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39 Niagara rentals complement Minto Toronto Westside condos
Source: RENX
2018-05-24

Buy or rent. Residents of 39, Niagara, a new enclave being constructed in Toronto’s Downtown West District will have both options. The apartment building, located at Bathurst and Front, will consist of 501 rental units, 54,700 square feet of retail space and more than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities.

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Westlake: Palm Beach County’s newest city taking shape
Source: Palm Beach Post
2018-05-21

Nearly two years after becoming Palm Beach County’s 39th municipality, the city of Westlake, which lies in the heart of Central Palm Beach County, is taking shape. The city is poised to deliver thousands of high-paying temporary and permanent construction, retail, and professional-service jobs to the area.

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Minto Properties unveils 61 Yorkville in Toronto
Source: Travel Daily News
2018-05-21

Minto Properties is unveiling its full scale renovation currently underway at 61 Yorkville Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. Boasting thoughtful luxury and full-service concierge, the property provides short and long-term rentals in furnished and unfurnished suites, attractive to local and international residents alike.

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Margaritaville-themed senior housing development planned in the Panhandle
Source: The Real Deal
2018-05-20

The third Latitude Margaritaville residential real estate development for residents 55 and older is coming to Florida’s Panhandle region. Margaritaville Holdings, Minto Communities USA and The St. Joe Company plan to develop Latitude Margaritaville Watersound near Panama City Beach, on a Bay County property owned by St. Joe.

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Toronto sees a surge in purpose-built rental development
Source: The Globe and Mail
2018-05-03

After decades of slow or almost no growth in new purpose-built rental construction, the GTA may be in the midst of a mini-surge as different players are finding creative ways to keep some of the region’s land from turning into another new condominium. Urbanation Inc. projects that in 2018 nine projects equalling 2,669 units will be delivered.

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Minto wins Ontario Home Builder of the Year Award - fourth year in a row 2016-02-26

For the fourth time in five years, The Minto Group was named Ontario Green Builder of the Year for leading the homebuilding industry in energy efficiency and green building. Its nomination submission pointed to such achievements as building net zero energy ready homes in its west-end Arcadia...

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Model home tour: Minto's new two-bedroom townhome lives large 2015-11-25

First-time buyers and investors touring Minto’s newest model townhome model will be struck by how well the two-bedroom freehold stacks up against larger executive towns. Called the Downing, the new model at Avalon Encore in Orléans features nine-foot ceilings on the second-floor living area, a laundry room large enough for side-by-side washer and dryer, an extra-deep garage and a room-sized balcony. The three-storey is one of five models offered in the Avenue Townhome Collection...

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Move-in ready homes by Minto Communities available at TwinEagles 2015-11-15

Minto Communities announced that two new move-in ready homes are available in TwinEagles. Limited time incentives of $35,000 to be applied toward closing costs or options are available on homes closing on or before Dec. 30, 2015. Move in ready homes include the Prestwick and Turnberry single-family homes in the Lockford neighborhood. The Prestwick encompasses 3,743 total square feet with 2,642 square feet under air. It includes two bedrooms, a den, three baths and a three car garage. The home...

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Move-in ready homes offered at The Isles of Collier Preserve 2015-11-08

Minto Communities announced that four new move-in ready homes are available at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. Limited time incentives of up to $20,000 to be applied toward closing costs or options are available on homes closing on or before December 30, 2015. Move-in ready homes include the Plumeria and Wisteria single family model homes, the Honeysuckle villa, and the Poinciana coach home. The Plumeria single-family home is a former model with 4,049 total square feet and 2,781...

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Model homes shine at annual sales and marketing awards 2015-11-05

Want people’s attention? Then pay attention to them and dress your best. That’s the message emerging from this year’s SAM awards. Organized by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association, the 32nd annual awards presented Thursday afternoon honour the best in model homes, sales staff and centres, and print and digital marketing programs. Formerly known as the Sammy awards, the name has been shortened to the more direct SAM (Sales and Marketing). Tartan Homes scooped...

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Toronto condo developer offering free electric car to buyers 2015-10-26

An environmentally-conscious condo developer in Toronto is giving prospective buyers a free ride. The first 20 Bside condo buyers who also purchase a parking space equipped with an electric-vehicle charging station will receive a free Nissan Leaf, courtesy of Minto. “We have EV charging stations in our other buildings, but not many people are taking advantage of that infrastructure,” said Wells Baker, director of sustainable design at Minto. “We thought perhaps people could...

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Minto's Arcadia highlights energy efficient home 2015-10-26

A stones throw away from Kanata's Tanger outlets lies Arcadia, a family friendly Minto community comprised of single family homes and townhomes. Four new models have been opened for viewing and show an impressive cross-section of the singles available in the neighbourhood. With soothing sounds of nature playing through the homes built in speaker systems, touring these models offers a serene look at life in Arcadia. Complimentary headphones are available to use with your cellphone to take an...

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Energy efficiency continues its evolution 2015-10-24

The ultimate goal is to build a house that produces more energy than it consumes. By now, we should all know that energy-efficient home renovations are a good idea. Heating and cooling our homes accounts for about 15 per cent of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions. So conserving energy is not only good for the planet, but you save money while doing it. In many cases, these efficiency renovations more than pay for themselves over the lifetime of the products used. This week's column...

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Bside at Minto Westside launches an electrifying offer 2015-10-23

Committed to building a sustainable future, Minto is launching an electrifying offer for the first 20 lucky purchasers of Bside, the second phase of Minto Westside at Front and Bathurst: buy a parking space equipped with an EV charging station along with your condo, and Minto will throw in Canada’s #1 electric car, the Nissan Leaf S. “Our goal is to design for the future,” says Wells Baker, Director of Conservation and Sustainable Design at Minto. “Installing EV...

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Florida's Top 15 Green Home Builders 2015-10-22

The Florida Green Building Coalition has named four Southwest Florida builders among the 15 who have built the most FGBC-certified houses.The local builders on the list are Kimball Hill Construction, Lee Wetherington Homes, Neal Communities and Taylor Morrison Homes.“These builders are being recognized for their conscientious green-building efforts in creating healthier and safer homes and a more sustainable Florida,” said Suzanne Cook, FGBC executive director.Cook said...

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25th Anniversary Sand Dollar Awards 2015-10-04

Annual awards by CBIA recognize excellence in building industry On Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Ritz Carlton Tiburon, a sold-out crowd attended the 2015 Sand Dollar Awards “Vintage Grace and Glamour” presented by theCollier Building Industry Association (CBIA)—Sales and Marketing Council (SMC). The 25th anniversary celebration was especially significant based upon the resurgence of building and remodeling in Southwest Florida. Industry is back on track here in Southwest...

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Minto opens net-zero model home at Arcadia in Kanata 2015-10-01

Across the highway from Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, something new is happening in suburban home building. Minto has just opened model homes in its Arcadia community, among them an uber-energy-efficient single that in the past might only be found in a custom infill project or perhaps a house out in the country. It’s a net-zero home, which means that in a given year, it will produce as much energy as it uses. It’s the first time such a home has been offered to the average buyer...

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Model home tour: Minto opens four singles at Arcadia 2015-10-01

It’s taken more than three years, but Minto has finally opened a slate of models to showcase single-family homes in its blossoming Arcadia community in west Kanata. And if you like touring the CHEO dream homes that Minto provides to the lottery fundraiser every year, this quartet is a bit like dream homes on a realistic scale — not surprising since they’re decorated by the same designer. Arcadia (a Greek word meaning a place offering peace and simplicity) launched in March...

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Isles Club nearly complete at Isles of Collier Preserve 2015-09-20

The Isles Club at The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities is nearing completion and is projected to open later this year. The design of the Isles Club was inspired by the coastal cottage style of the original Naples Beach Hotel built in 1888 as a 16-room inn that charged guests $3 per night. In the 1920s, the Naples Beach Hotel grew to become the hub of Naples social life and a popular resort destination.

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Harbour Isle Beach Club opens 2015-08-27

Minto Communities will hold a grand opening for the new Harbour Isle Beach Club from 6-9 p.m. today. The public is invited; reservations are required by calling (941) 896-4826. Harbour Isle is a 220-acre private island community on Anna Maria Sound in Bradenton. The event will include tours of the Harbour Isle Beach Club, a luxury yacht presented by Galati Yacht Sales, and a luxury car showcase presented by Lamborghini Sarasota. The Aerial Dragons will entertain, with food by Fun with Food...

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Movers and Shakers: Minto Presents Luxury by the Bay Grand Opening for Harbour Isle Beach Club 2015-08-20

Minto Communities presents Luxury by the Bay — a grand opening celebration for the new Harbour Isle Beach Club — on Saturday, August 22, from 6-9 p.m. The public is invited. However, reservations are required for admittance by calling (941) 896-4826.Harbour Isle is an award-winning, 220-acre private island community by Minto, located directly across from Anna Maria Island on Anna Maria Sound in Bradenton, Florida.Luxury by the Bay will include tours of the Harbour Isle Beach Club, a...

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Tamarind Grande model by Minto now open 2015-08-13

Minto Communities has opened the Tamarind Grande, at The Isles of Collier Preserve. The two-story model has more than 4,000 square feet under air and a total of almost 6,000 square feet. Including two guest casita bedrooms and baths, the Tamarind Grande has four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths. The first-floor master suite is a poolside sanctuary with two walkin closets and master bath with double vanities. A 700-square-foot lanai with unobstructed water views has an outdoor...

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Minto Communities is pledging support to Builders Care 2015-08-12

KUDOS Minto Communities (mintofla.com) is pledging support to Builders Care (www.lqwest.com) through each home sale. Minto Communities presented a check to Builders Care based on its last quarter sales in the amount of $1,800, bringing its total to $15,600. Minto donates $100 from each home sale through its Bonita Isles community to Builders Care, providing funding to assist them in helping local homeowners in need of renovations. Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee...

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Beach Club completed at Harbour Isle 2015-08-05

The club, which includes a sandy beach, will serve the residents of the development’s Members of the communities. Island and Manatee chambers, local elected officials and guests joined officials from Minto Communities to cut the ribbon on the newly completed Beach Club at Harbor Isle on Friday. The club features an outdoor pool surrounded by lush vegetation, a cabana bar overlooking the pool, event and yoga lawns, a sandy beach, a luxury indoor lounge, an upstairs Sky Bar, all with...

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Modern man caves focus on solace, sports and luxury 2015-07-31

The concept of the man cave is evolving. It used to simply be a space all his own, where all manner of sporting and automotive paraphernalia remains hidden from view, where he and his pals can watch what they want on TV and relish in their manliness far from feminine eyes. These days, men can be every bit if not more astute as their female counterparts in creating spaces that rival the rest of the house in both luxury and fun.“One type of man cave is set up like a garage with cabinets and...

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Festival, Minto Communities 2015-07-20

Minto Communities introduces Festival™ — a unique residential resort just five miles from Walt Disney World®. While at the center of Orlando’s entertainment, shopping and dining offerings, Festival offers residents a private home base of more than 200 acres of natural Florida woodlands and lakes, walking and biking paths and impressive resort amenities.

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Tamarind Grande model introduced at The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto 2015-07-19

Minto Communities announces the grand opening of a the Tamarind Grande, a luxurious, single-family home model at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. The two-story model includes 5,892 total square feet with 4,037 square feet under air. The Tamarind Grande’s many striking features include two guest casitas that open directly onto the 1,100-square-foot interior courtyard with a pool, spa and fountain feature.A 700-square-foot lanai with unobstructed water views includes an outdoor...

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Minto introduces its new Tamarind Grande model 2015-07-19

Minto Communities announces the grand opening of a new single-family home model at The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples — the Tamarind Grande. The two-story model includes 5,892 square feet with 4,037 square feet under air. The Tamarind Grande’s features include two guest casitas that open directly onto the 1,100-square-foot interior courtyard with pool, spa and fountain feature. An expansive 700-square-foot lanai with unobstructed water views includes an outdoor kitchen and...

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Tamarind Grande model by Minto opens in Isles of Collier Preserve 2015-07-17

Minto Communities has opened its Tamarind Grande model in The Isles of Collier Preserve in Naples. The two-story design has 4,000 square feet under air and a total of 5,892 square feet. The model is priced at $1,044,900. Two guest casitas open onto the 1,100-square-foot interior courtyard with pool, spa and fountain. A 700 square foot lanai with unobstructed water views includes an outdoor kitchen and outdoor living room with a 12-foot-high wood ceiling. The second floor guest casita has a...

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Northern decor and no basements plague new Florida transplants 2015-06-26

When Lynn Pitochelli moved to Naples from Rhode Island, she couldn’t part with her dark brown leather chairs, cinnamon-colored dining room set and heavy draperies. But after three years in the tropics, she’s given away almost everything. “It didn’t work out,” said the 58 year old art and business consultant. “What looked beautiful up North looked out of place here.” Each year, thousands of Northerners move to Southwest Florida, bringing along the...

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Minto's Bonita Isles Nearing Sell Out! 2015-06-23

Fewer than 10 home sites and only two of four move-in ready models remain available for sale at the award-winning Bonita Isles development by Minto Communities. Bonita Isles, located in Bonita Springs, has experienced brisk sales activity since opening in 2013, and is one of Southwest Florida's fastest selling communities.Popular amenities at Bonita Isles include the Island Club, uniquely situated on an island in the center of the community's expansive lake. The Island Club features a...

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Minto breaks ground on 3rd neighborhood 2015-06-22

Minto Communities broke ground on a third neighborhood in its Harbour Isle community on Perico Island, according to a June 8 news release.The Marina Walk neighborhood will consist of one-story resort-style homes priced from $500,000. The models are expected to open by January 2016.All will have views of Anna Maria Sound or the Harbour Isle lagoon, according to Minto.Living space will range from 1,483 square feet to 1,650. The homes will have two or three bedrooms and two or three bathrooms,...

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Minto breaks ground for Marina Walk Resort Homes at Harbour Isle 2015-06-20

Minto Communities has begun building luxury model homes at Harbour Isle’s Marina Walk. A 220-acre island-living community, Harbour Isle is on Anna Maria Sound in Bradenton. The models are projected to open in January 2016.Marina Walk is Minto’s newest Harbour Isle neighborhood. The first two neighborhoods, Mangrove Walk and Edgewater Walk, feature luxury coach homes that sold out within one year after opening.Marina Walk’s Nautical Series Home Collection includes the Mariner,...

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Final Phase Now Selling at Villas By The Sea 2015-06-18

Minto Communities recently broke ground on the Villas By The Sea Oceanfront North and Oceanside North residences. These new residences are the last of luxury oceanfront living in the vibrant seaside village of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, which has become one of the most successful beachfront enclaves in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. The final phase of construction features two new condominium buildings, Oceanfront North and Oceanside North, with brand new designs ranging from 1,565 to 1,970...

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Minto's Bonita Isles nearing sell out 2015-06-14

Fewer than 10 homesites and only two of the four move-in ready models remain available for sale at Bonita Isles by Minto Communities. Bonita Isles has experienced brisk sales activity since opening in 2013. Popular amenities at Bonita Isles include the Island Club, uniquely situated on an island in the center of the community's lake. The Island Club features a covered entertainment terrace with a bar, grill area and covered dining, a fitness center, two tennis courts, a resort-style swimming...

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Minto celebrates last chance for oceanfront living 2015-06-11

Minto Communities has broken ground on the Villas By The Sea Oceanfront North residences. These new residences are the last of luxury oceanfront living in the vibrant seaside village of Lauderdale-ByThe-Sea, which has become one of the most successful beachfront enclaves in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. The final phase of construction features two new condominium buildings, Oceanfront North and Oceanside North, with brand-new designs ranging from 1,565 to 1,970 interior square feet, offering...

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Minto breaks ground for Harbour Isle development 2015-06-09

Minto Communities has started construction of model houses at Harbour Isle’s Marina Walk.The 220-acre community is directly across from Anna Maria Island on Anna Maria Sound.Marina Walk models are expected to open in January. Priced starting at above $500,000, the one-story homes range from 1,483 square feet under air to 1,650 square feet under air. Floor plans include two and three bedrooms with two or three bathrooms and gourmet kitchens.Marina Walk is Minto’s newest Harbour Isle...

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Association Parade Of Homes First Place Award for Laureate Park at Lake Nona Model 2015-06-07

Minto Communities has received a Greater Orlando Builders Association Parade of Homes™ (GOBA) first place award for the Laureate Park Mansfield model at Lake Nona in Orlando. “Minto is honored to receive GOBA’s first place recognition for the second year in a row for our innovative home designs at Laureate Park,” notes Minto Senior Vice President William Bullock. The Mansfield includes four bedrooms, plus den, three-and-a-half baths and two-car garage. It features a...

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Minto Communities marks 60th anniversary 2015-06-05

Some folks celebrate birthdays with a cake and candles. Minto Communities decided to celebrate its 60th with an entire house. Since 1955, the company has become Ottawa’s biggest home builder and expanded into three other Canadian cities plus Florida. To help toast such accomplishments, it recently furnished one of its early homes in west-end Crystal Beach in mid-1950s style for a corporate shindig. A functioning black-and-white Marconi television; a sporty orange rotary dial...

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Plans put town of 4,000 in E. Collier 2015-05-30

A long-planned town on rural lands in eastern Collier County might be closer to reality.Collier Enterprises said Friday it is working with Canadian-based Minto Communities on planning and permitting about 4,000 homes and a 150,000-square-foot town center as part of the first phase of development for the 4,000-acre Rural Lands West property in eastern Collier County.Patrick Utter, vice president of real estate for Naples based Collier Enterprises, said it chose Minto as the community’s...

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Minto releases four furnished Bonita Isles models for sale 2015-05-17

Minto Communities announces the release for sale of the four furnished models at Bonita Isles, located in Bonita Springs. The first phase of Bonita Isles sold out within the first year of opening for sales, and only 15 homesites remain to be sold in the community.

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Minto Florida Wins Five Eliant Awards 2015-05-13

Minto Florida, developer of Harbour Isle in northwest Bradenton, received five Eliant Homebuyers' Choice Premier Awards, making it one of three winning builders to receive the most Premier Awards and tying for second place. Winning homebuilders were selected based on results from more than 72,000 surveys issued by Eliant in 2014 to all recent homebuyers who purchased from more than 128 major U.S. and Canadian home...

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On Site: Priced right, commuter homes north of Toronto being snapped up 2015-05-11

Model homes are often vital to selling buyers on a new development, but Minto Communities hasn’t needed one yet for its latest low-rise community in a countryside setting 30 minutes north of Toronto. The first two blocks of houses released for phase one sold quickly earlier this year. The third block in phase one has prices starting in the low $300,000s for townhouses and mid-$500,000s for detached houses. “The big new story with Minto’s Queen’s Landing is it blew the...

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April is a banner month for TwinEagles by Ronto 2015-05-10

The Ronto Group reported 13 closed new construction transactions worth $8,093,872, and 20 pending new construction contracts valued at $16,437,335, were processed during April. The $24,531,207 total closed and pending new construction sales in April increased TwinEagles' year-to-date sales volume to $64,399,608 through the beginning of second quarter 2015, and continued the sales momentum established last year. In 2014, closed and pending new construction sales totaled well over $100 million....

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Minto releases four furnished Bonita Isles models 2015-04-29

Minto Communities announces the release for sale of the four furnished models at Bonita Isles, located in Bonita Springs. The first phase of Bonita Isles sold out within the first year of opening for sales, and only 15 home sites remain to be sold in the award-winning community. Popular amenities at Bonita Isles include the Island Club, uniquely situated on an island in the center of the community’s expansive lake. The Island Club features a spacious covered entertainment terrace with...

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Sports-themed condos score with Canadian fans 2015-04-27

The Globe and Mail - Ottawa is reviving its CFL franchise, the RedBlacks, with the help of a new condo project being built by Minto Group Inc., whose executive chairman, Roger Greenberg, is a partner in RedBlacks owner Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. The condo tower, set to be completed later this year, lured buyers with suites looking out over the end zone of the new TD Place stadium and a communal lounge built in the style of a private corporate box at a stadium.While the project also...

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Minto Florida unveils Dundee neighborhood at TwinEagles 2015-04-26

TwinEagles announced it is accepting reservations for residences within the North Naples gated golf course community’s new Dundee single-family home neighborhood to be developed by Minto Florida. Dundee is the third new single-family neighborhood to open at TwinEagles since December 2014 and offers some of the community’s most exquisite views.Dundee will include 61 single-family residences ranging from 2,600 to 3,800 square feet under air on 62-by-135-foot homesites at build out....

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Minto opens model court at The Isles of Collier Preserve 2015-04-26

Fort Myers News-Press -  Minto Communities recently opened a model court at The Isles of Collier Preserve. Minto offers 43 home designs in the community.Eleven fully-furnished single-family home and villa models are showcased in the model court. They include seven single-family home models and four one-story villa models from Minto’s new classic coastal home collections. In addition, Minto offers three award winning coach home models for touring in the community.The Isles of Collier...

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Minto launches Quinn's Pointe in Barrhaven 2015-04-25

Minto may be selling off the last of its lots at Chapman Mills after a 15-year run there but the company’s not exactly calling it quits in Barrhaven. On Saturday it launches Quinn’s Pointe, a master-planned community that will eventually see some 2,000 homes built on 250 acres off Greenbank Road not far from Chapman Mills. With over 1,700 units on the way in the east end at its Enclave at TrailsEdge and Avalon Encore projects and another 1,300 homes in the works for west-end...

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Home buyer's guide: Best upgrades for resale value 2015-04-24

The experts all agree — the upgrades that give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to resale are kitchens, ensuites and main-level flooring. “(They) are the top three areas that tend to give the best return on investment and what most purchasers tend to invest in,” says Minto’s Anthony Minchella, although he notes that a larger issue to keep in mind is the lot size and location. While everyone will have an opinion about what works and what...

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Minto hosting grand opening of Model Court today 2015-04-19

Minto Communities is holding a grand opening event today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its new Model Court at The Isles of Collier Preserve. Minto now offers 43 innovative, energy-efficient home designs at The Isles of Collier Preserve.Eleven fully-furnished single-family home and villa models are showcased in Model Court. They include seven, single-family home models and four, one-story villa models from Minto’s new classic coastal home collections. In addition, Minto offers three coach...

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New two bed plan at UpperWest 2015-03-29

Westboro is becoming a condo hotspot and those looking for a place to call home in this bustling community will be excited by Minto's new two bedroom floorplan in Upperwest, a 25 storey building in the heart of Westboro, which is now under construction.Designed by Wallman Architects, Upperwest offers breathtaking views of the Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa River Parkway. The design of the building is contemporary and sleek and includes a welcoming lobby, complete with a lounge area and...

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Hurrah to the home builders who put energy efficiency into their new homes 2015-03-28

National Post - Energy Star turns 10 this year. EnerQuality, its parent, says energy-efficient adoption has reached 32% of Ontario homes, thanks to builders who believe in it and to buyers who ask for it in their new home. Last week's EQ Awards honoured The Minto Group in two categories: Ontario Green Builder of the Year, and the Energy Star for New Homes Builder of the Year in the large volume category. Also recognized were Al Schmidt of A&J Energy Consultants for working with builders to...

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Construction progresses on Minto's Festival resort near Disney 2015-03-03

Construction is progressing on Minto Communities LLC's Festival community, a 200-acre luxury resort-style residential community near Walt Disney World. Five villa models are scheduled for completion in early April, with plans for 500 two-story luxury vacation villas priced from the mid-$200s. The two-story villas range from 1,605 to 2,232 square feet, all with a private covered and screened lanai and plunge pool. Construction also is progressing on Downtown Festival, which is scheduled for...

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Bonita Isles nearly sold out 2015-03-01

Bonita Isles by Minto Communities is far ahead of the company’s anticipated schedule for the sell out of their new Bonita Springs community.Bonita Isles has been a major draw for homebuyers looking for a conveniently located resort-style community and luxury home at a competitive price.The Salerno model at Bonita Isles received a 2014 Lee Building Industry (BIA) Parade of Homes Superior Home Award for Best Landscape Design, Best Bath, Best Livability, Best Interior Design, Best Outdoor...

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Minto named Green Builder of the Year at EnerQuality Awards 2015-02-21

Minto has once again been recognized for its leadership in energy-efficient home building, taking three awards at the annual EnerQuality Awards Thursday night in Toronto. The Ottawa-based company, which marks its 60th anniversary this year, was named Ontario Green Builder of the Year, won the Energy Star award for New Homes Builder of the Year and took the prize for Best Green Marketing Campaign. In the nine years that the awards have been held, that brings to seven the number of wins...

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Hundreds attend grand opening of villa models in Collier Preserve 2015-02-19

Naples Florida Weekly Real EstateWeek of February 19-25, 2015 More than 500 people attended the grand opening of four new villa models in The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities in early February. Guests also took guided electric boat tours of the Cypress Waterway, walked the community’s nature trails and toured its 7,330-square-foot sales center with a re-created cypress wetland.The community’s one-story villas range from 1,565 to 1,862 square feet under air. Floor...

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Villa opening event successful at The Isles of Collier Preserve 2015-02-15

The Isles of Collier Preserve grand opening event on Feb. 7 to unveil four new luxury villa models was attended by more than 500.Visitors also took guided electric boat tours of the Cypress Waterway, nature trail tours and tours of the 7,330-squarefoot Discovery Sales Center with its recreated natural cypress wetland.One-story villas range from 1,565 to 1,862 square feet under air, and include two or three bedrooms, a den or hobby room, great room, dining room, two baths, a covered lanai and a...

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Story was key to winning Minto contest to name new Stittsville development 2015-02-14

Minto Communities unlocked a “gem” when it made the unprecedented move of asking the public for help in naming its first development in Stittsville. Hoping to connect with residents and draw from area history, Minto launched a 90-day contest late last year looking for suggestions on what to name a 60-acre chunk of land off Hazeldean Road near Carp Road. What they got was a touching family story, based on an old key, that is the inspiration for the newly named project...

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The story of Minto's Potter's Key 2015-02-13

Debbie Eastop was driving past the corner of Hazeldean and Stittsville Main when she spotted Minto's billboard offering members of the community the opportunity to name their new development. “The name came to me immediately,” she says, of her winning entry, 'Potter's Key.' “As I saw the sign I was thinking about how the development was very close to where I used to live and the name just popped in my head.”Debbie's parents bought a house at 209 Carp road in 1957 on a...

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Ottawa appointees to Order of Canada 2015-02-13

In addition to Dr. Harold Jennings and Kimberly Pate, appointed an officer and member of the Order of Canada respectively, these Ottawa residents were invested into the order on Friday: Donald Malcolm McRae, Companion A renowned lawyer and scholar, McRae is a leading authority on the law of the sea and international economic law. He’s also one of just three Canadians ever elected to serve on the United Nations’ International Law Commission. Veena Rawat, Officer A...

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Name for new Minto community in Stittsville 2015-02-11

It’s an old fashioned skeleton-like key attached to a wooden tag that reads “Potter’s Key.” This small key and attached tag have provided the inspiration for what will be the name of a new Minto residential community in Stittsville – “Potter’s Key.” It has all come about as a result of Minto holding a naming contest for its planned new residential community in Stittsville, located north of the Hazeldean Road and immediately west of the existing...

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The charming story behind Potter's Key, the name of Minto's new community 2015-02-09

Minto’s new Stittsville development will be called “Potter’s Key”, named after Ethel May Potter who owned the two-acre lot at 209 Carp Road almost 60 years ago. The name was suggested by Debbie Eastop, a long-time Stittsville resident. When she found out about Minto’s contest to name the development, she says she knew “right away” what it should be called. “I was driving down Hazeldean Road and I saw the billboard for the new community. I...

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Grand Opening of New Villas 2015-02-06

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Isles of Collier Preserve will be a very busy place this weekend. The reason: The Minto Communities development is holding a grand opening event to introduce four new villa models on Saturday, Feb. 7, 12-4 PM. The new, furnished luxury villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia — will be showcased and open to the public, in addition to three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models.The event will include trolley...

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Stittsville resident names Minto's new community 2015-02-06

Minto's new Stittsville community will be named 'Potter's Key' after resident Debbie Eastop entered the name into their contest. With over 194 unique submissions to the contest, choosing the right name was no easy task but the story behind 'Potter's Key' struck a chord with Minto and seemed a perfect fit for the new community of 450 homes. Councillor Shad Qadri was on hand to discuss the importance of honouring Stittsville's history whilst Susan Murphy, VP of development at Minto Communities...

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Grand opening for new villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto 2015-02-01

Minto Communities is presenting a grand opening event to introduce four new villa models at The Isles of Collier Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.These new, furnished luxury villa models — the Fresia, Petunia, Mimosa and Dahlia—will be showcased and open to the public.In addition three furnished coach home models and four furnished single-family models will be available for touring. Grand opening events include trolley tours to the new villa models as well as the...

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Making room for millennials to play 2015-01-30

Her house-warming party is already planned even though buyer Breanne Cater has a few years to wait before she can move into her new condo at Minto Westside.  Now in the pre-construction phase, the condominium project at the northeast corner of Bathurst and Front Sts. is scheduled for occupancy in 2018.  But Cater, a 28-year-old IT worker who currently lives in Scarborough, is looking ahead at how she will live in — and around — her new home. It will be a cosy 470 square...

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Minto Cherryhill Community to Warm Up with Winterfest 2015-01-26

Cherryhill Village Mall and the neighbouring community will be warming hearts this February as they host the first annual Winterfest. Sponsored by the Cherryhill Village Mall Merchants Association, this free event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winterfest will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, musical entertainment, crafts, celebrity guests and wonders for the eyes in the form of ice sculptures and winter light displays. Mark Tessier, artist, sculptor and building...

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Housing trends: What's hot for 2015 2015-01-12

South American-influenced sofa throws and Euro-styled kitchens; greens and blues and whites vying to be the über-popular colour of the year; bigger laundry rooms and less condo construction: housing trends are, as always, an unwieldy beast. Even so, we sneak a peek at what’s hot and what’s not for 2015.The marketLast year’s flat market in new home sales is expected to continue into 2015, although industry analyst PMA Brethour Realty Group predicts some growth later in the...

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Three Woodlawn residents win top two prizes in CHEO Dream of a Lifetime lottery 2015-01-08

When Lisa Wilton’s husband bought her a CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery ticket last November, he noted that the gift would be a flop if she lost or a dream if she won. It turned out to be the latter. The 45-year-old woman from Woodlawn in rural west Ottawa learned Wednesday afternoon she is the winner of the lavish Minto home and other prizes worth than $1.7 million. “I’m numb, I don’t know how I feel,” said Wilton, an educational assistant who works...

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Three Woodlawn residents win top two prizes in CHEO Dream of a Lifetime lottery (with video) 2015-01-08

When Lisa Wilton’s husband bought her a CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery ticket last November, he noted that the gift would be a flop if she lost or a dream if she won. It turned out to be the latter.The 45-year-old woman from Woodlawn in rural west Ottawa learned Wednesday afternoon she is the winner of the lavish Minto home and other prizes worth than $1.7 million.“I’m numb, I don’t know how I feel,” said Wilton, an educational assistant who works with special...

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Construction Starts on The Isles Club 2014-12-28

Minto Communities Senior Vice President William Bullock announced construction has started on The Isles Club at The Isles of Collier Preserve. The clubhouse is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. It will be the social focal point of The Isles of Collier Preserve, a 2,400-acre community located just four miles from downtown Naples. “All aspects of The Isles of Collier Preserve are inspired by nature and Collier County history, and The Isles Club design is a tribute to the...

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Buyers camping out for Villas By The Sea condos 2014-12-12

Real estate agent Susan Gauthier isn't getting paid any more than her standard 3 percent commission to camp out in the cold. It's just part of the job this week. Gauthier, representing a New York couple, has stood in line since Thursday morning to reserve a unit at Minto Communities' Villas By The Sea condominium, planned for 4510 El Mar Drive in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. "I'm a native Floridian, and this is not my kind of weather," Gauthier said. "We're not even on the sunny side of the...

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Living at Lansdowne, the park's first residents have moved in 2014-12-04

Even though it had been just eight days since he moved into his new Lansdowne Park condominium, first-time owner Luke Leslie was enjoying a leisurely day off last Friday. He and Bowe, his three-year-old boxer, began the morning with a stroll to the off-leash dog park on Holmwood Avenue. Then the 29-year-old ran four or five errands, “all without the car.” Man and dog are now taking their ease in the living area of his 677-square-foot unit. This one-bedroom-plus-den is on the...

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Minto Florida to Build 500 Luxury Vacation Homes Near Disney 2014-09-08

Homebuilder Minto Communities LLC has plans in the works for an “attraction unto itself” coming just five miles from the Walt Disney World Resort. The builder — a builder in Lake Nona’s popular Laureate Park community in Medical City — is launching its second Central Florida community after buying a 200-acre site in Polk County near Disney. The new community, dubbed Festival, is slated to include 500 luxury vacation villas ranging from 1,605 to 2,232 square...

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