For most families living in the GTA, homeownership has become a pipe dream — one that has come at the cost of their independence, financial stability and the freedom to travel and invest as they please.

But overpriced housing doesn’t mean these families have given up on finding a place where they can carve out the lives they’ve always imagined. Disenchanted with the realities of living in the GTA, young families have sought out more affordable living options in small towns that offer the opportunities they’ve been after: a place where they can thrive, and the freedom to live their lives with less financial stress.

And it’s not quite the death to their social life that one might expect either. Cities like Hamilton are now populated with young GTA transplants that are breathing new life into these once sleepy communities, giving rise to trendy restaurants, artisan coffee shops, recreational opportunities and nightlife. Highways 403, 20 and the QEW keep the communities surrounding Hamilton connected to some of the city’s best shops, sights and amenities — including the Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton Place and James Street North, which has become the city’s arts and culture club.

Priced from the high-$400,000s, Empire Communities’ new release of towns and single detached homes in Binbrook, Ontario — a mere 15-minute drive from Hamilton — are ideal for families that are determined to succeed. Released in Empire’s Summerlea Woods community, the growing area offers the charm of a small town with easy access to the conveniences of a big city.

Available designs include a diverse selection of three-bedroom townhomes and three- and four-bedroom detached homes on 30-, 36- and 44-foot lots. Exteriors feature contemporary architecture characterized by large windows and double door entryways (as per plan), while the open-concept layouts are perfect for entertaining and boast well-designed floor plans that range in size from 1,254 square feet to 3,497 square feet.

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Coinciding with the new release of homes is the project’s brand new presentation centre, which was designed by renowned interior design firm figure3. The presentation centre offers a relaxed showroom experience with warm wood tones, soft wood coverings and stone accents. Interwoven with the impressive finishes are informative displays, interior finish palettes, and a full-sized kitchen vignette to help inspire families to personalize their dream home.

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To learn more about Summerlea Woods, visit the newly opened presentation centre at 2515 Fletcher Road. Hours are Monday to Thursday from 1pm to 7pm, Friday from 1pm to 6pm, and weekends from 11am to 5pm.

To find out more about this exciting new community visit the website.

For more information, call 905 692 6000 or email summerleawoods@empirecommunities.com.

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