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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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Find your new condo sanctuary at 260 High Park

Find your new condo sanctuary at 260 High Park

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Find your new condo sanctuary at 260 High Park

High Park may be popular draw in Toronto in spring with the bloom of the cherry blossoms, but just up the street on High Park Ave., 260 High Park Church Lofts & Residences is gaining due attention for a significant condo conversion.

Developer Medallion Capital Group recently released the Church Loft suites as part of this project, which involves the re-envisioning of the Alhambra Church at the southwest corner of Anette St. and High Park Ave. in Toronto’s west end. The design retains and repurposes the elements that are of historical value in the heritage building, while introducing a new addition massed sensitively around the main sanctuary.

Just 15 prized Sanctuary Church Lofts are available in the historic church structure, with another 55 units in a brand new, adjoining four-storey residence.

Retaining much of the original church facade, including large stained-glass windows and 10-ft. ceiling heights, Sanctuary Church Lofts range from 837 to 3,081 sq. ft. in one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den configurations, and priced from $1 million to slightly less than $4 million. Units in the new structure range from one-bedrooms to three-bedrooms plus den, and are priced from the mid $600’s.

Chris Giamou, principal at Medallion Capital Group
Chris Giamou, principal at Medallion Capital Group

“What’s important, and what really appealed to us, is proximity to transportation, Bloor West Village as well as the 400 acres of High Park, an iconic municipal park destination in Toronto,” says Chris Giamou, principal at Medallion Capital. “All of these are part and parcel of the amenities that are built into this project.”

The design team for 260 High Park comprises Boston-based, internationally renowned Finegold Alexander Architects for the heritage conversion of the church; Toronto-based Turner Fleischer for the contemporary residences; Toronto-based ERA Architects for the heritage conservation plan; MEP Design for landscaping; and U31 for interiors.

As is typical with such heritage conversion projects, especially given what the High Park area and the former church means to local residents, consultation with stakeholders leading up to the project was paramount.

“What was most important to heritage, in particular, was the protection of existing elements from street level,” Giamou told Homes Publishing. Based on such feedback, Medallion Capital altered its original design which surrounded the church with glass and window curtain walls.

“We know High Park is born and bred of brick, and the community didn’t like that concept,” Giamou says. “The compromise was that we maintained the north facade of the schoolhouse and the first bay of the west elevation. In addition to that, we replaced the glass with brick pattern that matches the existing brick.”

Though the building contains 70 units in total, it was actually zoned for as many as 77. “We purposely went larger to make these end-user units,” says Giamou, as investors will likely not be part of the buyer profile.

Site preparation is underway, and construction is set to begin this summer.

260 High Park Church Lofts & Residences


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The Hart Haus Condominiums

The Hart Haus Condominiums is Ledgemark’s luxury residences in the ‘hart’ of quaint Unionville Village

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The Hart Haus Condominiums is Ledgemark’s luxury residences in the ‘hart’ of quaint Unionville Village

The Hart Haus Condominiums offers an exciting and exclusive opportunity to enjoy convenient living just steps to shopping, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and services in this historic village. Century-old streets and buildings form the perfect backdrop for Hart Haus’ classic heritage-designed, extensively landscaped exterior. Ledgemark Homes‘ intimate boutique condominium of just 14 elegant suites has already attracted a lot of interest, largely from Unionville residents who want to stay in the area they love while enjoying the carefree condo lifestyle.

George Le Donne, president of Ledgemark Homes and co-founder of Del Ridge GreenLife, lives around the corner from The Hart Haus Condominiums, and has taken special care to ensure the residence will fit in seamlessly with its surroundings. The design is the result of a collaboration between accomplished lead architect John McAlpine from KLMA, and renowned heritage consultants, ERA Architects, as well as extensive involvement from the City of Markham. Unionville has a rich history of German settlers, so the condominium name uses the spelling ‘Haus.’ We have named all of our designs after original Unionville settlers: Crosby, Eckhardt, Stiver and Berczy. We are proud to build a residence that will enhance the streetscape and lifestyle in Unionville.”

For interiors, he enlisted well-respected Toronto-based Karen Kayne Design to create practical layouts that are both functional and fabulous, and to help select finishes for the suites and amenities. Residents will have the use of an amenity room with catering kitchen, fitness centre and yoga studio. Standard suites include 10-ft. coffered ceilings throughout, crown moulding and custom upgraded kitchens with quartz countertops.

“We have carefully selected finishings with the least amount of impact to our environment. Ledgemark Homes is all about respect for the environment and sustainability,” Le Donne points out. “The Hart Haus Condominiums will be the most sustainable building of its kind in a heritage environment.”

Ledgemark Homes is known for its LivGreen ecological friendly communities. “We will reduce energy consumption by 80 per cent, well beyond what is stipulated in the Ontario Building Code,” Le Donne adds. “We accomplish this through our construction systems and state-of-the-art building technologies such as ground source (geothermal) heating and cooling, graphite infused Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), triple glazed windows, triple the required roof insulation, split-level LED lighting systems, and the use of renewable resources such as solar and wind. This approach produces some of the lowest condo fees in Canada and significantly lower energy consumption for decreased utility costs. We are setting the bar for sustainability in Unionville.” To combine sustainability with heritage design, the Ledgemark team has gone so far as to camouflage solar panels by placing them behind the parapets in the building’s Mansard roof, and is working with the City of Markham to add solar to City buildings to further reduce its carbon footprint by providing clean energy.

Suites range in size from 1,530 to 1,558 sq. ft., and begin in price from $1.54 million.

George Le Donne and his team have been building in the GTA for more than 25 years, focusing primarily on craftsmanship and sustainability. “How a building performs from a sustainability perspective is equally as important as its appearance. I want to leave a legacy for generations to come.”

To explore all that The Hart House Condominiums has to offer, go to livgreen.ca or visit the visit the presentation centre, located at 206 Main St. in Unionville, behind the historical Stiver House. For hours and further information, call (905.479.6446) or visit the website.


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The Mirabelle Luxury Condominiums

Cover Story: The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums

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Cover Story: The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums

Diamante’s latest exquisite development offers one of the last opportunities to live exclusively on the Lake Shore

Standing at 38-storeys, Diamante’s latest development, The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums — composed of a pair of stunning towers brought together by an elegant classically inspired podium — offers one of the last opportunities to live exclusively on the Lake Shore. The building will have a classical limestone look with timeless proportions, accents of bay windows, and tapered columns. The architecture, the luxurious irreplaceable views in all directions, and the exclusive unprecedented amenity floor which contains over 20,000 ft2 of indoor and outdoor amenities, define Mirabella.

Diamante brought together a remarkable team of architects who together designed a building that is enduring and rich in both texture and detail, while also taking cues from the legacy of waterfront exhibition architecture. The lead architect is Andrew Shields of Scott Shields Architects, collaborating with David Winterton of ERA Architects. Shields first worked for Hariri Pontarini, a highly-respected firm where he worked on an enviable list of high profile award winning Toronto highrise condominium projects, including One Park Place, and Shangri-La Toronto. In 2013, Shields started his own firm and then merged with Deborah Scott in the beginning of 2016 to form Scott Shields Architects where they combined Shield’s 10-plus years of experience in highrise residential design with Scott’s 35 years of experience working in the architectural industry. Scott Shields Architects has designed other Diamante projects, including The Diamond on Yonge and 100 Davenport.

David Winterton first worked in Toronto for a decade in commercial firms and then for ERA Architects, who’s projects include such iconic Toronto sites as the Distillery District and the Brick Works, before leaving to New York where he eventually joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA). While with RAMSA, Winterton worked on a number of different projects such as 15 Central park West, a building that is emblematic of modern traditionalism. After hearing about Winterton’s return to Toronto and ERA, Diamante president Julie Di Lorenzo seized on the opportunity and put Winterton together with Shields to work on the design for Mirabella.

“It’s been a great collaboration,” says Shields. “We have two very different skill sets coming together. I work very closely with Diamante in developing a building that addresses the site and creates great options for future residents. I know what the client is looking for and I deliver it. David brought fantastic experience to the team that allowed us to really focus in on the finer grain details of the building. We make a good team.”

Spacious and elegant in design, Mirabella offers many suite types, including one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, and three-bedroom suites, ranging in size from 457 to 1,510 square feet. Most suites have awe-inspiring views of the lake or park. All suites include state of the art features and finishes with layouts that have been meticulously and intelligently designed for spacious comfortable living. Dining areas flow seamlessly with living spaces, and the suites are equipped with sleek and efficient kitchens layouts with premium countertops and stainless steel appliances. All suites have well-sized balconies.

All suite owners share in a sumptuous 11th floor dedicated to quality of life with forever spectacular views. The amenity floor features an array of social, wellness, and recreational amenities, including an indoor pool with an unobstructed view of the lake and city skyline and a fully-equipped exercise room with stunning views of High Park. Additionally, residents can relax and experience a serene oasis overlooking the lake and park through Mirabella’s outdoor terrace which is framed by greenery and features comfortable lounge and outdoor dining areas, barbecues, and a reflecting pool with waterfall.

Mirabella is in a parkland sanctuary that is minutes from everywhere. Residents are a short walk away from the verdant High Park as well as the Sunnyside Boardwalk, which offer a multitude of different activities. With many local neighbourhoods nearby, including Bloor West Village, Roncesvalles Village, and High Park-Swansea, homeowners have close access to an exceptional variety of shops and restaurants. From local bakers and cheese shops to traditional coffee shops and clothiers, all your needs are met living at Mirabella.

“The site is rare,” says Di Lorenzo. “There are few, if any, unobstructed waterfront sites available within minutes of everything and we wanted a timeless and exceptional internationally recognized style, expressing luxury and permanence and cladding that was environmentally conscience. The suites are larger than the micro suites found in the downtown core.

“We designed the buildings so that most suites experience the “wondrous beauty” of the natural landscape,” Di Lorenzo adds, “and that all the amenities starting on the 11th floor have stunning views of the lake and park. Suites do not start until the 12th floor which makes this exceptionally exclusive.”

Suites are currently priced from the high $300,000s. Occupancy is slated for January 2021.

For further information or to register call or visit the website.

416.961.8008
Mirabellacondos.ca
info@mirabellacondos.ca



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