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Georgian International offers remarkable communities in Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia area

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Georgian International offers remarkable communities in Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia area

Active families and retirees are heading in droves to the Barrie-Collingwood-Orillia region for its natural beauty and world-class attractions. Once here, they are delighted to discover that Georgian International, a visionary developer with strong roots in the neighbourhood offers exactly what they’re in search of; thoughtful communities that are an authentic reflection of small town Canada.

Braestone at Horseshoe Valley. Country Estate, rethought

Gas-fired lanterns. A pumpkin patch. A Christmas tree farm. A baseball diamond encircled by corn stalks à la Field of Dreams. These idyllic features complement the farmhouse-style homes that make up the Braestone estate community, one hour north of the GTA in Horseshoe Valley.

Braestone
Braestone

Developed by Georgian International, the 229 homes sit on 556 acres in the Oro-Medonte township. These ingredients, known as “remarkables,” truly capture the uniqueness of living here that appeals to prospective buyers.

Bringing a unique approach to Ontario real estate is a hallmark of the company. “What we’re doing is not what other developers are doing,” says Mike Parker, vice-president, sales and marketing for Georgian International’s Real Estate Division. “In the planning process, we came up with community features that will enhance people’s lives, that will be part of their active lifestyles.”

Bathroom at Braestone
Bathroom at Braestone

For example, a toboggan hill is a family-friendly add-on, and a sugar shack can teach residents about the age-old practice of tapping maple trees. “Braestone buyers are typically nature lovers and enjoy being outdoors,” Parker notes, “and that’s why we created remarkables like a skating pond, a berry patch.”

Parker adds that they regularly hold events for the community with the intention that the traditions will continue long after the development is built out. Summer corn roasts with live music, a pancake breakfast fundraiser, and family day horse drawn sleigh rides are just a few.

Livingroom at Braestone
Livingroom at Braestone

Besides successful sales, Braestone’s eye-catching offerings and impressive amenities are getting noticed by the industry. It was recognized as Best New Home Community of the Year in 2016 by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, and its Discovery Centre was named 2016 Best Lowrise Homes Sales Office in Canada by the CHBA. Most recently, the “Thoroughbred” model was awarded Best Two-Storey Design up to 2,500 sq. ft. by the Ontario Homes Builders Association.

Interior flourishes make the Braestone homes visually appealing, to say the least: Floors come complete with tongue-and-groove maple or oak, and porcelain tile is found in the bathrooms, foyers and mudrooms. Master bathrooms showcase an island-style soaker tub.

Windfall at Blue Mountain

Winner of the Simcoe County Home Builders Awards’ Project Of The Year 2017. Georgian International’s popular Windfall is a 609-home community at the base of Blue Mountain that attracts buyers looking for “comfort, character, culture and community with a relaxed way of life,” says Parker.

He notes that “it’s a place where nature and neighbourhood are in perfect balance… with community trails, Georgian Bay on one side, and the Niagara Escarpment on the other the beauty of the natural landscape is simply amazing.”

Windfall
Windfall

In the heart of the community will be The Shed, a barn-inspired gathering place that will form the hub for residents to network, socialize and relax. Cold- and hot-water outdoor pools are planned to further promote relaxed living.

“The semis and detached homes differ from the look of Braestone units with more mountain-like colours and shades,” Parker remarks. But both will feature a trademark flourish for Georgian International developments: Gas-powered lanterns.

“There’s a romantic feel, an ambiance, to lanterns that is special and not done by anyone else,” Parker says.

Buyers can select from well-appointed standard features or upgrade interior design packages that coordinate interior finishes, including flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting and other fixtures. started moving in this spring, beginning in May.

Bridge at Windfall
Bridge at Windfall

When fully completed, the 230-unit Mountain House will consist of two-, three, and four-storey buildings. The terrace suites boast a chalet-style and complemented by a community building, a bike repair station, a sauna and relaxation room, hot and cold pools and an idyllic setting. “Like all our projects, the standard features, such as full, glass-walled showers and exterior gas lanterns, go above and beyond expectations,” says Parker.

Mountain House
Mountain House

Close to Windfall and Mountain House are the historic areas of Collingwood, Blue Mountain Resort and Wasaga Beach, as all three regions are “remarkables” onto themselves for Ontario residents. Nearby activities include boating on Georgian Bay, fishing, snowboarding, ATV trail tours, water parks, golfing, sleigh rides and guided snowshoe hikes.

Georgian International. At home in beautiful Simcoe County

Georgian International is not just carving its own path in the real estate business, which began in 1985. The diverse company’s divisions include Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC and Air Georgian.

Georgian International has made it its mission to create communities of artfully designed architecture inspired by small town Canada, with amenities that improve peoples’ lives, giving people that sense of home ensconced among mountains, lakes, Christmas tree parks, and skating ponds.

And if that isn’t being Canadian at its most grassroots, we don’t know what is.

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For further information visit the Braestone, Windfall and Mountain House websites.


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Destination Ontario – Ontario’s Lake Country

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Destination Ontario – Ontario’s Lake Country

By N. Dionne

The Trent-Severn Waterway is a 368-kilometre canal route connecting Lake Ontario (in Trenton) with Lake Huron (at Port Severn). It’s along this route that you come across some of the most picturesque shorelines and feats of ingenuity – including 32 kilometres of man-made canals and 44 locks. Ontario’s Lake Country (made up of Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama and Severn) lays claim to the 44th lock – the final call. Big Chute Marine Railway is one-of-a-kind in North America. It’s a popular spot to anchor, or to enjoy a picnic, while marvelling at its operation.

Orillia is situated between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, and is considered to be the heart of Lake Country. With a population of more than 30,000, those who grew up in Orillia, as well as the surrounding area, have come to appreciate all that it has to off er. More recent residents have made the move to a more-serene way of life.

Living in Lake Country affords residents year-round access to a wide range of outdoor activities and entertainment options, including swimming, fishing, paddling and boating. Hiking trails and golf courses are plentiful, and come winter, ice fishing huts dot frozen lakes, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails are carved out of forested areas.

PLAY AND STAY AT RAMA

The fun continues when you move indoors at Casino Rama Resort. Ocean mist and humid temperatures are recreated in the hotel’s spa. Soak in the tepid saltwater pool, after some cleansing time in the steam room.

At this luxury resort, you can wine and dine at any one of the eight restaurants. The internationally inspired Noodle Bar offers authentic hot bowls like you’d get on the streets of Hong Kong. The Willow features both Cantonese dim sum and Chinese/Canadian favourites. At St. Germain’s, you can expect a fine steak dinner in an equally impressive atmosphere. For more casual fare, check out the menu at Cedar, or grab some nibbles and drinks at the Dream Catcher Sports Bar or Firestarter Lounge.

Casino Rama Resort offers an all-encompassing vacation close to home. And with that comes worldclass entertainment. Book tickets in advance for some of the best musical performances and comedy acts. After the show, the casino floor is your playground with more than 100 gaming tables and 2,500 slot machines.

Choose from eight delectable restaurants at Casino Rama.

ARTS AND CULTURE

Known for its hollow acoustics, the Orillia Opera House is the epicentre for theatre and live music. Legendary greats who have performed there include Glenn Gould, k.d. Lang, Mickey Rooney, Blue Rodeo, and Orillia’s very own Gordon Lightfoot.

The artisan’s strip, referred to as the Peter Street Arts District, has an abundance of art studios and galleries – perfect for browsing and purchasing. At The Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH), you’ll discover historical pieces and contemporary exhibitions. The OMAH sponsors installations in, and out of, town like the sculptures of Grant’s Woods, which is part of The Couchiching Conservancy.

Streets Alive! is becoming more popular each year. On an annual basis, artists are invited to decorate a themed piece, which are then displayed throughout the city. Previous themes include iron sailboats, guitars and large armchairs. In 2017, maple leaf statuettes were transformed to commemorate Canada’s 150th.

The Mariposa Folk Festival draws festival goers from all over Canada, and has done so since its inaugural event in 1961. Families gather to enjoy live entertainment in Tudhope Park – one of Orillia’s public spaces by the water. This location provides easy access for cottagers and boaters to enjoy the festival from the lake. Other events held each year include The Orillia Jazz Festival and Roots North Music Festival.

DOWNTOWN REVIVAL

Young entrepreneurship has infused a new energy into downtown Orillia, as well as all things local. Stroll the gentle slope of Mississauga Street, and take in the store fronts and restaurants.

Harold & Ferne (named after the owner’s great grandparents) curates handmade goods and crafty studio workshops in this charming boutique. Verona Coffee Co. brings a literary inspiration to an afternoon latte break with tempting daily-made treats. If fresh baked goods are on your shopping list, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at the Mariposa Market – and much, much more.

BOOTS TO THE ROOTS

The Farmers’ Market in downtown Orillia started in 1842, and is one of the longest running markets in the province. Local preserves and craftmade specialties are featured every Saturday in the community halls of the public library. Come summer, vendors spill out into the large city square to sell their wares. Browse the various stalls for a wonderful selection of fresh fruit and veggies, as well as home-style delicacies. Plus, it’s a great place to connect with your neighbours, and to catch up on what’s going on about town.

Photography, courtesy of Ontario’s Lake Country

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Georgian International

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Georgian International

Creating Remarkable Communities

Choose a full-time home in a pastoral setting, with vacation-like amenities close at hand. Georgian Bay and Oro-Medonte are wonderful lifestyle alternatives.

Developed by the multi-faceted company, Georgian International, and recognized as the Best New Home Community in Canada (2016) by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, as well as a CHBA award-winning sales centre, Braestone Estates continues to gain recognition for the down-home, up-country lifestyle community that they promote.

Located in Oro-Medonte, within the beautiful Horseshoe Valley, the 229 homes at Braestone are situated on 566 acres of aesthetically appealing landscape. Braestone is well-known for its distinctive architecture, which is a modern interpretation of the country style dwellings of the Oro-Medonte region. Born of the land, Braestone’s Remarkables’ collection features timeless designs that are a natural reflection of the magnificent landscape surrounding the community. Remarkable experiences that all homeowners can enjoy, include horseback riding and Nordic skiing, as well as picking seasonal fruit, tapping maple sugar trees, playing baseball and hiking on the private trail system.

WINDFALL AT BLUE MOUNTAIN

In addition to the award-winning community of Braestone, Georgian International is building a lifestyle community at the base of Blue Mountain. The Windfall at Blue Mountain encompasses 148 acres, one-third of which will be dedicated to parks, ponds and trails, as well as wildlife and nature preservation areas. Winner of Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association’s Project of the Year (2017), the community of Windfall includes a wonderful selection of mountain-chalet-inspired detached, and semi-detached, designs.

MOUNTAIN HOUSE

The newest project by Georgian International is Mountain House at Windfall. Released in January 2018, this project has been well-received. Construction has begun on the 230-unit Mountain House low rise development, which is positioned in an idyllic setting. Two-, three-, and four-storey buildings feature chalet-style terrace suites, complemented by a community building and a bike repair station, in addition to a sauna and relaxation room, as well as hot and cold pools.

ACTIVE PURSUITS

Collingwood, Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach are all easily accessible from Windfall and Mountain House. There’s no shortage of things to do. Nearby activities include boating and fishing on Georgian Bay, as well as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, water parks, golfing and hiking.

CREATING DIVERSITY

In addition to their residential real estate projects, Georgian International acquired the former Orillia Golf & Country Club in 2017. Since then, the course has been renamed Braestone Club, and is a stone’s throw away from the development that shares its name. The company has begun to revitalize the course, and has plans to include a multipurpose club house and events venue.

Georgian International has been carving their own path for more than 30 years. In addition to real estate development, company divisions include Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC and Air Georgian, which operates as an Air Canada Express partner, carrying more than one million passengers on an annual basis.

Real estate prices continue to rise in Toronto, and Hamilton is experiencing major growth, making home ownership out of reach for many. New home purchasers are now looking at making their full-time home in a more pastoral setting, with vacation-like amenities close at hand. Georgian Bay and Oro-Medonte are wonderful lifestyle alternatives. Georgian International’s tagline is; live remarkably. At any one of their three new developments, you can do just that.

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Lakepoint Village

Lakepoint Village

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Lakepoint Village

Affordable adult-lifestyle community

You get the whole package at Lakepoint Village in Orillia. If you’re an empty nester, are pre-retirement or are retired, and are looking for carefree, adult-lifestyle environment, Alliance Homes‘ highly successful community is perfect. With prices starting from only $227,900, those retirement savings will go a long way in making the rest of your life the best of your life.

A natural, rural setting paints a beautiful backdrop for this collection of bungalows on spacious 60-foot-wide lots. Choose from six modular designs that are thoughtfully laid out with both open-concept and private spaces. Plus, Alliance is open to making modifications when possible. All homes come with an attached garage and a covered front porch (as per plan). The architecture is clean and contemporary, with large windows. Some designs feature trimmed peaked gables.

PROTECTING YOUR INVESTMENT

The community is designed for like-minded people who will make Lakepoint Village their home, so renting out residences is not an option. Rules and regulations are in place to protect your privacy, enjoyment and investment. The future clubhouse will be the hub of social activities, and will be a handy venue that homeowners can rent for family reunions or other celebratory events.

As a land lease community, homeowners are protected under the Landlord Tenant Act. Your total monthly fees cannot exceed that year’s maximum increase allowed. You will always be notified well in advance of any increases, along with an explanation.

Sizes range from 1,024 to 1,428 square feet. Your total monthly payment includes the lot lease, land and house tax, a reserve fund, water, sewage, driveway snow removal, garbage collection and the use of the club house, as well as road and communal property upkeep and maintenance. Heat and hydro are extra. It would be difficult to find an equivalent home in the Greater Toronto Area for that price.

ADDED VALUE

Alliance Homes focuses on building solid homes in excellent locations that have lasting appeal and attractive prices. The company has completed highly successful communities across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, and has earned a reputation for providing superior quality and timeless designs.

The icing on the cake at Lakepoint Village is the location. The community is situated only minutes away to a wealth of amenities, medical services, major highways and fabulous year-round recreational facilities.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Office/Model Home is located on Concession Road 10 in Ramara.

705.323.9768

lakepointvillage.ca


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