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  Westwood VillageThe Andover Trails area of London has been expanding in the last few years. We saw the Wonderland Shopping area develop quickly and new homes and neighborhoods have been sprouting up. Here you get old neighborhood charm meeting the beauty and modern amenities from new home neighborhoods. That is where Sifton Properties Limited has built the beautiful new neighborhood, Westwood Village. Westwood Village is made up of one floor condos, which are favorable because they’re easy to maintain. Plus, you don’t have to worry about landscaping and snow removal. It’s the perfect option for those who are too busy or who prefer spending their time doing things they enjoy. It’s situated off of Southdale, which means that there is easy access to the Highways, but is tucked away enough from the humdrum of the main road. It’s nestled in a beautiful neighborhood that backs onto beautiful wooded trails. It’s in a a great location that is close to many of the great amenities that London offers. Take a look at the beautiful homes and the great neighborhood that Westwood Village has to offer:

The Homes

There are a total of 30 units in Westwood Village. They’re all Sifton builds, which means that you’re getting beautifully well-crafted homes that have had every detail thought through. Because Sifton is an environmentally conscious builder, they’re all Energy Star rated homes. There are four different floor layouts, but they’re all one floor condos. They start at the low $300’s. Depending on the layout, these are the incredible details in these homes: Westwood Village: The Homes
  • Open concept floor plans means great space for entertaining, and no one gets stuck disconnected in the kitchen away from the rest of the family.
  • A separated pantry gives you more space in the kitchen and lets you organize your food in a way that makes it easier for you to see what you have before running to the grocery store.
  • Spacious walk-in closets make mornings that much easier.
  • Large Master suites with stunning ensuites give you a retreat from long, hard days.
  • A large deck in the backyard is perfect summer barbecues and enjoying the sunshine.
  • Gas fireplaces keep the winter nights cozy and give your stockings a place to hang for Santa.
  • His and hers walk in closets is the height of luxury.
  • A covered porch is a perfect place to welcome people into your home or to sit and watch the peaceful neighborhood.
  • A separate den is a great place to read undistracted or to turn into a theater room.
  • Raised tray ceilings give your living room that “wow” factor.
  • A cafe area makes the perfect breakfast nook.
  • A main floor laundry is convenient.

Location

In my humble opinion, there is no better city to live in than London Ontario. We’re called the forest city for a reason—there are nature trails, parks, and and so many green spaces located all throughout the city, which means that hikers, nature lovers, bird watchers, and those who just love being outside are always a short distance from a place that they’ll love. And as much as we have green spaces, we also have a lot of shopping districts throughout different areas of the city. If you’re looking for entertainment or a really great restaurant, you’re sure to be able to find something in your area of the city. And as for getting from one side of the city to the other, it’s relatively quick (unless it’s the dreaded construction season, which we all loath). It really is a great city to live in. This means that the biggest factor into deciding where to live is more about what area suits your lifestyle the best. Westwood Village is located on Southdale Road right between Wonderland and Wharncliffe, which means that you’re close to some of London’s most major road veins, so getting places is a snap. The Westwood Village community is tucked in off the main road and is surrounded by a beautiful forested area, so you’re far enough away from the busyness of a major road. It’s also an ideal location if your job includes frequent travel or if you have a cottage that you go to on weekends throughout the summer because it’s has super easy access to Highway 401 and Highway 402. Westwood Village: Location It’s a very short distance from the Westwood shopping Center. The Wonderland shopping center is a haven for home essentials as it has Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Winners, Home Sense, Bed Bath & Beyond, Mastermind Toys, Urban Barn, Jysk, Marshalls, Sport Chek, and more. The Westmount Shopping Centre is also very close by, which means that if you’re in the mood for a night of entertainment, Cineplex and their VIP theater is just a short drive away. Basically, when it comes to home essentials, toys, entertainment, and clothing, you’re located in a great spot in London. If you enjoy dining out, then you’ll enjoy the many delicious restaurants nearby like Milestones, Eastside Marios, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, Marble Slab Creamery, Swiss Chalet, and Palasad. Plus, all of your weekly errands can be done quickly and efficiently because it’s situated close to two grocery stores and a Shoppers Drug Mart. Westwood Village is also an incredible location for those who enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. Movati Athletic and Fit4Less are just around the corner, so if you’re really into the routine of going to a gym throughout the year, you have two great choices that are so close to home, it’s easy to fit it into your daily schedule. Not only that, but there are multiple walking trails and beautiful parks close by, so if taking to the great outdoors for your exercise is more of your thing, you’ll love living here. Westwood Village: Location If you’re looking for a great place to raise a family, then Westwood Village is an incredible choice. The nearby amenities and parks are one reason why it’s an incredible choice, but it’s also because of the many great schools in the area. Both French immersion, English speaking, and Catholic schools are close by. For Elementary there is W. Sherwood Fox, Arthur Ford, Kensal Park, Jean Vanier and St. Jude. For Secondary there is Saunders, Mother Teresa, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Catholic Center. You have plenty of options to pick the best choices for your kids without worrying about a long commute for them. You hear it all the time: location is key when it comes to buying a home. So when it comes to Andover Trails, with a location like that, it make the decision an easy one for you. It’s close to many amenities, it has easy access to the Highways, it’s close to many schools, it’s nestled within green space, and it’s in a growing part of the city.

Sifton

Sifton Properties Limited is a family business through and through. It started in 1923 with Harry Sifton. He built his first house in London at 587 Rosedale Avenue. That house is still standing today. He started to build multiple homes at one time, and within eight years he grew to building 20 homes a year. After building around five hundred houses, he passed the company and he legacy on to his son, Mowbray. Mowbray had big plans for Sifton Properties Limited. He started accumulated masses of land in order to bring their home building business into the land development business as well. This way, they could not just build a house, but build communities and homes. Westwood Village: Sifton Sifton has always been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the construction industry. They’re always innovating in the design of the homes, the materials being used, and the different forms of housing. In fact, they have even diversified into retail, office, and industrial construction, giving them a thorough understanding of every aspect of the construction industry. With over 90 years of homebuilding experience under their belts, they’ve had a number of incredible accomplishments to be proud of. They’re dozens and dozens of awards are impressive. They’ve won numerous energy efficiency and green building awards. They’ve won multiple awards for creative excellence. For six years in a row they were awarded the Best Home Builder Award in the Best of London Awards. They even built London’s very first triple labeled green home back in 2010. Sifton is a family company that pushes the boundaries of the construction industry. They’re a builder that looks to build green and energy efficient. They’re a builder that is always offering the very best of themselves and will continue to look for ways to improve the building industry.

Buying New

When looking to purchase a home, you’re confronted with the option of whether or not you want to opt for a new build, or not. When it comes to older homes, you’re getting a well established neighborhood, big trees that can have tire swings tied to them, usually a nice sized backyard, and you don’t have to worry about your neighborhood being a construction zone for the next few years. That being said, there are a number of benefits that come with choosing a new home. One of the biggest advantages when you buy a new home is the quality of construction. New homes are built to a higher standard as the building industry has changed with time and safety measures have been increased. New techniques and new technologies have taken the timeless craftsmanship of building a home and made it even better. New homes are also built for function and convenience. Builders take into consideration things like the flow of the kitchen and how to give you maximum efficiency. New homes are created with open concepts, lots of light, laundry spaces that are function and in convenient locations, rather than shoved down in the basement, and so much more usable space. There are more options for what you do with the inside of the home when it’s open and less compartmentalized like old homes were. The bottom line is that new homes are created for living. Westwood Village: Buying New Your new home is…new. And everything inside and on the outside of it is new. Buying a new home means that you don’t have to worry about re-doing the roof or making any major repairs for many years to come. Plus maintaining your home to keep in in really good condition so that you don’t have to do major repairs is easier than ever because of today’s improved building products and better designs. So when you buy your home it’ll be in good working condition is for years and years and years to come. Another big reason is energy efficiency. Advances in the construction industry means energy efficient homes. From the appliances with in and the lights that use to the insulation and the windows, they are all created to be as energy efficient as possible. This translates to saving money on your energy bills, and it also means improved air quality within the home. As previously mentioned, new homes are also built to a higher standard, which means that they are safer than ever. New homes are now built with hard-wired smoke detectors, electrical circuit protectors and even safety glass. Westwood Village: Buying New Another big advantage is aesthetics. As much as old stone houses look beautiful, it takes a LOT of time and money and work to get the insides looking modern and stylish. In your new home you can get gorgeous finishes that are reasonably priced: laminate flooring that looks like hardwood, quartz and concrete countertops can look just as stunning as marble and granite. Builders these days are giving customers beautiful homes with lots of curb appeal, and stunning interiors, because they’re paying attention to all of the little details when designing the homes and are using beautiful finishes throughout. Well planned communities is another big advantage with new home builds. Whether you’re getting in on the first phase of the construction, or the last, you know that you’re going to be getting a home that is in a well-thought out community, with amenities, shopping, restaurants, and more close by, or soon-to-be close by.