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Hear ye! Hear ye! Purchasers of Royal Collection homes should spend the $100,000 they save on luxurious upgrades, on items like the aforementioned. Why not, when your home includes upgrades like soaring ceilings, indulgent marble entry foyers, gorgeous Kohler fixtures, custom kitchen cabinetry, exclusive landscaping packages and privacy fencing. It’s also a truly rare opportunity to live next to a protected greenbelt. All hail to enjoying the benefits of Royalty!









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In Nobleton, Brampton and Kleinburg, Rosehaven Homes sets a higher standard


he people at Rosehaven Homes believe that a home should be a centre of peace, tranquility and recreation; a place where families can experience the joy of sharing a meal in a beautiful surrounding, toss a Frisbee in a safe and private backyard, enjoy a barbecue with the neighbours on a Sunday afternoon and kick back and relax in front of a toasty fireplace on a brisk winter night. The company takes great care in selecting building sites that fit today’s families’ lifestyle needs. Their communities offer picturesque landscapes nearby all the amenities families want - parks, schools, shopping centres, restaurants and much more. Their homes in Nobleton,

Brampton and Kleinburg are fine examples of Rosehaven’s spaces and excellent opportunities for children that are easy to access. Sports, music lessons, horseback riding – commitment to outstanding family communities. Nestled amidst the scenic pastoral landscape of the all close by. There are two exquisitely decorated model homes to tour. The Presentation Centre is located at 16 Giant Cedars Court in Nobleton and is open Monday to Thursday from 1 pm to 8 pm, weekends and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information on this community visit These are upscale homes from 2,800 sq. ft. to over 4,500 At Rosehaven’s The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant sq. ft. starting in the high $700’s. Located just 20 minutes north of Vaughan, King Country is authentic country living in Brampton, a wonderful family community is taking root. - with all of the advantages. Fresh air, no congestion, open The Neighbourhoods is set to be the kind of place where neighbours know each other by name and where children play together. Charming homes reflect a true small town feel, surrounded by parks, green space and woodland trails. The community is woven with friendly boulevards and parks – ideal for leisurely strolls. Just down the street are a myriad of cafes and shops that make life interesting and convenient. Oak Ridges Moraine in Nobleton is King Country - a new community that embodies timeless tradition and unparalleled elegance. Here Rosehaven offers detached homes on 63ft, 56ft and 50ft lots, all built to Energy Star specifications.


Rosehaven is offering a stunning collection of detached stone, stucco and brick homes on 45’, 41’, 38’ and 30’ lots and freehold towns in a beautifully designed community featuring natural open spaces, protected woodlands and parks. Homes here start in the low $400’s. The Neighbourhoods of Mount Pleasant Presentation Centre is located at 10585 Mississauga Road in Brampton and is open Monday through Thursday from 1 pm to 8 pm and on weekends and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information call (1-888/416) 410-0175 or visit

“An exclusive and serene enclave marked by privacy and solitude inspired by the old world charm of Kleinburg.” A signature development of Rosehaven Platinum Homes, Kleinburg Heritage Estates is master planned to complement the glorious setting and stunning landscape. The homes are set on a winding private cul-de-sac that traces the natural contours of the terrain, providing panoramic vistas of evergreen meadows and rolling pastures.

Homes of Distinction on unique lots from 60’ to 70’ in the $1.2 to over $2 million range Prices and specifications correct at press time. E. & O.E.

Each lot has been individually selected and configured to offer the ultimate views. Some back on to gorgeous ravines nourished by cool streams, others are part of an exclusive and serene enclave marked by privacy and solitude. All the homes are inspired by the historic old world charm of Kleinburg and offer the ultimate selection of features, finishes and appointments. Homes are set on unique 60’ to 70’lots and range in price from 1.2 to over 2 million. Register now at Rosehaven’s portfolio includes thousands of homes across Southern Ontario and the GTA. Rosehaven homes are built to the highest standards in the industry – the Rosehaven standard. They have distinguished themselves with an unwavering commitment to excellence in every facet of the building process. To learn more about Rosehaven and any of their fine communities, visit

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That’s the feeling Rosehaven designs into some of the most unique and desirable homes in Southern Ontario. Homes that are as different as you are. So choose Rosehaven and every time you step through the front door you’ll say, I am happy, I am comfortable…

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Detached homes on 30’, 38’, 41’ and 45’ lots plus 25’ attached singles (Freehold Towns). On Mississauga Rd., North of Bovaird Rd. GPS: 43.6800691, -79.8474172

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Summertime in York Region! I

f you’re looking for something interesting and fun to do this summer in York Region, your biggest problem will be choosing an event. I did a quick look at the events calendars on a number of websites, and there are incredible festivals, art shows, farmers’ markets and more going on across the Region over the next couple months. I compiled just a few here to give you an idea of the variety and diversity of the opportunities. To find just the perfect outing for you and your family, get your fingers flying on the keyboard and make your own calendar of events.

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Town of Aurora July 14, 7 p.m.

Theatre in the Park (Aurora Town Park) Humber River Shakespeare touring production of Macbeth Pay what you can

July 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22

Concerts in the Park (Aurora Town Park) Bring chairs or a blanket, and enjoy!

August 3-5, 6 to 10 p.m.

Aurora Jazz Festival (Aurora Town Park, Mosley & Wells St.) One of Festival & Events Ontario’s top 100 Festivals Non-stop musical entertainment, visual arts, food vendors, beer & wine garden

Town of East Gwillimbury

Town of Newmarket

Saturdays until October 26 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

East Gwillimbury Farmers’ Market (East Gwillimbury Civic Centre) 19000 Leslie Street, near Albert Road, Sharon

July 31

Music at Civic Square. Arden & the Tourists (pop)

August 14

Music at Civic Square. Hotel California (Eagles Tribute)

Town of Georgina August 9-12

Equestrian events are among the many highlights in King Township (Photo courtesy of the Township of King)

157th Sutton Fair & Horse Show (Sutton Fairgrounds, 1 Fairpark Lane) Theme: Year of the Sheep Truck & Tractor Pull, FMX Freestyle Motocross, Thrill Show, Demolition Derbies, Midway Rides by World’s Finest Shows, Circus Jonathan and more!

August 15, 7 p.m.

Ultimate Rodeo Tour 2012 (Sutton Fairgrounds, 1 Fairpark Lane) In support of Children’s Wish Foundation, Ontario Chapter Info line: 1-888-777-9793

August 24-26

Eaglewood Folk Festival (Eaglewood Resort and Nature Park) 9715 Morning Glory Road, Pefferlaw Celebration of diverse and original folk/roots music; three outdoor stages, activities, trails, camping, Youth Showcase

July 15

Wine and Food Celebration, Newmarket Community Centre Come and experience renowned wineries, international cuisine, market-style dining and live entertainment. For tickets, call 905-967-0259, ext.101.

July 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Around the World Multicultural Event (Fairy Lake Park) Music, dance, theatre performances, crafts, food and more!

August 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m

A Taste of the Caribbean (Amica at Newmarket, 275 Doak Lane) Steel and tassa drummers, authentic Caribbean food and drink

Town of Richmond Hill July 27-29

RibFest (Richmond Green Park & Sports Complex, 1300 Elgin Mills E) Richmond Hill’s FIRST RibFest, with teams from across North America competing. Also live entertainment, kids fun zone and more.

August 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

39th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum & Community Centre 14732 Woodbine Avenue, Gormley (Richmond Hill and Whitchurch-Stouffville) Exhibitors from across Southern Ontario display antique and classic cars. Food, heritage demonstrations, children’s activities, live entertainment.

August 26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tastes of the Hill (Richmond Green, 1300 Elgin Mills Road E) Outdoor multicultural festival to support local charities and celebrate the diverse cultures of Richmond Hill. Live entertainment, activities for children and youth, exhibits, food stations, more.

Township of King July 15, 18, 19, 7 p.m.

Macbeth with Humber River Shakespeare Company (Tyrwhitt Park, Kettleby Village) Pay what you can

August 5, 12 to 4 p.m.

Lloydtown Rebellion – 175th Anniversary Celebration (Jesse Lloyd Park, Lloydtown) Features premiere of “Jesse & Pheobe,” a play by local historian William Foran

Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Schomberg Village Street Gallery (Main Street) Outdoor juried art show & sale; horse and wagon rides, pick your favourite scarecrow, sample fresh fruit & vegetables at the Farmers’ Market

City of Vaughan August 11, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

CariVaughan (Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive) Festival and parade celebrating the Caribbean. Calypso, soca and reggae performances by local and international artists. Food, children’s entertainment, fun for the whole family.

September 8, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

10 Years of Basketball Excellence in Vaughan (Vellore Village Community Centre, 1 Villa Royale Avenue) Vaughan Basketball will host a BBQ event to celebrate a decade of basketball excellence in Woodbridge, Maple, Kleinburg, Concord and Thornhill.

September 15 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

36th Thornhill Village Festival (Yonge and Centre Streets) Parade, vendors, art shows, food, beer garden, music, rides, etc.

Town of Markham July 13-15, 6 to 10 p.m.

Night it Up! Night Market 2012 (Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard) Outdoor night market modeled after Asian markets, with vendors selling street cuisine and trinkets

July 14-15

NBA 3X (Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard) Free, interactive fan experience, contests, appearance by NBA star Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs

August 16-19

15th Annual Markham Jazz Festival Blues Bash Performers, visit

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Unionville residents enjoy getting together for a variety of festivals and celebrations throughout the year (Photo courtesy of the Town of Markham)

July 21, 7:30 p.m.

Beyond Strings (Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment) Cross-cultural music showcase featuring Wendy-Wen Zhao (pipa) and Roman Smirnov (Spanish guitar).

July 22

York-Durham Heritage Railway PIZZA Day (

July 26

Emma-Lee & the Heartbroken (19 on the Park, Stouffville) Mixture of pop, jazz, folk and country


Life. Lived Better.®

Ridgewood II is the ultimate expression of carefree resort-style living - a place that feels like the weekend… everyday. An intimate 6 storey condominium with exceptional recreational facilities including a sumptuous outdoor saltwater swimming pool and indoor hot tub. Miles of area trails and ravine parks. Nearby cafés. Fabulous shopping and minutes to GO Transit. Incredible suites with equally incredible views. An oasis of gracious tranquility in the heart of historic Aurora. Come home to Ridgewood II and leave the world behind.





Presentation Centre: 180 John West Way, Suite 103, Aurora, Mon.-Wed. Noon-6 pm, Closed Thurs. & Fri., Weekends & Holidays Noon-5 pm 905 841 1004

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Save now at Royal Collection at Keele & King “If your home is your castle, welcome home! “ That’s what Zancor Homes says about Royal Collection at Keele & King – the company’s exclusive neighbourhood of luxury townhomes and 42’ estate singles nestled to an adjacent greenbelt. Purchase one of these superb residences in King City and move into a home that includes up to $100,000 in features and finishes that would typically be considered upgrades. This really is the royal treatment!

Zancor’s residences range in size from 1,733 to 3,722 sq. ft., and in price from $560 to $1 million. The Presentation Centre is located on the west side of Dufferin Street, just north of King Road. Hours are Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 905-833-0883 or visit

Royal Collection is immersed in a coveted area rich with amenities including private schools, shopping, dining and access to public transportation. Zancor’s majestic architecture conveys warmth in addition to prestige. Among the highlights that grace the exteriors in varying combinations are dramatic peaked gables, romantic second-floor balconies, columned porticos, accent windows, dormers and carriage-style garage doors. Inside, owners will revel in comfort and indulgence, beginning with marble flooring in the foyer leading to soaring 10’ ceilings on the main floor. And 9’ ceilings in the lower and second levels add to the air of spaciousness throughout. As for wood, enjoy the beauty and durability of oak in hardwood flooring, and in the stairs and handrail that are enhanced with wrought-iron spindles. As per plan, the living and dining rooms have coffered and tray ceilings. And as for the kitchens, prepare for regal treatment once again with custom-crafted wood cabinetry, granite countertops, plus spacious islands and breakfast bars as per plan. The royal spa ensuite offers the epitome of sumptuousness with an oversized frameless glass shower enclosure and rain showerhead, exquisite KOHLER fixtures and faucets, and glorious marble countertops. ENERGY STAR® marble gas fireplaces, 200-amp hydro service … the list is long and impressive.

Single-family home value blooms at Geranium’s Cardinal Point


he Building Industry and Land Development Association’s Home Builder of the Year, Geranium Homes is cultivating a beautiful crop of luxury family-sized detached homes in Phase 5 at The Neighbourhoods of Cardinal Point. Now well established, this successful master-planned ravine community offers an exceptional Stouffville location, where nature and amenities are at the doorstep. Purchasers are impressed by the two Bryon Patton-appointed model homes which demonstrate the elegance and functionality of these three-, four- and five-bedroom designs. Geranium enlisted Rob Nicolucci of RN Design to work with them to create the kind of layouts today’s families are seeking. Offering tremendous value, this collection of all new designs demonstrates a brilliant blend of style and efficient space planning. The creation of open-concept main living areas – which largely eliminate traditional hallways – enhances the homes’ sense of spaciousness and allow for generous amenities such as pantries and walk-in closets, balancing livability with practical storage considerations. As a result,

buyers find the lifestyle they are looking for without having to reach for a much larger home. The centrally located staircase of several designs creates better second floor layouts – and the opportunity for windows on all sides of the home. In plans featuring media lofts at this level, natural light pours into the space achieving a bright and airy feeling. These two-storey homes have as standard finishes 9’ main floor ceilings, upgraded kitchen cabinets with extra-tall uppers, valance and crown moulding, oak hardwood flooring on the main floor and upper hallway, oak stairs with upgrade 1¾” pickets, a gas fireplace with precast plaster surround in the great room, and much more. Set on 38’ and 42’ lots, these beautiful homes range from 1,957 to 3,378 sq. ft. and are priced from $554,900 to just under $700,000. All Geranium Homes are ENERGY STAR® for New Homes rated. Ask about the limited-time bonus bundle upgrade package. The Sales Centre and Model Homes are on Millard Street, east of Highway 48 and north of Stouffville Road (Main Street). Call 905-640-9999 or visit

Geranium’s open concept designs create spacious family homes.

Rockport Group ~ Don’t miss the opportunity!


he Rockport Group’s Ridgewood community is quickly becoming the focal point of Aurora and “the place to be.” The first incredibly successful residence proved an immediate hit, and Ridgewood II, which is now under construction, is over 85% per cent sold! A great selection remains, so NOW is the time to take advantage and live in an elegant condominium suite at the best price in Aurora!

Everyone from first-time buyers to urban professionals, families and empty-nesters can find the home of their dreams here, as well as remarkable value. Ridgewood II is located on the east side of John West Way, diagonally across from Rockport’s flagship Ridgewood I residences, and adjacent to a town park. For convenience, suite owners can catch the bus at the front door, and it’s a short stroll to the GO station. Those who commute will find access to Highway 404 handy for ease of travel to the city. That is, of course, if you ever want to leave (which you won’t!). Ridgewood is situated on two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The outdoors beckons from the walking trails of the Aurora Arboretum across the road, and there are a multitude of other amenities (big box shopping, restaurants, and Cineplex, to name just a few) very close by. In the Ridgewood community itself, owners enjoy resort-inspired amenities including an outdoor salt water pool adjacent to a lounge area with change rooms, barbeque and kitchenette; fitness centre with yoga studio, indoor spa hot tub; members’ lounge with fireplace; “pet mud room”; community planting area at the rear of the landscaped outdoor space; and a majestic lobby with an executive concierge. Among the suite appointments are 9- and 10-foot ceilings in the main living areas, six brand-name appliances, granite kitchen countertops, energy-saving features and one underground parking space. Occupancies are slated for 2013. Hurry while you can still select from a variety of fabulous suites starting from the $300s. During the month of July, Rockport is offering a special incentive of one year’s free maintenance fees! Visit the Presentation Centre at 180 John West Way. For hours, directions and information, call 905-841-1004 or visit

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Live in a natural setting and small town charm. A new community that truly backs onto nature. The Town of Angus represents “Small Town Ontario” at its best. Like any small town, people bump into their neighbours while shopping on main street or at the grocery store. Kids happily play hockey at the local arena, golfers take to the fairways at the first sign of spring, and conservation areas offer the perfect venue for family picnics or a jog with the dog along the river.


Venture a little further afield and have some summer fun at Wasaga Beach which is a 36-minute drive. Or head to Toronto for an evening of big city excitement and entertainment, all just an hour away. • 1-705-516-1045 All renderings are Artist’s concept. Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. E. & O.E.

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Register now for year-round resort living


tately stone entrance gates will mark the entry into a wonderful world of year-round resort living at Nottawasaga Village – Gold Park Homes’ exciting community coming soon to the charming Town of Angus. Register now to be among the first to explore what this new home collection has to offer. Live in a captivating neighbourhood framed by the scenic backdrop of the adjacent Nottawasaga River. Years ago, Gold Park’s founder established the first community here – and today, the company’s second generation is building on the reputation for excellence the name has come to stand for.

open-to-second-storey areas and lower landings. There are master bedrooms with ensuites and walk-in closets as per plan, and the 50’ designs include oak stairs and a gas fireplace. Homes will range in size from 1,604 to 2,614 sq. ft., and prices will begin from the $250’s. Register NOW at

Nottawasaga Village is immersed in a mature, established community in Angus, which offers small-town Ontario living at its finest. Angus features everything that today’s families need for a fulfilling lifestyle: excellent schools, shopping, a library, local hockey arena and proximity to numerous golf courses. Living so close to glorious nature is a huge draw for Nottawasaga Village, where you can be as active or restful as you like. The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority administers more than 11,000 acres of picturesque natural lands, providing opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, nature photography, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting and more. Angus is also just over a half-hour’s drive to fabulously fun Wasaga Beach, and Toronto is but an hour away. Within this alluring scenario, Gold Park’s new collection of fully detached homes will grace 33’, 41’ and 50’ lots, all with access to forested trails that lead down to the lush river valley. These bungalow and two-storey designs are packed with value. Standard features and finishes include 9’ main floor ceilings, ceramic flooring, quality broadloom, plus varying combinations of architectural highlights such as a coffered dining room ceiling, cathedral, arched ceilings,

Live Here. Play Here


his one-of-a-kind active adult lifestyle community is located approximately 45 minutes north of Toronto in Alliston.

Briar Hill offers BUNGALOW style homes, detached and semi-detached, both with loft options, situated on courtyard or walkout golf course lots. Our bungalows feature open concept kitchens, main floor master bedrooms with 4-piece ensuites, main floor laundry, entrance to the garage, decks, air conditioning on fully landscaped lots. Our quality construction is not the only thing that sets Briar Hill apart from other communities; we offer condominium ownership in a detached or semi-detached home. Enjoy virtually maintenance-free living, freedom to travel, go to the cottage or simply enjoy the lifestyle that surrounds you. Lawn care, exterior upkeep of the home, exterior insurance, in-ground irrigation system, window washing, maintenance of common areas and water and sewer are included in the low monthly maintenance fees. Briar Hill also offers stunning one and two-bedroom suites in a beautiful three-storey building, which include balcony or walk-out terraces, elevator access, six appliances, individually controlled air/heat, storage rooms and some garage parking.

home will bbe constructed of mind ind that their h tr ted with all ll their needs in mind each and every time,” said Rocco Lombardi, Vice-President.

This resort-style community truly lives up to all of life’s pleasures. In any one day, take a stroll along the river, hike the 6.3 km of nature trails or spend time with friends, golfing, swimming or recreational skating. You can also play cards or take up line dancing; a monthly calendar of additional activities at the 16,000-sq.-ft. Resident Community Centre is available.

Briar Hill is currently offering amazing bonus builder packages and is including a one-year golf season pass and fitness membership for two with every new home purchase. Homes start as low as $294,900 and suites from $199,900.

“Our strength and experience comes from over 32 years as a new home builder. We have built our community from the ground up. Through our professional staff, our Purchasers have peace

To experience this breath of fresh air, visit Briar Hill online at or call 705-435-5503 or visit the sales office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Briar Hill offers lifestyle, location and the freedom to enjoy it all.



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Fieldgate offers grand opening bonus special at The Humberlands

n Richmond Hill, Fieldgate Homes has just opened a new collection of single-family homes at the established family community of The Humberlands. Excitement is soaring along with the summer temperatures, as purchasers take advantage of the limited-time Grand Opening Bonus – receive up to $10,000 in free upgrades from Fieldgate’s Décor Centre!

Architecturally, the homes at The Humberlands are stunning. Uniquely designed, the singles on the 30’ lots feature double-car garages and driveways at the back, creating enormous curb appeal from both the front and rear. Among the superb ap features and finishes in every home are ¾” prefinished fe natural hardwood on main floor excluding tiled areas, na granite countertops and valance lighting in the kitchen, gr and an oak staircase. The 36’ and 50’ designs also feature an a 9’ tray ceiling in the master bedroom.

Imagine owning one of these stunning singles, which are available on 30’, 36’ and 50’ lots in a tranquil nature setting. The community backs onto Richmond Hill’s EcoPark trail system. Nature-lovers will appreciate the wide open spaces, parks, conservation lands and lakes that dot the area, and there are more than 10 golf courses within a few minutes’ drive. The Humberlands is a master-planned community ty that is designed to preserve and celebrate these incredible natural surroundings. Equally as appealing for busy families and professionals, The Humberlands is close to an array of amenities including shopping, public transportation access, and excellent schools. In fact there are two elementary schools The Rainbow Creek is one of the homes on 30’ lots that have a double-car garage and curb appeal at both the front and the back and one secondary school within walking distance!


Homes on 30’ lots range up to 2,352 sq. ft. in size; on 36’ 36 lots up to 2,877 sq. ft.; and on 50’ lots up to 3,292 sq. ft. ft Value-packed prices begin from the $600s. Act now, while wh the Grand Opening Bonus is still in effect! Visit Fieldgate’s Sales Centre on the southeast corner of Bathurst Street and Humberland Drive, co between King Road and Bloomington Road West in the be Humberlands Plaza located at 13495 Bathurst St. For Hu hours and more information, call 905-773-7738 or visit ho

Remington Homes Trusted York Region builder has Broad Reach

or over 30 years, Remington Homes has helped shape Southwestern Ontario through industrial, commercial and residential developments. Remington Homes is a familiar name in York Region, where the trusted builder has built superb new home communities that accommodate first-time and move-up buyers and empty-nesters. Everyone who has experienced this builder’s commitment to quality will be happy to know that the company offers home collections in a multitude of locations across the GTA and beyond. York Region In Thornhill, Wigston Estates features an incredible model home appointed by the team at GlucksteinHome. There are only 17 homes available, priced from just over $2.9 million. Register now for your exclusive invitation to the Preview Event for Coventry - a limited collection of just seven condo townhomes and 10 detached homes on 30’ lots in Richmond Hill. Prices will start from the $600s. In scenic Vaughan, Thornhill Valley is a master-planned established community close to a wealth of amenities. Remington’s magnificent homes grace 40’ to 45’ lots and start in price from the $800s. Stately and luxurious, The Benchmark Town Manors are Remington’s elegant residences that form the cornerstone of Downtown Markham. Prices begin from the $800s.


Brampton In west Brampton, Remington Homes’ Timberbank Manors community offers townhome and detached homes amid the wide-open spaces of Chinguacousy Road north of Queen Street, close to amenities. Prices begin from the high-300’s. Georgetown Offering small town living with big city ease, River Rock Ridge in Georgetown is home to fabulous bungalows and two-storey designs on 36’, 40’ and 43’ lots, with prices beginning from the $500s. Midland Overlooking the shores of Georgian Bay, Captain’s Cove is a modern interpretation of the classic waterside community. These fully detached, freehold bungalows, bungalow-lofts and two-storey homes on 50’ and 75’ lots start from the low-$330’s. For details on all of Remington’s current and upcoming communities, visit

Vaughan celebrates peace and diversity at annual Peace Tree Day event

ore than 300 residents and community group members joined Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council to celebrate the City of Vaughan’s seventh annual Peace Tree Day celebration at North Thornhill Community Centre on June 24. “The City is honoured to participate in this celebration and promote an event that inspires young people and their families to take pride in their heritage and share it with others,” said Mayor Bevilacqua. “Vaughan is a multicultural city. We speak 72 languages and are home to many different cultural and religious groups. The Peace Tree Day event gives the community an opportunity to come together and create greater awareness and embrace the diversity that makes this City the place to be.” Inspired by the award-winning film The Peace Tree by Mitra Sen, Peace Tree Day is an annual festival for youth and families of every culture and faith to share and celebrate peace and diversity through the arts. This year, music by the Rock this Way band kicked off the event followed by the official welcome from the Mayor and Members of

Council. The ceremony was emceed by Naomi Parness of CTV and included traditional dance performances by the Bharatanatyam Dancers and Lao Association of Ontario, as well performances by Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers, the Philippine Heritage Band and singer Errol Lee. Children enjoyed arts and crafts, cooking workshops, story time with Vaughan Public Library, henna and face paintings as well as dance lessons. In addition, the 2nd annual Peace Tree Ambassador Award was presented to two sisters, Marim and Farqd Barghash. “The message of the Peace Tree is about sharing and embracing the many different cultures and faiths within our society. This celebration allows families of all backgrounds to unite and experience the vibrant traditions of every culture and faith in order to create greater understanding and respect among all people,” said Ward 4 Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco, Chair of the Peace Tree Day Committee. “I am delighted that Council has proclaimed the entire month of June as

Peace Tree Month, and through this effort, we can encourage everyone in our community to celebrate the differences that make us all unique and be grateful to live in a city that welcomes and supports a multicultural community.”

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New release of fabulous single family homes at Summerlyn Village of Bradford. New release of 36' and 40' lots


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Allure at the Gates of Aurora Luxury, location, lifestyle! Y our dream home awaits you at ALLURE at the Gates of Aurora, Castel Homes’ magnificent private gated ravine community situated in one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most idyllic and exclusive locales. Only 21 fully serviced lots ranging in size from ¼ to 1.3 acres are available in this exquisite collection that sits at the end of a private and tranquil road.

Castel has dedicated eight acres of the 17-acre property to a tree preservation plan, which and the community will feature a park and trails for the exclusive use of residents. Imagine this serene setting within walking distance to shops,

fine restaurants and cafés. Close to the city yet far from urban hustle and bustle, Allure is bordered by Yonge Street on the west and Bloomington Road on the south. Only moments away are excellent schools and a wealth of other amenities such as the Saint Andrew Golf and Country Club and Beacon Hall Golf Club. Allure is also close to the scenic Lake Wilcox Fish and Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as access to Highways 404 and 400. Each home at Allure will be built to the specifications of its owners, who will enjoy luxuriously landscaped grounds, grand architecture and full concierge service – a rare privilege

in today’s communities. This professional can take care of everything from picking up dry cleaning to booking a limo for a gala event. The goal is to offer buyers a lifestyle rather than simply a home. Allure is an architecturally curated community with exteriors that take their inspiration from French chateaux, Tudor and Arizona modern styles. Purchasers can work with the Castel design team to customize interiors or bring in their own designers to collaborate. Layouts can accommodate both private and open-concept spaces, with discrete technology available for behind-the-scenes control of climate, sound design and more. Beautiful gourmet kitchens include a walk-in pantry, servery and chef ’s office – perfect for entertaining, whether you don the chef ’s hat yourself or bring in a caterer. The elegant formal dining room overlooks the courtyard for glorious views. The breakfast rotunda is inviting for more casual times, and the outdoor private courtyard has its own full kitchen and loggia with a gas fireplace. Taking pampering to a new level, the master bedroom features walk-in closets, an outdoor terrace, a spa ensuite and even a morning kitchen.

“enjoy luxuriously landscaped grounds, grand architecture and full concierge service – a rare privilege in today’s communities” Family-operated Castel Homes has been building custom homes of distinction for more than a decade. This firm’s excellence in every aspect of design and construction includes attracting the industry’s finest trades. Enjoy peace-of-mind, knowing that your home at Allure will be constructed to a level of quality that surpasses market standard. The residences at Allure begin in price from $1,999,500. The Presentation Centre is located at 13777 Yonge Street in Aurora. For a private viewing or additional information, register to preview by contacting: Sales Representative/Broker CAROLINE BAILE at 416 788-2700 or OPEN HOUSE: Saturday & Sunday July 14th & 15th from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Menkes holds preview event for Bloom Park Towns


he Bathurst and Finch neighbourhood is blooming, now that Menkes’ newest community, BLOOM PARK TOWNS, is previewing. After an exclusive registrantonly event on June 21st, Bloom has become the success story of the summer!

Located in an established neighbourhood north of Finch, just off Bathurst on Antibes Drive, this master-planned community is adjacent to the verdant Antibes Park and G. Ross Lord Park lands system – which also served as inspiration for the community’s name. Enter off Antibes Drive, and follow the newly created roadway along a tree-lined pedestrianfriendly streetscape. Stroll the walkways and note the meticulous landscaping, seasonal planters and outdoor swimming pool with a loggia for enjoying the summertime.

down the street and all the offerings of the Sherman Campus UJA Federation of Greater Toronto are a few blocks south on Bathurst. “This is an excellent opportunity for first-time buyers to own a home in a superb established neighbourhood,” explains Steven Menkes, President, Low-Rise Residential. “Whereas most townhomes in North York now start well over $400,000, BLOOM PARK TOWN will be attractively priced, beginning from the mid $300s. It’s no at wonder that our preview event was so successful.” wo Bloom Park Towns offers two unique product designs. The Woodland Collection consists of one- and twoTh level townhomes ranging from 629 to 820 sq. ft. The le design-forward three-storey Parkside Collection features de townhomes ranging from 1,305 to 1,676 sq. ft. The to townhomes will have special touches that include patios, to private rooftop terraces or balconies, to suit different pr lilifestyle needs and budgets.

You know your location is ideal when you’re surrounded by all the great amenities North York has to offer. Green spaces abound in the neighbouring sporting fields. The G. Ross Lord Park network of interconnected walking trails leads all the way to Earl Bales Park and over to Dufferin. Modern-day conveniences await at Bathurst and Finch, just north along Steeles and the Promenade Shopping Centre. Take the TTC bus along Drewry right to the Yonge Street subway line for access anywhere in the city. Shopping, dining, movie theatres and the North York Civic Centre are close by on Yonge. The Antibes Community Centre is just

The homes at Bloom Park Towns will feature brick, stone and stucco exteriors set along a harmonious streetscape. an Interiors will boast open concept living spaces with 9’ In ceilings, laminate flooring in living/dining areas, European ce styled kitchens with granite counters and premium st appliances. The community also offers an outdoor ap swimming pool, landscaped patio and loggia, secure sw underground parking, bicycle spaces and much more. un Founded over 50 years ago, Menkes continues to raise the standard for outstanding design and exceptional th value as a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary real estate va development company. Menkes’ comprehensive real estate de portfolio includes elegant single-family homes, exclusive po luxury condominiums and highly coveted office, retail and lu industrial premises. in The Bloom Park Towns presentation centre is located at 7077 Bathurst Street, Unit 1; one block north of Steeles 70 Ave. in Thornhill. For hours and more information, visit Av or call 416-730-1600. ww

Xpression in Richmond Hill to celebrate grand opening


Zancor Homes launches new, Cosmopolitan condominium

kitchens feature custom designed cabinetry, granite ki countertops, ceramic tile backsplashes and modern, co stainless steel Energy Star rated appliances – everything a st savvy urbanite desires. sa

his month, on July 14, Zancor Homes is celebrating the grand opening of Xpression, their outstanding new cosmopolitan condominium community proving to be one of the most popular in Richmond Hill.

In addition to premium balconies and patios overlooking lush parkland and walkways, residents can also enjoy three lu terraces with spectacular views stretching to the downtown te skyline. Terraces will feature private barbecue areas, an sk outdoor fireplace, patio furniture and lounge chairs. ou

“We are thrilled with the excitement already surrounding Xpression. It’s not often that a project receives such a tremendous response even before it officially opens,” says Fabrizio Cortellucci, president of Zancor Homes. “But cosmopolitan buyers have quickly realized that Xpression is unlike anything else in the area: A truly urban new community from a solid, reputable builder.”

To learn more about all that modern condominium living in Richmond Hill has to offer, visit Xpression at li The sales office is located at: ww 9471 Yonge Street; phone number: 905-237-7810. 94

The grand opening festivities will feature a community ty barbecue together with an ice cream truck to help beat the heat of the summer. From its stellar design and amazing architecture, to its thriving location and urban amenities, Xpression Condos has raised the bar on condo living in Richmond Hill. Ideally situated with all the amenities of the city in a convenient Richmond Hill location, Xpression will rise on the east side of Yonge Street, just across from Hillcrest Mall. You’ll want to discover the sparkling diversity of local restaurants, shops and chic fashions – that is, when you’re not checking out the rooftop patios the swimming pool, fitness studio and other amazing amenities Xpression has to offer. Designed by Quadrangle Architects, Xpression boasts the most modern architectural design Richmond Hill has ever seen in a condominium residence. Interiors feature high design from one the city’s hottest up and coming Interior Design firms, Tomas Pearce. Xpression features a modern, 15-storey, two-tower design rising from a six-storey podium. With 452 suites and more than 52 suite styles, ranging from 491 to 1,174 square feet, everyone can find a home to express their unique style and energy. Prices range from the $200,000’s up to the $500,000’s. Suites feature soaring nine, 10 and even 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Sleek

About Zancor Homes ZancorHomesunderstands that a neighborhood is onlyy as strong as the people who live there, and it is their passion for a communityy that makes it thrive. Zancor assumes great responsibility ty to enhance their lowrise communities with parks, playgrounds, natural spaces and convenience, because they believe that how you live is as important as where you live. With their highrise projects, Zancor is committed to creating a unique lifestyle with a building that offers the finest in condominium living from innovative amenities to exceptional quality in every suite.

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WHAT A SUCCESS! North York’s BEST SELLING All Townhome Community From The Mid $300’s

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The Preview Event of our masterplanned, all townhome BLOOM community off Bathurst, north of Finch in North York has been an overwhelming success!

Dufferin St.

Preview Continues at BLOOM Sales Centre. Excellent Selection. Preview Prices.

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Vaughan celebrates Canada Day with Platinum Blonde T housands of residents came out to celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday and enjoy the music of Platinum Blonde at the City of Vaughan’s Canada Day celebrations on Sunday, July 1 at Mackenzie Glen District Park in Maple.

“Canada Day is a day that allows us to show our pride and our patriotism,” said Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “As Canadians we are well aware that we are a blessed people and that we have much to be grateful for. We are fortunate to live in a country where the spirit of generosity, compassion, understanding, tolerance and optimism are the values that shape our nation and indeed our great City.” Presented by TD and event sponsor CN, this family-oriented day featured free stage entertainment by Vaughan’s talented young rising stars Bridge 6 and Talk. The music continued with JRDN, who opened for the headliners, 80’s pop icons Platinum Blonde. This year’s Canada Day celebration included an online contest to win an exclusive Canada Day experience including reserved side-stage seating for two, VIP hospitality, and a special meet and greet with Platinum Blonde or JRDN. Residents were urged to ‘like’ the City of Vaughan’s Recreation & Culture Facebook page and ‘Join’ the Canada Day event listing to be automatically entered in the contest draw. “Vaughan’s Canada Day celebration is always a summer highlight for residents and visitors,” said City Manager Clayton Harris. “This annual event takes months of planning and I want to congratulate City staff for their hard work in putting together another memorable event, and thank our sponsors for making it possible.” Other Canada Day activities included a free Tim Hortons inflatable zone, face painting, pizza making workshop, and water park.

Living in the clouds

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


e’ve observed over the last few years as the GTA’s housing market has made a shift towards higher density living over the last decade. The scales have tipped in the condominium’s favour so much that we aptly coined 2011 as the year of the condo after a record 28,466 new condominiums were purchased across the GTA. So far, 2012 has seen some less dramatic results, but how do they line up against years that haven’t smashed any real estate records? According to RealNet Canada, as of the end of May 2012 the GTA has seen 8,924 new high rise sales. That’s the second best sales total for the first five months of a year in the last 13, despite being 22 per cent less than this time in 2011. The decline, however, has spawned a number of skeptics who claim that this is a sure sign of a housing collapse. The fact is that sales numbers are still 2 per cent higher than 2010 and the totals are in line with those over the past decade. I want to also point out that interest rates have remained low, despite Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s decision to shorten the maximum amortization period to 25 years – taking effect July 9. To me, this move was not about people buying homes, but ensuring that people who buy homes are in a position where they could afford them. In fact, Flaherty was recently quoted saying that he expects Canadians will continue to buy homes, but if they now purchase “less house or less condominium, quite frankly, I think that’s a good thing.” Of course, we can’t talk about new condominiums without mentioning the depleted rental market in the GTA. Construction of rental apartments is extremely low while existing properties are old and mostly occupied. With about 100,000 new residents coming to the GTA each year, many of them new immigrants, we are seeing a rising inflow of new renters. Don’t let the sceptics fool you. Condominium living is still in style, and looks like it’s here to stay.

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