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Are you tired of paying high rental fees for a shoebox-sized apartment? Does the goal of saving 20 percent for a downpayment on a new home seem impossible to reach due to skyrocketing house prices? Or perhaps the stop-and-go traffic and symphony of car horns is driving your stress levels to new heights. Whatever the case, you may be one of the throngs of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) homebuyers considering a move away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Fortunately, Southwestern Ontario is dotted with quaint little towns that are full of charm and offer incredible value.

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Known for building award-winning communities throughout the region, Empire Communities is inviting prospective homebuyers to embrace small-town living and rediscover life in one of its developments across Southwestern Ontario. To help homebuyers find the right community that best suits their lifestyle, the developer has created an online quiz with questions about day-to-day activities, hobbies and goals. Respondents will be matched with one of seven master-planned Empire communities, from Wyndfield in amenity-rich Brantford to Imagine in picturesque Niagara Falls.

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Characterized by winding country roads, green pastures, historical buildings and friendly neighbours that know each other by name, small town living is all about enjoying the simpler things. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing urban conveniences or your social life. Cities like Hamilton (home to Empire Lush and Victory) are packed with young GTA transplants laying down roots and giving rise to trendy new restaurants, bars and artisan coffee shops.

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These communities are also well connected with easy access to highways and transit. Take Summerlea Woods in Binbrook for example. The low-rise development is just 15 minutes from Hamilton and its international airport and only 10 minutes from Highway 6, offering ease of travel to the GTA and downtown Toronto via the QEW. And with prices starting from the low-$400,000s at Empire Avalon in Caledonia, families can actually afford to own a home and still have funds to invest, travel and live.

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The lower cost of operation and space to grow offered in these towns has also caught the attention of businesses as both startups and larger organizations have begun to make the move from the big cities. Kitchener-Waterloo is a prime example — it’s where Google Canada opened its engineering headquarters in 2016. The state-of-the-art facility is located in the heart of the city’s Innovation District where companies like Communitech, CBRE and Deloitte have also opened offices. All this is within proximity to Empire Riverland, a master-planned community of beautiful detached homes starting from the mid-$500,000s in Breslau.

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No matter which community you’re matched with, homebuyers will have a diverse collection of homes to choose from with all the latest in designer features and finishes. But don’t take our word for it. Empire offers several fully-furnished model homes that you can tour, including its latest release at Legacy in Thorold. Empire partnered with renowned interior design firm Figure 3 to create four unique interior themes to help purchasers envision their future homes. From shabby chic to Scandi-simplicity, these showhomes are sure to inspire and get your creative juices flowing.

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Prices at Empire Communities’ start from the low-$400,000s. To learn more visit empirecommunities.com and be sure to take the quiz to find the perfect small town for you!

For more information email info@empirecommunities.com.

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