Some might say it’s like living in another place and time.
But that’s not all they would say about Stonebridge by the Bay, the unique residential complex and community in Wasaga Beach that’s still going strong after 12 years of work and planning.
Just six years ago, Stonebridge by the Bay was mostly a vision and untamed green space.
Now, however, the project is entering Phase 5 of its ongoing evolution.
The focus remains the same – a bustling community of engaged and connected residents and businesses that are taking advantage of the “changing-your-lifestyle-for-the-better” mentality.
Stone gates mark the entrance to Stonebridge by the Bay where the architecture reflects a mix of 1920s Wasaga Beach and Cape Cod design sentiments.
The riverside community is connected by 2.1 kilometres of walking trails, which lead to other homes and a commercial area called the Stonebridge Town Centre.
This town centre feature makes Stonebridge an almost self-contained community within the larger town of Wasaga Beach. The centre has restaurants such as Harvey’s-Swiss Chalet, Boston Pizza, major retailers such as the Wal-Mart Superstore, EB Games, The Source, Living Lighting, an optometrist, a dentist and a Canada Trust branch. And more shops are planned.
It’s quite common to see people cycling and strolling through the community, often meeting for social events held by residents, taking in live music at a restaurant, doing a little shopping, or using the medical and professional services. And it’s all within walking distance, as is the world-famous beach.
There are nearly 23 acres of open space parkland, which include two ponds and shady tree-covered areas to relax in. Over the years, in fact, Stonebridge has added the free long-weekend Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, featuring Canada’s best in blues including Downchild, Jack de Keyzer and Paul James.
Complementing the park experience is the luxurious and private Stonebridge Beach Club, billed as a great place to relax, entertain and further foster a sense of community.
Backing on to the Nottawasaga River, the club features breathtaking views, a patio, a lounge, meeting room and a stunning fireplace. Homeowners also have exclusive use of an outdoor, heated, saltwater pool, complete with cabana.
Stonebridge by the Bay homes also have Energy Star-certified features such as low-E argon-filled windows, extra insulation, a high efficiency two-stage furnace, and a high-efficiency heat recovery ventilator.
Complementing the existing mix of housing styles, including bungalows and two-storey villas, Phase 5 will feature low-rise condominiums with two-bedroom suites and the only condo apartment building in Wasaga Beach with covered parking.
And the new models, according to Stonebridge marketing, will back onto the trails and woodlots, so “you’ll be surrounded by beauty.”
Also, some of the standard features at Stonebridge, offered by developer Hamount Investments Ltd., include other builders’ upgrades which are aimed at enhancing the homeowners’ living space and lifestyle.
Dubbed “the total package,” Stonebridge continues to help reinvent Wasaga Beach – while giving homeowners there the opportunity to reinvent themselves at the same time.
“Stonebridge has been designed as pedestrian-friendly, active community that offers residents more than just a collection of houses.”
In other words, then: The total package.