Red Maple is a new home subdivision under development in Collingwood on the 10th Line, just north of Georgian Meadows and, across the street from the Blue Mountain Golf and Country Club. They officially opened their on-site sales office on March 22, 2015 and are beginning presales of homes on the 42 acre site. Upon completion, there will be about 278 housing units including 91 condo units in later phases.
SEE updates below
Red Maple is now selling the first phase which includes 81 units with prices for freehold townhomes starting in the high $200’s and climbing to the high $500’s for a large detached home. First occupancies are slated for October 2016.
The site plan shows that townhomes are mixed into areas of detached homes which is more appealing to most than separating the two. The townhomes will range in size from 1086 sq ft to 1800 sq ft and include both bungalow and 2 storey designs with basements and garages. Detached homes are being offered on either 36 foot or 50 foot lots. The smaller lots feature home designs that range from 1179 sq ft bungalows to 2057 sq ft, 2 storey homes while homes on the larger 50 foot lots, range from 1470 sq ft to 3663 sq ft. Some of these premium, 50 foot lots back onto the trees and trail parkland between Red Maple and Georgian Meadows.
The project is being developed in a joint effort between Consar Developments owned by Tammy and Ken Michaud and, Shenzhen Hengyingyifeng Investment Group which manufactures steel frame building components. Although not mentioned in their marketing material to date, previous news articles suggest steel frame construction may be the basis for the Red Maple homes. The finishing schedule I viewed just says “light gauge steel frame or wood wall construction” so I guess the details are not finalized. From anything I have read online to date, steel frame construction has many benefits so I look forward to learning more about this. The actual builder of the homes will be Alliance Homes who interestingly, have not yet put the Red Maple development on their website for some reason. A search on the TARION website shows 315 possessions and just one chargeable conciliation.
There are many things I like about this project. The Craftsman designs are attractive with steep roof pitches, covered porches and columns. They feel like Collingwood as opposed to GTA North. The views from the site are to the west and to the escarpment right over the golf course so not easily blocked and, the site backs onto the trail system. Inside, 9’ ceilings are standard on the main floor and most of the lay-outs are intelligent. As usual, the best features are all upgrades at extra cost and the model home is highly upgraded as viewed.
The challenges I see are that there is no well defined playground on the site plan and, the site is just south of industrial lands. I suspect these issues will be addressed over time as the developers hear those concerns raised.
The model home is well done and shows attention to detail as one would expect. Hopefully this will carry over into all of the homes they build. My guess is that the freehold townhomes will prove to be quite popular but the long wait for occupancies will make it challenging to sell these homes to end users. If the economy holds and the quality is evident, then this subdivision should do well over time.
UPDATE JUNE 7, 2016
Although they advertise the first phase as being sold out and, although the model home remains open, weeds have been growing up around the foundations and construction activity on the site has been limited. I notice that in March of this year, the developer applied for an extension of the DRAFT subdivision approval for 3 years into 2019 and a call to the planning department has confirmed that they have not submitted an application to date to register the plan. In other words, we won’t see a shovel in the ground tomorrow. One of the issues holding things up is that they require water capacity as do other new subdivisions in the area and a new reservoir is required. The town is working on this but there is no update at this time on when that may be completed. Rumours abound about this project but they are just that – rumours at this time.
UPDATE APRIL, 2017
There is still no further construction on the site and all initial occupancy dates have been missed.
UPDATE MARCH 27, 2018
As you can see by the comments below, there seems to be quite a bit of concern and a vacuum of information about the development for buyers who have placed deposits. I have to state that I have no info other than what I have posted on this blog and, I am not qualified to provide legal advice for your specific questions. I did check in with the planning department today to see the status of the development and there seems to be some news. The developer has filed an application with the Town to go from draft approval to registration of the plan of subdivision, and this application is undergoing the Town’s review process. So it appears they are continuing to move forward.
UPDATE MAY, 2018
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UPDATE JANUARY, 2019
This article explains the latest request for an extension.
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg