Port Hope Construction Progress

Posted 07/13/2012 by Gordon Mason
Categories: News, Port Hope Golf and Country Club

Servicing begins at Mason Homes' Port Hope community.

In a blog post dated May 13 of last year, I wrote that our Port Hope Golf & Country Club community had passed the Port Hope planning committee.

One year and one month later, servicing is well underway at Port Hope, as the image above shows. Once this is finished, we’ll begin construction.

Port Hope will offer retreat-style adult living, including community outdoor activities and a wide selection of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries to entertain you. What’s more, the Port Hope Golf & Country Club is just steps away, so this will be a great community for those of you who love golfing.

I’m very excited about this community, so it pleases me to watch it become a reality.

If you’d like to learn more about our Port Hope Golf & Country Club community, this section of our website contains everything you need to know.

The New Canadian Dream?

Posted 07/06/2012 by Gordon Mason
Categories: Reflections

Mason Homes’ Avonlea was a hit with homeowners who value a walkable neighbourhood and Green for Life homes.

I recently came across an interesting New York Times article that discussed the American dream as it pertains to new homes.

People all over the world know that the American dream typically involves a big house and a big lawn, often out in the suburbs.

What many people don’t know is that the Canadian dream is very similar. Our homes may not be as big, but the truth is that, unlike most Europeans for example, Canadians families don’t really see themselves making do in a downtown apartment. They want a house, a big one, to raise their family in.

For a long time, Americans (and Canadians) could get away with making this dream real. But the dream doesn’t make as much sense now, not when commutes have gotten so long, gas more expensive, and traffic much worse.

As the New York Times writer argues, many American builders have stopped asking, “How much square footage are you looking for?” The new first question they pose to would-be homeowners? “What kind of community would you like to be a part of?”

We have found something similar at Mason Homes. People no longer want homes that are too isolated or require too much energy. They want homes that are easy on their pockets and provide a healthy background for their children to grow. Others want a home offering options for aging in place. Most wish they lived in a walkable community that allows them to reduce car usage, saving gas dollars and helping them make the most of good weather.

So while this article didn’t really illustrate anything our experience hasn’t shown us, it was still promising to see this topic tackled in a publication of that calibre. Hopefully the trend toward sustainable homes will continue, both in the U.S. and Canada.

What’s your dream home like? Is bigger better for you, even if means living in a remote neighbourhood with nowhere to walk to? And if you’re a builder, what does your recent experience tell you in terms of what Canadian homeowners want?

Family-Friendly Canada Day Events

Posted 06/29/2012 by Gordon Mason
Categories: Avonlea, Events, Fun

The 2012 Canada Day Parade theme in Peterborough is “Celebrate our Nation Through Song & Dance” (photo via peterborough.ca)

Although everyone has good reasons to look forward to a long weekend, chances are those of you who have a families of your own relish the opportunity to spend more time with your loved ones.

Our award-winning community Avonlea is home to many families. And since it’s located in Peterborough, which hosts great Canada Day events, those of you who own an Avonlea home have many options this long weekend.

Consider some of the activities taking place on Sunday:

  • 10 am to 4 pm: the annual Multicultural Canada Day celebration is hosted by the New Canadians Centre at Del Crary Park
  • 1 pm to 3 pm: the Douro Library holds its annual Big Book Sale and Family Fun Day
  • 11 am to 5 pm: the annual DBIA Hunter Street Canada Day Party takes place with family fun fair, crafts, and live music.

Now I turn it over to you: what are your plans for the long weekend?

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