’14 a year of growth for Ontario ALCs
Lifestyle-oriented neighbourhoods are keeping up with increasing demand from the retiree crowd
As the boomer-and-beyond population continues to grow, Ontario’s lifestyle communities are keeping up with the demand for carefree and activity-packed retirement living by expanding and offering new and innovative amenities.
• Booming in Niagara
Business is booming at Ridgeway By The Lake, a Lake Erie waterfront community west of Fort Erie on the Niagara Peninsula.
The summer of 2014 was spectacular and Ridgeway’s best sales season ever, says Bill Klussmann, director of sales.
He sees a definite trend emerging as people discover the Niagara region. Area amenities include beaches, walking trails, golf courses and plentiful wineries.
Ridgeway’s first two phases, encompassing 140-plus homes, has nearly sold out. “In the eight years since my wife and I moved in, sales have exploded,” Klussmann says.
Today, there are just four lots still available in those phases, although four new model homes are being added and will be available for immediate occupancy in the summer, as the community moves into its third and final building phase.
Construction of phase 3 homes – comprising 67 bungalows and 11 townhomes – will begin in the spring with occupancy in 2016.
• On the waterfront
New condos are coming to Port of Newcastle, nestled on the Lake Ontario shoreline, 35 minutes east of Toronto.
Construction is set to begin in the New Year on Harbourview, a pair of mid-rise residences, separated by a courtyard. The 122 one- and two-bedroom suites will feature nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and ground-level patios and upper balconies, affording panoramic views of the lake and marina.
Residents will have access to the full-service marina as well as the community’s Admiral’s Walk Clubhouse, with its menu of recreational facilities, including fitness room, indoor pool and adjacent sun deck, private theatre and WIFI-equipped business centre.
The developer, Kaitlin Corportion, also plans to launch a new Lake Ontario community in Bowmanville, with more than 1200 units and featuring waterfront trails and commercial space.
• London’s lucky 13
Wrapping around the 13th hole of London’s RiverBend Golf Course is The 13th Green, the newest phase for this adult lifestyle community.
Construction has begun on 34 detached homes and 18 villas.
The villas, in pods of two or three, back onto Kains Woods, an Environmentally Sensitive Area with a five-kilometre hiking trail. They feature brick and stone exteriors and lookouts or walkouts.
All homes offer “spectacular views” of the course and forest, says sales representative Deborah Bissett
Model villas will be available in the spring. Models of the detached homes are available throughout the community. Occupancy of the first homes will begin in late April.
• More new phases
Rosedale Village, in Brampton, a community built around a nine-hole golf course, launched its sixth building phase last spring. The first homes were slated for occupancy this fall and a second release will be ready at this time next year.
Binbrook Heights, a Hamilton community developed by Homes By John Bruce Robinson, also launched it sixth phase in the spring, passing the half-way point to a planned eight phases, encompassing 174 bungalow condominiums.
• Final stage
For anyone looking to retire to the Port 32 in Kawarthas resort town of Bobcaygeon, time is running short.
Port 32, the town’s marina community, on the shores of Pigeon Lake, announced this fall that its last 20 lots were up for sale.
Featuring freehold bungalows with brick exteriors, oversize windows and high pitched roof lines, set back on a large lots, Port 32 is also popular for its landscaping. Limestone boulders, extracted during the lot excavations, are artfully placed to create terraces and gardens that are intended to provide a wow factor.
The community also boasts a 28-slip marina and Shore Spa clubhouse.
• Winter golf
Golfing year-round is what Cobble Beach is offering for 2015.
The Georgian Bay golf and resort community is opening a new indoor golf facility with a highly accurate HD golf simulator.
Golfers will be able to practice on the driving range, accessing technical data such as ball speed, launch angle and spin rate. Or they can play one of 28 PGA courses, the likes of Scotland’s Carnoustie or Royal Troon, Florida’s Doral (Miami) or Innisbrook (Tampa), or North Carolina’s Quail Hollow.
And, in fact, mapping of Cobble Beach’s own award-winning course,is underway and should be available in 2015, says golf pro Warren Thomas.
Thomas says Cobble Beach will be offering winter stay-and-play packages featuring the new facility, which he expects will be popular with golfers who want to maintain their edge through the winter months or those wanting to loosen up for an off-season golf vacation.
“Very few places in Canada have something like this, where people can come, stay at an inn, enjoy great dining and the women can go to the spa while the men play 18 holes,” he says.
And, of course, the community’s residents will appreciate the opportunity to have some tee time when the storms are raging outside and the fairways are covered in snow, he says.