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CANADA'S most popular home contractor is coming to Winnipeg.

Mike Holmes, a TV mainstay for more than a decade, plans to build an energy-efficient neighbourhood called The Yards at Fort Rouge in the Lord Roberts/South Osborne area.

The development will feature 400 townhomes within a walkable community that has access to rapid transit, bike paths and green spaces. The units will be built in phases — the first phase will have 40 units — and it will take three to five years to build the entire community.

"Winnipeg is a great city. It has a strong real estate market and there's a need for this type of housing," he said in an email. "It's a great opportunity to show how to build sustainably. We want to do it right with features like geothermal district energy (to reduce the carbon footprint) and strong connections to transit. The Yards at Fort Rouge is also a great location because it's close to key places in the city -- not to mention schools."

Each unit will have nine-foot ceilings and feature heavily insulated walls and roofs, stainless steel appliances, triple-pane windows, hardwood floors, solid wood cabinets and quartz stone countertops.

Pre-sale registration for the first phase begins today. A sales event with Holmes will be held Sept. 21 at 661 Argue St. The units will start at around $289,900 each.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 7, 2013 B7

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Updated on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM CDT: Photo Added

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