When Torontonians want to escape to cottage country, most minds quickly drift north to the Muskoka region, as if it’s the only nearby destination that promises a peaceful lakeside retreat. But with more action happening in other pockets of the province, heads are starting to turn toward the east.
Head to Gananoque on the shore of the St. Lawrence River and a calmness will wash over you: something that can only be achieved in a town that is completely picturesque (read: waterfront trails, sandy beaches and the famous Boldt Castle on Heart Island) but has yet to fully flourish.
Enter Joe Brennan and Daniel Greenglass of Brennan Custom Homes, two Toronto-based developers who are the creative minds behind a number of luxury custom projects in cities across North America. That said, it’s not often they choose to reside in one of the locations in which they build. The pair fell in love with the small town a few years ago and opted to design and construct their own private cottage on the Thousand Islands.
The developer duo didn’t stop there — the two saw a scenic waterfront community with a rich history that needed to be revitalized. So came the inception of Riverstone Gananoque, a charming condo and townhouse project that will pull more people into the town while still preserving its past.
“We’re not just repurposing the buildings, we’re repurposing the entire town. We’re becoming part of that new energy,” said Brennan. “We feel so lucky to be here because it’s a river community that has heritage and is just starting to develop.”
Top: the industrial brick structure that’s to be repurposed into townhomes. Bottom: the project’s designated boat slip area.
The new residential community will be located in Gan’s Lowertown neighbourhood. The developers will transform a cluster of abandoned industrial buildings into 72 condos and townhomes, with most of the original stone and brick still in tact. The end result? A collection of homes with an elegant, rustic aesthetic combined with clean and modern interiors. The site will also feature a new public park, waterfront walkway and 60 boat slips to provide residents with long-term amenities.
The model bathroom and kitchen featured inside the project’s new sales centre in downtown Gananoque.
Gananoque is situated on Highway 401 near the U.S. border and is 30 kilometres east of Kingston. Walk through the town on any given day and it will bustle with activity – whether people are enjoying live theatre at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, dining at the upscale Riva Restaurant, kayaking or visiting the local farmer’s market. The town is also dotted with a number of charming, Victorian-inspired bed and breakfasts.
Prices for available units range from the $400,000s to over $1 million and suites range in size from 950 to 3,000 square feet. Occupancy for phase one is slated for Summer 2016.
For more information call 416 972 1682 or register online.