Father’s Day is coming up this weekend and we’ve got you covered when it comes to activities for you and your dad! Whether he’s a sports fan, nature nut, or avid foodie, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for him in Woodbridge this year. Follow along and get ready for a great day with the family!
Golfing is one of those classic Father’s Day activities that never goes out of style. Spending the day out in the sun while taking in the calming natural surroundings and playing a competitive game really threads together to make for a perfect outing. The Country Club in Woodbridge offers stunning views of rolling hills and countryside, playing through perfectly green valleys along the Humber River, offering the best in strategic parkland golf. It’s no wonder why this club has hosted a number of prestigious amateur and professional tournaments! Don’t forget to stop by the clubhouse afterward to rest your legs after the game and enjoy some great food.
La Veranda Resto
Take dad for an unforgettable meal at La Veranda this year and have a truly inspired dining experience. The rustic charm and open concept of the building lend themselves to a great atmosphere to sit, relax, and enjoy your meal. The staff alone makes this restaurant well worth the visit as they are extremely attentive and constantly do their best to ensure that everyone is well taken care of! Of course, we also have to talk about the incredible food. This is some of the best antipasti we’ve ever had, and the polenta fries and wrapped zucchini bundles are to die for. Don’t forget to check out the exquisite chicken, salmon, and braised beef meals that are all beautifully presented.
Hiking or Biking
If your dad is more of the outdoorsy type then we have to recommend taking the day to wander through Claireville Conservation Area. This is an expansive piece of land that hosts some wonderful sites, running through wetlands, valleys, forests, grasslands & the west branch of the Humber River. This is a great escape that isn’t too physically demanding but provides some incredible views. Or, if you’re looking to do something a little more intense, we highly recommend biking through the trails at Rowntree Mills Park. This is a well-maintained park that provides courses ranging from leisure-biking to dirt-biking trails.
Vaughan Grove Park
If you’re looking for something to entertain the whole family, this is the spot. Vaughan Grove Sports Park is the perfect opportunity to go out and enjoy your time as a family with dad. With everything from soccer fields, to baseball diamonds, and big swaths of open field, you’re sure to have a great time out in the sun. We suggest making a whole day of it by packing a picnic lunch, sports equipment, and some sunscreen!
Whether you decide to treat dad to an extravagant meal, a day out on the golf course, or a family-focused day of excitement you’re sure to find what you need in Woodbridge. Just remember that the biggest part of this day is family so, no matter what you choose, do it together! From all of us at SkyHomes, Happy Father’s Day!
When designing our Princeton Village townhomes, we wanted to focus on the lifestyles of our buyers. This meant a luxurious experience that worked with day-to-day activities. We’re very excited with what we came up with and wanted to take you through one of our Harvard series homes. The Harvard 1 is 2,508 square feet of luxury living made just for you! Let’s take a look inside.
Walking through the front door, you are immediately greeted by the large, welcoming foyer with a double door coat closet and beautiful staircase leading to the kitchen. To your right, a library with tall ceilings and tons of natural light pouring in. Set with comfy chairs and plenty of reading material, this oasis will instantly put everyone in the mood for a book and a warm mug of tea! Moving forward, the main floor powder room sits to your left and a spacious laundry room to your right.
As we take the half step up, the gorgeous open-concept kitchen provides a gourmet spot for those of you who love to cook. This space is built with the master chef in mind, providing plenty of counter space and a perfect prep station right across the stove. The island also provides a hidden spot for your dishwasher and a secondary meal spot aside from the eat-in dining area. This is the perfect setup for dinner parties where guests can eat and relax in the dining room area while still being able to see and talk with you.
The kitchen is also open to the expansive great room with an optional detailed ceiling and stunning gas fireplace. This room has an incredible amount of natural light with large windows opening up onto the terrace. This space is just begging for you to entertain, providing room to move seamlessly from the open space of the great room to the expansive terrace where you can enjoy the warm summer breeze and drink in the ambiance of the outdoors.
The second floor opens up to a landing with two front bedrooms as well as a walk-in linen closet to your right and shared bathroom to your left. Whether you have a growing family, lots of guests, or work from home, these rooms will work wonders for your needs. In fact, if you were to set up Bedroom 3 as a guest space, your visitors get to have their own little balcony to sit out on and chat with each other before heading to sleep!
The master bedroom is something right out of a dream: with two large walk-in closets flanking the entrance to the room proper. With ample room and so much natural light, this is truly a space you can make your own! The ensuite bathroom features two sinks and a make-up bar as well as a soaker tub for you to sink into with a glass of wine after a long day. Or, get into your comfiest pyjamas before heading to your own private balcony to sit and read as the sun sets.
Finishing off our tour of the Harvard 1 townhome, we’re going to make our way down to the lower floor. This spacious area runs the entire length of the home and includes a transitional space with access to the garage. This is the blank canvas of your home! With all the space available, it can be whatever you’d like it to be. In fact, there’s even a rough-in for a full bath, providing you with further options. Whether you’re looking to have extra space for storage, or you want to set up a dedicated entertainment media centre, or another bedroom, this space is going to serve you extremely well.
The Harvard 1 townhome compliments your luxurious lifestyle while providing spacious rooms, open-concept spaces, and flexible areas that lend themselves to any needs you may have. Situated in a picturesque neighbourhood, Princeton Village 2 is the perfect spot for your new home! Be sure to check out the SkyHomes blog for more information coming up on our townhomes.
The Best Italian Restaurants Near Princeton Village in Vaughan
There’s no doubt about it, everyone loves Italian food! Whether you’re digging into a deep bowl of pasta, basking in the creamy flavour of risotto, or sharing a perfectly cooked pizza from a wood oven, you know everyone is going to have a smile on their face. However, it pays to know exactly where you should be going in order to get a truly different experience. We’ve put together a list of the best Italian restaurants near Princeton Village in Vaughan for you to pamper your taste buds. Be sure to grab a snack now because these places will have your mouth watering!
Trimani is a must-visit if you are looking for a memorable dining experience. They select only the best, locally sourced artisan ingredients meaning their menu changes daily in order to provide you with the best meal. The authentic Italian fare is served by their world-renowned certified chef de cuisine Domenic Colacci, and it shows. Our personal favourite was their orecchiette, but you can order anything on the menu, and you will not regret it! The wait staff is incredibly knowledgeable and so pleasant, bringing together the whole experience. Be sure to try and catch Dwight, Trimani’s in-house musician, who brings an energy to the meal you won’t anticipate.
Whether you’re out for a casual meal or something a bit more special you can find exactly what you’re looking for at Nove. From the moment you walk in the door, the atmosphere completely envelops all your senses. The sight of wine bottles from around the world and the sound of soft jazz and ambient music combine with the smell from the meals to really capture your attention immediately. We absolutely love the large, open-concept dining area provided by Nove as well as their brilliant staff. The servers have extensive knowledge of food and wine pairings to help guide you to mouth-watering Italian meals you will truly love. We ordered the de-boned red snapper with rapini, carrots, and peppers and it was delicious! We highly recommend making a reservation before coming in because, despite the room available, this is a very popular spot.
Motorino Enoteca is a great Italian eatery located right by Velmar Downs Park. This is the perfect fun spot to enjoy old Italian charm mixed with new ideas. Cozy, yet classy, Motorino Enoteca is one of those places you may not expect to knock your socks off, but they do! Their pizzas are incredible (highly recommend trying their Pizza De Giorno with an eggplant tomato base), and their apps are so tasty. Go in for the fried artichoke or try the eggplant meatballs and you’ll have a favourite for life. Of course, we also have to mention how well the staff work together to bring you information on the massive number of specials and wines they have. This is a tasty option with plenty of variety for anyone’s pallet.
Oca Nera is a hidden gem you need to discover! The definition of fine dining, Oca Nera offers a seasonal Italian menu that takes advantage of the freshest ingredients for you and your party. It is worth mentioning that this is not your typical southern Italian type of food. The restaurant provides highly specialized dishes, with unique ingredients and fresh flavour profiles you won’t find anywhere else. This is the place to go if you’re looking to have the best seafood experience of your life; the octopus salad, jumbo shrimp, and seafood pasta are all mind-blowingly good! In fact, we’re still thinking about those first bites. The prices are a little higher here but you’re definitely getting your money’s worth for these dishes.
Cavallino Wine Bar
Cavallino Wine Bar is another restaurant you may not have heard of, but you should definitely put it in your ‘must try’ list! Known for an incredible staff that can see to huge parties with ease, Cavallino Wine Bar provides service that really shows attention to detail and true knowledge about the food they have. The atmosphere is also incredibly well curated, providing a beautiful, rustic Italian ambiance for your meal. Of course, how can we suggest a restaurant without talking about the food!? Cavallino Wine Bar provides some delicious menu options that you won’t want to miss. The noodles alone are so fresh that they add a layer to the dish you didn’t know was missing. We also recommend their truly inspired gnocchi and beef brisket dish; you won’t be disappointed!
Whether you’ve been looking for a new date spot, wanting to find great restaurants in your area, or just looking to find the best Italian food you can, you’re sure to love any of these options! With a focus on fresh local and seasonal product, these Italian restaurants pride themselves on pampering your pallet. For more information on local hotspots and future builds, be sure to follow SkyHomes’ blog series!
Choosing the right home builder is one of the most important decisions you will make during the home buying process! This is a big time in your life so it’s crucial to pick the builder that best suits the needs of you and your family. Here are the top things you need to consider in order to find the home builder that is right for you.
Level of Customization
When it comes to design customization, home builders are generally broken down into two categories – production builders and custom builders. Luckily, the difference between the two is pretty simple. Production builders have a variety of preselected home designs for home buyers to choose from and allow the buyer to customize their home in several respects. Custom builders have the opportunity for clients to create a fully customized home.
This is not to say that production builders can’t give you the specific dream home you’ve been thinking about. In fact, SkyHomes is known to have so many ways to customize your build! You will also find that having a specific layout to start from is extremely helpful during this important process. In the end, we highly recommend looking into the level of customization available from prospective builders to see what they can provide for you.
Focus on Quality
To determine the level of quality in a builder, it is a good idea to tour a home constructed by the builder you are considering. Most will have a decorated model home that is open to the public or have one that was previously constructed which you can tour by appointment. While touring the building look for signs of quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. As a tip, be sure to check out the products that are within the home. Are they reputable brands known for their quality?
Do They Have Experience?
Experience is a big factor when it comes to home builders! You will want to look through the builder’s portfolio and do a quick search to see how long they’ve been in business. Sometimes new builders are unable to complete homes based on the projected expectations they’ve made with the client and some are even known to be unable to complete a project at all. You can rest easier knowing that builders with a good reputation have earned it through years of diligent work, and the homeowners they worked with will let you know just how good they are.
Do Your Research
Sometimes narrowing your search for a builder can be a bit overwhelming at first. As a tip, we recommend searching based on your future home’s location. You know the general area you want to live in, so it makes sense to go for builders who work there! Once you’ve narrowed that down, you can browse for builder portfolios and past floor plans. Also, as we said above, it is always good to check out the builder’s reputation from past buyers through references and referrals. These recommendations are a great way to learn about local builders.
Never Worry About Asking Questions
This may be the first time you’ve decided to have a newly built home, and no one enjoys looking like they are uneducated. However, building a new home is a huge investment of both your money and time! A good builder is not only willing to answer what you may think is the most “ridiculous” questions but will encourage you to ask them as well. Feel free to conduct an interview so that you feel comfortable knowing what’s going on.
Your new home should be everything you dreamt it could be, so you’ll want to choose a home builder you can trust. By following these tips we’re sure you will find a builder that will help you get everything you need and help you through this process. With over 40 years of experience, we at SkyHomes have the knowledge, craftsmanship, and staff to walk you through anything you could want. Do you have any more questions? We look forward to hearing from you!
The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and yet your house still feels like it’s stuck in those winter blues. Spring cleaning allows us to freshen up our homes and get ready to take on spring and summer! Are you ready to give your home a top-to-bottom buffing? We’ve got some Spring cleaning tips that will help you get the job done faster so you can start getting excited for these warmer months.
Go for Light Fixtures
You’ll find that a few minutes with a stepladder, all-purpose cleaner, a sponge, and a polish cloth will give new light to your life and your rooms. By focusing on these fixtures first, your space becomes much more open because the lighting doesn’t become diffused by any lingering dust. If your home has skylights or tall ceilings, we highly recommend investing in a stepladder and extended-reach dust-and-dirt-removal tools. You will notice the difference immediately, making the effort feel well worth it.
Target Carpets and Upholstery
Fabrics that have absorbed a whole winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs are going to need some TLC to get them ready for another year of wear and tear! These pieces can take a lot of abuse, so it really shows when you take the time to give them a good scrub. Renting a proper carpet cleaner will make all the difference in time when cleaning, and you’ll see the colours spring back to life as you deep clean. Really, the longest part of this chore is waiting for the carpets and furniture to dry. This can take a day or more but you can open your windows to speed up the process and get a nice breeze going through the space.
Vacuum Smarter, Not Harder
The old rules of vacuuming dictated that you’d have to go through labour-intensive dragging and pulling to make sure all your furniture was off the carpet during spring cleaning. Of course, it makes sense that you’d want to be able to cover every nook and cranny but it’s also highly unnecessary and time-consuming. Simply move those big items a little to the left or to the right and vacuum that previously occupied space before moving it back into place. You’d be surprised at how much time this will save.
Vertical Surface Scrub Down
This is one of our more time-consuming tips but it also one that has the highest pay-off! Usually, it’s very easy to forget about the walls as they may not look like they need a wash. After all, dust and soot just falls to the floor, right? Turns out that just enough will cling to these surfaces, warranting a wipe down. Doing this will instantly brighten your rooms, giving them that fresh, clean feeling. Use a sponge and hand dishwashing detergent, washing the surface in sections. As a quick tip, when spring cleaning, use two buckets: one for dishwashing detergent solution and another for wringing out your sponge. This will save you lots of time and headaches from going over the same spots again and again.
Spring cleaning is a big commitment of both your time and your energy. You want to make sure to do a good job with the deep clean, but you’re also getting into the hectic warmer seasons where you can’t spare much time. Focusing on furnishings, fixtures, and carpeting is a great way to make some noticeable changes without spending too much time. Be sure to follow SkyHomes’ blog series for more tips and tricks to use around your home this spring!
Technology has made things easier than ever for home buyers, sellers, and builders alike. Having access to thousands of real estate listings without having to call an agent or visit a development office has dramatically changed how people are buying homes. Whether you’re looking to purchase or sell a home, it’s important for you to know exactly how it’s being done and how the landscape is developing. Follow along as we go through 5 ways that technology is changing real estate today.
The internet has had an incredible effect on pretty much every marketplace you can think of. In fact, searching and purchasing online has become so universal that more than 90 percent of home buyers use the internet as their main research tool. This is an incredible win for both sides because of the sheer amount of time it saves! Builders don’t have to spend countless hours showing model homes to unqualified buyers, and potential buyers get the chance to tell if they like a new development all without leaving their home. Of course, real estate has always been a fast game because another buyer could bid right from under you. However, with the accessibility of the internet, hundreds of houses are being searched and reviewed constantly; meaning that every second can count towards losing or getting a new home.
Experiencing the Home
One technology that is becoming more popular among consumers and businesses alike is virtual reality (VR). Forward-thinking builders are already moving beyond photo, and even 360-degree videos, by offering clients 3D virtual property “tours” right on their devices. Although it is still in its early days for real estate, virtual reality is almost tailor-made for this market! VR allows users (read: buyers) to navigate floor plans in a digital manner unlike anything experienced before. These immersive 3D tours will drastically change the pre-construction phase for new homes and condos as potential buyers have the opportunity to see what the spaces look like before any construction has begun!
Easing the Process
Anyone who has ever purchased real estate knows that the closing process can be a long, inefficient, and frustrating ordeal. However, thanks to cloud and data management applications, the entire process can be streamlined, all the way up to electronic signatures! What once took weeks or months to finish can now take only days with this technology. Lawyers and financial institutions can transfer required paperwork to the land registries instantly, allowing them in return to complete all the settlements digitally.
Blockchain has been getting a lot of attention these days, mainly because of its connection to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. While there’s certainly a place for cryptocurrencies in real estate transactions, it’s Blockchain’s security, transparency, and efficiency innovations that are drawing attention from home buyers, sellers, and builders. Consider the home buying process from a buyer or renter perspective: once their offer is made, the process becomes a bit of a mystery. This can lead to buyers thinking that the sellers or builders are playing games and being opaque on purpose. This is especially troubling because real estate transactions contain private information like offer terms, Social Security numbers, and bank statements. With Blockchain, everyone involved can have the transparency they crave in order to track the offer.
Role of the Builder
With all these rapidly changing technologies available, builders have been continuously changing to gain a competitive edge. In general, this means that home builders are outdoing themselves by providing a service that is much more directed towards customer responsiveness and service than ever before. Many home buyers are still dependent on builders in order to assist them with the process of choosing the right home for them (running them through floor plans as well as interior and exterior upgrades), however, they are coming to the table having done a lot of the footwork themselves. Smart builders are making sure that they establish strong, personable interactions with potential buyers while remaining well-informed in order to establish a trusting relationship.
Technologies are continuing to play a huge role in changing how both consumers and industry professionals are approaching the market. Although bringing up listings and community developments on your phone or tablet has become the norm, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Be sure to follow SkyHome’s blog series for more information about what’s happening in real
estate these days!
Recently there has been a big push for homeowners to bring the glamour of the Roaring ’20s into their living space with Art Deco interior design. Short for Arts Décoratifs, this style is characterized by rich colours, bold geometry, and decadent detail work; everything that can bring a little more ‘oomph’ to your space! If you’re ready to add some Deco details to your interior, follow along for our tips on how to include Art Deco designs to any room in your home.
If you have seen any sort of Art Deco interior design, you’ll know the style relies heavily on the dramatic, and there’s nothing that makes a bold statement quite like dark interior paint. Dark, rich wall colours like navy, dark green, or black really make the impact this trend is known for. If you’re feeling extra brave we’d even suggest trying patterned wallpaper in a large-scale print to really affect the space. Of course, you don’t have to make a big commitment with a new paint job but you’ll find that this can make your room look larger because it gives an illusion of infinite space. Be sure to add decorative gold accent pieces to your walls and in other details of the room in order to bring out the colour of the walls.
One of the defining aspects of 1920s home décor was the sudden availability and use of metallic decorative pieces. Since designers began to have access to mass-produced metallics, we’ve seen a lot of reflective materials in the interior design styles of the 20s and 30s. We recommend starting with a large statement mirror and decorative gold light fixtures added to your walls, to really bring this trend into your space. Change your light switch covers, register covers, and outlets with ornate metallic pieces in order to tie the room together with small pieces.
Lavish fabrics and materials were often used in the Art Deco period to give the appearance of wealth and class. Designers of the time wanted to make the Industrial Modern style more soft, liveable and beautiful by balancing modernism with sophistication and beauty. In the same way, you can use these textiles to elevate the look and feel of your home décor in an extremely stylized, yet comfortable, way. Start by incorporating fabrics like velvet into your furniture pieces and curtains, then unlock your wild side by adding faux fur pillows and throws to your couches and accent chairs to really pull the space together.
Like bold coloured paint, Art Deco style also involves boldly patterned flooring in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Black and white tiles are especially popular, as the dramatic contrast between the white and black checkered tile create a powerful statement. This is one of the simplest, yet boldest touches you can add to any room in your home. This gives you lots of options despite being only two colours. Simply fill a space with large, bold black and white patterns or decide to go with smaller tiles in tight geometric patterns; either way works wonders! If you’re not ready to make the commitment to an entire floor, you can still incorporate this great look into your home by adding checkered tile on your kitchen backsplash or subway tile to your shower interior.
One of the hardest things most homeowners come across when trying to work this style into their rooms is the furniture this trend promotes. With our recent love for minimalism and midcentury modern décor still fresh in our minds, these pieces have a tendency to look eccentric and over the top in comparison. However, there are subtle ways to add it to your home! Try incorporating the style in small details, like an ornate headboard for your master bedroom or a decorative coffee table in your living room. This furniture should have streamlined shapes and very straight edges. However, if there are curves present, they should be exaggerated but symmetrical. The key to incorporating Art Deco furniture into your home is to take your time and start small. Swap out a few pieces and look to designers for inspiration. When done correctly, it should feel right at home in any room’s décor.
Although this style reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, people are still looking to capture the glamour, luxury, and order this style brings with its symmetrical designs and exuberant shapes. Whether you incorporate Art Deco from floor to ceiling or just add a chair or side table into the mix, this style is sure to elevate your space! Be sure to follow SkyHomes’ blog series for more information about emerging styles and trends as well as our new developments!
It’s still early on, but 2019 already has some very promising design trends popping up! Ranging from brass to greenery, 2019 has a lot in store for your space. Whether you’re looking for your next décor project, doing a remodel, or just like seeing what’s new, we’ve got a collection of this year’s upcoming trends for you.
There are rumblings that Art Deco is going to be taking centre stage in 2019, taking over from the long-standing Mid Century Modern interior design trend. Known to be one of the most inspiring, opulent, and glamorous periods in design history, hints of the Art Deco movement are popping up everywhere. Detailing on tables, chairs, lighting, and the mixed metals trend are all giving a significant nod to the style that we don’t see stopping anytime soon.
Nothing creates a sense of drama better than black. Watch for bold, high-contrast designs featuring this shade all over your Instagram feeds in 2019! Matte black is going to be moving from the fashion and beauty industry into homewares and interiors. Lighting, seating, and all manner of home décor objects are pieces you can quickly introduce to reference this trend. We expect this one is going to be with us for a long time.
As you may well know, bar carts have been seeing a lot of attention in 2018 and we’re here to say that they’re not going anywhere in 2019! It’s clear to see why they’ve gotten so much love, especially with everyone’s interest in Mid-Century, and Art Deco glamour. If you like entertaining and mixing the odd cocktail, a bar cart lets you take the elegance – and the party – anywhere in your home for maximum versatility.
Sustainable and natural fabrics are going mainstream in 2019. This is going to be showing up in upholstered furniture, throws, and cushions throughout homes in the new year. The movement towards natural fabrics speaks to the need homeowners have to embrace and create a peaceful retreat from their crazy, modern life. Luckily, natural textiles work across so many styles and looks that you shouldn’t have trouble bringing them into your space.
It looks like indoor plants are never going to go out of style! In fact, it looks like 2019 is going to see even more households bringing bits of nature into their living space. Big things are predicted for the Pilea peperomioides (Chinese Money plant) as well other plants with patterned leaves. If you don’t have confidence in your green thumbs, high-quality artificial plants are the answer to all your worries. These days artificial plants are indistinguishable from the real thing and, beyond a casual dusting, require absolutely no gardening skills at all!
These inspiring trends will guide you as you update your space for 2019. Be sure to follow SkyHomes’ blog series for more helpful tips and tricks throughout the new year!
Whether you’re new to the Kleinburg area or have someone in your family that’s starting the new leg of their academic journey, you’ve found yourself looking for the top schools near you. We’ve put together a list of the top rated public, private, and catholic schools in the Kleinburg region to help you narrow down your research. Read on to see if these institutions have what it takes for your children!
PublicKleinburg Public School
An English middle school, Kleinburg Public School has been boasting some of the highest grade 3 scoring in the region! With its primary goal of developing balanced classes, Kleinburg public studies the diversity of its students in order to encourage children with a variety of interests and talents to succeed in the classroom. This dedication is reflected in the staff, who strive to connect and understand the needs of the children, both academically and socially. In fact, the school has developed “grade teams” where teachers work collaboratively to deliver a consistent program to all students and ensure all children progress together regardless of placement.
Michael Cranny Elementary
Michael Cranny Elementary is one of the furthest schools we’ve mentioned but that’s because it definitely deserves a spot in this list! It has steadily progressed over the years, moving to an 8.9 out of 10 academic performance rating this past year! This places the school well at the top of the 234 elementary schools rated within the region. Preaching the values of inclusivity, innovation, and engagement it’s clear to see that this institution is making the right steps when it comes to their student body.
PrivateNorth Hill Private School
North Hill Private School is committed to creating a nurturing environment where young children are given the confidence and energy to learn. North Hill is well known for its integrated program that combines the Reggio Emilia project approach and the Montessori method of early childhood education. This teaching strategy has a well-balanced arts and academic program that facilitate students’ social, intellectual, emotional, physical, and creative development through both hands on and ‘minds on’ learning experiences.
Vaughan College Private School
Vaughan College is one of the most distinguished private high schools in the Kleinburg region. Striving to provide an open and engaging environment, Vaughan College is sought after by families from Woodbridge to Brampton, as well as international students! One important note here is that the student body is smaller than the average private school, meaning the staff is able to create a very close-knit learning environment with a high level of teacher-student engagement. Offering a wide range of school programs like study hall, tutoring, and university preparation classes it makes sense why students from Vaughan College Private School have a 98-99% university acceptance rate.
CatholicPope Francis Catholic School
Pope Francis Catholic School is known for its focus on developing students’ literacy and numeracy skills. However, this goal is not reached by drilling math questions and assigning numerous essays. The staff here is extremely good at creating a safe and secure environment that provides its students with the opportunity to grow and explore. Impressively, this commitment is mirrored strongly within the community of parents at the school as well, who take an active role in engaging with their child’s learning process.
St James Catholic Elementary School
Much like Pope Francis Catholic, St James Catholic Elementary School strives to create a community where parents, teachers, and students work together to provide an empowering, enriching, and challenging learning environment. Beginning with a strong focus on the Canadian curriculum, St James focuses on each individual student in order to make the appropriate adjustments needed. This institution also provides specialized programs like vocal and instrumental music, instructionals based on the differentiated learning styles of students, and a school-based support & interdisciplinary team for assistance with programming.
Choosing the best school to suit you and your family is one of the biggest decisions you will make. When it comes to academics and social integration, the Kleinburg region is comfortably above average, meaning you are free to choose from a multitude of different options. We hope our condensed ultimate list of the top public, private, and catholic schools helps to narrow your search! For any further information about subjects like this and information on our developments, please be sure to follow the SkyHomes blog series.
We’ve all been there. Standing in line, waiting to buy, when suddenly you see that impulse purchase that you just can’t walk away from. It makes sense when the spontaneous item is a few dollars but, are these same feelings influencing house purchases? You may be surprised to figure out just how much emotion as well as logic influence the homes we buy.
Marketing professionals have long known that logical data like price, square footage, and location can all be trumped by the visceral reaction of seeing a home. Things like smells, colours, and sounds that you can hear inside or from the outside can all have an influence on your purchasing behaviour. In fact, the layout of a house may subliminally remind you of the home of a former boyfriend or girlfriend; which can have a very positive or negative emotional impact on how you see a home. Think back through different memories in your life as a kid, teenager, or young adult. Usually, you will recall stages of your life by what house you lived in at the time. This is how strongly a home can be connected to vivid emotional memories in ways you didn’t even consider.
If you’ve walked through a new home and thought to yourself “the Christmas tree would look great right there”, “I could just picture myself having coffee in the morning here”, or “think of all the fun hanging out with friends on this deck would be”, odds are you’re a home buyer lead by emotion. Emotional home buyers are influenced heavily by creating memories. This is a common reason for home purchases and is a huge motivating factor for many home buyers.
Home buyers with a strong sense of sentiment naturally feel a connection to the impact of memories. Understanding the importance of finding a home that “feels” right is essential to feeling content, which will result in staying in a home longer. These individuals are also very quick to assess the layout of a house in order to determine functionality. They’re able to think through an average day in the home and make sure that everything meets those daily demands. Unlike logical home buyers who focus on the data, emotional buyers understand that square footage isn’t created equal. You can’t just rely on the numbers; the layout has to be right for your needs.
As you may have guessed, the biggest problem with emotional buyers is that they are prone to make impulsive decisions. A thought like “there may be multiple offers on this property” can cause an emotional home buyer to panic and make an offer that is too high or decide to move forward on a house before thinking it through completely. They will cherry-pick or interpret information that confirms their ideas; falling in love with a house while dismissing the mouldy smell, because “the place probably just needs a little airing out”. Also, these home buyers often put so much of themselves into the search that they can get worn down quickly. If you know that you are a highly emotional home buyer, try to allow yourself plenty of recovery time during the process because there are many emotional aspects to buying a house.
Logical home buyers are usually looking for the best deal they can find based off their research. They usually don’t care as much about the layout, the colour of the walls, or the flooring type because they’re much more focused on things like price per square foot. How will this purchase affect them in the future? Will they choose the wrong house and lose money when they sell? You’ll find that logical home buyers need data. A lot of it! When looking for a home, they’ll search out information like what recent homes in the area sold for, what the current owners bought the home for, what money has been put into the home since they bought it, and how much the home is expected to appreciate in comparison to others. If you’ve found yourself walking through a home thinking “is there anything that would make this home harder to sell later?” or “what are the average utility costs and yearly property taxes?” odds are you have a logical streak.
Logic-driven home buyers are rarely surprised by anything because they typically look over the house very thoroughly before purchasing. They’ll have analyzed every aspect to determine if it makes sense to move forward. This means that they’ve thought through all the scenarios that most concerned them when they first looked at the home and have prepared themselves. This also means that logical home buyers are less risky. They prioritize maintaining a strict budget and are naturally financially cautious; adhering to the market value of a home, without straying above it. They don’t do anything that could jeopardize their bottom line when it comes time to sell.
Although data provides logical home buyers a sense of control and helps them feel safe moving forward in the buying process, this data won’t tell them how it will feel to live in the home. Since sentiment wasn’t a driving factor, the logic driven home buyer may find themselves in a home they don’t love or aren’t content with and will find themselves right back on the market in a couple of years. This fixation on information like price, while important, means they will ignore options that could overcome the price factor. A home with a lot of character or in a great neighborhood may be worth more than a house with similar square footage. A special feature or the finished result after a great remodel could drastically increase the home’s value.
Many things come into play when you’re buying a new home; and you’ll look at them differently depending on the type of buyer you are. Figuring out how emotion and logic influence how you buy a home is extremely important in order to help you negate some of the drawbacks that can come about. If you’re an emotional buyer, try to spend some extra time looking over finances and don’t get hung up on an expensive option. For our logical buyers out there, remember that, although this is a big financial commitment, how you feel about the home is also very important. If you have any questions and would like to learn more about how people buy homes please reach out to us at SkyHomes!