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Midtown Toronto – Where exactly is that?

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Midtown Toronto – Where exactly is that?

Mention Midtown Toronto to people, and they generally react in one of two ways. “Where exactly is that?? – the inference being that in a growing city of this size, pinpointing where the centre is difficult, to say the least.

And once realizing “Midtown” is roughly defined by Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west, people often think “Old Toronto.”

And in the context of real estate, that means high-priced.

Increasingly accessible

Indeed, with neighbourhoods such as Rosedale, Forest Hill, Deer Park, Summerhill and Yonge & Eglinton, Midtown is generally affluent and exclusive. Signature detached homes in any of these areas can easily run into the multi-million-dollar range.

However, new developments coming on the scene, particularly some landmark highrise condominiums, are making the area increasingly accessible to a variety of residents.

Once commonly known as “Yonge & Eligible,” due to its popularity among young single professionals, Yonge and Eglinton is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, appealing to a variety of lifestyles.

Boasting five-star restaurants, boutiques, diverse retail services, schools and corporate head offices, residents have plenty of options for work and play right out their front door.

Crosstown traffic

If a great midtown location isn’t enough, proximity to transit is also a significant appeal of this area, being right on the Yonge Street subway line. And come 2021, moving about the city will get even easier, with the expected opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Slightly off the beaten trail, wander over to nearby Davisville Village, Mount Pleasant Village and Forest Hill Village for a taste of what that Old Toronto was like, still with small, independent shops and nice little parkettes.

Location, location, location

Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview Avenue to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west.

Key landmarks

  • Yonge Eglinton Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Spadina Park
  • Forest Hill Village
  • Davisville Village
  • Mount Pleasant Village

Select condo projects

44 Broadway by Collecdev

609 Avenue Road Condos by Madison Group

609 Avenue Road Condos by State Building Group

Avenue & Park by Stafford Homes

Keewatin by Freed Developments

Sixty Five Broadway by Times Group Corp.

The Millwood by Times Group Corp.

Untitled. Toronto by Reserve Properties, Westdale Properties and Pharrell Williams


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Neighbourhood Watch - Markham

Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

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Markham is a hotbed of economic development and growth

As the fourth most populous community in the GTA – after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton – Markham has been a hotbed for economic growth and development for years.

It’s long been known as a centre for growing sectors such as technology and life sciences – and therefore employment growth – one of the key drivers of housing demand.

Today, Markham is home to more than 1,000 such companies, with IBM, Huawei, Honeywell, Advanced Micro Devices, Motorola and Oracle all having their Canadian headquarters located in the city.

Residence has its price

Buying a home in Markham will cost you, however, as it has also become one of the GTA’s most expensive housing markets.

According to the Royal LePage Home Price Index for the fourth quarter of 2019, aggregate home prices grew two per cent year-over-year to $951,228, condos grew 4.9 per cent to $486,898.

Still, new-home development is a priority for Markham City Hall and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who was first elected in 2006 and is known as developer- and builder-friendly. The city has a number of new home developments underway, including some high-profile condo projects.

The revitalization of Downtown Markham has been spearheaded by The Remington Group’s multi-use development along Main Street, which includes expansive retail shops, a Marriott Hotel, a Cineplex, as well as a variety of condo buildings and townhomes.

Cultural diversity

Culture is also an important attraction in Markham, with The Flato Markham Theatre offering more than 300 live performances each year, showcasing the diversity of the city. In addition, Varley Art Gallery encompasses the historic Kathleen McKay House, which was the home of Group of the Seven’s Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft., the gallery is the second most popular tourist attraction in York Region.

Markham also has dozens of parks with baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and children’s play areas and splash pads. The city also boasts more than 22 kms of scenic pathways with 12 bridges that provide recreational activity for joggers and cyclists.

The largest park in the city is the Milne Dam Conservation Park. Measuring 305 acres, it is bordered by thick forest on the south and east and the Rouge River runs through the middle.

Toogood Pond is an 82-acre park that features a partially naturalized pond and marsh, and it recently underwent revitalization to remove sediment, restore the shoreline and plant native foliage.

Getting around Markham is facilitated by easy access to Hwys. 404 and 407 and the DVP, and for public transit, York Region Transit/Viva connects with all nine York Region municipalities, and GO Transit provides regular train and bus service.

Location, location, location

Population of 328,940, located in the Regional Municipality of York in the GTA.

Distance from downtown Toronto, 30 km

Key landmarks

  • Flato Markham Theatre
  • Varley Art Gallery
  • Milne Dam Conservation Park
  • Angus Glen Golf Club

Select housing developments

9999 Markham Road by OnePiece Holding

Canvas on the Rouge by Flato Developments

Gallery Towers by Remington Group

Langstaff Gateway by Kylemore Communities

Panda Markham Condos by Lifetime Developments

Riverview by Times Group


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Riverview by Times Group Corp.

Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

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Riverview at Uptown Markham is Markham’s first fully smart condominium towers

The fourth phase in the renowned Uptown Markham development by Times Group Corp., Riverview is a consummate balance of historic village charm and modern energy. On June 1, Times Group Corp unveiled Riverview’s most-anticipated family-sized units.

In a rare setting that overlooks the Rouge River, Riverview is an exclusive enclave of three smart signature towers, built to the highest and most energy-efficient LEED Gold standards. With the first two of three towers recently unveiled, Riverview’s last tower is set to open this Summer. Priced from the high $400,000s with units ranging from 579 to 2,360 sq. ft., the new residences offer a range of luxurious family-sized units unparalleled in the city of Markham.

The first fully smart condo towers in Markham, Riverview integrates intelligence, control and adaptability with energy, efficiency and comfort. Enabled by smart-home technology, Riverview offers an outstanding collection of smart condo features including occupancy-sensor smart lighting, automated parcel delivery, license plate recognition for automated entry, and a state-of-the-art Building Automation System (BAS) to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Other features include enhanced security through smartphone-controlled common area access, cameras and elevator control, future ready electric vehicle charging stations, keyless smart lock suite entry, and advanced Rogers WiFi with unlimited ultra high speed 150 mbps Internet.

The in-suite Wall Pad Home Connect system lets residents use, see and speak video chat to welcome guests and connect to the Riverview concierge. Residents can immediately notify authorities of an emergency, stay up-to-date and receive timely event and building notifications, and receive local weather updates. Suite heating and cooling can also be controlled from your smartphone.

Committed to environmental sustainability, Uptown Markham is Ontario’s first LEED-certified privately-owned residential highrise development. River Park (phase 1) is the first and only LEED Platinum 10-plus-storey building in Canada; Riverwalk (phase 2) is certified LEED Gold and Riverside (phase 3) and Riverview are both LEED Gold candidates.

With the goal of eliminating its carbon footprint, Richview units include an exclusive Energy Star appliance package, thermally insulated Low-E Argon-filled and double-glazed windows, an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), and a four-pipe HVAC fan coil system for year-round resident-controlled heating and cooling.

Boasting the ultimate in modern luxury, interiors at Riverview will feature open-concept floorplans, welcoming foyers, 10-ft. ceiling heights, contemporary laminate flooring, and engineered quartz stone windowsills. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens will include custom-designed deep upper cabinetry, premium granite countertops, undermounted stainless-steel kitchen sinks, ceramic tile backsplash, and undercabinet valance lighting.

At the heart of Uptown Markham is Uptown Market – more than 170,000 sq. ft. of shops, services and supermarkets — including a Whole Foods Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and an LCBO. A three-tier, state-of-the-art Amenity Pavilion with a rooftop terrace provides luxurious facilities for the most sophisticated lifestyles. Building amenities include a fully-equipped fitness facility with adjoining his/hers changing rooms, saunas, a large yoga studio, and an indoor swimming pool. Residents will also enjoy the spectacular multipurpose space featuring a bar and fireside seating, a dining area and catering kitchen, a library, party room, and a ping pong and billiards room.

Visit the sales office, located at 60 Town Centre Blvd., Unit A in Markham. The sale office is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. Weekends; closed Fridays.

905.479.5557
riverviewcondo.ca


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EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

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EnerQuality Housing Innovation Awards announced

Leading companies in sustainable housing recognized for their contributions and advancements in Ontario’s Green Building category

Ontario’s best Green Builders were celebrated at the EnerQuality Awards Gala (EQ Awards) at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan. Hosted by Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish, more than 200 industry peers gathered to share concepts and accolades as together they help to move towards a more energy conscious future.

“Advancing energy-efficient techniques and tools are huge priorities in the building sector to continue to improve healthy living conditions, fight climate change and minimize unnecessary spending,” said Corey McBurney, president of EnerQuality. “The EnerQuality Housing Innovation Forum and Awards help to connect builders with the innovations they need to meet their design goals as well as spotlight the change-makers who are effecting policies and driving standards towards a shared goal of Net Zero housing.”

Among the biggest attractions of the Innovation Forum, which took place during the day, was the keynote from MaRS, Tom Rand, who offered tangible solutions to combat climate change, including his stance on pricing carbon and how sharing a new story of clean energy abundance has the power to engage the public and inspire action.

The highly competitive Innovation Gauntlet rounded out the day before the official award ceremony began, with IBC Technologies Inc. being named the winner for their Newest Innovation – IBC DC Series Dual Condensing Appliance. “The IBC Better Boiler product is a forward thinking, adaptable technology with integration to smart homes. This is a truly unique product and was a clear leader in this year’s submissions,” said Shaun Joffe, executive director of sustainability and building sciences at Great Gulf and judge of the Innovation Gauntlet participants.

The EQ Awards were enjoyed by all and featured special designations to highlight the outstanding contributions of industry leaders.

Larry Brydon, VP business development with Cricket Energy, was the 2017 Hall of Fame nominee. Brydon has been in the HVAC distribution and energy services market for more than 25 years. A past chair of Sustainable Buildings Canada and the Toronto chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, he currently serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Efficiency Alliance, the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) and EnerQuality. Among his many achievements, Brydon led the Enbridge and Union Gas’s Savings by Design program. This initiative has participated in over 200 lowrise, and 50 highrise developer-design charrettes where they shared energy-efficient design alternatives resulting in 15 to 25 per cent energy improvement over the Ontario Building Code.

Doug Tarry of Doug Tarry Custom Homes was named Leader of the Year. It was a banner year Doug Tarry Custom Homes. Fresh off winning the inaugural Net Zero Builder Award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, his Project Hope, a fundraising event that was the first time a Net Zero home was built in just three days, raised funds for the family of the late Johnny Nooren, a building inspector from St. Thomas. The project won the 2017 Prestige Award from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association for Project of the Year Lowrise, and the trailer for the accompanying documentary was seen by more than 10,000 in movie theatres in Ontario.

Doug Tarry led his team of builders to receive the 2016 EQ Builder Achievement Award and now holds the 2017 title of Leader of the Year for propelling the company’s holistic Net Zero housing concepts with simple controls designed to allow homeowners to save money while living in a healthy environment.

Arista Homes was awarded the Impact Award, which was introduced in 2016 to recognize a builder’s significant voluntary progress in reducing carbon emission and outstanding achievements through energy efficient and sustainability practices. “Green initiatives and Energy Star participation have become staples of our building practices and we remain committed to continuing to improve our building practices and to lead by example,” said Franco Crispino, VP of sales and marketing. Arista Homes has proudly enrolled more than 1,200 Energy Star homes since the construction of its first multi-phase Energy Star community in 2009.

Other Award Winners

Partner Award: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas, Owens Corning

Enbridge Savings By Design: Remington Homes

Building Innovation Lowrise: Great Gulf Homes

Building Innovation Mid/Highrise: Times Group

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (small volume): sean.ca (Sean Mason Homes)

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (mid volume): Remington Homes

Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year (large volume): The Minto Group

Energy Star Champion of the Year: Jacqueline Collier, Tamarack Homes

Best Green Marketing Campaign: Doug Tarry Custom Homes

R-2000 Home Builder of the Year: RND Construction

Net Zero Home Builder of the Year: Reid’s Heritage Homes

Evaluator of the Year: Angela Bustamante, Building Knowledge

Builder Achievement Award: Shaun Joffe, Great Gulf Homes

Ontario Green Builder of the Year: Sifton Properties Ltd.

EnerQuality is Canada’s No. 1 certifier of energy efficient homes and the market leader in delivering award-winning residential green building programs. Founded in 1998 by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), EnerQuality’s mission is to accelerate housing innovation to improve building performance.


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Savings By Design: Times Group

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Savings By Design: Times Group

Granted Canada’s first-ever LEED Platinum certification for a highrise for River Park Condominium at Uptown Markham

River Park Condominium at Uptown Markham by Markham-based real estate developer Times Group has been granted LEED Platinum v2009 Certification by the Canada Green Building Council, the only 10-storey-plus building to meet this new level in all of Canada.

River Park achieved LEED NC v2009 Platinum on May 5 with 80 points. This prestigious status represents a major achievement in sustainable design and construction. Previously only one other building in Ontario and two others in Canada had met the older LEED New Construction (NC) v2002 Platinum certification criteria for multi-unit residential buildings over 10 storeys.

Through Enbridge’s Savings by Design Program, Times Group is proud to be building above and beyond the Ontario Building Code, boasting over 25 per cent better energy performance than required by code.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program is an industry-leading independently audited green building standard whereby points are awarded for energy and water efficiency, site ecology issues, indoor air quality, the use of envonmental building materials and climate change initiatives.

River Park at Uptown Markham — located at 8200 Birchmount Road — consists of 4 high-density towers in two separate podiums that include a grand total of 607 residential suites. To meet LEED’s rigorous Platinum Certification, this development was designed to maximize water efficiency both through reduced consumption of water and reduced production of wastewater. In total, the reduction in water use is approximately 50 per cent compared to the level normally used for a development of this size.

The development has also been designed to maximize energy efficiency, utilizing heat recovery ventilators, efficient lighting, high performance windows, district energy and an ultraefficient building architecture to generate 54 per cent energy cost savings compared to conventional construction approaches.

River Park at Uptown Markham was even constructed to maximize the use of locally sourced and recycled materials, and construction waste was carefully minimized throughout the build process.

Residents here are also enjoying the high indoor environmental quality created by using building materials that are proven to be low emitters of indoor air pollutants, particularly materials that contain low volatile organic compounds (VOC).

Times Group is an award-winning green builder and a premier name in the industry with over 30 years of business and a record of excellence across the real estate development spectrum of the Greater Toronto Area.

Inspired by core family values, Times Group has become a leading player in the land acquisition, planning, design, development and construction of premium-quality commercial and residential properties. With a focus on exceptional quality and enduring value, Times Group is actively engaged in the development of highrise condominium projects, distinctive homes and condominium townhouses in the GTA.

TIMES GROUP

Go online to find out more about the Times Group’s many highrise and lowrise communities. TimesGroupCorp.com

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