On the rural outskirts of Canada's answer to Silicon Valley, where Google employees bike to work or catch a ride on the new state-of-the-art light-rail transit system, a new luxury apartment complex is changing the way we think about accessible living.
This is Joseph's Place, a stunning four-storey rental complex with 78 beautifully appointed suites in the small community of Breslau, Ont., just outside the bustling Kitchener-Waterloo technology hub and close to Waterloo International Airport.
"It's worry-free living," said Adam Kitchener, founder and owner of the UNLIMITED Residential Living property management company. "You can sell your house or sell your condo, move into Joseph's Place and live an easy, breezy life."
Joseph's Place is part of a larger trend that has seen several purpose-built luxury rental developments in southern Ontario with all the amenities of luxury condos but none of the hassles of home ownership. There are no monthly maintenance fees here, no leaky faucets to fix, and no condo board to contend with.
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"Our aim is to make life simple yet splendid, without a large capital outlay," said Adam Kitchener, whose company is managing Joseph's Place on behalf of the builder, Reid's Heritage Properties, and its partner AJDL Investments.
"We are trying to create a new style of rental that offers tenants a better living experience."
All of the units at Joseph's Place come with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-suite laundry, nine-foot ceilings and vinyl plank flooring. Units range from cozy one-bedrooms to a variety of two- and three-bedroom floorpans with up to 1,305 square feet of space.
Workers are finalizing the building's interior, which will also include a fully-stocked fitness room with weights, exercise bikes and treadmills; a spacious common social room with kitchen and sitting areas; a community garden; and fully-accessible elevators, chair lifts and secure, controlled entry.
Joseph's Place is named after Joseph Hagey, an early pioneer in the area and leading figure in the local Mennonite church. The apartment complex is located in the heart of the region's quiet, peaceful Mennonite community and is within walking distance of Breslau Mennonite Church.
"We cater to the growing needs of young professionals, families, seniors and all those looking for better rentals, better service and better living," said Adam Kitchener.
"We work tirelessly to offer our tenants a service that cannot be beaten. In the end, it's not our high-end finishes, beautiful landscaping and top-notch locations that make us different. It's the way we make our tenants feel. We bring a sense of home to our buildings."
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To help residents move into their new home, Joseph's Place is partnering with a realty group that makes the process of staging and selling their existing property simple and easy.
"We do that for you," said Adam Kitchener. "We have painters, stagers and furniture companies we can connect you with to really make it a hands-off experience.
"And then once they've moved in, they have a hands-off experience from that point forward."
The community of Breslau is a bucolic town of 4,000 people a short drive or bike ride from Kitchener, home of Google's largest research and development office in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo — one of the world's top science, technology, engineering and math institutions — are both within easy travel times.
Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is also close by, along with the charming rural community of St. Jacobs, whose expansive farmers market and Broadway-style theatre draw thousands of visitors each year.
Quality of life at Joseph's Place is further boosted by local parks and trails, including the Stanley Park Conservation Area, and access to the historic Grand River. Monthly rents start in the $1,600s, with no hidden fees.
Applications are available now, with occupancy expected in November 2020. Space is limited, and future residents are encouraged to reserve their space right away.
"Our overall goal is to build communities," said Adam Kitchener. "Joseph's Place is a rental experience unlike anything else in the region. It's a wonderful alternative to home ownership that doesn't require making any compromises.
"This is luxury living at its best, with all the amenities of a large city and all the charm of a small town. We can't wait to welcome the newest members of this beautiful, friendly, inclusive community."
Joseph's Place is located at 208 Woolwich Street South, Breslau. For more information and to reserve your space, visit joesphsplacebreslau.com