Apr 25, 2003 - Toronto’s best builders and projects announced 2003 Home Builder Awards

January 18, 2005

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Toronto’s best builders and projects announced 2003 Home Builder Awards

Toronto— H&R Developments was named home builder of the year by the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association tonight.

More than 700 builders, developers and associate members attended the 23rd annual Home Builder Awards to celebrate achievements in community development, building design, and sales and marketing.

The prestigious home builder of the year award goes to the builder who sets the standard for the industry in quality, service, customer commitment and contribution to the industry and community.

An independent survey of all Home Builder of the Year finalists was a key component of the judging process. Homeowners were asked to complete a ten question, 100 point survey covering everything from the sales process through to after-sales service.

H & R ranked extremely high in every segment of the customer survey and comments provided by their homeowners highlighted the commitment to quality and service H&R Developments promises with its "Expect More" slogan. Comments ranged from "we were very happy with our new home…I would buy from them again," to "we are thoroughly delighted with our new home. We love every aspect of it," and "Everything was as they promised on the day of purchase."

H&R Developments is one of Toronto’s largest builders selling over 1,600 new homes and condos during its 50th anniversary year in 2002.

In other categories, New York Towers by The Daniels Group & Equivest Capital with advertising agency Montana Steele and Kirkor Architects was awarded community of the year. The award goes to the community that represents the best overall combination of aspects that enhance quality of life including environmental preservation, innovative site planning and architectural features, streetscape and streetlighting, recreational amenities and open space. The fifth tower of the project - Empire was also the inaugural recipient of the best building design award.

Mattamy Homes garnered the award for project of the year (low rise) for Watercolours, an upscale development of 400 executive homes in the exclusive Lorne Park area of Mississauga and best model home for 65 Plan 5 with advertising agency Payne & Associates and Viljoen Architect.

Completing a rare local, provincial and national awards sweep, Project of the year (condominium) was awarded to CityGate. This project, by Davies Smith Developments with advertising agency G. Ryan Design and Quadrangle Architects consists of 662 units in two 35-storey high-rises towers in downtown Mississauga. CityGate was also the recipient of awards for best condo suite design- over $175,000 and best condo sales office - over 1,800 sq. ft.

Winner of the most number of awards was The Kaitlin Group winning best new home design – single $250,000 - $500,000 for Blue Shores, the Commodore model; best new home design – single over $500,000 for The Estates of King Valley, Hartwell House model; best brochure – low-rise for the Estates of King Valley; best magazine ad – low-rise, Kingsview on Balsam Lake; and best Web site – low-rise for www.countryclubcommunities.com/king

Canderel-Stoneridge and advertising agency LA Ads took home four marketing awards for its project DNA-Downtown’s Next Address best Web site – condominium, best newspaper ad – condominium, best magazine ad – condominium and best marketing campaign – condominium

Linda Mitchell was the recipient of the Riley Brethour award bestowed for outstanding and consistent professional achievement in residential sales and marketing After more than 75 years as an exclusively low-rise home builder, Monarch made its first foray into the condominium market in the last five years, and under Mitchell's leadership, went from a standing start to becoming the third largest condo builder in the GTA marketplace last year, with more than 913 units sold representing a 6 per cent share of the condominium market.

Broker PMA Brethour Group won both awards for sales and marketing person of the year with Steve Sutton winning the award for the condominium sector and Pat Baye winning the low-rise award. Best salesperson or team went to Angie Wilson and Debby Garrett from Mattamy Homes Watercolours project for low-rise and Victor Sing, Jeannie Leung and Jeny Cho from Monarch Developments Equinox project for condominium.

Note to editors: photos available on request.

Suzanna Cohen
 , Director of Communications 416-391-3450
Stephen Dupuis, Executive Vice President 416-391-3453

Also see: Complete listing of the 2003 winners