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Local Focus: Pickering & Ajax

Pickering and Ajax – enjoying the growth and poised for more

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Pickering and Ajax – enjoying the growth and poised for more

Located in the heart of Durham Region but just east of Toronto, Pickering and Ajax comprise one of the fastest growing areas in Ontario.

Pickering, for example, with a population already at about 94,000, is expected to grow to 190,000 people by 2031, drawn by the city’s divers and stable economy. Pickering is home to a variety of national and international companies, in industries such as energy, advanced manufacturing, logistics, and pharmaceutical.

The area also has available land and space to facilitate this growth. The Pickering Innovation Corridor boasts 800 acres of greenfield, prestige employment land, located along a limited access transportation route directly adjacent to the site of the future Pickering Airport.

Pickering is in major transition, with new growth targets set for the city. The new and developing community of Seaton, for example, is preparing to welcome 70,000 new residents and 35,000 new jobs.

Neighbouring Ajax is similarly prosperous, as the town has a well-deserved reputation for progressive thinking. Among the major projects underway is a redevelopment of the downtown, with new public spaces at Pat Bayly Square.

The future of downtown Ajax comprises a focus on “active, livable, innovative, vibrant and eco-focused,” according to the Town.

Lowrise living

Still sometimes considered suburbs of Toronto, Pickering and Ajax appeal to those in search of single-family and other ground-oriented homes, since, well, there is new lowrise home development in the area. And, like elsewhere in the GTA, “missing-middle” type housing such as townhomes, as well as condos, are also gaining popularity here.

Nautical Village, on Pickering’s waterfront, is a welcome natural amenity enjoyed by residents, with quaint shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a splash pad and park. An expansive waterfront trail runs along Frenchman’s Bay and during the summer, Millennium Square hosts open air concerts.

Pickering and Ajax boast a number of golf courses, including Glen Cedars, Hawthorne Valley, Seaton Golf, Pickering Golf Club and Watsons’ Glen.

Ajax is home to Ontario’s only quarter horse racetrack, Ajax Downs, and for those who really love games of chance, there’s Casino Ajax.

Live and love in nature

Pickering is blessed with a natural location along Lake Ontario, with kilometres of waterfront greenspace. Add in more than 85 parks, sports fields and trails, as well as three conservation areas, public areas around Frenchman’s Bay and the Hydro Marsh, and it’s all a pretty unbeatable locale for nature lovers.

Ajax boasts its own expansive system of cycling and walking trails totally 74 kms. Veterans’ Point Garden commemorates the town’s history and is dedicated to the HMS Ajax, the DIL Plant and the employees who lived in Ajax during the World War II.

And being so close to Toronto, Pickering and Ajax naturally benefit from the transit and highway infrastructure expansion taking place in the area. Durham Region Transit and GO Transit, as well as Hwy. 401 as the main arterial hub west to the DVP into Toronto or east to Hwy. 115, getting around, to and from Durham Region has never been easier.

Location, location, location

  • Pickering and Ajax are located just east of Toronto in Durham Region; Pickering population, 94,000; Ajax population, 119,670

Key landmarks

  • Casino Ajax
  • Claremont Conservation Area
  • Frenchman’s Bay
  • Greenwood Conservation Area
  • Petticoat Creek
  • Pickering Town Centre
  • Veterans’ Point Garden

Select housing developments

PICKERING

A Towns by Paradise Developments

NuTowns by Madison Group

Seaton Whitevale by Mattamy Homes

Seatonville by Opus Homes

Seatonville by Deco Homes

AJAX

A Towns by Fieldgate Homes

Harkins Ridge by Castleton Communities

Kings Landing by Esquire Homes

Westney Place in Nottingham by Tribute Communities


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Neighbourhood Watch: Oshawa & Whitby

Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

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Is Oshawa & Whitby the next hot new destination?

As prospective homebuyers have looked outside the Toronto core in search of more affordable homes in recent years, many have headed to Hamilton, Burlington, Milton and other points west.

This migration may soon change.

“The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada, told Condo Life earlier this year. “In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

So, there you go, prospective condo buyers – keep an eye on Whitby, Oshawa and other parts of Durham Region.

Podium Developments' Ironwood in North Oshawa
Podium Developments’ Ironwood in North Oshawa

Economic diversity

And don’t let any potential uncertainly over General Motors Canada’s announcement late last year that it would close its Oshawa assembly plant bother you. Oshawa, and other points in Durham, are about a lot more than one company.

“(The) employment sector in Oshawa has been shifting for some time, and Oshawa has healthily diversified to add technology, educational institutions, healthcare, administration and many professionals to its offerings of great jobs and companies in the market,” says Christian Huggett, vice-president, development, at Podium Developments. The company has a number of developments in the city.

“(The GM news) has not altered our plans,” he says. “We continue to believe that the outlook is bright for home sales in North Oshawa, buoyed by its proximity and relationship to schools, the 407 network, the significant growth occurring and planned for North Oshawa, and that our site is unique in its physical and design characteristics to make it stand out.”

Strong natural location just east of Toronto along Hwy. 401 are among the reasons Whitby and Oshawa draw attention. With Whitby just 59 kms from Toronto and Oshawa 62, commuting is a real option – particularly with recent GO Transit improvements and the expansion of Hwy. 407.

Durham Region Transit connects with the other cities in the region, including Pickering, Ajax, Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. The 401 runs through the south of region, Hwy. 7 runs across its northern edge and the Hwy. 407 extension to Hwys. 35 and 115 across the top of Durham Region.

Translation? Getting to, from and around Durham is getting increasingly easy, which makes living here and working elsewhere a real possibility.

Expanding attractions

As with any growing municipality, Whitby and Oshawa also offer expanding amenity and retail options. The Oshawa Centre, for example, is the largest shopping complex in Durham and is home to more than 230 outlets. And in downtown Oshawa, of course, there’s a variety of unique shops and restaurants.

In Whitby, Pearson Lane is a historical development that houses boutiques, cafes and services.

Nature is also front and centre, as Oshawa is home to wildlife preserves such as the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. Oshawa Botanical Gardens boasts North America’s largest contemporary peony collection, and on Oshawa’s Lake Ontario shoreline, Lakeview Park offers many picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beaches.

In Whitby, more than 100 parks more than 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail, await residents. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.

Location, location, location

Located east of Toronto in York Region, Durham forms the east end of the GTA . Whitby is 59 km from Toronto, Oshawa 62 km. Durham population 645,862; Oshawa 159,458; Whitby 128,377.

Key landmarks

  • Key Landmarks
  • Lynde Shores Conservation Area
  • Oshawa Botanical Gardens
  • Oshawa Centre
  • Tribute Communities Centre

Select housing developments

OSHAWA

Axess Condos by The Daniels Corporation

Ironwood by Podium Developments

Treehouse Studios by Karmina Developments

UC Tower by Tribute Communities

WHITBY

Harbour Ten10 by Castle Group Developments

Prince George Landing by RoseWater Developments

Prince George Landing by Stockworth Developments

Station No. 3 by Brookfield Residential

The Landing at Whitby Harbour by Carttera Private Equities


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Builder of the Year – Large Volume, Tribute Communities

DRHBA confers 2019 Awards of Excellence

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DRHBA confers 2019 Awards of Excellence

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Builder of the Year – Large Volume, Tribute Communities

The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association (DRHBA) has announced the winners of its 2019 Awards of Excellence.

Tribute Communities was named Builder of the Year – Large Volume, and City Homes took home the top honours as Builder of the Year – Small Volume. Minto Communities’ Ivy Ridge was recognized as Community of the Year.

These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovations, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing of projects within Durham Region.

“Our Awards of Excellence celebrate the best in the business,” says Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson. “It’s an evening where members of the industry get together to honour our incredible builders, suppliers, manufacturers and professionals in the residential building industry of Durham Region.”

DRHBA City Homes
Builder of the Year – Small Volume, City Homes

This year’s gala event was hosted by Ambrose Price, a Canadian designer and television personality, who hosts the HGTV show The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price.

DRHBA Regional Chair John Henry presented the Hall of Fame Award to Peter Abramczuk, of Valiant Property Rentals and City Homes, who was heavily involved with association for many years. Bob Annaert, retired from D.G. Biddle & Associates was given the Hall of Fame Award by DRHBA president Emidio DiPalo, for all of his contributions over the years. MPP Lindsey Park welcomed Ron Robinson, retired from Rob Robinson Construction, into the Hall of Fame, recognizing his achievements in the industry and with the association.

Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson, centre, with the HOMES Publishing team
Jennifer Hurd, DRHBA awards chairperson, centre, with the HOMES Publishing team

This year’s winners include:

Corporate Citizenship

Minto Communities

 

Community of the Year

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge

 

Green Builder of the Year

Steve Snider Construction

 

Builder of the Year – Small Volume

City Homes

 

Builder of the Year – Large Volume

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Print Ad/Direct Mail Piece

Esquire Homes

 

Excellence in Logo Design

Holland Homes

 

Excellence in Digital Marketing

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (under 1,600 sq. ft.)

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge, Victoria End

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (1,600-2,400 sq. ft.)

Holland Homes, 12 Glenview Road

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (2,401-3,400 sq. ft.)

Minto Communities, Ivy Ridge, Welton

 

Excellence in Production Built Home (3,401-4,400 sq. ft.)

Marshall Homes, Flexhouz

 

Excellence in Production Built Kitchen Design

Holland Homes, 85 Townline Road Kitchen

 

Excellence in Production Built Bathroom Design

Trademark Homes, The Queens Ensuite

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (under 2,500 sq. ft.)

Construct and Conserve Building, Hircock Residence

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (2,501-3,500 sq. ft.)

Marshall Homes, Modern Cottage in the City

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (3,501-4,400 sq. ft.)

Holland Homes, 12 Elgin Lane

 

Excellence in Custom Built Home (4,401 sq. ft. and over)

Construct and Conserve Building, Uxbridge Estate

 

Excellence in Custom Built Kitchen Design

DeSousa Homes, Meadow

 

Excellence in Custom Built Bathroom Design

Trademark Homes, The Coppinwood Ensuite

 

Excellence in Interior Decorating – Model Home/Suite

Holland Homes, 85 Townline Road

 

Excellence in New Homes Sales Office – Small Volume

WP Developments, Valleyview Project in Bowmanville

 

Salesperson of the Year

Eileen Brennan, PMA Brethour

 

Outstanding Trade

The Fireside Group

 

Outstanding Supplier or Manufacturer

Rocpal Custom Cabinets

 

Online Excellence

Tribute Communities

 

Excellence in Training and Development

Cassidy & Co. Architectural Technologists

 

Excellence in Social Media

Accubuilt Construction

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition (under $100,000)

Accubuilt Construction, McCrimmon

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition ($100,001-$150,000)

The Reno Twins, Barbados Main Floor

 

Excellence in Home Renovation/Addition ($150,001 and up)

Steve Snider Construction, Lakeview Farm

 

Excellence in Room Renovation

Trademark Homes, The Hampton Family Room Renovation

 

Excellence in Kitchen Renovation

Paradisaic Building Group, Project Croxall

 

Excellence in Bathroom Renovation

Paradisaic Building Group, Whitby Retreat

 

For more information, visit drhba.com.

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Midtown Toronto

Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

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Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

Mention the neighbourhood Midtown Toronto, and people 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, well… 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.

Select condo projects

The Eglinton by Menkes Developments

Y&S Condos by Tribute Communities

625 Yonge St. by Edenshaw Developments

e2 Condos by RioCan Living

2128 Yonge St. by Reserve Properties

1 Eglinton East by Davpart Inc.

Line 5 South by Reserve Properties

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

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Tribute Communities making a Green difference

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Tribute Communities making a Green difference

Tribute Communities is a builder/developer that’s making a difference for the industry and Ontario new homebuyers through Green initiatives. Just ask Tim Clarke, a software engineering consultant who worked for a company specializing in reducing the water and wastewater demands of residential buildings.

When Clarke bought a home in Tribute’s Grandview development in Oshawa, he was interested in upgrade packages that would make the home more energy efficient – not a typical request like hardwood flooring or marble countertops.

“He wanted a better than (Ontario Building) Code home,” says Wally Kunz, options manager at Tribute’s decor centre.

Little did any of them know at the time that this request would lead to the launch of Tribute’s Innovative Performance Standard, or TIPS.

Frank MacPhee, Tribute’s vice-president of contracts and the man who gave the program the green light, had sensed a better-than-code ask was inevitable.

Clarke’s request “just pushed it quicker to the forefront of our mandate.” Clarke received the “comfort package,” consisting of a Lennox two-stage 96 AFUE furnace, a Lifebreath ERV, HVAC balancing, a drainwater recovery unit, greywater rough-in, a Green Whisper Select bath fan and Excel sheathing.

Soon after, TIPS was offered as standard fare at Tribute’s new Ajax community, Quantum Falls. Enbridge then approached Tribute to join Savings by Design, a program that provides builders with a $2,000 rebate for every home (up to a maximum of 50 houses per community) that is rated 15 per cent better than the 2017 code.

Meanwhile, with a new home rated 21 per cent better than code, Clarke is already seeing savings in his bills.

For perspective, his old house was 2,500 square feet, 1,000 square feet smaller than his new one. In the new home, monthly hydro bills have dropped from $150 to $100 and gas is down from $170 to just over $100.

MacPhee says Clarke’s home is one of more than 30,000 homes across Southern Ontario built by the 2016 Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Homebuilder of the Year.

Through its participation in the Savings by Design program, Tribute Communities is constructing energyefficient, healthy and sustainable homes that exceed building code requirements by at least 15 per cent, as well as promoting environmental stewardship through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, conservation of natural resources, habitat remediation and environmental education.

This story is from an article appearing in Better Builder magazine by Toronto-based writer Rob Blackstien.

ENBRIDGE For more on Savings By Design, visit SavingsByDesign.ca

TRIBUTE For more on Tribute Communities developments, visit TributeCommunities.com

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Saving By Design : Tribute Tips The Scales

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Saving By Design : Tribute Tips The Scales

By listening to customers, builder created energy-efficiency program

Tribute Communities is a builder/developer that’s making a difference for the industry and Ontario new homebuyers through green initiatives. Just ask Tim Clarke, a software engineering consultant who worked for a company specializing in reducing the water and wastewater demands of residential buildings.

When Clarke bought a home in Tribute’s Grandview development in Oshawa, he was interested in upgrade packages that would make the home more energy efficient – not a typical request like hardwood flooring or marble countertops.

“He wanted a better than (Ontario Building) Code home,” said Wally Kunz, options manager at Tribute’s decor centre.

Little did any of them know at the time that this request would lead to the launch of Tribute’s Innovative Performance Standard, or TIPS.

New homebuyer Tim Clarke’s TIPS home is shown at Tribute Communities’ Grandview site in Oshawa.

Frank MacPhee, Tribute’s vice president of contracts and the man who gave the program the green light, had sensed a better-than-code ask was inevitable. Clarke’s request “just pushed it quicker to the forefront of our mandate.”

Clarke received the “comfort package,” consisting of a Lennox two-stage 96 AFUE furnace, a Lifebreath ERV, HVAC balancing, a drainwater recovery unit, greywater rough-in, a Green Whisper Select bath fan and Excel sheathing.

Soon after, TIPS was offered as standard fare at Tribute’s new Ajax community, Quantum Falls. Enbridge then approached Tribute to join Savings by Design, a program that provides builders with a $2,000 rebate for every home (up to a maximum of 50 houses per community) that is rated 15 per cent better than the 2017 code.

Wally Kunz, options manager at Tribute Communities’ decor centre in Pickering

ENERGY BILLS DECREASE

Meanwhile, with a new home rated 21 per cent better than code, Clarke is already seeing savings in his bills.

For perspective, his old house was 2,500 square feet, 1,000 square feet smaller than his new one. In the new home, monthly hydro bills have dropped from $150 to $100 and gas is down from $170 to just over $100. That’s about 37.5 per cent savings in utility costs for a home that’s 40 per cent larger.

MacPhee says Clarke’s home is one of more than 30,000 homes across Southern Ontario built by the 2016 Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Homebuilder of the Year.

He adds that the corporate philosophy of Tribute, a proud member of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario, is, “Build every house as if you were the one moving into it.”

This story is from an article appearing in Better Builder magazine by Toronto-based writer Rob Blackstien.

ENBRIDGE Savings By Design To find out more, go to SavingsByDesign.ca

TRIBUTE To find out more about Tribute Communities developments, go to TributeCommunities.com

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