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The first phase of South Coast Village, a new Crystal Beach community of townhouses and detached homes by Ontario builder Marz Homes, is now 80 per cent sold out.

This South Coast Village phase is part of a new chapter in Crystal Beach’s history, as the Fort Erie community — at one time a tourism hotspot, at another the site of a sprawling amusement park — gets a breath of fresh air from renewed residential development.

In a way, South Coast Village is building on the area’s history — literally. For the development, Marz Homes is redeveloping a long-neglected portion of the former amusement park’s site. In doing so, it sets the stage for a white-picket-fence community of cottage-style homes that should appeal to both young families and retirees alike.

Nestled in the Niagara Peninsula, Crystal Beach affords residents a life on the coast. The community is a stone’s throw from Lake Erie, the crystal-clear waters of which inspired its name, and the boardwalk, boat launch and restaurants that line its sandy shores.

Inland there are myriad trails to hike and cycle, and in the winter the landscape lends itself to cross-country skiing. Niagara-on-the-Lake, with its wineries, boutique hotels, and events like Shaw Festival, is also just a short drive away on the Niagara Parkway, while Buffalo, New York, is right across the lake.

It may come as no surprise, then, that South Coast Village has already garnered national attention. South Coast Village is one of five finalists vying for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Community Development Award. The development has already earned Marz Homes the People’s Choice Award at the Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Awards of Distinction 2015.

Alongside residences, Marz Homes is bringing a commercial building with retail at grade, as well as a clubhouse with tennis courts and a pool.

Prices for the first release of cottage-style homes at South Coast Village start in the mid-$300,000 range, with a followup release of more units expected later this spring.

For more information about available homes at South Coast Village, visit marzhomes.com or call 905 894 7873.

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