New condo set to Debut along Barrie waterfront
Debut, a new condominium, is coming soon to Barrie’s downtown waterfront, from artist and real estate developer Gary Silverberg.
Comprising two 33-storey towers, Debut is the first highrise condo in Barrie and Simcoe County.
At Debut’s base will be curated retail shops and a pedestrian arcade serving as the gateway to the waterfront, marina, farmer’s market and transit.
Debut’s location at Dunlop Street and Mary Street is steps from the lake, retail and restaurants. It is also close to Hwy. 400, the Allandale Waterfront GO Station, other shopping and dining options, Georgian College and more.
“The city is becoming very cool, with one of the best waterfronts,” says Silverberg. “Barrie wants a booming downtown core, and (the City) saw the logic in what we were proposing. Everything has been a collaboration.”
With 42 years of real estate experience, Silverberg understands how areas gentrify. He notes how shopping is shifting from big box stores, as Millennials look for more authentic retail.
“(Barrie) has cool retail and restaurants, and when retail starts to get cool and hip, it’s on its way,” says Silverberg. “I always believed there would be a swing away from Toronto, and Millennials would be coming to Barrie. It’s happening a lot faster than we thought.”
The building towers twist to maximize views of the waterfront, and offer an extensive selection of suites with state-of-the-art finishes, European kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms. Flexible designs maximize space and allow for multiple uses.
The residences are expected to appeal to a wide range of buyers, from first-time buyers to downsizers.
Project marketing is from Mark Cohen, managing partner of The Condo Store, Toronto.
“The building is modelled after the lifestyle in a place like Whistler,” says Silverberg. “Instead of a mountain at your door, you have Lake Simcoe.”