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Debut Condos

New condo set to Debut along Barrie waterfront

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New condo set to Debut along Barrie waterfront

Debut, a new condominium, is coming soon to Barrie’s downtown waterfront, from artist and real estate developer Gary Silverberg.

Comprising two 33-storey towers, Debut is the first highrise condo in Barrie and Simcoe County.

At Debut’s base will be curated retail shops and a pedestrian arcade serving as the gateway to the waterfront, marina, farmer’s market and transit.

Debut’s location at Dunlop Street and Mary Street is steps from the lake, retail and restaurants. It is also close to Hwy. 400, the Allandale Waterfront GO Station, other shopping and dining options, Georgian College and more.

“The city is becoming very cool, with one of the best waterfronts,” says Silverberg. “Barrie wants a booming downtown core, and (the City) saw the logic in what we were proposing. Everything has been a collaboration.”

With 42 years of real estate experience, Silverberg understands how areas gentrify. He notes how shopping is shifting from big box stores, as Millennials look for more authentic retail.

“(Barrie) has cool retail and restaurants, and when retail starts to get cool and hip, it’s on its way,” says Silverberg. “I always believed there would be a swing away from Toronto, and Millennials would be coming to Barrie. It’s happening a lot faster than we thought.”

World-class architects (Oleson Worland Architects and Scott Shields Architects) and leading-edge designers (Johnson Chou) have created Debut with great attention to detail.

The building towers twist to maximize views of the waterfront, and offer an extensive selection of suites with state-of-the-art finishes, European kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms. Flexible designs maximize space and allow for multiple uses.

The residences are expected to appeal to a wide range of buyers, from first-time buyers to downsizers.

Project marketing is from Mark Cohen, managing partner of The Condo Store, Toronto.

“The building is modelled after the lifestyle in a place like Whistler,” says Silverberg. “Instead of a mountain at your door, you have Lake Simcoe.”



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Collingwood – four seasons playground more than just a vacation destination

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Collingwood – four seasons playground more than just a vacation destination

Collingwood has long been a popular vacation destination, chiefly as a weekend winter getaway to tackle some of the best skiing in Ontario at The Blue Mountains. Summertime, too, has seen increasing activity, as residents from the GTA and elsewhere head to “Blue” for cycling, golf and many of the other activities and festivals in the area.

During non-COVID times, of course.

But there’s a lot more happening in this part of Simcoe County, situated on the Nottawasaga Bay at the southern Georgian Bay Region. A beautiful natural location will do that.

Transitioning for the future

Economically, it’s fair to say that Collingwood is an area in transition. The town’s traditional industrial base has been in decline for years, though the waterfront Collingwood Terminals grain elevators remain standing as a reminder of this heritage. Some view the massive grey structure, dormant for more than 25 years, as an eyesore for such an area blessed with natural surroundings. The Town is said to be considering selling, preserving or even dismantling the landmark silos.

All of this underlines the growing importance of Collingwood to maximize its potential as a fourseason recreation destination, blessed with mountains on one side and Georgian Bay on the other, while developing new economic opportunities. And to do it all at a pace and size that doesn’t result in the loss of greenspace or the “smalltown feeling” that residents and visitors alike have come to love.

In a July 2020 poll conducted by the Town, the overwhelming majority of respondents (63 per cent) believe the municipality should focus on growing the knowledgebased industry. There is already a strong and growing tech industry in town, including the only deuterium producer in Canada, the largest industrial glass manufacturer in North America, and a maker of advanced underwater communications.

The survey also revealed that just 29 per cent of respondents said job growth in Collingwood should focus on tourism, highlighting a local concern that the town relies too heavily on that sector.

Careful development

The survey also revealed that residents prefer any new housing development in the area focus on the multi-family category, such as condominiums and other mixed-use buildings on smaller lots, as well as Green housing.

Given the area’s popularity as a playground destination, real estate in Collingwood sometimes shows the fluctuations that typify the recreational property market.

Residential sales for the Southern Georgian Bay region jumped 57.6 per cent to 594 units in July 2020, compared to last year, according to the Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors. This was a new sales record not just for the month of July, but for any month in history.

Home sales in the Western Region, which includes Collingwood as well as Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, The Blue Mountains, Meaford and Grey Highlands, jumped 70.8 per cent in July to 369 units from July 2019, again establishing new sales records.

Average prices, on the other hand, are showing different results. Detached home prices are up 26 per cent to $857,000 from $680,000 a year ago. Townhome prices are down 22 per cent to $515,000 from $659,000, while condos are off 28 per cent to $391,000 from $545,000.

Many recent buyers are residents from the GTA purchasing vacation properties, or cashing out their primary residences in the city and moving north for retirement, reflected in the older demographic in town.

Still, given the prized location and blessed natural abundance in Collingwood, it’s no surprise that new home development is taking place to cater to the growing demand. Streetcar Development Inc. is planning Harbour House, a collection of luxury lowrise condos, while Sherwood Homes has two communities planned: The Masters at Lora Bay, detached homes at The Blue Mountains; and Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village, featuring a pair of five-storey condo buildings.

Nature lover’s paradise

At any time of year, Collingwood is a nature lover’s paradise. Of course, there’s expert skiing at Blue Mountain in winter, as well as countless snowshoeing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing options.

In the warmer months, hit the links at any one of the handful of championship courses in the area, from the semi-private Cranberry Golf Resort, to Monterra at Blue Mountain Resort, to the Georgian Bay Club and more.

Or book a breathtaking treetop canopy walk, or zipline adventure, or just hit the beach for a swim or canoe or kayak rental. And if you’ve never been, head over to Wasaga Beach, the world’s longest freshwater beach, a short distance away.

Festivals? You want festivals? Collingwood’s got lots of them, from Collingwood Whiskylicious, the Peak to Shore Music Festival, Keys to Collingwood Street Piano Festival and the famous annual Elvis Festival.

All, of course, COVID permitting.

Location, location, location

In Simcoe County, on the Nottawasaga Bay, at the southern point of Georgian Bay; population 21,793; 160 kms north of Toronto; 21 kms to Wasaga Beach.

Key landmarks

  • Blue Mountain Resort
  • Collingwood Curling Club
  • Collingwood Museum
  • Cranberry Golf Course
  • Creative Simcoe Street
  • Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
  • The Blue Mountains
  • Tyrolean Village Resorts

Select housing developments

Bridgewater on Georgian Bay
By Consulate Development Group

Collingwood Quay Condominiums
By Fram + Slokker

Harbour House Condos
By Streetcar Development Inc.

Royal Windsor at Balmoral Village
By Sherwood Homes

The Masters at Lora Bay
By Sherwood Homes

Waterstone Modern Townes
By Nexus Developments



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Georgian International - Braestone

Georgian International walks the talk at Braestone in Horseshoe Valley

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Georgian International walks the talk at Braestone in Horseshoe Valley

What began as a vision of a truly unique country estate community in Horseshoe Valley, #BraestoneLife is now a beautiful reality for the fortunate families who live there. Happily, there is still room for more residents as this welcoming community unfolds.

The skating pond has already seen many a pick-up hockey game and figure skating practice. The field of dreams is the site of home runs marked by corn stalks. Spring is heralded by maple sugaring at the sugar shack. The Christmas tree farm is growing, the berries are ready to be picked, and the pumpkin patch is on track for fall. The many lifestyle amenities that made living at Braestone look so extraordinary on paper are now in place. Braestone calls them Remarkables, life-enriching amenities that foster a deeper, richer connection with the land.

Mike Parker, vice-president of sales and marketing for Georgian International‘s real estate division, was an early purchaser before he joined the company. He says, “My backyard faces Braestone Farm and, as I sit on my porch, I marvel at the progress of this community.”

From the beginning, Barrie-based Georgian International understood that building a community out of nothing takes time, even if the backdrop is a remarkable 556 acres of green fields, lush woodlands and rolling hills. Intending to set traditions that will take hold and continue, the company has held community events: Summer corn roasts with live music; a pancake breakfast fundraiser; horse drawn sleigh rides on Family Day; Braestone maple syrup fundraiser; any excuse for a get together. Staying true to the intention and sustaining it through the building years to give it stability is important to everyone at Braestone.

More than brick and mortar are the connections between the residents who live there, and those that will naturally build and evolve over time. With more than 100 homes now built and occupied, a deep sense of community is forming around residents’ shared love of the natural setting unlike any other and the activities that the land affords them.

Groups have naturally started to form, giving expression to this vibrancy and lifestyle that draws residents to Braestone. A hiking club is one recent example, who meet at a set time before setting off to explore the nature preserve that winds through Braestone. Dog owners, too, are becoming friends as they walk the fields and trails – and so are their four-legged pals.

“The people who live here are inherently nature lovers and enjoy being outdoors, so it’s natural they would join with their neighbours for a hike,” says Mike, adding, “Although there is still work to do, the vision has taken root and is being enjoyed among the families who now call this remarkable community home.”

The children of Braestone have access to many great schools nearby, including the Oro-Medonte Forest School at Horseshoe Resort where kids aged two to 12 spend anywhere from half a day to full day outdoors exploring and learning amid nature’s splendour.

When complete, Braestone will consist of a total of 229 homes, each one a unique expression of its owners yet designed to create an appealing and consistent streetscape using progression architecture around a central core. Authentic gas lanterns will light the porches of these modern interpretation of farmhouse-style detached homes. Interiors reflect the natural setting and include classic quality tongue-and-groove engineered hardwood flooring, with designer tile in the foyers, bathrooms and mudrooms. Optional freestanding tubs are set in front of dreamy views over the valley, inviting a relaxing soak to refresh.

Everyone has a unique take on life and being in Horseshoe Valley in the heart of everything you love offers you a world of activities that will satisfy most everyday needs, and more. Braestone is close to Barrie and Orillia with numerous malls, shops, markets to choose from. Both centres boast stunning waterfront parks to enjoy the beaches as well as scheduled events and festivals. Golfing enthusiasts don’t have to go far to tee off – Braestone Club and other courses are nearby. Outdoor fun doesn’t end when the snow falls either. Ski resorts are dotted around the local neighbourhood and Blue Mountain is a short drive away.

Braestone is well on its way to becoming one of the prettiest new home and lifestyle communities in the country, offering vitality and activity. You are invited to join the story. Some homesites are still available in Phase 4, so hurry in for a site tour. The weather’s fine and the welcome is warm.

Georgian International. Unlike others.

One of Simcoe County’s most influential and recognized names, Georgian International is a dynamic leader in automotive retail and a dominant real estate investor in commercial and residential opportunities, including Windfall, Mountain House at Windfall and Braestone. Passionate about giving back to the community, Georgian has made it their mission to create legacy 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, skating ponds. Homes and hometown communities that truly exceed buyers’ dreams.


For further information visit the website.


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Barrie and Alliston, just North of the GTA

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Barrie and Alliston, just North of the GTA

Located on the west shore of Lake Simcoe on Kempenfelt Bay, the city of Barrie is a seasonal paradise with waterfront activities in the summer and wonderful skiing options come winter. It’s one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, and is less than 90 minutes from Toronto.

With more than 90 parks and a beach-lined waterfront, this city emits a tranquil atmosphere on one hand, and a vibrant cultural destination on the other.

Residents and visitors are naturally drawn to the 6.7-kilometre trail along Kempenfelt Bay. This easily accessible path is paved and predominantly flat. Along it, you’ll find three beaches, playgrounds, splash pads, restaurants and cafes. It’s the ideal spot for soaking up a summer breeze, and pondering life’s mysteries.

Significant features

Designed by sculptor, Ron Baird, for the 1986 EXPO in Vancouver, the Spirit Catcher was purchased by the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation of Toronto and donated to the Barrie Gallery Project (later the MacLaren Art Centre) in 1987. After some fine tuning to ensure the sculpture’s structural integrity against the strong winds of Kempenfelt Bay, it’s still the centre’s largest piece in their permanent collection. The Spirit Catcher was influenced by the Aboriginal myth of the Thunderbird, who is a messenger that carries dreams and desires to the creator.

Celebrate Barrie kicks off the warmer weather season, followed by Promenade Days and Canada Day festivities. On the first weekend in August, Kempenfest features more than 300 artisans, as well as live entertainment, children’s activities and food demonstrations. Seasonal events also take place at the Barrie Farmers’ Market and the Southshore Centre.

Barrie is home to the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, located in the city’s northeast end. The RVH offers cancer care close to home, as well as a variety of specialized health care programs.

Easily accessible via Highway 400 and the GO train, Barrie offers affordable homes, in addition to a heightened quality of life.


Alliston is a settlement in Simcoe County, and part of the Town of New Tecumseth amalgamation in 1991, which also includes Beeton, Tottenham and the Township of Tecumseth. The town grew as a commercial centre for the area farmers. Best-known for growing potatoes, the Alliston Potato Festival continues to celebrate its origins on an annual basis.

Located off of Highway 89, Alliston is a mere 45-minute drive to Toronto, via Highway 400 or Highway 27.

Something for everyone

The Nottawasaga Inn and Hockley Valley Resorts are favourite destinations with a wide variety of sporting activities. The Nottawasaga includes a 70,000-square-foot health and fitness centre, in addition to indoor squash, racquetball and tennis courts. At the 300-acre Hockley Valley Resort, winter enthusiasts can access 15 downhill skiing runs, as well as trails for snow shoeing and cross country skiing. The Trans Canada Trail, Mansfield Outdoor Centre and Earl Rowe Provincial Park also provide opportunities for cross country skiing, hiking and biking.

Sample some old-fashioned rock candy at the Museum on the Boyne, and then tour the museum’s collection of buildings, including an 1851 log cabin, an 1858 English barn, a 1914 Agricultural Fair Building and Alliston’s old town jail.

Formerly a farm implement factory, the Gibson Centre is an historical area landmark. This lovingly restored 1889 treasure features a performance hall, gallery space and a cafe. Downstairs in the Mercer Pub, you can enjoy local craft beer while listening to live entertainment.

Alliston, and neighbouring Cookstown, offer quaint, mainstreet shopping experiences. At Tanger Outlets Cookstown, located at Highways 400 and 89, you can shop at more than 100 brand-name/ designer stores, including the Crocs Outlet, the Royal Daulton Outlet, Under Armour and Calvin Klein


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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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Georgian International

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.


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.”


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.


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


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New collection of homes by Hanson Development Group at a unique Midland lakeside community

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New collection of homes by Hanson Development Group at a unique Midland lakeside community

Excitement is building at The Seasons on Little Lake, Southern Georgian Bay’s most unique lakeside community as the first homes get under construction this spring. The initial homeowners in this beautiful master-planned development are eagerly anticipating their one-of-a-kind lifestyle close to nature.

There’s more big news. Hanson Development Group will be launching a new collection of homes soon at The Seasons, giving buyers yet another option to live in a vibrant community within a pristine setting minutes from charming downtown Midland in dynamic Simcoe County. For far less than the price of a similar condominium in Toronto, you could be part of the beautiful community surrounded by nature. The Seasons is affordable, rich in amenities, and only 90 minutes from the big city.

All homes in the new collection will have garages and basements. To help visualize what living in a home at The Seasons will be like, visit the website at seasonslittlelake.com and take the virtual tours of typical homes in the community. The tours illustrate rooms with an abundance of natural light and generous open-concept designs that are perfect for entertaining. The homes are ideal for permanent or seasonal living and are distinguished by beautiful quality finishes.

For Doug and Karen Hill, the decision to purchase at Seasons was an easy one. “We were looking for a place outside of city where we could slow things down and really connect with nature,” said Karen. “We were also impressed with the broader vision for this community. It seems like a lot of consideration and detail has been placed on ensuring Seasons caters to those seeking a healthy and active lifestyle,” added Doug.

The Seasons offers contemporary condominium towns and semis, designed by a multi-award winning team of international talent. The community is set on approximately 247 acres comprised of woods, ponds, trails and open spaces adjacent to beautiful Little Lake. An extensive trail system connects the five distinctive and innovative parks of the community. The lifestyle at Seasons will be healthy and enjoyable, with a wealth of outdoor activities at residents’ doorsteps, including hiking, biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Homeowners will also enjoy birdwatching and wildlife settings close to home. Residents can also drink in the beauty of the natural surroundings at a more leisurely pace, while they walk, meditate or take in sunrises or sunsets by the lake.

A vibrant 10,000-sq.-ft. Members Club will offer further recreational and social amenities within walking distance of the homes, with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centre, party room, kitchen, library and meeting room. The club will be a hive of activity, with a busy calendar of events, courses and clubs.

Homebuyers will enjoy another added value: all current purchasers or homeowners and those who purchase prior to Sept. 1, 2019 will be offered a two-year social membership at the nearby Midland Golf and Country Club. The club was founded in 1919 by local businessman James Playfair, designed by Nicol Thompson, then redesigned by Thompson student Doug Carrick in the early 1990s. The result is an 18-hole course that reflects heritage and classic design and provides a challenge for casual and advanced golfers.

The Seasons will be a model of environmentally friendly, sustainable development. Approximately 100 acres of greenspace and parks will be transferred to the Town of Midland and permanently protected. Measures will be taken to preserve and protect the area’s natural landscape and native flora and fauna. Little Lake and the nearby 3,000-acre Wye Marsh nature reserve are environmentally protected for the enjoyment of the Midland community.

Although The Seasons’ setting is peaceful and natural, it’s close to numerous conveniences, including big box stores, unique boutiques, banks and restaurants. The Town of Midland also has a full complement of health and wellness professionals and services, including the new Georgian Bay Hospital.


To learn more about this unique lakeside community, visit the presentation centre, located at 16831 Highway 12 at Sumac Lane in Midland, or visit the website.


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In conversation with David Bunston, president of Georgian International Land Corp.

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In conversation with David Bunston, president of Georgian International Land Corp.

By Gale Beeby

Georgian International started as a small aeronautics company, founded in part by Jamie Massie and David Bunston. The company has grown since it was founded in 1984 and now Air Georgian operates 19 aircrafts on scheduled passenger and charter flights, is a partner with Air Canada Express and also performs aircraft maintenance, management and training services. Based at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, it is now ranked as its fourth largest user by traffic frequency.

That’s a success story.

And from that storied beginning, Georgian International has taken off with automotive and real estate businesses, as well.

Bunston — who is executive vice president, real estate, for Georgian International, as well as president of Georgian International Land Corporation — has been friends with Massie since they were kids. He also carries a pedigree as a third-generation member of a real estate family.

He’s also a really nice guy.

Georgian’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship — as well as unique designs — has landed Georgian numerous awards, including being awarded the Best New Home Community in Canada by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association for Braestone Estates in Horseshoe Valley in 2016.

Georgian International took a very holistic approach when developing Braestone and the result is a unique. What Georgian calls Remarkables are amenities that have grown naturally out of the community’s own landscape. That includes a 566-acre working farm that includes a fruit orchard, berry patch and Christmas tree farm. Other Remarkables include are horseback riding, Nordic skiing, a maple sugar bush, beehives, a pond that is used for ice skating in the winter, a toboggan hill, a treehouse and a hilltop observatory called Starfall.

Also in development are Windfall at Blue and Mountain House at Windfall, both located in the Town of Blue Mountains.

Q: How did Georgian International move from the aviation industry to real estate?

A: We were well positioned to add real estate development to what we do — there is still a lot of runway left. Aviation is, obviously, a large part of what we do, but real estate is becoming a bigger part of our focus. Jamie Massie and I were childhood friends and over the last 30 years our friendship has evolved into a partnership.

Although I grew up in the GTA, I had a lot of connection to the area of Collingwood and Blue Mountains, where as a family we spent a lot of time. It’s an area that is close to my heart.

Q: Whose idea was the holistic approach to the development of Braestone?

A: It really was a team vision. In the early days we knew we had a unique property and that we could create something remarkable and do something different and capture the imagination of buyers.

Braestone is unique in that it appeals not just to the 705 area, but also the 905. It’s close to the GTA but still remote and we embraced the architectural style of the farmhouses, barns and sheds that are common in Oro-Medonte. Each of the lots are 3/4 to 1 1/4 acres lots.

As exciting as Braestone is, I’m excited by all three of our current projects — Windfall and Mountain House condos, as well.

Q: Who are your buyers?

A: Geographically, most of our buyers don’t see themselves living in this area until they come and see it. It’s a great place and once they experience it, they want to spend the rest of their lives here, and that includes parents, kids and grandparents. The multi-generational aspect of our buyers is quite unique.

There is a great sense of community here and we appeal to those who embrace an active lifestyle. Georgian has continued to keep the management under their banner, and we organize a number of social functions to get residents involved and connected.

We are committed to Simcoe County and Collingwood and the Town of Blue Mountains are our backyard. It is more accessible to the GTA than other resort areas, and there is so much to do — it’s an interesting place to be during all four season.

Q: Do you think that the real estate market is going to slow down?

A: We haven’t seen any pull back in market activity, but here we are still benefitting from the high prices of homes in the GTA, where many people are feeling disenfranchised. Plus the traffic congestion and other issues facing large urban areas and sending people out of the GTA in search of community.

I believe in Simcoe County, its got lots of growth potential and we are well positioned to take advantage and create other remarkable communities.

Q: Georgian is known for its philanthropic endeavours. How does that align with the company’s philosophy?

A: We believe we should invest in the community and the people who support it and not just by writing a cheque. The executive team and our employees are encouraged — and do — volunteer hundreds of hours to community initiatives. We embrace the importance of community and philanthropy.




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The Seasons on Little Lake

The Seasons on Little Lake

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The Seasons on Little Lake

Southern Georgian Bay lakeside community

Construction has now begun at The Seasons On Little Lake. The first residents of this idyllic, Simcoe County community will be experiencing all that it has to offer come 2019 – and many of them can’t wait.

Future home owners and local residents attended a much-anticipated groundbreaking of the master-planned community in late May. Set along the shores of Little Lake, minutes from downtown Midland and only 90 minutes from Toronto, The Seasons on Little Lake offers a one-of-a-kind home ownership opportunity.

Destined to become one of southern Georgian Bay’s finest residential developments, the first phase by the Hanson Development Group is now well under way. The Maples collection includes one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom townhomes, as well as semi-detached homes that range in size from 867 to 1,599 square feet. Priced from $279,900, the value of these beautifully designed homes is evident. Monthly maintenance fees range from $199 to $337, making life at The Seasons On Little Lake very affordable.

“We’re very proud to, officially, kick off the construction for our development here in Midland,” says Mark Hanson, president of Hanson Development. “We’re continuing our strong commitment to this wonderful community. The next few years will prove to be very exciting as the community of Seasons grows.”

A 10,000-square-foot Members Club will offer social and recreational amenities within walking distance of the homes. It will include indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre, a party room, a kitchen, a library and a meeting room. With all that it has to offer, the club is expected to be a hive of activity, with a busy calendar of organized groups, events and classes.

With a wealth of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, swimming, canoeing and sailing, an active and healthy lifestyle is most-certain at The Seasons On Little Lake. Surrounded by nature, an extensive trail system will connect the parks and various features of the community. The tranquil setting is comprised of forests, ponds, trails and open spaces. Natural elements can be enjoyed throughout the seasons, as well as the glorious sunrises and sunsets over the lake.

Approximately 100 acres of parks and greenspace will be transferred to the town of Midland, and permanently protected. Measures will be taken to preserve the area’s natural landscape, and native flora and fauna. Little Lake, as well as the nearby 3,000-acre Wye Marsh nature reserve, are environmentally protected for the enjoyment of the Midland community.

In addition to the built-in amenities and facilities at The Seasons, this neighbourhood is positioned to take advantage of an extended community that includes golf courses, marinas, shops, services and restaurants. The town of Midland is an exciting hub, and also offers a full complement of health and wellness professionals, including the new Georgian Bay Hospital.


The Presentation Centre is located at 16831 Highway 12 at Sumac Lane in Midland.

705.526.2700 / seasonslittlelake.com


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Flats at Black Creek

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Flats at Black Creek

Where style and nature unite

Situated in a truly spectacular setting along Black Creek in Port Dover, is the premiere community by Black Creek Developments. Only 39 freehold condominium homes will make up the Flats at Black Creek. Rugged, craftsman-style exteriors are complemented with hand hewn oak timbers to fit in with the natural surroundings.


This newest development is cradled on 21 acres of old-growth Carolinian forest. The river is outside your back door, and provides access to the crystal clear waters of Lake Erie. Imagine quiet paddles through tranquil waters – there really isn’t a better way to unwind and enjoy the incredible beauty of the Black Creek Valley.

The exterior facades of the Flats at Black Creek are intended to blend in with the beauty of the surroundings, while the inside spaces offer up all the modern conveniences in well-designed, energy efficient layouts.

The homes at the Flats at Black Creek combine insulation techniques that far exceed the Ontario Building Code standards, and help to improve the comfort and efficiency during heating and cooling periods. Upgrades include spray foam-insulated basement floors, continuous air barriers, R-60 ceilings and more.


There’s plenty of time to enjoy all that this area has to offer, as lawn maintenance and snow removal are included in the low monthly fees. Future planning includes a docking facility on the river, so that residents of the Flats at Black Creek can dock their boat right in the own backyard.

Port Dover is located in Norfolk County, which is often referred to as Ontario’s Garden due to its rich soil. Some of the province’s best produce is grown here. A budding winery business is attracting new attention, and is being recognized for their wide range of products. Residents and visitors come from all over to check out the farmers’ markets held in Simcoe and Port Dover.

Perched on the tranquil shores of Lake Erie, the town of Port Dover is one of the true gems of Southern Ontario. It’s located on the north shore of Long Pont Bay, which was named as one of Canada’s 18 UNESCO World Biosphere Reserves in 1986.

Port Dover has just the right blend of small-town relaxation and big-city bustle. The Lighthouse Festival Theatre draws thousands of attendees to a wide variety of plays and musical performances throughout the year. And when Friday falls on the 13th of the month, a wave of fun descends on the area when motorcycle enthusiasts converge on the town, along with street bands and vendors. Port Dover’s July 1st parade is one of the oldest, and biggest, in Canada. Events include the Calithumpian parade, the boat parade and the Tatoo marching band.

Black Creek Developments is committed to building extraordinary houses. Combined with inspiring designs and an unwavering dedication to quality, they work closely with their clients to ensure that all the details that go into making a house a home are included.


The Sales Centre is located at 55 Blue Nose Drive in Port Dover.



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