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Ontario housing markets to lead Canada heading into 2021

Ontario housing markets to lead Canada heading into 2021

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Ontario housing markets to lead Canada heading into 2021

Housing markets across Canada are expected to remain active for the remainder of 2020 due to pent-up demand and low inventory levels – with price growth in Ontario leading the way, according to a new report from ReMax Canada.

The ReMax Fall Market Outlook Report forecasts the average sale price in Canada could increase by 4.6 per cent during the remainder of the year, compared to the 3.7 per cent increase that was predicted in late 2019.

The pandemic has prompted many Canadians to reassess their living situations. According to a survey conducted by Leger on behalf of ReMax, 32 per cent of Canadians no longer want to live in large urban centres, and instead would opt for rural or suburban communities. This trend is stronger among Canadians under the age of 55.

Pent-up demand

“The classically hot spring market that was pushed to the summer months due to the COVID-19 pandemic created a surprisingly strong market across Canada and across all market segments,” says Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president and regional director, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “Looking ahead, government financial aid programs may be coming to an end in September, which could potentially impact future activity. However, the pent-up demand and low inventory dynamic may keep prices steady and bolster activity for the remainder of 2020. Overall, we are very confident in the long-term durability of the market.”

Not only are Canadians more motivated to leave cities, but changes in work and life dynamics have also shifted their needs and wants for their homes. According to the survey, 44 per cent of Canadians would like a home with more space for personal amenities, such as a pool, balcony or a large yard.

Ontario housing market

With Ontario one of the provinces hit hardest by the pandemic, markets such as Niagara, Mississauga and Kitchener-Waterloo experienced significant drops in activity, but bounced back aggressively in June as economies began to reopen. Toronto continues to be a sellers’ market, with low listing inventory and high demand. An uptick in new listings is anticipated for fall, now that buyers and sellers are more comfortable engaging in the housing market. ReMax estimates a five-per-cent increase in average residential sale price in Toronto for the remainder of the year, with the potential for modest price increases of up to six per cent in regions such as Hamilton, Brampton and London.

Luxury market thriving

Canada’s overall luxury market has remained strong throughout the pandemic, with market conditions unchanged from the beginning of the year in most regions.

The luxury segment in Toronto is considered balanced, with Vancouver pushing into a sellers’ market. Vancouver is beginning to see more interest from move-up buyers instead of the foreign buyers who drove demand in Vancouver’s luxury market prior to COVID-19. This was likely due to travel restrictions brought on by the pandemic. In Toronto, activity was slower than usual this spring as buyers did not have any urgency to transact during the pandemic.

Luxury housing in secondary markets such as Hamilton is seeing a slight uptick in activity, with high-end buyers seeking more square footage and larger properties outside of city centres. Hamilton has experienced an increase in buyer interest from residents from Brampton and Mississauga looking to relocate to the region.


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It's about a lot more than the Falls in Niagara

It’s about a lot more than the Falls in Niagara

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It’s about a lot more than the Falls in Niagara

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-businesses such as winemaking – a key economic sector. The Niagara Wine Route, for example, connects dozens of wineries and is a growing tourism draw, complementing 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 courses 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.

But that, too, is changing, as some consumers prefer the condo lifestyle, even in a nature-rich area such as Niagara. Developers are responding in kind, with several new condo projects, many of them midrise or boutique condominiums.

Homes by DeSantis, for example, has condo projects in both Grimsby and Stoney Creek, and Urbane Communities is building Marbella Condominium in Niagara Falls.

Part of the appeal for homebuyers in Niagara, of course, is affordability relative to Toronto and other parts of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. According to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey, for the first quarter of 2020, aggregate median home prices in Niagara-St. Catharines were $453,483. This is up 1.1 per cent from $448,631 in the fourth quarter of 2019, and 7.4 per cent from $422,294 in the first quarter of 2019.

And from the ReMax 2020 Housing Market Outlook Report in late 2019, the realty firm noted that average residential sale prices in Niagara increased by almost 13 per cent, from $378,517 in 2018 to $427,487 in 2019. Value-conscious consumers from the GTA were buying in droves, ReMax says, with many choosing to live in the region and commute to Toronto.

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
  • Legends on the Niagara Golf Course
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Niagara Wine Route
  • Welland Canal
  • Whirlpool Golf Course

Select condo developments

1 Dexter Condos, St. Catharines by RO Beam Construction

157 Griffin St. Smithville, Smithville by Phelps Homes

AquaZul Condominiums, Grimsby by Homes By DeSantis

Marbella Condominium, Niagara Falls by Urbane Communities

Montebello, St. Catharines by Marydel Homes

South Port, Port Colborne by Rankin Construction Inc.

The Bench Beamsville, Beamsville by Lanca Contracting Inc.

The Niagara, Niagara Falls by M5V Group of Companies

The Schoolhouse in Old Glenridge, St. Catharines by PBG Homes

Utopia Condominums, Beamsville by New Horizon Development Group


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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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Silvergate Homes

Legends on the Green, Niagara by Silvergate Homes

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Legends on the Green, Niagara by Silvergate Homes

This exclusive golf course community includes only 58 luxury bungalow towns starting from the $400,000s. Brought to you by Silvergate Homes, Legends on the Green combines luxury living with architectural elegance. As part of a special bonus offer, new home purchasers receive an exclusive golf package to Legends on the Niagara Golf Course. Included, is a tour of the facilities, a 45-minute swing analysis and two rounds of golf, as well as invitations to events held at Legends on the Niagara throughout the year. Also close to Legends on the Green, are more than 80 award-winning wineries, dozens of other golf courses, a foodie’s smorgasbord of fine dining and local farmers’ markets, in addition to hundreds of kilometres of hiking and biking trails.

SILVERGATE HOMES
Legends on the Green in Niagara

The model homes will be open this summer at 8974 Willoughby Dr. in Niagara Falls.

905.680.6000

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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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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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Lowrise Feature: Lucchetta Homes

Lucchetta Homes is Niagara’s award-winning builder

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Lucchetta Homes is Niagara’s award-winning builder

Davis Heights is one of Niagara’s finest new addresses by Lucchetta Homes, featuring a limited selection of bungalow/bungaloft custom towns, backing onto a lush ravine and the Niagara escarpment.

The LUXE Collection is custom-curated by the renowned interior design firm – Raphael Gomes Interiors. The Versailles model home is now open for viewing, and features a vertical glass wine-cellar embedded in the staircase and filled with local wines.

Occupancies are scheduled for late 2019, and into 2020. Interiors include double masters with ensuites, a panelled library, 15-foot vaulted ceilings in the living room, gourmet kitchens with two-tone cabinets, and an oversized island. The lower-level features a spacious guest suite, a games room, a wet-bar, a great room with a home theatre, and a personal gym. Every detail has been considered on these homes that range from 1,530 to 2,600 square feet, priced from the $744,900s.

Join Lucchetta Homes on May 25th for their Sip and Savour charity event. Lucchetta will be matching all donations and presenting the proceeds to Wellspring Niagara. At the event, guests will be treated to an oyster bar, hor d’oeuvres, local wine, craft beer, and live entertainment, while viewing the new releases. Davis Heights is currently 60 per cent sold.

Riverside

As part of Riverside‘s grand opening special at Hunter’s Pointe, new home buyers will receive $10,000 in upgrades with the purchase of a luxury, single-detached bungalow. Walkout, waterfront lots, single detached lots, and award-winning bungalow towns, are priced from $499,900, with occupancy scheduled for April 2020. Move-in-ready homes are available with 30-, 60- or 90-day closings.

Now open, and designed by Wendi Pelfrey, is the award-winning, Net Zero Ready Lancaster model. Addressing the needs of those new home purchasers who are downsizing, everything is meticulously designed and accessible. The Lancaster was recently nominated as the Best Home in Ontario and in Canada by both OHBA and CHBA. It also won Best Kitchen and Best Sales Team by the NHBA in 2019.

This resort-style, adult community includes world-class amenities and services. “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.”

Celebrated builder

Ugo Lucchetta started the company more than 60 years ago. Sons, Robert and Ed, carry on the traditions started by their father. Their hard work has paid off with ongoing appreciation and word-of mouth praise from their loyal customers.

In 2018, alone, Lucchetta Homes won, or were nominated for, more than 30 awards by all levels of builders’ associations – local, provincial and national. Most recently, they won Community of The Year by CHBA and EQ’s Energy Star Builder of The Year. In addition, they received the Excellence in Green, and Community of The Year, by the NHBA (2019).

Lucchetta Homes was the only builder in Ontario this year to have been selected as a finalist by the CHBA National Awards in five categories, including Best Detached Home (one-storey bungalow); Best Attached Home (under 1,500 sq. ft.); Best Print Ad (Riverside); Best Attached Home (1,500+ sq. ft.); and Best Brochure (Davis Heights). “Just 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.

Robert and Ed Lucchetta commented on the fact that it’s very prestigious to be considered for national awards as a boutique builder. They build every home as if they would live in it themselves, and constantly reinforce their mantra – legendary luxury. They not only build homes, but sustainable foundations to live your best life.

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The Oaks at Six Mile Creek

The Oaks at Six Mile Creek

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The Oaks at Six Mile Creek

Blythwood’s newest community now under construction

The Oaks at Six Mile Creek is Blythwood Homes‘ most elegant community. Nestled against a 60-acre forest preserve, with mature oak trees and an abundance of wildlife, The Oaks is sure to become one of Niagara Region’s most desirable adult communities.

The Oaks is within walking distance to downtown Ridgeway, as well as the sandy shores of Lake Erie. In addition, a large number of lots back onto the forest and green space. The utilities and roadways are near completion, and construction is well under way.

AMAZING AMENITIES

Guaranteed to augment a happy, fulfilling lifestyle, a wide range of amenities are close at hand. Within 30 minutes of the Oaks, there are close to three dozen championship golf courses. Shopping, healthcare, entertainment venues, fine dining and a plethora of award-winning wineries are nearby.

The Niagara Peninsula has become a desired location, due to its accessibility to the GTA, as well as its proximity to Buffalo and New York State. Via the QEW, residents have their choice of airports when heading out on holidays. In addition, Niagara Region is at the northern edge of the Great Carolinian Forest, and a more temperate climate, you’ll experience milder winters and longer summers.

HIGH STANDARDS

While the location is definitely one of the true advantages of the Oaks, the quality and value of the home designs offered by Blythwood Homes completes the entire lifestyle package. Considered to be one of Niagara Region’s top builders of adult-oriented communities, Blythwood selects prime locations that are conducive to the wants and needs of those who are well aware of what they’re looking for. Blythwood insists on generous detached lot sizes – some up to 50 feet wide and 130 feet deep. Most models, including townhomes, come with two-car garages.

Bythwood-built homes come with fine features and finishes – inside, and out. Extra-height ceilings range from nine to 16 feet, and are accented by an abundance of oversized windows. Furniture-grade cabinetry is used in the kitchen and on bathroom vanities. Many finishes that would be considered upgrades by other builders, are standard in a Blythwood home.

All Blythwood homes are insulated to the strictest standards, meaning that the homeowners live in year-round comfort at the most economical price. High-quality furnaces are 97 per cent efficient. Energy Recovery Ventilation assures a continuous supply of clean, fresh air, and modulated thermostats ensure that your home is at the comfort level that you prefer.

There are so many advantages to living at The Oaks at Six Mile Creek, but one of the most advantageous are the amazing home prices. Listed for far lower than a comparable house in the GTA, purchasing a new home in Niagara can save you several hundred thousand dollars.

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866.422.6610

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Destination Ontario: Bloomin’ Gorgeous

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Destination Ontario: Bloomin’ Gorgeous

Springtime in Niagara

Some 12,000 years ago, the falls at Niagara were defined when melting glaciers formed the Great Lakes. The rushing waters that ran downhill from one lake (Lake Erie) to another (Lake Ontario) carved out a river, and at one point passed over a steep, cliff -like formation – the Niagara escarpment. As the water began to wear its way back up the river, the deeply cut path that was left behind is now known as the Niagara Gorge.

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 affords residents with a plethora of opportunities in the areas of recreation, arts and culture. While urban amenities are in abundance, there’s still a relaxed stillness that comes with living in this beautiful area.

EXPLOSIVE BEAUTY
Come spring, it’s a visual flower feast. 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.

Floral clock

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 beautiful gardens. Also located here is the Butterfly Conservatory, and the world-famous rose garden that features more than 2,400 varieties.

Butterfly Conservatory

The first fireworks’ display took place on September 14th, 1860. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the annual Falls Fireworks Series, Niagara Parks has expanded their schedule to include 111 fireworks daily displays throughout the summer. Special holiday shows are scheduled for the Memorial Day long weekend (May 25 to 28).

DAY TRIPPING
View the falls from the water, the air or the ground. No matter your vantage point, it’s an awe-inspiring experience – no matter the time of year.

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.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

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.

CLIMATE CONTROLLED

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.

The extended warm-weather season is also popular with boating, golf, hiking and biking enthusiasts.

Photography, courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism

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