April 24 2000


April 24 2000


Play Year Round in an Adult Playground

Executive Real Estate Advertising Supplement MACLEAN’S TORONTO EDITION - APRIL 24, 2000

Are you ready for the next phase of your life? The one with no kids to take care of? Perhaps it is time to buy that boat you have always wanted or to just play golf and tennis every day. Whatever you desire you can have. And it is all part of the package if you buy a home in one of the growing number of adult lifestyle communities in Toronto and southern Ontario.

You have worked hard to bring you and your family the luxuries of modern life. Now is the time to take life at a little slower pace and indulge in the passions that you dreamed about when you were raising your family. Now the kids are gone, you can play all you want. You can opt for a serene country lifestyle or live in a resort community, or how

about a little golf, tennis or boating ... you can literally pick and choose.

We are going to take you on a tour of some of southern Ontario’s prettiest destinations in Niagara, the Bay of Quinte, the Nottawasaga Valley and Ballantrae.


Where the cost of living is lower than Toronto

If you are thinking of moving away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can find a leisure-rich lifestyle where the cost of living is not as high as in Toronto.


The Daimler Group of Welland has built a community in the “Heart of Niagara” called St. Andrews Terrace ( The community officially opened in July 1999 and offers exceptional home designs, an on-site championship golf course and unrivalled amenities.

Homes are affordable, with prices starting from $169,000. There are 10 luxurious, maintenance-free home models to choose from, constructed on large freehold lots. Homes are beautifully designed and spaciously elegant, built with comfort and convenience in mind. Each comes equipped with its own security system and complimentary Bell ExpressVu satellite package.

When you call St. Andrews Terrace home, you are living in the “Heart of Niagara,” one of Canada’s most scenic locales. It offers big-city services and small-town sensibilities. Shopping, entertainment and hospitals are located nearby, with easy access to major highways and the U.S. border. With spectacular Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and other major attractions in the immediate area, there are endless opportunities for leisure activities and recreation. Residents can take a tour through a local winery, try their luck at Casino Niagara or take a short trip across the border. The possibilities are endless.

At St. Andrews Terrace, golf is not just a game, it is a state of mind. The on-site 18-hole golf course is beautifully designed and challenging. The centrepiece of this outstanding community is the Highland Community Centre, soon-to-be home to a wide array of activities including two swimming pools, a fitness centre, craft workshops and a billiards parlour.

Discover the St. Andrews Terrace difference - this is where you’ll want to live!


If the beauty of eastern Ontario captivates your mind, body and soul, the Daimler Group has the place for you. Wellington on the lake (, located in the picturesque Bay of Quinte region (PA hours east ofToronto), offers the perfect balance between nature’s tranquillity and big city living. This unique community truly has it all: fine home designs, beautiful surroundings and wonderful on-site services, including a complete recreation centre.

The Daimler Group’s reputation for quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and innovative designs can be seen in the nine beautiful model homes available at Wellington on the lake. Homes are functional, elegant and maintenancefree. Land lease and freehold options are available - it is your choice, for your lifestyle. Prices start at $135,950.

The Orchard Grove Recreation Centre is the hub of community activity. Activities include tennis, lawn bowling, shuffleboard, exercise programs and billiards. A swimming pool, library and doctor’s office are also located on site.

Wellington on the lake takes great pride in providing all the features and amenities that active adults desire.

There is big news this year at Wellington on the lake. In a few short months residents will be enjoying their own onsite golf course. It will be just a few short steps from their driveway to the fairway. The new 117-acre nine-hole course will offer players a challenging layout, right in their own backyard!

Prince Edward County is renowned for its fresh water fishing, boating, bird watching and camping. If you are looking for a small town atmosphere, discover Wellington on the lake. Superb shopping is close by in Picton, Belleville and Trenton. The region offers many cultural events that enliven the community throughout the year, including the Festival of Lights, bird feeding workshops and the annual Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest.

Wellington on the lake is truly more than just a place to live - it is a way of life!


You can enjoy a resort lifestyle at the Briar Hill community ( in Alliston in the Nottawasaga Valley. Living here is like being on a permanent vacation, you can enjoy the spa, aesthetics salon, fine restaurants, golfing, squash, tennis and an aquatics centre. Briar Hill is adjacent to the Nottawasaga Resort (, a world-class convention centre and golf resort. The area offers some great amenities like skiing (Collingwood), a great beach (Wasaga Beach) and nightlife (Casino Rama) all within a short drive away.

Your kids will certainly visit you more often, because at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort there are 45 challenging holes of golf and a 6,300 sq m sports and leisure dome with a 25-m pool and 30-m waterslide. There is a jungle quest, an indoor 18-hole mini-golf course complete with waterfalls, temple ruins, jungle creatures and sound effects.

PENTHOUSE SUITE AT BRIAR HILL, 2, 105 SQ FT $419,900 The penthouse suite at Briar Hill will offer scenic views of the Nottawasaga Valley through the floor to ceiling windows. This spacious two bedroom design offers an eat-in kitchen, two balconies, ample storage, laundry room, Th baths and his and her studies. Briar Hill is located less than 45 minutes north of Toronto on Hwy 80, just 12 km west of Hwy 400.

You can choose from eight home designs that range from 1,433 to 2,021 sq ft starting from $189,900. The designs are a spacious two-bedroom plus den layouts with a loft that feature extra-large kitchens, well appointed elevations, with one elevation that has a soaring two-storey window. If you prefer an apartment lifestyle there are five two-bedroom leisure suite designs to choose from starting at $139,900.



If you are not ready to slow down and you want to stay in the city, Yorkville Is undergoing a renaissance. According to RE/MAX, Yorkville represented close to 15 per cent of all sales over $1 million in the Greater Toronto Area in 1999. New upscale developments now line Avenue Road from Bloor Street to Davenport Road.

Tony Dennis from Minto Developments Inc., builders of the Prince Arthur on Avenue

Road, states: “There is a new type of empty nester in the market, successful business people who are not ready to slow down and retire even though they are of retirement age.” Minto plans to build another luxury

condominium on the old Lovecraft site in the near future, as their Prince Arthur project is close to being sold out (four homes remain, starting from $ 1.5 million).

Tridel is building on the old Famous Players movie theatre site with a project aptly called 10 Bellair. Other projects available in Yorkville are 8 Park Road by H&R Development, 99 Avenue Road by Max & Co. and the Maxus by the Shiu

Pong Group of companies. To see other projects in the downtown core, visit The Toronto Star’s new homes Web site,, which has a complete directory of all major sites.


One of Canada’s newest - and finest - adult lifestyle communities is arising just north of Toronto at the Ballantrae Golf & Country Club. Eventually 900 single-family bungalows will be strategically interwoven throughout the championship 18-hole golf course. Home buyers can choose from eight detached bungalow designs, ranging in size from 1,450 to 2,100 sq ft, and starting at $249,900. The condominium community, located on Hwy 48 just north of the Aurora Sideroad in the municipality of WhitchurchStouffville, will offer maintenance-free living at its finest. Floridainspired floor plans with all-brick exteriors and vaulted ceilings are standard features, as are the luxurious ensuites, gourmet eat-in kitchens and covered porches. The model homes are expected to be ready this June, when the site opens for sale to the public.

The attention to detail and superb surroundings of the Ballantrae community are to be expected from a project owned, built and developed by the well-respected Schickedanz Bros. Ltd. Their residential and, later, commercial construction business has steadily grown over the past half century and expanded from Toronto into major projects in Calgary and Florida. The community’s extensively landscaped common areas and hiking and cross-country skiing trails at

Ballantrae, have earned it recognition from the Audubon Society. And its proposed recreational facilities will be appreciated by active adults. Oakley Hall will provide tennis courts, swimming pool and complete exercise and toning equipment for all levels of physical activity.

Ballantrae Golf & Country Club offers the ultimate in residential living and recreation-based lifestyle.


Presenting three-bedroom, winterized cottages in some of Ontario’s most popular areas


Midland, Elmvale, Coldwater, Honey Harbour

Starting prices for 50 ft lot waterfront $ 175,000


Starting prices for 50 ft lot waterfront $ 180,000

Wasaga Beach

Starting prices for 50 ft lot waterfront $200,000


Pointe au Baril

Starting prices for standard waterfront lot (100 ft) $80,000


Keswick, Jacksons Point, Willow Beach, Roches Point

Starting prices for 50 ft lot waterfront $230,000 - $300,000

Innisfil, Barrie, Oro

Starting prices for 50 ft lot waterfront $ 190,000



Starting prices for 50 ft lot waterfront $ 140,000


Gravenhurst, Bracebridge

Starting prices for standard lot (100 ft) waterfront $200,000

Port Carling, Port Sandfield, Bala

Starting prices for standard lot (100 ft)

Waterfront (Lakes: Rosseau, Joseph) $350,000

Waterfront (Indian River) $190,000


Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon

Starting prices for standard lot (75 ft) waterfront $140,000


Lakefield, Bridgenorth

Starting prices for standard lot ( 100 ft)

Waterfront (Stony Lake) $200,000

Waterfront (Smaller lakes: Chemong, Buckhorn, Pigeon) $ 135,000



Starting prices for standard lot ( 100 ft) waterfront $ 100,000


St. Lawrence, Lake Ontario, Devil Lake, Dog Lake, Buck Lake

Starting prices for 50 ft lot

Waterfront (St. Lawrence, Lake Ontario) $ 130,000

Waterfront (Smaller Lakes) $80,000

Source: RE/MAX Cottage Country Report (Spring 1999 Prices)