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The secret’s out — Orillia is one of the best places to live and invest in Southern Ontario. And with a $17-million downtown waterfront development plan in the works, there’s never been a better time to put down roots in the Sunshine City. Matchedash Lofts is the first project of its kind in Orillia, bringing loft style live/work, garden, sunset, and lakeview units, as well as commercial and retail space along Mississaga Street.

The mixed-use industrial-style building reflects the historic character of Orillia, with a red brick facade and large factory windows. One bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom and two bedroom plus den condos are available, ranging from 632 to 1,750 square feet. The airy and spacious interiors are characterized by 9 to 11 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, energy efficient stainless steel appliances and contemporary cabinetry. The spa-inspired bathrooms tout clear glass shower enclosures, ceramic tile surrounds, low-flow toilets and chrome accessories.

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Matchedash Lofts was designed to appeal to a range of buyers, from downsizers to first-timers to investors. The floorplans are spacious and efficient, with enclosed dens and outdoor terraces or balconies that act as an extension of your living space (as per plan). Priced from $249,900, Matchedash Lofts offers limited amenities to lower condominium fees and encourage integration into the community.

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Orillia’s downtown is teeming with shops, restaurants and recreational facilities. The city’s arts and culture scene is thriving, with numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the highlights for 2017 include the Roots North Music Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, 40th Annual Orillia Scottish Festival and Rib Fest, which promises “finger lickin’ good BBQ.”

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, no matter the season. Couchiching Beach Park, Hawk Ridge Golf & Country Club, Tudhope Park, Horseshoe Resort and Mount St. Louis Moonstone are all nearby. Plus, Casino Rama is just across the lake, offering gaming, concerts and fine dining.

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Oakleigh is planning to begin construction this spring, and the development’s estimated completion date is Fall/Winter 2018. Register online or check out Matchedash Lofts’ Facebook page to stay up-to-date on the progress of the project.

Potential buyers are also invited to visit the presentation centre and model suite at 21 Matchedash St. South in Orillia, open Fridays from 2pm to 6pm and weekends from 11am to 4pm. Private appointments can be booked by emailing matchedash@oakleighdevelopments.ca.

For more information, visit matchedashlofts.ca or email matchedash@oakleighdevelopments.ca.

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