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Mason Homes has sensational singles and townhomes now selling in Peterborough and Port Hope

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Mason Homes has sensational singles and townhomes now selling in Peterborough and Port Hope

Celebrating more than 55 years of excellence in development, design and new home construction, Mason Homes remains one of Ontario’s most successful and forward-thinking new home construction companies.

Today, with award-winning communities in Peterborough and Port Hope, Mason Homes invites you to discover how you can take advantage of quick closings on a great selection of bungalows, bungalow plus loft townhomes and single-family homes that combine Mason’s unbeatable quality and value in two of the province’s most desirable communities.

The Arbour Condo Villas – Peterborough

With a new sales centre now open, quick closings available, and two model homes set to open this spring, the time is right to make your move to The Arbour Condo Villas in Peterborough, before the upcoming Grand Opening.

Part of Mason Homes’ master-planned Parklands community, this Phase 1 adult inspired enclave of just 38 “Classic” and rear lane “Courtyard” bungalow and bungalow plus loft designs is set amidst natural woodlands, with numerous trails, landscaped parks and ponds at your door.

These exceptional townhome residences range from 1,068 to 2,242 sq. ft. and showcase charming Arts & Crafts exteriors that have been meticulously detailed to reflect a blend of early Ontario-inspired architectural influences – a common design theme found throughout Parklands.

Within, each residence showcases the finest in features and finishes with flowing, open concept interiors that are bright and spacious. Design highlights include soaring nine-ft. main floor ceilings, convenient main floor master retreats, gourmet-inspired kitchens, inviting Great Rooms with available gas fireplaces, direct access single and double car garages, main floor laundry rooms and optional finished basements. To take full advantage of this wooded setting, a limited number of rear yard walkouts are also available.

Ideal for those looking to get the most value for their dollar, The Arbour Condo Villas at Parklands is nestled within a wonderful master-planned community setting that is just steps to Peterborough’s best shopping, recreation, leisure, transit and more, and is a quick drive to cottage country to the north.

These condo villas showcase affordable luxury by combining cutting-edge building products and technology with a variety of today’s most requested features and finishes. As with every new Mason home, each residence is built to Energy Star standards, delivering comfort, peace of mind and savings in household energy consumption.

With quick closings available, prices at The Arbour Condo Villas start from the high $300,000s.

Lakeside Village – Port Hope

With the 4th Phase of Lakeside Village under construction, the new sales centre and new model court coming this spring, there’s no time like the present for a sneak peek preview of Port Hope’s most popular lakeside neighbourhood before the official model court grand opening.

With fall 2020 closings available, you can join the more than 200 families who have made their move to this this exceptional community. A full offering of award-winning bungalow, bungalow plus loft and two-storey homes showcase the warmth of all-brick exteriors, complemented by an exciting offering of open concept, feature-filled interiors.

With all that Port Hope has to offer just minutes away, including quick access to Hwy. 401 and the new 407 extension, this is the lifestyle you deserve, within a master-planned setting near the shores of Lake Ontario and adjacent to The Port Hope Golf & Country Club.

The Mason Homes advantage

As with every new Mason home, each is built to Energy Star standards, offering you more comfort and less energy consumption. These exciting new Classic and Courtyard designs showcase affordable, energy saving luxury, combined with cutting-edge building products and techniques together with a variety of today’s most requested features and finishes.


The Parklands

The sales centre is located at 1054 Rippingdale Trail, Peterborough and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.



Lakeside Village

The sales centre is located at 415 Lakeshore Rd., Port Hope and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.



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Destination Ontario: The Talk of the Towns

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Destination Ontario: The Talk of the Towns

Port Hope & Cobourg

By Cece M. Scott www.cecescott.com

Port Hope is the gateway to Northumberland County. Located just an hour east of Toronto on Lake Ontario’s north shore, the town was voted the ‘Best Preserved Main Street in Ontario’ by TVO viewers. Founded in 1790, the town’s population is now in excess of 16,000, and it’s become a creative hub for artists, foodies and retired Torontonians.

Downtown Port Hope


The Ganaraska River runs through the town, and every April thousands take part in this annual festival, which commemorates the 1980 flood that destroyed Port Hope’s downtown core. Participants, in canoes, kayaks and crazy, build-your-own vessels, float down a 10-kilometre run with an over-the-rapids finish near the Barnett Street Bridge. The weekend also includes a three-day Float Your Fanny Comedy Festival, presented by Ontario Street Theatre.

Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny

It’s an incredible site to see thousands of Atlantic Salmon make their way up the Ganaraska River to spawn, each year between August and October. The man-made fish ladder is the perfect spot to watch the fish jump, flip and fly up the ladder.


Horses, alpacas, and Nigerian Dwarf goats welcome visitors to the 200-acre Haute Goat Farm. Hiking trails and guided tours are available, as well as farm-made creams, cheeses, fudge and goat milk soap.

While touring the countryside, visit Laveanne Lavender Fields. Here you can experience a sensory sample of Mother Nature’s unique offerings. Visitors can practice yoga in the lavender fields, and then go for a restorative walk in the labyrinth. During the month of July (weather permitting), visitors to the Laveanne Cafe are transported to south of France with breathtaking views of the vivid, purple blooms. Lunch entrees, sides and sweets are all dusted with hints of lavender, and you’ll find lavender inspired honey, essential oils and sachets at the gift store. The Passion of Lavender is an interactive seminar that offers tips on how to maintain, harvest and process lavender plants, as well as how to use lavender in your gardens.


Port Hope is becoming a popular, and well-respected, culinary destination. Held in Memorial Park, Cultivate: A Festival of Food and Drink is a three-day celebration of local food, craft beer, artisans and live music.

City Hall: photo by JoAnn McHardy

The Capitol Theatre is one of the oldest restored theatres in Canada. This 1930s theatre is the perfect location for the Vintage Film Festival, which showcases films made more than half of a century ago. Many of the films feature screen actress and Cobourg native, Marie Dressler, and is held this year from the 12th to the 14th of October. The Capitol also hosts live theatre, operas and concerts. Tickets to events at the Capitol Theatre are classified as a Golden ticket, which entitles the bearer to receive special privileges and discounts at participating businesses.


Cobourg is the largest town in Northumberland County, and is known as Ontario’s feel-good town. Located just east of Port Hope, this town also exudes local flavour and country charm.


The town’s white sandy beaches are a big draw for swimmers, paddle boarders and kayakers, as well as those who just love hanging out by the water. The waters are rich with salmon, with some catches weighing in at more than 30 pounds.

With easy access to the Northumberland and Ganaraska Forests, residents and visitors enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing. Treetop Trekking Ganaraska provides those of a more-spirited nature the opportunity to climb, fly across zip lines and swing high in the trees. For a new experience, try one of their night treks – headlamps provided.

Old Bailey Courtroom, Victoria Hall


Sir. John A. MacDonald once convened a trial at The Victoria Hall Courtroom. Other famous trials include that of Sir Arthur Currie (1927), vilified for leading troops into Mons, Belgium on armistice day.

Located in the ballroom of Victoria Hall, The Concert Hall is a fitting venue for musical theatre, plays and concerts. England’s Prince of Wales attended the opening gala of the art gallery in 1860, and it continues to feature local and touring artists.

The Cornell House is a Victorian home once owned by 1930’s stage star Katharine Cornell. It was here that Katherine, reportedly, hosted her friends Ethel Merman, Orson Wells and the Marx brothers. Today, chamber, folk and classical music concerts are held at the Cornell House.

lake-side skating


The Cobourg/Port Hope area boasts spectacular golf courses, including Ash Brook, Cobourg Creek, Dalewood, Roxburgh Glen and the Port Hope Golf & Country Club.

sidewalk sale, Cobourg.


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Editor's Choice: Fourteen Estates

Editor’s Choice: Fourteen Estates

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Editor’s Choice: Fourteen Estates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Model Home Feature: The Kirkwood by Mason Homes

Model Home Feature: The Kirkwood by Mason Homes

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Model Home Feature: The Kirkwood by Mason Homes

Popular courtyard design features a loft and rear-lane garage.

The Kirkwood is one of Mason Homes’ most popular models. This innovative 2,014-square-foot courtyard design features three bedrooms and a private outdoor courtyard – perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

A sun-filled, open-concept layout boasts a soaring vaulted ceiling in the living room, a gracious main-floor master bedroom retreat, as well as an inviting loft with a third bedroom, a full bath and additional living space.

The rear-lane, double-car garage allows direct access to a connector, which contains a mudroom, laundry room and powder room.

As with every Mason residence, The Kirkwood is built to Energy Star® standards, which will reflect savings of 20 to 30 per cent on energy related bills, and is certified under the Mike Holmes – Holmes Approved Homes program.


The Kirkwood model is offered at Mason Homes’ award-winning Parklands community in Peterborough, and will soon be available in Phase 4 in Port Hope.



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