When Genstar Developments conceived Devonshire Village, one of the goals was to achieve a diverse housing mix. Now, with the addition of The Gateway — a townhome complex conceived by Edmonton-based Daytona Homes— the community will truly have something to offer everyone, from single-family homes to condominiums, and now, affordable two-storey townhomes.
Daytona Homes’ vice-president of land development, Alexander "Sandy" Ladd said the reason for the 23-year-old company’s entry into the Winnipeg market is simple: "We’re a builder whose main focus is on first-time buyers, and buyers who are looking for a move-up home," he said. "We looked at the Winnipeg market, and thought there was a need for that type of product there. I think we can provide what the market is looking for with our proven product, and what we’ve learned in building it in other communities in western Canada."
What Daytona Homes has done in those communities is simple, said Ladd. "Our goal in Winnipeg is the same — to build affordable homes people can be proud of. People will be able to own the homes outright, and there won’t be any condo fees to pay."
The townhomes — 55 two and three bedroom attached homes spread out over 11 buildings — will range in size from 1,220 square feet to 1,280 sq. ft. Prices will start at $269,900 and top out at about $289,900.
"They’re going to be good-looking, affordable homes," said Ladd. "Each one will come with its own backyard with patio as well as a cement pad that will enable buyers to build a garage on it if they desire. They are going to be homes in the truest sense of the word."
As for interior finishes, Ladd said the homes will be nicely appointed. "Standard finishes will include carpeting, linoleum, laminate countertops and thermofoil cabinets, with some nice extra touches such as backsplashes and lighting upgrades. There will be three different interior packages to choose from, and a limited number of upgrades will be available."
Russ Wyatt, who has represented Transcona on Winnipeg’s city council since 2002, said he welcomes Daytona Homes’ entry into the Winnipeg marketplace.
"I think it’s good to have competition, and in particular, it’s good for consumers," he said. "Daytona Homes is going to provide an affordable housing option for first-time buyers and families looking to upgrade to a second home." Not only that, but The Gateway is making good use of vacant land within city limits, he added.
"This project is using infill land, which is a real plus. It’s also in a great location, 20 minutes from downtown and about five minutes from conveniences on Regent Avenue. It’s also a welcome project in that it will be crucial in growing the tax base. Projects like this, which allow for transition and renewal, not only provide affordable new housing, but allows (the city) to add new owners to tax rolls rather than increasing taxes."
Construction on The Gateway has already started at 568 Transcona Blvd., between Peguis Street and Chelston Gate. Daytona Homes’ general manager, Barry Hedgecock, said if everything goes smoothly, homes should be ready for possession before the end of 2016.
"We’re hoping for the end of October or early November, but certainly, buyers should be able to take possession of their homes before the end of the year," he said.
For more information on the project, visit daytonahomes.ca.