THE PROJECT Lakebreeze
BUILDER/DEVELOPER Kaitlin Corp.
SIZE 643 to 5,000 square feet
PRICE $274,990 to $1.99-million
SALES CENTRE 1 Martin Rd., south of King Street in Bowmanville. Open Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CONTACT Phone 647-302-2490 or visit mylakebreeze.ca
It has grown extremely difficult for developers in the Toronto area to acquire large building lots. A sizeable lot right on Lake Ontario is rare, indeed.
It took years for Kaitlin Corp. to acquire this Bomanville location; a 110-acre site now targeted for 1,300 homes, several parks and pathways meandering along more than three kilometres of shoreline just 35 minutes east of Toronto.
"It's the last master-planned community like this in the GTA," says president, Bill Daniell, whose company portfolio includes an adjacent Cape Cod-style development with about 2.5 kilometres of shoreline.
"We did [Port of] Newcastle, which is a neat and unique site as well, but this one is even better because it's more frontage and it's closer to Toronto."
To capitalize on the locale – south of Highway 401, just east of Bowmanville Harbour Conservation Area – there will be a waterfront collection of townhouses and detached residences set directly across from parkland and the lake.
"They all have rooftop terraces on top of the houses to maximize the views and we've created some very interesting architecture there," Mr. Daniell notes.
"[Some plans] have 10.5-foot ceilings, private elevators in the homes and some really unique features."
However, unobstructed sightlines will not be exclusive to those popular plans. "On the main corridor, each street has a good view of the water," Mr. Daniell notes. "So you're looking straight down to the water when you're driving home."
The balance of the development will be composed of freehold townhouses and stacked townhouses on the east end, dubbed East Village, while semi-detached and detached houses with double garages on up to 45-foot lots will round out the West Village. Condominium buildings are also planned for both sides.
"There's something for everybody. We've got condos where people just want to get started with their first house or they want a bungalow because they're selling their house and want to downsize and don't need as much space," says Mr. Daniell, who is holding back phase three for this summer or fall despite swift sales in prior phases.
"Altogether, we've probably got over 60 designs for the community, so there are a lot of variation, and it's all controlled architecturally and contemporary designs, so it's not like one building comes in and other comes in so you have four different builders."
In terms of amenities, the waterfront-path system will be ready for first occupants moving in later this year, plus residents can use a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse at Port of Newcastle. Just a 15-minute bike ride away, it offers a pool, hot tub, gym, spa, tennis court and playground, as well as a billiards room, library, theatre, lounge and restaurant.
"From this site, you can walk or ride a bike to the Port of Newcastle, the trail is already there and connected to this property," Mr. Daniell adds.
New commercial outlets will be added on site, which is also close to established shops and restaurants in downtown Bowmanville, golfing, sailing and horseback riding facilities.
"The great thing is you're literally three kilometres to the hospital, so it's got everything, and you've got [access to] two interchanges off the [Highway] 401 right there on the property, which is incredible," Mr. Daniell states.