There was a time when the front porch was one of the most popular living spaces in a home.

Porches were a necessity in the days before air conditioning. There were screened sleeping porches when the upstairs bedrooms were simply too hot to sleep at night, and then there were the traditional columned verandas with potted plants and rocking chairs where one could keep an eye on the kids, or share a lemonade and some local gossip.

Porches were one of the ways that North American homes stood apart from English architecture, with the porch providing a link from the house to nature, a kind of transitional space between the privacy of one’s family and the public realm of the street.

Those days are back again at Averton Square where each of the community’s 20 bungalows boasts a big country-style porch of its own. You’ll savour your time relaxing here, enjoying the fresh air, reading the daily paper, waving hello to the neighbours, and feeling connected to your community.