Adult Lifestyle Communities on the grow
Ontario’s adult lifestyle communities catering to mid-life and older adults continue to boom with expansions across the province
New places, new phases and expanding lifestyle options continue to attract growing numbers to Ontario communities targeting the boomer-and-beyond demographic.
Here are a few examples of the movers in spring 2014.
Georgian Village open for business
It was a grand opening in every sense of the word on Nov. 21 at Georgian Village in the Simcoe County town of Penetanguishene.
Local residents were joined by municipal and provincial dignitaries to launch one of Ontario’s newest adult lifestyle communities.
Set on 20 acres, Georgian Village has been designed as an age-in-place campus, encompassing independent-living garden homes and suites, affordable housing units, assisted living and a long-term-care facility.
“It’s our response to growing demand for quality retirement-living space,” says Jane Sinclair, general manager of health and emergency services with the County of Simcoe.
The age-in-place model is the future of housing and services for an aging boomer population, Sinclair maintains, calling it a “people-first approach” that allows older adults to stay close to friends and family as they age.
An extensive array of services for both Village residents and townsfolk are offered at the community centre, The Rendezvous. Among these are a physician-staffed medical clinic, pharmacy, hearing clinic, tuck shop, restaurant and gardens. An adult daycare program and plenty of recreational options are also available.
A fitness facility with a pool, sauna and spa is in the planning stages, Sinclair says. A greenhouse is under construction and outdoor bocce and shuffleboard courts will come onboard this spring. A putting green and woodworking shop are also planned.
Since the first residents began moving in last September, the community has been filling up. Of the 40 independent life-lease suites, 15 are now occupied and eight of the 17 garden homes are sold.
The 40 affordable-housing suites, with rent at 80 per cent of market value, are full with a substantial waiting list, Sinclair says. The assisted-living units are also fully occupied. And the long-term-care home recently expanded to 143 beds from 107.
Information is available through the sales office, at 705-528-4285 or 877-449-9292, and online at georgianvillage.ca.
Rosedale Village keeps growing
Rosedale Village, a Brampton community built around a nine-hole golf course, is launching a new building phase this spring.
With Phase 6A more than 50-per-cent sold, home construction will begin this month for fall occupancy, says sales representative Marcello Vitale. The second half of Phase 6 will be released later this year with occupancy in the fall of 2015.
The Berkeley, a fifth mid-rise building of condo suites, is also under construction. The one- and two-bedroom suites, which include hardwood floors, granite counters and upgraded appliances, will be ready for occupancy in the fall.
The community now comprises 198 condo suites and 482 condominium bungalows – detached and townhomes – a number likely to more than double by completion.
Home prices start at $416,900 and the suites are priced from $225,900.
For more information contact the sales office, open daily except Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 905-799-5000 or visit the website at rosedalevillage.com.
Moving on up in Binbrook
The serenity of small-town living, within easy reach of big-city amenities, is drawing empty nesters to Binbrook Heights, on the southern outskirts of Hamilton.
The adult lifestyle community, developed by Homes By John Bruce Robinson, celebrated the grand opening of its sixth phase on March 22, bringing it well past the half-way mark to its planned eight phases, encompassing 174 homes.
“There is a demand for these types of homes and the response here has been fantastic,” says sales manager Stefan Poper.
He credits the price point – homes range from low-$200s to low-$300s – and the proximity to amenities for attracting retirees to the community.
“Residents are saving money by moving to Binbrook, yet they are only five minutes away from all of the amenities on the Hamilton Mountain,” he says. It’s also just 15-20 minutes from downtown Hamilton with its restaurants, shopping and entertainment. And Binbrook itself, a village that was amalgamated into Greater Hamilton in 2001, has grown considerably in the past few years, adding a new grocery store and a Tim Horton’s.
Homes in Binbrook Heights are one- and two-bedroom bungalow condominiums, ranging from 1,075 to 1,345 square feet. Standard features include an upgraded trim package, maple and oak cabinetry, and ceramic-tile flooring.
The community has no dedicated clubhouse or recreation centre, to keep condo fees low. But Poper notes there’s an active social life among the residents and myriad activities at the Agricultural Centre at Binbrook Fairgrounds and at local churches.
Four model units are located at 2 Gaddye Lane, in Binbrook Heights. A sales office there is open seven days a week, noon-5 p.m. For information, call 905-692-1052 or visit homesbyjohnbrucerobinson.com.
On the go at Dover Coast
With winter waning, residents at Dover Coast, a waterfront and golf lifestyle community in the Lake Erie village of Port Dover, are gearing up for summer playtime.
“Exciting things are in the works this spring,” says sales and marketing manager Trish Ehrlick.
As soon as the weather allows, pickleball courts will be going in. The racquet sport, combining elements of badminton and tennis, is popular with the boomer demographic.
“Our residents who have been down south are delighted,” Ehrlick says. “They’ve been playing down there and they’re excited to continue playing when they get home.”
Dover Coast’s gardeners are looking forward to the addition of a community garden and greenhouse, where they can put their green thumbs to good use growing flowers and vegetables, she says.
This summer, residents will be able to take full advantage of their waterfront location with the construction of an expansive deck on the community’s gated lakefront property. Designed for barbecuing and relaxing, it will be furnished with wrought-iron tables and umbrellas for alfresco dining as well as comfortable Muskoka chairs for relishing the natural surroundings.
Construction of the 18-hole championship golf course was “steaming ahead until the deep freeze hit” and will continue with the thaw, Ehrlick says, promising the first nine holes will be open for play in the spring of 2015.
Currently 50 of the community’s planned 94 homes are occupied.
The sales office is now open daily from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 519-583-2049 or check online at dovercoast.ca.