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Ballantrae, Ontario

Ballantrae, Ontario (2011 population 1,382) is a hamlet in the Town of Whitchurch–Stouffville. Named after the village of Ballantrae in South Ayrshire, Scotland, the community is centred around the intersection of Aurora Road (York Regional Road 15) and Highway 48. The hamlet was first settled in the early 19th century, and by 1895 it had a population of 300. The town was located on the edge of the vast lumber industry centred in the hamlet of Vivian; a spur-line of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway built in 1877 ran through Ballantrae from Stouffville to Jackson’s Point on Lake Simcoe. In the early 20th century, Ballantrae’s population declined dramatically due to large-scale deforestation and the erosion of the thin soil of northern Whitchurch Township into virtual sand deserts. With the passage of the Reforestation Act (1911), the process of reclaiming these areas slowly began. The Vivian Forest, a large conservation area on the edge of Ballantrae, was established in 1924 for this purpose.

Ballantrae experienced 300% growth between 2001 and 2006 to 1,278 people, and 8% growth between 2006 and 2011 with a total population of 1,382 people. In 2011, Ballantrae had 105 children age 17 and under, and has one public school of the same name (Ballantrae Public School) with 259 pupils.

A significant issue facing Ballantrae in the coming years is the federal government’s proposed development of an international airport directly south-east of Whitchurch-Stouffville (the Pickering Airport lands); under the current plan, an approach for one of the three landing strips would be directly above the communities of Ballantrae and Musselman’s Lake, with planes descending (or ascending) from 535 to 500 metres. The 2004 plan calls for 11.9 million passengers per year (or 32,600 per day) by 2032. A “Needs Assessment Study” was completed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for the federal government in May 2010. After a “due diligence review,” Transport Canada released the report in July 2011, and on June 11, 2013 announced a decision to proceed.

Managing growth will be a key issue for this area of Whitchurch-Stouffville in the future. In 2010 Ballantrae experienced a significant rise in water table levels—a normal result of deforestation on small watersheds–and residents were expressing concerns about wet basements and frequent operation of their sump pumps. Already in 1993, the Whitchurch Historical Committee warned a new generation of “Whitchurch-Stouffville residents” to be ever “vigilant to treat trees and forests with respect … . In the 1990s care must be taken so that urbanization and concrete road-building do not repeat the destruction to our forest heritage.”

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181 Davenport Condos

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An elegant sweep of classic architecture, designed to create a handsome and evolving streetscape in upper Yorkville, 181 Davenport is topped with glass-enclosed “sky” penthouses overlooking their pleasant vistas of mid-town Toronto.

181 Davenport in Yorkville is located at the best nexus of green space, entertainment, fashion and convenience that Toronto has to offer. As close to the tennis courts and tree-lined pathways of Ramsden Park as you are to the boutiques and popular restaurants of Yorkville, you can indulge in the excitement of city life as easily as you can escape it.181 Davenport Condos is a new condo project by Mizrahi Developments currently in preconstruction at 181 Davenport Rd in Toronto. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015. Sales for available condos/apartments start at $580,000. The project has a total of 110 units.

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There is one simple design philosophy at 181 Davenport. Employ a high level of craftsmanship to make a home that is classic and instantly welcoming. Attention to detail translates into a feeling of established permanence, a sense that the building has always been there, part of the neighbourhood from the beginning and for years to come. It’s what homeowners feel when they enter a building project from Mizrahi Developments. “Instinctively home” is how they describe it. There’s a grace to how a room feels, found in the proportion and the fine detailing of the coffered ceilings, paneled walls and heavy walls. You know, almost without thinking, that this is home.

Grand Entrance

Step in through the grand entrance into a two-storey lobby with shimmering chandeliers and polished, grey marble floors inlaid with an intricate, geometric pattern in dark brown. Sit with your friends in front of a library wall of books. Watch life unfold in a lobby that feels like a film set for an intriguing European romance.

Protective Windows

To create a cocoon, the windows are a high level of sound attenuation, letting in as much light as possible, but keeping the noise of the city to a minimum. In addition, UV filters provide added protection from the exterior environment.

Mansion Height Ceilings

Every residence has the sensibility of a time when the world was a little slower and more refined. They’re built to feel like a traditional home, equally grand and established. Ceiling heights are 9 feet. Architectural mouldings are classic. Baseboards are 9 1/4″ high.

Heaviness of Doors

Mizrahi Developments has become synonymous with an old-world sensibility, a desire for a sense of permanence and stillness in the homes we build. It may seem inconsequential to other builders, but we believe in such things as the heaviness of solid wood doors, which usher in the world in a grand manner, but also discreetly shut it out.

Bathroom Oasis

The “aesthetic envelope” of a perfectly designed bathroom with Waterworks fixtures is where restoration is found. Renewal for the next day happens in the slipper of a sloping bathtub or on the warmed marble floor in the master ensuite as you step from the glassed-in shower.

Ledges in the Sky

Terraces and balconies reaching out into the historic Yorkville neighbourhood are integral to the design of homes at 181 Davenport. Tall doors lead outside to a private balcony, similar to what you might find in a Parisian hotel. Enjoy a morning coffee and croissant in the hush before the day starts, and then at the end of the day, sip a glass of wine at sunset. In the larger, penthouse suites, a sweep of outdoor terrace is perfect for a large diner party under the stars.

Culinary Pleasure

Being in the kitchen isn’t what it used to be. The preparation of food for family and friends is a pleasure and a hobby when the environment is aesthetically pleasing and functional. Miele appliances offer superior design and efficiency. Cameo Kitchens have a selection of design styles, from sleek and modern to traditional. Marble countertops add to the over all look of classic design.

Important Message: In order for an investor to take advantage of Buying Pre-construction Condos is to buy before it is open to the public. Prior to opening day of a new condo sales office to the general public, prices may have gone up. This will be an opportunity for you to invest in a unit at the lowest price possible before its open to the public. You can be one of the first purchasers to be invited to Platinum VIP Preview Sales Event long before the presentation centre opens to the public. This gives you an opportunity to have the first access to inventory, best pick at unit levels, floor plans, lowest price not available to the public and the ability to take advantage of Platinum VIP Condo Incentives the builder may offer.  This is a perfect opportunity at the Platinum VIP Price.

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Condo Pro: The Investment of a Lifetime

By Barbara Lawlor

A substantial percentage of our clients at Baker Real Estate Incorporated buy condos as an investment to add to their financial portfolio. Real estate remains one of the soundest investments anyone can make. In fact, many people feel more comfortable investing in the tangible asset of a condominium rather than stocks and bonds. Historically, those who ride out the lows of occasional real estate cycles do well in the long run. A lot of our investors are international buyers who recognize the value in our spectacular condos. They come from all over the world and from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.
From their point of view, they know that we have thousands of newcomers to the GTA each year, and they all need a roof over their head. Many begin by renting, so the demand for rental condominium suites promises to remain strong for years to come. We even see bidding wars going on for rental accommodations.
The point is that purchasing a condominium suite with the intention of renting it out is a viable financial strategy. Considering bang for the buck, you get a lot for the price per square foot when you go condo. In addition, condominiums are bound to increase in demand across the GTA as our strong immigration continues and the price of low-rise homes rises even more. Renters know that the amenities and landscaping in a condo will be kept up well, and that with many owners living in the building, their neighbours will take care of their homes. This is a win-win situation.
Here are a few tips for making the most of your decision to buy a condo as an investment.
· Buy early in the marketing/sales process to get the best price.
· Buying early usually means delivery dates are between three and six years, and many buyers make money and earn equity before occupancy.
· Today’s condos are typically built close to transit nodes and have amenities within walking distance, as well as beautiful amenities right in the buildings. Be sure to select a convenient location.
· Most investors select from the builder’s standard finishes, which are gorgeous today. A lot of the new suites come with hardwood or laminate flooring in the main living areas because so many people have allergies today. Think neutral with choosing, as these finishes appeal to a broader target market.
· When you consider the kind of suite to purchase, look carefully at the difference in price between a one-bedroom and one-plus-den. Often, the ability to charge more for rent for a unit with a den outweighs the extra amount at purchase. The den really opens up your market for renters, as it can be used as an office, or a second bedroom with a Murphy bed in it. In essence, these become junior two-bedroom suites. And if the suite has two bathrooms, all the better, especially if a couple students are sharing the space. If your pocketbook can handle only one bedroom, it is still a wise investment choice as a starter rental. These suites are rented are filling a major void in today’s market.
· Be sure to buy from a reputable builder with a track record for success with striking condominiums in amazing locations. I am happy to say that you have excellent choices in Toronto and beyond.
If you choose to live in the condominium you buy, your suite can still be considered an “investment” in two ways: in your quality of life and your peace of mind. Condos save time with so many amenities close by and maintenance taken care of by the Condominium Board. In addition, it is comforting to come home to a building where you know the concierge has a vigilant eye-on-the-street and security monitors for areas like underground parking.
However you slice it, buying a condominium is a great idea for anyone, investor or end-user, of any age – and the sooner, the better!
Source: Toronto Star.
 

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Aqualina at Bayside

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Aqualina at Bayside Toronto will be the first residential phase of a 13 acre mixed use development called Bayside Toronto. Valued at over $1.1 billion, Bayside will be the first neighbourhood in downtown Toronto to feature two million square feet of residential, commercial and cultural uses, all on the water’s edge.

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Designed by world renowned architects, Arquitectonica, the 363 suite condominium will spearhead Hines’ ambitious plan to develop Bayside Toronto into the premier neighbourhood on Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Aqualina Condos will offer purchasers iconic architecture, distinctive interiors, desirable amenities, and an unparalleled waterfront location

Aqualina at Bayside is a result of the creative vision of Arquitectonica’s New York office, an award winning architectural firm based in Miami. The project is being led by the firm’s partner Bernardo Fort-Brescia who is bringing an innovative and distinctive geometric approach to the exterior design of the 13-storey condominium.

Aqualina Condos will be defined by a series of distinctive prismatic cubes made of glass and steel, featuring facades accented by angled fenestration and balcony designs intended to maximize views of the Toronto cityscape and lake.

The condominium’s interior public spaces and amenity areas will be designed by the award winning Canadian firm of II BY IV Design Associates. Landscape design for the condominium will be led by West 8 + DTAH the award-winning team also responsible for the design of East Bayfront‘s public realm including the streetscapes, water’s edge promenade and boardwalk. West 8 + DTAH is also leading the design for the revitalization of Queens Quay which includes a new south side promenade, off-street Martin Goodman Trail and integrates the proposed Light Rail Transit line through the community.

Aqualina Bayside will contain 363 condominium suites, ranging from one-bedroom to three bedroom residences designed with families in mind. Suite sizes will range from 560 square feet 52m²) to just over 2,100 square feet (195m²).

Among the distinctive features of Bayside, is what is likely to be the fastest residential Internet service in the city. Delivered by Beanfield Condoconnect’s ultra-high speed broadband fiber optic network, users will enjoy wireless speeds up to 100 megabits a second.

Aqualina at Bayside will pursue a LEED® Platinum designation and will be part of Toronto’s first LEED®-ND Gold neighbourhood. Tridel, which was selected as the exclusive residential partner by master developer Hines, has established a reputation as Canada‘s leading environmentally sensitive, green residential developer earning several industry awards and distinctions for its Built Green.

Ceiling Height:

9’ standard (Premium applies where ceiling is 10′)

Price list & Floor Plan available upon request

EPOSIT STRUCTURE

  • 5% due on signing
  • 5% due 120 days after signing
  • 5% due 270 days after signing
  • 5% due 450 days after signing

METERING

Suites are individually metered for electricity, heating, cooling, and water

ESTIMATED MAINTENANCE FEES: $0.51/sq.ft.***

TENTATIVE OCCUPANCY DATE: Fall 2016

PARKING:

  • Parking available for 1 Bedroom plus Den suite and larger at $45,000
  • Signature Collection: 1 parking included

FLOOR PREMIUMS

  • $1,000 Floor increment applies
  • $5,000 Floor increment applies
  • $10,000 Floor increment applies
1 Terrace Option available
* Prices and Specifications subject to change without notice, E. & O.E. June 21, 2013. The approximate areas or square footages of the above-noted suites (and of the balconies or terraces associated therewith) are subject to change without notice, and the Vendor/Declarant shall have no liability for any resulting variance(s) between the actual final area(s) thereof and the stated area(s) outlined above. **Based on 2013 Property Tax Rates by the City of Toronto ***Excludes parking and locker maintenance, as well as the approximate $60 Beanfield monthly internet sen/ice. Last Updating June 24, 2013

Important Message: In order for an investor to take advantage of Buying Pre-construction Condos is to buy before it is open to the public. Prior to opening day of a new condo sales office to the general public, prices may have gone up. This will be an opportunity for you to invest in a unit at the lowest price possible before its open to the public. You can be one of the first purchasers to be invited to Platinum VIP Preview Sales Event long before the presentation centre opens to the public. This gives you an opportunity to have the first access to inventory, best pick at unit levels, floor plans, lowest price not available to the public and the ability to take advantage of Platinum VIP Condo Incentives the builder may offer.  This is a perfect opportunity at the Platinum VIP Price.

For more information and to register now for the  VIP Preview Sales Event please Register, we can only bring limited number of buyers into the Platinum VIP Sales Event, so pre-register now for priority access:

 
 

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