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Housing counsellor gives an objective perspective to seniors housing

Choosing a retirement home can be an emotional experience for seniors and their families. Stittsville’s Suzanne Mondoux wants to make the process of finding a senior’s residence less stressful for everybody.

Mondoux is a housing counselor with Visavie, a Quebec-based housing advisory service for seniors and their families that helps them select a retirement home. She meets with families to assess their needs, recommends a short list from over 60 accredited homes in the Ottawa area, and shows the facilities to the families.

“I’m there as an advocate, and to champion, and to make sure the right questions are asked and the right questions have been asked,” says Mondoux.

“It’s comparable to a real estate agent. As a housing counsellor, this is a very emotional journey that we take someone through. I’ve seen people cry from the adult children to the seniors themselves,” she says.

“And it’s not always a bad reason. Sometimes it’s relief that ‘finally I’m going to have someone look after me, I’m going to have acceptance’.”

There’s no charge for families to use the service. Visavie earns a commission from retirement homes that that they have a contract with.

Mondoux says there’s a wide variety of homes in Ottawa to match a wide variety of needs.

“It’s finding the geographic area, the financial needs and medical needs as a person progresses. It can range from $2,000/month to $10,000/month. Care-wise, there are differences. Some help with laundry, some don’t. Some do meds administration, some don’t. Some will have cognitive care units, some will have more of a physical care unit, some may have both,” she says.

Canada’s aging demographic is creating new challenges and opportunities for businesses, says Mondoux.

“We’re five team members plus a regional director. We are growing because the need is there. If we work together we can help the seniors in our community,” she says.

Mondoux, originally from Nova Scotia, used to work at a retirement residence as a leasing and marketing manager. She believes there is a need for more retirement residences in the Stittsville/Kanata area.

“Some have higher occupancy than others. That could be due to many things like pricing, or somebody needing a specific care that another doesn’t offer. I do think there can be more, and I think we’ll see focus to more higher-care needs because people are living longer,” she says.

You can reach Mondoux at 613-897-7069 or smondoux@visavie.com.


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The charming story behind Potter’s Key, the name of Minto’s new community

Minto’s new Stittsville development will be called “Potter’s Key”, named after Ethel May Potter who owned the two-acre lot at 209 Carp Road almost 60 years ago.

The name was suggested by Debbie Eastop, a long-time Stittsville resident. When she found out about Minto’s contest to name the development, she says she knew “right away” what it should be called. Continue reading


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Reverie revived? Stalled condo project could continue later this year

UPDATE: The sale to the new owners closed earlier this summer; they plan to continue the development as per the approved plans, rather than start the approval process from scratch. Building could start up again in the next 6-8 months.

QUICK FACTS

  • Construction on Reverie Quarters has been on hold since late  2013.
  • New owners expected to take over stalled condo project this spring.
  • Two units were sold but both buyers have been refunded.
Reverie Quarters, January 2015. Photo by Barry Gray
Reverie Quarters, January 2015. Photo by Barry Gray

 

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Last chance to name Minto’s new Stittsville community (sponsored)

Minto is asking Stittsville residents to help name their new community just north of Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  They’re holding a naming contest with a $500 prize to Brown’s Independent up for grabs.

The naming contest deadline of January 11 is approaching quickly.  You can enter the contest at www.mintostittsville.com.

Minto’s community is just west of the existing Jackson Trails, and sales are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2015.  The community will include 450 homes, with about 60% single homes and 40% townhomes.   It’s Minto’s first development in Stittsville.

Minto says this contest is a chance to be a part of Stittsville history. The company has been involved in residential development in Ottawa for almost 60 years and this is their first development in Stittsville.

Minto calls the new development a “master-planned communtiy”, which will include a large neighbourhood park.  It’s also close to shops and services, transit and nature.

Minto is also building the nearby Arcadia neighbourhood in Kanata, just north of the Queensway along Huntmar.

For updates on the new Stittsville community and special offers, you can sign up to Minto’s email newsletter at www.mintostittsville.com.

(Article sponsored by Minto.)


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Mixed results for Stittsville real estate in 2014

Gord McCormick is a Stittsville-based broker of record with Oasis Realty Brokerage and a senior member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

Stittsville’s population continued to grow this year with a great deal of new construction homes built and even more developments and projects on the horizon. New and updated amenities, infrastructure and services have also been added. (Although these never seem to come fast enough for many of us!) Continue reading


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Minto asks residents to help name new Stittsville community (sponsored)

Minto is asking Stittsville residents to help name their new community just north of Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  They’re holding a naming contest with a $500 prize to Brown’s Independent up for grabs.

Minto’s community is just west of the existing Jackson Trails, and sales are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2015.  The community will include 450 homes, with about 60% single homes and 40% townhomes.   It’s Minto’s first development in Stittsville.

The naming contest is open now and runs until January 11, 2015.  You can enter the contest at www.mintostittsville.com.

Minto says this contest is a chance to be a part of Stittsville history. The company has been involved in residential development in Ottawa for almost 60 years and this is their first development in Stittsville.

Minto calls the new development a “master-planned communtiy”, which will include a large neighbourhood park.  It’s also close to shops and services, transit and nature.

Minto is also building the nearby Arcadia neighbourhood in Kanata, just north of the Queensway along Huntmar.

For updates on the new Stittsville community and special offers, you can sign up to Minto’s email newsletter at www.mintostittsville.com.

(Article sponsored by Minto.)


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ROUND 2: Residents in Fairwinds get set for another round of blasting

UPDATE NOVEMBER 11: Melissa Côté from Tartan Homes tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that the blasting will begin sometime between December 2-8, and last approximately 50 working days, or two-and-a-half months.


Some residents living on the western side of Fairwinds have received letters about upcoming blasting in the Poole Creek Village area.

The blasting is part of housing construction by Tartan and Tamarack for the Poole Creek Village subdivision.  We’ve asked both companies for information about when (and how long) the blasting will occur and will update this post when we hear back.
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New construction, fewer government moves, hurt Stittsville housing market

The average resale price of residential homes and condos in Stittsville was down by about 3% overall in August on a year-over-year basis compared to 2013.

Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014
Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for Stittsville for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014

 (Note: Stittsville North = north of Hazeldean, Central = between Hazeldean and Abbott, South = south of Abbott)

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When that blasted blasting near Johnwoods/Maple Grove will stop

Residents near Johnwoods/Maple Grove will be happy to hear that the blasting work is scheduled to end within a couple of weeks.

The latest estimate from Mattamy Homes is that the majority of the work will be completed by September 17, according to Daniel Potechin, a construction manager with the developer.

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