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Condo living has it all with Menkes communities

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Condo living has it all with Menkes communities

Gone are the days when the only gold standard for homeownership was the house in the suburbs with the white picket fence. Today many young families are setting their sights on highrise urban living, where their kids have exposure to arts, culture, and more! They can experience all that city life has to offer, and at the same time have plenty of room to play.

Enter Menkes, one of the first developers to introduce a children’s playroom as an amenity space, when it launched The Eglinton Condominium in 2014. Today – after successfully introducing both indoor and outdoor children’s spaces at its Harbour Plaza community in 2018 — the developer has even grander plans for condo living that will cater to children of all ages.

While condo living once posed challenges to residents with large families or young children, the company’s latest condo projects will elevate your ability to entertain.

Hobby room, Sugar Wharf Residences
Hobby room, Sugar Wharf Residences
Theatre, Sugar Wharf Residences
Theatre, Sugar Wharf Residences

Sugar Wharf Condominiums, part of an 11.5-acre community on Toronto’s waterfront, will offer future residents with kids a list of amenities that rivals any children’s facility, and completely eliminates the hassle of bundling them up in cold weather, in search of local indoor entertainment. Residents will have access to a hobby studio, an arts and crafts room, a music room, virtual reality space, and children’s playroom. There will also be plenty of storage close to your suite to store gear and sporting equipment.

Mobilio Community
Mobilio Community

Mobilio, Menkes’ upcoming community in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, which will include a combination of condos and townhomes, is also being developed with families in mind.

“We have really considered every member of your family right down to your pets,” says Jared Menkes, executive vice-president, highrise. “Mobilio will include a convenient petwashing station. I am also very excited about the park aspect of this project. We will have the linear park connecting all the projects together on this block and on future blocks, that provide trails and exciting ways for families to stay active.”

Indoor playroom, Mobilio
Indoor playroom, Mobilio

Mobilio will be anchored by an almost 40,000-sq.-ft. linear park, part of Vaughan’s Black Creek Renewal project, which upon completion, will establish a series of promenades, plazas and parks, spanning more than 30 acres. The community also includes attractive gathering places, walking paths and family-friendly play areas. In cold weather, families can take advantage of Mobilio’s equally family-friendly indoor playroom.

When it comes to amenities, Menkes has carefully considered everything a family would get out of living in a single-family home, and incorporates these aspects into its condos. For those who enjoy entertaining, there are sophisticated party rooms with kitchens and bar areas, and landscaped terraces equipped with barbecues.

You enjoy a quiet night in? Sugar Wharf Condos will include a state-of-the-art theatre and games lounge. And if you enjoy staying active, it will have a fitness centre with separate weight, virtual and yoga studios.

There is no doubt that with Toronto experiencing a housing shortage, and many families priced out of the single-family housing market in urban centres, condo living will continue to be the way of the future. Whether you’re looking to start your family, grow your family, downsize, or retire, Menkes offers condo amenities that will cater to every family, and every lifestyle.

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In Conversation With… Jared Menkes, Executive Vice-President, Menkes Developments

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In Conversation With… Jared Menkes, Executive Vice-President, Menkes Developments

Few builders are as active in condo development in the GTA as Menkes Developments Ltd. Charged with the construction, sales, management and customer service of nearly 6,000 condominium units is Jared Menkes, executive vice-president, Highrise Residential.

Condo Life spoke to him for his insights on the company’s key projects and more.

Condo Life: Mobilio is an interesting new project Menkes has underway – offering both condos and townhomes. What is the inspiration for this project, and what will be its differentiating features?

Jared Menkes: The GTA continues to experience the phenomenon known as the “missing middle,” whereby neighbourhoods lack the diverse housing options that make them more balanced, and – most important – affordable to the average family. The new community will deliver architectural diversity, while simultaneously fulfilling the area’s fundamental need for more density. It will be the first project in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) to blend a mix of housing types on one site, striking the perfect balance of housing, greenspace and amenities, many of which will be shared between the condos and townhomes.

CL: What is the status of the project, in terms of number of housing type, unit and home sizes?

JM: With more than 1,000 units of low- and highrise living, Mobilio will feature a mix of highrise condominium towers, and two- and three-bedroom townhouses, including some with rooftop terraces. This community is one where we are able to accommodate all different types of buyers – first-time buyers, new couples, empty nesters and retirees all have options to buy.

CL: Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is seeing a lot of development at the moment. Where do you see this going in the next three, five or 10 years?

JM: Vaughan is already the largest employment centre in York Region and will continue to be the destination of choice for the 905, especially with the development of VMC. By 2031, VMC alone will be home to 25,000 residents, 1.5 million sq. ft. of new office space and 750,000 sq. ft. of retail. And with the addition of the subway line added to the area, VMC will continue to become a downtown connected to Toronto’s downtown. Connectivity will also continue to be a major draw to Vaughan, with access to the TTC, VIVA and such close proximity to Hwys. 400 and 407.

CL: Family-friendly condos and amenities are an increasingly important part of the market. What types of new features is Menkes introducing with its projects? For example, developers are including libraries, bike parking, pet-wash stations and even music practice rooms in their projects…

JM: When it comes to amenities, I try to think about everything you would want or get out of living in a single-family home, and incorporate it into a condo. People like to entertain large groups, so we have sophisticated party rooms with kitchen and bar areas. If you like to barbecue, we offer a landsc aped terrace equipped with barbe cues. You enjoy a quiet night in? We have state-of-the-art theatres and game lounges. And if you want to stay active, we have fitness centres with separate weight, virtual and yoga studios.

When it comes to entertaining kids, we’ve offered all kinds of cool amenities such as hobby rooms, music rooms and play rooms with amazing interactive features.

We have really considered every member of your family right down to your pets. Mobilio will include a convenient pet-washing st ation. I am also very excited about the park aspect of this project. We will have the linear parks that connect all the projects together on this block and on future blocks that provide trails and exciting ways for families to stay active.

CL: And at Mobilio, what features there will speak to the neighbourhood or expected buyer profile?

JM: More and more people are looking to invest in walkable suburban communities near jobs, schools and other amenities, so they can experience more of an urban lifestyle in the 905. Mobilio is a short dist ance from Vaughan’s transit hub, and Vaughan is currently the only municipality in the GTA aside from Toronto that offers connectivity to the TTC subway system, GO Transit and regional transit services.

Also, this kind of versatile development will allow people to stay in the same community through every stage of their lives, should they choose to. For instance, families could potentially have their aging parents live close by without moving in with them.

CL: What kinds of things are you personally bringing to Menkes that perhaps previous generations didn’t focus on?

JM: I wouldn’t say there are things that I can offer that other generations didn’t, but I will say that as a previous condo owner with a young family, I can appreciate the need to make smaller spaces more livable for families and the need for amenities that cater to children. My experience living in a condo with two kids and a dog (at that time) helped shape of lot of Menkes’ recent condo projects.


When not at the office or in the field, I: Explore the city with friends and family.

My greatest inspiration in this business is: Getting the opportunity to work with my family and getting to work on true city-building projects that will shape our city for generations to come.

If I wasn’t involved in the development industry, I would: I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Real estate is in my DNA. I love the opportunity I have to work on the types of projects that we get to develop. Every single one is a new challenge unto itself.


87 Peter Street
King and Peter Streets

Church and Shuter Streets
Under construction

Harbour Plaza
South Core Financial District, Toronto

Dundas East near Dundas Square

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
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Sugar Wharf
Toronto Waterfront
Under construction

The Eglinton
Yonge and Eglinton



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Sugar Wharf Condominiums

Sugar Wharf Condominiums

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The Sweetest Life You Can Imagine Coming Soon by Menkes

Picture yourself on your next vacation; enjoying your morning coffee while overlooking a spectacular view of the water; starting the day with a good sweat at the gym or taking a dip in the pool; soaking up sun on the terrace; and later, enjoying a barbecue with friends.

Now imagine if this was your home. Life at Sugar Wharf Condominiums will be like living in your own luxurious resort on the water. With a brand new condo gallery opening soon at its One York Street complex, Menkes Developments Ltd. is introducing an exceptional new home opportunity in Toronto’s Downtown Waterfront district with Sugar Wharf Condominiums.

These luxury residences will be part of the new Sugar Wharf community, which will encompass 11.5 acres and include offices, restaurants and shops, a two-acre park, and a new school. Once complete, Sugar Wharf will be the largest mixed-use development on the Toronto Waterfront; home to 7,500 residents and 4,000 office workers. With the water’s edge just steps away, and easy access to all the conveniences and entertainment options the city has to offer, this phenomenal location represents both an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life and the opportunity to experience every dynamic facet of downtown living. So whether it’s taking a relaxing evening stroll on the boardwalk, or cheering on the home team at a basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena, there will be something for everyone.

Toronto is home to one of the longest urban shorelines in the world. Over a 46-kilometre stretch from Rouge River in the east, to Etobicoke Creek in the west, the waterfront is home to beaches, parks, concert venues, markets and art galleries – and Sugar Wharf is in the middle of all the action. The comprehensive project will seamlessly connect residents and office workers to all parts of the downtown core through the PATH, which provides direct access to Union Station, the largest transit hub in the Greater Toronto Area, with connections to the TTC subway, GO Train, Via Rail, and the UP (Union Pearson) Express. With Sugar Wharf’s PATH extension, it will be possible to walk indoors from the waterfront, all the way to Toronto’s world class Financial District. Equally connected to the city as it is to nature, Sugar Wharf will revolutionize how Torontonians live, work and play.

Speaking of play, Sugar Wharf’s stunning amenities, designed by award-winning interior design firm Cecconi Simone, will take condominium living to the ultimate level. From entertaining guests, and keeping the kids busy, to enjoying some quiet time and relaxation. Whether you’re living independently, or looking to grow your family, Sugar Wharf has every facet of your lifestyle covered, with amenities so inviting, you’ll forget that you’re at home and not an exclusive resort.

The building offers future residents and their guests a variety of social gathering spaces including: a games lounge, private theatres, party rooms, and a bar/lounge area. And families with children will have more to do than they could ever dream of, with a list of amenities that rivals any children’s facility, and completely eliminates the hassle of bundling up the kids in cold weather, in search of local indoor entertainment. Residents will have access to an art/hobby studio, an arts and crafts room, music room, virtual reality room, hammock lounge, and children’s playroom. Guests from out of town can also take advantage of two luxurious hotel-styled guest suites.

The landscaped outdoor space, designed by NAK Design Group, is equally as exciting as the interior. It features a reflective pool, a barbecue and fire pit with adjacent dining area — taking alfresco dining to the next level — and a play area for the little ones. No matter what you’re doing outside, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the city and water.

Residents will also be able to enjoy living their most active lifestyle. In addition to being connected to the waterfront boardwalk and everything it has to offer, the development will include access to a 25,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness centre equipped with cardio machines, free weights, a pool, basketball court, and fitness studios for group classes.

With today’s hectic urban lifestyle, everyone wants (and needs) the opportunity to slow down once in a while to relax. Living on the waterfront at Sugar Wharf Condominiums will give future residents that chance to take time for themselves and recharge every single day. For any busy urban professional, this will truly be the best of both worlds.

About Menkes

Menkes Developments Ltd. is an award-winning, fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, ownership and management of office, industrial, retail and residential properties. Founded in 1954, the company is one of the largest private developers in Canada, with a primary focus in the Greater Toronto Area. Menkes is known for its innovative, multidisciplinary approach, and superior design, and is highly regarded as one of the most trusted builders in Toronto, with a strong reputation for quality and customer service excellence. Past projects include the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences in Bloor-Yorkville and the two million square foot Harbour Plaza Residences. Every Menkes building is protected by Tarion Warranty Corporation, a comprehensive warranty program in Ontario.

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