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Sophies Landing Gated Waterfront Community

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CJN - Sophie's Landing Waterfront Living

Written by Jennifer MacLeod, Canadian Jewish News
Monday, 10 May 2010 00:00

What if you could have it all? French Village living on the shores of Lake Simcoe. A cottage retreat within an exclusive, secure community. Your own personal marina, less than two hours from Toronto. Recreational activities for the younger crowd, along with quiet trails and privacy. Wouldn't you jump at the opportunity?

Catering to the baby boomer crowd of working professionals seeking either a weekend retreat or a future retirement paradise, Signature Carleton president Eric Kerzner calls Sophie's Landing, his company's newest resort community, ideal for a "cottage or four-season getaway."

"There's nothing else like it." You know that's true when you visit the community and find yourself speaking not to a slick professional agent but to a potential future neighbour. "We use actual purchasers who live there," in the sales centre, Kerzner says. Who better to share the many advantages of this exciting new development?

With fishing, boating, rollerblading, biking, waterfront and social activities close at hand to this community of high-end fully-detached bungalows, you may be tempted to make Sophie's Landing your "stay-cation" hot spot.

But should you choose to go further afield you'll easily find everything you need just minutes from the gates of Sophie's Landing. With 20,000 permanent residents - swelling to 50,000 in the summer - the city of Orillia offers a range of big-box stores, as well as 24-hour grocery shopping, golf courses, restaurants and, of course, its idyllic waterfront.
"It's a boaters' paradise," says Kerzner. "It's just west of The Narrows, where Lake Simcoe meets Lake Couchiching."

As part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, boaters could even travel down the St. Lawrence River as far as Florida, if they desired. "We're the only gated waterfront community in Ontario."

"People can use it as a cottage or a chalet and they don't have to maintain anything. It's all done for you." With a maintenance-free lifestyle, Sophie's Landing is perfect for those who still have career commitments back in in the city.

"It's also very secure, because it's gated," says Kerzner. "It's ideal for snowbirds who leave it for six months. They don't have to worry about it."

A boomer himself, Kerzner named the development after his youngest child, daughter Sophie. Sophie's Landing consists of two phases: Phase I, which is completely built and occupied already, and Phase 2, which is nearly 85 per cent sold, and 75 per cent built.

A few lots are still available, but Kerzner believes they'll go fast. "We saved our best units for last."

The community's 84 custom bungalows all boast high-end architecture and premium touches, such as standard nine-foot ceilings, steep roof lines and choices of Muskoka or French country design finishes. "We don't want all the houses to look the same."

"Orillia is a dream for tourism," Kerzner adds. With summertime festivals, wintertime skiing and Casino Rama five minutes away, you'll never be bored. And when you want to stay closer to home, two fireside lounges saltwater pool, a kids ' playroom, waterside patio, or the rooftop terrace with remote-control miniature boats offer plenty of options.
"There's nothing missing," he says. Based in Toronto, Signature Carleton has a 30-year track record building quality hotels, resorts, lifestyle communities a well as custom homes within the GTA. "Comparing [Sophie's Landing to buying] a house would not be a fair comparison…people understand that it's really the lifestyle they're buying."

In other words, there really is a place that you can have it all.