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Neighbourhood Watch: South Core

South Core is lively, lakefront, prized and prestigious

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South Core is lively, lakefront, prized and prestigious

If a lively and active downtown lifestyle is what you’re after, check out Toronto’s South Core. It might also help if you work in the nearby financial district, as residency in this prestigious neighbourhood has its price.

So-called for its proximity to the downtown core but, obviously south… from the railway lands to Lake Ontario, and bounded on the west by Lower Simcoe Street and on the east by Lower Jarvis Street.

Indeed, Toronto is blessed with a prized waterfront location, which in recent years has seen billions of dollars in development, from public spaces to new residences to new commercial and retail opportunities. And the South Core is a prime example of this growth.

Looking northwest from the common terrace at Menkes' Harbour Plaza.
Looking northwest from the common terrace at Menkes’ Harbour Plaza.

Sustainable and connected

Consider, for instance, the Southcore Financial Centre (SFC), a major mixeduse, sustainable complex. Designed to exceed the expectations of today’s globally connected businesses and sophisticated urban travelers, SFC comprises two striking LEED Gold certified office towers totaling 1.4 million sq. ft. and The Delta Toronto – a premium four-star, 560- room, next generation hotel.

Or One York Street by Menkes Developments, a 35-floor, 800,000- sq.-ft. Class AAA building at York and Harbour targeting LEED Platinum certification.

The sustainability and connectivity of these projects typify the redevelopment underway in the South Core. Both buildings boast direct and enclosed access to the PATH to Union Station for TTC, GO Transit the UP Express and more, and beyond through Toronto’s underground network. Within easy walking distance are landmarks such as Scotiabank Arena, the Rogers Centre, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, world class restaurants and the city’s Entertainment and Theatre districts.

Then there’s Maple Leaf Square, a multi-use complex and public square next to Scotiabank Arena, with a newly expanded video screen for live outdoor public broadcasts of Leaf and Raptors games, and home to Real Sports Bar & Grill, one of North America’s largest sports bars.

Residential opportunities

But the South Core isn’t all about office towers and commerce, as residential opportunities are also part of the development. New condominiums have sprouted up, along with the office towers, including Harbour Plaza by Menkes Developments, located at 88 Harbour St. and 100 Harbour St. Here, along with similar connectivity to the underground PATH, residents enjoy a 30,000-sq.-ft. health club, outdoor terrace with tanning deck and other top-drawer amenities.

Also nearby, slightly to the west at Spadina, is CityPlace by Concord Adex, one of the first major condo developments in the area.

Now that the west and central portions of the waterfront are well along in development, and you can’t go any further south into the lake, condo growth is spreading east. Menkes has Sugar Wharf Condominiums at Sugar Beach, and Tridel is building Aqualuna at Bayside, at Merchants Wharf and Queens Quay East.

And then, a little further east and perhaps a few years down the road, there’s the proposal for Sidewalk Labs, the 12-acre, smart-city site at Quayside, which is planned to include a mix of housing types, public spaces and other high tech amenities.

Location, location, location

South from the railway lands to Lake Ontario, bounded on the west by Lower Simcoe Street and on the east by Lower Jarvis Street

Key landmarks

  • Harbourfront
  • Maple Leaf Square
  • Queen’s Quay Terminal
  • Redpath Sugar Refinery
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Scotiabank Arena
  • Southcore Financial Centre
  • The Power Plant Art Gallery

Select condo projects

162 Queens Quay by Empire Communities

Aqualuna at Bayside by Tridel

Harbour Plaza by Menkes Developments

One Yonge Condos by Pinnacle International

Sugar Wharf by Menkes Developments

Ten York by Tridel


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Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

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Mississauga is standing out from the crowd

Mississauga has always been a city of noteworthy accomplishments, from its inception as a city in 1974 combining the former townships of Lakeview, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Erindale, Sheridan, Dixie, Meadowvale Village, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville; to being home to Canada’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, from 1978 to 2014.

And now, literally at the time of writing, the City was hosting a Town Hall on seeking independence from the Region of Peel.

You might expect such a track record of ambition from one of the most populous – and fastest-growing – municipalities in Canada.

Covering a huge swath of land – 288 square kms, 13 km of which front Lake Ontario – Mississauga comprises many distinct neighbourhoods and communities. The former town of Port Credit, for example, once a sleepy little industrial locale, home to the iconic – and smelly – St. Lawrence Starch Co. plant from 1890 to 1990, today is a much sought-after residential area, thanks to its prized waterfront location.

Local histories

Many of these areas host annual festivals that pay respect to local histories. Streetsville, for example, holds its annual Bread and Honey Festival, paying homage to the area’s roots a mill town. And Port Credit’s Mississauga Waterfront Festival and the Southside Shuffle blues and jazz festival display everything that community has to offer.

With McCallion running the show over 12 consecutive terms, until she stepped aside and Bonnie Crombie won the election in 2014, Mississauga was known as a city of growth. McCallion consistently boasted she oversaw among the lowest taxes in Canada and made it easy for companies to do business there. Today, the area is home to more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, including Laura Secord Chocolates, Honeywell Aerospace, Walmart Canada and Kellogg’s Canada.

Succession

As for seeking its independence from Peel, Crombie’s office points to the following as motivation:

Population: Mississauga has the population to warrant becoming an independent city similar to other large municipalities such as Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.

Stability: Mississauga is fiscally strong, has strong resident support and has the necessary capacity and experience to operate as an independent city.

Municipal service: A number of duplications, barriers and complexities in municipal service delivery could be eliminated if Mississauga became an independent city.

Future city building: As an independent City, Mississauga would have full autonomy to focus on City initiatives related to its future growth and development.

Cost: Mississauga pays 60 per cent of the overall property tax levy, yet owns only 29 per cent of regional roads.

Getting around Mississauga is, well, you are travelling over a vast area, and traffic these days… But Hwys 401, 403, 410 and the QEW all run for stretches through the city, and there’s no shortage of GO Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit options.

For sports and recreation, again Mississauga is blessed with numerous recreational winter and summer sports leagues with decades of local history. Using the Streetsville example again, the Vic Johnston Community Centre dates back to 1961, and sits adjacent to Memorial Park and the Credit River.

And, following the Credit River down to well, Port Credit, Memorial Arena is another beautiful old barn, sitting adjacent to Memorial Park and facing Lake Ontario. The park itself serves as host location for some of the area’s largest festivals.

Then there’s the Paramount Fine Foods Centre (formerly Hershey Centre), where the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads play, and which also is home to a number of community rinks.

Location, location, location

More than 288.42 square kms, 13 kms fronting Lake Ontario; bounded by Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Toronto and Lake Ontario

Key landmarks

• Square One Shopping Centre

• Mississauga Celebration Square

• Living Arts Centre

• Paramount Fine Foods Centre

• University of Toronto Mississauga

• Sheridan College Business School

Select condo projects

Aspire Condominiums by Conservatory Group

Daniels City Centre by The Daniels Corporation

Edge Towers by Solmar Development Corp.

Exchange District by Camrost Felcorp

Pinnacle Grand Park 2 by Pinnacle International

TANU Condos by Edenshaw Developments


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One Yonge

Cover Story: One Yonge

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Cover Story: One Yonge

Pinnacle International’s new development will transform this legendary address, starting with their inaugural phase this fall 2017

Toronto’s most highly anticipated development, One Yonge by Pinnacle International, will be commencing their inaugural phase of this intricately designed mixed-use community this fall 2017.

One Yonge will transform a legendary address into one of the world’s most vibrant go-to places to live, work, play, shop, and pursue your passions.

Located at the foot of Yonge Street, it is conveniently accessible to your favourite places, any day of the week. It is the perfect stress-free commute for those who want to walk, bike, drive, or TTC to work. For those efficient weekend getaways, the Via Rail, UP Express, Billy Bishop Airport and the ferry to Centre Island are only minutes away, allowing you to maximize your time to explore.

One Yonge is the beginning of a fabulous downtown lifestyle filled with sports, concerts, festivals and theatre productions. Not to mention popular destinations such as the St. Lawrence Market, the Distillery District and Toronto’s Waterfront, which are all a part of your bustling neighbourhood. There is never a dull moment.

This complete community will include extensive residential, office, retail, restaurants, and hotel components tied in with the PATH network and pedestrian connections throughout, creating an energetic and vibrant environment. Integrated into this development, and operated by the City of Toronto, will also be a 50,000-square-foot community centre equipped with a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, double gymnasium and numerous activity rooms.

The amenities at One Yonge are vast and there is something for all ages. Residents will experience over 100,000 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. Highlights include a 10,000-square-foot dog run with dog wash stations, a walking track with a fitness circuit, barbecues with outdoor dining areas, gyms, spin studio, party room and many more programmed spaces. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas designed for kids to enjoy.

Pinnacle’s Family Friendly program continues in this development with a tremendous focus on layouts and livability. In the first phase, 40 per cent of the units are two bedrooms or larger and 15 per cent are dedicated to three-bedroom and larger suites, perfect for growing families.

Pinnacle International is one of Canada’s leading builders of luxury condominium residences, hotels and commercial developments. Based in Vancouver, Pinnacle has been involved in development, design, construction and management for over four decades. Pinnacle’s portfolio includes landmark locations and master-planned communities in Vancouver, Toronto, and San Diego. A Pinnacle property is always place-perfect, with an élan of its own.

This outstanding location, also has a wide variety of transportation options and an abundance and amenities. There is no reason not to call One Yonge home. This is your chance to live in a modern complete community where you can truly live, work, and play. This fall, the inaugural tower is set to shape this magnificent community.

Register at PinnacleInternational.ca for your chance to live in one of Canada’s most recognizable addresses.



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Cypress at Pinnacle Etobicoke

Cypress at Pinnacle Etobicoke

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Cypress at Pinnacle Etobicoke

Living, working, playing — make the most of every minute at Pinnacle Etobicoke

A bold new transformation is happening in Etobicoke’s new city centre.

Incorporating large scale retail, a one-acre park and condominium residences, living, working and playing are all possible in a location that has it all. Welcome to Pinnacle Etobicoke.

Pinnacle Etobicoke – a spectacular master-planned mixed use community in Etobicoke’s New City Centre, will be a people place, one that encourages community cohesiveness and culture. When completed, it will be an urban forest of modern condominium towers, indoor amenities and outdoor space where future residents and visitors can enjoy.

Conveniently located a short walk to the Kipling subway station and GO Station, and minutes from Highways 427, QEW and Gardiner Expressway, getting to your favourite hot spots are quick and easy as can be. This ideal location is your connection to Etobicoke, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and the surrounding areas. Residents can leave their car at home and take public transit for a stress-free commute to work. Enjoy fine dining and shopping at Sherway Gardens or Square One Shopping Centre. Or hop onto the nearby highways to Port Credit, Niagara Falls and all points in between.

The inaugural tower, Cypress, is the first to be introduced in this remarkable community. Rising 25 storeys tall, with a wide range of residential suite layouts along with 16,000 square feet of retail and 40,000 square feet of office space in the eight-storey podium, it will set the foundation for this exciting new master-planned community.

All suites boast impeccable finishes that are sure to impress! Suites include 9-foot ceilings, laminate flooring, expansive floor to ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens and luxurious bathrooms.

Kitchens feature full size stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, under cabinet lighting and even soft close cabinet doors! Bathrooms come complete with deep soaker tubs, rain shower showerheads, quartz countertop and so much more.

Indoor amenities include a designer decorated party room — the perfect spot to celebrate life’s special moments; unwind in the fitness centre, complete with the latest fitness equipment; or stretch your worries away in the Yoga room. Or better yet, enjoy the evening breeze from the landscaped outdoor terrace.

Cypress offers a wide range of condominium homes designed just for you. With easy access to public transportation and major highways, convenient amenities and outstanding finishes, it is easy to see why Cypress at Pinnacle Etobicoke is a great place to set down roots. Living, working and playing are possible in a location that has it all. You can make the most of every minute. Suite sizes range from 554-square-foot one-bedrooms to over 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom plus den. Prices start from the $400,000s.

Pinnacle International is one of Canada’s leading builders of luxury condominium residences, hotels and commercial developments. Based in Vancouver, Pinnacle has been involved in development, design, construction and management for over four decades. Pinnacle’s portfolio includes landmark locations in Vancouver, Toronto, Mississauga, and San Diego. A Pinnacle property is always place-perfect, with an élan of its own.

Visit the Sales Centre and the two designer decorated model suites, located at 5475 Dundas Street West (between Kipling Avenue and Highway 427). For further information call or visit the website.

(416) 596-1600
PinnacleEtobicoke.ca


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Pinnacle Etobicoke

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Pinnacle Etobicoke

Pinnacle is creating a New City Centre with its tremendous master-planned community in the heart of Etobicoke

A bold transformation is happening at the heart of Etobicoke.

Pinnacle International is proud to introduce its newest master-planned community, Pinnacle Etobicoke — The New City Centre. Conveniently located on Dundas Street West between Kipling Avenue and Highway 427, and steps from the Kipling subway station and GO Transit, getting in and out of the town will be a breeze.

This ideal location is your connection to Etobicoke, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and the surrounding areas. Residents can leave their car at home and take public transit for a stress-free commute to work. Enjoy fine dining and shopping at Sherway Gardens or Square One Shopping Centre. Or hop onto the nearby highways to Port Credit, Niagara Falls and all points in between.

This master-planned community will also house its own amenities for the utmost convenience. Future plans include large scale retail and a one-acre park — perfect for community events! With up to eight residential condominium towers, this master-planned community will be an exciting addition to the heart of Etobicoke.

Pinnacle Etobicoke will be a people place, one that encourages community cohesiveness and culture. When completed, it will be an urban forest of modern condominium towers, indoor amenities and outdoor space where future residents and visitors can enjoy.

Pinnacle Etobicoke will offer an exciting collection of condominium homes designed just for you. With easy access to everything you love about the city – living, working and playing are possible in a location that has it all. You can make the most of every minute.

The inaugural tower will be coming this spring. Rising 25 storeys tall, Cypress, with an eclectic mix of residential suites along with 16,000 square feet of retail and 40,000 square feet of office space in the eight-storey podium, will be the first to mark its place in this tremendous master-planned community. Combining modern exterior elements with functional interior features from traditional designs, such as U-shaped kitchens, full size appliances, and bedrooms with exterior windows, this will provide a seamless transition to urban living. It is truly the best of both worlds.

Sales Centre model suites opening soon, located at 5475 Dundas Street West (between Kipling Avenue and Highway 427). For further information call or visit the website.

(416) 596.1600
PinnacleEtobicoke.ca


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