Abode Magazine • Fall 2016 • by Tracy Hanes – The lure of the slopes may have put Collingwood on the map as a ski destination, but the many charms of this town on the shores of Georgian Bay have boosted its popularity during all four seasons.
With a vast array of outdoor pursuits (biking, hiking, boating, horseback riding and skiing, of course), its growing reputation as a culinary and micro-brewery destination, a lively cultural scene and a flourishing downtown, the town is winning favour with buyers looking for a weekend getaway or a place to settle permanently. It has everything one needs—theaters, boutique shopping, farmers’ markets, spas, big box stores, coffee shops and medical facilities all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Blue Mountains.
Catering to the skier and affluent retiree market, MacPherson Builders has launched a series of upscale homes on one to two-acre lots at Windrose Estates, minutes from downtown Collingwood near the entrance to the Osler Bluff Ski Club. MacPherson Builders’ sales rep Jennifer Wootton says several buyers have purchased the homes as transitional residences that they can use as a vacation abode now, then make their permanent home in the future.
The new Mountain Modern Home collection offers contemporary architecture in addition to the classic chalet styles of MacPherson’s Signature Collection. The modern model home, the Adelaide, is one of the smaller designs at 2,500 sq. ft. The bungalow includes two master suites with walk-in closets and lavish bathrooms, a great room with a 17-foot raised ceiling and an indoor-outdoor two-sided fireplace and a satellite office. The Mountain Modern Homes will be characterized by flatter rooflines, glass railings and expansive windows.
“Apart from the flat ceilings and larger windows, the Adelaide model is distinguished by a colour palette that uses more blacks and greys,” says Michelle Pasquale, a MacPherson interior designer. “It has a more sophisticated and formal look than traditional chalet designs. This includes the post and beams, which we still offer as an interior feature, but the beams are on flat versus cathedral ceilings, and instead of the rustic pine wood tones, the beams are painted grey and our windows feature black vinyl frames.”
As an alternative to a traditional three bedroom layout with one master, MacPherson is offering floor plans with two master bedrooms. The idea is guests will experience the same level of luxury as the homeowners. Potential purchasers can also tour the Signature rustic-chic Britannia model home, a 4,200-sq. ft. two-storey plan with post and beam details, a two-storey stone fireplace in the great room, generous dining room surrounded by windows and a main-floor wine room.
There are 32 of 43 lots available at Windrose Estates, with plans from 2,492 to 4,255 sq. ft. The homes will have three to five bedrooms, open-concept designs, vaulted ceilings, triple car garages. For most current pricing, please contact the sales office.
As a lively four-season playground, Collingwood could be the perfect alternative to cottage country.