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www.insideHALTON.com • NEW HOMES Friday, June 3, 2011 • 14
Lifestyle for sale!
Today’s planned adult lifestyle communities offer golf enthusiasts the opportunity
to purchase the home of their dreams just a
chip shot away from the green.
There are many factors that motivate people to buy a property on a golf course. Real
estate investors see the potential for capital
appreciation that will likely far exceed the
return on a home in a normal subdivision.
There is also the buyer who wants the prestige associated with living on a golf course,
the buyer who craves the social aspect of the
country club environment and finally the
homeowner who wants a spectacular view
and the feeling of space.
According to Golf Home Connect – an
online guide to buying property in private
waterfront and golf course communities –
nearly 46% of all new golf courses recently
built in North America are associated with
the real estate market. And people are willing to pay premium prices to live within
Purchasing a home in a golf course community will normally include membership
to the course at some level. By offering a
choice of membership options, home builders expand their reach to include golfers of
different levels – and even to those who don’t
golf at all. Social memberships have gained
in popularity for those who wish to spend
their time attending events at the clubhouse
rather than tee times. These memberships
will also generally include discounts on
products and services in the pro shop.
The number of options available at
today’s golf course communities is almost as
varied as the types of home buyers shopping
for the lifestyle. Lakes, marinas, swimming
pools, tennis courts, nature trails, recreation
centres and fine dining restaurants have
become every bit as important as bunkers
These extra special touches can elevate a
golf course community’s desirability.
Course design is crucial as well. The best
courses are challenging, but also appropriate
for all skill levels, as many different people
will be interested in living in the community. Course “quality” is key to play appeal
and will directly impact the desirability of
the community as a whole. Find out who
has designed the course you’re interested in
and see if they have designed other awardwinning courses.
If possible, play the course once or twice
before you make a choice about moving into
any course community.
But living in a golf course community is
a privilege reserved for the rich and famous,
right? Wrong. Builders are recognizing that
their key demographic are baby boomers
looking for somewhere to retire and enjoy
an active lifestyle and are building – and
pricing – their homes accordingly.
Lochness Links, one of the premier private golf courses in the Niagara region, has
combined the traditional ideas about golf
course membership with progressive new
membership options that make it easy to
join and even easier to enjoy all the great
benefits of being a member at a top ranked
Recognizing that downsizing doesn’t
mean downgrading, the homes at Lochness
Links boast many of the same features that
homeowners valued in their larger homes.
Built by Ballantry Homes, these single-level
designs feature spacious country kitchens,
great rooms for entertaining and luxurious
ensuite bathrooms – all key elements to
For more than 20 years, Ballantry Homes
has been recognized for their dedication and
commitment to building quality homes and
lifestyles in award winning communities
across the GTA.
For an overview of The Residences of
Lochness Links Ballantry Homes projects,
City Square, Parkside Condos opening weekend success!
New Horizon Development Group, in joint
venture with Dundurn Edge Developments,
this past weekend launched City Square,
Parkside Condos in Downtown Hamilton to
great fanfare! 70% of the condominium suites
sold during the VIP opening weekend event to
an enthusiastic group of buyers looking for an
extraordinary real estate opportunity in historic
Located on Robinson Street, a quiet residential street in the leafy Durand District, City
Square’s spectacular glass presentation centre
opened its doors to an enthusiastic crowd
of pre-registrants eager to get in on the revitalization of this happening neighbourhood.
City Square, Parkside Condos is the first of
three Art Deco-inspired condominium residences in the heart of the historically important Durand District. The first condo is ninestorey’s high with a stone base, stucco skin,
elegant entrance canopy and Deco-inspired
fluted pilaster details. Sweeping glass balconies
adorn the elevation and culminate in stunning
wrap around terraces on the Penthouse levels
offering panoramic views of the Escarpment,
Harbour and city skyline. City Square faces the
charming and verdant Durand Neighbourhood
Park on Charlton Street.
“We are so pleased with the positive feedback
and terrific response to our new condo community from the neighbours and the new home
buying marketplace. City Square purchasers
are a refreshing array of new homeowners - first
time buyers, professionals, investors and downsizers alike. They embraced the plans, the price
and the location,” offers Jeff Paikin, president
of Hamilton-based New Horizon Development
Group. “There has been so little new construction available in downtown and such a pent up
demand for quality condominium residences
that from the minute we opened the doors we
had a community success story.”
With a range of affordable and attractive
one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom and choice Penthouse layouts available,
City Square is addressing the lifestyle needs of
buyers looking for carefree condo living. “We
have a great number of young people who love
the neighbourhood, especially its proximity to
downtown. City Square offers the right sized
plans, the right building amenities and the right
price. And, with a choice location, we were
able to easily convert these renters to home
Paikin also reports that Hamilton’s young
professionals are drawn to City Square due to
both its location in this coveted heritage neighbourhood and, its close proximity to major
employers and attractions in Hamilton. “They
see the long term value in the renaissance of the
downtown core, enjoy the many nightlife and
recreational attractions, and certainly appreciate not having to commute!”
Think that living in a golf course community is a privilege reserved for the rich and
famous right? You would be wrong!
In an effort to be promote eco-friendly living, City Square will offer its residents an auto
and bike share-style program where residents
will not need to own and operate a costly
vehicle - they can simply rent a vehicle when
needed, saving significant funds on automobile
upkeep! With GO Train service a comfortable
5-minute walk away, many buyers will take
advantage of easy transit and not invest in a car.
There are also many eco-responsible features
such as the insuite green technology HVAC
New Horizon launches their new City Square
condo in downtown Hamilton. (L-R) General
Manager of the Planning and Economic Development Department for the City of Hamilton
Tim McCabe, Hamilton City Councillor Jason
Farr, President of New Horizon Jeff Paikin
and Senior Director of Growth Management
for the Growth Management Division of the
Planning and Economic Development Department Tony Sergi.
system, a renewable energy generated by geothermal heat that is energy efficiency and with
its flat fee, guaranteed 30-year price, it also cuts
costs. Recycling and green construction technologies are also being applied at City Square.
“Our partners are leading the way in LEED®
certified high rise construction and together we
are subscribing to a 100-mile carbon footprint,
utilizing suppliers and partners close to home,”
City Square’s Presentation Centre has a
model suite vignette and a selection of standard
and penthouse features and finishes on display.
In addition, visitors can see the City Square
video, full range of floorplans, architectural
scale model, lobby imagery, amenity space plan
and experience the chic city living that Phase
1 of this exciting new condo community will
There is a limited time offer Preview Bonus
in effect: buy now and receive five free appliances, one year free Cogeco cable, internet
andphone as well as $500.00 in Décor Dollars
at the New Horizon Décor Centre.
Doors open on Saturday,
June 4th at 12 noon.
City Square is located at 85
Robinson Street, Hamilton
Priced from: $214,900.
By appointment only call 289.389.1734