Happy birthday, Grimsby – and what a milestone birthday it is. While this bucolic community between the shores of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment has been the bearer of peaches, plums, berries and more since the late 1700s thanks to its temperate climate, it wasn’t recognized as the Town of Grimsby until 1922, which means 2022 marks its official centennial.
As the town commemorates its history this year, DeSantis Homes is adding to its own 60-year legacy with the development of a new and aptly named project in downtown Grimsby: Century Condos.
A deliberate nod to Grimsby’s 100th birthday, Century Condos combines innovation in design and development with bold interiors and a stunning exterior that was designed in collaboration with town planning staff, prominent local heritage architects, and other stakeholders via a series of design charrettes.
These intensive workshops ensured an open dialogue throughout the entire process. The result – an exterior that unites downtown’s existing architecture with modern luxury. For example, the building rises a total of four storeys, but, it is mainly the first two storeys that are visible at street level so as not to overpower the neighbouring buildings. Furthermore, the facade uses alternating shades of brick to uphold the illusion of smaller boutique storefronts complementary to a Main Street thoroughfare.
This historic town is in the midst of a remarkable renaissance, with its entire downtown core being reimagined to create a more pedestrian-friendly culture. Future outdoor seating, floral displays, and art installations are all in the works, and Century Condos, prominently situated on Main Street Grimsby, will put residents at the center of it all.
Located on the edge of Lake Ontario, Grimsby offers excellent access to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, Nelles Beach, and Forty Mile Creek Park. Between the Bruce Trail, Beamer Memorial Conservation Area and many other scenic destinations, the adventures are endless. Grimsby is also a wine-lover’s paradise. Peninsula Ridge Estates, Rosewood Estates Winery, and Thirty Bench Winemakers are just a few of the nearby wineries. The town is also home to several local breweries and distilleries.
Evolving downtown core
Grimsby has a ton to offer, and the team behind Century Condos is looking forward to welcoming those drawn to its evolving downtown core – for the many amenities they’ll find right on their doorstep, starting with the new commercial and retail that will occupy the building’s 6,000 sq. ft. of street-level commercial space. Within walking distance, there are plenty of great restaurants and eateries, coffee shops, art and music venues, grocery stores, banks – essentially everything one needs to enjoy a rich and vibrant lifestyle.
This project represents another wonderful collaboration between DeSantis Homes, KNYMH architects, and Tomas Pearce Interior Design. While the location itself will no doubt attract homebuyers to Century Condos, it’s the building’s fine design that will surely seal the deal. On the outside, brilliant transitional architecture blends modern and historic influences with the use of limestone, brick and wrought iron detailing. Inside, 87 residential units, ranging in size from 490 to 1,230 sq. ft., promise to be bright and airy, thanks to soaring ceilings and oversized windows.
The first in DeSantis Homes’ new Prestige Series, Century Condos will boast finishes of unparalleled quality. Buyers will have the benefit of conducting their decor appointments in the brand-new DeSantis Design Studio – a 2,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art gallery in which they’ll have the opportunity to consult with an interior designer on a variety of individual upgrades and customizations for a truly bespoke finished product.
Kitchens feature gleaming quartz countertops, high-end cabinetry, and six-piece upgraded stainless appliance packages. Ensuites feature luxurious step-in showers with full, frameless glass enclosures. Walk-in closets are spacious and floors throughout the main living areas are made from a luxury vinyl plank for maximum durability. Furthermore, DeSantis Smart Suite technology is integrated throughout both the building and each residence, to allow for the highest level of security, efficiency and comfort.
With respect to amenities, the building boasts a large rooftop terrace with striking lake views and an adjacent indoor bar, kitchenette and dining area. It also offers a convenient car share program, access to e-bikes and e-scooters, a secure automated parcel room, and lockers and parking for all, with options for electric vehicles.
To further support the environment, Century Condos will be utilizing an innovative Geothermal Heating and Cooling System that will minimize the building’s consumption of natural resources and reduce its overall carbon footprint.
For those seeking big-city action, Hamilton’s downtown core is only 15 minutes from Century Condos thanks to the nearby QEW, which gets you from Grimsby to downtown Toronto in about an hour, and to the U.S. border in 30 minutes. As for public transit, the Casablanca GO Bus station is minutes away, and train service from the Confederation GO station is anticipated to begin next year.
Like DeSantis Homes, Grimsby is dedicated to building community, inspiring connectivity, and elevating lifestyles. As this historic town looks back on the last 100 years, homebuyers are invited to look forward to Century Condos.
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