When you think of Whitby, you think of small town charm. While there is no lack of charm in this lovely community, that doesn’t mean Whitby is sleepy. If anything, it’s the opposite! The population has been on the rise, with a 5.2% change reported between 2011 and 2016. Being a 30 minute drive from Toronto definitely has its benefits. On one hand you’re just a short ride away from a bustling city centre, but on the other, you’re just far enough away to enjoy the peace, quiet, and sense of neighbourhood that only a close knit community like Whitby can provide. It’s this community that makes Whitby such a great place to live. We spoke to some of Whitby’s most beloved small businesses and asked them what it is that they <3 about Whitby. Here’s what they had to say:
It’s been a busy summer for us! While you were (hopefully) spending some much-deserved time on the beach and enjoying the beautiful summer that we had, we were busy working away on our active projects. From Aurora Trails to CityTowns, there’s been a lot of progress made throughout the summer and we’re so excited to share that with you.
While we hate to see summer go, we can’t help but get excited to welcome fall into our lives with open arms. With the first cool breeze of autumn we’re reminded of all the wonderful sweaters we’ve been wanting to wear, all the pumpkin spice lattes we want to drink, and all the cozy soup we want to eat. Fall is the perfect time to get outside and explore – it’s not too hot, not too cold, and the leaves are changing colour, so every outdoor excursion becomes a great photo opportunity. Our favourite fall activity has to be apple picking – for the fun outdoors, but also for the tasty pies that follow. Here are some of the best places to pick your own apples in the GTA.
The process of getting a new home is quite thrilling. You’ve spent considerable time searching for the perfect place to live, and once you find it it’s hard to contain your excitement. You start daydreaming about how you’ll decorate, the dinner parties you’ll throw there, and the memories you’ll make. But there’s one last hurdle you must jump over before you’re actually living in this dream home – moving day. Some people dread moving day more than a trip to the dentist, but we’ve got 5 tips to make moving day a breeze.
Your spring was spent getting your yard into shape for summer. During the week you’d peruse the Instagram accounts of your favourite design and decor sites to gain inspiration for creating your own outdoor oasis. The weekends were spent gardening and manicuring the yard to get it ready for the big reveal. Summer’s here and it’s time to show off all your hard work! The crowning feature of any backyard of those who love to entertain is the perfect patio set. Here are some we’re obsessed with to give you some inspiration!
In terms of creating a work life balance, we all set out with the best intentions. You plan to separate the two, leaving your work at the office and saving the home for family life. But as we all know too well, this isn’t always practical. Sometimes you may have some extra work that followed you home, or perhaps you’re blessed with work from home days! In these situations, the last thing you want to do is set up a temporary and uncomfortable work space in your dining room. You need an actual space where you can sit down, roll up your sleeves, and get that work out of the way. You need a home office! Here’s some inspiration to help you on your way to designing your very own dream home office.
Ah, the gallery wall!
This home decor trend has really made a name for itself over the last few years, and for good reason. Gallery walls are the perfect excuse to put number of your favourite pieces of art together, rather than having to decide on one big piece for your wall. They’re a great way to show off your personality, and are essentially impossible to get wrong. Whether you choose a themed collection or a random one, if you’re looking to make a bold statement on a wall in your home we suggest trying this trend out.
We’ve mentioned before how much working with hospitals in the communities we build in is important to us, and North York General Hospital is one of those hospitals. Not only are we all North York natives, but the hospital’s transition from a suburban hospital to a regional health centre able to cater to over 400,000 people a year has been truly staggering to watch. North York General has become one of the most in-demand and prestigious health centres in Canada. At Paradise Developments, we wanted to support a priority at the hospital that would benefit patients and the system and as a whole.
The excitement is building! There’s so much to love for the GTA and Whitby is one of those places. This gem shouldn’t be overlooked, it’s got a lot going for it. From green space to community events, it’s a great place to live and raise a family. This is why we’re thrilled to be a part of Whitby Meadows, a community that’s going to bring new life to the area near Coronation Road and Rossland Road.
But first, let us indulge you in some of the details that make Whitby the charming town you’ll want to call home. This is Whitby by the numbers:
It’s no secret that Paradise is in the business of building homes, but there’s another side to it. We’re building homes that will fit you and your family’s life – your dreams, your hopes, your future. While it’s your decor, keepsakes, and personal touch that will make the home all your own, even our unfurnished homes are pretty fantastic all on their own. We work alongside in-the-know designers to create interiors that are luxurious, but at the same time warm and welcoming. We spoke with the interior designer at Turner Fleischer who worked on High Point’s amazing interiors. Here’s what she had to say.
It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through the month of August. Questions like, ‘How did the summer breeze by so quickly’ and ‘Wait, what happened to my summer bucket list?!’ come to mind. Don’t let the date hinder your summer ambitions though! There’s still lots of time to check some of those items off your summer ’17 bucket list. One quintessential summer activity that you definitely don’t want to miss out on is a trip to the beach. A bonus to living in one of our Brampton, Kleinburg, or Whitby communities? The perfect beach day isn’t that far away! Here are some options for a day of sand and sun nearby.
When decorating their homes, there are two camps of people. Those who hold back, and those who do not. While we’re fans of all types of design, we completely understand the desire to keep things neutral in your home, because they’re timeless! However, part of the fun in having your own home is getting to infuse a little personality into each room. One way to do this is to add a pop of colour to the space you’re decorating. We spend a lot of time perusing the best home decor on Instagram, and lately have seen a lot of design – from furniture to decor accents – using one particular colour. Here’s how to add a pop of blue anywhere in your home.
We don’t want to stress you out prematurely, but we wanted to give you a friendly reminder that there’s only one month of summer remaining. No need to panic, though! There’s still lots of time to make your summer even better than it has already been. Even if you’re not getting away this season, there’s lots going on right in town. From Saturday Night Movies to an Amazing Race event, there’s lots going on in Brampton this August. Here are some of the highlights.
There are endless reasons to claim summer is your favourite of the seasons, but one reason stands out above the rest – the weather! Nice summer weather means you get to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Whether it’s taking a camping trip, going for a picnic, or hosting a backyard party, a lovely summer day let’s you get outside and bask in the glorious sun. A perfect summer day is a host’s best friend. Rather than keeping your guests indoors, you can set up a lovely moment outside and host a cozy garden party. We’ve done a little research and have found everything you need to host the dreamiest garden party of the summer. From the patio set to the lighting to the dishes, these are all the garden party must-haves you’ll need for inspiration to host your own!