Surrounding the higher-density development nodes at the heart of Greater Toronto Area municipalities, master-planned subdivision communities remain in hot demand. While the desire for lower-density housing has been unrelenting in these suburban areas, tastes are changing over time. In place of the cookie-cutter uniformity of earlier master-planned, low-density communities, new subdivision communities like the Union Village project, now underway in Markham, are introducing a variety of architectural styles that cater to a range of tastes.
The project from Minto Communities and Metropia is bringing 1,200 new homes in a mix of back-to-back towns, rear-lane towns, traditional towns, and single-family homes to a plot of land along Kennedy Road in Unionville, between 16th Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive. Renderings of the new development show a departure from the surrounding subdivisions, with a mix of six different styles by architects RN Design. This variety of architectural styles will not only serve a range of tastes for purchasers, but also create a more walkable neighbourhood by preventing monotonous blocks of uniformity seen in communities with little variation in building styles.
French Country-style homes, available in back-to-back towns, rear-lane towns, traditional towns, and single-family homes, will feature decorative columns and brackets framing large balconies, with cladding materials to include brick, stone, and stucco. French-style homes, available in rear-lane townhomes and single-family units, are planned with large multi-paned and arched picture windows, dormer-style roofs, and cladding materials that include precast concrete, stucco, and stone.
The more traditional offerings are contrasted by more contemporary looks. Modern look homes, available in rear-lane townhomes and single-family units, will break from the traditional house massing with varying rooflines with raised parapets, and will feature exteriors of brick, stone, stucco, and metal siding. West Coast Contemporary homes, available in back-to-back towns, rear-lane towns, and traditional towns, will feature similarly varied massings as the Moderns, along with finishes of brick, stone, and stucco.
Among the single-family homes offered are two unique styles not offered in other plans: Canadiana and Period Revival-Tudor. The Canadiana plans include timber-inspired finishes and multi-gabled rooflines, with finishes of brick, stone, and hardie siding. The Tudor plans feature steep-pitched, multi-gabled rooflines with distinctive Tudor-inspired detailing, and finishes of brick, stone, and stucco.
The project was launched in February, selling 330 homes over an initial four-day period. Earlier this month, and despite turbulent market conditions, Minto released an additional 71 homes, which were all sold over a two-day period.
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|Figure3, Live Patrol Inc., Metropia, Minto Communities GTA, NAK Design Strategies, Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc.