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In Conversation With, Anson Kwok, Vice-President, Sale & Marketing Pinnacle International

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In Conversation With, Anson Kwok, Vice-President, Sale & Marketing Pinnacle International

Toronto is blessed with a number of signature high-profile condo projects, forever changing the landscape and city skyline. Few are as noteworthy as what’s about to rise into the sky and pierce the clouds in the heart of the downtown area – Pinnacle One Yonge from Pinnacle International.

One Yonge, as a location, is notable in its own right, as the address of the landmark Toronto Star building, built in 1970 and acquired by Pinnacle in 2012. The property was in the news again recently, when in May the Star itself was sold to a private equity firm, leading some to again wonder what the plan was for the area.

And an opportunity for Pinnacle to again discuss its vision for One Yonge.

The plan is a nothing short of a spectacular master-planned complex of residential, commercial and retail space, that over the years of its development will reshape that area of downtown.

The first phase of Pinnacle One Yonge involves The Prestige, a 65-storey residential tower with 497 condominium units, a community centre and extensive retail space. Phases 2 and 3 will add SkyTower, a 95-storey tower, and then an 80-storey tower, significantly contributing to the densification of the block. Phase 4 will develop the south parcel of the land, introducing an additional three buildings, including a 12-storey addition to the existing Toronto Star building.

Designed to densify and enhance the urban streetscape, Pinnacle One Yonge links to public transit, improves and widens sidewalks and provides prioritized pedestrian and cyclist access.

And this is just one project Pinnacle has on the go in the GTA.

Condo Life sat down with Anson Kwok, vice-president of sales and marketing at Pinnacle, to discuss the progress at Pinnacle One Yonge, how the company is adopting to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other topics.

When we spoke to you at the beginning of the year, things we very different. Pinnacle had four active construction sites in the GTA, and you mentioned possibly increasing that to six projects by the end of the year. Generally speaking, where is all that now, in this unprecedented COVID-19 world?

Our four active construction sites have continued during COVID-19 with some delays, and we are still looking to deliver three of those projects for our purchasers to get their keys in the next 12 months.

Our sites are ready to go for both Pinnacle Toronto East and SkyTower at Pinnacle One Yonge. We are just finalizing approvals and future permits to proceed.

You also mentioned at the time that lengthy municipal approval processes were resulting in longer completion times. How hopeful are you that this will improve? During the pandemic, governments have demonstrated that they can and do move more quickly when they really have to…

Fundamentally, I don’t see the process speeding up, as the system is set up so that all city staff, especially planners and reviewing departments, are working on projects for years, with new applications and resubmissions continuously ending up on their desks. The complexity of projects is also increasing, resulting in additional consultant reports and more detailed drawing sets. This all leads to longer processing times, and it perpetuates the constant cycle.

Even having city staff working on the same file at the same time, would help improve efficiencies and to expedite timelines.

How did COVID-19 affect your projects, in terms of both construction and sales?

Our construction sites have continued to operate, but we did experience about a six-month delay due to new procedures onsite with social distancing, inspections and supply chain delays.

Our sales program took a pause for about four weeks, and then we have been pretty active with inquiries and sales since.

Working from home is expected to become more prevalent in future. How might Pinnacle address this trend in future condo designs and amenities?

We have been offering larger product in the marketplace, so we will continue with that strategy, as I think this has benefited people who have been working from home. Also, providing amenities such as study rooms, business centres and boardrooms will be in higher demand.

How are things coming along at The Prestige at Pinnacle One Yonge?

We have built out the extensive podium of our first Phase 1, and now reached our typical floorplate at The Prestige at Pinnacle One Yonge, so you will start seeing the building really rising quickly. We are on schedule for our first occupancy in May 2022.

And with SkyTower?

Sales have gone extremely well at SkyTower, and we are in position to start construction and will be mobilizing in the near future.

Besides a pretty unbeatable location, how will The Prestige and SkyTower stand out from other projects in the area?

The location and address of this master-planned community definitely speak for themselves. What also stands out is that it’s part of a true master-planned community. At its completion, it will comprise:

  • Three residential towers, including the tallest residential building in Canada at 95 storeys
  • 80,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor residential amenity space
  • 50,000-sq.-ft. community centre with a six-lane swimming pool and gymnasium
  • 1.1 million sq. ft. of office space
  • 160,000 sq. ft. of retail space
  • Two future hotels
  • PATH connected
  • Next to a future a 2.5-acre park.

So, there is a lot to be excited about!

The Prestige and SkyTower are two of the three towers planned for One Yonge. What is the third, and what is its status?

We are currently working on the final design of the 80-storey tower planned on the north parcel, as we review the suite layouts.

What’s next for Pinnacle, beyond these noted signature projects?

We are currently working on rezoning our Pinnacle Etobicoke and Pinnacle Uptown Communities which will consist of eight future residential towers and three residential towers, respectfully.

We are also looking forward to start leasing our new office building at Pinnacle One Yonge.

And on a personal note…

When I’m not at the office, I am:
In my condo, enjoying time with my wife and our two young boys.

My greatest inspiration in this business is:
My mom, Grace. She brought the concept of preconstruction sales to Vancouver and is dubbed as BC’s First Lady of Pre-Sales. She has been consistently leading successful sales programs in all different market conditions.

If I wasn’t in the new condo business, I would:
Be pursuing my previous passion of running a hotel.


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COVER STORY: Sugar Wharf

Sugar Wharf by Menkes a well-connected waterfront community

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Sugar Wharf by Menkes a well-connected waterfront community

Bitter winds and harsh climates are an inescapable fact of Canadian living. And when the cold is a predominate part of life, connectivity becomes a much sought-after luxury. Perhaps more than ever before, people are looking to invest in communities where everything they need comes with convenience – sans slush and cutting wind.

Enter Toronto’s indoor PATH pedestrian system – the world’s largest underground shopping complex. On cold winter days you can walk to work, do your banking, visit the doctor and even see a movie without ever having to set foot outside.

This 30-kilometre network includes 1,200 shops and services, restaurants, and endless entertainment; the epitome of convenient urban living. The PATH is truly the heart of Toronto’s financial and entertainment districts, with connections to 80 buildings, six downtown subway stations, 9 hotels and direct access to the Scotiabank Arena, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto Eaton Centre shopping centre, and CN Tower.

As Toronto continues to thrive, its global appeal is helping it attract more than 100,000 new residents per year, and many of these people want to work and live downtown. Given this rapid growth, it’s no wonder that the world’s largest underground city is about to get even bigger as well. As part of the new Sugar Wharf community by Menkes, the PATH network is set to expand east of Yonge Street, into the emerging Waterfront Innovation District.

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Outdoor Terrace

Menkes is reimagining Toronto’s Waterfront with Sugar Wharf Condominiums, part of an 11.5-acre community that will include luxury residences, offices, restaurants and shops, a two-acre park, and 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.

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Party Room

The comprehensive project aims to seamlessly connect residents and office workers to all parts of the downtown core through the PATH, adding to the 5,000 people who already work in the PATH and more than 200,000 commuters that pass through it daily. The PATH also provides access to Union Station, with connections to the TTC subway, GO Train, Via Rail, and the UP (Union Pearson) Express.

Hammock Room
Hammock Room

Residents living at Sugar Wharf on the PATH will be able to take advantage of the UP Express to travel to Pearson International Airport in a quick 25-minute ride. Traveling to your dream tropical destination during the winter months will be easier than ever before. Imagine being able to wear shorts and a t-shirt from home right up until the moment you board your flight without ever putting on your 10-pound winter jacket!


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.


CIBC Square: 7 minutes

Union Station: 11 minutes

Scotiabank Arena: 13 minutes

Harbourfront Centre: 15 minutes

Jack Layton Ferry Terminal: 7 minutes

For more information visit menkes.com/sugarwharf


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The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums

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Experience Diamante’s new condo offering luxurious irreplaceable views in one of the last exclusive opportunities to live on the waterfront

Standing at 38-storeys, Diamante Urban‘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 and the exclusive unprecedented amenity floor which contains over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, define Mirabella.

Spacious and elegant in design, Mirabella offers many suite types including one-, two, and three-bedrooms, 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 offering awe-inspiring views.

All suite owners share in a sumptuous 10th level 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 in the East Tower and a full spa with saunas and whirlpool in the West Tower – both with unobstructed views of the lake and city skyline. The professionally equipped fitness centre with a view over High Park, and quiet yoga studio with a view of the lake, welcome residents of both towers for a daily workout. Additionally, residents can relax and experience a serene oasis overlooking the lake and park through Mirabella’s shared outdoor terrace which is framed by greenery and features comfortable lounge and outdoor dining areas, barbecuess, and a reflecting pool.

Nestled in between Lake Ontario and High Park, Mirabella provides nearby access to many of the area’s top recreational and lifestyle amenities and locations. At Mirabella, you’re just ten minutes from Bay Street yet you are “a world away” from the congestion of Downtown Toronto. Here you can enjoy an oasis of nature-inspired amenities throughout the year: jog the Martin Goodman Trail, bike through High Park or Sunnyside Boardwalk, ice skate at Colonel Samuel Smith Park or simply watch the sunset over the lake from the comfort of your living room or the 10th level library or party room. With popular neighbourhoods such as Roncesvalles, Queen West, and Bloor West Village nearby and a bus stop at your doorstep, homeowners have access to an exceptional variety of shops, galleries, cafes, and bistros.

Visit the Presentation Centre, currently under construction on site, located at 1926 Lake shore Blvd. W. It is slated for a grand opening in September 2018. For further information or to register call or visit the website.




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The Grand Finale to Bayside Toronto by Hines and Tridel makes stunning statement on Toronto’s waterfront

Wake up to the sun shining as it rises over the lake. Stroll down the waterfront promenade with an ice cream or go paddle boarding along the shore. Take in a beautiful sunset as you entertain friends from your private terrace. And fall asleep gazing at the city’s sparkling skyline. This is life at Bayside.

For years downtown Toronto has been synonymous with the CN Tower, surrounded by an urban core of gleaming towers of steel and glass, with buildings stretching 40, 60 and 80 storeys into the sky. But the greatest cities of North America, the truly great ones, don’t just look inwards and upwards.

New York. Chicago. Vancouver. Miami. Even Seattle, all have truly great urban environments looking out onto the waterfront, offering tranquil views onto Lake Michigan, the Atlantic or the Pacific oceans.

No stranger to this concept, Toronto has also realized the greatness that can be found at the edge of Lake Ontario, at Toronto’s beautiful waterfront. Undoubtedly, the most stunning, luxurious mixed-use, master- planned community along the lake is Bayside Toronto, by Hines and Tridel, in collaboration with Waterfront Toronto.

The award-winning developers have completely transformed the East Bayfront neighbourhood with the 13-acre Bayside Toronto Community. With three phases already in the market in varying stages of occupancy and construction, Hines and Tridel have just launched Aqualuna, the ultra-luxurious, grand finale to this dynamic and exciting community at Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne.

Designed by the internationally-acclaimed Danish architecture firm 3XN, Aqualuna boasts sweeping terraces and balconies that cascade down the building landscape, framed by two towers with a valley in between. The iconic towers and their terraces are angled to maximize views of the water, and encourage outdoor experiences, to relax or entertain on the spacious private terraces.

Toronto’s award-winning II by IV Design will create the interior design at Aqualuna, and the landscape architecture will be designed by Janet Rosenberg & Studio. This team will work to enhance 3XN’s decision to place the building’s shared amenities within the building’s “valley”, creating a perfect oasis where the indoor and outdoor amenities interact, with the amenity terrace overlooking Parliament Slip to the east and Lake Ontario to the southwest.

Anchoring the eastern edge of the Bayside community, Aqualuna will have some of the best views of the lake. This luxury residence will feature 225 luxurious condominium suites, available in three distinct collections (Urban, Lakeside and Terrace), ranging in size from 821 square feet to 4,622 square feet.

Aqualuna is the grand finale to the mixed-use, master-planned Bayside Toronto waterfront community by Hines and Tridel.

Don’t miss the last opportunity to live in luxury on the lake. Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 261 Queens Quay East. For further information visit the website.




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Lakeside Residences By Google Smart City

Lakeside Residences By Google Smart City

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Live minutes to Toronto’s East Harbour Development

Don’t miss this limited time opportunity to live in Lakeside Residences, Toronto’s Google Smart City. A unit of Google’s parent company has been contracted to map out a Smart City on Toronto’s waterfront, which will aim at achieving data-driven technology to improve the quality of city life.

The proposal is to develop a 12-acre environmentally-friendly mixed-use area that will represent North America’s largest example of a Smart City.

Accompanying the Smart City is the beautiful and tranquil lakeshore waterfront. Live right next to the lake and be immersed in its beauty while living at Lakeside Residences, offering a variety of inspired suites, including:

City Suites (Floors 2-14), Park Suites (Floors 2-15), Sky Suites (Floors 16-39) and Upper Sky Suites (Floors 40-49) available from the high $500,000s with anticipated closing in summer 2022.

Relax and unwind in Lakeside Residences’ outdoor pool or its sauna and steam room views of the lake. Enjoy a bite to eat using the rooftop terrace barbecue and lounge areas with a fire pit and cabanas. Take advantage of the fitness amenities offered to all residences, including yoga, Pilates and dance facilities.

The master-planned community is located minutes to what’s known as East Harbour and is set upon some 60 acres of land, including a Yorkdale-sized shopping complex, a transit hub that would integrate GO Transit train lines, a streetcar route, a possible relief subway line and 11 million square foot of office space.

Toronto’s downtown might be completely transformed by East Harbour with new streets, new transit stops, new towers and a lot of new shops and restaurants.

Invest early in this neighbourhood and watch your investment grow in the future with a lot of development planned for this end of the city.

To get more information or book an appointment visit www.torontocondo4u.ca/lakeside/ or call 416-821-5399.


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Waterfront Toronto, Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs to create new neighbourhood

Waterfront Toronto, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to create new neighbourhood

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Waterfront Toronto, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to create new neighbourhood

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto announced Sidewalk Toronto, their joint effort to design a new kind of mixed-use, complete community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront.

Sidewalk Toronto will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology to create people-centred neighbourhoods that achieve precedent-setting levels of sustainability, affordability, mobility, and economic opportunity.

The announcement of Sidewalk Toronto was made at Corus Quay on the Eastern Waterfront by Will Fleissig and Dan Doctoroff, CEOs of Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, respectively, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc.

After exploring opportunities all over the world, Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company, responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in March 2017 by Waterfront Toronto that sought an innovation and funding partner for the Eastern Waterfront, beginning with the creation of a new neighbourhood called Quaside, located at the Parliament Slip.

Following a rigorous procurement process involving a number of local and international firms, Waterfront Toronto selected Sidewalk Labs as its partner. The company has committed $50 million (U.S.) to an initial phase of joint planning and pilot project testing. To initiate a public conversation about what might be possible on the Eastern Waterfront, Sidewalk Labs has released the vision laid out in its RFP response, which can be found on their website.

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto will work with the city to bring urban innovations advanced at Quayside to scale in the Port Lands, the primarily publicly-owned area of more than 325 hectares (800 acres), one of North America’s largest areas of underdeveloped urban land.

A recent $1.25 billion (CAD) investment by federal, provincial and municipal governments will enable Waterfront Toronto to provide the flood protection and critical infrastructure necessary to revitalize the area.

Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs will devote the next year to extensive community and stakeholder consultation and long-range planning, focused on improving infrastructure and transportation systems, creating new models of affordable housing and flexible retail uses and establishing clear governance policies related to data protection and privacy. This critical public engagement will culminate in a Master Innovation and Development Plan that, if adopted by the Board of Directors of Waterfront Toronto and by Sidewalk Labs, will form the basis for the Quayside development and any subsequent revitalization of city-owned lands in the Eastern Waterfront. This process will kick off with a community Town Hall on November 1, 2017.

Knowing that great neighbourhoods aren’t planned from the top down, Sidewalk Toronto will create the conditions for a community to be built — and innovations launched — by people, companies, startups, academic centres and local organizations over many years. Sidewalk Toronto aims to make the Eastern Waterfront the global hub of a new industry focused on urban innovation to improve the quality of city life, tapping into Toronto’s already-thriving tech sector and developing innovations that could benefit communities and neighbourhoods elsewhere in the city. To help get started, Alphabet plans to move Google’s Canadian headquarters to the Eastern Waterfront.

The district will become a place for tens of thousands of people to live, work, learn, and play and to create and advance new ideas that improve city life, from climate-positive energy systems that can deliver a new standard in sustainability, to self-driving transit that makes streets safer, to new construction techniques that can lower housing costs. It will also reflect the cultural diversity and openness of Toronto and help connect all Torontonians to waterfront beaches, parks, and communities.

Working together with the local community, Sidewalk Toronto aspires to create a place that encourages innovation around energy, waste and other environmental challenges to protect the planet; a place that provides a range of transportation options that are more affordable, safe and convenient than the private car; a place that embraces adaptable buildings and new construction methods to reduce the cost of housing and retail space; a place where public spaces welcome families to enjoy the outdoors day and night in all seasons; a place that is enhanced by digital technology and data without giving up the privacy and security that everyone deserves.

What They Said

“Waterfront Toronto has made remarkable strides in revitalizing the waterfront with forward- looking new neighbourhoods and reconnecting Torontonians to their waterfront. Today, we are expanding our know-how by partnering with Sidewalk Labs to create a progressive, innovative community; one that addresses significant challenges and sets new standards around sustainability, affordable housing and community engagement.” — Will Fleissig, CEO of Waterfront Toronto.

“Successful cities around the world are wrestling with the same challenges of growth, from rising costs of living that price out the middle class, to congestion and ever-longer commutes, to the challenges of climate change. Sidewalk Labs scoured the globe for the perfect place to create a district focused on solutions to these pressing challenges, and we found it on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront — along with the perfect public-sector partner, Waterfront Toronto. This will not be a place where we deploy technology for its own sake, but rather one where we use emerging digital tools and the latest in urban design to solve big urban challenges in ways that we hope will inspire cities around the world.” — Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs.

“Ontario is already known as a world leader when it comes to innovation and for having the highly skilled, educated people that can bring game-changing ideas to life. This is an opportunity to apply all of that talent to one of the biggest challenges faced by cities here and the world — how to build urban spaces that are inclusive, sustainable and responsive to the needs of the people who call them home. This project will be a true collaboration between the community and some of the brightest minds in urban development, generating thousands of new jobs and new opportunities for the people of this province.” — Premier Kathleen Wynne.

“Today’s announcement is about creating a new type of neighbourhood that puts people first. Sidewalk Toronto will transform Quayside into a thriving hub for innovation and a community of tens of thousands of people to live, work and play. This project offers unprecedented opportunities for Canadian innovators and create thousands of good, middle-class jobs. The new technologies that emerge from Quayside have the potential to improve city living — making housing more affordable and public transit more convenient for Canadians and their families. I have no doubt Quayside will become a mode for cities around the world and make all of our communities even better places to call home.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“On Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, we are making a bold bet that innovative technology and forward thinking urban design can make fundamental improvements in city life. Toronto is the ideal place for Alphabet and Sidewalk Labs to do something impactful that we hope will foster new ideas that can be applied by cities around the world.” — Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet.

About Waterfront Toronto

With over 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of underutilized land along Lake Ontario, Waterfront Toronto is responsible for the largest waterfront revitalization in North America. Projects include the West Don Lands, Corktown Common, Underpass Park, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, Queens Quay, the Port Lands, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and The Bentway.

Waterfront Toronto was established in 2001 by the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto to unlock the social and economic potential of the waterfront by using best practices in urban revitalization, including the most innovative approaches to sustainable development, excellence in urban design, real estate development and leading technology infrastructure.

About Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs was created to explore how new technologies can solve big urban challenges and improve quality of life in cities. Its unique team combines the urbanists who led New York City’s post-9/11 revival with the technologists who made Google one of the world’s most innovative companies.

It believes in the power of emerging digital tools to help enhance social interaction and create people-centred cities, but it also bring a deep belief in the power of community plans, public input and open collaboration — values forged by decades of experience working in local government.

Before forming Sidewalk, members of its team created an ambitious economic plan that helped catalyze New York City’s comeback, creating new neighborhoods, parks and public spaces, including the High Line. It designed PlaNYC, the pioneering citywide sustainability plan that made New York City a leader in fighting climate change. It also helped jump-start New York City’s now booming tech ecosystem by opening Google’s first engineering office outside Silicon Valley and leading the creation of Cornell Tech, a new academic campus focused on technology and entrepreneurship. Since Sidewalk’s launch in 2015, its portfolio company Intersection has created the world’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network, LinkNYC, bringing super-fast connectivity to millions of New Yorkers and visitors. The Link system has since spread to London and will come to other U.K. cities. Sidewalk has also incubated Flow, a company that uses data to enable new urban mobility services and solutions; Cityblock, a company that aims to improve healthcare services for under-served urban populations; as well as initiatives focused on planning data, intersection safety, and park improvements.

About Sidewalk Toronto

Sidewalk Toronto is a joint effort by Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to design a new kind of mixed-use complete community on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront.


Sidewalk Toronto will begin with a new neighbourhood, called Quayside, located at the Parliament Slip, just southeast of downtown Toronto. Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto aim to bring the innovations advanced at Quayside to scale across the Eastern Waterfront, more than 325 hectares (800 acres) that represent one of North America’s largest areas of underdeveloped urban land.



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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.



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