From acquiring the land, developing the vision, and designing architecturally distinct residential projects, Sunny Communities brings a customer- focused vision to every aspect of community planning.
Sunny Communities is unique in their industry; they believe that building excellence rests not only on bricks and mortar – but also on a strong foundation of quality relationships with committed staff, expert tradespeople, quality suppliers, and most importantly, valued homeowners.
Richmond Hill based Sunny Communities was established in 2019 by three partners: Jian Zhang, Christopher O’Hanlon, and Mike Circosta, all with extensive experience in real estate, construction, and development. The three partners rely on their specialized knowledge and have built a strong reputation as an industry leader continuously striving to deliver the highest possible design standards in their projects that reflect the needs and desires of their clients.
“We were brought together by Christopher’s father Patrick O’Hanlon, who is a well-known industry veteran that has developed and built many prestigious neighbourhoods throughout the G.T.A. He thought we would match well together, so our team comes with experience from a vast array of industries, providing us with a dynamic and versatile foundation,” says Circosta. “Building a team, like building a house, requires starting from the ground up. Our values, much like a foundation, affect our team the same way all the time. Our personal interest in the business creates passion and loyalty that is an integral part of our drive.”
With a solid foundation in place, Sunny Communities’ core values are the bedrock that is pivotal to the overwhelming success of their company. “One of our most impactful core values is integrity. We believe the qualities that comprise integrity are some of the most important business practices that can turn a good corporation into a great one,” Circosta says. “We feel strongly about customer satisfaction and doing the right thing for the customer. Delivering quality with a great product is essential in our process, and we take great pride in our ability to remain true to our company values. We have a very hands-on approach with the homeowner and are transparent from the point of sale to closing and guide them through a comprehensive Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) before the date of possession.”
Circosta also believes the emphasis on bringing together the right people for each of its projects ensures a positive and seamless experience in creating a quality development. “Employee satisfaction is so important. If you don’t take the time to build relationships and have satisfied employees, we’re not going to have satisfied clients, he states. “Having a highly integrated team encourages us to think about how what we do as individuals impacts our teammates. This creates accountability and support and helps us strategize together.”
Building meaningful relationships is also important to Sunny Communities when it comes to their vendors and sub-contractors – that’s the only way to ensure consistent quality and efficiency. “The relationships we have built with our trades and suppliers are vital, and we’ve been working with many of them since the beginning, so it’s great to have that confidence knowing the work is going to be done right and we have built trust,” Circosta says.
A hallmark of Sunny Communities’ properties is being the first in upcoming neighbourhoods and seeking out markets that are currently strong but will also continue to grow. The philosophy behind this strategy is that it affords great quality, location, and price, with less dependence on the other external factors like the market and the economy. This ideology is rooted in the concept that each space in a home should be an authentic representation of the client, designed to complement each family member’s unique present and future lifestyle needs. But Circosta recognizes that building successful communities takes more than just constructing well-designed homes, it also means understanding local dynamics and establishing a community that taps into the best features of the surrounding neighbourhood. “In real estate you constantly hear the cliché that it is all about location,” he says. “Location is just the beginning. We see a piece of land and have a vision to create opportunity and a strategy to execute this vision effectively. Every new project we work on will be designed based on the demographic. Building in Toronto is completely different than building in Barrie, so listening carefully to customers and from the market helps us create what people need and want.”
Circosta recognizes that building successful communities takes more than just constructing well-designed homes, it also means understanding local dynamics and establishing a community that taps into the best features of the surrounding neighborhoods. This means constructing communities that are both beautifully designed and incorporate local parks, shopping facilities, and transportation hubs. “We want to make sure we’ll make a difference and incorporate as much as a community feel as we can. We want to put our stamp on it and go above and beyond to design much more than a neighbourhood, we also create an ideal lifestyle that exceeds everyone’s expectations,” he states.
EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE
Whether you’re looking for a home in a vibrant urban community setting that puts you right in the center of the action, or neighborhoods that offer more recreational amenities among natural settings, there is no shortage of choice with Sunny Communities’ selection of communities. With several communities in development, you’ll be sure to find a home at different price points that cater to a variety of lifestyles.
Located at Major Mackenzie Drive and Markham Road, Sunny Communities presents an exciting development with Markham GOLD. The new master-planned community that consist of 195 townhomes, 160 stacked back to back townhomes and a potential 20-storey high rise condo with approximately 320-units. With designs ranging from 600 to 2,131 square feet and features that include impressive open concept kitchen and living areas, 9 ft. ceilings, and expansive windows. Markham GOLD captures a modern and contemporary atmosphere that ideally express the concept of modern urban living. “Markham GOLD sits in a prime location and is surrounded by first-rate amenities, including supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants and schools,” Circosta says. “The location is a transit friendly with Hwy 404 and Hwy 7 close by, along with the Mount Joy GO and Hwy 407 for all your travelling needs.”
Riverlea is a new townhouse and single-family home development currently in preconstruction at County Road 90 & Line 5, in Essa. Named ‘“Where Town and Country Meet”, the Essa township has all the amenities and open spaces that clients are looking for while living in a quiet country setting. “Riverlea has a small-town charm and residents will get to enjoy a rural lifestyle while enjoying the benefits of being close to larger municipalities like Barrie,” Circosta says. This upscale collection of single and freehold townhomes designs have been conceived to provide the homebuyer with everything they would ever want – distinctive floorplans, premium features and finishes, impressive master suites, large bedrooms and more.
Located in the village of Schomberg, Ontario, The Town Manors of Brownsville provides the very best of location and design. The 25 upscale exclusive townhomes will incorporate modern innovation enveloped in sophisticated style.
Residents are within walking distance of preserved trails, and Highway 9 between Schomberg and Highway 400, provides a quick and easy access to this major artery.
A REPUTATION TO UPHOLD
Sunny Communities are mindful of the future, and they are always attentive to upcoming trends and market conditions. With Ontario’s population growing steadily and a demand for quality home builders on the rise, it’s reassuring to know that Sunny Communities is dedicated to setting the new standard of building and client service.
The company’s current goal is straightforward – to be the home builder of choice wherever they build. They plan to do this through emphasizing their absolute professionalism, creativity, commitment to the client, and their dedication to producing effective results. Circosta’s goal is to never sit still or get too comfortable. “Our long-term plan is to stay true to our company values, be at the forefront of everything we do, and constantly listen to our customers. We would like to be a national builder and develop projects across Canada andeventually discuss the potential of entering the U.S. market if the timeline and conditions permit. You have to dream big,” he states. Sunny Communities continues to refine their designs, streamline their construction process, and substantiate their commitment to a superior building experience that their clients deserve.