Welcome Home to Minto Longbranch!

Minto Longbranch is welcoming our first move-ins next week!

Before everyone moves in, we got to tour the Minto Longbranch site and take a sneak peek at the completed homes. Even though it was a grey and rainy day, the homes are looking shiny and brand new! PDOs have been completed in Blocks 3 and 4 and these Blocks are now ready for home owners to move in to. See for yourself the photos of our walk through of Blocks 3 and 4 – the suites look stunning!

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We can’t wait to welcome our first homeowners in next week!

If you’re interested in living at Minto Longbranch, we have a new release of suites coming up at Minto Longbranch 2! Register today to find out more!

Department of the Interior: Decor Tips from Our Design Team

DREAM SUITES WILL SOON BECOME A REALITY AS DÉCOR APPOINTMENTS AT MINTO YORKVILLE PARK HAVE BEGUN! THE MINTO DESIGN TEAM, LEAD BY DIRECTOR SCOTT BILTOFT, WORK ON REFINING SELECTIONS OF FINISHES AND STYLES FOR SUITES TO HAVE THE MOST ON-TREND DECOR FOR CONDO LIVING. WE SAT DOWN WITH SCOTT TO DISCUSS EVERYTHING FROM HOW TO PLAN FOR DÉCOR APPOINTMENTS TO TIPS ON CHOOSING COLOURS AND FURNITURE.

How should you plan for your Design Centre appointment? What should you start thinking about?

SB: Spend some time reviewing your floorplan and start thinking about how you plan to use each space in your suite. The more we know about your lifestyle, likes/ dislikes, the more we can help you achieve your desired living space. One of the best ways is to flip through magazines and photos online. While looking for images that inspire you, focus on spaces that are similar in size and style to your new condo.

When planning your furniture layout, remember to work with furnishings that are sized to suit today’s condo spaces. While most furniture pieces should be compact in a smaller space, an occasional large piece will amp the drama. Use large artwork against a dining area wall rather than a piece of furniture, for example.

Multifunctional use of space is increasingly popular with people who want to live larger in small spaces. If you rarely use a dining table, but occasionally want to host a dinner for several friends, consider using a table pushed against a wall to serve as a desk when you’re not entertaining. If intimate dining for two is more your lifestyle, a multifunctional table that changes from dinner to cocktail height is a great idea.

What are the hot colours this season? What’s the best way to use colour in a suite?

SB: Extreme colours and trends are much less prevalent today in the fixtures and finishes that are selected in the Design Centre. When we create spaces with our homebuyers, we find that most people are conscious of the value of their investment in the resale market. We’re seeing people use flooring in a wide range of neutral tones, including whitewash, blonde, taupe, deep brown, and charcoal. In fact, we have more included choices with the purchase of a condo today than ever before. This allows you to personalize the depth of the colour in your home according to your preferences.

In the last two years Benjamin Moore has featured neutrals for their Colour Of The Year. In 2016 it was OC-117 Simply White and in 2017 it’s a deep graphite colour named 2117-30 Shadow. Think of these colours like the neutral backdrop for your home and consider whether your accent colours are softer shades like mocha, sky blue, sage; or vibrant colours like lemon, tangerine, or honeysuckle.

Soft finishes and accessories are the ideal place to express yourself through accent colour, including an area carpet, upholstery fabric on an accent chair, throws, cushions, floral, and artwork. These pops of colour will bring your neutral fixtures and finishes to life.

Where is the best place to invest in optional upgrades?

SB: My first advice is to give consideration to how you’re going to use your space and make any power or data wiring changes pre-construction. After the concrete is poured, it’s not feasible to relocated your dining area ceiling fixture outlet, or to wire the suite for motorized shading. Plumbing changes such as tub-to-shower conversions should also be done pre-construction to ensure they’re feasible and warranted.

The next option I typically recommend is to upgrade the kitchen design to include fullyintegrated appliances with matching cabinet panels. However, Minto Yorkville Park already includes this premium design feature! So, the next option on my list would be surface finishes. Surface finishes like flooring, cabinetry, countertop, floor tile and wall tile are those most people consider enhancing.

At Yorkville Park, engineered hardwood flooring is included with the suite, so the optional upgrades include features like thicker wear layer, glue down installation, exotic decorator finishes, and herringbone installation pattern.

Some of our homebuyers are upgrading their bathroom wall tile to match the Italian porcelain floor tile, while others are recreating the Presentation Gallery bathroom vignette complete with marble tile and gold plated faucets. There are Caesarstone counters included standard at Yorkville Park as well as several optional upgrade Caesarstone selections from their premium natural stone line. Slab backsplashes are also available and these have become more popular in recent years.

Regardless of palettes and finish level, suites at Minto Yorkville Park will be at the neighbourhood’s chicest address! Visit our website to find out more about #24KaratLiving at Minto Yorkville Park.

Best Smoothie Places around Toronto to Fight off the Cold!

A cold refreshing smoothie or freshly squeezed juice is not just the ideal summer thirst Quencher- these immune boosters are even more beneficial in the colder months ahead of us!

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Our list of juice bars have got you covered with everything from fancy cold-pressed concoctions, blended smoothies, concentrated shots, and a variety of nut milks, hearty enough for the coming winter!

Juice Box

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Juice Box is one of Toronto’s best juice bars. This popular juice bar is located right in the middle of the Bloor-Church Village. It is a small take-out destination that makes fruit and vegetable juices on the spot- so you know it has to be ‘fresh’! This is the place to go if you live or work around the area. They provide customers with fast – fresh service so stop by for something ‘freshly squeezed’ today!

Location: 491 Church St.

Greenhouse Juice Co.

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This boutique bar sits in a little white house off Yonge at Macpherson Ave. which makes this uptown spot a hit! Aside from cold press juices, nut milks, super-food shots and chia seeds, they are soon to offer Cleansing programs and an expanded food menu. As they experiment, new juices will be added to the already solid roster of flavors. The handmade nut milks are truly amazing and well received by customers who keep going back for more!  Their almond milk alone is magical a blend of cold pressed almonds, alkaline water, vanilla bean, Medjool dates and coconut oil, and blankets the mouth in a gently sweet and creamy way. Greenhouse provides an inspiring heaven for enjoying a luxurious array of fresh flavors.

Location: 5 Macpherson Ave.

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Fresh is better known for their tremendous selection of healthy and hearty vegetarian entrees! Wither you go for brunch, lunch or dinner, you can always count on it being slightly crowded, and rightfully so!  This chain also has a variety of nut milk shakes, hearty fruit and veggie smoothies, and recently a new favorite, their wide selection of cold press juices! One bottle of a cold-pressed juice contains approximately 3 pounds or 10 servings of fresh organic produce. These little packages come with big benefits! A single serving of juice is a powerful, blood detoxifier, immunity booster, and promotes tons of energy!  Something that good for you, is worth at least one try!

Various locations around Toronto, visit their website for one close to you: http://freshrestaurants.ca/

Bolt Fresh Bar

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Recently opened just steps from The Drake Hotel, this place is never short, of a long line-up!  From classics like the Chocolate Thunder that pleasantly consists of whipped dark ChocoSol froth, organic peanut butter, raw cacao, banana, flax and chia seeds, agave and almond milk. Or go for fan favorite;  their Greena Colada which is a new exotic addition to the menu, and stands out for its’ melody of pineapple, shredded coconut, kale, agave nectar, and flax seed, smoothed together with coconut milk and raw cashew. Again like most smoothie place offerings, smoothies aren’t the only drinks on tap at Bolt; their pressed juices are also terrific, and hugely revitalizing.

Location: 1170 Queen St. W

With this many reasons and places to try out something that’s good for your mind, body and immune system, what are you waiting for?

Holiday Shopping near Minto Longbranch!

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The festive season is upon us and it’s time to get holiday shopping out of the way. Take a trip to Sherway Gardens, a major hotspot in Long Branch that will help you cross off everyone on your shopping list.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Originally from New York City, Saks Fifth Avenue is the swankiest new shopping destination in Toronto, offering high-end style from designers such as, Céline, Givenchy, Stella McCartney and the Saks’ Fifth Avenue Collection. Long Branch residents now have a new place to find their favourite designer attire. Find the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life or pick up something special for yourself.

Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s

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What could be better than an 18,500 square foot food hall attached to luxury shopping? Pick up all your holiday party dishes at Pusateri’s. They have a large selection of gourmet, premade meals and an assortment of cheeses and cured meats for the ultimate charcuterie board.

Frank + Oak

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For the stylish man or woman on your list who appreciates the art of a sleek button up shirt or knit sweater, head into Frank + Oak. With an emphasis on simplicity and quality means your Frank + Oak purchase will become a staple in your loved one’s wardrobe.

Pottery Barn

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Do you have a friend or family member who has an eye for classy home décor? Pottery Barn is the perfect place to pick up their gift. Offering items for any room of the home, a gift from Pottery Barn is sure to impress. While you wander, you may even be tempted to pick up something for your own humble abode.

Hudson’s Bay

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A classic Canadian shopping destination, Hudson’s Bay is a great one-stop shop for everyone on your list. With sales like their iconic “Bay Days” you can find anything from designer shoes and apparel, to brand name household appliances.

Nordstrom (Coming Soon)

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After it’s Canadian debut at the Toronto Eaton Centre, Nordstrom is slowly making its way into major malls across the province, including Sherway Gardens. With an increasingly competitive luxury market, Nordstrom has no problem standing out amongst the rest. With a licensed bar and knowledgeable staff, this nationally renowned store will have shopping mavens throughout Long Branch eagerly waiting for the grand opening in fall 2017.

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A Lot is Happening on Site at Longbranch! Take a Look…

Even with the colder days hovering over the Longbranch site, construction continues to move along on Lake Shore Blvd. W. in south Etobicoke.

We have some exciting photos of the progress to share with you!

As you can see the upper Terrace model kitchens  with optional islands are turning out to be beautiful and perfect for entertaining family and friends!

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The upper Terrace model washroom looks great with tile flooring, fixtures and the shower installed! These ensuites are almost complete and the everything is looking seamless in these units!

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Here is a look at Block 3 looks from outside. Wow- the community is really shaping up!

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Meanwhile, the terrace walls that align the parkette to the South of Block 1 are also nearing completion as shown here.

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Lastly, we can start to see that the drywall work is progressing in Block # 2 and and we are hoping to achieve this for Block 1,5 and 8 in the next few weeks.

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We hope these updates get you as excited as us here at Minto!

Minto homeowners with questions should contact MyMinto Customer Experience at 416-913-2119 or email customerexperienceteam@minto.com

In case you missed the last updates, here are some more photos on the Minto Longbranch’s Facebook album. Follow Minto Longbranch on:

Stay tuned for more updates!

Take a Peak at the Minto30Roe Movement Haus Gym!

The Minto30Roe Movement Haus gym is now up and running at Minto30Roe, and our home owners are loving it! Back in 2012 when Minto30Roe first launched, we had a vision to create a state-of-the-art fitness that redefined the typical “condo gym”.
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Four years later, we are thrilled to see this fantastic facility in action! Residents can say goodbye to their gym membership and hello to a usable, modern, effective training center that is equipped for all types of workout routines right at home.
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Minto teamed up with Benchmark, one of the city’s leading fitness and training providers, to develop and execute a gym with top of the line equipment in a thoughtfully designed space.
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The 30Roe Movement Haus facility includes three designated training rooms – one for strength training and cardio, one for spinning, and one for yoga, Pilates, TRX and GRAVITY. The equipment mix has been selected for optimum training, using the same machines featured in top tier gyms across North America and we’re are thrilled to see the vision come to life!
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Plus, the best part may be that Benchmark offers classes and personal training on an à la carte basis at the 30Roe Movment Haus, so there really is no need to leave home! Classes include spinning, yoga, Pilates, Kinesis training, GRAVITY incline resistance training and TRX suspension training, all taught by certified instructors. You can even book nutrition and cooking classes in the 30Roe chef’s kitchen!
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Benchmark services will be up and running at Minto30Roe in January, just in time to assist with your New Year’s resolutions to get healthy!
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Minto has teamed up with Benchmark again to create a Movement Haus gym at Minto Westside, offering a similar gym layout and program offering. We can’t wait to see that facility take shape! 
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Benchmark offers a host of programs that you can make use of at your own home or gym. Check out benchmarkliving.ca for details on personal training, classes, and check out their blog for all the latest health and fitness tips!

Fall Fun in East Gwillimbury!

Imagine an authentic, traditional farm with acres of fresh organic produce, a real barnyard with friendly farm animals, a host of kid-friendly activities, train rides, games and more.

Now imagine this magical wonderland just a short drive from your home at Queen’s Landing!

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Welcome to Brooks Farm in Mount Albert, Ontario.Brooks Farm has been in operation for over a 100 years, so tradition and heritage are an integral part of the experience.

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The farm has dozens of acres under cultivation and has a thriving farmer’s market during the Fall season.

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The farmer’s market is known for its wholesome, farm-fresh produce that includes apples, asparagus, beans, blueberries, broccoli, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, honey, jam, maple syrup, pickles, olive oil, and more. The Barnyard Playland is a wonderland of adventure for kids, with train rides, zip lines, farm animals, tire horse swings and more.

There’s also a Fall Fun Festival every weekend in October just in time for Halloween!

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