You may have heard of Antrim Glen—it’s the Adult Lifestyle Land Lease Community nestled in the rolling hills of Freelton, ON in rural Flamborough.I
n this idyllic country setting there are 289 detached bungalows surrounded by conservation areas and farmland. Pride of ownership is obvious as soon as you enter the community as the homes are lovingly maintained, with manicured lawns and gardens. And one advantage of buying at Antrim Glen is that the homes are typically more affordable than those outside the community, making it popular with downsizing seniors.
Home ownership in Canada generally fits into one of 3 models. The first is Freehold, where the house and the land are owned by the resident. The second is Condominium, where the resident owns their unit, owns the common areas jointly with others, and pays a monthly fee to the condo corporation. The third is Land Lease.
With Land Lease the home is owned by the resident who in turn pays a monthly fee to the land owner for leasing the land.
The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) applies in Ontario when a house on leased land is purchased. At Antrim Glen, most residents sign a new lease.
In Antrim Glen, the landlord is Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc., the leading operator, developer and owner of more than 55 residential, and 35 recreational resort communities across Canada.
Monthly fees include maintenance, and property tax. Parkbridge maintains the common elements such as the clubhouse, pool, water pumps, lighting, and provides snow clearance on the roads. Homeowners are responsible for maintaining their individual homes.
At the hub of the vibrant, friendly social scene is The Glen, the 12,000 square foot community recreation centre. It features a meeting hall, lounge, library, billiards, workshop, gym, sauna, and outdoor saltwater pool.
There are many organized activities and events such as card games, clubs, exercise groups, dances, and seasonal parties.
Jen & I have experience brokering many Land Lease transactions including at Martin Grove Village in Waterloo, Cherry Hill at Vineland, and Antrim Glen in Freelton.
Antrim Glen is located halfway between Cambridge and Hamilton, with access to the 401 and 403.
The 200 acres of Antrim Glen and Beverly Hills were formerly farmland producing alfalfa, corn, grain, hay, and red clover, along with livestock including pigs, chickens, and Holstein cattle supplying milk to Silverwood’s dairy. William Russell Waller purchased the land in the late 1800s, and farmed it until the 1930s, with operations continuing up to 1968.
Gerry Maguire was one of the original partners in the Antrim Glen development after emigrating to Canada from Northern Ireland, and the community owes its name to the Glens of Antrim, in County Antrim. The Nine Glens are:
- Glenarm – Glen of the Army
- GlenLoy – Glen of the Hedges
- Glenariff – the Arable Glen
- Glenballyeamon – Edward’s Town Glen
- Glenaan – the Glen of the Colt’s Foot
- Glencorp – Glen of the Slaughtered
- Glendun – Glen of the Brown River
- Glenshesk – Glen of the Reeds or Sedges
- Glentaisie – Glen of the Princess Taisie of Rathlin Isle
Antrim Glen’s street names are also inspired by places in Country Antrim:
Armoy is a small village on the River Bush. In recent years Armoy has been host to a road race known as the “Race of Legends”
Crumlin, (Croimglhlinn or) Crooked Glen sits at the head of the Camlin River
Dunadry is a small village previously known as Dunedergel
Eden is a settlement on the edge of Carrickfergus, birthplace of international footballer William John Irvine.
Emerald for Isle (aka Ireland)
Garron (Tower) is a cliff-top Victorian castle
Glenariff, is the largest of the Glens
Glenarm is named after the (southernmost) Glen in which it lies. Glenarm Castle is the ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim.
Kilroot, the town of the same name is on the mouth of Belfast Lock
Ballycastle, Town of the Castle
Bushmill(s), watermill on the River Bush, famous for the Old Bushmills Distillery, founded in 1784 is still in operation
Gracehill (Village) was founded in 1765
Kells, (Na Cealla) is a village near Ballymena. Best known for the Kells Abbey and the Book of Kells manuscripts produced from the 6th through the 9th centuries.
Portrush – favourite holiday destination, on a mile-long peninsula extending into the Atlantic
The Antrim Coast & Glens are an excellent example of the magnificent scenery of Northern Ireland, and were designated in 1988 as an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB), the intent being to conserve and enhance the landscape. This area includes Rathlin Island, the coastal area between Larne and Ballycastle, and the Glens of Antrim.
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