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From local living updates to lifestyle and decor inspiration, we shared a lot of content with our Empire subscribers across Ontario, Texas and Atlanta last year. And while we can’t wait to start sharing exciting new stories with you in 2021, we thought we’d first take a look back at some of the posts that most inspired you in 2020. Here’s to a brighter year ahead!

10. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Brantford, Ontario that Make it a Great Place to Live

Perhaps best known as the hometown of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, Brantford, Ontario has proudly owned its connection to one of Canada’s finest. But Brantford’s tie with The Great One is only the tip of the ice when it comes to bragging rights.

9. Benefits of Having a Home with a Garage

Potential buyers in Atlanta will sometimes ask why garages are a standard feature in our new Intown communities, so we took this opportunity to share the numerous benefits to owning a home with a private garage, from from the long-term advantage of boosting the value of your home, to everyday merits that protect your assets and improve your home’s functionality.

8. Why Haldimand is a Great Place to Live

Home to communities Avalon and Livingston in Southwestern Ontario, Haldimand County is brimming with natural beauty and growing opportunity. In 2019, Macleans tapped Haldimand as one of the best places to live in Canada, and in this post, we shared what sets this community apart.

7. 4 Reasons to Call a Master-Planned Community Home

Texans are blessed with countless beautiful master-planned communities in top cities like Houston, Austin and San Antonio. From location and connection to amenities and fun recreation opportunities, we shared some of the best reasons why it’s worth calling a master-planned community home.

6. Fun & Creative Ways to Celebrate Special Occasions During COVID-19

With the world at a standstill, we weren’t able to celebrate with our loved ones the way we’re used to in 2020 — but we thought it shouldn’t stop us from celebrating at all. In this post, we shared fun ideas on how to celebrate every occasion, even with physical distancing measures in place.

 

 

5. Advantages of Bungalow-Style Living

Given that they’re well-suited to a wide range of people, needs and lifestyles, it’s no surprise that bungalow-style homes only continue to grow in popularity — and we enjoyed sharing five of the most significant benefits associated with bungalow-style living.

4. Why Thorold? And Why Now?

Many know Ontario’s Niagara region for its world-famous natural wonder, and now many more have come to know the area as a great place to call home. In this post, we highlighted why the vibrant community of Thorold in the Niagara region was a great place to live.

3. Why Choose a Home with a Walkout Basement

“Is a walkout basement worth it?” is a question we hear often in our presentation centres. And while our answer is always a resounding yes, we put together this blog to help couples and families better understand the merits of choosing a home with a walkout basement.

2. Here’s Why You’ll Love Living on a Ravine Lot

Coveted because of the beautiful scenery and tranquility they add to a property, the possibility for walkout basements or decks and their location on safer streets, some of Riverland‘s newest residents discovered the beauty of ravine lot living last year.

 

1. How to Read a Floor Plan

All first-time homebuyers can agree: when in the process of purchasing a new home, you can never have enough guides. Our handy how-to on floor plans broke down everything from major elements to style information and commonly-used abbreviations to help distinguish these two-dimensional drawings.

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