As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to take a moment to step back and be thankful for what we have, and also to step forward and make sure others in the community share the same comforts. This season, Geranium Homes has taken up this initiative in Stouffville, Ontario where they have spearheaded a project to collect food and funds for the Whitchurch-Stouffville Food Bank.
Geranium Homes consultants and staff joined residents from The Neighbourhood of Cardinal Point under the organization of SCS Consulting Group for the sixth year in a row to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The event kicked off on September 6th at Geranium’s annual Barbecue-in-the-Park where homeowners were encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items at the Cardinal Point Sales Centre, and to donate funds throughout the month. Together Geranium and the community’s efforts amounted to a grand total of $8,600 in just one month, a remarkable achievement for the community.
This time of year can be especially draining on a food bank, and Executive Director Marion Wells stated that the group’s “donation alone will last us until late spring.” Geranium also donated $50 for every home sold at Cardinal Point this year. This is especially useful, Mayor Wayne Emmerson points out, as every dollar donated is equivalent to three dollars in the hands of the food bank, who can then use the money to purchase perishable items like meat, bread, cheese, and eggs.
Geranium Homes is not new to creating a sense of community and encouraging local involvement. In addition to events like the annual Barbecue-in-the-Park, Geranium Homes has hosted the “Neighbourhood in Bloom” event, sponsors the Theatre Woodstock and CAST, and donated 300 pairs of mittens to a local women’s shelter during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
It is not surprising that this year Geranium Homes received the Best Places to Grow, Community of the Year Low-rise Award for The Neighbourhoods of Cardinal Point from the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). The award recognizes communities that exemplify Ontario’s Places to Grow Act. This act is a provincial initiative that seeks to encourage the development of communities that support economic prosperity, protect the environment, and facilitate a high quality of life through recreational amenities, streetscapes, and architecture. Geranium’s 36 years of experience in developing family communities is also reflected in their Home Builder of the Year distinction in 2012, and the Grand Sam Award awarded by the Canadian Home Builder Association.
Geranium Homes’ Cardinal community
Though Stouffville’s Cardinal community is temporarily sold out, Geranium Homes recently revealed two new model homes for the new Uptownes development. This enclave features 134 stacked three-storey condominium townhomes carefully designed to merge with the architecture of the existing neighbourhood. These homes range from 1,401 to 1,639 square feet and feature both an expansive rooftop terrace as well as an open concept kitchen and living room that encourages socializing or family time, and facilitates easy entertaining.
Nearby, in the heart of Stouffville, Geranium Homes is developing PACE on MAIN, a mid-rise condo development that blends downtown living with easy access to natural greenspaces. Located on Main Street in downtown Stouffville and just south of the Stouffville Conservation Area, amenities and recreation are always within arm’s reach. This development, comprised of just 67 suites, is designed to seamlessly blend into the historical architecture of downtown Stouffville. Here, community socializing is made easy with the The Main Street Lounge. This entertainment area features a kitchen and bar, equipped with three televisions and a comfy fireplace, as well as an outdoor barbecue terrace where neighbours can mingle, cook, and relax.
Get to know the Stouffville community
The Uptownes Condominium townhouses and the PACE on MAIN condo offers condo style living in the close-knit and quaint community of Stouffville. The historical and architecturally quaint downtown core is home to a variety of restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops.
Residents can wine and dine at Fishbone Restaurant, stop in for some French cooking at La Cuisine de ma Mere, or enjoy weekend brunch at the Fickle Pickle Diner. Residents can also find fresh local produce at the Stoufville Farmer’s Market or meet a friend for coffee at For the Love of Jo.
Stouffville is also home to the Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment and the Latcham Gallery, which both host community events throughout the year. Finally, active residents will enjoy the proximity to the Stouffville Memorial Park. The greenspace is home to a skatepark and dog park, and also serves as an event space for Ribfest, Outdoor Movie Nights, and other community activities.
Geranium Homes is aware of the importance and value of an active community. With initiatives like the Food Drive, the company is working to ensure that they do not simply build houses, but rather an active and vibrant community. For more information on Geranium Homes’ developments in Stouffville visit the Sales Office and Model Homes at 180 Glad Park Avenue from 1 am to 7 pm Monday to Wednesday or 11 am to 6 pm on weekends.