Extending the reach of a neighbourhood has long been an urban technique for paying tribute to a popular neighbourhood, and trying to make a little money off properties that are almost-but-not-quite there. In Toronto, we’ve got spots like the Upper Beach and West Annex.
Now Markham’s picking up the ball with its Upper Unionville
development by TACC
Built on the old Beckett Farm
at Kennedy and 16th Avenue (which sold for $100 million), Upper Unionville is the 1,600-unit result of a consortium of four builders: Arista Homes
, Fieldgate Homes
, Paradise Homes
and Starlane Home Corporation
The homes, a combination of townhouses, semi-detached and detached houses, started to go up in September. Paradise just closed on between 30 and 35 of them between late March and early this month.
"We’ve all designed our own houses," says Daniel Salerno, director of sales and marketing for Paradise, "but we all have the exact same lot types, which fell under the same architectural control."
The control architect -- the one responsible for lending the new development the feel of a cohesive neighbourhood -- was Williams and Stewart
Salerno figures most of the houses will be occupied by 2015. There is also what Salerno calls a live-work area, an area along the south end of the site that will be a combination of homes and businesses, which should be finished by 2016.
Prices range from about half a million to just under a million. Upper Unionville is about a 20-mintue walk to Main Street, Unionville.
Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Daniel Salerno
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