As homebuyers continue to look outside large metropolitan areas for more space and lower prices, many Torontonians are considering a move to smaller cities like Barrie. Located just one hour north of Toronto, Barrie offers a vibrant downtown, scenic waterfront and proximity to cottage country in Muskoka.
Barrie’s ideal location was one of the reasons why StateView Homes chose it for its latest master-planned community. Known as BEA Towns (which stands for Barrie, Essa, Ardagh), the highly-anticipated community features a contemporary collection of freehold townhomes with open-concept layouts and sleek finishes within an amenity-rich area of West Barrie.
“Barrie is one of Ontario’s 25 urban growth centres and has been named one of Canada’s fastest-growing municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area,” said Julian Uccello, VP of Operations at StateView Homes. “The reasons are simple: more attractive pricing than the GTA and the opportunity for four-season, resort-style living.”
Residents of Barrie enjoy a high quality of life close to everyday amenities, shopping centres, nature escapes, and convenient connections via major highways and public transit.
BEA Towns is only minutes from Barrie’s waterfront and shoreline trail that runs along Kempenfelt Bay. Enjoy a refreshing stroll starting at Allandale Station Park, a 16.3-acre waterfront park with fitness stations, restrooms and a gazebo. Follow the hiking and bike trails to Centennial Beach, a sandy beach with lifeguards and a playground, before heading north to Barrie’s picturesque Heritage Park. From there, venture towards Dunlop Street West in downtown Barrie, an area dotted with boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.
“The Barrie Marina, Barrie Yacht Club and the numerous amenities at Friday Harbour Resort lie within a quick drive,” added Uccello. “Barrie is also home to hundreds of restaurants with everything from fast food to authentic international cuisine.”
A true four-season destination, Barrie offers family-friendly activities all year long. Nearby Horseshoe Resort is just 20 minutes away and features 29 Alpine ski and snowboard runs, 30 kilometres of groomed Nordic trails, snow tubing, snowshoeing, golfing and treetop trekking. Barrie is also at the doorstep of cottage country where the tranquil waters of Muskoka Lakes await.
Those who prefer a day of shopping can visit Georgian Mall, a 13-minute drive from BEA Towns, or Park Place, an open-air shopping centre with specialty retailers and upscale fashion boutiques. Closer to home, residents will be in walking distance to everyday essentials at Zehrs and Lowe’s Home Improvement, while within the community, they’ll enjoy amenities like a courtyard with seating areas and children’s play structures.
Priced from the high $600,000s, the homes at BEA Towns represent the developer’s tagline “Live Inspired” with old-world craftsmanship, forward-thinking architecture and superior customer service through its iCare program. The homes boast contemporary architecture characterized by flat roofs, expansive windows, and two-tone façades with brick and precast stone cladding.
Interiors are bright and spacious and come standard with high quality features and finishes. The three-bedroom towns were thoughtfully designed to reflect the way modern families want to live. Large rooftop terraces provide ample space for al fresco dining and outdoor enjoyment, while the Comfort+ smart home automation system helps homeowners save money and reduce their carbon footprint.
“New home sales in Barrie have been strong throughout the pandemic and remain robust,” said Uccello. “One of Canada’s fastest-growing municipalities, the city has grown significantly over the past several years, and provincial projections see Barrie growing to 298,000 by 2051 — more than double its current population. The opportunity to enter the Barrie market now, before prices rise, is enticing.”
With over 35 years of collective homebuilding experience, brothers Dino and Carlo Taurasi founded StateView Homes in 2010 to address a void they recognized in the industry: a lack of new home communities that reflected purchasers’ individuality, design preferences and lifestyles.
“They offered something different, such as luxury appointments that other builders consider upgrades — creating a new benchmark for excellence in the GTA,” explained Uccello. “We continue to carry on the tradition they established by building homes with a higher sense of design and purpose.”
Within the greater community, StateView Homes is known for its philanthropic initiatives and involvement with organizations like Mission Stadiums for Multiple Sclerosis (MS4MS) and SickKids Hospital.
“For all of us at StateView, the concept of ‘home’ is much more than brick-and-mortar housing,” said Uccello. “We care deeply about the greater community. It is our policy to donate to charity for every house we sell.”
The developer donates a percentage from each home sale to charities like MS4MS, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis at sports stadiums. The non-profit aims to raise funds for families with loved ones who have the disease, and support the advancement of research at Johns Hopkins Project Restore MS Research Center. StateView has already raised over $50,000 for this initiative in 2021.
Last year, StateView Homes also partnered with SickKids RBC Capital Markets to hold the fifth annual Bubble Hockey Night (now Fantasy Hockey in light of COVID-19) and helped to raise $420,000.
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