Archive for March 2011

A New Gem! New Design Studio Coming to Peterborough


Now that we’re about to kick off phase two of Avonlea, we’re excited to inform you that we’re also building a new Design Studio in Peterborough! The new studio will be located in a beautiful historic building in the downtown area of Peterborough.

We’ve been building homes in this area for the past forty years, and the new Design Studio will be a lot more convenient for all the homebuyers at Avonlea, Port Hope Golf and Country Club and our upcoming new home community in Cobourg, to ensure that your home is tailored to suit your needs and your style.

At the Design Studio, our professional Design Consultant will walk you through every step to help you build the home you’ve always dreamed of! The new location will be open late spring/early summer this year.

Design Studio
The framing stage is nearly complete at the Design Studio. It may look like a construction zone now but once completed, the new space will look amazing!


31st Annual BILD Awards


The finalists for the 31st Annual BILD Awards were announced this week, and I’m pleased to inform you that we are up for 4 awards this year! It’s a great honour to be nominated for such prestigious awards and be recognized by the industry.

Our community in Peterborough, Avonlea, is up for Best Places to Grow Community of the Year. The Places to Grow award highlights the community development that is most reflective of the goals of the provincial Places to Grow legislation. At Avonlea, the homes are Green for Life, and we designed the community to include new urbanism ideas, making urban lifestyle more sustainable, convenient and enjoyable. The community was designed so that you can walk to school, work, or the shops, enhancing a more sustainable lifestyle. Look out for second phase of Avonlea coming soon!

The P2G Community of the Year is one of the most coveted awards and we’re proud to share the nomination with our partners and contributors MBTW Watchorn Architect Inc., MHBC Planning, Cole Engineering and BAM Builder Advertising & Marketing.

As well, our JUST4U community in Barrie is nominated for three awards this year! We are thrilled to be up for Best Magazine Ad, Best Signage Project and Best Social Media. The campaign was a huge success for us and I’d like to thank everyone that participated in the contest on Facebook again.

The BILD Awards will be handed out on the evening of Friday, April 29, 2011. Check out the BILD website for further info and congratulations to all our fellow nominees!

Make St. Patrick’s Day Really Green!


Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated every year for spiritual renewal but now every March 17th, we think more about green beer, shamrocks and getting together with friends in busy pubs to toast Irish pride – no matter what your background or where you live.

One town with a ton of spirit on St. Patrick’s Day – in fact, year-round – is Port Hope, just about an hour east of Toronto. Mason Homes has just started building our sales centre and model home at Port Hope Golf and Country Club, our newest Green for Life (not just St. Patrick’s Day!) community.

An active, adult community, Port Hope Golf and Country Club is going to be a charming community with a great neighbourly vibe. We’ve paid special attention to every detail so that everything about it fits the soundtrack of your life. So whether you’re kicking back to some easy listening and watching an amazing sunset, throwing some classic rock on your iPod and hitting a nearby hiking trail or kicking up your heels to your favourite Irish jig, there’s a place for you at Port Hope Golf and Country Club.

Register now and be one of the first to experience life at Port Hope Golf and Country Club – and cheers to a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Live Green at Avonlea!


We just had a great meeting in Peterborough, getting approval for the second phase of our Avonlea community. Read about it here! Everyone is supportive and looking forward to more homes in this award-winning community. With pedestrian-friendly, walkable streets, parks, a pond, and charming family homes with great designs and picturesque porches, Avonlea is a truly enchanting community that homeowners love.

If you’re in Avonlea already, check out this great local event:

This weekend, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is hosting the 2011 Yogathon to raise funds and awareness to help those affected by schizophrenia. The event will be held at the Trinity United Church in Peterborough this Saturday, March 5th. Contact Joleen for more info, at or (705)-749-1753.

Live happily and stay active! At Mason Homes, we believe that living in a healthy environment brings joy and happiness to you and your family, which is why we build homes that are Green for Life, like those at Avonlea. Living a healthy lifestyle goes hand in hand with living in a healthy environment, as both will improve your health, mood and overall well-being.
Whether you’re doing yoga this weekend or just enjoying the fresh air at Avonlea, hope you have a great weekend!

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