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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.

Hub of activity

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

“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.”

Lowrise living

Though Vaughan is noteworthy for a lot of condominium development centring around new transit infrastructure, 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

Adesso Modern Towns by Capital North Communities

Copperwood by Sorbara Group

CountryWide Homes in Woodbridge by CountryWide Homes

New Kleinburg by Paradise Developments

New Kleinburg by Arista Homes

New Kleinburg by Fieldgate Homes

Port Royal Collection at Kleinburg Crown by Caliber Homes


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D'Or Condos

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Still affordable yet close to all amenities, Cityzen and Fernbrook’s new Thornhill community is an excellent location to invest for long term real estate gain

Anyone who watches real estate — and who doesn’t in Toronto? – knows that neighbourhoods inevitably rise in both desirability and price. Twenty years ago nobody anticipated the boom, and areas that were once lagging in value are now highly sought after because of their proximity to essential services, especially transit and transportation routes. If only we’d known then what we know now, we would have grabbed the opportunity when it arose.

It’s never too late, though; it’s just that the areas have moved a little. And Thornhill is like other GTA satellites – former suburbs that have become communities in their own right — with property values on the rise. With the yearly migration into the GTA values won’t reverse – Toronto prices already are out of reach for many, especially young couples, families and even empty nesters.

Thornhill, though, is still affordable, yet close to all amenities. Poised to become another of those vital urban centres, Thornhill is an excellent location to invest for long term real estate gain. Witness the growth of cities like Markham, Vaughan, and Maple.

The development of Thornhill City Centre in 2004 – at Bathurst and Centre Streets – was the beginning of the area’s new vibrancy. Now, 2500 units in 11 buildings have become home to 2,000 families nestled around a five-acre urban park, a myriad of retail shops, offices and essential services.

The City Centre has everything: highrise buildings, urban side-street townhomes, a mix of retail, office and services, a five-acre urban park at its core, and a walk score of 85/100. It’s close to three major golf courses, Uplands ski centre, and adjacent to Highways 7, 407, 401 and 400 (which puts you halfway to cottage country already).

D’or Condos is about to launch in the middle of all this excitement. Anticipated to be completed by 2022, the development is comprised of two residential buildings – a northern tower of 22 storeys and a southern tower of six storeys. Across the street are local shops and services, cafes and grocery stores, and a nine-minute walk away is Promenade Mall. The Finch subway station, the new Vaughan Metro Centre subway station, and the GO station are all fairly close, accessible by car or Viva bus. There is substantial green space, with several large metro area parks, three golf courses, and the Uplands ski centre nearby.

With its significantly lower prices than downtown Toronto, starting in the $400,000s, D’Or is able to offer luxury accommodation and amenities. Virtually every suite has outdoor space, either a terrace that is open from the living room and master, a ground floor patio, or a smaller scaled balcony. Features are in keeping with a luxury upscale building – designer appliances, customizable palette, gourmet kitchens and baths, and nine- and ten-foot ceilings.

One, two and three-bedroom suites are well designed, maximizing the space from the smallest at 529 square feet and all the way up to 1,776 square feet (by comparison, the smallest units in downtown Toronto hover around 350 square feet.)

The amenities space is amazing with hot tub, steam room, sauna, indoor-outdoor pool, alfresco kitchen and dining area, fitness centre, and yoga studio with trainer. Those hard-driving young urbanites who need to unwind after a long work day will love the gym, as will empty nesters intent on being active and fit. Pet owners will love the dog spa.

The developers behind D’Or are proven – Cityzen Development and Fernbrook Homes have developed landmark projects all across the GTA. Previous notable projects include, L Tower, St. Lawrence Condos, Pier 27 and Aria Condominiums.

For further information call or visit the website.

416.845.9500

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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Remington Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Remington Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Remington Homes

It’s all about choice

Homebuyers can choose from an endless list of builders and developers, communities and home styles. So why do so many choose Remington Homes? What is it about this homegrown Canadian company that makes it stand out from the pack?

As Canada celebrates its milestone birthday, Remington Homes is celebrating another year of providing homeowners with outstanding homes in the GTA’s most desirable communities. In almost three decades, Remington has build more than 10,000 homes and with vast land holdings the company will continue to build exceptional communities well into the future.

This true-blue Canadian company has roots deep in the Canadian soil. As part of the Remington Group, Remington Homes has built distinctive and dynamic communities from Oakville to Markham and throughout the GTA.

Remington communities share innovative home designs, superior craftsmanship and unparalleled service. This is why so many new home purchasers consider Remington Homes to be among the very best homebuilders in the GTA.

What distinguishes Remington is their commitment to functional home designs and their reputation for constructing exceptional communities in amenity-rich locations. These two factors have been the hallmark of their success from the very beginning. But this is not the only thing that makes Remington Homes the builder of choice for so many. The company provides award-winning customer service that gives homeowners extra peace of mind from purchase to move-in and beyond. Remington recognizes that happy homeowners build great communities. Perhaps this attitude is one of the reasons that Remington Homes has consistently earned a rating of Excellence from Tarion.

Remington Homes is committed to balancing design and construction with environmentally friendly considerations to create greener living environments. The company is deeply committed to reducing its impact on the environment. They have been at the forefront of building Energy Star qualified homes that offer healthier and more comfortable living environments while reducing both energy consumption and household carrying costs.

The company has grown to include extensive residential, retail, commercial and condominium developments. Presently, the company has many fine communities at various stages of sales and construction.

THE BRIGHTSIDE

Remington Homes is getting ready to launch its newest community, The Brightside in Brampton. The Brightside is a family community within the beautiful Mayfield Village neighbourhood. Here Remington is building a spectacular collection of towns, semis and singles on 32-, 38- and 43-foot lots.

This perfect setting, located at Countryside Drive and Bramalea Road, is surrounded by glorious nature and is close to all of the conveniences of Brampton. Here homeowners will enjoy beautiful parks, fabulous places to hike, bike, skate, swim and explore as well as shop and dine. Excellent schools and a wonderful selection of cultural amenities make The Brightside in Brampton the perfect new community. The Brightside joins an illustrious group of prime communities developed by Remington Homes.

DOWNTOWN MARKHAM

Located in the heart of Markham Centre, Remington’s Downtown Markham is expected to be the largest collection of LEED-certified buildings in North America. When completed, the community will include 15,000 residents, 3.4 million square feet of premium office space and 2 million square feet of retail.

Part of this incredible community is a $25 million public art program spearheaded by The Remington Group. The signature piece of the collection is the Pride of Canada Carousel, which features 44 rideable sculptures made by Canadian artist Patrick Amiot. Each piece is cleverly crafted from reclaimed materials as a tribute to Canada and a nod to sustainability.

CAPTAIN’S COVE

Remington Homes’ Captain’s Cove in Midland is a community of 50- and 75-foot bungalows along the shores of Georgian Bay. Here residents can escape the hustle and bustle of big city life filled with traffic and noise.

Captain’s Cove offers a relaxed, serene vacation lifestyle with four seasons of stimulating activity. From boating, swimming, walking and birding in the summer to cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and community sports in the winter. Captain’s Cove’s will soon be releasing a new phase of charming bungalows in this picturesque waterside community.

THE PRESERVE

Remington will soon be releasing an outstanding collection of 45- and 50-foot detached home lots in Oakville’s highly sought-after Preserve community. When Remington Homes started developing plans for The Preserve, it was an opportunity to take decades of insight and create new home designs that would not only be functional and liveable but also offer 360 degrees of beautiful design. The results reflect the superior quality that defines the Remington brand. The finishes at The Preserve provide a level of luxury that sets these homes apart.

HELLO GEORGETOWN

Hello Georgetown, Remington Homes’ family-friendly community in Georgetown builds on the company’ long history of home building in this ever-growing neighbourhood.

Remington is getting ready to release their next collection of 40-foot detached homes this fall. The first two phases of this popular community sold out quickly and given the continued demand, this next release will undoubtedly follow suit.

WIGSTON GREEN ESTATES

At Wigston Green Estates in Thornhill, Remington Homes has a limited selection of beautifully crafted homes remaining on 60-and 80-foot lots, priced from $3.2 million. This magnificent community of estate homes is located in Thornhill’s most desirable neighbourhood off Bathurst Street south of Highway 7.

One of the remarkable things about Remington Homes is the variety of residential communities it offers. From estate lots to charming townhomes and a wide variety of home and condo styles in between, Remington truly offers something for every life stage and lifestyle.

REMINGTON HOMES

Go online to find out more and to register for the community of your choice.

RemingtonHomes.com


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