On Site: Luxury builder banks on the lure of Collingwood
Sydnia Yu, The Globe and Mail, Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012
Charis Developments aims to produce luxury homes at its Admiral Collingwood Place – a 90-minute drive north of Toronto – that lets residents climb the escarpment rather than a flight of stairs, idle at specialty shops – not in their cars – and unearth fresh produce at a farmer’s market – not the weeds on their lawns.
“There comes a time when [homeowners] want no maintenance, underground parking, and they want to lock the door and go to Florida without any worries,” says Stephen Assaff, who is the president of Charis Developments and a long-time resident in the small town.
“There are a few condominium buildings in town, but none of them are downtown.”
The six-storey building will contain 127 residences – the first batch of them is now on sale – and will also contain ground-floor retail stores along both Hume Street and the historic Hurontario Street.
“It’s on a very important corner, not quite like Yonge and Bloor, but in Collingwood, it would be classed as Yonge and Bloor,” says Mr. Assaff, who named the project after a school on the site that he and his kids attended.
“It’s no secret as to what makes a lively downtown – it’s animating it with people walking around and spending money. So this is going to be a great boom to the downtown core.”
The Model: By the dock of the bay
Lisa Van de Ven, Special to National Post, Aug 31, 2012
Crisp blue walls reminiscent of nearby Georgian Bay are paired with fresh white and dark wood cabinetry for a nautical feel in the kitchen at Admiral Collingwood Place.
Interior designer Marylyn Joel kept the palette minimal for clean-lined results meant to appeal to buyers who have made Collingwood their second home, many of whom are now turning it into a primary residence. Her goal was to showcase standard finishes while still offering design inspiration.
“It’s a classic, sophisticated look, because that’s the clientele,” she says. “And it’s casual enough to make them feel that they can easily bring [in their] furniture and it will fit in here.”
Collingwood developer hires a lift truck to let buyers check out the view
By Tracy Hanes – thestar.com, Thursday August 30, 2012
Larry and Norma Gee finally got a preview of the views they’ll enjoy from the condo suite they bought recently in downtown Collingwood.
At a launch event for Admiral Place, developer Steve Assaff hired a lift to hoist potential buyers aloft to experience the panoramic views the condo building and its rooftop garden will offer.
“It takes in the mountains, Georgian Bay, the harbour, the grain elevators. You can’t appreciate that when you’re on the ground,” says Larry Gee.
Collingwood a great place to live!
Global National News, March 2012
The Town of Collingwood was recently featured on Global News, as a great place to live and retire!
Watch it here.