It’s well established the pandemic has changed the way big-city dwellers think about distance as they look outside of former geographic boundaries toward more idyllic communities scattered across the countryside.
One of the towns getting more recognition as a world-class place to live is Port Hope, located just over an hour from downtown Toronto. The community has charm to spare and an incredible backstory that dates back to its days as a Loyalist settlement on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Mill Street Courtyards is a collection of three-storey townhomes that’s located near the city’s historic downtown. The Plazacomm development is just a short walk to East Beach on Lake Ontario, and the Ganaraska River can be found right across from the homes.
What was it about Port Hope that attracted you to the area?
Port Hope is one of the most unique and beautiful towns we’ve encountered in Southern Ontario. Besides being located right on the shores of Lake Ontario, and along the Highway 401 and VIA Rail corridor, Port Hope has a fascinating cultural and architectural history. The mix of historic Georgian downtown buildings, Victorian mansions, and custom-built new homes, as well as the wide variety of leisure, entertainment, employment and education opportunities, make this town a place where any resident can live the lifestyle of their choice.
Port Hope has been a filming location for TV and movie shoots for years. Famous films and TV shows shot in Port Hope include Stephen King’s IT and Murdoch Mysteries. On my very first visit to Port Hope, I was surprised to see an American flag flying on the historic Town Hall building. Port Hope’s website features a movie walking tour for the movie buffs out there.
Mill Street Courtyards marries a historic exterior with modern interiors. What made you decide to go with this combination?
Port Hope is known for its historical architecture, including being named best-preserved main street in Ontario. It features more than 270 designated heritage buildings, the highest number per capita in Canada. True Georgian architecture is rarely copied well, but because our site is an important gateway to the historic downtown we’ve worked closely with the town and heritage consultants to come up with a design that uses simple forms and geometry as a contemporary interpretation of the traditional surroundings.
Each Mill Street Courtyards townhouse comes with an elevator, as well as rooftop terrace and ground-level parking garage. Our base package includes premium materials such as stone countertops and upscale appliances.