Port of Newcastle detached homes
From Friday's Globe and Mail
The project: Single-family houses on 36-, 45- and 55-foot lots in a historic section of Newcastle, which is a short drive east of Oshawa and about 40 minutes from Toronto.
Builder: Kylemore Communities, which has built more than 10,000 new homes across North America, including the renowned Angus Glen community in Markham.
Size: 1,300-square-foot bungalows to 4,000-square-foot, two-storey houses
Price: $265,990 to $550,000
Location: The site is in a secluded area along Lake Ontario that is accessed by a discreet bridge. "Once you go through that, your eyes open to a brand new world," says Kylemore president Patrick O'Hanlon. "It's like a hidden jewel."
The surrounding area offers restaurants, schools and shops.
Description: Kylemore will build 300 detached homes within the Port of Newcastle community, where another developer, Kaitlin Group, has been building waterfront condominiums and detached houses for seven years.
Since joining the project in 2005, Kylemore has launched two of three planned phases, offering Cape Cod-style homes, in proximity to an established 260-slip marina, beach and lakeside park. Some homes will have views of the water.
"A lot of people's dream is to have a home and a cottage, and we're giving both in one," Mr. O'Hanlon says.
Some plans will feature balconies overlooking the lake and unique tandem garages with boat storage. "Even if people don't have a boat, it's a great storage area," Mr. O'Hanlon adds.
Standard features: With stone, brick and stucco exteriors, the homes will have nine-foot ceilings, large windows and imported ceramic tile flooring.
Architectural details will include decorative columns, plant ledges, window seats and three-sided fireplaces.
"What we're finding is that the homes that have open-to-above family rooms and open-concept [designs] are the most popular," Mr. O'Hanlon says.
Other features include libraries, main- or second-floor laundry rooms, pantries, as well as master bedrooms with walk-in closets and en suite with oval soaker tubs and shower stalls.
"If this was in Oakville, these would be going for $5-million," Ms. O'Hanlon adds. "There's no project like this on the waterfront."
Options: Hot tubs on balconies, coffered ceilings and built-in media niches.
Amenities: The marina is being redone, construction is under way on a community clubhouse with a gym, pool and lounge, and there are plans for additional parks with walking trails.
"People coming in now are really going to get the benefit of an almost completed community," Mr. O'Hanlon notes.
Some homes are available for immediate occupancy, he adds.
Sales centre: 2 Doug Walton Lane at Lakebreeze Drive in Newcastle. Open Monday to Thursday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Friday by appointment only; weekends and holidays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone (905) 987-5146 or go to www.kylemorecommunities.com.