October 5th, 2010
A busy summer is now well and truly over and the thermals have been dusted off and are back in business.
There are those out there who were lucky enough to get out of the city and up to the cottage over the past few months, and there are those who weren’t so lucky.
Us drones weren’t so lucky.
So when BuzzBuzzHome was invited along to take a tour of the FRAM Building Group/Slokker Real Estate Group’s The Shipyards [map] in Collingwood we were excited to get out of Toronto, if only for a day, and get a first hand look at this award-winning residential community on Georgian Bay.
Despite the fact that the day in question was as wet as a fisherman’s slipper, the downpour took nothing away from what promises to be one of the hottest developments in the area once finished.
The Shipyards is positioned as a spot for downsizers who are looking to move into a home for their next phase of life and the set-up speaks clearly to this.
First of all, Collingwood is a gorgeous little town that has pretty much everything you could ever want on a day-to-day basis (including an LCBO that has the second highest sales in Ontario!) all within walking distance. A tagline for the Shipyards is that you’re ‘2 feet to everywhere’ and this is certainly the case.
The fact that it’s only a short drive from downtown Toronto as well as Pearson means that it’s perfect for when the kids want to visit, and from what we saw, the kids will be visiting A LOT.
The small town vibe combined with almost any outdoor activity you can imagine at your doorstep – golfing, kayaking, hiking, biking, equestrian, fishing etc. adds up to a very attractive weekend away and excuse for visiting the parents.
The living room is placed on the second floor of the model suite. The relatively narrow model home’s interior was designed by celebrity designer Jeffrey Fisher of Jeffrey Fisher Home who’s show Arresting Design is on the W network.
The open layout of the model suite’s kitchen creates a ton of space and is perfect for entertaining. The social aspect of living at The Shipyards is something that is very evident and we can see a lot of wine being drunk by the residents here!
One of the coolest features of the model suite is the underground garage, or ‘man cave’. One of our favourite features is the inter-connected underground car park that links each unit so that if you want to visit your neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar or enjoy a glass of wine then just open your garage door and off you go! Also, each unit comes with a ton of parking space which allows 4 cars or a combination of toys – kayaks, jet-skis etc. Very handy.
The unique layout of the main floor including master bedroom and mixed use dining/lounge area works surprisingly well. The model home was designed with a specific type of buyer in mind, hence the un-typical layout.
A new seven acre green space on the Western edge of the development was created with the dirt from the site excavation and will be a public park complete with dog walking trail and lakeside amphitheater.
The master bathroom has one of the best showers we’ve seen in a model home. For those who don’t want a bathtub, the option to get the walk-in shower with rain head, separate hand held nozzle, jets and seat should prove quite attractive.
The master bedroom is placed on the main floor at the front of the house and comes with ample closet space and the aforementioned en-suite.
The ‘great room’ at the rear of the main floor looks out onto a landscaped garden and is perfect for any sort of evening entertainment.
Slokker and FRAM built a walkway around the harbour that allows the residents of Collingwood access to it for the first time in 110 years. The harbour itself was decommissioned in 1993 which means that the surrounding water is now clean.
It must be great to be able to dock your boat, hop off and stroll around the town or go visit some friends. With Wasaga Beach only around the corner, it makes it very easy to commute between the two.
If you know someone who’s looking to downsize in the next couple of years then tell them to check out The Shipyards. It gets the BuzzBuzzHome ‘sting’ of endorsement.
Many thanks to the kind folks at Cafe Chartreuse and Eclecktika Gallerie-Boutique for entertaining us during the day.