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Clairwood Connection

March 2024

In this issue of the Clairwood Connection, you’ll find the March Market Snapshots; An Elevated Master-Planned Community in Blue Mountain; a great seasonal recipe for Vermont Maple Oatmeal Piea link to our latest blog Find How to ‘Spring’ into the Spring Real Estate Market; a look at one of our fabulous current listings; and the latest real estate news about Homebuyers should jump into the market before interest rates go down, says expert!

You can also link to our website to check out our Featured Listings, Open HousesCommunity Profiles and Our Clairwood Team!

If you are thinking of making a new beginning with a property purchase in the Southern Georgian Bay area, you will benefit from working with one of our amazing REALTORS®. Give us a call at 705.445.7085 to connect today!

Market Statistics 

Here are our Market Snapshots for March 2024 for the Lakelands and Toronto real estate boards. Have questions? Give us a call to connect with one of our REALTORS® who can help you interpret the current market trends. 705.445.7085. To see the detailed Market Statistics for the Southern Georgian Bay and Toronto Real Estate Markets, click here.

an elevated master-planned community in blue mountain

Peter Freed Puts his touch on Blue Mountain Village!

Freed Blue Mountain is an upcoming Master-Planned Community that is set to transform Southern Ontario’s premier resort and recreational destination. Located in the heart of the The Village, this meticulously planned community offers residents a harmonious blend of upscale living and breathtaking natural surroundings. With panoramic views of the Blue Mountains and a wealth of year-round amenities including skiing and snowboarding in the winter, to swimming and golfing in the summer, as year-round shopping and dining, Freed Blue Mountain promises an unparalleled lifestyle for those seeking the epitome of comfort and leisure.

Peter Freed is the founder and chief executive officer of Freed Developments. He’s the man behind a major consolidation of resort communities in the province and he’s focusing on destinations within driving distance of the GTA.

Newswires lit up in the fall of 2021 when Freed Developments announced the purchase of Skyline Investments’ Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville and Horseshoe Resort in Oro-Medonte, along with their surrounding development lands. The C$210 million deal also included the remaining development lands in the Blue Mountain Village.

Freed assembled the newly acquired properties with Muskoka Bay Resort in Gravenhurst, which the company already owned with its partners, and called the new subsidiary Freed Resort Communities Inc.

In early December ‘23, the company announced another C$300 million deal, backed by BlackRock, to purchase the remaining assets in Skyline’s resort portfolio. The acquisition established Freed as the largest owner-operator of hotel and resort communities in Canada.
Over the past 25 years Freed has been changing the face of Toronto with a growing list of mid-rise and high-rise developments across the city, including more than a dozen luxury condominiums and commercial buildings along King West and Wellington streets. Freed is now planning to put his touch on the Blue Mountain Village, finally completing what Intrawest started 25 years ago.

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Featured Listings

For Sale
283 Birch Street, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 2V8
Fabulous home in one of Collingwood’s most desirable areas. This renovated beauty is a fusion of modern convenience with century home charm. The main floor has a fabulous kitchen with stainless appliances and quartz countertops. The open concept allows the kitchen to flow into the living room creating a great space for entertaining. Click here for more details.
For Lease
8 Brandy Lane Drive Unit# 204 Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 0X4
SEASONAL RENTAL: APRIL TO DECEMBER 15. Enjoy the excitement of all Collingwood and The Blue Mountains have to offer. Furnished 2 bedroom unit w/open concept kitchen. Close to waterfront, trails and downtown. Click here for more details.
For Sale

Lot 59 47th Street S, Wasaga Beach, Ontario L9Z 1Y6

Perfect lot to build your forever home or weekend cottage. Located within walking distance to both the beach and nearby shops and restaurants. This fantastic location allows easy access to all that Wasaga Beach has to offer while just a short drive into Collingwood and the Blue Mountains. Click here for more details
For Lease

145 Snowbridge Way, The Blue Mountains, Ontario L9Y 0V1

Perfect rental for returning Snowbirds! Just move in to this spectacular home in Historic Snowbridge. Walk to the lively Blue Mountain Village, or order your own personal shuttle service! Click here for more details.

Seasonal Recipe

Vermont Maple Oatmeal Pie

Ingredients

    • Dough for single-crust pie
    • 4 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
    • 3/4 cup corn syrup
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
    • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Stir in oats, syrups, butter, and vanilla; pour into crust. Sprinkle with coconut.
  3. Bake until set, 50-60 minutes. Cover edge with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, serve with ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

Dough for single-crust pie

Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Yields: 8 serving(s) 

Prep Time: 20 mins Bake Time: 50 min. + cooling 

Nutritional information (per serving):

1 piece: 612 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 438mg sodium, 94g carbohydrate (68g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

Read our Latest Blog

    How to ‘Spring’ Into the Spring Real Estate Market

    How to ‘Spring’ Into the Spring Real Estate Market

    Hooray! We made it! Spring is (finally) almost here! Time to say goodbye to Old Man Winter and hello to a fresh new season. It’s also time to say hello to the spring real estate market.

    Although winter can be a great time to sell or purchase a new home, historically, spring is one of the busiest times in real estate. If you are looking to get in on the spring real estate action, here are 4 easy ways to be on top of your real estate game:

     Read more

    Real Estate News

    Homebuyers should jump into the market before interest rates go down, says expert!

    Housing Market to heat up once Bank of Canada starts cutting rates.

    Homebuyers who are already pre-approved for a mortgage should enter the housing market now instead of waiting for interest rates to go down, according to one industry expert.

    The spring housing market is expected to be “very hot” because of the pent-up demand for properties, said mortgage broker and Lowest Rates expert Leah Zlatkin.

    Many buyers have been sitting on the sidelines, waiting to jump into the market as soon as the Bank of Canada cuts interest rates, which most economists expect will happen in June.

    “There are many people who are ready and poised to buy right now,” Zlatkin said in a recent interview with the Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn. “For those people who are pre-approved, I highly recommend getting into the market now as opposed to waiting.”

    There isn’t much inventory on the market in Ontario at the moment, and homes that are for sale are in demand, she said. Bidding wars are breaking out on homes costing $1 million or more, in some cases.

    “There are not enough homes in Ontario for everybody who lives here,” Zlatkin said. “And if you’re qualified right now, it is a good time to buy.”

    Higher interest rates mean it is also harder to qualify for a mortgage, especially in the Greater Toronto Area, where the average home price runs to $1,065,800.

    Zlatkin suggests homebuyers consider compromises such as moving into a smaller property or moving further out of town to enter the market.

    “You may need to make sacrifices … in order to get in now before it becomes more expensive and more difficult to get into,” she said.

    High demand for housing is expected to continue over the next few years in Ontario because construction is not keeping up. Homebuilder sentiment hit a record low in the fourth quarter and housing starts are expected to slow in the coming year.

    “For many people, a starter home isn’t always a townhome, it isn’t always a detached home — it might start out being a condo,” she said. “We, as a society, need to decide whether or not we’re ready to make those concessions.”
    Zlatkin says she is already seeing a lot of requests for pre-approvals, but cautioned buyers to stay within their budget.

    “Know what your budget is and play within it,” she said. “You don’t want to spend more than you have.”

    Financial Post

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