November 2 - 16, 2013 Volume 13 Issue 20
Eastern Ontario Edition
Your Best Source for New Homes and Condos
Your East End Eden
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MAKING YOUR OPINION COUNT AS A NEW-HOME BUYER
WHERE WILL YOU SPEND YOUR GOLDEN YEARS?
WHAT REALLY GOES INTO THE COST OF YOUR NEW HOME
139 Charlie’s Lane Carp 613 839 6675
ONLY TWO HOMES LEFT! ONE EARLY OCCUPANCY AVAILABLE. Enjoy a walk-out basement facing a beautiful pond. These elegant 2-storey homes and bungalows blend modern sophistication with pastoral surroundings for an uncompromising sense of luxury. From $514,900.
you can have character without compromise
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SALES CENTRE Westphalian Ave.
Blackstone introduces a new release of 32' double car garage designs with 4 bedrooms, second floor laundry with loft space available, 9' ceilings, and gas fireplace. Ranging from 1,980 sq. ft. to 2,578 sq. ft., each spacious new design allows for ample lifestyle living within Kanata’s most desirable new neighbourhood, surrounded by lush greenspace and a nearby community pond.
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SALES CENTRE: 110 Westphalian Ave., Kanata 613.831.2619
THE ONE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. WITH THE SAVINGS YOU WANT. It’s never been a better time to buy a Monarch home. Enjoy incredible buyer incentives at all of our communities, and make your dreams of a new home come true today.
NEPEAN STACKED TOWNHOMES from the low $200,000’s MODEL HOME FOR SALE THE LINKS · MODEL HOME
DISCOVER GOLF COURSE LIVING.
SALES CENTRE: 610 Kilbirnie Dr., Nepean 613.692.9284
NEPEAN EXECUTIVE TOWNHOMES from the high $200,000’s EXECUTIVE SINGLES from the mid $400,000’s THE EVERGREEN · ELEV. B
LIVE ON THE GREEN.
SALES CENTRE: 610 Kilbirnie Dr., Nepean 613.692.9284
KANATA TRADITIONAL TOWNHOMES from the high $200,000’s ALL NEW 32' SINGLES from the high $300,000’s OLD WORLD CHARM. NEW WORLD LUXURY. THE GALLOWAY · ELEV A
EXECUTIVE 46' SINGLES from $441,990 SALES CENTRE: 110 Westphalian Ave., Kanata 613.831.2619
NEPEAN COURTYARD TOWNHOMES from the low $300,000’s SEMI-DETACHED from the high $300,000’s LONGFIELDS · MODEL HOME
FIND YOUR HAVEN.
SALES CENTRE: 280 Longfields Dr., Nepean 613.569.5313
DESIGNER DECORATED MODEL HOMES TO VIEW HOURS: Mon. – Thurs. 1pm – 8 pm, Fri.,Weekends & Holidays 12pm – 5pm
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Come And Discover What 1,000 Families Already Know.
Actual Walking/Biking Path In Fairwinds.
Save Up To $37,000 On Select Townhomes. Fairwinds in Kanata is an inviting community where families are attracted to the diversity of homes styles and the interesting streetscapes. And from a front porch, it’s always easy to say ‘hello’ to neighbours in Fairwinds. Fairwinds was our very first Ottawa community and it’s now a well-established and rich in neighbourhood features such as parks and playgrounds, walking biking trails and gently curved streets to help slow traffic. Fairwinds offers great schools, recreation and access to major highways. Right now we have a selection of very stylish, very affordable Townhomes available. Come and discover the world of Fairwinds and find your new family Townhome. Elev. ‘B’ Dr.
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Village Home, The Mulberry Corner ‘A’, 1,366 Sq.Ft., Was $273,990 Now $249,990 Includes: 3 Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops In Kitchen & Air Conditioning.
Urban Townhome, The Fernvalley Corner ‘B’, 1,750 Sq.Ft., Was $325,990 Now $294,990
Includes: 3 Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops In Kitchen, Hardwood In Lieu Of Carpet Plus Kitchen & Ceramic Tile In Lieu Of Vinyl.
Townhomes From $228,990
Fairwinds Sales Centre: 1776 Maple Grove Road, Kanata, 613.831.9369 6
All illustrations are artist’s concept. All dimensions are approximate. Prices, specifications, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E.&O.E.
Save Up To $25,000 On Select Townhomes & $40,000 On Select Detached Homes.
Save Up To $26,000 On Select Townhomes & $42,000 On Select Detached Homes.
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2-Storey Townhome, The Oak End ‘A’, 1,776 Sq.Ft., Was $316,990 Now $289,990
Half Moon Bay Sales Centre: 3454 Greenbank Road, Barrhaven, 613.825.7932
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Temporary Monahan Landing Sales Centre: 1776 Maple Grove Road, Kanata, 613.831.9369
3-Storey Townhome, The Tulip End ‘A’, 1,903 Sq.Ft., Was $315,990 Now $289,990
Includes: $6,000 To Spend At Decor, 3 Stainless Steel Appliances & Granite Countertops In Kitchen.
Includes: 3 Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops In Kitchen, Hardwood In Lieu Of Carpet On Second Floor, Ceramic Tile In Lieu Of Vinyl, Finished Laundry PPO & Super Shower PPO.
Single Car Garage Home, The Atrium ‘C’, 1,388 Sq.Ft., Was $349,990 Now $309,990
Single Car Garage Home, The Fernhaven ‘C’, 1,744 Sq.Ft., Was $381,990 Now $349,990
Includes: $5,000 To Spend At Decor, 9' Ceilings On Main Floor, Granite Countertops In Kitchen & Rec. Room Ready PPO.
Includes: 9' Ceilings On Main Floor, Granite Countertops In Kitchen, Hardwood Floors In Lieu Of Carpet On Main & Air Conditioning.
Sales Centre Hours: Monday to Thursday 1pm-8pm; Friday 1pm-6pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 11am-6pm
Iconic homes and communities
SA L E S C E N TR E N O W OP E N 3699 Jockvale Road (near Stonebridge)
Contemporary living in Barrhaven, close to parkland and the Rideau River. SALES CENTRE
Elegant new homes in Kanata, designed by Barry Hobin. (613.853.4302) MODELS
Stunning Estate homes, minutes from Manotick Village. (613.491.2277)
Urban living in Westboro, close to the Ottawa River pathways.
View our communities at uniformdevelopments.com
U N I Q U E
D E S I G N 9
November 2 - 16, 2013
volume 13 issue 20
p. 26 minto
launches The Enclave at Trail’s Edge with brand new designs
c24 vice-president, Wall2wall media
Director of sales, national
Sales Manager, Eastern Ontario
editor-in-chief / director of content
Susan Legge art director
Bianca DiPietro editor
Wayne Karl contributing editors
Sara Duck, Elisa Krovblit, Lydia McNutt
sales co-ordinator, eastern Ontario
Condo Insert | C01-C32
Manager of production
Spotlight on Condos: Your
guide to new condo communities in the Gatineau and Greater Ottawa Area 12 editor’s note C08 in the news
Canada poised to take advantage of U.S. economic recovery: CIBC
C10 make your move
C30 gohba report
What really goes into the price of your new home
C12 tarion report
Making your opinion count as a new-home buyer by Howard Bogach
32 fundamentally speaking
Location, information and timing a new adage to follow in real estate by Wayne Karl
34 Choosing a builder
Finding a new home builder you can trust
38 hot sheet
Two pages of community previews and openings
C26 home smarts
Where will you spend your golden years? by Marnie Bennett
community focus features C04 plp architecture The Azure – location, views and affordable luxury C24 samcon Summerhill – Luxury on Dow’s Lake
Mike Terentiev Published by
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How to avoid common packing mistakes by Dan Hopkins
launches The Enclave at Trail’s Edge with brand new designs
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What rules your new-home choice? Lifestyle increasingly influential for buyers
ew-home buyers are often driven by different influences, but there’s no doubt lifestyle is an increasingly important factor. Whether you’re considering a home near the beach, a golf course or a city penthouse or pied-à-terre, you’re likely looking to compensate for what you don’t have in your current residence. The amount of living space is usually the issue – either too much or too little. Most young families are looking for more living space, which is why builders are designing homes with interiors that maximize every square foot of living space to make the most of your money. As we get older, the quest for living space may take a different direction. Downsizing is usually the answer, although many homeowners with existing homes in suburban or rural areas are acquiring townhomes or pied-à-terres in the city. An urban location gives owners and their friends a chance to enjoy the social and cultural activities of the city without having to drive for hours to get home. In today’s hectic world, your new home will be your retreat, so it’s important to find is to find a home that suits your needs and lifestyle. In this issue, we profile new communities which offer the perfect place to put up your feet, plus the latest industry news and features about buying and owning a new home. Enjoy!
Susan Legge Editor-in-chief Wall2Wall Media, Susan.Legge@wall2wallmedia.com Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/SusanLegge
What’s the real price of government fees? Development charges, taxes and other costs keep rising and threaten future housing affordability
et’s start with a basic premise: housing starts – meaning, new-home construction – are an important barometer of economic health. And an assumption: no one would argue that new communities don’t need critical infrastructure – roads, water, sewers, transit, parks and other essential services. The question is this: what is an appropriate cost to pay for these and other items, without which new developments simply cannot exist? In the Ottawa area, at least, the answer is this: about 23 per cent of the cost of a new home, or about $100,000 – and growing. This, according to John W. Herbert, executive director of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association, who does an excellent job of breaking down government fees and taxes in his column on page C30. Twenty-five years ago, these charges amounted to only about three per cent. Ottawa is hardly alone in dealing with this issue; the City of Toronto recently passed a new bylaw that will see development charges rise by 75 per cent over the next two years; the nearby City of Markham is considering an additional development charge to help fund a new arena – meaning, future homebuyers may be asked to fund a private facility they never asked for and might never use. What’s the real price of government fees? If allowed to rise unchecked, it could well be future homeownership affordability.
Wayne Karl Editor Wall2Wall Media, firstname.lastname@example.org Follow me on Twitter at Twitter.com/WayneKarl
12 New home & Condo guide eastern Ontario | nov 2 - 16, 2013
bungalows in chapman mills, avalon & morris village
A limited number of beautifully-designed 2 bedroom bungalows are now available. 9â€™ ceilings and ceramic in all wet areas are standard features in these stunning Minto bungalows. From 1,448 to 1,537 sq. ft. Visit our sales centre today. chapman mills sales centre 102 Southam Way, Nepean 613.823.1900
avalon sales centre 204 Monaco Place, OrlĂŠans 613.834.6400
morris village sales centre 217 Sterling Avenue, Rockland 613.788.2774
Bungalows from $399,900
Bungalows from $389,900
Bungalows from $339,900
Monday-Thursday 12-8 p.m. weekends & holidays 12-5:30 p.m. closed Friday
Proud builder of the CHEO Dream Home
QUICK MOVE-INS now available across the city. Enjoy up to $20,000 in Decor Dollars.
ClaridgeHomes.com Prices and speciďŹ cations are subject to change without notice. E. & O. E.
Live where dreams take ďŹ‚ight Tour our SEVEN Designer Decorated Model Homes today RIVERSIDE SOUTH Summerhill Village offers outstanding single detached homes and townhomes, each designed with careful attention to architectural detail. Parks and pathways surround the community, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers.
$280,900 Singles & Bungalows from $366,900 Towns from
585 SUMMERHILL ST. 613 822 6444
Towns from $281,900
Towns from $309,900
Singles & Bungalows from $361,900
Singles & Bungalows from $371,900
Towns from $276,900 Singles & Bungalows from $366,900
118 MARAVISTA DR. 613 823 6767
401 FERNSIDE ST. 613 425 1332
422 DOVEHAVEN ST. 613 841 0560
Zens Urban Flats from $200,900 Towns from $279,900
Condo Flats from $290,900
Zens Urban Flats from $205,900
200 ARRITA ST. 613 591 0448
210 KIWANIS CRT. 613 249 0704
376 ANTIGONISH AVE. 613 834 3488
Imagine your new life begins here! • Fabulous MODEL SUITE. One-of-a-kind features! Must be seen! • Quiet location, only from Downtown • Walk to Rideau River par kland, shopping and restaurants • Best value in the city!
Actual Photo of One Bedroom Model Suite with European Extenzo®Ceiling. Free Extenzo® Ceiling in next ten units sold.
350 Montgomery off McArthur www.SoniaCondos.com 613. 421.9736 SalesSonia@longwoodbuilders.com
Immediate Occupancy! 8 Remaining
Model Suites Now Open Come home to Montage. Condominiums by Longwood. Just 5 minutes walk from Billings off Bank at Ohio. If you lived here, you’d be home by now.
www.montagecondos.ca 613.897.0044 SalesMontage@longwoodbuilders.com
MORRIS VILLAGE in Rockland Single Homes / Bungalows 613.446.1506 SalesMorris@longwoodbuilders.com longwoodbuilders.com/morrisvillage Best value for growing families. DORIMA Terrace Homes Tenth Line at Innes in Orleans 613.424.2901 • dorima.ca email@example.com Priced for First Time Buyers! Investors! Now Under Construction for early 2014 Occupancy! DEEVY’S HOMESTEAD in Kanata Adult Lifestyle Bungalows 613.435.2155 firstname.lastname@example.org deevyshomestead.com Under Construction . Act Now!
ONLY 8 REMAINING REMAiNING
NEIGHBOURHOODS of Hunt Club Adult Lifestyle Bungalows 613.738.1349 email@example.com longwoodbuilders.com/huntclub MODEL HOME NOW OPEN!
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we won't charge you extra for your custom design Choose one of our many models Bring us your design Custom modifications to any models or designs Creation of a new custom design just for you ... all this as part of our service at no extra chaRge. Meet directly with owner Pierre, owner Michel or VP Stephan
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• 22 lots in a Private Cul-de-sac • 2 to 4 acres country Estate Lots (well & septic) • Underground services with Natural Gas and High Speed Internet • Open and partially or fully treed lots • Walking trails with access to lake and creek • 5 minutes from Kanata Centrum
7 LOCATIONS • CUMBERLAND: Camelot Estates: 2 acres Estate Lots. From the high $600's. • NAVAN: Mustang St.: ½ acre fully treed private Estate Lot. From the high $600's. • OTTAWA: Westboro: 2 luxury semi-detached homes. From the high $600's. • STITTSVILLE: Deer Run: 41’ to 54’ wide lots in a private crescent. From the mid $400's. • CARP: Westlake South Estates: 2 to 4 acres private Cul-de-sac Estate Lots. From the mid $500's. • ARNPRIOR: 60' wide private Cul-de-sac lots with dock on Madawaska river. From mid $500's • ON YOUR OWN LOT
2 QUICK OCCUPANCY HOMEs FOR SALE IN STITTSVILLE FROM $529,900
18 New home & Condo guide eastern Ontario | nov 2 - 16, 2013
Step off the trail and into your Enclave.
Enclave. A remarkably distinct community for discriminating families who look beyond the beaten path — intriguingly close to the amenities you expect, nestled in the rejuvenating tranquility you need. Don’t miss this superb opportunity to grow with a stellar new Minto development. Enclave at TrailsEdge in Ottawa east, featuring extraordinary state-of-the-art 30, 36 and 43 foot homes, many with two-car garages.
Be among the ﬁrst. Visit Enclave online and add your name to our priority registration list now.
enclave.minto.com Proud builder of the CHEO Dream Home
limited time. up to $15,000
Design centre bonus.*
SINGLES from $374,900 towNhomES from $300,150
*Certain exclusions apply. Please see sales representative for details. E. & O.E. 10.07.2013
ArcAdiA SAleS centre 360 Huntmar Drive, Kanata Monday-Thursday 12-8 p.m. weekends & holidays 12-5:30 p.m. closed Friday 613.788.2770 Proud builder of the CHEO Dream Home
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spotlight on condos Eastern Edition
November 2 - 16, 2013
Your Pull-Out Guide to highrise, conversion, loft, terrace & townhome condo projects
you don’t have to be and slim to be elegant
spotlight on condos
Maintenance-free condominium living Available at 2 superb locations
Foxwood Condos in Kemptville Starting from
88 Equinelle Drive
Suites range from 1,040 sq.ft. up to 1,430 sq.ft. Foxwood Condos in Stittsville Starting from
5611 Fernbank Road
Sales Centre Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 5pm Fri. 11am - 5pm. Sat. & Sun. 12pm - 5pm
Sales Centre Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 11am - 6pm Fri., Sat., & Sun. 12pm - 5pm
TWO MORE INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE REGIONAL GROUP OF COMPANIES INC.
Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. E. & O.E. All renderings are Artist’s concept. *See Sales Representative for further details.
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3-Storey condo buildings Only 12 suites per building ALL are corner suites 9 ft. ceilings Granite counters* Hardwood floors* Stainless steel appliances Elevator Underground parking & locker
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Excellent Westboro location, spectacular river views, affordable luxury
he Azure, which by definition means the deep blue of the serene blue sky or the waters of the Mediterranean, is Ottawa’s newest addition to the condo scene. Imagine waking up each morning and looking out your expansive windows at the breathtaking views of the city’s greatest landscapes. Enjoy dramatic sunrises and sunsets from your luxurious condominium in the heart of the city. The design of The Azure condominium was created by award winning international architects, PLP Architecture from London, England with local collaboration from global Canadian firm, IBI Group. As the first residential building in Ottawa to have been designed by an international architect, The Azure has something extra to offer homebuyers – European flare. According to John Thomas, founder of Azure Urban, Ottawa is in need of different look: “We wanted to bring to Ottawa a different type of condominium than what we’ve traditionally seen in this market. I wanted to bring to my hometown great design and architecture at a price that was affordable to all segments of the condominium market.” Thomas continues to explain how The Azure offers something different to homebuyers: “We don’t use the word “condo” to describe suites at The Azure. That word seems to have a pejorative connotation. I prefer the term flats, as The Azure has been designed with the more expansive London and Parisian perspective on urban living. Our flats
Location Ottawa housing type Condominiums sales office 929 Richmond Rd., open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday closed, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. contact 613.234.4346
Imagine waking up each morning and looking out your expansive windows at the breathtaking views of the city’s greatest landscapes
are large and gracious and allow for elegant living at a price that can’t be beat.” The Azure has been carefully designed from the inside out to maximize the living experience for its residents. The building faces east and west to maximize both the views of the Ottawa River, as well as the sunlight for all units. At ground level, shops and residences animate the street. As Thomas explains, “the building has been designed with two retail spaces on the ground floor with the goal of servicing our residents with a high standard of practical amenities.” The Azure has been designed by local interior designer, Tanya Collins. Onebedroom units combine 25-ft.-wide bays with nine-ft. ceilings to create an open living space. Two-bedroom units are the epitome of luxury, as they span the full depth of the building with 9.5-ft. ceilings and, in some cases, exit onto 1,000-sq.-ft. private sky gardens overlooking the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills. As a tribute to the rich heritage of this community, The Azure’s entrance lobby will feature old growth lumber and masoned limestone blocks all recovered and preserved from the foundation and structure of the
plp architecture The Azure
historic Ullett homestead that previously graced the site. The building is located on top of an elevated northward bend of the Ottawa River creating a delightful natural phenomenon that results in The Azure being practically surrounded by the River. PLP’s brilliant design takes advantage of this condition to ensure that virtually all units have breathtaking, unobstructed views of the Ottawa River, the Gatineau Hills and the downtown skyline. This ideally located building is only steps away from the light-rail transit way, the shops and restaurants of Westboro, and only minutes from downtown. Enjoy the fresh produce of the always popular Parkdale Market, or head out for a scenic run along the Ottawa River Parkway. The Azure is close to achieving its financing targets, and Thomas plans to break ground in spring 2014. In order to incentivize those purchasers still mulling over the purchasing decision, Azure Urban has launched an aggressive fall promotion. Buy before Nov. 30, 2013 and choose one of the following options: $10,000 in cash after closing; $10,000 off the price of any suite, or no condo fees for one year. In addition, all purchasers will be eligible to enter to Azure Urban’s “The Azure is Beautiful” contest for a trip for two to London, England. Priced from $280,000, these condos won’t last long. To experience The Azure first-hand, visit the sales centre and the fully furnished model suite. For more information, visit theazure.ca
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Corporate Canada poised to take advantage of strong U.S. economic recovery in 2014: CIBC Corporate Canada has never been in a better position
to capitalize on a U.S. economic recovery, CIBC World Markets Inc. reports in the latest Composite Indicator of Corporate Canada’s Strength. “While it is widely expected that stronger growth in the U.S. next year will have an upside benefit for Canada, what might surprise many is how quickly and significantly corporate Canada will ramp up spending to capitalize on the long awaited rebound in global demand,” says Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC. Using the bank’s Composite Indicator of Corporate Canada’s Strength, he finds that, while softening somewhat recently, the index is still hovering around an all-time high and is almost a full point above its long-term average. “That’s important since the higher the level of our index, the more responsive corporate Canada has been to a shift in U.S. demand.” Tal notes that, on average, a one-per-cent change in U.S. growth has led to a full three-percentage-point change in capital expenditures by Canadian corporations. However, during periods of high-index readings like we have currently, the same increase in U.S. demand has translated into a fourpercentage-point acceleration in capital spending by Canadian companies. “The response by corporate Canada is directly linked not only to the speed of the recovery south of the border, but also to its financial position at the eve of that acceleration,” he says. “Given the highly elevated level of our index, the ability of Canadian corporations to respond to improving U.S. demand has never been better. “What’s more, this is not a tale of one or two major industries that biased the aggregate results. The index performance is widely based. In fact, improvement in key measures such as cash position and profit margin in recent years actually appears more impressive when the mighty energy sector is excluded.” CIBC Economics is calling for the U.S. economy to expand by 3.2 per cent in 2014, more than double the projected pace in 2013, with the global economy growing by four per cent next year. C8 New home & Condo guide eastern Ontario | nov 2 - 16, 2013
Beautifully designed, quality built 1, 2 + 3 bedroom terrace homes + urban flats at the corner of Orleans Blvd & Meadowglen. Welcome to Bergeron Terrace. Welcome to your neighbourhood.
BergeronTerrace.ca Sales Centre now open 5911 Meadowglen Drive 613.223.5803
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How to aVOID COMMON
packing mistakes by dan hopkins
More than four million people moved
residences in Canada last year, many of whom did the packing themselves. For some, it works out fine; others have problems resulting from a lack of foresight, poorly packed boxes and inexperience in loading moving trucks. Here are a few tips to help you avoid finding damaged items at your destination:
Dan Hopkins is Chief Operating Officer, Two Men and a Truck Canada. twomenandatruck.ca
Next, we create a “box wall” stacked to the ceiling to hold the items in the attic in place. We then stand plastic wrapped mattresses against the box wall and secure everything with tie-off straps to keep belongings from getting jostled during the move. If you’re not completely packed and ready on moving day, we can’t create that box wall early on and, this decreases the capacity of the items that can be moved at one time. It also eats up precious time, and therefore, money!
The most common packing mistake we see are people getting free 4. Think ahead. Begin packing items you don’t use daily. As boxes at the grocery or liquor store and then putting too you pack your boxes move them to the front of your much weight in them. For example, using a large box to pack apartment and stack them along a wall near the front door. books and magazines may make it too heavy to lift, and the Having them by the door, organized and ready to go, instead box might break during the move due to the weight. of having movers go back and forth to each room can shave Use this rule of thumb: the heavier the item, the smaller 10 to 20 seconds off the time for each box. Saving 20 the box. Be choosy about your boxes; free boxes from a seconds per box can save lots of time and money. grocery store that have been used to ship produce could contain insect larvae that may transfer to your belongings. 5. Consider having your moving company pack for you. We are skilled, have more experience and have standard-size 2. Be realistic about the number of boxes you need. small, medium and large boxes that are designed to fit Depending on how long you have lived in your current into our trucks to create a perfect box wall for optimum location, you will most likely underestimate your boxes efficiency and safety. requirement. Often, we hear of renters who think 40 or 50 boxes will be enough, and then realize they need When it comes to moving, forethought goes a long way. upwards of 80, two days before moving day. Because your belongings mean a lot to you, take extra care when packing so that they arrive at your destination safely. 1. Consider purchasing boxes from your mover.
3. Start packing early and be completely packed when the movers arrive. Sometimes we arrive at a customer’s home and they’re not packed. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to move customers’ belongings while they are attempting to shove items into boxes and we get in each others’ way. This also interferes with the optimal loading of the moving truck. We have a loading system where the first things we place in the truck are light items such as chairs, lampshades and cushions; we place these items in the “attic” (the area over the cab) of the truck. We can get lots of light items up there and they stay secure.
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Howard Bogach is President and CEO of Tarion Warranty Corp. His column appears monthly in New Home Guide. For more information about how Tarion helps new-home buyers, visit tarion.com or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TarionWarrantyCorp.
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It’s time for Tarion’s annual customer satisfaction survey. If you bought a new home in the past year, now’s your chance to tell Tarion all about your home buying experience. Every fall, Tarion sends customer satisfaction surveys to approximately 40,000 homeowners. We’re looking for feedback on your builder’s customer service and your experience with Tarion. You’ll be asked questions about most stages of the homeowner-builder relationship beginning with the signing of the agreement of purchase and sale, through to construction, the pre-delivery inspection, and finally your builder’s after-sales service. You’ll also be asked about your interactions with Tarion. Your feedback is important to us and helps shape the way we do business. For example, last year’s survey showed us that homeowners who used our online warranty service, MyHome, had a significantly higher level of satisfaction with Tarion than those who didn’t manage their warranty through MyHome. This kind of information tells us we’re on the right track with our enhanced MyHome initiatives and lets us know that the changes we’re making are providing a better homeownership experience. Your feedback also helps us educate builders, letting them know what they are doing right, or where improvements can be made. Once the survey results are tabulated, Tarion sends qualified builders a copy of their individual results (without identifying the participants, of course). We also provide builders with the average results of their category. (Builders are grouped into small, medium, large and highrise categories.) So not only do builders get a true indication of C12 New home & Condo guide eastern Ontario | nov 2 - 16, 2013
what their buyers think of their service, they also get to see how they measure up against their peers. The new home marketplace is highly competitive and I can assure you that most builders give a lot of weight to their survey results and use them to evaluate and improve on their customer service practices. Survey results are also used to determine finalists and recipients of the Tarion Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence are the only awards in the province that recognize builders solely on the basis of their customer service. And they are judged by the people whose opinions matter most – yours. For Ontario home builders, good customer service means going above and beyond to make sure buyers have the best new homeownership experience possible, and that’s why we want to hear from you. By taking 10 minutes out of your day to complete a survey, you can tell us about your homebuying experience and influence whether your builder should be recognized for their customer service. Happy, satisfied homeowners are the best indicator of good customer service. As the regulator, I was heartened to hear some of the 2012 award recipients’ approaches to customer service. One of them told us that their buyers are not just customers, but also their neighbours. Providing open communication and top notch customer service is always a priority. Another recipient told us that their key to success is their availability to buyers on site, after hours and on weekends to answer questions, not only at the time of purchase, but long after homeowners move in. We know that good customer service can mean the difference between a positive homebuying experience, and one filled with headaches. We also know that building a home is not a perfect science. New homes can be constructed in a harsh climate and are susceptible to human error, so it isn’t uncommon for a new home to need repairs after its owners move in. Most homeowners have realistic expectations and know that repairs are often a part of the new-home ownership process. We usually see about 50 per cent of new-home owners submitting 30-Day Tarion Warranty forms. But our actual claim numbers are much, much lower, because builders who take customer service seriously will fix any warranted items in a timely manner, which results in happy homeowners. That’s not only good customer service, it’s good business sense. Builders who respond to their homeowners’ concerns understand how important their reputation is and often find themselves with repeat buyers and positive referrals. So, if you have taken possession of a new home in the past year, look for the Tarion survey arriving in your mailbox or inbox this month. Your opinion counts and we’re ready and waiting for your feedback!
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Luxury on Dow’s Lake organic in nature and provide a seamless flow, creating a holistic sense of pleasure, serenity and sophistication. Expansive windows invite an abundance of natural light throughout all the units. Sleek hardwood, large kitchen islands, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances all create a chic and modern feel. Take in a deep breath and admire the spacious and open-concept living space. For your safety and convenience, there is also underground parking. location At Summerhill, your space doesn’t end within the four walls – each unit Ottawa has a large outdoor terrace, roughly 100 sq. ft., offering spectacular views of Dow’s Lake and the city. Entertain family and friends in this wonderful sales centre outdoor space! 190 Lisgar St. Summerhill is truly in the heart of it all. Minutes from downtown, this ideally located building is only steps away from transit, Hwy. 417, speciality contact shops, world class restaurants and comedy clubs. Summerhill offers an Office: 613.233.8606 endless amount of possibilities right at your fingertips. Step out your front Fax: 613.383.0399 door and take advantage of the many summer outdoor concerts and festivals, bennettpros.com or enjoy a drink on a local patio. In the winter, learn to skate on the historic Rideau Canal, take in the always popular Winterlude, or Unlike highrise condominiums, stay warm with a hot cup of cocoa at your local pub. If you love the outdoors you have plenty of activities to Summerhill is quaint and keep you occupied. Head out for a jog on the many trails and intimate, providing you with bike paths located only minutes from your front door. You the opportunity to meet your can stop by Dow’s Lake Pavilion and rent a kayak and tour neighbours. the city by water. In the winter, strap on some skies or snow shoes and see where the day takes you. Looking for your own personal oasis? Summerhill has a beautifully designed Zen garden located between Phase One and Phase Two. Hodgins and Associates, an award-winning landscape architect from Montreal, has been brought in to design this idyllic sanctuary escape. Enjoy your book outdoors, mediate amongst the colourful flowers, or simply sit and listen to the harmonious sounds of the flowing water by the large pergola. This is a unique feature which offers a slice of solitude amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Summerhill offers a wide variety of pricing and flooring plans. One-bedroom suites with 626 sq. ft. start at only $289,700. The penthouse collection is one of a kind. Starting at $593,700 for 1,229 sq. ft., these units offer spectacular views of the city, large terraces and spacious floor plans. New floorplans have also just been released. Come and see the spacious onebedroom plus den. There are only five of these popular suites left for purchase. Stop by the Summerhill sales office to take advantage of the Grand Opening Special, and choose from one of the 39 luxuries suites. Or call the Bennett Property Shop Realty, the exclusive condo sales team, at 613.233.8606. Their office is located at 190 Lisgar St., and Summerhill is open Monday to Wednesday noon to 5 p.m. or visit summerhilldowslake.com
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Where will you spend your golden years? by Marnie Bennett When I was starting out in real estate, it was pretty common – almost expected – for retirees to sell the family house and move to a picturesque little town for some peace and quiet. Maybe they would winterize their cottage and move in year-round, or maybe they’d join the ranks of snowbirds who headed south each winter. But the prevailing idea was that, after decades of working hard and raising a family, retirees were ready to get away from it all. It never fails to amaze me how quickly times change. In recent years, the trend has begun to swing the other way. More and more often, I’m seeing retired clients who are ready to sell their suburban or rural homes and purchase something right at the heart of the city. What’s the appeal of an urban retirement? Well, there are the usual suspects: arts and entertainment, restaurants and shopping, social groups and recreation, all right at your doorstep. For baby boomers who have spent huge portions of their lives driving to and from work, ditching the car and hopping on public transit feels like freedom.
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Yet another big draw for some retirees is that the city brings them closer to children and grandchildren. For those who are widowed or divorced, the city often offers greater possibilities for making connections with others. The simple truth is that where some people find comfort in quiet surroundings, others find isolation. Finally, some are attracted downtown for the most practical of reasons: you can’t beat the big city for health care. Even if they’re fit as fiddles, today’s retirees are taking the long view. I don’t want to overstate it: many boomers still embrace the classic ideal of the fishing boat, a heap of novels and gorgeous lakeside sunsets. But many others are suited to cottage life for just a few weeks a year. These clients tell me that they finally have the time and energy to pursue all the interests that have been on the backburner for so many years – whether it’s seeking out live jazz, exploring world cuisine or joining a racquetball club. And no place offers them more than the vibrant, ever-changing city. I suggest you examine your own retirement dreams – and have fun doing it! To receive a free copy of a new special report titled “Homebuyers: How to Save Thousands of Dollars When You Buy” email firstname.lastname@example.org
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What really goes into the price of your new home by John W. Herbert
Most new-home purchasers are surprised to discover how much of the selling price is comprised of government taxes of one kind or another. On average, 56 per cent of government charges are levied against land owners, developers or builders which are then passed on to homebuyers. The other 44 per cent of government charges are imposed directly on new-home buyers. There are many different charges, but the main ones are: Municipal Development Charges: Levied where the need exists for municipal services such as parks and recreation, fire services, water, sewer, roads and transit. Education Development Charges: Collected by municipal government on behalf of public and separate school boards, and used to acquire school sites and other related costs. Planning Review Fees: Projects always require some degree of planning work that would involve such things as official plan amendments, zoning bylaw amendments, plans of subdivision, site plan approvals and in some cases a condominium plan. Building Permit Fees: Charged for the review of house design plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code. Engineering and Servicing Fees: Comprise a variety of charges for the development, review, inspection, connection and assumption of a development’s water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer services. Hydro/Utility Fees: Connection charges levied by Ottawa Hydro to cover plan review, design and installation. Property Taxes: During the development process, owners are required to pay property tax on the vacant land until construction is complete and new-home buyers assume responsibility. These costs are accumulated over the many years it takes for a property to reach the land development and construction phase. Parkland Dedication: Municipal government acquires parkland and other forms of open space through parkland dedication requirements imposed on new developments. This amounts to five per cent of the gross land area or three hectares per 1,000 population, whichever is greater. C30 New home & Condo guide eastern Ontario | nov 2 - 16, 2013
John W. Herbert is executive director of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association. He can be reached at 613.723.2926, ext. 224, or visit gohba.ca
Tarion: This is an enrolment fee that builders are required to pay in order to cover the new-home warranty. The fee varies based on the sale price of the home. As an example, the fee for a home in the $350,000 to $400,000 range would be about $900. CMHC Mortgage Insurance: To obtain this insurance, lenders are required to pay a premium that gets passed on to the borrower. The insurance is calculated as a percentage of the mortgage loan; the higher the mortgage, the larger the insurance premium becomes. If we assume a buyer with an 85-per-cent loan-to-value ratio, then a 1.75-per-cent loan insurance premium would be required. Harmonized Sales tax: New homes are subject to the Harmonized Sales Tax of 13 per cent, of which five per cent is the federal portion (GST) and eight per cent the provincial portion (PST). The GST is eligible for a 36-per-cent rebate on homes priced at $350,000 or less with the amount declining as the home price increases. The PST rebate is calculated by applying a 75-per-cent factor to the PST payable, up to a maximum rebate of $24,000. The full 13-per-cent HST is also applied to the purchase of all materials and services throughout the entire land development and home construction process. Land Transfer Tax: Provincial land transfer tax applies to the purchase of homes in Ontario and progresses with price. At the low end it is 0.5 per cent on amounts up to $55,000 and two per cent on amounts exceeding $400,000. First-time home buyers are eligible for a rebate up to $2,000. Only 25 years ago, prior to GST, PST and Development Charges, the total government fees, charges, taxes and levies added about three per cent to the cost of a new home. The items summarized above now total about 23 per cent, and they’re rising quickly. This amounts to about $100,000 on the cost of a new single-family home in Ottawa. This $100,000 must be added to the purchaser’s mortgage and paid for with interest over its 30-year term. Housing affordability has dramatically declined, and if future generations are going to fulfill the dream of owning a home, we need to find alternative methods of funding urban growth. One possible solution is for governments to borrow funds or sell bonds to finance municipal infrastructure over many years, rather than having new home buyers pay for it all up front.
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You can be part of the growth of this new community. Experience the birth of new parks, schools and businesses. The area promotes physical activity with bike and walking trails nearby, and all the city amenities you want are close to home. Excellent access to Hwy. 417 and into downtown along Renaud Road and Innes makes commuting easy, then you can come home to the quiet and comfort of this little gem. The design changes are the first for Minto in many years. Kitchens are made for entertaining and socializing with a big central island, 2.5 baths are standard in larger units, the brick and stone exteriors showcase contemporary-style pillars, and best of all – you can make your home your own with Flex Plan floorplans. Minto has long been known for innovation and Green features, and these new designs, with their attractive exteriors
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Information is also important. Like any financial hear, buying a home isn’t only about Whether you’re a first-time homeown- instrument, real estate can fluctuate location, location, location. True, this er, “buying up” to accommodate a in value and your timing can deteris the time-tested first rule of real estate, growing family or “right-sizing” as an mine how good of an investment it is. but there are other determining factors empty nester, education is critical. Given today’s challenging economic you must consider as part of your selec- And these days, with digital media climate, there’s no shortage of media tion process. Indeed, there’s a new rule and mobile technology, all the infor- reports on the ups and downs of the of thumb for buying real estate. mation you need is at your fingertips. housing market. But if you’ve done From the content here in this maga- your research, you won’t be spooked Location zine, to the resources available to you – or excited – by big-picture reports on First, what does that old adage really at Canada Mortgage and Housing short-term market performance. You mean? Of course, we’d all love a high- Corp. (CMHC), to the local market know that real estate is not national end home in the best neighbourhood. expertise of new-home sales staff and or even regional – it’s very specific. You don’t buy the Canadian market and So, it’s not just about “location, location, location.” you don’t buy a provincial or even regional market. You buy a specific home, The new adage is “location, information and timing.” on a specific street in a specific neighBut that’s not always possible. For your realtors, the more knowledge you have, bourhood. own enjoyment while you live in your the better equipped you are to make So, it’s not just about “location, home as well as for future resale po- informed decisions about buying, location, location.” The new adage is tential, proximity to transportation, maintaining and eventually selling “location, information and timing.” Do shopping, schools and other amenities your home. well with all three, and over the long is among the key determinants that haul your home is going to be one of affect your property’s appeal and ul- Timing the best lifestyle and investment decitimately its value. After all, those are Though your home is your primary sions you ever made. the qualities potential buyers look for residence, it is also an investment. when searching for a home; the more Where you buy is usually determined of them your home has when you go largely by where you want to live, work to sell, the more desirable it will be and play. But when you buy and sell to a greater number of people. This equates to demand – multiple offers and a higher price. Despite what you often
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Finding a new home builder you trust your area, the types of homes they offer and the prices you can expect to pay. 02 A sk friends, family and coworkers for names of reputable builders they have dealt with. 03 Contact the provincial or local builders' association and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association for the names of builders in your area. 04 Contact new-home warranty providers for a list of registered builders. 05 Visit the websites of builders in your community. 06 Call builders to find out where they are building, or What you want to know where you can see some of their homes. There are thousands of builders in Canada, ranging from 07 Check the Yellow Pages. small companies building a few houses a year to large 08 Go to home shows to meet builders and to explore builder-developers constructing thousands of homes the latest in features and finishes. annually. Whether you live in a large urban area or a 09 Visit builders’ sales offices, model homes and comsmaller community, you will have a number of builders munities. As you go through your home search, collect to choose from. Each company may offer a different as much information as you can – pamphlets, broselection of homes. Some may focus on specific market chures, builder’s packages, product literature, warsegments or neighbourhoods. Others may specialize in ranty information and so on. Read through it all and particular types of homes or have certain distinctive create a file of everything that interests you. expertise, such as adult lifestyle design or energy effi- 10 A lways carry a notebook with you and write down ciency. And every company does business in its own information about the builders and the homes that unique way. you see. If you don’t, it can be difficult later to reAs you look at homes and communities, also think member the details of a particular home or discussion, about the company behind them. Before choosing which or to recall which builder said what. one to buy from, take a close look at each builder you are considering and ask these questions: You may also want to bring a camera along. When you » Who are they? keep track, it is easier to remember to collect the right » Do they build a quality home? information from every builder you visit. It also makes it » What are they like to buy from? much easier to compare the companies, their products, » What is their after-sales service like? their selling process and their reputation, when you are » What’s their reputation, what do others say ready to make a decision. about them? previous buyers Begin your search Builders should be able to give you a list of references 01 Check your newspaper (and New Home & Condo – past customers who have bought from them within the Guide) to find out which companies are building in last couple of years. Do check the references – too often When you decide to buy a brand new home,
choosing the right builder is as important as choosing your home. When you purchase a home, you also “buy” the company that will build it. Your satisfaction will depend on their experience, their skills and their commitment to customer service. An important part of the home-buying process lies in determining that you are dealing with a builder who has these qualifications and is able to meet your needs and expectations – for the home and for the buying experience.
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homebuyers neglect this step. Don’t worry about disturbing people; they have agreed to let the builder give out their names and will not mind you contacting them. Before you call, make a list of questions you would like to ask, such as: » In general, what was the builder like to buy from? Was it a good experience? » W hat particularly did they appreciate about the company? What did they not like about it? » Did they run into any problems, and if so, were the problems solved to their satisfaction? » Was the home completed on time and on budget? If not, what were the circumstances? » Were there missing or incomplete items at the time of possession, or items that had to be fixed? » Were all of their colour selections, upgrades and extras done as requested? » How was the company’s after-sales service? » A re they happy with their home? If not, why? » Would they buy from the company again? » Would they recommend the company? You may also want to do a random check of past customers. Visit communities on a Saturday morning and talk to people who may be outside doing chores, “I’m considering buying a home from such and such builder. Can I ask you a few questions about your home and the community?” Most people are happy to talk about their experiences and offer their opinion and advice.
Who is who in home building? The type of builder you will be looking for depends on the area you live in, and the home you want. Here is a general overview of different types of home building companies. Developers are responsible for getting large tracts of land ready for building. This can involve infrastructure and services (utilities, roads, sewers), community layout and design, including recreational spaces – whatever it takes to turn the land into a neighbourhood. Developers may also construct the homes, or the lots may be sold to individual home building companies. Large building companies specialize in building homes in bigger developments. These companies generally offer a selection of homes designed specifically for the development. Minor customization by homebuyers is usually permitted, but there are usually limits to the amount of change possible. Most will also have a set process for all aspects of the purchase, from the contract signing to the pre-delivery inspection. Medium-sized companies range from 10 to 50 homes a year, depending on your region. Medium-sized companies can be quite diverse – building in developments as well as on individual lots; constructing single-family dwellings as well as townhouses and other low-rise buildings. Small-sized companies build less than 10, and often less than five homes a year. Custom builders build one-of-a-kind homes, each one usually designed and built for a particular customer who may or may not already own the lot. The custom building process allows for complete flexibility, within the limits of municipal regulations and what’s possible technically. Construction contractor is another term for builder. Most commonly, it is used for companies who are contracted by purchasers to build a home on land they already own. Manufactured housing builders construct homes in a factory and bring them to the building site as panels, modules or fully completed units. The amount of work required on-site to complete the home depends on the type and size of the building, the type of foundation and the customization required.
Source CMHC. For more information or a free copy of the About Your House fact sheet, Selecting a New Home Builder, or for information on any other aspect of owning, maintaining or buying a condo, visit the website at cmhc.ca or call CMHC at 1.800.668.2642. For more than 65 years, CMHC has been Canada’s national housing agency and a source of objective, reliable housing expertise. nov 2 - 16, 2013 | New home & Condo guide eastern Ontario 35
Calculate your mortgage payments interest rate
mortgage amount ÷ 1,000 (mortgage amount $125,000)
Follow these steps to see if you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream home
Calculate the combined monthly before-tax income of you and your spouse.
Multiply this figure by the amount you need to borrow. Divide by 1,000.
Divide by three. This figure is the monthly payment you can afford to make on your home.
Add to this your estimated monthly heating costs and monthly property taxes.
Take the total price of the home and subtract the amount of money you expect to make as a down payment. This is the money you will have to borrow.
Refer to the chart on the opposite page. Look down the left column and locate the interest rate you expect to pay. Line this up with the amortization period of your choice. (Most first-time buyers take the 25-year amortization.)
If this figure is equal to or less than one-third of your gross monthly income (calculated in Step 2), you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream home. Bear in mind that this is a rough estimate. If you have several other large loans already, you may qualify for less. Also, banks and trust companies vary in their policies. The best way to know what you can afford is to go to the lending institution of your choice and get pre-qualified.
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This table shows the monthly payment of principal and interest for each $1,000 of mortgage. Example: The monthly principal and interest payment for a $125,000 mortgage with a 25-year amortization period at 5% is as follows: ($125,000 รท 1,000) X 5.82 = $727.50 nov 2 - 16, 2013 | New home & Condo guide eastern Ontario 37
hot sheet ashcroft Homes Central Park • the next Live where downtown spirit meets community character, your prime location is your pathway to the best of Ottawa, and bountiful greenspace blends naturally. The Next brings it all together – smart condo living at the heart of Central Park. Starting at mid $200’s. Register now for VIP pricing at benext.ca Westboro • QWesT A stroll under the arches and along Sisters’ Walk will be enough to convince you of how greenspaces and good design make life beautiful at Q West. The Q West team’s inspired vision both preserves and enhances this landmark property. Just released, second floor terrace suites! Visit our model suite located at the corner of Richmond Rd. and Leighton Terrace in Westboro or call 613.221.5926. liveqwest.com Braebury Homes Ottawa • Richardson ridge Newly designed luxury homes are nestled into an unparalleled community featuring exposed Cambrian Granite Shield and breathtaking views from each grand and expansive yard. Located minutes from the Kanata Centrum Shopping Complex, urban amenities and Hwy. 417. 103 Grand Mana Circle, Ottawa. 613.297.9901. email@example.com. braeburyhomes.com CAMPANALE HOMES ARNPRIOR ● CALLAHAN ESTATES Your distinctive destination. Just west of the scenic Madawaska River in old world Arnprior, this stunning location offers the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the timeless charms of smaller town living while being a scant 20 minutes from major urban amenities in neighboring Kanata and Ottawa. Starting as low as $219,900. Visit our sales centre located at 2 Tom Gavinski, Arnprior, open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays noon to 5 p.m. Call 613.622.0033 or visit campanale.com BARRHAVEN ● LONGFIELDS STATION │ TOWNHOMES ● AND MORE You know you’ve arrived when you’re living in your new home built by Campanale Homes, an award-winning builder with more than 30 years experience! Condo flats and terrace homes starting from $252,000. Loaded executive townhomes priced from $331,260. Visit our new model homes and sales centre located at 420 Via Verona Ave. in Barrhaven. Call 613.440.3750 or visit campanale.com OTTAWA SOUTH ● PRINCE OF WALES ON THE RIDEAU Located just minutes to downtown via the scenic Colonel By Drive, and an easy bike ride to the scenic Hog’s Back Falls and Vincent Massey Park. This award-winning community features magnificent executive single-family homes, surrounded by more than 50 acres of greenspace and park bordering the Rideau River. Only a few lots remain. Call 613.440.3750 for more information or visit campanale.com CARDEL HOMES LONGFIELDS • Barrhaven – Singles • Townhomes Now selling singles and townhomes in Longfields at Barrhaven. Come visit us at 100 Longfields Dr. or contact Nicholas at Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.290.4703. Cardelhomes.com kol at blackstone • kanata • condos KoL Condos coming soon to Blackstone! Register online at cardelhomes.com and be the first to receive insider updates. For more information, contact Harley Wallin at 613.836.9521, email@example.com Notting Hill South • Orleans • condos Enjoy designer selected finishes in a brand new condo! Every single condo includes underground parking, six appliances, storage room, radiant heated floors, elevator and zeromaintenance comfort and convenience! Contact Nicholas at 613.424.6780, firstname.lastname@example.org cardelhomes.com Cartier wellington Gatineau • Cartier wellington New landmark exterior composed of metal, glass and masonry built to LEED standards, contemporary architecture offers you energy efficient, ecological and innovative 14-storey modern structure. Already 50 per cent sold. Pre-construction pricing still in effect! Claridge Homes, claridgehomes.com, 613.425.1332. Construction Chabitat Gatineau • Les Vieux Moulins Splendid condos, condoclimat, designed for you by professionals. Come visit the sample unit at 14 - #2, des Alluchons Gatineau St., Gatineau (Aylmer Sector). chabitat.com
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DOMICILE BEECHWOOD VILLAGE • The Kavanaugh The Kavanaugh offers village life in the city: quaint but with cachet – and just minutes from Parliament Hill. Famed bistros and bakeries line a streetscape surrounded by greenspaces, bike paths and landmarks. 613.897.7873. thekavanaugh.ca LITTLE ITALY • NUOVO • United by Originality Nuovo is Ottawa’s latest urban condo development brought to you by Domicile. This Barry Hobin design, situated in the heart of Little Italy, will offer unrivalled options for customization and personalization, allowing you to create a home that is truly yours. 613.728.7873. Pre-register now at nuovocondo.ca ORLEANS • BERGERON TERRACE Introducing Bergeron Terrace, set in Chapel Hill. Beautifully designed, quality built and affordably priced one-, two and threebedroom terrace homes and urban flats. Conveniently located at the corner of Meadowglen and Orleans Blvd., Bergeron Terrace offers you all the best that Domicile has to offer. Pre-register now at bergeronterrace.ca Ottawa • HŌm Introducing HŌm, nestled beside Ottawa’s Little Italy and Dow’s Lake. Everything’s within reach – including the price. 613.728.7873. hombydomicile.ca wellington west • ONE3ONE one3one is at the centre of the urban, tasteful and cultural Wellington West. All units with access to a rooftop terrace, rear courtyard, guest suite, fitness room, yoga room and a party room/ entertainment room. Pre-register online or call 613.728.7873. one3one.ca Holitzner Homes CARP • HIDDEN LAKE The only large lot development in the West End, this private enclave features award-winning single-family homes, bungalows and two-storey homes built on spacious fully serviced sites surrounded by natural landscaped settings. Only three lots left. Phone 613.839.6675 or holitzner.com Stittsville • Deer Run Final Phase now open – your last opportunity in Stittsville. Your choice of bungalows, main floor master homes and large twostorey homes on beautiful 50-ft. wide lot. Last chance to own a home by Holitzner Homes in Stittsville. Phone 613.839.6675 or holitzner.com LA Group Kemptville • Kemptville Meadows Discover higher value at a lower price! Stacked townhomes from 1,138 sq. ft. from only $219,500. Due to overwhelming demand, Phase 3 is now also under construction! Ask about Zero Down Payment Program and Limited Time Bonus Offer! Tour the model home at 206 Fir Lane, Kemptville. 613.366.2007. kemptvillemeadows.ca Larco homes Barrhaven • Longfields Innovative semi-detached homes in Barrhaven – models now open – watch for ads! larcohomes.com OTTAWA • Accolade Larco presents Accolade, 23 Upscale Townhomes in Craig Henry. Only one townhomes remaining from $399,000! larcohomes.com LEMAY HOMES Ottawa South • FINDLAY BY THE PARK New community offering an exciting collection of singles, bungalows and townhomes. Just a few steps to greenspace, park, recreational arena and soccer fields. Quick access to shops, restaurants and services. Starting from $314,900. Limited time bonus offer. 613.425.5255. maisonslemayhomes.ca Linden Developments Distillery Warehouse • Authentic Lofts Warehouse inspired lofts, with industrial kitchens, brick walls and pioneering design to celebrate Ottawa’s industrial past with prices from the mid $200’s. Register at distillerywarehouse.com to receive updates and an invitation to the VIP event. Downtown goes Southside! Call 613.793.5500. LONGWOOD KANATA • DEEVY’S HOMESTEAD Under construction – $19,000 off on selected lots. Adult lifestyle attached bungalow townhomes on Equestrian Drive in Kanata. deevyshomestead.com or email email@example.com. Call 613.435.2155 for more information. HUNT CLUB • NEIGHBOURHOODS OF HUNT CLUB New adult lifestyle attached bungalow community in Hunt Club. Decorated model home and sales office now open.
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Ottawa / Eastern Ontario / Gatineau Regions neighbourhoodsofhuntclub.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613.738.1349 for information. CENTRAL OTTAWA • SONIA BY THE RIDEAU New 70-unit condominium in Ottawa East. Decorated model suite with unique European Extenzo Ceiling.soniacondos.com or email email@example.com or call 613.421.9736. OTTAWA SOUTH • MONTAGE This 36-unit condominium in Ottawa South is 75 per cent sold. Two model suites now open. Immediate occupancy on nine suites. Located at corner of Clementine and Ohio off bank south of Billings Bridge. montagecondos.ca Call 613.897.0044 or firstname.lastname@example.org ORLEANS • DORIMA TERRACE HOMES Under construction, move in early 2014. Perfect for the firsttime buyer or investor. Terrace homes off Innes at 10th line. For more information dorima.ca or 613.424.2901. ROCKLAND • MORRIS VILLAGE Best value single-family homes and bungalows. Perfect for growing families. Decorated model home and sales office. For more information longwoodbuilders.com/morrisvillage or 613.446.1506. MASTERCRAFT STARWOOD WEST CENTRAL • SOHO CHAMPAGNE Mastercraft Starwood’s SoHo Luxury Condominiums is pleased to announce its third Ottawa location: SoHo Champagne – just one block west of Preston St. in Little Italy. Register today to get an invite to our spring sales launch. sohochampagne.com Ottawa • SOHO LISGAR New release of suites on the 12th to 15th floors. the ultimate hotel-inspired lifestyle in a designer condominium, in the heart of downtown. Call 613.798.7646. soholisgar.com Metric Homes Carp • Westlake South Estates Westlake Estates offers 22 estate lots on two to four acres on a private cul-de-sac and most lots are tree-covered. LENA St. • ARNPRIOR Three large 60-ft.-wide lots in a private 10-lot cull-de-sac on the Madawaska River. Each lot has access to the Madawaska river via a private pathway. Each lot has its own private dock on the Madawaska, with direct access to the Ottawa River. Price starting in the mid-$500’s. The construction of a spec model home (for sale for summer 2014 occupancy) will start this fall. stittsville • deer run Metric introduces the Maplewood 1 model to its Deer Run community lineup. At 3,200 sq. ft. plus open space, this home features a open loft at the second floor, circular staircase and walk in closet in most bedrooms. Visit the sales office on Rockson Crescent Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 5 p.m. or call 613.296.7000. Deer Run model home now open. metrichomes.com WESTBORO • Qwest 529 Broadhead Ave. two custom designed semi-detached homes on a 168-ft. deep infill lot. Innovative street friendly and appealing design. Two proposed concepts. The first purchaser will decide which concept will be built and will customize its new home. Priced in the $700,000s. Minto THE GLEBE • MINTO@LANSDOWNE Make your home in one of Ottawa’s premier neighbourhoods – the Glebe. Enjoy the best of modern living in harmony with historic surroundings, with all life’s essentials right at your doorstep. Move in as early as 2014. 613.788.2784. lansdowne.minto.com Minto/Canderel Westboro • UpperWest A 25-storey landmark address in the heart of Westboro – just steps from upscale dining and shopping. Choose from stunning open concept suite designs, with sun drenched rooms and spectacular interior finishes. Enjoy state-of-the-art fitness centre, entertainment lounge plus an expansive outdoor terrace. 613.788.2786. liveupperwest.com NEW EDINBURGH • MINTOBEECHWOOD New Edinburgh is one of Ottawa’s finest neighbourhoods. Where tradition meets modern, old meets new, home to eclectic shops and restaurants. Spectacular new condominiums coming this September available from the mid $200,000s. Register now for priority preview: mintobeechwood.com
MONARCH CORP Kanata • Blackstone Executive 46-ft singles from $441,990. Two-storey townhomes from the high $200,000s, 32-ft. detached homes with double car garages. Coming fall 2013. Register at monarchgroup.net Barrhaven • Longfields Courtyard townhomes with double car garages from the low $300,000s. Semi-detached homes with double car garages from the high $300,000s. New sales office now open, 280 Longfields Dr., Nepean, 613-569-5313. Nepean • Stonebridge Ottawa’s award-winning golf course community. Luxurious singles from the mid $400,000s. Executive townhomes from high $200,000s. Stacked townhomes from the low $200,000s. monarchgroup.net Phoenix Homes ALMONTE • WHITE TAIL RIDGE Small town feel with all the amenities of a big city and the largest lots available anywhere. Contact Liane McKinley 613.369.5842. SPRINGCRESS WESTBORO • RAVENHILL COMMON 19 freehold towns, now under construction for summer 2014 occupancy. Located two blocks from the heart of Westboro, stunning open concept two- and three-bedroom homes from 1,361 to 1,948 sq. ft. feature as direct access from underground parking garage, two-storey galleries and open lofts, private rear terrace and roof top decks. Ravenhill Common, Contemporary Brownstones, Churchill Ave. North, one block south of Byron at Ravenhill. Sales centre now open at 329 Richmond Rd. at the corner of Churchill Ave. ravenhillcommon.com Sales info: 613.825.0080 email@example.com Tamarack Homes Leitrum • Findlay Creek Grand opening! Five new decorated townhome models in Findlay Creek Village. Call 613.247.0081 or visit tamarackhomes.com Orleans • Chaparal Grand Opening, new gallery townhomes from $279,900 Call 613-837-1511 or visit tamarackhomes.com The slater Broccolini • The Slater • Condominium In this amenity-filled building, suite features include standard kitchen islands, five-ft. glass walk-in shower, stainless steel appliance package, hardwood throughout, quartz counters, nine-ft. ceilings, views of the Ottawa River. Suites range from studio to two-storey penthouses with private terrace. Starting at $190’s. 199 Slater St. Ottawa. 613.230.0199 theslater.ca Uniform Urban Developments barrhaven • The Orchard Grand opening for The Orchard in Barrhaven South, near Stonebridge. Single-family homes starting from $519,000. 3699 Jockvale Rd. uniformdevelopments.com Manotick • Maple Creek Estates Stunning estate lot community with a close connection to the city – the best of both worlds. Two model homes open for viewing. Call 613.491.2277. Kanata • Richardson Ridge Single-family homes starting from $497,000. Sales centre located at the corner of Terry Fox Drive and Richardson Side Road. Call 613.853.4302. urbandale construction Kemptville • Country Walk New release of Country Walk, the second community in Kemptville. With only 70 units available, this exclusive community of adult-lifestyle bungalow townhomes is unique, affordable and eco-friendly. Visit urbandale.com central ottawa • 99 Parkdale A new luxury condominium is coming to Ottawa. Indulge your senses with more than 12,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor amenity space. Featuring an exquisite podium garden, stateof-the-art fitness centre, elegant dining rooms, a plush theatre, expansive lounges and an outdoor fireplace. Only minutes from the Parkdale market, everything you need is at your doorstep. Now released! Register at 99Parkdale.com valecraft Homes Mer Bleue/Orléans • bradley estates New release of single-family homes and executive townhomes. New to Bradley Estates: nine redesigned models with full-brick fronts and stone skirts. valecraft.com
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