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What the GM plant closure means for Oshawa’s economy and housing market

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What the GM plant closure means for Oshawa’s economy and housing market

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General Motors Canada has confirmed that it plans to close all assembly operations in Oshawa, Ont. after next year, leaving the community reeling with concern for the local economy and housing market.

And with good reason.

Auto manufacturing in the city of about 170,000 dates back as far as 1907, and the plant is still a major employer. It employs about 2,500 hourly and 400 salaried workers, with many more engineers working at GM’s adjacent Regional Engineering Centre.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry has said the closure would have ripple effects well beyond the city, hurting businesses and families throughout the Durham Region.

“From a personal finance perspective, this news is devastating for the people of Oshawa,” says Rubina Ahmed-Haq, personal finance expert. “Not only the ones whose jobs will be affected and have the obvious financial impact of losing a steady income. But, also those who depend on those workers to run their businesses – everything from restaurants to dry cleaners to places of interest around the area will be impacted. As well as property values, which are already much lower in Oshawa compared to other parts of the GTA, will take a further hit.”

Durham Region home prices

Illustrating Ahmed-Haq’s point, home prices in the Durham Region have already been feeling the pinch.

 

Historical average home prices, Durham Region
2018: $591,739 (as of October)
2017: 624,225
2016: $528,475
2015: $439,842
2014: $388,610
2013: $354,548

Source: Canadian Real Estate Association

 

Values continued to decrease during the third quarter of 2018, according to the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey. Over the three-month period, the aggregate home price in Oshawa and Ajax decreased 2.8 per cent and six per cent year-over-year to $538,757 and $664,640, respectively. Home values in Pickering also depreciated when compared to the same time last year by 4.4 per cent to $709,260, and the aggregate price in Whitby decreased 3.5 per cent to $677,243.

Oshawa median home prices

Standard two-storey homes
Q3 2018 $557,071
Q3 2017 $576,922
Q/Q % change 0.8
Yr/yr % change -3.4

Detached bungalows
Q3 2018 $512,001
Q3 2017 $517,237
Q/Q % change 2.3
Yr/yr % change -1.2

Standard condos
Q3 2018 $278,224
Q3 2017 $281,864
Q/Q % change 0.3
Yr/yr % change -1.3

Aggregate
Q3 2018 $538,757
Q3 2017 $554,070
Q/Q % change 1.2
Yr/yr % change -2.8

Source: Royal LePage National House Price Composite, October 2018

 

What we can expect in the housing market

“After an announcement such as this, we often witness an immediate softening of purchase demand in the city and its surrounds, while the shock and reality of the situation settles in,” Don R. Campbell, real estate expert and author told HOMES Publishing. “This slowdown doesn’t hit the stats immediately, as there are a lot of deals that are already in the process of closing in the next couple of months. However, come February, the numbers begin to reflect the new reality. That is phase one.

“Phase two is when average sale prices begin to fall, as confidence in the market begins to slip further. In other scenarios, it is just a sign of a move ‘down-market’ or to lower priced properties. However, in today’s world, the existing ‘stress-test’ will be combined with this lack of confidence to exacerbate the normal situation.”

A third phase may follow eight months to a year after the actual closure, when EI benefits begin to run to the end of their course, confidence in the potential return of the GM jobs begins to fade and families have to start making big decisions of relocation to find new appropriate jobs.

“In other words,” Campbell says, “the announcement of and the subsequent closing of the plant kicks off a predictable but sad ripple effect that will last for years.”

If there is one potential saving grace in this news, it’s that Oshawa and the surrounding area has a more diverse economy than in the past, which will help slightly buffer the pain, says Campbell.

“However, the pain is coming and it is real and far reaching.”

The Oshawa plant is not the only facility to be affected by GM’s decision to “accelerate its transformation for the future.” Two locations in the Detroit area are also scheduled to be shut down, which could have spillover affects in related industries across the border in the Windsor, Ont. area.

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Harbour Ten10 emphasizes quality of life as one of Whitby’s first condo projects

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Harbour Ten10 emphasizes quality of life as one of Whitby’s first condo projects

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Close to Whitby’s waterfront, with its beaches and trails and with a diversity of parks, recreation facilities, downtown shopping, schools and public transit all nearby, the appropriately named Harbour Ten10 Condominiums in Whitby could deserve a 10 out of 10 when it comes to providing prospective homeowners with exceptional quality of living.

Whitby is one of Canada’s fastest growing communities, and with good reason with its historic small town, a thriving entertainment scene, proximity to nature (including 950 acres of parkland and 65 km of trails), Iroquois Park Sports Centre (Canada’s largest municipally owned recreation facility) and such unique attractions as the massive Nordik Spa Nature Whitby that’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

In sharp contrast to homes priced beyond the reach of most buyers in the GTA, the suites at Harbour Ten10 are not only affordable – starting in the mid-$300’s, but they also offer tremendous value, with such premium features as nine-ft. ceilings, laminate plank flooring throughout and textured granite countertops. Adding to this value proposition, is an impressive list of onsite amenities that include: A social lounge with fireplace, an onsite greenspace with playground, a barbecue terrace and dedicated rooms for yoga, games and parties. In addition, the five-storey condominium project features an upscale hotel-like lobby with concierge as well as guest suites.

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Consistent with the Harbour Ten10 name and address (1010 Dundas St. E.), the site is less than a 10-minute drive from what buyers ranging from young families to empty nesters would ever need, with attractions ranging from: Whitby’s historic downtown (just one km away) as well as the Oshawa Centre (with 230 stores), the Whitby Public Library, the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, Lydee Shores Conservation area on Lake Ontario and local public and high schools as well as Trent University – Durham campus, the Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College. Port Whitby Marina and Iroquois Beach Park with its long sandy beach and picnic areas are also minutes away.

In addition to all that’s at your doorstep, Harbour Ten10 is a short drive from Hwy. 401, 407 and the 412 and just six minutes from the GO Train Station, which gets you to Union Station in just 20 to 25 minutes.

“With any project we build, we put a great deal of thought into what today’s homeowners are looking for, so that when people hear about a community like Harbour Ten10, right away they know the homes are affordable, they offer good value and when you add up all of the onsite amenities and local attractions, it really is a great place to live,” says Nizar Walji, vice-president of Castle Group Developments.

Harbour Ten10 is Castle Group’s fifth GTA project, including Vida at Bayview Village which is currently under construction. Consistent with building great places to live, Castle Group has won two prestigious best-design awards from BILD.

Visit Harbourten10.ca to register or for more information

 

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LOCAL FOCUS: Whitby & Oshawa

LOCAL FOCUS: Whitby & Oshawa

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LOCAL FOCUS: Whitby & Oshawa

by Gale Beeby

The eastern anchors of the Greater Toronto Area

HOUSING OPTIONS

Both the City of Oshawa and the Town of Whitby have historic downtowns with the requisite collection of century homes, but new subdivisions are quickly changing the landscape.

Click here for a fill list of new homes for sale in Oshawa.

Click here for a full list of new homes for sale in Whitby.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Oshawa is a hockey town and it’s not the Maple Leafs that residents are cheering for, it’s the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The team has many successful alumni, including Bobby Orr, Eric Lindros and Rick Middleton, to name but a few.

For those seeking more genteel pursuits, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is the largest in Durham Region and features a collection of more than 4,000 works of art.

The Whitby Public Library is a state-of-the-art building that offers an extensive array of collections and programs as well as the Whitby archives. The Whitby History Museum and Children’s Centre has a unique collection of artifacts that tell the story of early life in Southern Ontario. One of Whitby’s best-known historic sites is the infamous Camp X, which was a secret spy training facility during World War II. Established by Sir William Stephenson, the “Man Called Intrepid,” British and allied forces also used the camp as a communications link between Britain and the United States with overseas information passing secretly between allied nations.

PARKS & REC

The Oshawa Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis that is home to North America’s largest contemporary peony collection. Oshawa also boasts beautiful and pristine wildlife preserves, including the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. On Oshawa’s Lake Ontario shoreline you will find Lakeview Park with many picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beaches.

There are over 100 parks maintained by Whitby and over 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area, together with the adjacent Cranberry West Tract, is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.

RETAIL THERAPY

The Oshawa Centre is the largest shopping complex in Durham Region and is home to over 230 establishments that include retail, food outlets and a variety of services. In downtown Oshawa, you’ll find a variety of unique shops and restaurants and its here you will find the annual Original Downtown Sidewalk Sale, and the Festival of Murals.

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

EASY ACCESS

Public transit is provided by Durham Region Transit, which connects it with the other cities in the region, including Pickering, Ajax, Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. Highway 401 runs through the south of region and Highway 7 runs across its northern edge. Highway 407 ETR is being extended to Highways 35 and 115 and will cross the top of Durham Region.

BY THE NUMBERS

Whitby population: 128,400

Oshawa population: 159,500

Whitby slogan: Community of Choice … for Business

Oshawa slogan: Prepared to be Amazed

Walk Scores:

Whitby: 43 average

Oshawa: 51 average

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Fieldgate Homes

Fall in love with Fieldgate

Discover the GTA’s most spectacular residences when you visit Fieldgate’s many fine current communities.

For over 60 years, Fieldgate has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners. This year we’re offering families an exceptional selection of new homes to choose from at our many fine community locations. We truly believe that this is the GTA’s best selection of family residences. Read on to discover where you can find your dream home with Fieldgate Homes.

UPPER VALLEYLANDS NEW RELEASE OCTOBER 13, 2018

Located in West Brampton at the corner of Mayfield and Chinguacousy Roads, Upper Valleylands brings the signature look and feel of Fieldgate Homes’ celebrated Valleylands community to a new highly desirable location on the Caledon/Brampton border. Join Fieldgate Homes at the new release on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m to discover a beautiful selection of freehold townhomes and semi-detached homes from the upper $500,000s, as well as 30-, 38- and 41-foot detached homes from the low $700,000s. The Presentation Centre is located at 8676 Chinguacousy Road, just north of Steeles Avenue West.

VALLEYLANDS

Since it opened, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. At an ideal location, this is a place where the valleys surrounding the Credit River offer a breathtaking outdoor playground of lush green parkland, with major urban conveniences all just moments away. Luxurious family homes up to 3,192 square feet with finished basements are now available for early move in. From the mid $900,000s.

IMPRESSIONS

Fieldgate Homes is proud to announce an all-new continuation of their award-winning Impressions community. New Kleinburg is a new collection of inspired family residences in a beautiful community setting just moments from the heart of Kleinburg. With the new Highway 427 extension coming soon and just minutes away, a new community school, and excellent urban amenities close at hand, life in Kleinburg has never been more convenient. Offering luxurious detached homes on 30-, 38- and 44-foot lots, you can renew your love of the good life at New Kleinburg. Register today on our website.

WHITBY MEADOWS

Whitby Meadows is a master-planned community that offers West Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional selection of 30- and 36-foot single detached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. Visit the Presentation Centre located on the north side of Taunton Road just west of Coronation Road to find your new dream home today.

COBBLESTONES SOUTH

At Cobblestones South, just south of Steeles Avenue West, you can discover an exquisite selection of 36-foot designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to over 3,400 square feet. With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here.

Enjoy West Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Highways 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

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Visit Fieldgate online for more information on any of these remarkable communities, Sales Centre locations, phone numbers and floorplans, or to register for upcoming communities.

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Prince George Landing

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Live like royalty in Durham Region

The culmination of hard work combined with luxurious design has resulted in a wonderful interpretation of grand living at Prince George Landing in the heart of Brooklin. This contemporary community is made up of a combination of townhomes and apartments that are well-suited for those with exquisite tastes.

ACTIVE PURSUITS

As part of the city of Whitby, residents have access to a wide range of restaurants, shopping, amenities and attractions. Locally, the charm of Brooklin comes to life at the annual fair held on the first weekend in June for the past 100 years.

Golf enthusiasts have their choice of nearby courses, including Lyndebrook, Winchester, Lakeridge Links and Whispering Ridge. Whitby is also home to 125 parks, 60 kilometres of walking/hiking trails, and is close to Lynde Shores and Heber Down conservations areas.

WHITBY IS ON THE MOVE

Whitby continues to enhance their development plans to best serve its residents. Highways 407 and 412 have been extended to the Whitby area, and construction is estimated to be finished by 2020. Widening of Highways 401 and 7 are also underway to assist with the volume of traffic. Metrolinx recently released their plans to create a second GO commuter station, which will be located at the Whitby/Oshawa border. These types of expansions not only make getting around very easy for its residents, but they ultimately make the city more desirable for future home buyers.

A FINE SELECTION

Prince George Landing will front Baldwin Street, and back onto a ravine. All residents will have exclusive access to an exercise room, a party room and a landscaped courtyard. In addition, each suite includes underground parking and a walk-out deck to take in the beautiful surroundings.

Within the community, The Princess Charlotte and the Prince William collections feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites that are situated above an exquisite group of boutique shops.

The Prince Henry collection consists of spacious, and gracious, walk-out townhomes. Exterior facades on each building project a timeless elegance with architectural enhancements. Inside, luxurious features include smooth, nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops in the kitchen with a double, undermount sink, laminate hardwood flooring throughout, as well as a soaker tub and four EnergyStar® appliances.

Rosewater Developments and Stockworth Developments are both long-standing developers who have combined their talents in the creation of Prince George Landing in Whitby.

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Sales Office is located at 17 Baldwin Street North, and is open from noon to 6 pm. Monday to Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends and holidays.

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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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Cover Story: Editor's Choice: Fieldgate Homes

Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Fieldgate Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Fieldgate Homes

Discover the GTA’s most spectacular residences when you visit Fieldgate’s many fine communities

Over the past six decades, Fieldgate has worked hard to provide the finest quality family homes and communities to thousands of satisfied homeowners across the GTA and beyond. This year we’re offering an exceptional selection of new homes to choose from at our many fine community locations.

UPPER VALLEYLANDS

Located at the southwest corner of Mayfield and Chinguacousy Roads, Upper Valleylands in West Brampton brings the signature look and feel of Fieldgate’s celebrated Valleylands community to a new highly desirable location on the Caledon/Brampton border. Discover a beautiful selection of semi-detached, 30-, 38- and 41-foot detached homes and freehold townhomes in a complete master-planned community setting. Register today at Fieldgatehomes.com for your preview purchasing opportunity. The sales centre is located at 8676 Chinguacousy Road, just north of Steeles Avenue West.

VALLEYLANDS

Since it opened, Valleylands has been a top choice among homebuyers in West Brampton. At an ideal location on the west side of Chinguacousy Road north of Steeles Avenue West, this is a place where the valleys surrounding the Credit River offer a breathtaking outdoor playground of lush green parkland with major urban conveniences all just moments away. With a limited number of homes remaining, this is your chance to own a model home in this picture perfect setting.

Valleylands is also offering a collection of inspired live/work units. Discover an amazing business opportunity plus all the luxury you’d expect with a Fieldgate home. These stunning units provide a beautiful Fieldgate residence on the upper floors and a retail/office unit on the ground level. Start your own business or enjoy added rental income.

COBBLESTONES SOUTH

At Cobblestones South, just south of Steeles Avenue West in West Brampton, you can discover an exquisite selection of new 36-foot designs, many of which feature optional lofts that will bring the total interior space up to over 3,400 square feet! With a wonderful collection of solid brick and stone homes to choose from, you are certain to find something that is perfect for your family here. Enjoy Brampton’s most convenient lifestyle with many major amenities nearby, including parks, schools, shopping, dining, easy access to Highways 400, 401 and 407, Brampton Transit, GO Transit and more.

RICHLANDS

GTA homebuyers have already fallen in love with this new master-planned community of Richlands at Elgin Mills Road and Leslie Street in Richmond Hill. Fieldgate is excited to be offering 36- and 43-foot singles over 4,600 square feet, semis over 3,000 square feet and freehold townhomes over 3,100 square feet at this spectacular family community. Register today for priority access.

WHITBY MEADOWS

Whitby Meadows is a master-planned community that offers West Whitby’s best lifestyle. Discover an exceptional new selection of 30- and 36-foot singledetached homes in west Whitby’s finest natural setting. This community truly has everything you’ve been looking for.

BLUE SKY

Stouffville’s Blue Sky is the new home community you’ve been waiting for — a refreshing way of life full of old-fashioned charm, set in a dynamic, modern and convenient community of mostly detached homes just five minutes north of Markham. Over 1,300 families already call Blue Sky home, and with this latest release of 30-, 36- and 40-foot singles, there has never been a better time to call Blue Sky your home, too!

IMPRESSIONS

The new release at Impressions will feature an excellent selection of all new home designs, so there’s never been a better time to discover this acclaimed Kleinburg community. Discover an exceptional master-planned community setting that features over 70 acres of greenspace, community parks, ponds and two proposed community schools. Featuring an ideal location minutes from the heart of the historic village of Kleinburg, this is without a doubt one of the finest new home communities in the GTA. The next release at Impressions will feature a collection of 36- and 44-foot detached homes of unparalleled style and distinction. With a number of acclaimed Fieldgate floorplans to choose from, homebuyers will find something that meets their families’ lifestyle and needs.

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Go online for more information on any of these remarkable communities, Sales Centre locations, phone numbers, floorplans, or to register for upcoming communities.

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Editor's Choice: Mattamy Homes

Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

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Editor’s Choice: Mattamy Homes

Find a perfectly balanced lifestyle at Queen’s Common in Whitby

Life is all about balance. Nature bursts to life in spring and goes out in a burst of colour in autumn. People seek balance between work and play and between activity and relaxation. And for families seeking a balanced lifestyle between the natural and the urban, Mattamy Homes presents Queen’s Common in Whitby.

Queen’s Common is situated on land that has an interesting history. Back in the 19th century, the grounds were the setting for the running of the 11th Queen’s Plate thoroughbred horse race.

Whitby itself is a thriving community that offers everything you need for balanced family living: shopping, entertainment, recreation with 114 parks on 900 acres including 60 kilometres of serene trails and the Iroquois Park Sports Centre with lots of organized activities for adults and kids. Cultural life is bountiful, including the Whitby Public Library and Celebration Square for arts, special cultural events and concerts, all in a unique outdoor setting. Big city living with a small town vibe.

Right in Mattamy’s community of Queen’s Common, you’ll find an assortment of green spaces and a variety of home styles on gently winding streets that keep traffic calm. There will also be fewer homes per street, creating a sense of openness as well as distinctive colour palettes, which will give each street its own identity. Families who live in Mattamy communities enjoy strolling through the neighbourhood and gathering at the local parks. Many homes have front porches so the interaction between neighbours is as easy as saying “Hello.”

The homes in Queen’s Common keep all of the smart touches that have become part of the Mattamy style. Homes incorporate more windows for natural light, open-concept design so the space flows organically, and through a wide variety of Architect’s Choice Options you can personalize your family home to suit your specific needs. All the features you choose will be worked into the home as it’s being built and you’ll know what everything costs and have the assurance that all is being built to Mattamy’s exacting standards.

The personal touches that make your house a home also includes Mattamy’s Design Studio where you will work with a professional Design Consultant to add all the interior design elements that reflect your family’s personality.

Queen’s Common is close to Highways 401, 412 and 407 so you have easy access to major routes into the city. The community offers a complete selection of freehold townhomes and detached designs that will allow you to find the perfect place to call “home.”

Queen’s Common is an uncommon, modern neighbourhood.

Mattamy Homes is Canada’s largest new homebuilder with over 90,000 homes across Canada and the United States.

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Queen’s Common

Located at 1075 Taunton Road, Pickering, the Sales Centre and Model Homes are open Monday to Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Model Homes will close 30 minutes prior to the Sales Centre closing.

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Local Focus: GTA East

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Local Focus: GTA East

Housing Options:

Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa all have historic downtowns with the requisite collection of century homes, but new subdivisions are quickly changing the landscape. Developers have also responded to the need for more affordable housing and the condo boom has arrived.

Leisure Pursuits

In Pickering, The Nautical Village is a fabulous day away from the hectic grind of modern life. There are many quaint shops, cafés, bakeries and restaurants, as well as a splash pad and park for the kids and beach volleyball courts. Pickering Museum Village is a unique experience brought to life by “live” pioneers in 18 heritage buildings.

The Whitby Public Library is a state-ofthe- art building that offers an extensive array of collections and programs as well as the Whitby archives. One of Whitby’s bestknown historic sites is the infamous Camp X, which was a secret spy training facility during World War II. Established by Sir William Stephenson, the “Man Called Intrepid,” British and allied forces also used the camp as a communications link between Britain and the United States with overseas information passing secretly between allied nations.

In Oshawa, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is the largest in Durham Region and features a collection of more than 4,000 works of art. The Military Museum has Canada’s largest collection of operational military vehicles, and the Canadian Automotive museum is housed in a 1920s car dealership and has 60 vehicles on display.

Parks & Rec

There are great recreational areas along the Lake Ontario waterfront in all four of the municipalities. In Pickering, Frenchman’s Bay offers canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing and sailing. Conservation areas include Petticoat Creek, the Claremont Conservation Area and the Greenwood Conservation Area.

In Ajax, you can enjoy nature at the Greenwood Conservation Area and the town’s expansive system of cycling and walking trails, which totals 74 kilometres.

There are over 100 parks maintained by Whitby and over 60 kilometres of trails, including the Bio-Diversity Trail, the Cullen Central Park Trails, Otter Creek Trail and the Whitby Shores Waterfront Trail. The 670-acre Lynde Shores Conservation area, together with the adjacent Cranberry West Tract, is known for its wildlife and provides habitat for nesting birds.

Oshawa also boasts beautiful and pristine wildlife preserves, including the Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. On Oshawa’s Lake Ontario shoreline you will find Lakeview Park with many picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and sandy beaches.

Retail Therapy

The Oshawa Centre is the largest shopping complex in Durham Region and is home to over 230 establishments that include retail, food outlets and a variety of services. In each of the municipalities’ downtowns you’ll find a variety of unique shops and restaurants.

In Whitby, Pearson Lane is a historical development that houses boutiques, cafés and services. Pickering Village — an old Quaker Village — is filled with numerous shops, specialty boutiques and gourmet restaurants provide a wide selection of goods and services.

Easy Access

Public transit is provided by Durham Region Transit, which connects with the other cities in Durham Region, including Clarington, Brock and Uxbridge. Highway 401 runs through the south of the region and Highway 7 runs across its northern edge. Highway 407 ETR is being extended to Highways 35 and 115 and will cross the top of Durham Region.

BY THE NUMBERS
Pickering population: .96,000
Ajax population: . . . .120,000
Whitby population: …134,900
Oshawa population: .168,000
WALK SCORES
Pickering: . . . . . .50 average
Ajax: . . . . . . . . . .47 average
Whitby: . . . . . . . .43 average
Oshawa: . . . . . . .51 average

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

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Cover Story: Editor’s Choice: Andrin Homes

Bringing exceptional innovative designs to Southern Ontario

With an incredible portfolio of over 3,500 homes in communities across southern Ontario, Andrin Homes’ commitment to excellence has been at the cornerstone of their undisputed building success.

A testament to the company’s exceptional building standards, Andrin has produced a series of outstanding master-planned communities, creating beautiful homes that embrace the homebuyer’s every need through unsurpassed living environments.

Andrin will soon be releasing detached-home communities in Milton and East Gwillimbury, as well as new incredible townhome communities in Aurora and Markham.

Due to their unprecedented success, Andrin is also scheduled to release future phases in the following communities: detached homes at Hillsborough (Holland Landing), townhomes at both Glenway (Newmarket) and Country Lane (Whitby), and Condominiums at Tower Two (Kitchener).

MILTON

Andrin is excited to announce that the release for one of their most anticipated new detached/townhome communities, Panorama in Milton, is just around the corner.

As Canada’s fastest-growing community and preferred tourist destination, Milton attracts more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, Milton offers an abundance of parkland and trails including the Bruce Trail and the century-old Mill Pond in the heart of the historic downtown area. An ideal place to live, work and play, Milton has experienced a new residential and industrial growth unprecedented in Canada.

This collection of detached homes and townhomes in Milton is for families who thrive on access to breathtaking natural spaces. Located within walking distance from Kelso Park, families will be able to enjoy year-round recreation including swimming, camping, skiing and tobogganing within the neighbourhood borders.

HILLSBOROUGH

With phase one and two successfully sold out, Andrin is preparing to release the next phase of Holland Landing’s most coveted master-planned community, Hillsborough. A unique collection of detached homes on 38-, 40- and 45-foot lots, Hillsborough is uniquely surrounded by parks, nature reserves and conservation areas.

At the heart of Hillborough is an incredible 10-acre community park featuring a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, splash pads, ponds, sitting areas and a gazebo – all linked by pathways that are in and around the community.

Homebuyers will also have easy access to the new Highway 404 extension and the East Gwillimbury GO Transit station with direct access to downtown Toronto.

GLENWAY

Newmarket’s premier townhome community, Glenway, is now under construction with the next phase expected to be released in 2018. An exclusive collection of two and three-storey townhomes, the community is set on attractive, tree-lined streetscapes featuring luxuriously appointed interiors and meticulous craftsmanship.

Glenway is easily connected to the 400 series of highways including the Highway 404 extension and Highways 401 and the 407. Homeowners are also steps away from the Viva transit line, GO Transit trains and buses, as well as the rapid transit lanes on Yonge Street.

COUNTRY LANE

Country Lane in Whitby represents a new style of the master-planned community with unique streetscapes, traffic calming roundabouts and meticulously designed homes – all set on 26-, 36- and 45-foot lots.

With Country Lane’s Phase One having been one of its most successful communities, Andrin cannot wait to introduce a new phase of townhomes to homebuyers in the upcoming year.

Country Lane is moments away from excellent schools, shopping, restaurants and recreation. Minutes from GO Transit and Highways 401 and 407, homebuyers are just 30 minutes away from Toronto — close enough to the big city, yet far enough away to offer a clean, small-town style family community.

TOWER TWO CONDOMINIUMS

Tower Two sets a new standard for sustainable urban living with the introduction of Kitchener’s first LEED candidate residential condominium community.

With City Centre built and completely sold out and Tower Two set to open soon, this condominium project exudes a truly urban lifestyle, including the use of energy efficient heating, plumbing and electrical systems, reduced consumption, enhanced recycling, walking, biking, car share and transit.

Mere steps from transit, Tower Two is situated in a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood with well-established shopping, dining, entertainment and employment opportunities.

ANDRIN HOMES

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