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Barrie, Ontario

Barrie – Gateway to cottage country open for business

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Barrie – Gateway to cottage country open for business

Barrie may be best known as the “gateway to cottage country,” but, borrowing from a recent initiative of a certain provincial politician, the city might just as well hang a sign out front saying “open for business.”

Indeed, the days of this city of 141,434 being little more than a popular tourist and getaway destination are long over.

Barrie is a thriving city in its own right. It has long moved on from a bedroom community for Toronto, about 100 kms south, to developing its own increasingly diversified economy, with a focus on education, healthcare, information technology and other sectors.

For example, Barrie recently hosted industry experts, executives, investors and entrepreneurs from across Ontario at the third annual Manufacturing Innovation Summit. Presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada, the event strives to help manufacturers maintain competitiveness and maximize productivity.

Creative economy

Further illustrating a focus on economic development, the City has partnered with Sandbox Centre to make regional resources for innovation and entrepreneurship more accessible to local businesses. Opened in April, Sandbox Centre is the first private sector-led innovation hub in Ontario.

“The rapid pace of change in business and in technologies means that companies are best positioned to succeed when they can learn and share from each other,” says Karen Dubeau, director of creative economy with the City. “Sandbox Centre provides a centralized hub for established businesses, aspiring innovators, and independent entrepreneurs to share expertise, energy and opportunities.”

Director of creative economy? Such a title and position speak volumes about Barrie’s forward-thinking leadership.

It is exactly these types of initiatives that make Barrie so appealing for real estate. Economic development means employment, jobs attract residents, and residents translate to housing demand.

The city’s ability to attract younger residents is influenced by its growing reputation as a place for families and young, active professionals. Recent GO Transit expansion has made it easier for professionals to live in Barrie, where it’s more affordable, and work in Toronto or somewhere along the way.

However, as a smaller centre, Barrie is sometimes subject to swings in the real estate market. Median home prices for the first quarter of 2019, at $505,795, were flat compared to the same period last year. Detached bungalows, however, grew 1.8 per cent, year-over-year.

While at first glance this might not seem like great news, but the slower price growth provides buying opportunities for Barrie’s resident profile – many of them young, first-time homebuyers.

Live, work and play

It’s not strictly business in Barrie, however. Tourism still plays an important role in the local economy, with the historic downtown and waterfront major attractions. The downtown area hosts numerous annual festivals and events such as The Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrielicious, Winterfest, Jazz & Blues Festival, Promenade Days, and Ribfest and Craft Beer Show.

Barrie is also home to Kempenfest, one of the largest outdoor arts and crafts celebrations in Ontario.

During the winter months, people still flock to the area’s nearby hills – Horseshoe Resort, Mount St. Louis Moonstone, and a little further afoot, Blue Mountain.

Then, of course, there’s the hometown Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, who play out of the Barrie Molson Centre downtown.

Location, location, location

Located in Simcoe County in the northern part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, about 100 kms north of Toronto, 36 km to Orillia; population 141,434.

Key landmarks

  • Barrie Molson Centre
  • Centennial Park & Beach
  • Georgian Theatre
  • Heritage Park
  • MacLaren Art Centre
  • Waterfront Heritage Trailb

Select housing developments

Ashton Meadows by Briarwood Development Group

Birchwood Estates of Essa by Alair Homes

Bear Creek Ridge by Bradley Homes

Birchwood Estates of Essa by Lilac Homes

• East Village Urban Towns by Cygnus Developments cygnusdevelopments.com

Forest Heights Estates by Democrat Homes

Professor’s Walk by Democrat Homes

Thornton Estates by First View Homes


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Gallery Condos + Lofts

Carriage Gate introduces Gallery Condos + Lofts – an exciting new community

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Carriage Gate introduces Gallery Condos + Lofts – an exciting new community

Picture yourself living in the heart of Burlington’s downtown core right across from City Hall at Gallery Condos + Lofts by Carriage Gate Homes. This exciting and vibrant community introduces Burlington’s most anticipated lifestyle opportunity.

Residents will be able to enjoy music, dance and theatre performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and take in the exhibits at the Art Gallery of Burlington. They can walk to fine eateries and bistros, and stroll to Spencer Smith Park, with its scenic waterfront promenade. The park is the site of numerous events throughout the year – the Sound of Music Festival and Ribfest are just two of the many festivals that take place in beautiful downtown Burlington. The Brant St. Pier, extending 132 metres into Lake Ontario, provides breathtaking views of the lake and the city’s shoreline.

At Gallery Condos + Lofts, it’s the details that make the difference. The suites are modern with luxury finishes, open-concept layouts and chef style kitchens to bring together family and friends over the art of food. The custom cabinets, vanities, and quartz countertops add a sophisticated touch to the suites. The oversized terraces with barbecue connections in the tower suites maximize usable space, making them a pleasure to live in. Suites range in size from 500 to more than 1,600 sq. ft., with most of the tower units averaging a little less than 1,000 sq. ft.

“The soft lofts on the gallery level are a first for Burlington,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate. They will feature soaring ceilings, barn style doors, and concrete accent walls. The master ensuites offer a one-of-a-kind four-piece spa experience. The signature feature places the tub in a five-by-five-ft. rain room which has been meticulously curated by award-winning Tomas Pearce Interior Design. There are units that will appeal to everyone from young buyers looking to buy their first home, to mature adults seeking to downsize, but who still want space for entertaining family and friends.

When it comes to a great lifestyle, you don’t have to venture far from your home at Gallery Condos + Lofts, thanks to an impressive list of onsite amenities, including a magnificent indoor pool, a private yoga room, fully-equipped fitness facilities, pet spa, party room with private dining area, and billiards lounge. From the top of the 22nd floor, residents and their guests will enjoy spectacular lake views in every direction from the rooftop oasis, with a fire feature, lounge areas, and barbecues for alfresco dining.

Burlington offers excellent value for buyers looking for urban amenities and a great location. Gallery Condos + Lofts has 159 units, with prices starting from the $400,000s to more than $1 million. Perfectly positioned at Brant and James St., the building is adding to the colourful palette of the downtown core with its pedestrian-friendly urban location. The wide streetscapes on three sides of the building offer the perfect place for plenty of new trees, street furniture and outdoor patio space. As the city of Burlington undergoes a revitalization, these streetscapes will go a long way to improve the downtown core, while still offering a quaint yet hip feel that residents will revel in.

Demolition is scheduled to start this summer, with an official groundbreaking for Gallery Condos + Lofts anticipated in the early fall, and move-ins projected for spring of 2021.

There is no doubt that the city exudes an electric vibe, a place full of life and energy, which Gallery Condos + Lofts is pleased to be right in the centre of.

About Carriage Gate

Carriage Gate has been building in Southwestern Ontario areas for more than 30 years. It has created award-winning communities in Hamilton, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Oakville. As a visionary company specializing in the construction of high-quality homes, modern condominiums, commercial developments and urban highrise communities, Carriage Gate celebrates the past and ensures its commitment to being “Home to New Living.”

For further information, including preconstruction sales opportunities, visit the sales office, located at 2107 Old Lakeshore Rd. The sales office is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.

905.637.3885
carriagegatehomes.com
info@gallerycondominiums.ca


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Burlington

Burlington – engaged in development

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Burlington – engaged in development

Long gone are the days when Burlington, a city of about 185,000 off the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario, was a sleepy suburb 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 is a booming, and self-sustaining, destination.

It’s all coming together nicely for Burlington. For some, perhaps, maybe a little too fast.

But more on that later.

Blessed location

Blessed with an outstanding natural location close to the lake, the QEW, Dundas Street West and Hwys. 403 and 401, getting to and around 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 an increasingly diverse economy, strong in automotive and manufacturing, but not overly reliant on any one sector. Some of the city’s largest employers include Cogeco Cable, ARGO Land Development and the Joseph Brant Hospital.

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.

Engaged in development

With so much in Burlington’s favour, it’s no surprise that more people are moving here – particularly those looking for more affordable homes than in Toronto. Indeed, it’s a nice compromise: Oakville to the east, is now one of the GTA’s priciest housing markets; Hamilton to the west, is more affordable but still considered an area in transition.

Nor should it come as a surprise that Burlington residents are engaged in their community development, and took the opportunity in the October 2018 municipal elections to vote for change. Journalist and city councillor Marianne Meed Ward became the city’s first female mayor since 1978, replacing two-term incumbent Rick Goldring.

“Burlington residents have consistently raised concerns about over-intensification and development in our city,” she said after officially taking over in December 2018. “During the election, they made their voices heard and clearly indicated the need to review the scale and intensity of planned development, especially in the new Official Plan.”

To that end, Meed Ward says she plans to take a close look at development, specifically in downtown, and has launched a Red Tape Red Carpet task force to address permitting and approvals. She also campaigned on tackling traffic congestion, tax reform, building trust with the community and protecting greenspace.

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Location, location, location

• Population 185,000, located in Halton Region at the northwestern end of Lake Ontario

• Distance from Toronto, 60 km; 21 km from Oakville; 15 km to Hamilton

Key landmarks

• Royal Botanical Gardens

• Spencer Smith Park

Select upcoming housing developments

Provenance by Beachview Homes – Townhomes

Valera 2 by Adi Development Group – Condominiums

Burlington Condos/Towns by National Homes – Condos and townhomes

Odyssey Condos & Towns by Rosehaven Homes – Condos and townhomes


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