As seen in the January 2010 article in the Star by Janice Bradbeer.

The Gateway Townes in Burlington is being targeted to young professionals who want a foothold in the real estate market in this “green” energy project.

“This is an Energy Star community with a raft of energy-saving features,” says senior sales rep Susan Robinson, about the 14 two-storey townhouses being offered by New Horizon Homes.

“Today’s buyers are increasingly sensitive to environmental issues – as they relate to energy consumption – so the prospect of a monthly utility savings of over $60 is a huge incentive,” she adds.

Green features include an Energy Star gas furnace and windows, high-efficiency insulation ratings of R-22 and ceilings to R-50, and a drain water heat recovery system installed in each home.

The Hamilton-based builder received the 2008 Green Home Award from the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.

“One unique feature is the quality of the stone and brick detailing on the outside of the units,” says Robinson, a result of the builder’s choice to hire a stonemason, rather than a bricklayer.

In addition to first-time buyers, downsizers and repeat buyers have also expressed interest in the townhouses.

“We are confident that there is nothing comparable in and around the Golden Horseshoe (in price) to compete with our select community,” she says.

Units are priced from $279,990 for the 1,601 Botanical to $290,590 for the 1,632 La Salle end unit. The towns and respective lots are freehold, with rear lot widths running from 22 to 33 feet.

A monthly fee of $100 covers maintenance, upkeep and insurance of the common elements, including a private roadway and sprinkler system. Construction began last March, with occupancy available as early as 60 days after a firm offer is received.

Mobile professionals, says Robinson, will appreciate the location near the junction of Highway 403 and Highway 6. The site is a few minutes from the QEW, five minutes to the Waterdown GO station, and adjacent to Bridgeview Park, with its ponds and walking trails. It’s also close to amenities, including big box stores.

Open-concept layouts feature three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, although alterations are available for extra, such as a computer nook on the upper level, and/or an upstairs laundry or finished basement. Buyers can also upgrade with an enhanced kitchen layout and luxury bathroom design, says Robinson.

In addition to green features, standards include 30-year self-sealing asphalt shingles and nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, several selections in cabinets, flooring (ceramics and broadloom) and either colonial or Shaker-style stair railings.

The sales office is in the model home. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment.

To reach the Burlington site, take the QEW westbound to 403 West. Take Highway 6 North to the first exit (York Rd.) and follow the signs to Plains Rd. W. The site is on your left at 1491 Plains Rd. W.