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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Podium Developments

New home buying opportunities abound in Oshawa and Durham Region

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New home buying opportunities abound in Oshawa and Durham Region

EDITOR'S CHOICE: Podium Developments
Ironwood Towns in North Oshawa by Podium Developments and Urban Capital

Despite the bad news this week that General Motors Canada plans to close assembly operations in Oshawa, there are some good new home buying opportunities in the city and elsewhere in Durham Region.

As various levels of government and the Unifor trade union vow to somehow keep the plant open or otherwise deal with the fallout of the decision, the housing sector in Oshawa is expected to shift into a buyers’ market.

That could mean deals for buyers in a market where home prices have already been under pressure.

 

Also read: What the GM plant closure means for Oshawa economy and housing

Also read: Oshawa housing to move into buyers’ market thanks to GM closure

 

For those looking to buy a new home, know that there are still plenty of good opportunities in Oshawa and surrounding area.

First, let’s look at recent new home buying activity in the area, courtesy of statistics from Altus Group, theofficial source for market intelligence for the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

 

Total new home sales, units

Oshawa Durham Region
Annual
2013          682       2,376
2014       1,108       3,130
2015          971       3,433
2016       1,149       5,344
2017          490       2,385
Jan-Oct
2017          483       2,262
2018            83       1,065
Source:  Altus Group

 

Naturally, the GM news is a sensitive topic to an industry such as home building, where companies dedicate years to planning and construction development projects. So don’t expect a comment any time soon from BILD, the voice of home builders in the GTA, or individual companies.

Might developers at some point offer deals – be they discounts or upgrades – in order to move an unsold inventory in a market not feeling the strongest at the moment?

It never hurts to ask.

 

A selection of new home and condo inventory

Ironwood in North Oshawa, Building Capital and Podium Developments, contemporary freehold townhomes

Harmony Creek, Conservatory Group, townhomes and detached homes

Daniels FirstHome Oshawa, townhomes

Brook Phase 2, Delpark Homes, detached homes

Fields of Harmony Phase IV, Greycrest Homes, detached homes

Harmony Gate, Sundance Homes, townhomes

Kingsview Ridge, Treasure Hill, 30-, 36- and 40-ft. singles

Park Ridge, Tribute Communities, detached homes from the low $900’s

U.C. Towns 2, Tribute Communities, townhomes form the low $600’s

Top of Townline, Woodland Homes, detached homes

For more new home buying opportunities, visit MyHomePage.ca

With files from Natalie Sicilia, New Home Research Manager & Map Editor

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Townhomes

Pent-up demand for townhomes building in the GTA

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Pent-up demand for townhomes building in the GTA

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Condos may be the choice for many in the increasingly expensive GTA, but not everyone wants to live in a box in the sky. More and more new home buyers are looking for affordable lowrise options such as townhomes. Emphasis on the word affordable.

The problem? The supply just isn’t there – and the pent-up demand is growing.

Appealing especially to young families, townhomes provide more space and flexibility than condos, and generally are far more affordable than single-family homes.

“Both stacked (townhomes) and (row) townhouses form a key component of the Missing Middle – the built forms between high-density condo and low-density single-family housing,” Matthew Boukall, vice-president, product management, Data Solutions at Altus Group, told Homes Publishing.

Altus recently studied the sector for one of its regular housing reports, surmising that townhomes play an increasingly important role in in the new home sector, not just in the GTA but across Canada.

In the GTA, new townhouse sales have plummeted in the past two years – both in absolute terms and as a percentage of total new home sales (to just seven per cent of the total in the first half of 2018), Altus says.

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Affordability and availability remain an issue.

In the GTA, the key challenge to supplying this built form has been finding land with the right entitlements to allow and support this construction, Altus reports. Much of the land along Toronto streets support higher density condo product or is priced at a level which encourages rezoning to support this density.

“What can support more townhouse development is allowing rezoning of the land between the existing single-family communities and the corridors for more mid-density development,” Boukall says.

Although townhouse land (medium density) sales in 2017 were actually up over 2016, they are trending lower in 2018. Part of the problem is a lengthy approval process. “Year to date in Toronto, we have only tracked five approved townhouse projects, representing less than 350 units,” says Boukall. “Obviously, we need more product to meet the market demand. The positive note is that developers are proposing more product, with almost 1,500 new units applied for in 2018.”

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STACKED TOWNHOMES

Stacked townhouses, in which one row of townhouse units is stacked on top of another, provide a more affordable option to single-family homes, given higher densities. They also offer many of the appealing aspects of condominiums, but without living in a highrise environment.

However, they still play a relatively smaller role than traditional townhouses in the overall townhouse arena, Altus says.

In the Vancouver market, for example, new stacked townhouse units accounted for slightly more than 200 sales on average per year in 2015-17 – about six per cent of all new townhouse sales.

GTA Stacked

In the GTA, where stacked townhouses have made a larger dent, they remain a niche segment, accounting for about one in five new townhouse sales in recent years.

Part of the challenge with stacked townhouses versus rowhomes are those similar to condominium apartments – longer planning and construction timelines, and other residences adjacent on all sides

Both housing types will play an important role throughout the GTA in the future, but stacked townhouses are expected to become more popular given the better affordability provided by the higher density housing type.

“That said,” Boukall adds, “traditional row townhouses are the more common housing type in the GTA and as such, account for more sales compared to the stacked townhouse product. Row townhouse product has been accounting for a growing share of the single-family new homes sales in the GTA, currently accounting for 42 per cent of the total single-family sales activity in the GTA.”

WHERE IN THE GTA?

So, prospective GTA new home buyers, which areas hold the most promise in terms of future townhome availability?

While townhouses are expected to remain a popular housing option throughout the GTA, both Toronto and the York region share the most medium density land activity in the region, and should see increased development activity as a result in 2019 and beyond.

“The Peel region, most notably Brampton, is the most active for stacked and row townhouse sales in 2018 and should continue to see demand supported by an available land supply and comparably affordable prices,” says Boukall.

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GTA condo sales and prices hit record levels

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GTA condo sales and prices hit record levels

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With home prices seemingly forever on the rise, there is only one way for many GTA homebuyers to go – up, as in into highrise condos and other multi-family housing options.

Fueled largely by affordability – and the lack thereof in lowrise homes – resale condominium apartments and townhomes in the GTA now represents almost 37 per cent of total residential sales by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), up from 30 per cent in 2013, according to a new report by ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada Region.

ReMax report

Momentum has also been reflected in resale condominium values, which is the only property segment that held up against the 2017 market correction, ReMax says.

The average price of a condominium unit increased almost eight per cent to $551,761 between January and October 2018, up from $512,552 during the same period in 2017.

Townhomes were slightly ahead of last year’s pace, with values hovering at $571,058, compared to $568,165 in 2017. Prices of freehold properties, including single-detached, semi-detached, attached/row/townhouse and linked townhomes are all down year-over-year.

AFFORDABILITY KEY ATTRACTION

“The condominium lifestyle continues to resonate with buyers in the Greater Toronto Area for a number of reasons,” says Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president and regional director, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada Region. “While the affordability aspect is first and foremost, we’ve also a seen strong investor presence in recent years.”

Alexander cites a recent report by Urbanation and CIBC, which found that investors who bought condominiums for the purpose of renting accounted for 48 per cent of all newly completed units in the GTA in 2017. “The income potential, given today’s tight rental market, in addition to the overall return on investment, has been a serious draw for real estate investors.”

Immigration, population growth and lifestyle choices have also contributed to the uptick in demand for condo apartments and townhomes. Aging infrastructure, combined with a lack of transportation alternatives, longer commute times and the environmental component – with efforts to reduce carbon footprint – have all played a role in buyers choosing condominiums in Toronto proper that are close to both work and play, Alexander says.

DOWNTOWN THE CHOICE LOCATION

The most popular area for condominium sales remains the downtown core, with one in every five condominiums (21.9 per cent) sold in the area bordered by Bloor Street to the north, the lakeshore to the south, the Don Valley Parkway to the east and just past Dovercourt Road in the west.

“In spite of a proliferation of condominium developments over the past decade, supply and demand issues continue to persist in the core,” says Alexander. “Limited inventory continues to place substantial upward pressure on prices, with fewer affordable housing options available– and that includes condominium rentals.”

Average resale prices hover at $700,000 for condo units, with new construction closing in on $1,000 per sq. ft.

PROXIMITY TO TRANSIT

“Higher prices in the core are prompting buyers to consider condominium communities farther afield,” says Alexander. “New construction along subway lines to the north, east and west are exceptionally popular, especially with first-time buyers. Yonge Street north of Hwy. 401 comes to mind, as well as the Sheppard line between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street. Combined, these two areas represent approximately 10 per cent of total resale condominium sales to date and continue to experience growth.”

Mississauga is the GTA’s second most popular destination for condominium living, accounting for 14 per cent of condominium sales so far this year.

Almost 51 per cent of condominium sales in the GTA occur under the $500,000 price point, but affordability is being threatened as builders and developers face skyrocketing construction costs and a land crunch within the GTA, and struggle to maintain the status quo, ReMax says.

“The necessity to ‘build up’ has never been more prevalent in a city that has seen its population climb from one census to the next,” says Alexander. “To prevent the run-up we’ve seen in housing values in the past, all levels of government must work together with developers to streamline the building process. We need to create more affordable GTA housing options that can accommodate buyers and renters at every price point.”

THE TOWNHOME OPTION

These trends generally align with the findings of another report, from Altus Group. Lack of affordability and availability of single-family new homes has buyers increasingly looking to townhomes as a lowrise home option. But supply issues in this category have seen new townhouse sales plummet in the past two years, in both absolute terms and as a percentage of total new home sales – just seven per cent of the total in the first half of 2018.

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Ironwood

Ironwood Towns by Podium Developments now open in North Oshawa

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By Wayne Karl

Podium Developments and Building Capital have opened Ironwood Towns, a new community located just north of Simcoe Street North and Taunton Road in North Oshawa.

This private 11-acre property nestled between Camp Samac and Oshawa Creek, backs onto hundreds of acres of valley land, forest and stream, and is minutes to Cedar Valley Conservation Area, Centennial Park and Somerset Park. Ironwood is also conveniently close to public transportation options, shopping, dining and entertainment venues. The lifestyle offered in this community is one of nature and ease. It’s a seven-minute drive to Hwy. 407 and 14 minutes to Hwy. 401. Residents can also walk to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 10 minutes.

Situated on a private street, the 125 three- and four-bedroom contemporary freehold towns feature a private garage and driveway with two-car parking, and either a backyard or rooftop terrace. Architecture introduces a clean, modern addition to the neighbourhood.

With this first phase, 40 units are being released across three different models. Phase two is targeted for spring 2019 or earlier, if sales go well.

PRIVATE PARK

Well-planned, beautifully appointed, open-concept interiors receive generous natural light from large windows scattered over three full floors of living space. Residents will enjoy exclusive access to a private landscaped three-acre park, gated off-leash dog park, children’s playground, walking path, tobogganing hill and a sports field with a seasonal ice rink, all backing onto the protected acres of ravine lands. There’s even an area residents can share garden space with other members of the community, growing their own fresh vegetables.

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Units measure from about 1,700 to 1,800 sq. ft., with prices from the mid-$500,000s. All units have a garage and a driveway space for parking, with either arooftop terrace or private backyard, depending on the model. Backyards come with deck and fencing, small area for private garden and a direct walkoff from the main living floor. A maintenance fee of approximately $150 per month covers everyday upkeep such as landscaping and snow removal.

Ironwood Towns represents something of a transitionary project forPodium and Building Capital, since they have mostly collaborated on student housing to date. The partners recently opened University Studios in Oshawa – an eight-storey, mixed-use student housing project.

URBAN AND SUBURBAN

“The main concept (at Ironwood) is a combination of urban and suburban living,” says Christian Huggett, vice-president of development for Podium. “We’ve kind of brought condo finishes to suburban ideas… and tried to step it up from ‘builder basic’ finishings.”

The Ironwood Towns Presentation Centre is now open for preview registrations, at 1700 Simcoe St. N., Unit B. Hours are Monday to Wednesday noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 905.576.0139 or visit myironwood.ca

 

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Arista Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Arista Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Arista Homes

Downtown Bolton Heights boasts amazing views, an amazing location and amazing value

The Arista “A” Team does it again with the upcoming release of the spectacular executive townhomes of Downtown Bolton Heights.

Surrounded by conservation lands and wooded areas nearby, this charming community in downtown Bolton might just be one of the GTA’s best places to call home. With its picture-perfect location in east Caledon, downtown Bolton offers a complete modern lifestyle. It is here, on a picturesque hillside, that Arista Homes is pleased to introduce an all new community of elite executive townhomes nestled within a picturesque hillside —Downtown Bolton Heights.

Downtown Bolton Heights is an intimate enclave of only 60 three- and four-bedroom bedroom executive townhomes sized from 1,790 to 2,450 square feet, designed to provide Bolton’s most remarkable townhome lifestyle. It all starts with the beautiful hillside location and the spectacular views, but that is just the beginning.

These contemporary residences boast open-concept main floor plans that meticulously optimize both space and style. Chef-inspired gourmet kitchens and lavish living areas have been thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of today’s modern families.

Upstairs, master suites have been inspired to perfection and provide the ultimate in luxurious sanctuaries. Not to be outdone, there are even designs available that offer potential in-law suites to meet all your family’s needs.

Residents here will also enjoy convenient access to the many wonderful amenities of downtown Bolton. Over 40 shops and restaurants can be found within a five-minute walk. Big box store convenience is right around the corner with Walmart, Home Depot and more close at hand. There’s also a great selection of local restaurants.

Bolton Heights is even about to become an easier place to connect with the rest of the GTA thanks to the all new Highway 427 extension. This new extension will span 6.6 kilometres from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive and will no doubt make commuting just that little bit easier. Bolton is also home to well-regarded public and separate primary and secondary schools, all nearby.

Nature lovers will be amazed at the beauty of Nashville Conservation Area and Albion-Bolton District Park, and golfers will love the wonderful range of challenging courses within easy driving distance.

Bolton Heights is the latest community from Arista Homes. The Arista “A” Team has successfully created dozens of outstanding master-planned communities over the past 23 years and has fulfilled the homeownership dreams of more than 10,000 families. Come buy a home from an award-winning builder today.

ARISTA HOMES
Downtown Bolton Heights

A preview purchasing event is coming soon. Register today and learn more about this exciting new community.

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BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

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Elevate Your Modern Lifestyle in the GTA’s Greatest Pemberton Communities

Pemberton Group has earned a reputation for creating successful residential developments of uncompromising quality in some of the greatest locations across the Greater Toronto Area. Pemberton’s exceptional portfolio of current and upcoming communities at various development stages, offers elevated modern lifestyle opportunities for everyone.

Downtown Toronto

For the downtown urbanite, 543 Richmond will place you in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood, just steps from the Entertainment District. With a Walk Score of 99 and a 100 Transit Score, this 15-storey condominium offers an unbeatable location. Within walking distance to some of Toronto’s best restaurants, lounges and spas, the project will also include ground-level retail and a brand new public park will be built to serve the entire neighbourhood.

Step inside the building, and the fun only continues! Residents will have access to an impressive roster of best-in-class amenities including a lounge with fireplace, study area, fitness room, yoga studio, billiards room, video room, an outdoor terrace with lounge seating and an outdoor pool for the ultimate summer enjoyment.

Register now on Pemberton’s website to be among the first to receive updates about this exciting new release.

Mississauga

Enjoy Erin Square's outdoor pool with cabana-style seating.
Enjoy Erin Square’s outdoor pool with cabana-style seating.

For those seeking the best of Mississauga’s urban life at their doorstep, the newly opened Erin Square is the latest condominium at Pemberton’s vibrant master-planned community in Erin Mills.

Just west of Eglinton Avenue West and Erin Mills Parkway, Erin Square will be well-connected to an abundance of nearby area facilities including Mississauga’s Premium Shopping Destination, Erin Mills Town Centre, name brand restaurants, golf courses, and parks and trails.

The community offers convenient access to highways 403, 401 and 407, and Mississauga Transitway system’s rapid bus station where you can catch the MiWay and GO buses.

The 22-storey Erin Square condominium towers are connected by a podium that will house desirable amenities including a large outdoor pool with lounge chairs and cabana-style seating, a state-of-the-art gym with cardio equipment, yoga/pilates and boxing areas, and change rooms with saunas. Residents will also have access to a spacious party room that includes a bar, caterers’ kitchen, private dining room and lounge, and is connected to two terraces. Additional amenities include a media room, games room, guest suite and a pet wash.

Suite configurations will include one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den open-concept layouts from 655 to 945 square feet. Suites start from the low $500,000s and included in the price is one parking space and locker. For more information, call 905.997.7090, register online, or visit the newly-open Presentation Centre, located at 4635 Metcalfe Avenue in Mississauga.

Stouffville

9th & Main offers luxurious suite designs and upscale finishes.
9th & Main offers luxurious suite designs and upscale finishes.

If you want the best of both worlds, 9th & Main in Stouffville will allow you to enjoy a mix of urban amenities and lush nature overlooking a stunning ravine.

This luxury community is close to restaurants and bistros, cafes, art galleries, and just a short drive to Markham, Canada’s high-tech capital. Commuting is made easy with the nearby GO Train and Bus Station with easy connections to York Region Transit and minutes from Highways 404 and 407.

9th & Main is comprised of two eight-storey condominiums and two-storey lofts and townhomes. Amenities are aplenty with a gym, yoga-Pilates studio, men’s and women’s change rooms with steam rooms, theatre, library/lounge with fireplace, media lounge with gaming console, virtual golf, children’s play room, two boardrooms, two guest suites and a pet wash. Also included is a large party room with fireplace, bar, pool table, caterer’s kitchen that opens up onto a beautifully-landscaped outdoor terrace.

Prices start from the $400,000s up to $1 Million, and suites include one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom plus two-storey lofts and two-bedroom townhomes.

For a limited time, purchasers can take advantage of a 10 per cent deposit program within six months. See a sales representative to find out more. Call 289.380.3451 or visit the Presentation Centre, located at 11750 Ninth Line in Stouffville.

Maple

Entertain in style on the GO.2 Outdoor Terrace.
Entertain in style on the GO.2 Outdoor Terrace.

Those desiring a community with a rich history will appreciate GO.2 Condominiums in the Village of Maple at Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street.

This family-friendly neighbourhood is close to schools, parks, shops and dining. Residents will also have easy access to the Maple GO Station allowing them to be at Union Station in approximately half-an-hour, and the GO Transit Barrie rail line, GO Transit buses, York Region Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission. Highways 400 and 407 are also easily accessible.

Construction will commence soon, and available suites include large two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den layouts starting from the mid $500,000s, and townhomes from $640,900. Call 905.553.1430 or visit the Presentation Centre, loated at 1860 Major Mackenzie Drive West, #7/8.

From Toronto, to Mississauga, to Stouffville, to Maple, Pemberton’s diverse communities are specifically designed to befit your preferred lifestyle. To discover more about these incredible offerings, and to be among the first to learn about those coming soon, register today at PembertonGroup.com. You can also follow Pemberton Group’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.


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Odyssey

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Rosehaven Homes introduces an icon of modern style on the waterfront

Welcome to forever views of water and sky, white sails and the iconic Toronto skyline across the bay. Welcome to Ontario’s world-renowned wine region and the picturesque town of Grimsby, brimming with local goodness, the Niagara Escarpment and a future GO Train Station that will get you to Union in just over an hour. This is Odyssey, a fresh new community of modern condos and towns by award-winning Rosehaven Homes. Your journey leads here.

“Odyssey will be a first of its kind on this section of the Grimsby waterfront. It will be iconic, full of light and life, reflecting not only the water and sky, but a dynamic sense of community.” – Kirkor Architects

Rising high above the waterfront, Odyssey will feature a brilliant glass façade, wrapping each residence in natural light. Its purposeful, stepped back design and rooftop social spaces will give residents spectacular views of Lake Ontario. It will be one of the tallest condominiums in Grimsby, highlighted by a circle of exclusive, street level townhomes with retail shops and patios.

Reflective. Vibrant. Welcoming. Home

“Our inspiration was to create interiors that harmonize with the architecture and waterfront. The lobby and welcome lounge were designed to be not only grand in size, but also in volume, allowing for creative lighting details.” – Patton Design Studio

Inside, Odyssey will be highlighted by its entertainment spaces, particularly its rooftop Sky Lounge, Sunset Boulevard and Lakeview Terrace. Equipped with ample seating, both inside and out, a chef’s kitchen and prep station, plus two terraces with fireplaces, a barbecue, private alcoves and brilliant views of the lake and escarpment, this will be the ultimate space for hosting dinner parties, celebrating family or simply enjoying an evening to yourself.

Nautically-Inspired Suites

“We kept the palette light and white so it pairs naturally with flashes of blue from the lake to create a modern, yet relaxed ambience.” – Patton Design Studio

Welcome to the heart of Odyssey. Where great design intuitively complements your lifestyle and the quality of finishes enhances not just the look, but also the feel of each suite. This is where the unison of design and detail creates comfort in every setting.

Contemporary Towns

Odyssey will feature two collections of townhomes. The Winston Collection will feature a contemporary, streamlined design, beautiful rooftop terraces, the benefit and convenience of private underground parking and, most notably, an active, energetic vibe from its street-level shops and services. The Windward Collection will offer a more private and intimate feel by overlooking the central courtyard and tower’s roundabout entrance. Each one will be highlighted by four floors of modern living, spacious rooftop terraces, plus parking for two cars in a private garage and driveway.

Ready, Set, Go

Everything begins at the shores of Lake Ontario. Walk, bike or run the waterfront trail system, then explore the Niagara Escarpment’s Bruce Trail, caves and lookouts. For your urban endeavours, take the future Grimsby GO Train to downtown Toronto in just over an hour or stay local in Grimsby to shop, eat and workout. Let’s not forget that this is world-renowned wine country with award-winning favourites from Magnotta, Inniskillin and Vineland just down the QE.

REGISTER NOW FOR PRIORITY ACCESS

Rosehaven is excited to announce that the launch of Odyssey is slated for this fall 2018. Register now at OdysseyLife.ca for project updates and an invitation to preview.


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Dunpar Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Dunpar Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Dunpar Homes

Streetsville Centre is like a village within a village

Canada’s sixth largest city has a long and varied history starting with Mississauga First Nations who lived in the Credit River valley — about 2,000 sites have so far been excavated in the area. Europeans came as early as the 1600s, but settlement didn’t start until 1805, when the British government entered trade talks with the Mississaugas. Through the 1800s, settlers took up residence along the major water systems – especially at the wide Credit River where it was relatively easy to transport essential goods such as lumber – and established the settlements of Clarkson, Cooksville, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale, Port Credit and Streetsville.

Like Toronto with its neighbourhoods, Mississauga has distinct areas; the 13-kilometre Lake Ontario shoreline, bustling shopping centres and thriving commercial areas, highrise condo towers, dense lowrise neighbourhoods and quaint historic villages like Streetsville, with intact main streets and charming heritage storefronts.

The population of Streetsville has grown from 5,000 in the 1960s to about 50,000, with over half holding university or college degrees, 85 per cent owning their homes and an average household income of $124,255. And it’s young – the average age is 38, with a third of the population between 25 and 44.

Thanks to its thriving facilities – shops and restaurants, community facilities, entertainment, schools, parks and great housing – Streetsville is known as a community node within the city of Mississauga, which means it will be a focus of infrastructure growth in future.

Nestled on the Credit River, with parks and hiking trails, this hidden gem has excellent elementary and high schools in walking distance, community centres, and the village’s main street has all the services you need. Major shopping is a few minutes drive away at Erin Mills Town Centre, Square One, Dixie Outlet Mall and Sherway Gardens.

An integrated community with this kind of access is the foundation of quality living. According to Jay Walljasper, author of The Great Neighbourhood Book, one of the worst trends after World War II was to segregate houses from retail shops and places of work, leading to greater reliance on cars, which isolated people from each other. But modernism seemed to pass Streetsville by, and its charming main street vibe remains. Neighbourhoods like this are sought after because they’re more enjoyable and tend to encourage community building.

That sentiment resonates with John Zanini, president of Dunpar Homes, who actively seeks out land in existing neighbourhoods. He lives in a Dunpar home himself, appreciating the advantages of being close to coffee shops, bookstores and local parks where people tend to meet and gather.

The 201-unit development of Streetsville Centre is like a village within a village; streets are closed off from main thoroughfares, making it safe for children to play and go in and out of each other’s homes. People are comfortable being out and about, walking to the store, or strolling through the park, making it a safe place to live, and fostering a sense of community spirit.

Steps to the GO Transit station, it’s the perfect location for a commute to Toronto, and a five-minute walk will get you to the main street for retail shopping, dining and entertainment.

The exclusive community offers three-bedroom, spacious townhome designs that range from 1,500 to 1,875 square feet. Each one features a 240-square-foot rooftop patio, two-car garages, unmatched landscaping and a ton of standard luxury finishes like gourmet kitchens, luxury appliances, high quality construction, technology conservation and four levels of guarantees including two from Tarion. Prices start at $869,990.

DUNPAR HOMES

Located at 80 Thomas Street, the Sales Centre is open by appointment only.

416.318.9112

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Madison Group

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Madison Group

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Specialists in lowrise, highrise, hospitality and retirement

Over the past five decades, Madison Group has evolved from a successful family business into a multi-faceted company that owns, develops, and manages landmark residential and commercial properties. Madison’s extensive portfolio includes lowrise master-planned communities, mixed-use highrise projects, office, retail, prestige industrial, rental, and retirement properties throughout the GTA and New York City.

Recognizing the need for ongoing change and growth, in 2017 Madison Group went through a company-wide rebrand as well as the addition of a hospitality division by bringing the first-ever Nobu Hotel and Restaurant to Canada. With its new outlook, Madison remains committed to creating vibrant, integrated communities rooted in highly desirable locations that elevate the lifestyle of their residents.

FRENCHMAN’S BAY

With GO Transit offering a short 28-minute train commute from Pickering to Union Station, and a four-minute walk to the lake, Frenchman’s Bay is set to attract anyone looking for affordable lakeside living with all of the area’s conveniences, including quick access to Highway 401, great restaurants and shops in Nautical Village along Liverpool Road.

Breaking ground at Frenchman's Bay in Pickering.
Breaking ground at Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering.

Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of single-detached two-storey homes of approximately 2,700 square feet with double-car garages, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and ample room for families to cook, live and relax in style at a starting price of $1.5 million.

The townhome collection ranges from 1,910 to 2,215 square feet and will offer single-car garages at grade, generous three- or four-bedroom floorplans on three levels, plus a basement. The interiors include designer selected natural oak engineered flooring throughout the second floor and smooth ceilings on both the first and second levels. The carefully appointed kitchens include a wide range of kitchen cabinet choices and a great selection of granite or quartz countertops. Townhome prices start in the high $800,000s.

Frenchman's Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.
Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.

It is the spectacular natural landscape and abounding recreational opportunities that make Frenchman’s Bay a coastal haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You cannot miss Frenchman’s Bay Marina and the significant presence of boaters and sailing activity in the surrounding waters during the summer months.

To the southeast is Beachfront Park with its elevated boardwalk and beautiful views across Lake Ontario. If you’re in the mood to exercise or explore, then head into the Waterfront Trail system that encircles Frenchman’s Bay and runs east and west alongside the Lake’s shoreline. Three major trails – perfect for cycling, running or walking – traverse protected wetlands and woodlots, bluffs, beaches and expansive conservation areas.

“There are various natural, recreational, heritage, arts and cultural attractions within a one-kilometre range of the site, especially the boardwalk, beaches and marina,” said project director lowrise, David Singer in an interview with the Globe and Mail.

NUTOWNS

NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.
NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.

A collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes is coming this fall to the Seaton area of Pickering. The project is conveniently located between Highways 407 and 401 and has access to all of Pickering’s amenities, which include natural recreational areas such as the Seaton Hiking Trail, Riverside Golf Course and all of the vibrant amenity-rich shopping along the Kingston Road and Highway 401 corridor.

“With the City of Pickering being named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum, we are very excited to bring another project to the Pickering area this fall,” said Singer.

With retailers like Farm Boy grocery, Saks Off Fifth and a range of restaurants, future NuTowns residents will have plenty to do within a 10-minute radius. Townhome pricing is set to start from the high $400,000s.

CORNELL ROUGE

Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.
Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.

Markham’s greenest corner is about to launch its newest look and home designs. For over 15 years, Madison Group has been a big part of this successful master-planned community of Cornell Rouge. Bounded by 16th Avenue to the north and Highway 7 to the south and located east of Cornell Centre Boulevard, Cornell Rouge is nestled next to the natural splendor of the Rouge Valley, one of North America’s largest urban parks.

In the upcoming release, future residents will have a wide variety of newly redesigned plans and exteriors to choose from, all of which relate to the overall rebrand of the Cornell Rouge project. With a fresh perspective on design and functionality, the project will continue on attracting families who are looking for the perfect home with accessibility to the area amenities, schools and recreational facilities — all located just steps from their homes.

The newly designed detached homes will range in size from approximately 2,000 to 3,300 square feet and 1,800 to 2,400 square feet for the townhome product.

MADISON HIGHRISE

Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.
Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

Madison’s dynamic highrise division recently launched and sold 660 suites in its two-tower project, Nobu Residences Toronto. The highly anticipated project will feature the world’s first-ever fully integrated Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

“We are very excited about building the world’s first-ever Nobu Residences and bringing this incredible brand to Canada,” said Josh Zagdanski, vice president highrise. “Nobu Toronto has done exceptionally well, and we are looking forward to making this project come to life.”

Madison Group’s future plans are as ambitious with numerous highrise projects in the works with emphasis in the midtown and downtown neighbourhoods.

UPARK

uPark is the most recent addition to the Madison Group portfolio, an innovative and growth-oriented city parking company that changes the way you park by providing quick and easy access to parking lots throughout the city. For more information and to find the nearest parking lot location, visit uParkCorp.com or follow uPark @uparkto.

ART

Madison’s commitment to curated lifestyles goes beyond designing and developing value rich properties. Community revitalization and involvement is a major focus for Madison. Collaborations with various local and international artists will soon take corporate responsibility to a new level, adding value and interest to neighbourhoods. For instant access to information on upcoming events and developments follow @madisonhomes or visit the website.

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Frenchman’s Bay

Located at 1635 Bayly Street, Pickering, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday by appointment, and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

905.839.0038
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NuTowns

Register today to receive the most up-to-date priority information for this highly anticipated project.

NuTowns.ca

Cornell Rouge

For more information about the upcoming release please register online.

905.472.7667
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Perspectives: Townhomes: Not What They Used To Be

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Perspectives: Townhomes: Not What They Used To Be

There are entry-level units as well as large luxurious townhomes

While looking for inspiration for this month’s article, I found myself first glancing back at the articles that have been written over the years in this publication. I find it interesting how trends evolve and then some return, while others just disappear. I also like to look at how many predictions have come true over time; we have managed a pretty good track record of getting it right so far.

We have seen many design changes over the years and our industry has worked very hard to adapt to the demands of the marketplace, while always trying to deal with the affordable housing question and making sure that the goal of homeownership stays alive and well.

Nowhere is it more evident than in the move of first-time buyers to now start off in condominiums, affording them entry into the housing market. Traditionally, for as long as I can remember, the first purchase was a townhome. Styles did not vary to a huge degree and the biggest difference was usually in square footage. We worked within a parameter that dictated our design philosophy and, after all, it was just a starter home. Fast forward to today and we can see that the townhome is a product with many variations and price points to suit every purchaser’s needs.

Through careful planning and innovation, we have brought to the market stacked, also know as urban towns, back-to-back towns, front-load (garage in the front) and rear-lane townhomes (garage in the back), just to mention a few. Builders offer homes with single- and double-car garages, some homes have underground parking, some with backyards and some without, some with roof decks and balconies to allow for personal entertainment and amenity space. There are entry-level products with just one bedroom right up to larger super-luxury townhomes.

Features and finishes of all levels are also available in the marketplace — if it’s an elevator you need or desire, that can be accommodated. I guess what I am trying to say is that there is something for everyone and in all price levels.

As consultants to the developers and builders throughout the GTA, we are listening to the demands of the buying public and working with amazingly talented architects to develop new plans and products to meet every families needs.

This fall promises to be a busy one with many new sites opening, showcasing some of the newest innovations in townhome design and use of space. We look forward to introducing you to many of these new homes in some of the best locations. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

Elliott Taube is the president of International Home Marketing Group (IHMG), a fully integrated sales manage and marketing company. IHMG.ca

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