PACE Developments: Urban north In south barrie

PACE Developments breaks ground on its successful family-focused outdoor lifestyle development.

The new Urban North community in Barrie, Ont., developed by PACE Developments is not only perfectly named, but perfectly positioned, given the exodus from dense metropolitan areas due to the pandemic and the re-examination of lifestyles many families are now taking. It is this focus on families that designed the Urban North community, because family is the story of PACE Developments.

Yvonne Sciavilla and daughter Pamela Ventresca are among the forces behind PACE Developments, an award-winning builder with more than 30 years’ experience and a strong focus on artisanship and quality in its developments. The developer has a strong passion and commitment to customer satisfaction in treating homeowners with kindness and respect, just like family.

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This was never more evident than in the marketing and selling of the gorgeous townhomes that make up the Urban North community, which demonstrated the deep understanding the PACE team has in a family’s desire for homeownership.

PACE instituted The Right PACE Deposit Structure, allowing buyers to put down a deposit amortized over 18 months, so they could make monthly payments instead of having to put down a sizeable one-time deposit. PACE was also sympathetic to the changing financial realities, which affected everyone when the pandemic hit. PACE gave buyers a three-month deferral on those monthly payments during the initial lockdown and helped hundreds of its clients continue their dreams of homeownership.

“We wanted them to realize their dreams of homeownership,” says Ventresca. “We want to see people move into their homes because they’ve joined our family when they buy a home from us, so we try to treat everyone like family. There is nothing more rewarding than building a family home, and we treat every single buyer as an individual.”

“There is nothing more Rewarding than building a Family home, and we treat every Single buyer as an individual” — Pamela Ventresca

PACE Developments recently celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the community, which will feature over 900 townhomes and several future high-rise condominiums, located at Mapleview Drive and Yonge Street in South Barrie in a planned neighbourhood surrounded by nature and adjacent to the South Barrie GO Station. The location is ideal to handle the migration from the major population centres due to affordability issues and the search for more space many families are now undertaking because of the pandemic.

“The amenities and community infrastructure in South Barrie are just exploding due to the area’s popularity,” says Ventresca. “The millennial buyer, unfortunately, is being priced out of the GTA market, and markets like Barrie are booming because of their affordability. People’s perception of Barrie used to be, ‘It’s so far away,’ and ‘There’s nothing there,’ but when they come here, they realize how wonderful it already is and that there’s an entire world here.”

Urban North represents the best of both worlds. With its adjacency to the Barrie GO Station, homeowners can walk there directly via a newly built pathway. Buyers are moving north from the density of the city without giving up the access and conveniences of modern and affordable urban living, yet are gaining the freedom that comes with the surrounding nature, and an outdoor and active four-season lifestyle. And with over 700 homes sold in under three years, these amazing features continue to appeal to the masses.

“In 10 minutes, you’re at Lake Simcoe just down the street, and in 20 minutes, you can be on a ski hill,” says Ventresca. “Then, in five minutes, you’re at the GO Station, and in just one hour in downtown Toronto. That’s the accessibility and location of Urban North.”

This focus on family and lifestyles comes naturally from the family-owned and -operated PACE Developments that, while still being a large-scale, masterplanned community builder, takes the time to develop personal relationships with every client to enhance the ultimate home-buying experience.

“To set ourselves apart, PACE Developments strives for excellence in everything we do,” says managing director Sciavilla, whose husband, Dino, as president, and son, Peter Sciavilla, as VP, construction, make PACE a true family team. “We want to give people the nicest home we can at affordable prices. We like to give people a beautiful product that they can then customize with our designers, and our homebuyers simply love that special attention. We’re a family that truly cares about the families we build homes for.”

The Urban North community is another in a long series of successful developments from forward-thinking PACE Developments, which has proven that quality building, attention to detail and a family-focused approach to developing personal customer relationships mean satisfaction at every step of the way in achieving the dream of home ownership.

2020 | The Nationals Silver Awards — “Best Presentation Centre” for Urban North, PACE Developments

2020 | The Nationals Silver Awards — “Best Special Promotion” for Urban North, PACE Developments

2020 | The Nationals Silver Awards — “Best Digital Marketing Campaign” for Urban North, PACE Developments

2019 | SCHBA Awards of Creative Excellence – “Project of the Year” for Urban North, PACE Developments

2019 | CHBA National Awards – Winner: “Sales Office – Low-rise” for Urban North, PACE Developments

2019 | BILD Awards — Winner: “Best Project Branding + Identity, Low-Rise” for Urban North, PACE Developments

30 Wertheim Crt., Unit 4, Bldg A, Richmond Hill, Ont.

700 Mapleview Dr. East, Barrie, Ont.

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