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Etobicoke undergoing massive redevelopment

Etobicoke undergoing massive redevelopment

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Etobicoke undergoing massive redevelopment

In real estate terms, an area in transition is a good thing, since it generally refers to progress, development and things being on the upswing.

Etobicoke is just one of those areas.

Really? Etobicoke, that large, narrow north-south swath that stretches from Lake Ontario up to Steeles Ave., and shouldered by Humber River on the east and Etobicoke Creek on the west? With large, well established and affluent neighbourhoods?

Yes, one and the same – the west end locale with the funny name people often mispronounce (FYI the K is silent) – that wasn’t exactly in need of an upgrade.

Blessed with a strong natural location due to its proximity to downtown Toronto, easy access to the QEW and Hwys. 401, 427 and 27, the Bloor subway line and several major TTC and GO Transit hubs, Etobicoke has long been a sought-after residential location.

North Etobicoke, for its easy highway access, plethora of commercial ventures and lower priced real estate. Etobicoke Centre, for its proximity to the Islington-City Centre West central business district, and exclusive neighbourhoods with large, treed properties such as the Kingsway. And South Etobicoke, or Etobicoke Lakeshore, for its prime lakefront location and areas such as Humber Bay and Mystic Pointe.

Southern surge

But when it comes to new condo development and buying opportunities, it’s all about the south. Well, mostly the south, until very recently.

Etobicoke Lakeshore was the first to transition, with the former motel strip at Lakeshore and Park Lawn giving way over the last several years to dozens of new projects. Today it is one of Toronto’s hottest new condo destinations. Your location here is right on Lake Ontario, with outstanding views of downtown Toronto, along the Martin Goodman Trail for cycling and running, and close to the Gardiner to commute into the city and to the QEW to head west. TTC bus and streetcar service is quite literally at your front door.

The area could get another massive boost if a proposed redevelopment of the former Christie’s bakery site at Lake Shore and Park Lawn goes ahead. Owner First Capital Realty’s plan for the 28-acre site – known, at least temporarily, as 2150 Lake Shore – calls for 15 new residential and office towers, from 22 to 71 storeys, new parks and public spaces and employment.

Now the condo boom is spreading north, into the central part of Etobicoke with new developments along Dundas St. W. between Islington and the 427, and several more planned for the south side of Dundas just west of Kipling subway. New condos are also springing up along the 427 near Burnhamthorpe, appealing to those who prefer highway access over transit.

A little further west, the Cloverdale Mall neighbourhood may get a major facelift in the next few years, as QuadReal Property Group is proposing a comprehensive master-plan to redevelop the existing 32-acre mall property into an innovative and dynamic mixed-use urban community. The proposal involves transitioning Cloverdale with a re-envisioned retail offering, residences, parkland and greenspace, community uses and new streets.

Under construction

Indeed, construction will also be the order of the day in Etobicoke Centre. For years. Six Points intersection, known locally as “Spaghetti Junction,” is a complicated interchange where Kipling, Bloor and Dundas all intersect. To support future development in the area, the City is spending tens of millions of dollars to modernize the road and surrounding infrastructure. Plans include improved pedestrian and cycle access, wider sidewalks, more trees, street furniture and improved access to Kipling subway. The station itself is being expanded into a regional transit hub to link the TTC with GO Transit trains and buses, as well as Mississauga Mi-Way bus lines.

Location, location, location

Bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, on the east by the Humber River, on the west by Etobicoke Creek and Mississauga, and on the north by Steeles Ave. W.; population 365,143.

Key landmarks

• Centennial Park

• Etobicoke Waterfront

• Humber River

• Sherway Gardens

• The Old Mill

Select condo developments

Reina Condos by Urban Capital

2150 Lakeshore by First Capital Realty

Empire Phoenix by Empire Communities

IQ3 Condos by Remington Group

Queensway Park by Urban Capital

The Tailor by Marlin Spring

Thirty Six Zorra by Altree Developments

United Kingsway by Fieldgate Urban

Valhalla Town Square by Edilcan Development

Vita Two on the Lake by Mattamy Homes


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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

For variety and location, Mattamy is right in your neighbourhood

Spring is a time of renewal. Nature is blooming. The sun is shining more often. The days are longer and warmer so it’s a perfect time to go searching for a new home. Where to begin?

Mattamy Homes is a great place to start. Whether you are searching for your very first home, or you need a larger home for a growing family, Mattamy can make the search very rewarding.

Since Mattamy built their first home in 1978, they have continuously brought innovation and architectural excellence to every home they build. Many of their communities are master-planned so families always have places to gather, playgrounds to visit and schools to attend within walking distance. Some communities also feature community centres, retail stores, ponds in the summer and skating rinks in the winter. Mattamy believes the community and your home should all be connected to create an enjoyable living experience.

A Mattamy community looks and feels different than other places. There are fewer homes per street so you don’t feel like you’re living in a cookie cutter environment. And the homes are offered in a variety of styles so each street has distinct character. Mattamy has always been an innovator in home design creating environments that simply make you feel right at home the instant you move in. They understand that open space allows for more fluid, free-flowing interaction.

Mattamy offers more choice in both exterior and interior finishes, so you can ensure the home you are buying is the home you always dreamed of. To personalize your home, Mattamy offers Architect’s Choice Options, which give homeowners an opportunity to make pre-approved structural changes before construction begins. These options are fully integrated into the home while under construction so you have the satisfaction of knowing that the home will be completely finished the way you want before you move in.

Mattamy’s state-of-the art Design Studios give their homeowners the choice to select every interior finish in your home. From granite countertops, backsplashes to trend-setting light fixtures, you will not be disappointed.

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately-owned homebuilder in North America with a 40-year history of operations across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps 7,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 10 markets – Charlotte, Raleigh- Durham, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. And in Canada, those communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mattamy has won numerous awards for community planning and home design including an unprecedented seven-time winner of the Homebuilder of the Year Award in the GTA.

No matter what you want from a new home, Mattamy has what you’re looking for from a stylish condo or townhome to a luxury detached home. A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime.

You’ll find a Mattamy community anywhere you want to live throughout the GTA.

Have a great spring and happy home hunting.



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Vita on the Lake & Vita Two

Vita on the Lake & Vita Two

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Vita on the Lake & Vita Two

Mattamy and Biddington Homes offering up twice the lifestyle at fabulous new condominium

A one-of-a-kind waterfront lifestyle is yours to discover at Vita on the Lake and Vita Two in Etobicoke. This extremely desirable condominium community by Mattamy Homes and Biddington Homes offers distinctly stylish living in a contemporary environment adjacent to Lake Ontario. Vita on the Lake residents will also appreciate the nearby 43-hectare Humber Bay Park and the Martin Goodman Trail, which extends almost 56 kilometres from Humber Bridge.

Vita purchasers longing to take full advantage of their waterfront location will find the Humber Bay Sailing Centre offers lessons from May to September and, when you are ready, the boat sharing club is a great way to hone your skills — all just minutes away!

A fine selection of spectacular suites are available in both buildings, with breathtaking water or city views. The first building is Vita on the Lake, a grand 53-storey tower with over 90 per cent of suites sold. Available luxury penthouses ranging from a 1,060-square-foot two-bedroom layout to a 1,746-square-foot three-bedroom plus den are priced from $1,112,990. Penthouse suites have deluxe finishes, including smooth-finish 10-foot ceiling heights (excluding bulkheads) with 8-foot suite entry and interior doors, marble tile in foyer, engineered flooring in living, dining, bedrooms and den, side by side washer & dryer with laundry tub (as per plan), complete Miele stainless steel kitchen appliance package, two parking spaces and so much more.

In addition to the penthouses, Vita on the Lake suite choices, priced from $953,990, include spacious two-bedroom and two-bedroom-plus-den layouts. Construction on Vita on the Lake is slated to start soon!

Vita Two, sister building to Vita on the Lake, is an intimate 16-storey boutique building right on the water. Suites have priceless unobstructed lake views. An excellent selection of suites remains with designs from 657 to 2,073 square feet, priced from $648,990 to $1 million-plus. Parking, locker and one-year FREE maintenance fees are included.

It is not design alone that is attracting condo buyers to the two buildings at Vita on the Lake. The location offers quick access to the Gardiner Expressway and the QEW and is only an eight-minute drive to Mimico GO station. It’s also just a short walk to streetcar stops. This wonderful condo community is also handy to shops, restaurants, cafés and grocery stores.

Indoor and outdoor building amenities include a light-filled lobby featuring 24-hour Concierge, an indoor saltwater pool, fullsize fitness room, yoga studio, and an indoor/outdoor party room with barbecue terrace, plus a private dining room and outdoor terrace lounge.

Vita and Vita Two on the Lake are being developed and built by two prestigious companies with longstanding reputations for excellence and experience in waterfront development. Mattamy is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, having built more than 70,000 homes in hundreds of communities. Founded in the 1960s, The Biddington Group of Companies has developed numerous highrise communities, luxurious single family homes, and has partnered with some of Canada’s most respected developers.

Choose a suite in either building. Visit the Sales Centre, located at 2167 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Etobicoke. The Sales Centre is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.


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Vita Two on the Lake

Vita Two on the Lake

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Vita Two on the Lake

Sparkling waterfront opportunity in stunning new condominium by Mattamy and Biddington Homes

Vita Two On The Lake is the final opportunity to live on the beautiful Etobicoke waterfront in an architecturally stunning condominium by Mattamy Homes and Biddington Homes.

Now selling, the second phase of the incredible Vita on the Lake community on Marine Parade Drive, Vita Two will be a boutique residence with only 160 suites. Imagine an intimate setting that is close to Lake Ontario, with spectacular water and city views part of your everyday life.

Demand is high for this eagerly awaited final condominium and is, in part, driven by its remarkable location conveniently close to local shops and services, public transportation, major highways, schools, restaurants and a hospital. Humber Bay Marina and Martin Goodman Trail are at the doorstep, and there are several parks in the area, some within walking distance. Residents will also be able to walk to a Metro grocery store, and this area is destined for additional retail and restaurants. A few minutes west is the sensational Sherway Gardens with over 190 top retailers, and downtown Toronto is a short trip east of Vita Two.

Illustrations are artists' concept.
Illustrations are artists’ concept.

Location is only part of Vita Two’s incredible appeal. Mattamy and Biddington enlisted a stellar design team for these condominium residences. Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc. has created an exterior to resemble symmetry in motion through the recessing of balconies and a light-coloured podium in a modern, timeless design. Landscaping by gh3 completes the picture of contemporary elegance.

Private indoor and outdoor amenities designed by Graziani + Corazza + Biase Interior Architects Inc. are innovative and stylish. These include a gorgeous light-filled lobby featuring 24-hour concierge service and extend to an indoor pool, large fitness room and yoga studio, a guest room and a party room with an outdoor barbecue terrace/patio. The potential for exercising, socializing and entertaining is phenomenal.

Vita Two’s well-appointed suites will satisfy today’s most savvy purchasers, with layouts that maximize space and include ergonomically designed kitchens and spa-inspired baths. Most suites are also graced with oversized balconies, and some include a terrace. These outdoor spaces and large windows will create light-filled interiors and take full advantage of the wonderful views.

At Vita Two, choose from one- to three-bedroom plus den suites in sizes from 481 to 2,073 square feet priced from the mid $500,000s.

Beautiful indoor swimming pool.
Beautiful indoor swimming pool.

Vita Two on the Lake is being developed and built by two prestigious companies with longstanding reputations for excellence. Both are known for providing innovative design, top-quality construction and exemplary service, and are well versed in waterfront development. Mattamy is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, and has built and closed more than 70,000 homes in hundreds of communities across North America.

Construction will be starting this fall on the sister building to Vita Two – Vita On The Lake, a 53-storey tower that is almost 90 per cent sold. Great suites with spectacular views are still available including a new release of 10 penthouse suites with deluxe features and finishes.

Vita Two is the final building at Vita on the Lake. Visit the Sales Centre, located at 2167 Lakeshore Blvd. West in Etobicoke. The Sales Centre is open from;
noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from
1 p.m. To 6 p.m. Friday, and from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.

(647) 347-5930


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Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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Cover Story – Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime

It’s no accident that Mattamy Homes is Canada’s largest homebuilder. They’ve spent nearly 40 years carefully planning communities and creating spaces that people love. The precedent for quality was set early, with the first Mattamy home ever built housing the same family for over 25 years. Since then, Mattamy has gone on to build over 90,000 more homes in hundreds of communities across Canada and the United States.

But it’s not just the number of homes that illustrates Mattamy’s success; it’s the amount of research, planning, and design that truly sets them apart. Mattamy is rigorous about every single aspect of community planning. Mattamy assesses the landscape and determines what natural elements can be preserved, then, anticipating how people want to live and play in their community, they introduce amenities like parks, trails and other features that deliver anything families might enjoy. The result is a plethora of well-planned, distinctive communities that are fully integrated into their natural surroundings.

Also unique to Mattamy is the remarkable amount of thoughtful design that goes into every square foot of each home. This approach has become Mattamy’s signature, giving homes distinctive architectural characteristics that make the spaces completely functional and aesthetically brilliant. Features like breakfast bars in spacious kitchens, perfect for a Sunday brunch with the whole family; open concept rooms with high ceilings and large windows, keeping rooms bright and inviting; or Mattamy’s famous Stop & Drops, coat hooks and cubbies that make coming home fast and easy. These are hallmarks of Mattamy’s commitment to designing and building functional homes for real people.

Mattamy’s exclusive Architect’s Choice Options gives homeowners an abundance of options in designing their home to suit their specific needs and wants by offering them the option to make pre-approved structural changes before construction even begins.

Additionally, Mattamy’s extraordinary Design Studio offers a magnificent array of finishes and features that let purchasers create a home that better reflects their personal tastes. Known for their attention to superior customer service, Mattamy thoughtfully assigns everyone their own Design Studio consultant to provide expert guidance through the wealth colours, textures, and style options.

Whether you’re looking for a live/work Townhome in an established master-planned community, or an upscale 60-foot luxury home in a prestigious neighbourhood — or anything in between —Mattamy has a home that’s just right for you. Mattamy makes homes you’ll value for a lifetime.

More communities coming soon:

VITA TWO in Etobicoke
Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg
Richmond Green in Richmond Hill
Condominiums of Cornell in Markham
Topper Woods in Kitchener
River Mill in Cambridge
White Pines in Bracebridge



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