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Meets the neighbours: La Paloma Gelateria & Cafe

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Residents at Caledonia Towns on the Park have the pleasure of living right in the centre of Corso Italia. There’s quite a few amenities in the area, including restaurants and public spaces. This week we were in the mood for something cool and decided to visit our local gelato spot, La Paloma Gelateria & Cafe.

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Inside the Caledonia Towns model home

Ida Cristello and her design team recently finished the Caledonia Towns model home. We’ve had lots of visitors come by for their tours already and whether you’re one of them or you’re considering a visit, we wanted to go through some of the design elements and inspiration behind the model.

Layout & furnishings

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Sofa and cowhide bench: Homesense

The idea was to create a space that anyone could envision themselves living in. We wanted to show the flexibility of the layout and finishes and how they could work for singles, couples, young families, or empty nesters. The space needed to reflect the vibe of the neighbourhood – centrally located and young, but sophisticated as well.

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Leaning mirror: Homesense
Pendant light: Prima Lighting

The living/dining area is a favourite for our design team. People end up leaving with the feeling that the space is much bigger then they originally thought. Large windows and 9 foot ceilings make the room feel spacious and light-filled. Carrying the flooring material through from the living and dining rooms into the kitchen means end users can determine their own room dimensions and how they want to use the space.

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The light fixture adds a touch of glam while keeping things light and fun with round crystal droplets and an organza drum shade.

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Mirrored side table: Homesense
Bed linens: Homesense and Ikea
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Bed linens: Homesense and Ikea

One thing we want to stress is that no compromise was made on the scale of the furniture. The couch, entertainment unit, occasional chairs, rugs, beds, and dressers are all full sized. Mirrored and glass surfaces reflect light and keep things feeling airy. This technique is reflected (pun not intended) in the mirrored nightstands in the master bedroom, the glass dining table and coffee table and the full sized mirror in the dining room.

You might be surprised about where some of the furniture and decor elements came from. IkeaHomesensePrima Lighting, Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, and the Home Depot were all sources of great finds. Most people overlook big box hardware stores, but keep your eyes open and you can really achieve a high end look with a few key items.

Finishes

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We used laminate flooring from the Torlys Lexington series in Cobblestone Oak. It’s a natural blend of soft brown-grey taupes which allowed us to play off these colours in the furniture and accessories.

Granite counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom are durable and always look great. We chose Grigio Sardo for the kitchen and Nero Impala in the master ensuite.

The kitchen was designed around entertaining. The island is great for pastry preparation and perfect for laying out a spread of charcuterie and cheese boards – a nod to the cultural history of the neighbourhood. For the model home we kept the walls light and bright with Wedding White by ICI Dulux Paints.

Thanks to Ida and her team for putting everything together so beautifully. Head over to our Facebook page for more photos of the space and click here to register or book your own model home tour.

An update from Caledonia Towns

We visited Caledonia Towns on the Park this week to happily see the interiors really taking shape. Framing, drywalling and taping are all done on blocks A and B, and we’re getting very close at block C. At block B, tiling, trimming and priming are underway. Finishes are the fun part and we just installed the first granite counter tops in the kitchens. Most of the focus on site right now is on the interiors, which is just as well considering the cold and wet weather. With our brand new sales centre opening next week, having the interiors in tip top shape is a priority.

Once the drywall is primed, we can move forward with the finishes like tiling, finishing the ceilings, trimming, and finally painting. Flooring is one one the last elements to go in.

Next week we’re starting on the window wells as well as two exterior structures: a garbage shed and a bicycle shed. For now, here are some of the photos we took at this week’s site visit.

Everyone’s favourite: kitchens & bathrooms.

And the finishing touches that make a construction site a home.

We’ll update you once the sales centre is open and the model home is ready for touring, so watch this space.

An update from Caledonia Towns

Happy new year! Yesterday we made a snowy visit to our Caledonia Towns site at Caledonia Park Rd. and St. Clair. Our construction team has been very busy and the homes are looking great. Right now our crews are at the drywall and taping stage at block A. Framing inspection at block B has been passed and we’re ready for insulation. At block C the mechanicals are being roughed in. A base coat of asphalt has already been put down throughout the site. Here’s what the Caledonia Towns looked like when we stopped by yesterday.

Electrical rough-in underway.

Deliveries.
Balconies on the second storey.

Back view.

Caledonia Towns: Meet me in Corso Italia

Caledonia Towns on the Park is open for site tours (call 647 255 3465 to book yours!) and looking fantastic. We thought this would be a good time to have a look at some of our favourite local amenities in Corso Italia.

1. Caledonia Towns on the Park

2 & 3. Streetcar stops
We love having easy access to transit.

4. Joseph Piccininni Community Recreation Centre
With both an outdoor and indoor pool, a full gym and tons of activities for children and adults, this place makes an amazing anchor for the neighbourhood.

5. Earlscourt Park
This park offers a nice chunk of green space in the middle of the city. There’s also a skating rink in the winter, and the park houses the Joseph Piccininni Centre.

6. Centro Trattoria & Formaggi
Find your favourite Italian pasta brands, cheeses and even catering at this Italian food emporium that’s been a Corso Italia staple for over 30 years.

7. Novecento
A corner cafe featuring the same desserts and amazing coffee you would find in Italy.

8. El Rancherito
Serving up deliciously authentic Columbian food; this hidden gem is one to try.

9. Carleton Village Junior and Senior Public School

Having a school within walking or biking distance is great for families.

10. Macedo Wine
One of two places on Caledonia Park Road why you’ll find everything you need to make your own wine.

11. Wadsworth Park
Toronto has more parks than you might think. Find them all mapped out here.

12. The Big Ragu
An Italian restaurant should be a place to linger and spend an evening and The Big Ragu is perfect for that. They even hosts dinner parties inspired by the 90’s movie Big Night.

13. Carbella Salon & Spa
Carbella offers a full menu of treatments including hair, make-up and nails just a block from home.

14. TD bank
Banking should be all about convenience.

15. Hacienda Mexicano Grill
For those times when you feel like Mexican.

16. La Paloma Gelateria & Cafe
Authentic Sicilian gelato with with enough variety to indulge all summer long.

Do you have a favourite Corso Italia joint? Let us know on twitter!