COVID-19 Updates

A note on the COVID-19 outbreak:   Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 Here at Activa, we’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. While we’ve been deemed an ‘Essential’ Service, the health and safety of our customers, employees, and partners is paramount during this time. That’s why we’ve taken the appropriate steps to keep YOU safe all…

The Science Behind Our ENERGY STAR® Homes

When buying a new home with Activa, you will likely be introduced to our ENERGY STAR® standards, but beyond the cost savings and contributing toward a healthier planet, an ENERGY STAR® certified home has plenty of perks for your comfort. Homeowner well-being is of the utmost importance to us, which is why we’re committed to…

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7 fun things to do at home on family day

Going out on Family Day can seem like a great idea until you remember how many businesses are closed, and that whatever is open will likely be overcrowded with families who had the same idea. Plus, the typical wintery weather in February does not always cooperate. That’s why staying at home and spending time with…

Top 5 Interior Design Trends of 2020

2019 offered a variety of design trends like bold and dramatic greens, the resurgence of warmth, mixed metals, patterns and texture, and more! 2019 also said goodbye to millennial pink, mid-century modern décor, and dark walls. To ring in 2020, our Design Studio is celebrating new interior design trends for the start of a new…

Our Communities

Live in the Up-and-Coming City of Cambridge hāvn – New Stacked Condo Towns A new community in Cambridge! hāvn is conveniently located on Isherwood Avenue near shopping, highway access and Dumfries Conservation Area. Immersed in nature, but just steps from local shops is a little piece of hāvn in the heart of this bustling community.…

Community Guide: River Ridge

Love River Ridge? We’re back and building homes in this wonderful community! Get in touch with one of our agents or visit our River Ridge Sales Centre for more information. Peaceful living and winding trails await you. RIVER RIDGE SALES CENTRE & MODEL HOMES Find us at 90 Deer Creek St, Kitchener. We’re open on Mondays and Wednesdays…

Moving Made Simple Step 4: Packing Tips!

At this point in your moving preparation, your priority has been decluttering, cleaning and storing valuables. Its time to start thinking about packing up the rest of your belongings. This task can start to feel daunting and seemingly overwhelming, however we have some great tips from our friend Ange McNamara from Klear Inc. on how to organize…

Moving Step 3: Who’s Helping?

As your moving date approaches, its time to start thinking about how you’re going to transport all your belongings. Are you going to rent a truck and move your belongings with close friends and family, or possibly hire some professional movers? There is alot to consider, with many pros and cons – but not to…

Community Guide: Riverwood

Love Riverwood? Is Riverwood your dream community? Get in touch with one of our agents or visit our Riverwood Sales Centre for more information. Peaceful living and winding trails await you. RIVERWOOD SALES CENTRE & MODEL HOMES Find us at 90 Deer Creek St, Kitchener. We’re open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-7pm, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment, and…

Community Guide: Vista Hills

Love Vista Hills? Is Vista Hills your dream community? Get in touch with one of our agents, or visit our Vista Hills Sales Centre and our Model Homes for more information. A countryside panorama, and both an active and relaxing lifestyle await you! VISTA HILLS SALES CENTRE & MODEL HOMES Find us at 259 Sweet Gale Street, Waterloo. We’re open on…

Product Launch: The 124

Do you know what a complete community is? Activa develops neighbourhoods that not only contain plenty of amenities for homeowners, such as parks, trails, and playgrounds, but also offer a diverse choice of housing options at different price points. Continuing this philosophy into our home building roots, we’re bringing ENERGY STAR® certified stacked and back to back townhomes to Kitchener’s Huron Village. The…

Spring Cleaning Part 2: Getting Organized with Kids

Click here to read part one for tips on how to start your cleaning journey. BY ANGE MCNAMARA Do you find your home being taken over by kids’ clothes, toys, collections and, well, clutter? Once you’ve done your initial spring cleaning, you’ll want to keep your house clean – and more importantly, you want your kids…

Product Launch: Bungalow Loft Condo Towns

Activa, Waterloo Region’s largest and most innovative land developer and home builder, is proud to be releasing a limited amount of bungalow loft condo townhomes (complete with accessibility features) in the well-loved community of Doon South this weekend. Activa strives to offer a quality-built home with stunning standards, in communities that are designed for the way…

Spring Cleaning Part 1: Where Do I Start?

BY ANGE MCNAMARA Now that the weather is getting warmer, you may be thinking about how to declutter your home – and keep it that way. We sat down with Ange McNamara of Klear Inc., who had some useful tips for organizing your home quickly and effectively this spring, so you can spend more time enjoying…

Community Highlight: Doon South

Love Doon South? Is this your dream community? Get in touch with one of our agents, or visit our Doon South Sales Centre and our Model Homes for more information. Natural serenity and welcoming streetscapes await you. DOON SOUTH SALES CENTRE & MODEL HOMES Find us at 653 Thomas Slee Drive, Kitchener. We’re open on Mondays and Wednesdays from…

How to Personalize Your Home

BY MARISSA WARNER The moment you are handed the keys to your newly built home is when it’s time to put your personal touch on your space! Personalizing your home can take many forms, whether it is the furniture you select or meaningful items and photos you decide to display. Making a house come alive…

Product Launch: Condo Towns in Kitchener’s Doon South (Now Sold Out!)

Activa is proud to have a developing philosophy that centres around planning complete communities – a neighbourhood that contains amenities for homeowners, is filled with parks, trails, and playgrounds, and offers a diverse choice of housing options at different price points. To continue this philosophy into our homebuilding roots, we’re bringing some exciting products to Doon South this weekend:…

Community Highlight: Trailside at Grey Silo Gate

Love Trailside at Grey Silo Gate? Is this your dream community? Get in touch with one of our agents or visit our Trailside Sales Centre for more information. A peaceful, relaxing lifestyle awaits you. TRAILSIDE SALES CENTRE Find us at 243 Grey Silo Road, Unit 2, Waterloo. We’re open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-7pm, Thursdays and Fridays by…

Community Highlight: Huron Village

  Love Huron Village? Is this your dream community? Get in touch with one of our sales agents or visit our Huron Village Sales Centre for more information. Your at-home retreat awaits you. HURON VILLAGE SALES CENTRE Find us at 155 Washburn Drive, Kitchener. We’re open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-7pm, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment, and Saturdays…

Designing a Playroom That Works

BY MARISSA WARNER The first few months of the year can cause many of us to feel a little stir-crazy – the weather is traditionally cold and wet, forcing us to spend more time inside! Having a dedicated indoor space for the tiny humans in our lives to explore, create and use their imagination is…

Types of Townhomes

As a builder, we know that when it comes to a home, one size doesn’t fit all – nor does one style! But while the difference between a mid-rise condo and a single detached might be easy to see, one type of home comes in all shapes and sizes: the townhome. Across our communities, we…

7 At-Home Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Making romantic dinner for two sounds wonderful – until you realize that Cupid isn’t going to wash your dishes afterwards. Likewise, since Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, sharing a bottle (or two) of wine might be a questionable decision for those who work on Friday. So, with those factors in mind, we’ve…

What is a Pre-Delivery Inspection?

Fresh paint, stunning floors, sparkly backsplash, cozy lighting and more – and it’s finally yours. Can you picture it? At Activa, we want our homeowners to enjoy the build of their home, and for it to be as stress-free and exciting as possible! Part of this is incorporating plenty of check points throughout the build,…

Top 5 Interior Design Trends of 2019

2018 featured a variety of interior design trends like glam brass accents and velvet furniture, nature-inspired living with woven textures and houseplants, and cozy pieces meant for snuggling up and being comfortable. It also said goodbye to cacti everything, chevron patterns, and white-on-white room design. So, what’s next in 2019? To ring in the start of the year,…

Distinctive Standards: Features + Finishes

Lifestyle comes standard with an Activa home. In our homes, we’re proud to offer high-end finishes as standard, including soaring ceilings, energy efficient products, and stunning finishes that are as beautiful as they are durable. Read on to learn more about what’s included in each of our singles!*   *Standards applicable on single detached homes and…

Holidays at Our Home

BY MARISSA WARNER The holiday season is our favourite time of the year – our family always looks forward to it! We get an opportunity to see family and friends, indulge in our favourite yummy treats and are surrounded by beautiful holiday décor. It is easy to feel like a kid again! We love to…

Humidity in the Home: What it is and Why it Matters

Home ownership comes with new responsibilities. Some are easy to see: shoveling the driveway, cleaning the gutters, and keeping paint fresh and clean. Others are more challenging to detect – like humidity, the amount of water vapour present in the air. Because Activa’s homes are ENERGY STAR® certified, they are built with the highest levels…

New Model Homes in Vista Hills

If you’re considering building with Activa, visiting our NEW Vista Hills model homes is the best place to get to know us. Our models include inspiring finishes that show you just how beautiful your new home can be when you build with us, as well as a look into what our signature, stress-free customer journey is all about. No matter…

ENERGY STAR® and Your Home

If the 2010s had a signature colour, it’d be green. Whether it’s saving money while finding deals online, having ‘plant babies’ fill our home and purify the air, or taking any steps possible to help the environment (goodbye, straws!). But green practices can extend to your home, too. You’re likely familiar with the blue and white symbol…

How the Activa Customer Experience Stands Out

  At Activa, we pride ourselves on doing things differently than other builders – especially when it comes to serving our homeowners! Here are a few things that you can expect to be done differently when building your home with us. It Starts With Our Philosophy Activa builds homes, not houses. We build beautiful and…

Product Launch: Stacked Towns in Kitchener’s Doon South (Now Sold Out!)

A large part of our developing philosophy is planning complete communities – a neighbourhood that contains amenities for homeowners, is filled with parks, trails, and playgrounds, and offers a diverse choice of housing options at different price points. To continue this philosophy into our homebuilding roots, we’re bringing a new product to Doon South this weekend: ENERGY STAR® certified…

Contemporary Homes (By Activa)

Simplistically stunning, entirely your own. Activa’s new contemporary homes offer bold, clean designs to fit your own aesthetic. We strive to deliver the perfect home for every individual, whether their design style is traditional, contemporary or anything in between. What is ‘Contemporary Design’? Typically, contemporary homes are bold, with a focus on clean lines and…

How to Find Your Rightsized Home

Throughout the month of September, we’ve been sharing the stories of real Activa homeowners and how their rightsizing journey has led them to their perfect home. The key takeaway? There’s no universal “rightsize” for a home! Every homeowner has different needs, dreams, and circumstances that will influence what they’re looking for in their perfect home. So what does…

Fall Home Decor: Top 6 Trends in 2018

Fall is the season for warm drinks, cozy scarves and spending time with family. It’s also the season that marks the beginning of hibernation for many of us: the season we start spending more time inside our homes. Fall 2018 is now upon is, and with it comes new décor trends. This season is marked…

Our Rightsizing Story

BY MARISSA WARNER When my husband, Ryan, and I decided to build a home, we knew we wanted to create a space that fit our lives. Our first home gave us an opportunity to get into the real estate market – we started to learn what aspects of a home worked well for us and…

Rightsizing: Why is it important?

Our company president Tony Giovinazzo and his family recently moved into a new Activa home. He’s here on ActivaLearn today to share a little more about what rightsizing means to him, and why it’s something we celebrate here at Activa.   No two families are alike, and everyone has a unique vision of their perfect…

Getting to Know: Schools in our Communities

For many parents, close proximity to a great school is high on their list of priorities. Sound like you? As a homebuilder and land developer, it is important to Activa that we consider the ‘home beyond the home’. We carefully design our communities to be located around amenities that help the neighbourhood thrive, such as building around…

Complete Communities: How Activa Builds for You

Activa is more than just a home builder – we’re a land developer and have been putting down roots within the Waterloo Region for over 30 years. This gives us a unique position when we transform land into vibrant communities, because we always keep the eventual community residents in mind. So what makes our neighbourhoods…

Your Pre-Drywall Appointment: Three Things to Know

Your Pre-Drywall Appointment is one of the most exciting parts of the homebuilding journey – after all, it is the first time you will get to see your new home! At this appointment, you’ll have a chance to tour your home with your Customer Experience Coordinator and a Site Representative during the beginning stages of construction…

Choosing The Right Countertop For Your Space

Choosing the right countertop can seem like a daunting task – there are so many different types and colours to choose from! With seemingly endless choices, it’s important to consider style, functionality and price in your final decision, so here’s a quick read with tips for finding what will work for your new home! When…

Prioritizing Your Homebuilding Needs and Wants

Building the perfect home while staying within your budget may seem challenging, but it’s all a matter of balancing your needs vs. your wants. Sure, many of us would love a home that comes complete with a large double-oven kitchen, a full bathroom for each member of the family (including the pooch), and a guest…