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New Mason Homes Community Coming Soon to Barrie

Barrie Ontario Waterfront

Barrie waits for you.

With our community Just4U in Barrie having sold out so quickly, it was a no brainer that we should build a new community in the same city.

Barrie is, after all, both family-friendly and full of possibilities for those of you who are looking for a little more excitement.

For example, it hosts a popular Farmers’ Market, plenty of amenities, a Winterfest and Festival of Ice, and Barrielicious, which sees local restaurants offer affordable prix fixe menus.

Like Just4U homes (in fact, like all our homes), our new community will be Green for Life. This will ensure your wellbeing and save you money through reduced energy consumption, all the while helping preserve the planet.

Our new community will soon be opening for registration, so please be sure to watch this space for updates! Or if you haven’t already, follow me on Twitter or “like” our Facebook page.

Don’t Miss This Exciting New Event at Port Hope Golf and Country Club!

Red Wine Setup

What better way to enjoy this than with friends?

If you moved to a Mason Homes community, chances are you know there is more to life than locking the door behind you when you get home. Like-minded people live around you, and your community was designed so that it’s easy for you to mix and mingle, should you be so inclined.

With that in mind, this Saturday we’re holding a Valentine’s Day event at our Port Hope Golf & Country Club community. Called A Rose for Every Rose, this event isn’t limited to your or your neighbours — indeed, feel free to bring as many friends as you like.

So if you’d like to socialize this coming Saturday at 4 pm and enjoy some complimentary wine and cheese, please RSVP today at

Family-friendly Event this Weekend in Peterborough


If you live in our Avonlea community in Peterborough, this weekend is a perfect time to have fun with your entire family. Why? Because that’s when the ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival kicks off.

Avonlea is a new homes community in Peterborough

There may be a bit more snow now, but Avonlea homeowners still prize community involvement and family-friendly activities.

Opening tonight at 7:30pm with a film about how bicycles can change the world, and followed by a live performance about the first woman to bike around the world, ReFrame provides a great framework to educate and entertain the family.

And while the festival aims to celebrate the latest works of film and video from local, national, and international filmmakers, it doesn’t eschew younger members of your family, as it includes programming for both children (REELKids) and teens (Changing Our World).

So if you feel like watching something that you wouldn’t catch at your average commercial theatre, check the ReFrame website for scheduling and ticket information.

Have you been to a previous edition of the ReFrame festival?

The Most Fulfilling Winter Activity in Barrie Begins this Weekend


Your next winter meal?

Ask people about winter activities, and they’ll most likely mention skiing and tobogganing and skating and hockey.

Yet there’s more to winter than spending time outdoors. Take the city of Barrie, home to our Just4U community. While Barrie does have its fair share of outdoors winter activities, such as alpine skiing and tubing, it also hosts another fantastic winter event that involves no athletic gear.

Called Barrielicious Winter Festival, this event kicks off today in various locations across Barrie and Simcoe County (and continues until February 5th).

It aims to promote smaller restaurants, veering people away from big franchises and promoting the downtown area. Prix fixe menus begin at only $20 per person (and the maximum is $25). They include 3 courses, but no alcohol or taxes.

Previous Barrielicious sessions have garnered quite a few compliments, and this year promises to be no exception.

Click here for a list of participating restaurants (which number 50), and make sure you book soon if you’re interested — participating restaurants have a way of being fully booked pretty soon.

Can New Urbanism Be Applied to the Interior of Homes?


We at Mason Homes believe in applying the principles of New Urbanism to our communities, not just because they help preserve the environment, but also because they make life more enjoyable and convenient for our homeowners, who now get to walk more, enjoy nature, and reduce car usage.

But why stop there? Having applied these principles to the communities themselves, wouldn’t it make sense to apply them to the homes’ interiors as well?

Life is easy at Port Hope Golf & Country Club.

Take our Port Hope Golf and Country Club community. Designed for active adults, this is already a green community, featuring Energy Star-qualified homes and located so that amenities are within easy walking distance.

More to the point, it’s also a community whose homes are designed with ease of movement in mind. Consider their optional features that are part of our accessibility options program:

  • Wider door openings and hallways
  • Right-height raised toilets
  • Easy-opening lever handles for doors and faucets
  • Lowered light switches and upper cabinets
  • Anti-slip bathtub in the ensuite bathroom
  • Easy-reach grab bars in bathrooms
  • Accessible spaces

Thanks to these features, Port Hope Golf and Country Club homeowners can rest assured life in their homes will be effortless.  And all it took was for design to place people first and foremost — much like New Urbanism does.

Mason Homes’ Port Hope Community in the Toronto Star


In my last blog post, I mentioned that we’re building a new Design Studio in Peterborough, which is a convenient location for our Avonlea and Port Hope Golf and Country Club homebuyers.

A beautiful streetscape at our Port Hope community.

What I didn’t mention is that the Toronto Star recently printed a nice write-up about our Port Hope community. It was great to be featured in Canada’s largest newspaper.

Take a minute to read the article here and leave your comment below. Or you can just come to our sales office and model home for more information.

Have a great weekend!

Port Hope Golf & Country Club Sale Office

Address: 415 Lakeshore Road, Port Hope

Hours: Monday to Friday (from noon to 5 p.m.) and weekends and holidays (from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Contact Information: 905-885-6565 or

A Look Back at 2011


Avonlea winning the Places to Grow community award was one of the highlights of the year.

With the New Year around the corner, it’s a perfect time to take a look back at the previous year’s major events.

But before we do that, we’d like to thank you all for reading, participating, and trusting us to build the home of your dreams. May you have a very happy New Year!

  • In 2011, Mason Homes turned 50. It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already been doing this for half a century. There’s nothing else we’d rather do.
  • In February, we won the EnerQuality’s Leader of the Year award.
  • In May, our Avonlea community won the award for Places to Grow Community of the Year. This is one of the most anticipated BILD awards, and in the case of Avonlea it recognized its forward-thinking planning and combination of smart growth and new urbanism with green building initiatives.

Once again, thanks, and have youselves a very happy New Year!

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