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ENVIE – Lack of student housing led to condos

ENVIE – Lack of student housing led to condos

A fresh approach to student housing that combines real estate investors, highrises, public transit and one of Ottawa’s hot spots for condominium developments is set to launch Sept. 28. That’s when Envie Student, a new wing of Ashcroft Homes, holds its VIP launch for the first of two student residence towers.

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ENVIE – Capital Hall in Ottawa is easing pressure on student housing needs near Carleton University

ENVIE – Capital Hall in Ottawa is easing pressure on student housing needs near Carleton University

As fall approaches, undergraduate students are gearing up to go back to school. For many first-time students, leaving home and heading off to university may be their first taste of independence, complete with cooking, cleaning and (finally) learning how to do laundry. However, an unprecedented shortage of off-campus housing has driven up costs in the rental market, causing many parents to consider purchasing units for their children as an investment.

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THE NEXT – Imaginative Central Park vision viewed favourably

THE NEXT – Imaginative Central Park vision viewed favourably

Ashcroft Homes’ vision for the remaining undeveloped lands in its Central Park community consists of a serpentine ‘main street’ running parallel to Merivale Road, bordered by several mixed-use buildings – four of which will be 18 stories or higher, perched on top of broader podiums.

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RE – Designer at work

RE – Designer at work

When an internationally acclaimed designer puts her stamp on Ottawa, it’s worth taking a look. Anna Simone, founding partner in Cecconi Simone, a Toronto-based design firm, is creating excitement at 106 Sparks Street.

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QWEST – A Workable Plan for Les Soeurs Site

QWEST – A Workable Plan for Les Soeurs Site

It’s amazing what people can accomplish when they work together on intensification instead of engaging in the usual war against development. The controversial redevelopment of a former convent property in Westboro is much closer to becoming reality thanks to an unusual collaboration by the developer, area residents and a city-appointed panel of heritage, design and architectural experts.

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