may use renewable sources, like solar or wind power, for any additional energy that is required. The net-zero-ready homes are quality built, custom homes that use 80 per cent less energy than homes built to the Ontario Building Code. In a net-zero-ready home, all systems are synchronized to work together – providing you with a home that is draft-free and maintains a consistent temperature, with up to 0.5 per cent air leakage, resulting in lower utility bills and a healthier indoor environment. “It equates to a better living experience, while doing your part against climate change,” says Kim Kopyl, director of sales and marketing. “Plus, it preserves our natural resources for future generations, while reducing your costs.”

Well recognized

Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago, and his sons, Robert and Ed, carry on the ethical traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation, in addition to the loyalty and word-of-mouth praise expressed by their customers. Lucchetta Homes has won, or was nominated for, more than 26 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national – a testament to their superior craftsmanship and customer service.

Niagara at its finest

There are many perks and benefits to living in this area, which include lower living costs, award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, designer outlet shopping, casinos, the Shaw Festival, and its proximity to a plethora of other attractions and amenities. The GO train is well on its way to Niagara. And, for those who love to travel, the Buffalo and Niagara airports are easily accessible, as is the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Outdoor activities are plentiful, and include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, paddle boarding, cycling, horseback riding and golfing. “Simply put,” says Kopyl. “This is a lovely place to live a very fulfilling life.”

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National home sales down slightly but Greater Golden Horseshoe prices holding their own

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National home sales down slightly but Greater Golden Horseshoe prices holding their own

GGH

National home sales edged down 0.4 per cent between August and September, the first decline since April, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). While sales activity is still somewhat stronger compared to the first half of the year, it remains well below most other months since 2014.

Sales declined from August to September in slightly more than half of all local markets, led by Vancouver Island and Edmonton, along with several markets in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region. Activity declines in these markets were offset by monthly gains in the Fraser Valley and Montreal.

About 70 per cent of local markets were down on a year-over-year basis, led primarily by declines in major urban centres in British Columbia, along with Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

MORTGAGE STRESS TEST

“The balance between the number of homebuyers and suitable homes varies depending on location, housing type and price range,” says CREA President Barb Sukkau. “Differences in market balance will likely come into sharper focus as interest rates rise and cause this year’s new mortgage stress test to become even more restrictive.”

The number of newly listed homes rose three per cent between August and September, led by the Lower Mainland and the GTA. More than half of all local markets posted a monthly increase in new listings.

“Sales activity may get all the press, but it’s the balance between that and the number of homes for sale that sets the tone for pricing environment,” says Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist. “In markets with an abundant supply of homes and slower sales activity, buyers have the upper hand when it comes to negotiations over price. However, in places where buyers are keen to make a purchase but there’s a shortage of homes for sale, sellers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to price. It will be interesting to see how supply and demand respond to rising interest rates amid this year’s new mortgage stress-test.”

Based on a comparison of the sales-to-new listings ratio with the long-term average, about three-quarters of all local markets were in balanced market territory in September 2018.

The Aggregate Composite MLS Home Price Index (HPI) was up 2.3 per cent year-over-year in September – in line with those posted in each of the two previous months.

Condo units posted the largest year-over-year price gains in September (8.4 per cent), followed by townhomes (4.5 per cent). Meanwhile, one-storey and two-storey single-family home prices were little changed on a year-over-year basis.

REGIONAL VARIATION

Trends continue to vary widely among the 17 housing markets tracked by the HPI. Among the markets in the GGH, home prices were up from year-ago levels in Guelph (eight per cent), Hamilton-Burlington (6.1 per cent), the Niagara Region (5.9 per cent), the GTA (two per cent), and Oakville-Milton (1.4 per cent). By contrast, home prices slipped lower in Barrie and District (-3.6 per cent).

In BC, home price gains are diminishing on a year-over-year basis in Greater Vancouver (2.2 per cent), and Fraser Valley (8.5 per cent). Meanwhile, prices in Victoria were up 8.7 per cent year-over-year in September, and elsewhere Vancouver Island they climbed 13.2 per cent.

Across the Prairies, benchmark home prices remained below year-ago levels in Calgary (-2.6 per cent), Edmonton (-2.6 per cent), Regina (-4.7 per cent) and Saskatoon(-1.9 per cent).

Home prices rose by 6.9 per cent in Ottawa (led by an 7.9 per cent increase in two-storey single family home prices), by 6.1 per cent in Greater Montreal (led by a seven-per-cent increase in townhome prices) and by 3.4 per cent in Greater Moncton (led by a 10.3 per cent increase in condo prices).

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in September 2018 was slightly less than $487,000, up just 0.2 per cent from the same month last year.

The national average price is heavily skewed by sales in the GVA and GTA, two of Canada’s most active and expensive markets. Excluding these two markets from calculations cuts almost $104,000 from the national average price, trimming it to just over $383,000.

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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

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LOCAL FOCUS: Niagara Region

by Gale Beeby

Including the communities of Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Welland, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie.

HOUSING OPTIONS

The region’s housing is comprised predominantly of single-family dwellings – from historical homes dating back 200 years, to new master-planned communities – although condos are making their inevitable appearance.

There’s something in Niagara for everyone at every price point and every style, from luxury estate homes to modest semis and townhomes, with many new projects springing up throughout the region. Click here for a full list of homes for sale.

LEISURE PURSUITS

There is a lot to do in the Niagara Region! Too many to list here, but some highlights include a visit to the famous Niagara Falls, a stroll through the quaint village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a jet-boat ride on the Niagara River rapids, taking in a play at the world-renowned Shaw Festival, a drive along the Niagara Wine Trail, a picnic along the Niagara Parkway, watching the world-class Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (rowing), a night at one of the casinos, or a round of golf on one of the region’s fabulous golf courses, which includes Canada’s oldest course, Niagara-on-the-Lake, which held its first international tournament in 1895.

PARKS & REC

The Niagara Region has hundreds of kilometres of trails and paths, as well as a multitude of parks. In Niagara Falls, Queen Victoria Park features manicured gardens, platforms with views of the American, Horseshoe and Bridal Veil Falls as well as underground walkways behind the falls.

The Niagara River Recreational Trails runs 56 kilometres from Fort Erie to Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake and includes many historical sites from the War of 1812. The Greater Niagara Circle Route Trail System is 140 kilometres of mostly off-road paved trails for walking, cycling or rollerblading. It passes through urban centres, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts and agricultural areas.

Also in the area is the Bruce Trail, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the Merritt Trail, which passes through many of the old sections of the Welland Canal, the Waterfront Trail, and the Welland Canals Parkway.

RETAIL THERAPY

A stroll down the main street of any of the towns in the region will be a delight with a number of boutiques, cafés, art galleries, craft stores and fine dining establishments. Niagara-on-the-Lake, in particular, is a great place to spend the day popping into one unique store after another. There are also a number of outlet malls in Niagara offering brand-name shopping at lower-than-retail prices.

EASY ACCESS

Welland, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines each have airports and the area is served by a number of expressways, including Highways 405, 406, 420 and the QEW. Niagara Region Transit moves riders between Welland, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Niagara Falls Transit and the St. Catharines Transit Commission provide local bus service in the two largest communities in the region. GO Transit and VIA Rail provide train and bus service to Niagara Region from the GTA.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 447,900

Known as: The Honeymoon Capital of the World

Walk scores:

St. Catharines: 52

Welland: 47

Niagara Falls: 43

Port Colborne: 38

Lincoln: 32

Grimsby: 31

Fort Erie: 31

Thorold: 36

Niagara-on-the-Lake: 25

Pelham: 22

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MODEL HOME FEATURE: Canal View Heights in Welland

MODEL HOME FEATURE: Canal View Heights in Welland

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MODEL HOME FEATURE: Canal View Heights in Welland

Spacious townhomes located in the heart of Niagara

Photography, Jason Hartog

Well situated, Canal View Heights runs along the Welland Canal, just off of East Main Street and next door to Memorial Park. Here, Silvergate Homes has created a wonderful neighbourhood of two-storey townhomes that are designed for easy living and maximum comfort.

The Boho Model is an exemplary example, with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. At 1,602 square feet, this floorplan includes modern amenities, along with smooth, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor and a designer-inspired kitchen. Silvergate also includes energy saving products and environmentally sound construction techniques, and is known as Niagara’s green builder.

SILVERGATE HOMES

The Sales Office and Model Home are open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., Mondays by appointment.

905.680.6000
silvergatehomes.com


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