Great Gulf breaks ground at 357 King West
by Wayne Karl
Fresh off a huge milestone occasion on Sept. 25 when it won 2018 Builder of the Year at the OHBA Awards of Distinction, Great Gulf had another reason to celebrate this week. On Sept. 27, the company broke ground at 357 King West – a 42-storey condo development in the heart of Toronto’s financial district at the corner of King St. W. and Blue Jays Way.
357 King West is situated in a vibrant neighbourhood with some of the best dining and entertainment options in the city. TIFF is centred in the area, and the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena, CN tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Roy Thompson Hall are all steps away.
“With so much dynamism, we created a building that’s adaptable and reflective of this area,” says Niall Collins, president, Great Gulf Residential. “To support the free movement of transit, we’ve minimized parking spaces with one bicycle locker for every bedroom and dedicated 18 spots to car-share which supports a modern transportation strategy.”
“Look around at all the buildings being built and how the neighbourhood is changing and will continue to change,” Alan Vihant, senior vice-president, highrise at Great Gulf, told Homes Publishing. “It’s not just a place to live now. A lot of offices are moving here, the bars and restaurants continue to evolve. It’s a great time to be building down here.”
Designed by Quadrangle with interiors by Figure 3 and Ferris + Associates Inc. landscape architects, the 324-unit development features one to three-bedroom condo units ranging from 521 to 1,271 sq. ft. Its light-filled third floor comes equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness centre and yoga studio. With many unique features such as bike lockers, parcel pick-up service, meeting rooms and communal workspaces, 357 King West has been designed to enrich the lives of its residents.
The 42nd floor at 357 King West takes entertaining to new heights. From stylish lounges to a private dining room with a well-appointed catering kitchen, it offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for both formal dinners and relaxed gatherings.
“We’re really excited about this development,” says said Dani Cohen, CEO King Financial Holdings Ltd. “It was initially a challenging site that inspired us to come up with innovative solutions to create a highly desirable and successful location. This is quite an accomplishment which aligns with the City of Toronto’s vision for the future development of King St. West.”
“As we designed this building, we really thought a lot about what’s happening in the area, the King Street streetcar pilot project and how it’s changing how people move around in the city and how we think our residents would like to live,” adds Vihant.
In addition to bike storage for every unit, 357 King West also includes a dedicated bike elevator and a bike wash and repair area. “We’ve really thought a lot about the way our purchasers will live,” Vihant says.