Reinvent yourself at Stonebridge by the Bay in Wasaga Beach

Stonebridge by the Bay is the whole package — a community that, while helping to reinvent Wasaga Beach, gives you the opportunity to reinvent yourself.

That’s the vision for Stonebridge by the Bay, a complete pedestrian-friendly, active community that offers residents more than just a collection of houses. This is a place to call home year round, where you can let the 2.1 km of trails guide you to the commercial area or through the 22.75 acres of open space parkland, including two ponds — nature is a partner at Stonebridge by the Bay.

Because Stonebridge works with nature, not against it, you’ll also find naturalized areas, tree-lined boulevards which host mature trees that you can enjoy now, not in 25 years. More than 250 trees have been planted so far. Many of the homes back on to parkland, enhancing the sense of privacy.

Distinctive stone gates mark the entrance to Stonebridge by the Bay, which will consist of 353 homes — freehold bungalows and two-storey villas. The architecture takes its cues from 1920s Wasaga Beach, Cape Cod, other coastal communities, and American architect Robert Stern.

Inspired façades may feature, depending on the model, high-pitched roofs, maintenance-free Hardie board trim, bell lines, stone accents, columns, cedar-shake like trim, recessed walls, decorative trim, sidelights, transoms, covered balconies, covered porches, decorative windows, Juliet balconies, peaked dormers, and turrets.

Homes in Phase I and Phase II are sold out. Phase III and IV homes are now for sale and under construction, with some homes already occupied. Phase IV will offer double car garages in raised bungalow loft designs. This community is well under way, with the salt water swimming pool and Beach House completed and open for resident’s enjoyment.

All homes at Stonebridge by the Bay feature 9-foot smooth main floor ceilings, extended-height, custom kitchen cabinets, ceramic tile in the foyer, kitchen, and bathrooms, 40-oz or Berber broadloom, and 5 1/2” baseboard trim.

Stonebridge by the Bay homes will also have ENERGY STAR features such as low E argon-filled windows, extra insulation, a high efficiency two-stage furnace, and a high-efficiency heat recovery ventilator.

Interiors have been designed to bring the beach inside. These open-concept plans may have coffered ceilings, combined living/dining rooms, breakfast bars, full master ensuites, deep walk-in closets, French doors, second floor study lofts, raised ceilings, main or second floor laundry areas, country kitchens, half-walls, garden doors, vaulted ceilings, and open-to-above areas (with loft option).

Your home exists beyond your front door, that’s why Stonebridge extends your living space into a charming, well appointed enclave. The private Beach Club features a stone fireplace, full kitchen, expansive verandas, landscaped grounds, and more; it will be a great place to relax, entertain, and foster a sense of community. Owners also have exclusive use of an outdoor, heated saltwater pool area, complete with cabana.

This 95-acre neighbourhood — 12 years in the making — already has the Stonebridge Town Centre, which features restaurants, major retailers, an optometrist, a dentist and a bank, with more amenities planned. All structures, from professional buildings, to streetlights, are designed to fit seamlessly into the community for a cohesive and inviting feel.

More plans for this unique neighbourhood include a new 20,000 square-foot Wasaga Beach Public Library, expected to include computers for public access, archival materials, meeting rooms, and children’s programs. The library will be the cultural centre of of Stonebridge by the Bay, drawing residents from throughout Wasaga Beach. The Music Pavilion, overlooking Walden Pond, hosts a free, weekly concert series, “Art by the Pond”, throughout the summer months. This summer, the pavilion was host to three spectacular music festivals, featuring musicians such as Carroll Baker, Jimmy Rankin and The Legendary Downchild Blues Band. The festivals were free and everyone was invited.

Stonebridge by the Bay is a special neighbourhood that respects history and encourages creativity. To get a true sense of this community visit the presentation centre, located in the Stonebridge Town Centre, Stonebridge Blvd. and Sandy Coast Cres. in Wasaga Beach. It’s open Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., Friday by appointment only, and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Margaret Byrne at 1-877-420-0880 or 705-422-0880.