It is often said that experience and vision are the key attributes to building a community. Gabriel DeSantis, President of Homes By DeSantis, will attest that building a community takes significantly more. Building a community requires delving both into its inherent qualities, and also acknowledging the wants and needs of the community and surroundings. It is only then that one can begin to lay the foundation for a solid community that will endure over time. Such is the philosophy at Homes By DeSantis, the Stoney Creek based, family-run business, that has garnered an enviable reputation by building some of Ontario’s most firmly entrenched and sought after master-planned communities.
It is this passionate approach to Community, in combination with a forward-thinking focus on customer service, that explains how Homes By DeSantis has achieved remarkable success over its 50 year history. It also explains why the company has been the recipient of numerous National, Provincial, and local home building awards in that time, including securing the coveted “Builder of the Year” in Canada, as awarded by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.
One of the keys to the company’s resounding success stems from its unwavering commitment to remain close to home. Simply put, Homes By DeSantis builds in those communities they know intimately, because they are well tapped into buyer insights in these areas. This undoubtedly explains why the Homes By DeSantis name has appeared on master-planned communities extending from Halton through Hamilton and Niagara Regions.
“When we approach any new project, we consider both what the community wants and where the community aspires to be,” explains Gabriel DeSantis. “We always ensure to provide ample space for parkland and recreation, because these have become two of today’s non-negotiables,” Gabriel DeSantis adds. Accessibility to first class amenities, commuting corridors and shopping, and seamless integration of existing offerings help round off the list of must-have features so important to today’s buyers. “The way we see it, we’re not just building homes for families we’re building futures as well.”
Not surprisingly, the notion of “building futures” also circles back to building communities. Homes By DeSantis makes a point of tapping into the skills of local trades and experienced employees to help grow the communities in which they build. Often these relationships continue long past the project completion date. “Many of our valued professionals have been with us since the inception of our company,” states Gabriel. “They are familiar with the high-quality, European Craftsmanship we demand, and bring this to all of our projects they are engaged in.”
Whether it is an executive townhome or a luxury single-family residence, each home is built using premium materials, meticulous workmanship and insight into today’s value-conscious buyers. When consumers began to demand exceptional service, Homes By DeSantis assembled a service team dedicated to exceed all expecta-
tions. And when Homes By DeSantis began to see a trend towards buyers looking to personalize their homes with signature statements, the now extremely successful Homes By DeSantis Design Studio was launched, offering the services of specialized Interior Design Consultants to guide home buyers in creating their ideal family space and dream home.
Current community, Tiffany Hill in Ancaster, Ontario is a proud testament to the success of such thinking. Adjacent to an environmentally protected nature reserve, Tiffany Hill represents affordable upscale living, combining modern shopping facilities with traditional lifestyle values. Here where bungalows and 2-storey homes range from 1500 sq ft to over 2800 sq ft on large lots, homeowners are presented with customizing options to build to suit their personal style. This community demanded luxury at a value-driven price point and as a result, these homes feature palladian windows, 9′ main floor and vaulted ceilings, spa-inspired ensuites and epicurean kitchens. Earning over 220 awards and recognized in the World’s Top 50, the Toronto boutique firm of IIbyIV, beautifully executed the company’s vision to design magically and think practically. Custom millwork adorns precious loft and great room spaces creating functional, useable spaces for family members. Furniture and fixtures tastefully done, create a modern space for both the entertaining and practical families of today.
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