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The United Building Condos

The United Building Condos offers a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city

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The United Building Condos offers a luxurious oasis in the heart of the city

When residents move into The United Building at 481 University Ave., they will enjoy one of Toronto’s most luxurious and convenient lifestyles. To ensure that the building amenities uphold the quality and reflect the styling of North America’s largest architectural heritage development, Davpart Inc. enlisted the prestigious firm Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. In all, The United Building will have more than 15,000 sq. ft. of amenity space spread over several floors.

According to Tomas Pearce, principal partner Melandro Quilatan, “The sophisticated urbanites we’re designing for include everyone from young professionals to well-travelled empty-nesters. They want to live in the heart of Toronto where the action is, and they want to come home to a welcoming cocoon away from the hustle and bustle. We designed the amenities as calming extensions of their private living spaces.”

For example, the change rooms on the 14th floor feature rain rooms and saunas overlooking the indoor pool, deck and landscaped courtyard on the level below. The lap pool is set off by glazing panels that open like a garage door. It’s gorgeous. That space is very Zen and very spa.”

Quilatan adds that purchasers at The United Building appreciate culture. “Local artists will be commissioned to provide art and culture statements throughout the amenity areas, which include an 11th-floor gallery. We will encourage sculptors to take inspiration from the bas relief being preserved on the exterior. I have always been mesmerized by its detailing. In fact, for the interior design, we took cues from the beautiful classically contemporary exterior by B+H Architects and heritage consultant ERA Architects. Their design preserves the exteriors of two of the original Maclean Publishing buildings constructed in 1928 and 1961, which inspired us to incorporate Art Deco influences. By tapping into that design era, we appeal to both traditionalists and modernists. One piece we’re excited about is a backlit glass installation behind the concierge desk featuring hand-blown glass fringe. It will be a standout.”

Among the other amenities are a chic party room with kitchenette, lounge with fireplace, three-tiered theatre, sports lounge with billiards, video gaming lounge and golf simulator. There is also an idea space, which Quilatan says is there for socializing or working privately. It features sofas, booths, sectioned-off desks and a coffee area.

Purchasers can select from studio to one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom designs. For further information, stop by the presentation centre, located at 481 University Ave., or visit the website.


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United Building

United Building is an innovative mixed-use design that continues evolution of University Avenue

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United Building is an innovative mixed-use design that continues evolution of University Avenue

The United Building is coming soon, and the mixed-use development is already garnering substantial interest. Registrations are pouring in from people interested in the rare opportunity to live, as well as work, play and shop on Toronto’s University Avenue. Situated at 481 University, Davpart Inc.‘s complex will feature condominium residences atop two of the existing historic commercial/office/retail buildings that were part of the Maclean Publishing Company/Maclean Hunter company operations for decades. This architectural mélange of the old and the new will be the tallest architectural heritage retention development in North America.

The United Building follows a North American trend of combining residential space on a thoroughfare that has been primarily institutional in the past. It will retain commercial office and retail space in the restored heritage structure up to the 10th floor, from which a new 44-storey residence will rise. The interiors will be removed to make space for parking and retail floors below grade.

Davpart’s design team includes B+H Architects and heritage consultant ERA Architects, which are going to extreme lengths to preserve the exteriors of the buildings constructed in 1928 and 1961. Reflecting the classic yet contemporary flair of the exterior, Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. has designed the residential amenities, including a luxurious lobby featuring 24/7 concierge service, a pool with a fireplace, an indoor/outdoor pool deck with sun loungers, and a fitness centre, sauna and rain room overlooking the courtyard. The United Building’s sports lounge will offer billiards, a video gaming lounge, bocce court and golf simulator. Rounding out the amenities are an all-season reflecting pool with warming pavilions and seating, a tranquil Zen garden and a party room, fireplace lounge and barbecue dining on the terrace.

Residents of The United Building will live within walking distance of shops, cafes, hospitals, parks, eclectic restaurants, nightlife, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Grange Park, Chinatown, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Eaton Centre and the Financial District. The United Building will also include direct access from inside to St. Patrick’s TTC station. In addition, the subway and the 505 streetcar are at the doorstep.

Purchasers will be able to select from studio to one-, two- and three-bedroom designs, some with a den, flex or media room, and some two-storey plans. The open suite layouts feature large windows and spacious balconies, as well as chef-inspired kitchens and top-quality appointments.

The United Building is rare on the Toronto residential landscape. Registrations are now being taken. For further information or to register, visit the website.


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Midtown Toronto

Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

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Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

Mention the neighbourhood Midtown Toronto, and people generally react in one of two ways. “Where exactly is that?? – the inference being that in a growing city of this size, pinpointing where the centre is, well… difficult, to say the least.

And once realizing “Midtown” is roughly defined by Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west, people often think “Old Toronto.”

And in the context of real estate, that means high-priced.

Increasingly accessible

Indeed, with neighbourhoods such as Rosedale, Forest Hill, Deer Park, Summerhill and Yonge & Eglinton, Midtown is generally affluent and exclusive. Signature detached homes in any of these areas can easily run into the multi-million-dollar range.

However, new developments coming on the scene, particularly some landmark highrise condominiums, are making the area increasingly accessible to a variety of residents.

Once commonly known as “Yonge & Eligible,” due to its popularity among young single professionals, Yonge and Eglinton is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, appealing to a variety of lifestyles.

Boasting five-star restaurants, boutiques, diverse retail services, schools and corporate head offices, residents have plenty of options for work and play right out their front door.

Crosstown traffic

If a great midtown location isn’t enough, proximity to transit is also a significant appeal of this area, being right on the Yonge Street subway line. And come 2021, moving about the city will get even easier, with the expected opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Slightly off the beaten trail, wander over to nearby Davisville Village, Mount Pleasant Village and Forest Hill Village for a taste of what that Old Toronto was like, still with small, independent shops and nice little parkettes.

Select condo projects

The Eglinton by Menkes Developments

Y&S Condos by Tribute Communities

625 Yonge St. by Edenshaw Developments

e2 Condos by RioCan Living

2128 Yonge St. by Reserve Properties

1 Eglinton East by Davpart Inc.

Line 5 South by Reserve Properties

Location, location, location

Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview Avenue to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west

Key landmarks

  • Yonge Eglinton Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Spadina Park
  • Forest Hill Village
  • Davisville Village
  • Mount Pleasant Village


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