In the Press – Luxury Lakeside Condo Living is the New Way to Cottage

Luxury lakeside condo living is the new way to cottage

Orchard Point Harbour offers prime waterfront location with resort-style amenities

The desire to live by the water is deeply entrenched in Ontarians, who have a natural affinity for cottage country and its rustic landscapes. But as idyllic as that lifestyle may seem, traditional cottages come with issues such as property upkeep, seasonal maintenance, or access only by minimally maintained or seasonal roads.

That’s why cottage country condominiums have become a hot trend, offering all the pleasures of the lakeside lifestyle without the hassles. Orchard Point Harbour, on 500 metres of prime waterfront on the Narrows between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching in Orillia, is a prestigious example of this growing trend. It offers luxurious, four-season, resort-style residential living in two Muskoka-inspired high-rise buildings with sophisticated design, first-class amenities and panoramic views. It also provides a lock-and-leave solution for homeowners who want to travel without worrying about who will look after their residence.

Among the buyers at Orchard Point Harbour are David and Jackie Powell, who were looking to downsize from their large home on Lake Simcoe to an option without the maintenance demands.

"We looked at alternatives in the surrounding area,” says David. “We were looking for someplace without the work, as we spend our winters away. When we heard about Orchard Point Harbour, we knew we had found our new home."

It is an ideal solution for other empty nesters seeking to downsize or for city dwellers looking to get away from it all within easy commuting distance. It’s a short one-hour drive from the GTA.

Orchard Point Harbour is minutes away by car or boat from the charming city of Orillia, with its quaint boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, theatres and medical facilities. For an exciting night out, Casino Rama with its gaming tables and big-name concerts, is 10 minutes away.

There’s plenty for outdoor lovers too: The area is a four-season playground with ski resorts, golf courses, walking trails and parks.

Orchard Point Harbour offers the opportunity to live in a sophisticated, urban-style condominium in the heart of cottage country, according to real estate guru Andrew (Andy) Brethour, president of PMA Brethour Realty Group, the sales team for the project: “Imagine taking the finest downtown Toronto condominium and putting it down on a piece of land between two of Ontario’s most picturesque lakes.”

Suites are stylish and spacious, with quality features and finishes including granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, engineered plank and porcelain tile flooring, gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, lavish bathrooms and sliding glass doors onto a generous terrace or balcony. The condo buildings feature timber and stone accents, to blend with the surrounding natural landscape.

For those who want the ultimate lakeside living experience, Orchard Point Harbour offers a selection of penthouses with spectacular views that include the upscale finishes offered in the regular suites plus premier kitchen cabinetry, solid stone countertops, 10-foot ceilings and much more. A collection of Lakeside suites are also on offer, with premium features.

Orchard Point Harbour’s comprehensive roster of amenities includes the Lakeside Club, a fitness centre at the water’s edge complete with a pool, hot tub, sauna, and yoga studio. The rooftop terrace and lounge are great for relaxing or entertaining, with unparalleled views of Lake Simcoe. Boaters will appreciate the on-site Starport Marina that makes it easy to explore the Trent- Severn Waterway, the Great Lakes, and beyond. Hiking and cross country ski trails wind through Orchard Point Harbour.

Each of the buildings will have designer-decorated lobbies with fireplace and seating areas and secure underground heated parking. Suites in Phase Two are currently on offer, with a selection of one and two bedroom suites ranging in size from 800 to 2,000-square-feet plus, starting from the low $300,000s. Occupancy is slated for May 2017.

With a blend of traditional elements, such as a setting close to nature, tranquility and relaxation, and all the luxuries and conveniences of an upscale urban residence, Orchard Park Harbour is redefining cottage living. For more information, visit OrchardPoint.ca




Tracy Hanes

The Globe & Mail

Published August 22, 2014