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CHBA names winners of 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence

CHBA names winners of 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence

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CHBA names winners of 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has announced the winners of the 2020 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence, celebrating the best of the best from across Canada.

Rosehaven Homes' The Randall Residences in Oakville
Rosehaven Homes’ The Randall Residences in Oakville

Rosehaven Homes of Oakville, Ont. won the Marketing Excellence Award for overall success in marketing categories. Rosehaven also took home the marketing awards for Digital Media Campaign – Mid- to Highrise, and Print Ad, for The Randall Residences in Oakville. Rosehaven’s marketing was created with McOuat Partnership of Markham, Ont.

Minto Communities, another GTA builder, won the Net Zero Home Award, Mid- to Highrise Condo or Apartment Project (planned) for its Toronto development The Saint, Brochure/ Kit for 123 Portland, also in Toronto, and the Net Zero Home Award for the 2019 Minto Dream Home in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Located at Church and Adelaide, The Saint is designed to honour the preserved historic buildings of the neighbourhood, including the nearby St. James Cathedral. Inside, Japanese minimalism inspired design with biophilic elements combine to create a serene environment, and 10,000 sq. ft. of amenity space focused on health and wellness provides residents with a home where they can “find their centre.”

For a complete list of winners, visit chba.ca.


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Luxury by the lake is coming soon for Rosehaven's Platinum Collection

Luxury by the lake is coming soon for Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection

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Luxury by the lake is coming soon for Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection

Downtown Oakville’s most exclusive executive residences are coming soon. A stunning collection of just six freehold townhomes a short walk from the lake, La Reserve redefines luxury in every detail. Part of Rosehaven Homes‘ Platinum Collection, this limited community goes above and beyond in refinement and exclusivity. Private elevators, three-bedroom designs, and deep lots provide the ultimate convenience and versatility, and with some of the last rooftop terraces in Olde Oakville, La Reserve is the height of luxury.

Every detail at La Reserve is carefully considered to create a refined residence. The mark of Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection is absolute luxury and high-end living, and La Reserve is here to provide. Classic stone, precast and stucco exteriors create a sophisticated lane of townhomes, with oversized windows to create airy, sunny interiors. Designer kitchens, spa-inspired bathrooms, and high-end finishes add upscale class to these luxurious residences. Master suites feature soaring 15-ft. barrel-vaulted ceilings, a stunning architectural feature that creates a unique sense of refinement and luxury in an elegant master retreat.

These sizable towns are an incredible 2,955 sq. ft. plus a large entertaining rooftop terrace, front balcony, and a rear yard deck patio to maximize your outdoor living space. Each home at La Reserve has space for all your needs, with sweeping open-concept layouts designed to inspire and amaze. A formal dining room and living room offer great entertaining spaces. Private backyards on lots ranging from 120 ft. to a sprawling 150 ft. provide space for any celebration, creating an unmatched backyard oasis. Opportunities are endless on these spacious Lots.

Located on Reynolds Street by George’s Square, these incomparable townhomes bring distinguished, French-inspired architecture to a beautiful established neighbourhood with elegance and class. La Reserve’s sophisticated design fits seamlessly into the historic homes of Olde Oakville, creating a charming neighbourhood of beautiful homes. Only 500 metres from the lake, these executive townhomes are in the most desirable location in Oakville, where luxury residences are only minutes from luxury amenities. Olde Oakville is a place where mature trees arch over the streets and the waterfront stretches endlessly, but it’s also a place of boutiques and restaurants, high-end shopping and quaint cafes.

This exclusive community has just six opportunities for life in Oakville’s rarest and most desirable residences. Refinement and luxury are imbued in every inch of these spacious executive townhomes, with inspired designs to create unique homes by the lake, and they’re coming soon. These are homes reserved for the few. Elevated living is coming to Oakville, and it lives at La Reserve.

Reserve your spot today at lareserveresidences.com.


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Glen Ashton Estates by Menkes Developments is a home for everyone to enjoy

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Glen Ashton Estates by Menkes Developments is a home for everyone to enjoy

Spending a great deal of time in your home these days might have you thinking about what you want to get out of your living space – more storage? Efficiency? Perhaps you want it to feel brighter? It’s amazing how much of an impact our environment can have on our mood, and during these challenging times our home is more important than ever before. It’s also our office, our school, our gym, and so much more.

The Livingston model home in Glen Ashton Estates, Menkes‘ latest residential development in Oakville, can provide inspiration for anyone looking to make their home a place consisting of comfort, functionality and style. Designer Gordana Car produced an awe-inspiring design for this spacious model home. Inspired by a modern farmhouse look – a design which has proved to be appealing to many different types of buyers – the interior design combines the modern and contemporary, with the country chic. With a neutral colour scheme (including a natural stained hardwood and white walls), simplicity in decor was meant to bring serenity to every room, something we all crave these days. To keep the design looking timeless yet on-trend, Car paired clean lines with black metal industrial light fixtures and hardware.

Both the layout and design of the home are functional and suitable for so many types of families. In this particular model, Car added a convenient home office to serve as an efficient workspace. The functionality of every room was integral to the overall design. This included lots of comfortable furniture for lounging around and plenty of storage.

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Glen Ashton Estates in Oakville

Interiors styled by Gordana Car Design.

Visit the website for further information.


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North Oakville by Valery Homes

Valery Homes offers a master-planned community located in one of Canada’s best places to live

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Valery Homes offers a master-planned community located in one of Canada’s best places to live

North Oakville by Valery Homes is celebrating its new lot release in one of GTA’s most sought-after neighbourhoods – where quality, comfort and convenience seamlessly blend. Valery Homes has excelled in new-home building for more than 50 years, earning a reputation for quality craftsmanship, superior design and a commitment to customer service.

Designed with today’s modern family in mind, North Oakville is centrally located and extremely convenient offering all the advantages of an urban centre while maintaining its small-town charm. Residents will live in a vibrant and welcoming neighbourhood surrounded by the best amenities.

North Oakville offers the ultimate in luxury, where every home offers thoughtfully designed stone, stucco and brick exteriors with expansive windows and exquisite detailing. Home interiors are as equally as stunning as they are functional. Four- to five-bedroom homes with spacious open-concept living spaces with 10-ft. ceilings on the main floor, nine-ft. ceilings on the second; gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and large islands with breakfast bars. Lavish master suites with a magnificent ensuite boasting a freestanding soaker tub, glass shower enclosure, as well as an incredibly spacious walk-in closet, along with many other premium finishes and features.

Homes in this desirable neighbourhood start from the high $1.1 million on 36-, 38- and 43-ft. lots ranging from 2,534 to 4,181 sq. ft. with a variety of floorplan designs to suit the needs of every family.

Nestled against sparkling Lake Ontario, residents of North Oakville will enjoy an upscale urban lifestyle that’s enhanced with all the conveniences of modern living. Exceptional schools, relaxing parks and lush nature trails, charming shopping districts, superb dining and so much more, all conveniently located just minutes from the QEW, 403, 407 and GO Transit. Family values and quality of life go hand in hand in this Oakville neighbourhood.

VALERY HOMES
North Oakville

Visit the presentation centre and model homes, located at 3280 Post Rd., at Hallaran Rd. in Oakville. The presentation centre is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.

905.257.4249

valeryhomes.com/north_oakville/


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Local Focus - Oakville & Burlington

Oakville & Burlington are on the leading edges of the GTA

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Oakville & Burlington are on the leading edges of the GTA

Long gone are the days when Oakville and Burlington, neighbouring locations off the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario, were sleepy suburbs on the outskirts of the GTA. Expansion in highway and transit infrastructure, economic and employment growth and new housing development are all contributing to what today are booming, self-sustaining, destinations.

Such growth and development also mean rising home prices, as these two markets are forecast to be among the hottest in Ontario this year.

Blessed locations

Blessed with strong natural locations close to the lake, the QEW, Dundas Street West and Hwys. 403 and 401, getting to and around Oakville and Burlington has never been a challenge. But recent improvements to transit service and highways have afforded even easier movement for businesses and residents.

Such growth has contributed to increasingly diverse local economies, strong in automotive and manufacturing, but not overly reliant on any one sector.

Besides being close to Lake Ontario to the south, and the Niagara Escarpment to the north, Burlington is also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It boasts more than 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, the world’s largest lilac collection and three on-site restaurants.

Down by the lake, the recently renovated Spencer Smith Park hosts an array of annual free festivals, including Canada’s largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, Children’s Festival and Lakeside Festival of Lights.

Similarly, Oakville boasts 3,500 acres of parkland, more than 300 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks, gardens, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks.

For cultural pursuits, Oakville has the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is an annual summer event that features a number of stages along Lakeshore Road East. The Waterfront Festival takes place in Coronation Park, including amusement rides, arts and crafts, food and drinks, concerts and nightly fireworks displays.

With so much development underway, it’s no surprise that more people are moving west – particularly those looking for more affordable homes than in Toronto. Residence here, however, has its price: Oakville is now one of the GTA’s priciest housing markets. Burlington is seeing its own home price growth spurt, though it is notably more affordable.

Burlington, in particular, is undergoing a change of sorts. In the 2018 municipal elections, residents voted in Marianne Meed Ward as new mayor, notably on her promise to address their concerns about over-intensification and development.

Location, location, location

  • Oakville population 192,832; Burlington 185,000, located in Halton Region at the northwestern end of Lake Ontario
  • Oakville distance from Toronto, 38 kms; Burlington, 60 km

Select housing developments

OAKVILLE

5North by Mattamy Homes

Bronte Meadows by Flato Group

Glen Ashton Estates by Menkes

Ivy Rouge by Rosehaven Homes

Ivy Rouge by Starlane Home Corporation

The Preserve by Mattamy Homes

Upper Joshua Creek by Mattamy Homes

White Oaks Ravine by Dunpar Homes

BURLINGTON

Mountainview Heights by Greenpark Group

Mountainview Heights by Starlane Home Corporation

The Towns at Valera by Adi Developments

Tyandaga Heights by National Homes

StationWest Towns by Adi Developments


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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don't ignore the east

Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, since we’ve been able to observe the trend for the last few years, but a new report from ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada underlines just to what degree homebuyers are heading west.

West, as in Hamilton and Halton Region – Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.

In analyzing sales trends in nine Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts over the past five years, ReMax notes those areas captured 10.1 per cent of total market share in 2018, with a 2.3-per-cent increase over 2013.

The reasons are fairly obvious: The quest for homes at affordable prices. Indeed, this spillover effect has stimulated homebuying activity in most areas flanked by Toronto’s core and Hamilton. Burlington, in particular, soared between 2013 and 2018, with home sales almost doubling and average prices climbing 50 per cent to $769,142.

Builders of new homes also recognize the appetite for lowrise homes in the west.

But with such strong growth in Burlington, how long will this market remain an affordable option?

“The communities in the west will still be affordable compared to Toronto proper, but what we are going to see is a continued uptick in demand for more of the outlying communities like Brantford, Waterdown, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and even as far-reaching as London and Niagara,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlanti Canada, told HOMES Publishing. “What will really impact the growth of these markets, outside of availability and affordability, will be the underlying transit systems and investments in local economies, as people still have a need to be connected to the GTA core.”

But, Alexander also told HOMES Publishing, the window of opportunity to head west may be closing.

“As the west end of the GTA continues to see growth and price appreciation, a leveling effect will likely come into play (with the east region),” he says.

GTA east areas such as Durham Region may not have the same appeal as the west – currently. “The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers. In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

So, yes, prospective homebuyers, go west if you like, but also keep an eye on the east.


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Ballantry Homes

Only the finest in design, construction and customer service at Ballantry Homes

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Only the finest in design, construction and customer service at Ballantry Homes

The Ballantry Homes success story began 20 years ago with a small 10-lot project on the banks of the Rouge River in Markham. That modest first step led to progressively larger developments and, to date, Ballantry has constructed more than 10,000 homes in more than 35 communities across the GTA. Throughout the years, the company has remained true to its goal of using and offering only the finest in design, materials, construction and customer service for its projects.

This attention to quality has earned the builder multiple awards and Ballantry is particularly proud of the recognition it has received for their customer service – receiving the Avid Award for “the best customer service experience” and the Avid Benchmark Award for “best customer experience,” taking particular pride in the fact that 95 per cent of surveyed Ballantry homeowners said they would recommend Ballantry to their loved ones and would buy another home from this builder for themselves.

Ballantry Homes has now announced four upcoming projects within and beyond the GTA.

The first is Oak Park, a high-end condo project in the very desirable and enormously popular town of Oakville just west of Toronto. Oakville is a storied town famous for its lakefront, its quaint village ambience and its quality shopping areas, restaurants, business sections and schools. Oakville is also well known for its status as one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Canada. When you combine all that with the high standards of a Ballantry development, you can be assured a wonderful homeowning experience.

The second new offering is Cornell Markham, which will be located in the award-winning Cornell neighbourhood of Markham northeast of Toronto. The community will be a short commute to downtown Toronto, close to a lively local shopping and business section. The area has maintained a touch of its country origins and you can visit the creeks and parkland of the Rouge Valley while enjoying your contemporary suburban lifestyle.

This year there will be a new release of three- and four-bedroom freehold townhomes on Burl Oak Drive that feature double car garages, rooftop terraces and much, much, more. This is a wonderful and increasingly rare opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life within the GTA.

The third new release is Reflections Caledonia, which is situated mere steps from the broad and serene Grand River in the quaint small town of Caledonia. Caledonia is part of a network of charming Grand River situated towns such as Elora, Cambridge and Brantford, and the Sunday driving possibilities are endless. You are only a short drive from Hamilton and a reasonable commute to Toronto. Reflections will combine townhomes with 30-, 38- and 40-ft. detached homes, and the quality of the design and materials is guaranteed.

The fourth and final new release is the Edgewater Trails in Welland, located south of St. Catharines, southwest of Niagara on the Lake and west of Niagara Falls. This may represent the best of country/big town living and is the very definition of scenic. Edgewater Trails will be a community of townhomes and 38- and 45-ft. detached homes. Half of the development’s homes will back on to the Welland Canal, and provide an idyllic view of the tall ships passing by. Welland itself is a thriving mid-size town surrounded by waterways and parks and forests. There is an abundance of shopping and restaurants to be enjoyed and the two Niagaras (Falls and On The Lake) will be a source of endless touristy entertainment. Once again, the quality of the development is guaranteed because this will be a Ballantry Homes community.

Ballantry has a catch phrase “we build dreams” and it is certain that homebuyers will discover their dream in one of these remarkable new developments.

BALLANTRY HOMES

For further information on all of Ballantry’s projects visit the website.


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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

Fraser Institute GTA schools 1

If you’re looking to buy a new home or condo and especially interested in being close to good elementary schools for your family, the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools provides some insight.

This year’s Report Card ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests.

“The Report Card is a valuable tool for parents and educators because it allows them to easily identify successful schools across the province – serving similar students and communities – that can serve as an example to follow,” says Peter Cowley, senior fellow with the Fraser Institute’s School Performance Studies.

Fraser Institute GTA schools

For example, St. Catharines’ E.I. McCulley Public School, where 61.9 per cent of students have special needs, improved its overall rating from 4.6 out of 10 in 2014, to 8.9 out of 10 last year.

And Ealing Public School in London had a 0 out of 10 overall rating in 2014, but improved to 7.5 last year, even though 45.5 per cent of its students have special needs.

“All too often, principals and teachers try to excuse a school’s poor overall performance by blaming the characteristics of its students or the communities they serve, but the Report Card shows that any school, no matter where it’s located or what challenges its students face, can succeed,” Cowley says.

For the complete results on all ranked schools, visit compareschoolrankings.org

 

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Lindvest Homes

Lindvest is creating beautiful architecture and quality crafted homes

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Lindvest is creating beautiful architecture and quality crafted homes

Lindvest is a Toronto-based real estate development group with deep roots, spanning six decades in the award-winning, highly-reputed H&R family of companies. Its signature emphasis on beautiful architecture and quality crafted homes, has made them a popular choice among homebuyers who are looking for a little more than the ordinary fare.

Presently, Lindvest has communities open in Oakville and Newcastle and coming soon to Vaughan and Aurora. Each is singularly unique and offers an incredible variety of options.

Klein Estates at Pine Valley and Teston Road

The beauty of nearby Kleinburg Village will soon be celebrated in a master-planned community of impressive estate homes. Here, Lindvest, with its long history of fine building in the GTA, is bringing its signature style to Klein Estates. This spectacular collection of traditional and contemporary homes on 42 and 50-ft. lots will be polished to perfection with upscale refinements hand-selected for their beauty, functionality and quality. A decidedly rural ambiance but far from isolated, Klein Estates offers the peace and tranquility of the countryside with fast connections to its urban neighbours. Downtown Mississauga is just 20 minutes away by car, Thornhill a mere 10 minutes, while Toronto’s Union Station is a fast 45-minute commute by GO Train from Maple Station, just 10 km away. Served by Hwys. 400, 401, 27, 407 and 427 Klein Estates is easily accessible for commuters.

Marketed as “The Art of Time Well Spent,” the Village of Kleinburg reflects the quaint ambiance of a turn of the century town with modern accoutrements such as a delightful Starbucks that attracts cyclists from around the GTA. Wander the quaint Village streets and discover its many unique restaurants, shops and boutiques all in a lush forested setting where rolling hills and magnificent scenery form the backdrop to life at a more relaxed pace. Not far away, the famous Kortright Centre offers a tribute to conservation and the well-loved McMichael Gallery, home to Canada’s treasured Group of Seven masterpieces, offers programs and events for adults and children alike.

Like the community around it, Klein Estates is unique – with its own personality and style. Considered a bright beacon of creativity in a sea of architectural conformity, Klein Estates’ homes will blossom into a beautiful streetscape traversing delightful forests and rolling hills. Klein Estates is one not to be missed.

North Oakville
North Oakville

North Oakville

As one of three prestigious builders, Lindvest is shaping a stunning community of single-family homes called North Oakville. Located a short distance from the city’s Uptown Core, North Oakville is a one-of-a kind community within a city that has been named the best place to live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine. Despite a growing population (recent census pegs Oakville at 200,000), it still retains its small-town charm, which is a compelling reason for people looking for a detached home in a prestigious community to consider Lindvest’s North Oakville.

Aurora Glen Townhomes

Seventy-two beautiful townhomes ranging in size from 1,725 to 2,362 sq. ft. are now built, with more than half already home to new families in Lindvest’s Aurora Glen community. Attractively priced, these homes are conveniently located close to all of the amenities of Aurora.

This is a great place to live and raise a family. Aurora has been ranked in the top 10 wealthiest towns in Canada. With four secondary schools and numerous elementary schools Aurora has outstanding choices when it comes to schools. The highly prestigious St. Andrews College, a private independent school for boys, is also located in Aurora.

With less than 30 homes still available, be sure to look out for the model home unveiling set to take place later this spring.

LINDVEST

Offering new communities in and around the GTA. Visit the website for information as it becomes available.

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430 ESSA

430 ESSA a highly-anticipated midrise condo project in Barrie

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430 ESSA a highly-anticipated midrise condo project in Barrie

One Urban Developments Inc. is a forward-thinking real estate developer and builder based in Toronto. Value-driven in every aspect, the company focuses on creating contemporary infrastructure that infuses the convenience of modern living and the latest technology, while fitting seamlessly in its surrounding neighbourhood.

One Urban prioritizes quality craftsmanship by partnering with skilled trades professionals and leading industry consultants. The company is constantly innovating and committed to creating developments that are always adaptable to the community and stand the test of time.

One Urban sets its vision in motion to change the urban landscape in the Greater Toronto Area. “Our vision reflects the timeless values of each community we build in, while enhancing its future legacy through quality, function and most importantly, innovation,” says Nick Stillo, chief operating officer at One Urban. “We create desirable urban areas with beautifully integrated retail shoppes that are vibrant and easy to call home because we’ve factored you into the equation.”

As a leading Toronto builder, the company’s approach to successful urbanization is being conscious and strategic in selecting key communities to build in. One Urban is currently overseeing the development of three contemporary midrise condominiums set to transform downtown Barrie and historic Oakville, among other exciting forthcoming projects.

Coming to Barrie in early spring 2019, 430 ESSA is a midrise condo destined to elevate the pace of the entire community. This highly anticipated development has contemporary edge with a four-storey concrete structure and 67 well-appointed suites. With a host of shoppes located at ground-level, this building cultivates community and creates local opportunities, bringing more people and businesses into the neighbourhood.

In fall/winter 2019, One Urban is introducing a residential building to Palermo Village in Oakville that has deep historical significance. The developer worked closely with the Town of Oakville to preserve the integrity of this valued heritage site, while incorporating a new contemporary eight-storey building with shoppes to benefit the community. “Oakville values their heritage and this site has tremendous historical importance to Palermo Village, the first settlement in Oakville. Because of this, we worked hand-in-hand with the Town of Oakville to uphold the heritage of the site, while integrating a new contemporary building that people will be proud to live in,” says Stillo.

For further information about One Urban, visit oneurban.ca or essacondos.ca.


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