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Solmar introduces the new Podium Collection at ORO

Solmar introduces the new Podium Collection at ORO

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Solmar introduces the new Podium Collection at ORO

Just when you thought you’d missed your chance, ORO in Mississauga’s City Centre is back with a new opportunity!

Hot on the heels of the extraordinary success of sales at Edge Towers, Solmar Developments is announcing a brand new release of suites within ORO, the crowning achievement of the Edge Towers community. This surprising new release is a thrilling last chance to live in the height of luxury in Mississauga’s City Centre, the premier location for condo living.

Saving the best for last, this stunning Podium Collection offers an attractive selection of suite sizes and layouts to give buyers versatility in their purchase without missing out on this golden opportunity. This is the first opportunity to purchase a one-bedroom suite at ORO, with additional options of one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, or two-bedroom plus den, all featuring the premium features and amenities that Edge Towers is known for.

In addition to private oversized balconies and terraces, this Podium Collection has an advantage rarely seen in condominiums. Some of these exclusive suites include a parking spot located on the same level for the ultimate convenience. No more waiting for elevators, no more climbing stairs after a long day; only the most exclusive luxury condominium experience.

This opportunity is a limited release in Mississauga’s landmark community. ORO is the third and final tower of the highly acclaimed Edge Towers, and construction of Tower 1 and 2 is well underway. Sleek modern architecture meets the timeless elegance of ORO’s distinguished interiors, creating the gold standard of luxury living. An elevated lifestyle begins with this 50-storey monument to the Mississauga skyline.

Life at ORO is infused with luxury, embodying the perfection of this exclusive community with a magnificent grand lobby and Galleria featuring marble flooring and Venetian columns, inspired by renowned international hotels. ORO stands as a 50-storey tribute to luxury living, featuring two outdoor terraces for both active and relaxing lifestyles, barbecue areas for al fresco dining, a premium fitness centre, party room, and a full range of lifestyle amenities. A 24-hour premium concierge service meets your every convenience, and every amenity you deserve or desire is right here waiting for you.

But luxury isn’t limited to just your home. This master-planned community is the only new condominium development located steps from the Mississauga City Centre, right on the new Hurontario LRT line to connect homeowners directly to Toronto. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are all within reach at Square One Shopping Centre and beyond, and the Port Credit waterfront is only minutes away to bring you to the beauty of Lake Ontario. Mississauga’s dynamic City Centre brings natural greenspace to the urban core in the perfect blend, creating an unmatched neighbourhood.

Solmar Developments has crafted this community to perfection by using its 30 years of experience to create the pinnacle of luxury living. Known for workmanship and European-inspired design, Solmar’s excellence is second to none. In these unprecedented times, buying with confidence is more important than ever. Solmar Developments is a leading developer in the GTA, building communities that you can trust. The company’s dedication to the health and safety of its staff and clients has led to the implementation of digital buying and selling processes, displaying a commitment to its communities. Available for private appointments and virtual purchasing, a home at ORO has never been more attainable.

Register now to be first to preview the new Podium Collection at ORO. For further information visit the website.


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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

Vaughan is a city on the move – quite literally, and in more ways than one. Located north of Toronto in York Region, Vaughan has long been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, with a population now exceeding 306,000.

Comprising the Woodbridge, Maple, Thornhill, Concord and Kleinburg communities, each with their own characteristics and enjoying their own growth, Vaughan is a hub of development and activity. Once known as the city above Toronto, it’s now “the place to be.” And with good reason.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

With Hwys. 400 and 407 right there, and Hwy. 7 also running through town, transportation and transit have long been important parts of Vaughan. Now they’re central to its future, with the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre rapid transit station, the north terminus of the western section of the Toronto subway’s Line 1. It is also a major transit hub for York Region Transit and the Viva and Zum bus rapid transit services.

Economic growth is occurring in lockstep. Vaughan is now the third largest employment centre in the GTA after Toronto and Mississauga, and the largest contributor to York Region’s economy.

Manufacturing is the star economic performer here, accounting for 22 per cent of total employment, followed by construction, retail and wholesale trade, and transportation and warehousing. United Parcel Service, in fact, operates a signature shipping warehouse near Jane and Steeles.

In the near future, you can add healthcare to the mix of economic and lifestyle benefits, as the City has entered into a first-of-its-kind partnership with Mackenzie Health, York University and ventureLAB.

The City is leading the collaboration to transform an 82-acre parcel of land at Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive into the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct. Vaughan, York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB are to study to the best use of lands surrounding the site of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The hospital is under construction and expected to be completed later this year.

The goal of the collaboration is for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct to leverage resources to bring healthcare, innovation and jobs to this growing community.

Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

“This feasibility study is an illustration of how partnerships can be truly effective when values, principles and beliefs are perfectly aligned,” says Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “The new state-of-the-art Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be a catalyst for other uses, like medical offices, labs and research space, healthcare incubators, and education and conference rooms related to healthcare. This is where thought leaders, subject matter experts and innovators will come together to advance a shared vision of healthcare innovation. This transformational collaboration will benefit the healthcare of residents of Vaughan and beyond.”

Highrise living

Vaughan is noteworthy for a lot of condominium development taking place around new transit infrastructure, though there’s also noteworthy new lowrise communities in the area. This is where buyers come for expansive single-detached homes and large lots.

And once you’ve bought a home in Vaughan, Improve Canada will help you furnish and operate it. Located in Concord and more commonly known as the Vaughan Home Improvement Centre, the complex is a unique offering of about 400 home improvement stores.

Location, location, location

Located in the Regional Municipality of York; bounded by Brampton to the west, King to the north, Markham and Richmond Hill to the east and Toronto to the south; more than 273 sq. kms; population 306,233; includes the communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge.

Key landmarks

• Canada’s Wonderland

• Kortright Centre for Conservation

• McMichael Canadian Art Collection

• Reptilia Zoo

• Vaughan Home Improvement Centre

• Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

• Vaughan Mills

Select housing developments

9560 Islington by Kingsmen Group

Abeja District Condos by Cortel Group

Boutik Condos by Bremont Homes

Festival Condos by Menkes

Festival Condos by QuadReal

Hwy 7 & Jane by Gold Park Homes

Park Avenue Place by Solmar Developments

SXSW by Primont Homes


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A podium finish for Solmar's new release - introducing the new Podium Collection at ORO

A Podium finish for Solmar’s new release – the new Podium Collection at ORO

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A Podium finish for Solmar’s new release – the new Podium Collection at ORO

Just when you thought you’d missed your chance, ORO in Mississauga’s City Centre is back with a new opportunity!

Hot on the heels of the extraordinary success of sales at Edge Towers, Solmar Developments is announcing a brand new release of suites within ORO, the crowning achievement of the Edge Towers community. This surprising new release is a thrilling last chance to live in the height of luxury in Mississauga’s City Centre, the premier location for condo living.

Saving the best for last, this stunning Podium Collection offers an attractive selection of suite sizes and layouts to give buyers versatility in their purchase without missing out on this golden opportunity. This is the first opportunity to purchase a one-bedroom suite at ORO, with additional options of one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, or two-bedroom plus den, all featuring the premium features and amenities that Edge Towers is known for.

In addition to private oversized balconies and terraces, this Podium Collection has an advantage rarely seen in condominiums. Some of these exclusive suites include a parking spot located on the same level for the ultimate convenience. No more waiting for elevators, no more climbing stairs after a long day; only the most exclusive luxury condominium experience.

This opportunity is a limited release in Mississauga’s landmark community. ORO is the third and final Tower of the highly acclaimed Edge Towers, and construction of Tower 1 and 2 is well underway. Sleek modern architecture meets the timeless elegance of ORO’s distinguished interiors, creating the gold standard of luxury living. An elevated lifestyle begins with this 50-storey monument to the Mississauga skyline.

Life at ORO is infused with luxury, embodying the perfection of this exclusive community with a magnificent grand lobby and Galleria featuring marble flooring and Venetian columns, inspired by renowned international hotels. ORO stands as a 50-storey tribute to luxury living, featuring two outdoor terraces for both active and relaxing lifestyles, barbecue areas for al fresco dining, a premium fitness centre, party room, and a full range of lifestyle amenities. A 24-hour premium concierge service meets your every convenience, and every amenity you deserve or desire is right here waiting for you.

But luxury isn’t limited to just your home. This master-planned community is the only new condominium development located steps from the Mississauga City Centre, right on the new Hurontario LRT line to connect homeowners directly to Toronto. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are all within reach at Square One Shopping Centre and beyond, and the Port Credit waterfront is only minutes away to bring you to the beauty of Lake Ontario. Mississauga’s dynamic City Centre brings natural greenspace to the urban core in the perfect blend, creating an unmatched neighbourhood.

Solmar Developments has crafted this community to perfection by using its 30 years of experience to create the pinnacle of luxury living. Known for their workmanship and their European-inspired design, Solmar’s excellence is second to none. In these unprecedented times, buying with confidence is more important than ever. Solmar Developments is a leading developer in the GTA, building communities that you can trust. Their dedication to the health and safety of their staff and clients has led to the implementation of digital buying and selling processes, displaying their commitment to their communities. Available for private appointments and virtual purchasing, a home at ORO has never been more attainable.

Register now to be first to preview the new Podium Collection at ORO. This premier community’s soaring success has led to incredible sales, meaning that your time is limited. For further information visit the website.


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GTA homebuilders upbeat, foresee post-COVID-19 recovery

GTA homebuilders upbeat about post-COVID-19 recovery

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GTA homebuilders upbeat about post-COVID-19 recovery

The beginning of 2020 was looking especially bright in the new and resale home markets in and around the GTA. The economy was sailing along, interest rates were low, homebuyer appetite looked insatiable and everything that was built or put up for sale seemingly was snapped up in an instant.

Then COVID-19 hit, and everything changed.

Here we are now, mid-year and a few months into the pandemic, and while some insecurity remains, there are growing reasons for optimism.

The Conference Board of Canada, for example, reports that while major metropolitan economies may contract in 2020, assuming the virus’ spread is contained and companies can return to normal operations over the summer months, a recovery should begin in the second half of the year. Sharp rebounds should follow, and in the case of Toronto, GDP growth of 3.2 per cent from 2021 to 2024 could lead the country.

Another source, Altus Group, points out that the unique nature of this economic slowdown means the impact on housing markets will likely be mild and short lasting.

Altus Group Vice-President and Chief Economist Peter Norman says a relaxing of containment measures through early summer should bring a sharp resumption in new home sales activity.

Later in the year, home prices will likely return to their upward path, and expectations are for a five- to 10-per-cent year-over-year gain, nationally, by year-end.

The pandemic has been a challenging time for the homebuilding industry, an important economic driver. Construction was halted for a period, and though now allowed to resume, there is still some uncertainty in the market. Builders, however, remain largely upbeat.

Here’s how GTA area homebuilders are feeling:

Altree Developments

Jordan Debrincat
Director of Operations

We are very excited that construction can now continue on our sites. For our Thirty Six Zorra project in Etobicoke, we were at the point in our construction where we were just about to begin shoring and excavation before the shutdown took place, and we have to make some adjustments to our daily operations for this site. Now that construction is back up and running, we are ready to begin – full steam ahead. We were already ahead of schedule, so the provincial shutdowns didn’t affect our timing at all.

Construction resuming has put a lot of people at ease. This has allowed a number of people to return to work, developers to continue their operations, and purchasers the comfort that their home is going to be delivered on time.

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Aoyuan International

Vince Santino
Senior Vice-President of Development

M2M in North York is actively under construction. We’ve learned some great lessons about best practices and how to interact with each other when it comes to social distancing and providing a safe, informative sales experience. Part of that is adopting virtual sales tools, and leaning a little more on digital technology. We’re optimistic, and have plans to release a collection of townhomes and upper tower suites at M2M as part of M2M Spaces. These will be larger, more livable units, with a variety of outdoor spaces depending on the suite. There is a real emphasis on wellness, and pairing more spacious suites with the urban setting at Yonge and Finch.

The 8.6-acre M2M development will be one of Aoyuan’s largest master-planned communities in Canada and really gives us the opportunity to bring our healthy lifestyle vision to life. Everything from our amenity package, which includes a yoga and fitness area, indoor and outdoor kids play area and infinity pool, to our urban location, is geared around promoting healthy, active lifestyles. This corporate-wide focus on health and wellness positions us well in our collective, new reality. We’re thinking about the people who will be living at M2M, offering a range of suites sizes to accommodate a diverse cross-section of residents. We’re even providing homes for multi-generational families. I think space is going to be a cherished amenity for a lot of buyers, and we’re proud to be bringing a range of options to market.

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Carriage Gate Homes

Nick Carnicelli
President

Construction continues at Gallery Condos + Lofts in Burlington, with occupancy scheduled for 2022.

We moved the launch date for the first phase of our new large masterplanned community in Hamilton – Roxboro – from spring to the fall. Like many builders, we are continuing to plan for our launch, and may begin to change the way we launch projects in future. More virtual technology, no large crowds, with all appropriate COVID-19 measures in place.

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Flato Developments

Shakir Rehmatullah
President

We are very optimistic, as we’re already witnessing renewed confidence from homebuyers. We’re increasing our use of technology, as meeting virtually will become the new norm. For us, it’s business as usual. Our sites are under construction as planned, and more sites are beginning construction as per the government’s direction. We have been active in marketing, even though we couldn’t do physical sales events, and we have been conducting online webinars with good results. For new launches, we’ll likely adopt new technologies such as virtual openings for certain projects, to make sure vulnerable groups such as seniors are safe.

We believe the demand for lowrise homes and small buildings will increase as people embrace social distancing. And since more people will be working from home, many will invest more in their homes. Home offices will be a must.

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Menkes Highrise

Jared Menkes
Executive Vice-President

We are seeing signs of pent-up demand and positive sentiments among buyers, with the number of inquiries and people resuming their housing research growing every week. We expect that as the economy continues to reopen, buyers will regain confidence in their financial stability and capacity to buy.

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NATIONAL HOMES

Deena Pantalone
Principal

We have taken the COVID-19 situation very seriously, with offices open only via video or telephone. Now that the provincial government has opened up construction, we will continue to put the safety of our employees and our buyers first with strict protocols and social distancing.

Construction servicing is beginning at The Forest in Bradford, and in Brampton at Three Rivers Claireville. We are also beginning to book design studio appointments for this summer, with an even more personal, one-on-one approach to keep us all safe and healthy.

The demand is clearly still there for real estate. If anything positive can be said to have come from COVID-19, it’s that this virus has refocused our attention on the importance of our families, and the homes we live in.

Many people just need more from their residence; more space, different features, or even a different neighbourhood. That’s why we expect to see a strong market come back later this summer and fall. In fact, we have two new communities we are working towards launching, in Burlington and in Courtice, and we are incorporating unique features and technology that we believe people will want post-pandemic. So, homebuyers should look forward to not just new launches, but new innovations.

From recycling to renewable materials to energy-efficient features and Green products, to innovative new prefabricated wall systems, National is helping our buyers reduce their “Greenprint.

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Pinnacle International

Anson Kwok
Vice-President, Sales & Marketing

The market definitely took a quick pause to look both ways but people are now back to crossing the street, which is positive for the marketplace. Our construction teams were active and our projects continue to rise.

Pinnacle has a diverse offering of projects that can suit any prospective homebuyer. We have four active constructions sites and pre-construction developments, so there are opportunities to move in as early as this fall to the next five years. These master-planned communities are located in desirable neighbourhoods in Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga.

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Regal Crest Homes

Art Rubino
Contracts Manager/Marketing Manager

Construction has never stopped for us since the province declared residential construction as an essential service. New construction starts only follow up last year’s sales. The real story will be the coming weeks, as we slowly open up sales offices.

We are here to fulfill homebuyers’ dreams, and with interest rates still so low, it’s an excellent time to buy.

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Solmar Development Corp.

Angela Marotta
Director of Marketing and Sales

We are fortunate that our current projects are more than 80 per cent sold, as we launched well before COVID-19. The other projects we have coming up are still in preliminary stages, however they have been pushed back as consultants and city officials have yet to resume full-time scheduling. We are focusing on the planning process for Park Avenue Tower 3, and Bellaria Phase 2 in Vaughan, as they’ve been delayed.

We are continuing with the construction of Edge and Oro towers in Mississauga and Park Avenue towers 1 and 2. Our goal is to catch up and get our purchasers moved in. Many of them are renting, so this investment is giving them something to look forward to. It’s evident that as other markets show so many variables and uncertainties given the current climate, real estate remains a secure investment.

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Tridel

Samson Fung
Vice-President, Marketing

We were fortunate to be able to continue construction and delivering homes to our homeowners. We implemented strict enhancements to our health and safety protocols on our construction sites to help safeguard the well-being of our employees and the communities we’re building, and these will remain in place as things begin to open up. Generally, we remain optimistic and see the industry as a whole preparing to adopt new measures and stabilize within this new environment. We’re proud of our efforts over the last few months, and our resilience as we come back stronger as leaders in both real estate and construction, and we’re looking forward to a strong finish in 2020.

As we move into the second half of 2020, we’re eagerly preparing to bring new communities to the marketplace. In the meantime, our design appointments and pre-delivery inspections with homeowners have continued through the spring and we’re looking forward to welcoming our homeowners back when we can. This new era forced us to be innovative in a different way. We are putting new safety measures in place for all of our customer-facing environments and discovering new ways to connect with our audiences. Our new digital experience, called Tridel Live, brings more information directly to the consumer; from a live chat with our sales team and virtual tours of our model suites, to access to more digital assets for our sales team, and more. This is just the beginning of a new way of meeting our clients’ needs and finding new ways to meet them.

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Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

Mississauga – standing out from the crowd

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Mississauga – standing out from the crowd

Mississauga has always been a city of noteworthy accomplishments, from its inception as a city in 1974 combining the former townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville; to being home to Canada’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, from 1978 to 2014.

You might expect such a track record of ambition from one of the most populous – and fastest-growing – municipalities in Canada.

Covering a huge swath of land – 288 square kms, 13 km of which front Lake Ontario – Mississauga comprises many distinct neighbourhoods and communities. The former town of Port Credit, for example, once a sleepy little industrial locale, home to the iconic – and smelly – St. Lawrence Starch Co. plant from 1890 to 1990, today is a much sought-after residential area, thanks to its prized waterfront location.

Local histories

Many of these areas host annual festivals that pay respect to local histories. Streetsville, for example, holds its annual Bread and Honey Festival, paying homage to the area’s roots as a mill town. And Port Credit’s Mississauga Waterfront Festival and the Southside Shuffle blues and jazz festival display everything that the community has to offer.

With McCallion running the show over 12 consecutive terms, until she stepped aside and Bonnie Crombie won the election in 2014, Mississauga was known as a city of growth. McCallion consistently boasted she oversaw among the lowest taxes in Canada and made it easy for companies to do business there. Today, the area is home to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, including Laura Secord Chocolates, Honeywell Aerospace, Walmart Canada and Kellogg’s Canada.

Getting around Mississauga is, well, you are travelling over a vast area, and traffic these days… But Hwys. 401, 403, 410 and the QEW all run for stretches through the city, and there’s no shortage of GO Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit options.

Waterfront recreation

For sports and recreation, again Mississauga is blessed with numerous recreational winter and summer sports leagues with decades of local history. Using the Streetsville example again, the Vic Johnston Community Centre dates back to 1961, and sits adjacent to Memorial Park and the Credit River.

And, following the Credit River down to Port Credit, Memorial Arena is another beautiful old barn, sitting adjacent to Memorial Park and facing Lake Ontario. The park itself serves as host location for some of the area’s largest festivals.

Then there’s the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre), where the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads play, and which also is home to a number of community rinks.

Location, location, location

More than 288 square kms, 13 kms fronting Lake Ontario; bounded by Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Toronto and Lake Ontario

Key landmarks

  • Living Arts Centre
  • Mississauga Celebration Square
  • Paramount Fine Foods Centre
  • Sheridan College Business School
  • Square One Shopping Centre
  • University of Toronto Mississauga

Select housing developments

20/Twenty Towns by Consulate Development Group

Amber at Pinnacle Uptown & Perla Towers at Pinnacle Uptown by Pinnacle International

Brightwater by DiamondCorp.

Brightwater by Dream

Brightwater by Fram+Slokker

Brightwater by Kilmer Group

Canopy Towers by Liberty Development Corp.

Condominiums at Square One District by The Daniels Corporation

Exchange District by Camrost Felcorp

Lakeview Village by Lakeview Community Partners

Oro at Edge Towers by Solmar Development Corp.

Tanu Condos by Edenshaw Developments

Westport Condos By Edenshaw Developments


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ORO at Edge Towers is the gold standard in luxury living

ORO at Edge Towers is the gold standard in luxury living

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ORO at Edge Towers is the gold standard in luxury living

Solmar Development Corp. introduces ORO at Edge Towers, the third and final Tower in Mississauga’s landmark community, renowned for its premier location and elevated urban lifestyle.

ORO means gold. Precious and desirable, the final Tower at Edge will be the crowning achievement of the Edge Towers community, and will be recognized as the highest level of luxury condominium living in downtown Mississauga, for years to come.

Rising 50 storeys over Mississauga City Centre, ORO is a triumph of modern architectural design and quality craftsmanship. Distinguished by its contemporary design, the landmark tower of precast and glass over a majestic, multi-storeyed podium, will become a beacon of style and sophistication on the downtown Mississauga skyline. ORO will be the ultimate high note in this three-tower symphony of premium elegance and lifestyle. With ORO, Edge goes gold.

ORO is surrounded by an abundance of shopping, dining, transit, entertainment and cultural amenities. Enjoy living just steps from Square One, with its 360-plus shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and myriad services. Watch an exciting event at the nearby Celebration Square. Enjoy art, theatre and culture at the Living Arts Centre or the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

ORO is the only new preconstruction condominium in downtown Mississauga that is located directly on the new Hurontario LRT, and is walking distance to the Cooksville GO train station, with quick access to Union Station. Square One is a hub for MiWay Transit and offers a number of routes throughout Mississauga, even connecting to Toronto. Plus, you’re just minutes from the QEW, 403 and 401, and just 20 minutes from Pearson Airport.

Timeless elegance is the first and lasting impression at ORO. It begins with the luxurious lobby, inspired by the world’s most exclusive hotels. Presided over by a courteous 24-hour Concierge, the lobby is adorned with marble floors and venetian plaster columns in neutral tones. Sleek designer furniture and premium accents elevate the ambience, while natural light pours in through large windows.

Luxury amenities include two guest suites and two party rooms with private outdoor terraces. There is more than 19,000 sq. ft. of outdoor amenity space, which includes an outdoor gym and yoga area, outdoor terrace with separate dining area, outdoor terrace with lounge, barbecues, and al fresco dining. Other amenities include the indoor gym and yoga studio, sports lounge, billiards lounge, movie theatre, Wifi lounge and the Galleria, a stylish glass-enclosed space with grand ceilings, marble flooring and captivating streetscape views.

ORO sets a high new standard in luxury condominium living in Mississauga with superior finishes such as smooth nine-ft. ceilings, full-size washers and dryers, frameless glass shower doors, and exquisite details such as premium baseboards and door casings.

Expect nothing but the highest quality of features and finishes in every suite. Luxurious interiors come with premium laminate floors, panelled doors with brushed nickel hardware and energy-efficient double-glazed windows.

Indulge in a gourmet experience in the sleek signature kitchen with integrated, brand name appliances, quartz countertop and contemporary European style cabinets. Relax and rejuvenate in the spa-style bathroom with temperature-controlled shower or luxurious deep soaker tub.

Enjoy the convenience of insuite laundry and separately metered hydro for individual control and comfort. All residences are conveniently pre-wired for cable television, telephone and unlimited gigabyte fibre Internet. This is gold standard living of the highest magnitude.

Luxury is built right into the design at ORO, with almost all suites containing a guest bathroom. The 600-plus suites offer a wide selection of floorplans, from one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den to spectacular three-bedroom suites and Penthouses. Suites range in size from 505 to 668 sq. ft. The ultra luxury Penthouses are designed at more than 1,800 sq. ft.

Solmar Developments is a family owned business with a 30-year track record of building luxury homes and condominiums with superior workmanship, quality finishes and exemplary customer service. Distinguished by timeless elegance, Solmar communities are rich in character and personality, imbued with old world values and new age efficiencies.

Classic in appeal, yet modern in its outlook, ORO will continue Solmar’s shining tradition of creating one-of-a-kind architectural and luxury landmarks that rise above the ordinary.

With the successful sale of Edge Tower 1 and 2, and with construction well under way, Solmar will be launching ORO at Edge Towers early this year.

Now is the golden opportunity to share in the success, the comfort and elevated lifestyle, and the most desired location in downtown Mississauga. Demand for ORO is at an all-time high and suites are limited. Prior registration is an absolute must if you want to receive your exclusive preview invitation.

Go online and register your interest today. To register, visit the website.


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The Windsor

Luxury towns and semis at The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Luxury towns and semis at The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) are two new developments by Solmar Development Corp. Located at The Corners of John and Victoria is a collection of two-storey, semi-detached homes. Situated at Anne and Gate streets is The Windsor, which features luxury townhomes.

Picture perfect

Both developments showcase gorgeous architectural features and old world charm. Exterior facades include brick and stone, with exquisite masonry detailing, covered porches, decorative columns and cobble-stoned driveways. Semi-detached models also include finished basements with a three-piece bathroom, and electric car-charging hookups. Designer townhomes are available for immediate occupancy, and purchasers get to choose their own finishings.

In addition to low-maintenance exteriors, landscaping packages are also available. Inside, every detail has been carefully curated, and quality craftsmanship ensures timeless elegance for years to come. All homes also include oak hardwood flooring and smooth ceilings throughout, as well as oak stairs and handrails, upgraded appliance packages, soft-close cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen, plus full glass showers and marble countertops in the bathrooms.

An abundance of charm

There’s nothing quite like the old town of NOTL with fine boutiques, restaurants and spas, as well as the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. Here, you’ll enjoy strolling the streets to admire the wonderfully kept homes and poking through the shops. Explore beautiful natural spaces with walking and biking trails, as well as award winning vineyards (some with world-class restaurants).

In this blissful Niagara wine region, 13 plays on three stages are performed each year from April to December. Move into your new home and get ready for the 2020 season.

The next step

At The Windsor, the townhouse collection is nearing completion. Two designer finished, and furnished, model homes are open at 134 Anne Street. Each model home is expertly crafted and in move-in condition. Some are available for immediate closing, or take your time and choose a personal decor package, and move within the next few months.

Construction has begun on the semi-detached models with expected occupancy slated for the spring of 2020.

Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, Solmar Development is an industry leader when it comes to building exceptional single family and condominium communities across the Greater Toronto Area. At the forefront of every home that they build is a philosophy that encompasses timeless designs, combined with an enhanced attention to detail, to ensure a heightened quality of living.

You’ll want to slow your pace and take full advantage of all that life has to offer in one of the beautiful homes by Solmar Development Corp.

CONTACT INFORMATION

905.688.3010

thewindsor.ca


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In Conversation With… Angela Marotta, Director of Sales & Marketing, Solmar Development Corp.

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In Conversation With… Angela Marotta, Director of Sales & Marketing, Solmar Development Corp.

For more than 30 years, Solmar Development Corp. has focused on excellence, whether it’s building highrise projects in the GTA or lowrise communities in Niagara-on-the-Lake, or delivering on its promises of exemplary customer service.

Director of Sales & Marketing Angela Marotta shares her insights on what the company values most, and where it plans to go next.

Condo Life: Solmar has been in business for more than 30 years. What have been the keys to your success over this time?

Angela Marotta: We are family owned and operated, and as key family members, we have continued to share the same philosophy and vision for the company for all these years. Each project is thoughtfully designed with the buyer in mind. From our amenity spaces to landscape and surrounding greenspace, and ultimately to the suite and home designs.

When we acquire property, we always have the big picture in mind, which has allowed us to navigate through any difficult zoning and planning issues, and consolidation of various parcels of land. We have a very strong planning department and consultants that have been with Solmar from inception. They understand and continue to support the long-term vision to bring our projects to final stages. As principals, we are involved every step of the way. My father, Benny Marotta, is a visionary and has a very keen eye for design and architecture. No architectural plans are redesigned or enhanced without him and then flowed to myself and brother-in-law Giuseppe Paolicelli for final review, always with the buyer in mind.

CL: The homebuilding industry is undergoing a lot of change these days, with increasing government involvem ent, policy issues and other challenges. How do you see all this playing out in the foreseeable future?

AM: Regulatory changes within the Planning Act have given municipalities more local power to facilitate change in zoning bylaws, and thus hopefully allow for economic growth within their communities. As developers, we have faith that the governing bodies take into consideration the future economic growth, together with quality of life of residents. There has to be a balance.

However, changes to the Ontario Municipal Board are somewhat troublesome, as they may restrict the tribunal to propose decisions based on the best planning solutions, as the process has now been fast-tracked. It’s complicated, and I’m still trying to come to grips with the pros and cons. There will always be complex appeals, which make the process difficult to navigate. We will always try to push higher density on proposed developments, as it increases their viability. Giuseppe works very closely with our inhouse planner to ensure that we do.

CL: Affordability is a growing concern for homebuyers in the GTA, but much of what determines end costs – land use policy and availability and approvals processes – are out of builders’ control. How does Solmar address the affordability challenge?

AM: Everything boils down to timing and the span from inception of a project to construction to proposed occupancy. We never rush developing our proformas without having a clear understanding and comfort level of the market and future costs that are at times not completely defined. We are careful, but still take on a level of risk that we are comfortable with. We never want to sell out a project that quickly. Allocations are determined and timelines for release are defined so we always have a contingency whereby we retain flexibility with pricing over time to protect us against any instabilities or change.

We also try to price ourselves at or just above market without being “out of” market. Our projects are higher end, with various luxury amenities and features that attract a consumer that appreciates value and may be willing to spend a little more as a result. We attract a lot of end consumers, and any investors purchasing in our projects feel comfortable knowing they have a secured investment based on our reputation as a builder.

CL: Where do you see the next homebuilding – and therefore, for customers, homebuying – opportunities in the GTA, in terms of geographic area and housing type?

AM: Consumers are finding pricing within the downtown core to be very high and competitive. Projects such as ours at The Edge in Mississauga allow consumers to have homeownership at much more reasonable pricing, gain equity over time and still be able to work in the city due to the great transit infrastructure in Mississauga. The LRT is along Hurontario right at The Edge. With higher density projects outside of the downtown core, you’re seeing more and more buyers looking there. Our project at Park Avenue Place in Vaughan, which is sold out, saw buyers coming from all across the GTA. Again, municipalities that have planned and developed transit infrastructure well have seen economic growth and a superior quality of life in their community as a result.

CL: How are things coming along at Edge Towers in Mississauga?

AM: We’re excited to see the development come to life. It took great perseverance to consolidate individual lots to comprise what is now three luxury buildings with more than 1,400 units. Tower 1 is currently under construction and nearly sold out. Tower 2 is not far behind, with construction starting before the end of the year and nearing 80 per cent sold. Tower 3, launching this fall, will be the pinnacle of the project, with 50 floors of luxury suites and amenities that will make this tower a unique place to live.

CL: And at Park Avenue Place in Vaughan?

AM: Park Avenue is currently under construction with occupancy set for fall 2020. This has been an amazing project, as it is referred to as the sister project to our now completed highrise, aptly called Bellaria, which was the first development of its kind in Vaughan. Park Avenue comprises two towers of beautifully designed suites located at the south east corner of Jane and Rutherford. This project saw lots of end users as buyers, many of whom were referrals from Bellaria – a major source of pride for us.

AND ON A PERSONAL NOTE:

If I wasn’t involved in homebuilding, I would:

Be in the hospitality industry, as my passion is wine and food. Together with our family, my sister Melissa Paolicelli and I own and operate Two Sisters Vineyards.

My greatest inspiration in this business is:

My father. I have seen him take on such high levels of risk and navigate through them in the most decisive and intelligent way. He has accomplished great things and built or developed many landmark communities that we are very proud of.

When I’m not at the office, I:

Am enjoying quality family time with my three teens and the rest of our close family in Niagara-on-the-Lake, preferably at the Vineyard! We live part time in NOTL, and it has become such a special place for us all.

PORTFOLIO

Edge Towers
Downtown Mississauga
Under construction and register now

Park Avenue Place
Vaughan
Under construction

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Model Home Feature: The Windsor by Solmar Development Corp.

The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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The Windsor in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Within walking distance of Queen Street (at Anne and Gate), bungalow lofts and two-storey townhomes are available at The Windsor by Solmar Development Corp. Brick and stone exteriors are accented with exquisite masonry detailing, covered porches, decorative columns and cobble-stoned driveways. These townhomes also include luxury, upgraded features and finished basements.

Residents will enjoy wandering around the heritage district of the old town of NOTL, with fine shops, boutiques, restaurants and spas, as well as the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre.

A limited number of townhomes are currently available for immediate occupancy, or choose your own finishes for scheduled closings throughout the summer at The Windsor.

Strict architectural controls on exterior elevations, ensure harmonious streetscapes.

SOLMAR DEVELOPMENT CORP.

The model home for The Windsor is located at 134 Anne Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

905.688.3010


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Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

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Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

Mississauga has always been a city of noteworthy accomplishments, from its inception as a city in 1974 combining the former townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville; to being home to Canada’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, from 1978 to 2014.

And now, literally at the time of writing, the City was hosting a Town Hall on seeking independence from the Region of Peel.

You might expect such a track record of ambition from one of the most populous – and fastest-growing – municipalities in Canada.

Covering a huge swath of land – 288 square kms, 13 km of which front Lake Ontario – Mississauga comprises many distinct neighbourhoods and communities. The former town of Port Credit, for example, once a sleepy little industrial locale, home to the iconic – and smelly – St. Lawrence Starch Co. plant from 1890 to 1990, today is a much sought-after residential area, thanks to its prized waterfront location.

Local histories

Many of these areas host annual festivals that pay respect to local histories. Streetsville, for example, holds its annual Bread and Honey Festival, paying homage to the area’s roots a mill town. And Port Credit’s Mississauga Waterfront Festival and the Southside Shuffle blues and jazz festival display everything that community has to offer.

With McCallion running the show over 12 consecutive terms, until she stepped aside and Bonnie Crombie won the election in 2014, Mississauga was known as a city of growth. McCallion consistently boasted she oversaw among the lowest taxes in Canada and made it easy for companies to do business there. Today, the area is home to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, including Laura Secord Chocolates, Honeywell Aerospace, Walmart Canada and Kellogg’s Canada.

Succession

As for seeking its independence from Peel, Crombie’s office points to the following as motivation:

Population: Mississauga has the population to warrant becoming an independent city similar to other large municipalities such as Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.

Stability: Mississauga is fiscally strong, has strong resident support and has the necessary capacity and experience to operate as an independent city.

Municipal service: A number of duplications, barriers and complexities in municipal service delivery could be eliminated if Mississauga became an independent city.

Future city building: As an independent City, Mississauga would have full autonomy to focus on City initiatives related to its future growth and development.

Cost: Mississauga pays 60 per cent of the overall property tax levy, yet owns only 29 per cent of regional roads.

Getting around Mississauga is, well, you are travelling over a vast area, and traffic these days… But Hwys 401, 403, 410 and the QEW all run for stretches through the city, and there’s no shortage of GO Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit options.

For sports and recreation, again Mississauga is blessed with numerous recreational winter and summer sports leagues with decades of local history. Using the Streetsville example again, the Vic Johnston Community Centre dates back to 1961, and sits adjacent to Memorial Park and the Credit River.

And, following the Credit River down to well, Port Credit, Memorial Arena is another beautiful old barn, sitting adjacent to Memorial Park and facing Lake Ontario. The park itself serves as host location for some of the area’s largest festivals.

Then there’s the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre), where the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads play, and which also is home to a number of community rinks.

Location, location, location

More than 288.42 square kms, 13 kms fronting Lake Ontario; bounded by Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Toronto and Lake Ontario

Key landmarks

• Square One Shopping Centre

• Mississauga Celebration Square

• Living Arts Centre

• Paramount Fine Foods Centre

• University of Toronto Mississauga

• Sheridan College Business School

Select condo projects

Aspire Condominiums by Conservatory Group

• Daniels City Centre by The Daniels Corporation

Edge Towers by Solmar Development Corp.

Exchange District by Camrost Felcorp

• Pinnacle Grand Park 2 by Pinnacle International

TANU Condos by Edenshaw Developments


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