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Get more for your townhome dollar at Manhattan in Barrie The opportunity to live in a spacious townhome for prices beginning from just $190,990 can be yours at Pratt Homes’ popular Manhattan community in Barrie. Yes, $190,990! On top of that, Pratt offers the lowest deposit structure in Canada and the lowest condo fees in Barrie. Plus, if you purchase now, you can save thousands (see a sales representative for details). Where can you find that kind of townhome value in the GTA? Many of Pratt’s beautiful towns are even move-in ready, so there’s no waiting to begin your new life in this ideal location. Manhattan is rightly known as a place “Where Urban Meets Nature” with Barrie’s fabulous Eco-Park next door. In fact, Manhattan is Barrie’s only Eco-Park community. Imagine having immediate access to this natural area that is part of the Bear Creek wetlands and includes a walking trail, playground, pond, mature trees and a multitude of wildlife. Convenience is also part of everyday life at Manhattan, which is situated just minutes from every amenity a family could want including access to Highway 400. One of Canada’s fastest-growing urban areas, the City of Barrie offers a fabulous four-season lifestyle less than an hour’s drive from Toronto. From Kempenfelt Bay’s sandy beaches and water sports to more than a dozen ski resorts, spectacular shopping venues, live theatre, the Barrie

Molson Centre, art galleries and so many golf courses that it’s known as Myrtle beach North, Barrie is a natural residential hotspot. Within this fantastic setting, Manhattan’s Phase III is already 94 per cent sold. The townhomes have the added bonus of landscaping included in the purchase price, as well as snow removal under their condominium aspect – freeing up time for residents to enjoy all the wonderful amenities around them. Pratt’s beautiful brick-and-stucco exteriors frame interiors graced with luxurious features and finishes such as plush carpet and ceramic tile flooring, 9-foot ceiling heights, and deluxe cabinetry and smooth ceilings in the kitchens and bathrooms. Be sure to tour the model homes at Manhattan, including the mustsee Hudson, winner of the prestigious 2013 Ontario Home Builders’ Association Best Interior Decorating Model Home/Suite (Under 2000 sq. ft.) Award. The two- and three-bedroom stacked townhomes range in size from 756 to 1,902 square feet and are priced from an incredible $190,990. Ask a sales representative how you can save thousands when you buy now. Adding to Manhattan’s appeal, Pratt Homes fulfills the mantra “Promise only what you can deliver … then deliver more than you promise”! Pratt holds the

distinction of being Barrie’s largest builder since 1890, and has earned a reputation for quality and integrity. The opportunity to save thousands on townhomes that are already priced far below comparable homes in the GTA is attracting an overwhelming response. Act now, before these towns are all snapped up. Visit Pratt Homes’ Manhattan sales office at 40 Ferndale Drive South. Hours are Monday to Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 12 to 5 p.m.; Friday closed. For more information, call 1-800-298-9906 or 705-733-0300, or visit www.pratt-manhattan.com.

TODAY’S HOMES & CONDOS 17 ANNIVERSARY

Time flies when you’re covering new home news in the GTA!

Can it be 17 years since we started Today’s Homes & Condominiums, York Region Media Group’s bi-weekly insert that keeps readers up to date on new home happenings in the Region and beyond? These years have been dramatic ones in the industry, with new home sales reflecting the increasingly pent-up demand for residences in our dynamic communities. By world standards, the Greater Toronto Area offers an unparalleled quality of life, which attracts thousands of new residents, many of them immigrants, each year. According to York Region Media Group publisher, Ian Proudfoot, “Seventeen years ago, we recognized the potential for new home sales in York Region and its surrounding areas, and we felt that our readers would appreciate a guide to what was happening in the industry. We also had feedback from builders who wanted a new regional publication focusing on their new home communities in the area. Today’s Homes and Condominiums has grown with the industry, and we are proud to represent so many world-class builders and developers.” To say that things have changed since the beginning is an understatement. During the past 17 years, we have seen design innovations, a trend toward the “greening” of new homes that continues to gather momentum, explosive interest in condominiums as a new home choice, and a shift in demographics with condo

purchasers ranging from first-time buyers to growing families and empty-nesters. Within this context, we have witnessed the increasingly important impact of the Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Association’s

overview of the industry. In addition to tremendous support from our advertisers and their advertising agencies and public relations firms, we have enjoyed bringing you advice from other industry professionals.

“Our enthusiastic and dedicated team members at Today’s Homes & Condominiums, Monika Madden and Shelley Thompson, have been with us from the beginning — Ian Proudfoot” advocacy on behalf of both new home builders and buyers, especially in the face of land shortages for low-rise development and rising prices. Thank you to BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey for his engaging columns, and to BILD for providing RealNet statistics and other pertinent information that give us all an

Among the popular spokespersons who have sent us informative columns are The Condo Pro Barbara Lawlor, President of Baker Real Estate Incorporated, and Hugh Heron, President of Heathwood Homes and principal and partner in The Heron Group of Companies. We have enjoyed bringing you well-written

Dorothea Helms Connects people and ideas, and can be reached at writer@wsws.ca

pieces on everything from buying your first home to decorating for small and expansive spaces, as well as municipality profiles that highlight many of the exciting cities and towns where new homes are being offered. Today’s Homes & Condominiums has proven so useful to readers, that we expanded our distribution into several postal codes in the City of Toronto last year to more fully serve our readers. “Our enthusiastic and dedicated team members at Today’s Homes & Condominiums, Monika Madden and Shelley Thompson, have been with us from the beginning,” Proudfoot adds. “We work hard, have fun in the process and look forward to serving our many new home builders and our readership for many years to come. On this occasion of our Anniversary, we would like to thank the builders, advertisers and loyal readers who continue to keep this publication thriving.”


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Remington Homes Celebrates 25 Years 2014 is a special year for Remington as it marks 25 years of Remington putting heart into their homes. With more than 8,500 homes built as testament to their dedication to quality construction, the company is proud to continue to provide innovative craftsmanship and customer service to their dedicated homeowners in 2014 and for years to come. Looking forward, the company is excited to continue on the strong foundation of quality that has brought them to this point. Already in 2014, Remington has celebrated the final release at the Benchmark in Downtown Markham. This last release

features a limited number of luxurious, European –inspired townhomes set along the Rouge Valley and within the evolving urban landscape of Downtown Markham. The Benchmark is the definition of a community in the context of a downtown. This landmark destination will welcome retail, cinemas and restaurants in early 2015 and is already home to thriving small businesses and global corporations. In addition to the excitement in Markham, Remington is busy preparing for new communities in South Brampton, Georgetown and a much anticipated second phase of the Preserve in North

Oakville which will feature towns and detached homes. For those looking for something more immediate, Remington has also introduced an inventory link on their website for easy access to all homes available for quick closing. Some of the most coveted inventory can be found at Thornhill Valley where select ravine lots has been finished with thousands in upgrades. The 25th year is shaping up to be an exciting one and Remington looks forward to celebrating with friends, family and purchasers along the way.

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Just a few of Geranium Home’s familysized detached homes remain available at The Neighbourhoods of Cardinal Point in Stouffville. Situated within this highly successful master-planned ravine community, all of the remaining homes are under construction, some set on oversized pie-shaped lots, with closing dates scheduled for later this year. Homes range in size from 2,170 to 2,671 square feet and are priced from $599,900 to $679,900. Designs include 3-bedroom plus media-loft to four-bedrooms. Every home has a value-packed array of standard features, as well as many of the ‘bells and whistles’ today’s buyers desire. Items such as oak staircase, coffered and tray ceiling details, 9-foot main floor ceilings, oak flooring on main floor and upper hallway,

plus a gas fireplace. Kitchens have upgraded cabinetry, extra-tall uppers with valance and crown moulding, with a bonus bundle of a granite countertop, undermount sink, upgraded faucet and ceramic tile backsplash. “Visitors to our two Model Homes by Bryon Patton & Associates find a true appreciation for how comfortable and well-crafted our homes are,” says Sue Webb Smith, Geranium’s marketing director. Homes are ENERGY STAR® labelled with up to 20 percent energy savings over homes built to Ontario Building Code minimum standards. This is an excellent opportunity to become part of this established community. Located just minutes from Stouffville’s vibrant Main Street. Cardinal Point residents can walk to

shops, dining, services, the GO Station, schools, parks and recreation. Highways 404 and 407 are just a few minutes’ drive. Uptownes at Cardinal Point - Geranium’s newest offering – is an affordable alternative to condo apartment ownership. These backto-back and stacked townhomes are selling Model Homes illustrate Geranium’s deluxe finishes. well, and some blocks Visit the Cardinal Point Sales Centre are already under construction. Uptownes and two Model Homes on Millard residences start from the $360s, include Street, east off Highway 48 and north of a spacious rooftop terrace and single-car Stouffville Road. Call 905-640-9999 or visit garage plus driveway parking. GeraniumHomes.com.

Downtown Markham takes home gold Downtown Markham honored at the 2014 National Sales & Marketing Awards The National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), honored The Remington Group and Downtown Markham with two 2014 Gold Awards in recognition for Best Social Media Campaign, and Best Presentation Centre at “The Nationals,” which were presented on February 4, 2014 at the Wynn Las Vegas, NV during the International Builder’s Show. “The Nationals” pays tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements by individual sales and marketing professionals, home builders and associates. The 2014 award winners were selected from more than 800 entries by a panel of eight awardwinning building industry professionals. Winners emerged from a painstaking threeday judging process that included evaluation by some of the industry’s finest marketing

professionals, representing a wide range of disciplines and a geographic cross-section. Downtown Markham’s winning social media campaign beat out competitors from Atlanta, Playa Vista and Houston to take home gold. “The campaign allowed local artists to make real social statements about their ‘perfect city’ in a way that emphasizes DowntownMarkham’sobjectiveofculturally infusing the mixed use development with unfathomable intensity,” reads the judges’ statement. “Building community is paramount for us,” says Evelynn Ratcliffe, Retail Marketing, The Remington Group. “We are honoured to be recognized by the industry’s best and look forward to developing more award winning programming in the future.” The campaign which ran in October of last year included an online voting portal which

garnered more than 40,000 visits, 72,000 votes and nearly 175,000 page views in just one month. Downtown Markham also took home gold for Best Presentation Centre. “A space that feels more like a contemporary art gallery than a sales centre, every square inch was thoughtfully planned to showcase the mixed use development in the [Greater Toronto Area],” the judging panel began, “It’s truly an inviting place where prospective retail tenants, agents, and homebuyers can comfortably come together and learn what life is like in Downtown Markham.” “After the success of Downtown Markham’s preceding phases, we wanted to create a sales office that fully reveals the potential of this masterplanned community,” says Teresa

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For more than 35 years, Great Gulf has been building new home neighbourhoods that meet and exceed the expectations of an increasinglysophisticatedandknowledgeable market. Having designed and constructed over 40,000 top-quality homes, Great Gulf makes the promise to “Live Greatly” with confidence. Four distinctive communities in and around York Region exemplify the core values upon which every Great Gulf home is built: innovative design, advanced technology and an exceptional customer experience In prestigious King City, King Oaks is a collection of luxury detached homes and bungalows that brilliantly showcase the company’s commitment to outstanding design. Although this is a production home community, Great Gulf offers so

many upgrade options that customers are astounded at the level of customization they can achieve. Even the largest homes feel intimate because of thoughtful design elements such as a playroom located just off the kitchen so parents can keep an eye on kids while cooking. Homeowners can Live Greatly in two Brampton communities that exemplify Great Gulf ’s topnotch construction quality. Mount Pleasant is located at Bovaird and Creditview, and Westfield will open this spring at Mississauga Road and Steeles Avenue. All of the frames are being built at an indoor facility by Brockport Home Construction, cutting the time from two weeks to two days. The work is done through an automated system that results in perfectly straight walls and perfectly

squared off corners. In Bradford West Gwillimbury, more than 800 families are already Living Greatly in Summerlyn Village. Great Gulf has built up this community with homes and amenities that make day-to-day living more than convenient. The neighbourhood has grown in part through word-of-mouth about the

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Kleinburg Crown Estates a residential jewel in York Region In one of the most coveted and scenic areas of Vaughan, Kleinburg Crown Estates is an extraordinary community of estate homes on generous lots. Currently, Caliber Homes, Monarch and SkyHomes offer an exciting collection of gorgeous residences nestled into a lush ravine setting in one of Canada’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. Kleinburg Crown Estates is ideally situated at Major Mackenzie Drive and Timber Creek Boulevard, conveniently close to many educational, recreational and cultural amenities. Seated at the top of the Humber River Ridge, the Village of Kleinburg is home to breathtaking views, as well as trendy shops, quaint cafés and galleries including the world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which boasts an impressive

array of works by the Group of Seven. This one-of-a-kind upscale community encompasses the best of both worlds. As an owner, you will enjoy the amenities of the big city and be able to nurture family values in the midst of nature’s glory. This is a special spot where neighbours take pride in their spectacular homes. The stunning vista created by the homes’ exterior artistry will be enhanced by an extensive landscaping and interlock driveway packages. These sumptuously appointed homes grace 42’, 50’ and 60’ lots, with prices beginning from the $800,000s. For a limited time, all three builders are offering a Bonus Upgrade Package worth up to $75,000 (ask a sales representative for details). Among Ontario’s finest builders, Caliber,

Monarch and SkyHomes each bring a wealth of experience and flair to this picturesque community. Monarch has two beautiful model homes available to tour. Coming this spring will be the unveiling of Caliber’s gorgeous model home. SkyHomes’ stunning model home will be coming soon too. To explore everything Kleinburg Crown

Estates has to offer, and for Presentation Centre hours and directions contact Monarch at 165 Timber Creek Boulevard (416-495-3513/MonarchGroup.net); Caliber at 9900 Weston Road at Major Mackenzie Drive (905-417-1379/CaliberHomes.ca);andSkyHomes at 9900 Weston Road at Major Mackenzie Drive (905-832-0339 / SkyHomes.ca).

Kaitlin Corporation opens the doors to Bowmanville’s first ever New Home Centre which includes modern Decor Studio Kaitlin Corporation offers four distinctive new home communities in Bowmanville, plus a first for the area – a New Home Centre where all of these neighbourhoods are showcased under one roof! It’s a onestop shopping experience that saves time and enables comparison shopping like never before. Kaitlin Corporation is opening the brand new 2,500 square-foot facility to celebrate 25 proud years in the industry. This renowned firm has built more than 5,000 homes, including chic condos, waterfront cottages and multi-million-dollar estate homes. Within the New Home Centre, you can explore what the company’s four incredible communities have to offer. The Waverley includes two four-storey residences with 223 suites in total, ranging from 621 to 936

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BILD – did you know? by Dorothea Helms The land development, home building and professional renovation industry has a major impact on economic growth across the Greater Toronto Area. In fact, it is the major engine of this growth. Take a walk through the BILD website www.bildgta.ca sometime, and you will be amazed at the information contained in it. For example, in 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), the following resulted: • GTA communities saw 48,287 new housing starts. • 202,700 jobs were created in new home construction, renovation and related fields, making the industry one of the largest employers in the region. • $10.8 billion in wages were paid out, which end up as purchases that add to the entire GTA economy. • $26.4 billion in investment value represents the largest single wealthbuilder for many families in the GTA.

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(Statistics calculated by Will Dunning Inc. Economic Research based on data from CMHC and Statistics Canada; housing starts forecast by Altus Group.) This is impressive by any standards. BILD stands for Building Industry and Land Development Association, an organization that was formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association and Urban Development Institute/Ontario. Today, BILD has has more than 1,400 members and is affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations. On BILD’s home page, the banner mentions “Building vibrant communities, advocating housing affordability, promoting sustainable development, giving back to our communities, building a greater GTA, because the GTA is our home too.” I can’t think of any better tribute to what this organization accomplishes on a day-to-day basis. Bravo, BILD!

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Heathwood introduces exclusive first time buyers program at Hampshire Mews The opportunity to own a home at Hampshire Mews in Richmond Hill is more exciting than ever before, now that Heathwood Homes has introduced the “First Time Buyers Program.” Purchase before the end of February, and you can save thousands at this very special community of three-bedroom Urban Towns and Luxury Towns on Yonge Street north of Elgin Mills Road. Qualified first-time buyers who take advantage of the new program can come “Home at Last®” for less. Start with just 5 per cent down – then Heathwood will contribute 20 per cent of the maximum single RRSP contribution toward your purchase, which amounts to $5,000! Heathwood is also including a Land Transfer Tax rebate of $2,000 and two full years of FREE

maintenance (a $2,800 value). Even better, Heathwood will work with you to maximize your RRSP tax savings – which will save you thousands more (to qualified buyers - see a sales representative for details). Heathwood’s “Inspired Designs for Modern Living” offer beautiful spacemaximizing layouts that can accommodate a range of homeowner needs and include granite kitchen countertops, central air conditioning, five appliances and an upgraded stainless steel range hood. In addition receive professional moving services provided by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® - a $1,500 value! All of this can be yours in a wellestablished, transit-friendly neighborhood close to shops, parks, schools, recreation centers, Regional transit, VIVA, GO Transit

and major highways. The homes range from 1,037 to 1475 sq. ft. and are priced from the mid $400’s – remarkable value for this coveted area. Remember, the First Time Buyers Program is available only until

February 28, 2014. Act now to come “Home at Last®” for less! Visit Heathwood’s Sales Centre at Yonge Street and 19th Avenue/Gamble Road. www.heathwood.com.

The Urban Towns at Hampshire Mews feature bright, open-concept living spaces

Take advantage of Pemberton Group’s exciting Chinese New Year 1% bonus savings offer For over 50 years, Pemberton Group has been creating landmark residential and commercial developments in many of the Greater Toronto Area’s most desirable neighbourhoods. All Pemberton condominium communities have quality features and finishes and are home to outstanding amenities. In celebration of Chinese New Year, Pemberton Group is offering a limited-time-only special Bonus Offer of 1 per cent savings off the purchase price at several select communities. The Bonus Offer is over and above all other current onsite promotions! In York Region, construction is well underway on the first tower at masterplanned SkyCity Condominiums, located in the established Richmond Hill City Centre, steps to York Region Transit. Register

now for SkyCity2, which will connect to Phase 1 via a three-storey podium that will house the community’s next-generation amenities. Prices begin from the low-$300’s and include one underground parking space and a locker, plus a FREE Rogers Package for 6 months. View the two virtual tours online, and ask about SkyCity’s Suite-ofthe-Month, the fabulous 945 square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom design, priced from $434,500. You can move in within 30 days at Miracle At Yonge. This completed condominium is situated steps from Yonge Street and Highway 7, close to Highway 407 and a short walk to the GO Train to Union Station, York Region Transit, the GO bus, shopping and entertainment. Prices begin from the $360’s. Each suite comes with six appliances, one

parking space and a locker. Call for an appointment to visit the furnished suites. The Miracle At Yonge Suite-of-the-Month is the spacious 960 squarefoot two-bedroom, two bathroom design, priced from just $374,900. With over 50 years experience in creating successful residential and commercial developments, SkyCity’s spacious suites include Pemberton’s high-quality features Pemberton Group has and finishes earned a reputation for building outstanding communities across overview of Pemberton Group’s fine communities, visit PembertonGroup.com. the Greater Toronto Area. Call the Presentation Centre for both You can also follow the company on communities at 905.709.5700. For an Facebook and Twitter.

Register now for Grand Cornell brownstones in Markham Soon, Lindvest will introduce a new residential opportunity in Markham’s established Grand Cornell neighbourhood for those seeking the convenience of a condominium without living in a high-rise. Grand Cornell Brownstones in Markham is a collection of two- and three-bedroom condominium townhomes on the southeast corner of 9th Line and Highway 7, just blocks from schools, parks, the new Cornell Community Centre & Library and Markham Stouffville Hospital. There are plans for major commercial development farther east, and Main Street Markham’s quaint commercial district and fabulous Markville Mall are minutes away. Highway 407 access is close by, and it’s a quick trip to Highway 404. Purchasers will be part of the greater

Cornell neighbourhood, which is based on the family- and pedestrian-friendly principles of New Urbanism. In this vibrant setting, the stacked Grand Cornell Brownstones will be arranged in intimate clusters in 11 buildings. Each brownstone comes with one underground parking spot, and of the 250 residences available, 107 will feature a rooftop terrace. As the shared community components include the basics such as landscaping, waste and snow removal, maintenance fees will be minimal. Lindvest’s homes are inspired by New York’s iconic brownstones, and the modern interiors offer open-concept designs and high-quality features and finishes. The two-bedroom Grand Cornell Brownstones will range from approximately

850 to over 1,100 square feet; threebedroom designs from 1,300 to over 1,600 square feet. With prices beginning from the mid-$300s, young Grand Cornell Brownstones coming soon to Markham (Renderings is artist’s concept only) first-time buyers can afford to enter the homeownership finishes that will grace these outstanding market. The single-level residences available, residences. In the meantime, anyone which are essentially bungalow suites, are interested can tour the model suite at the attracting empty-nesters, and the three- company’s highly successful Brownstones bedroom Brownstones are perfect for at Westown community, at 2277 Sheppard families with children. Avenue West. When the Grand Cornell Brownstones Register NOW for Grand Cornell Presentation Centre opens, it will include Brownstones in Markham at a vignette to offer visitors an idea of the www.lindvest.com.


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NEWS FROM BILD

Streamlining development process leads to economic prosperity

Bryan Tuckey

President of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD)

In 2013, I dedicated my columns to helping readers understand the reality of the building and development industry in the GTA. This year, I would like to offer a fact-based, solutionoriented discussion to add further clarity to the conversation. As I’ve mentioned in many of my previous columns, the building and development industry is a major engine to the economic prosperity

of our province. Just in the GTA alone, our industry created more than 200,000 jobs in new home construction, residential renovation and related fields, paying out more than $10 billion in wages. These wages are then used to purchase groceries, clothing and services, boosting other industries and further contributing to the overall economy.

BILD and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association has recently made a submission to the Ontario government, advocating for a land use planning system that affords certainty which is paramount to ensuring investmentready communities necessary to compete for new global investments, or changing economic forces. Investment-ready communities are designated

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areas where developers, retailers and small business owners can come in to create complete “live, work and play” communities without having to deal with unnecessary red tape which often leads to unnecessary costs for consumers. The province announced last August it was moving forward with the investment-ready plan as the country’s first province-wide certified site program. The program tells the world that Ontario municipalities are open for business and serious about creating jobs. It provides certainty about environmental concerns and access to services, and helps businesses to make more informed decisions to get new business off the ground sooner. To contribute to the continued economic vitality of the province, our industry must operate within a framework that provides certainty and establishes clear and consistent rules for development in determining how our communities evolve. This certainty also serves the existing residents by providing them with clear and consistent reasons as to the evolving nature of their communities. As outlined in BILD’s submission, an important first step would be for municipalities to ensure that local Official Plans and zoning bylaws are up to date in order to help our industry implement the provincial intensification policies set out by Places to Grow. While Official Plans are reviewed every five years, most municipalities across the GTA are operating with outdated zoning by-laws, some of which date back more than 60 years. This disconnect in land-use planning policy continues to spawn significant delays in the planning approval process, which translates to unnecessary costs for new-home purchasers. Building new homes that people can afford continues to be a challenge for both the industry and new-home buyers. Together with

‘small business owners can come in to create complete “live, work and play” communities’ our partners in government, BILD and OHBA will continue to work toward building safe, quality, complete communities for the up to 100,000 people that choose to make the GTA their home every year. To learn more about the BILD and OHBA submissions to the province, you can visit our official blog at www.bildblogs.ca. Bryan Tuckey is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and is a land-use planner who has worked for municipal, regional and provincial governments. He can be found on Twitter (twitter.com/bildgta), Facebook (facebook.com/bildgta) and BILD’s official online blog (bildblogs.ca).


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Oak Knoll is Richmond Hill’s rare and inspiring community

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acking onto nearly 100 acres of nature, this beautiful landscape of rolling hills and mature trees is the perfect setting for Acorn Homes’ signature architecture and streetscapes. Located at Yonge and Bloomington, Oak Knoll’s central location gives you easy access to shopping, schools, the 400 series highways and golf courses. As an exclusive member of the Oak Knoll community, you will discover a new form of condominium living where you own your home and share ownership of the

private community amenities. This includes the wonderful parks, view points, streets, sidewalks and walkways that surround you. Oak Knoll’s Carriage Collection features Acorn’s distinctive detached homes on 28foot lots. This collection offers three-bedroom home designs ranging from 1,842 sq ft to 2,539 sq ft, starting at $614,900. They also offer private rear lane garages for a streetscape that highlights the architecture of these homes. Right now, you can take advantage of a bonus of $5,000 in free upgrades and a landscape package.

The Signature Collection features Acorn’s detached homes on 38-foot lots. True to the Acorn name, they have put a lot of planning and insight through tremendous grading to create homes that allow you to embrace nature with walk-out basements and amazing views. Ranging from 2,466 sq ft to 3,298 sq ft, you can choose from three or four bedroom designs starting at $749,900. Take advantage of a bonus of $7,500 in free upgrades and a landscape package. One of the popular designs is the fourbedroom “Red Oak” on a 38-foot lot. At 2,680 sq ft, Elevation A features a secondfloor balcony over the front porch. The 2,700 sq ft, Elevation B is equally stunning, with dramatic stone accents. Inside, the sunken foyer leads to the main open-concept space, which encompasses a generous dining room and living room. The spacious flow continues through to the breakfast room and kitchen, where the large windows and garden door provide considerable natural light, and the flush breakfast bar and built-in pantry add convenience. Upstairs, the sunken family room with a gas fireplace allow for some quite gatherings. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and sumptuous, lightfilled ensuite with an oval tube and a separate shower. Each home will of course be designed and constructed to Acorn’s meticulous standards and will adhere to Energy Star’s performance requirements. Features and finishes for these homes include clay brick and enriched stone exteriors with classic steep pitched roofs and decorative dentil board, nine-foot ceilings, trimmed archways, custom fireplaces and luxurious master suites. Ask about their finished basement package. Model homes coming soon. The Oak Knoll sales office is located at 13715 Yonge Street and Bloomington Road, Richmond Hill. Call 905.773.9257 or visit acornhomes.ca.


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Pamper Your Bathroom ~ Pamper Yourself by Dorothea Helms

You slip out of your work clothes, step barefoot onto a warmed tile floor, luxuriate in a whirlpool bath, wrap up in plush heated towels, slide on your thick velour robe and primp in front of your ornate brass mirror. If that’s a recurring dream of yours, maybe it’s time to turn that fantasy into a reality. During the stress-filled 21st century, the ensuite bathroom has evolved into more than just a place to take a shower and get ready for work. Today, your private bathroom represents a haven — a personal refuge from the outside world, where you’re free from voice mail, kids’ demands and rushing to meetings. More and more people are seeking out the ultimate in luxurious accessories to enhance the ambience of that personal space. It’s often the little things that make all

the difference. Egyptian cotton towels, for example, are THE most sumptuous towels available in both velour and terry. And why not add plush velour his and hers robes for positively sinful comfort? Screened, silky shower curtains can add panache or whimsy. Some retailers will have a laundry hamper made out of the same fabric for a touch of elegance. How about decorative towel bars and towel stands? Brass and silver are both popular right now in accessories. Maybe a waste basket with gold braided trim would set off that room perfectly. Whatever your tastes, when you’re ready to go all out to make your bathroom your own personal Shangri-La, indulge and enjoy! Dorothea Helms connects people and ideas, and can be reached at writer@wsws.ca

Brookfield’s Willow Glen to enhance the charm of Tottenham In March, Brookfield Residential will open the door to outstanding home ownership in Tottenham with the introduction of Willow Glen. A community inspired by the past and poised for the future, this new community will offer towns to detached homes on 36’, 43’ and 50’ homesites featuring both bungalow and two-storey designs in a setting of unparalleled charm and beauty. Willow Glen is designed to encourage the kind of neighbourly interaction for which small-town Ontario is known – the kind of place where people greet each other on the street by name and children can play and grow in the midst of nature. It’s not complicated to discover the simple life at master-planned Willow Glen, which will be home to a sparkling pond, 10 acres of dedicated parkland divided

among two community parks, as well as easy access to the Tottenham Conservation area. This idyllic neighbourhood is also just a 30-minute drive to the GTA, conveniently located with many amenities such as grocery, banks, daycare, schools, a recreation centre and a variety of restaurants only a short distance away. Willow Glen’s features are sure to impress. Brookfield designs the homes with today’s home buyers in mind boasting openconcept designs, increased ceiling height and an abundance of windows and natural light flowing into the homes. Home buyers can expect innovative designs, exceptional quality and unparalleled customer service from Brookfield. Willow Glen offers a diverse selection of home designs enhanced by the finest

luxury features and finishes. With homes starting from the $300s, the simple life is closer than you think. This new release is scheduled to open late March by preview appointment. Registrants will be provided with priority information and ‘first choice’ previews. Brookfield’s homes boast open-concept designs with increased ceiling Brookfield Residential height and an abundance of windows has built more than 25,000 homes in Ontario since 1956. The Award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction company’s ongoing commitment to quality and Ontario Builder of the Year from OHBA and customer service has resulted in several and Tarion. To register for Willow Glen, visit highly coveted industry recognitions including the J.D. Power and Associates www.BrookfieldHomes.ca.

The Mark on target for unbeatable value. Empire Communities and Pace Developments offer phenomenal prices in Markham In the ever-popular City of Markham, The Mark is a new condominium that is attracting buyers of all ages looking for incredible value. For a limited time, Empire Communities and Pace Developments are offering a special Cash Back of up to $15,000 off the purchase price, as well as two years of free maintenance. Purchasers can also choose their suite and their floor all for one price, and with suites beginning from just the mid-$200,000s, the value is truly unbeatable. Ideally located at 9560 Markham Road near Bur Oak Ave., just steps to the GO Station, The Mark is essentially only minutes to downtown Toronto. Rising to 18 storeys and highlighted by a stunning exterior, this residence encompasses 220 spectacular suites in sizes from 521 to 858 square feet.

According to Empire’s executive vicepresident, Paul Golini, “At Empire, we understand the economic challenges new home buyers are faced with. This deal is perfectly suited for anyone buying their first home. This offer represents a chance to live in a vibrant and diverse community, and in a building that boasts spectacular design, appealing amenities and a soughtafter location.” In The Mark’s double-height lobby, residents and guests are welcomed by a dramatic water feature. Among the building’s amenities are an entertainment room with a games area, flat-screen TV, lounge seating and billiards table. The outdoor terrace has barbecues, lounge seating and dining, and a tai chi area. The Mark also features an inviting fireside

The Presentation Gallery and Model lounge, state-of-the-art fitness centre and Suite are located at 9560 Markham Road spacious conference room. Whether purchasing a first home or across from the GO Station. For more downsizing from a larger residence, buyers information, visit TheMarkCondos.ca or will find a fantastic selection of features call 905-554-5015. and finishes. Gourmet kitchens are graced with custom-designed cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and polished granite countertops with a glass-tile backsplash. Bathrooms pamper with custom-designed vanities with cultured marble countertops and a deep soaker tub and/or framed glass shower, depending on the design. Discover incredible condominium value at The Mark!


In Our New Release, You’ll Find New Home Designs And Plenty Of Greenspace. St. John’s Forest is a new community with features such as playgrounds, walking/biking trails and homes with front porches to sit and watch the day go by. We are happy to announce we have just released new Townhome, 30' and 36' home designs in our latest release, many backing onto greenspace. Townhomes in St. John’s Forest are always in great demand and this new collection is no exception. With all these new home designs we’re sure you’ll find a home that perfectly suits your family’s wants and needs. Come visit us today and start enjoying life in prestigious Aurora. To

view all the floor plans in St. John’s Forest visit: www.mattamyhomes.com Sales Centre St. John’s Sideroad

36' Home, The Shelburne, Elev. ‘D’, 2,357 Sq.Ft., $649,990

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CAREFREE LIFESTYLE

that includes all of the luxury!

Carefree Condominium Living at Pine Valley and Major Mackenzie Capo di Monte offers you the same luxurious appointments as the finest single family homes in Woodbridge, but with no shoveling snow, no cutting the grass, no exterior maintenance chores at all. Instead relax and enjoy the incredible recreation facilities, and the peace of mind in knowing you can just lock the door behind you and leave for a worry-free weekend or the whole winter.

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Then head to the Bowmanville New Home Centre, located at Martin Road just south of Highway #2! An intimate 4-storey condominium residence that offers an elegant, maintenance-free lifestyle, located next to the future GO Station. Priced from

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A unique crescent of only 42 bungalows and detached homes ranging in size to over 4,000 sq.ft. Priced from

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An exclusive cul-de-sac of only 18 homes located within a short walk of Clarington West Main Central area - shopping, restaurants, theatre and GO Station. Priced from

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Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about exciting new home communities in Bowmanville. New maintenance free condominiums and an amazing selection of qualitybuilt homes including luxury bungalows, detached homes and executive townhomes. In our Décor Studio you’ll touch and feel all the latest new home finishes, including the latest trends and most stylish colours.

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