Future Communities

Build your future in one of Activa’s upcoming communities New launches are coming in 2023 & 2024, don’t miss out by registering for our mailing list here! If you don’t see the future community or phase you are interested in, stay tuned!   Harvest Park Discover a brighter future in a community where tradition and…

Activa Mortgage Partner Series: National Bank

Pedro Alvarado Mortgage Development Manager, National Bank In the world of homeownership, where each individual’s journey is unique, the one-size-fits-all approach to mortgages falls short. If no two homebuyers are the same, why should their mortgages be? At Activa, we recognize the unique circumstances and individual needs of each homebuyer. That’s why we’re proud to introduce…

306 Raspberry Place, Vista Hills

Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes Join us for an open house event to see Activa’s new Designer Homes in Trussler West, Harvest Park, Huron Village, The Trailside Towns, and Vista Hills! Saturday, February 10th, 2024 Drop-in anytime between 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm See FIVE move-in ready homes with high-end features and finishes selected by our expert…

Top Design Trends of 2024

If you’ve been looking to refresh your home, now couldn’t be a better time. As we step into 2024, the world of interior design is undergoing a fascinating evolution, bringing forth new trends and ideas that promise to redefine our living spaces. Our team of Design Studio experts, Hanna, Sandy, Kim, Marla, and Erin, are…

February Social Series

As February unfolds, it’s not just Valentine’s Day that steals the spotlight; it’s a month filled with opportunities for memorable moments with loved ones. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening with your significant other, a fun night out with friends, a peaceful solo retreat, or a cozy Family Day weekend at home, we’ve curated a…

Activa Mortgage Partner Series: CIBC

Jenna Anderson CIBC Mortgage Specialist Meet Jenna – our Mortgage Specialist from CIBC! Welcome to our Activa Mortgage Partner series! Every week, we’ll be revealing key insights from one of our seven mortgage partners. At Activa, we understand that navigating the homebuying process can be challenging. That’s why we have developed a Mortgage Partner Program,…

Activa Mortgage Partner Series: TD

Shawn McDaid Meridian Mortgage Specialists Meet Shawn – one of our Mortgage Specialists from TD! Welcome to our Activa Mortgage Partner series! Every week, we’ll be revealing key insights from one of our seven mortgage partners. At Activa, we understand that navigating the homebuying process can be challenging. That’s why we have developed a Mortgage…

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Activa Mortgage Partner Series: Meridian

Welcome to our Activa Mortgage Partner series! Every week, we’ll be revealing key insights from one of our seven mortgage partners. At Activa, we understand that navigating the homebuying process can be challenging. That’s why we have developed a Mortgage Partner Program, with seven of the top banks and credit unions, designed to make your…

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Tips for your winter home maintenance

As winter sets in, homeowners need to prepare their homes for the challenges that come with colder temperatures, snow, and icy conditions. Winter maintenance is crucial to ensure your home remains cozy, energy-efficient, and problem-free during the chilly months. Continue reading as we provide you with a comprehensive winter maintenance guide to help homeowners navigate…

Activa Mortgage Partner Series: RBC

Marc Figueiredo RBC Mortgage Specialists Meet Marc – one of our Mortgage Specialist’s from RBC®! Welcome to our Activa Mortgage Partner series! Every week, we’ll be revealing key insights from one of our seven mortgage partners. At Activa, we understand that navigating the homebuying process can be challenging. That’s why we have developed a Mortgage…

The cozy charm of a modern farmhouse design

Seamlessly blending traditional and contemporary aesthetics, the Modern Farmhouse home eludes a sense of rustic warmth and modern sophistication. This look embraces the staples of a historic country farmhouse – barn doors, shiplap, open shelving, wide-plank flooring, apron front sinks and antique decor – while peppering in modern-day elements such as neutral colours, earthy accents,…

Home for the Holidays

During the holidays, there is nothing quite like being at home surrounded by loved ones and friends all while enjoying the wonders of the season. From indulging in holiday movie marathons to baking delicious goods and sipping on warm and cozy beverages, there are countless ways to create cherished memories. Additionally, spending time outdoors in…

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Shop Locally This Holiday Season!

Prepare to embark on a journey through the various corners of the Waterloo Region! Our undercover employees spilled the beans on their secret local haunts, and we’ve gathered all the details for you. Explore the best destinations for home décor lovers, food enthusiasts, eco-warriors, and more. Show some love by shopping online, visiting their stores,…

Easy ways to spruce up your holiday home décor

Hanna Gawne Design Studio Associate Meet Hanna – our expert Design Studio Associate. Continue reading as Hanna helps you with this year’s holiday home décor. The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the joy of transforming our homes into warm and inviting spaces that celebrate the spirit of the festivities. Whether you’re…

Understanding Condominium Ownership

Welcome to part one of our new series, Understanding Condominium Ownership, where we will be helping you understand what it means to purchase a condominium with Activa. When it comes to home ownership, condominiums offer a unique arrangement where purchasers own a unit within a larger condominium plan. Contrary to common misconceptions, a condominium is…

Preparing for your fall home maintenance

Matt Hertog Lead Warranty Technician  Meet Matt – our Lead Warranty Technician. Continue reading as Matt helps you with this year’s fall maintenance. As the vibrant colours of summer begin to fade and the crisp air of autumn starts to settle in, it’s time to shift our focus towards preparing our homes for the upcoming…

Fall Social Series: Modern Fall Décor Ideas

Hanna Gawne Design Studio Associate Meet Hanna – our expert Design Studio Associate. Continue reading as Hanna helps you with this year’s modern fall décor ideas! As the temperatures start to drop and the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow, it’s the perfect time to transform your home into a cozy haven…

Find your perfect home this fall!

When it comes to finding the perfect home, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why, at Activa, we take immense pride in offering a wide variety of homes tailored to suit your unique needs and preferences. Whether you’re in the market for brand new build or a Designer Home with a quicker…

Discover the Perks of Living in Trussler West!

Are you in search of the perfect place to call home? Look no further than Trussler West, where community living is redefined with an array of amenities, natural beauty, and unbeatable convenience. We recently had the pleasure of exploring this blossoming neighbourhood to discover the perks for ourselves. Playtime for All Ages First on our…

Join Us In Helping The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

It’s that time of year where the leaves start to change colour, the air gets a little crisper, and we embrace cozy sweaters, warm beverages, and the spirit of giving! This season, Activa is proud to continue our long history of supporting The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Our team will be collecting food donations from​​​​​​​ Wednesday,…

YOUR END-OF-SUMMER BUCKET LIST

Hey Siri, play,” Summertime Sadness” Can you believe that summer is coming to an end? Neither can we. That means you need to take advantage of the last few weekends and indulge in some of KW’s best summer spots! Let’s go on an adventure together – we have created the perfect Saturday for you to…

Transforming Your Basement into a Secondary Suite

Enhance Your Single Detached Home With a surge in demand for multi-generational living and income-generating opportunities, converting your basement into a secondary suite is not just a trendy concept; it’s a smart investment in your property and family’s lifestyle. Continue reading to learn more about Activa’s Secondary Suite options: What is a Secondary Suite? At…

What To Look For When Choosing Kitchen Appliances

Sandy Bounnoi Design Studio Manager Meet Sandy – our Senior Design Studio Consultant here to help guide you through the world of kitchen appliances. Continue reading as she provides the best tips and tricks for understanding the key factors to consider when selecting the perfect ones for your space. From refrigerators, ovens and stoves, to…

Construction Update: July 2023

Hello, Summer! July is the peak of the construction season – with numerous projects underway and new ones breaking ground, our construction team is working hard building Activa homes all over the Region! Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, a current homeowner, investor, or simply curious about Activa’s pre-construction homes, this update will keep you…

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Local Summer Spots In The KWC!

Unleash your summer spirit and explore the hotspots of Waterloo Region! The Waterloo Region is bursting with fantastic destinations for all kinds of outings. Whether you’re seeking a romantic date night, an unforgettable night out with friends, an active adventure, or a pub crawl with delicious food, there is something for everyone! Continue reading to…

Customize Your Dream Garage

Your garage has the potential to be so much more than just a place to park your car or store clutter. With a little creativity and customization, it can become a functional, organized, and stylish space that enhances your home. Here, we’ll share eight valuable tips on how to make the most of your garage…

Construction Update: June 2023

It’s officially SUMMER – and our Construction Team has been busier than ever building Activa homes all over the Region! Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, an investor, a growing family, or someone looking for a fresh start, we have something designed to redefine the way you live. Let’s tour our homes and communities together: Vista…

Celebrate Dad With Fun-Filled Family Activities!

As Father’s Day approaches, it’s the perfect time to honour and appreciate the incredible fathers in our lives. This special day presents a golden opportunity to go beyond the ordinary and create lasting memories with our dads. While traditional gifts hold their charm, the true essence of Father’s Day lies in spending quality time together…

Top 10 Luxurious Bathroom Upgrades

Marla Jutras Design Studio Consultant Meet Marla – our expert Design Studio consultant here to help you select luxurious upgrades for your powder room and primary bathroom ensuite. Continue reading as she provides the best tips and tricks for designing a luxurious at-home oasis you will love! Creating a bathroom sanctuary with spa-like upgrades is…

Eco Resolutions for the New Year!

There’s no doubt we will be looking for ways to live more sustainably in 2024. This year, we encourage all homeowners to create healthy habits in their homes by making small changes wherever possible that will have a big impact on reducing their carbon footprint. Continue reading to find inspiration on eco resolutions you can…

Top Design Trends of 2023

Looking to revamp your style in 2023 with trending home designs? Look no further, our expert Design Studio team is here to give you an exclusive update on what’s hot, hip and trendy in the interior design space this year. Our team is sharing some new and emerging trends we haven’t seen before – get…

Holiday Events in KWC

There is nothing better than homes illuminated with vibrant lights, seasonal wreaths, and trees covered in snow that create the most magical atmosphere! That’s right, the holiday season is here, and the Waterloo Region is in full swing with plenty of events to get you feeling merry and bright! We want to help you plan…

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Home for the Holidays: Shop Local Round-Up

Welcome to our Home for the Holidays Series! We asked our employees for their favourite shop local spots in the KW Region… and we’ve got the deets! Discover the best spots to shop for the home décor lover, the foodie, the eco-warrior and more! Support these businesses online, visit their shops or purchase a gift…

Townhomes in Trussler West

Which townhome is right for you?

Here at Activa, we offer townhomes in a variety of different floorplan layouts. From traditional freehold townhomes to three-storey condo townhomes, and stacked condo townhomes at varying prices, there truly is something for everyone! Across our communities, we build several different types of townhomes (or towns) in order to fit density requirements from the Region,…

Parks in KW

Parks to Visit in the KWC Region

It is finally summer, and the kids are out of school! We want to help you (and your kids) avoid summer boredom by building excitement to spend time outdoors! Planning an activity with your family doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful if you decide to spend the day at one of the KWC Region’s…

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Getting Ready for Spring 2022

With the arrival of Spring, the time has also arrived for you to prepare your home for a new season. We have put together some helpful tips for organizing your home quickly and effectively this spring, so you can spend more time enjoying the weather! switch to lighter bedding Let’s start with the bedrooms! You…

Top 5 design trends of 2022

Create a space you love and feel inspired by in 2022 with the help of our expert Design Studio team! Even a few small changes can completely alter the look and feel of your home. Unsure of where to start? Don’t worry, we are here to help! Our Design Studio Consultants have provided a round-up…

The Trailside Towns

Community Highlight: The Trailside Towns

Interested in a home in Trailside? Rear-garage Condo Townhomes are now available for purchase at The Trailside Towns. Please review the floorplans and pricing on our website, as well as our helpful FAQ. Once you have made the decision to express your interest in purchasing, you may contact an agent, who will schedule appointments on…

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Home for the Holidays: Our Favourite Recipes

Welcome to our Home for the Holidays Series! We hope you’ve taken the time to read our other blogs: Shop Local Round-Up, Home Décor Tips and Holiday Events in the KWC. We are highlighting our team’s favourite recipes… and they look delicious! We hope you enjoy making some of these treats at home for you…

Activa EQ Award

Press Release: Activa Wins EnerQuality Award in the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes – Large Volume Builder category

December 7, 2021 LOCAL HOMEBUILDER WINS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARD Activa receives EnerQuality Award in the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes – Large Volume Builder category!   WATERLOO, ON, December 7, 2021 – Activa, Waterloo Region’s largest and most active homebuilder, is this year’s winner of the ENERGY STAR® For New Homes – Large Volume Builder…

Holiday Flower Arrangements

Holiday Arrangements with Charmed Flowers

Charmed Flowers, located in Uptown Waterloo, is filled with fresh arrangements for any occasion. Their focus is on unique, handmade and heartfelt flower arrangements for you and your loved ones to enjoy. We are happy to have the owner, Haley, on ActivaLearn to highlight the shop’s new holiday collection! Follow along with her helpful tips for…

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Home for the Holidays: Activities at Home

You can’t beat home sweet home during the holidays! Make the most out of the holiday season this year with fun activities at home for the whole family. We’ve got crafts, games, movies and more holiday-inspired fun for you and your family to enjoy, inspired by the traditions of our very own Activa team members…

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Home for the Holidays: Home Décor Tips

Welcome to our Home for the Holidays Series! We hope you’ve checked our other blog in this series, our Shop Local Round-Up, to kick off the holiday season. Our next post brings you home décor tips from our very own Activa team members. Check out our team’s expert tips for how they make their home…

Celebrate Halloweekend!

We want you to have a Spooktacular weekend and celebrate some Halloween family fun! From baking some sweet treats to watching scary movies all night, it’s time to turn the spooky up and get this monster mash party started. Check out these fun activities to do on Halloweekend this year! Spook up your home! Skulls,…

Explore Vista Hills

Explore Vista Hills

With a countryside panorama, environmentally protected lands and a secluded entrance, Vista Hills is a community where generations can value the serenity of natural beauty and the convenience of nearby city amenities. Respecting the environmental heritage of this unique location, over two decades of planning has gone into creating an environmentally sustainable community complete with…

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Designing our First Home

BY JENNA EATON My partner Mitch and I purchased our first home in Activa’s Huron Village community this past fall. We chose to buy a new build with Activa so that we could pick a floor plan that best suited our lifestyle and personalize it to our liking! Soon after we secured our unit, it…

Patios in the KW Region

Support Local: Patios in the KW Region

Is there a better way to beat the summer heat than enjoying a refreshing ice-cold drink on a local patio? Across the Waterloo Region, Business Improvement Areas have pulled their resources together to support local restaurants through expanded patios and resourceful guides. Luckily, there is no shortage of great restaurants to try in the KWC…

KW Region Food Trucks

Support Local: KW Food Trucks

The days are getting longer and the sun has finally come out to play. As we start to see restaurant patios and recreational programs across the tri-cities reopen this summer, let’s not forget about our local food truck vendors! Many of these local businesses rely on large outdoor events and gatherings throughout the summer season…

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21 Tips to Live More Sustainably at Home

BY AISLING DENNETT, PROGRAM DIVISION MANAGER AT SUSTAINABLE WATERLOO REGION Did you know that even the most sustainably designed buildings still rely on the people in them to reach their full potential? How we interact with the spaces we live and work in can be the difference between whether they are expanding our local carbon…

Spring Break at home

6 Activities for Spring Break at Home!

With Spring Break right around the corner, we wanted to share with you some ideas to keep your kids busy while at home for the week. From crafts to video games and everything in between, check out our top 6 activities for the whole family to enjoy this spring break! 1. Virtual Spring Break Camps…

2021 Design Trends

Top 5 interior design trends of 2021

Looking to revamp your style in 2021 with trending home designs? Look no further, our expert Design Studio team is here to give you an exclusive update on what’s hot, hip and trendy in the interior design space this year. Our team is sharing some new and emerging trends we haven’t seen before – get…

Moving In

Building a Home Series: Moving In

You’ve made it! Welcome to the fifth installment of our Building a Home Series on ActivaLearn! Your home is now ready for you, but are you ready for it? Read on to learn our top tips for a successful and seamless move into your new home. Note: This process may look slightly different if you’re…

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Building a Home Series: Design Studio Selection

Welcome to our third installment of our Building a Home Series on ActivaLearn! So far, you’ve learned about The Shopping Process and The Purchasing Process, and now, it’s time for the most exciting part of the home building process – The Design Studio Selection! Kitchen display at the Activa Design Studio Our Award-Winning Design Studio…

Building a home series: the shopping process

Welcome to our Building a Home Series! As the Region’s largest homebuilder, we are proud to be local experts on the home building experience. In this ActivaLearn series, you’ll learn about the in‑depth process of purchasing a new build from start to finish. Learn what makes our process unique and follow our tips along the…

How to Celebrate Oktoberfest at Home

There’s no reason to let your Dirndl and Lederhosen gather dust in the closet; Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is STILL happening! From live virtual events to restaurant specials and donation drives, there are many ways to get involved in this year’s festivities.   First, Make Your Haus Look More Wunderbar! There’s no reason Oktoberfest can’t come to…

Interior Design Trends That Are Here to Stay

Do you struggle to determine what’s a trend and what’s a look that’ll stay chic forever? Well, look no further! Our new Design Studio Manager, Kim Luong, is here to introduce her favourite Interior Design Trends that will look timeless and stylish for years to come. We’ve talked about our favourite design trends of 2020…

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 – Registration Closed 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.   Find…

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? Stacked Condo Townhomes ad Net Zero Ready Single Detached homes are now available for purchase in Vista Hills, please review the floorplans and pricing on our website. Once you have made the decision to express your interest in purchasing, you may contact an agent, who will schedule appointments on a first-come, first-serve…

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…

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…

8 At-Home Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

If there’s one thing we’ve learned this past year, it’s to keep your loved ones close and show how much you appreciate them. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought we’d share with you some cute and fun ideas for the whole family. Read on for inspiration on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day from the…

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…

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…

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…

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…