For Coughlan Homes CEO Scott Collins the main impetus behind the stunning design for Stonebury Gates was the site’s “beautiful geography.” “It is one of the last pieces of undeveloped land in North Ajax, with one side of the property facing onto Church Street and the other side descending into a private scenic ravine and the Duffins Creek riverbed.”
At its essence, the site has both a very private and a very public realm, making it rather singular but also presenting unique opportunities. “It’s not a ‘gated community,’ per se,” adds Collins, “but we wanted the project to function as a ‘gateway’ into this unique part of Ajax with historic Pickering Village just down the street.”
Even now Stonebury Gates brilliantly fulfills its dual function: the townhouses facing Church St. contribute to an emerging urbanized cityscape in this rapidly developing neighbourhood. Their lively street presence will help animate a sense of community and enhance the area’s already distinct “village ambience.” Inside the community the mood slightly changes, becoming something akin to a serene urban refuge, a place slightly apart. That ever so slight shift in tone is a fitting legacy to the summer camp for city kids that once stood on this site. Those modest cottages are long gone, replaced by Stonebury Gates’ sophisticated urban townhouses, but their function may not be so dissimilar. Both were designed as places to relax, recharge and be “at one” with those who mean most—family and close friends.