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COVER STORY: Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point

COVER STORY: Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point

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COVER STORY: Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point

Part of a vibrant mixed use King West community from Cityzen, Fernbrook and Greybrook, residents will have a four-acre park at their doorstep

Playground Condominiums at Garrison Point couldn’t be more aptly named. Not only will residents have a signature four-acre public park on their doorstep, they’ll be able to live, work and play in the trendy King West and Liberty Village neighbourhoods that Garrison Point abuts.

Thanks to the spectacular new Garrison Crossing pedestrian/cycle bridge to open this fall, they’ll enjoy connections to the waterfront and Coronation Park to the south, Stanley and Trinity Bellwoods Parks to the north, and Fort York to the west. Playground Condominiums is part of an exciting new mixed-use community from Cityzen Development Group, Fernbrook Homes and Greybrook Realty Partners, on Ordnance Street just east of Strachan Avenue.

The 35-storey tower is under construction, with first occupancies slated for summer of 2019. The Garrison Point site was originally a landlocked industrial triangle separated from the surrounding neighbourhoods by rail lines. Cityzen and its development partners acquired the site from Build Toronto, an agency that manages the City of Toronto’s real estate assets.

“What turned me on to this location was it was always close to Liberty Village on the other side of Strachan, and on the doorstep of King West and the waterfront,” says Sam Crignano, president of Cityzen Development Group. “That’s the beauty of this site. It’s on the fringe of all these neighbourhoods.”

Garrison Crossing, built as two bridges over the rail corridor south of King St. and Liberty Village, will provide links between those neighbourhoods. It’s the first stainless steel structure of its kind in Canada and in North America. It creates an interesting visual response with its spans that arch in opposite directions.

At Crignano’s suggestion for a solution that would yield the best design at the lowest cost, the city opted for a non-traditional Design-Build approach to get the bridge built. The Design-Build model uses private sector expertise to get large public infrastructure projects off the ground; the Dufferin Construction Company team won the contract to design and build the bridge.

The new park at the base of Playground will provide much-needed greenspace in this area of the city. Residents of the towers or those from the adjacent neighbourhoods can relax, recharge or socialize in the four-acre expanse of green, or use Garrison Crossing to venture to the other nearby parks. “Our architects (Hariri Pontarini) recognized the importance of being on the park and did everything they could to maximize access and views,” says Crignano. “They did an awesome job and people who live in the towers will have a bird’s eye view. There are amazing views of city skyline from the west, looking out over the rail corridor. There are unobstructed views towards the east and south to the lake and of Fort York.” The stylish glass and steel highrise features distinctive modern architecture and curvilinear accents.

Residents will have direct access to the park through Playground and from a pedestrian walkway between two towers leading to the park and Liberty Village beyond. Those who purchased ground floor townhouses will front directly onto the park. Playground residents will have plenty of ‘play’ opportunities in their own building, with desirable amenities such as a fitness centre and spa, residents’ lounge, party room, children’s lounge, home theatre, outdoor pool and terrace with barbecues and fire feature.

Units range from 350 to 1,000-plus square feet, priced from the $300,000s to the high $800,000s. Suites include studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedroom layout with or without dens. Amenities include a fitness centre with spa, resident’s lounge, party room, children’s lounge, home theatre, and outdoor pool with barbecue.

Garrison Crossing is a pedestrian and cycle bridge built over the railways that run south of King Street and Liberty Village. The bridge is the first ever stainless steel structure of its kind in North America. Designed as two bridges, with spans that arch in opposite directions for a dynamic visual experience, the bridge will allow pedestrians and cyclists to access Fort York to the west, the waterfront to the south.and South Stanley Park Extension to the north, as well as the future Ordnance Park.

Visit the Sales Centre and model suite, located at 25 Queens Quay East. For further information visit the website.



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Menkes Breaks Ground on Waterfront Innovation Centre on Toronto Waterfront

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Menkes Breaks Ground on Waterfront Innovation Centre on Toronto Waterfront

Menkes Developments Ltd. in partnership with Alcion Ventures, has broken ground on the Waterfront Innovation Centre – a new landmark office building on the Toronto waterfront.

The groundbreaking marks the first construction milestone of a 400,000-sq.-ft complex designed by architects Sweeny & Co, which will be comprised of two buildings, with three distinct but interconnected components: The Exchange, The Hive and The Nexus, a space that will serve as a public square and directly connect the two buildings.


Located in East Bayfront, adjacent to Canada’s Sugar Beach, the Waterfront Innovation Centre anchors Toronto’s surging innovation cluster on the eastern waterfront, representing the next evolution in workplace design that helps reinvent how today’s workforce collaborates in the city’s burgeoning creative and technology sectors.


The milestone represents another step in the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront. The complex will not only drive economic development with the creation of nearly 3,000 jobs, but also help to shape East Bayfront into a beautiful new neighbourhood where people can live, work and play.

“This is a one-of-a-kind commercial office complex that will redefine how innovative market leading companies conduct their business in our city,” says Peter Menkes, president of Menkes’ commercial/industrial division.

“The Waterfront Innovation Centre will be a cutting edge, collaborative work environment that responds to the changing needs of the workplace and the demand for high quality office space.”

Menkes has more than 60 years of history in residential and commercial development in Toronto. “It is the city we live in, we build in and we are truly passionate about,” says Menkes.



Among the company’s more than 25 million sq. ft. of office and industrial space in the GTA is the recently opened One York Street in Toronto’s South Core, an office building that overlooks the water and is home to the headquarters of Sun Life Financial. In addition, in January, Menkes broke ground at 100 Queens Quay, a new office tower just west of the Waterfront Innovation Centre. That project signifies the first phase of Sugar Wharf, an upcoming waterfront community on an 11.5-acre site which will be anchored by a two-acre park.

The Waterfront Innovation Centre will include cutting-edge building automation controls, under-floor air distribution, direct/indirect LED lighting, a high-performance curtain-wall system and occupancy/daylight sensors. Floor-to-ceiling glass will allow for maximum natural light penetration as well as spectacular views. The building will also generate power via a rooftop photovoltaic solar array.

“By focusing our development efforts on underutilized space, we are not only driving economic development, with a landmark building that will house nearly 3,000 jobs, but we’re also helping shape East Bayfront into a new beautiful neighbourhood,” Menkes says.

WPP, a London, England-based multinational advertising and public relations firm, will become the anchor tenant at the Innovation Centre, occupying 260,000 sq. ft. – more than 60 per cent of the building.

“The Waterfront Innovation Centre is the workplace of the future, supporting Waterfront Toronto’s mandate to make Toronto’s waterfront synonymous with innovation,” says Helen Burstyn, Chair of the Board, Waterfront Toronto. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone occasion with Menkes, as it demonstrates how we’re providing the enabling conditions and infrastructure to attract private sector development that catalyzes the business and job growth necessary to make our Toronto and Ontario more competitive on a global scale.”

Expected occupancy is 2021.


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Fleur Condominium

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Set to be the new fashion icon on the block

While it may not be Spring, in the heart of the Garden District, the ground is ready for a rather large flower, or “Fleur” to bloom. Menkes broke ground several months back for its newest condo tower, Fleur, at Church and Shuter. And though the temperature is cooling down, construction is heating up with the installation of the crane.

Designed by the talented local team at architectsAlliance, a subtle yet well-appointed garden theme welcomes residents as they approach Fleur. Taking cues from the richness of surrounding materials, the architects have designed a stone element in the tower’s base along Church Street to echo the monolithic stone of the neighbourhood’s nearby cathedrals.

Close to the action on Yonge Street, yet quietly sheltered, the 29-storey tower ascends from a distinctive three-storey glass and stone podium.

“The Garden District is one of Toronto’s most amazing neighbourhoods,” says Jared Menkes, executive vice president of Menkes’ Residential Development. “It reflects the elegance of Old Toronto, the calm of a residential community and the vibrancy of a commercial work force, the pulse of Yonge Street, the energy of the Ryerson campus, and the peaceful serenity of Allan Gardens and Moss Park. Few other areas in Toronto encompass so much as the Garden District. It truly offers the best of everything in one neighbourhood.”

The building’s interior is designed by one of Canada’s most celebrated design firms, The Design Agency, and reflects an elegant urban retreat steeped in both cozy natural character and modern electric energy. The lobby’s doors, set amongst a tree lined window, welcome guests into a warm and inviting ambiance decorated with plush custom furniture, set beneath a grand tiered showpiece chandelier.

Fleur’s lobby has been designed to create a sense of natural elegance,” says Menkes. “Our designers have thoughtfully used a variety of textures, materials and furnishings, including a grand chandelier and floral tapestries, to create a warm and inviting sense of home.”

The building offers one, two, and three-bedroom suites, which include a chef-inspired kitchen design that is open and light-filled. Designed to appeal to every resident’s inner-foodie, the kitchen is driven by its details, created to appeal equally to a five star home chef, or a master of the microwave. The living and dining areas within the suites have been conceived to cultivate comfort. Regardless of layout or size, each unit includes beautiful and thoughtfully-considered spaces, created with comfort in mind.

Gourmet demonstration kitchen & dining area.
Gourmet demonstration kitchen & dining area.

While its kitchens and living areas may be the suite’s showpieces, the elegance and attention to detail which defines them have been carried into the bathroom(s), each which boast a range of rich materials, and luxurious finishes.


Amid theatres, boutiques, bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs, the area offers its own unique amenity program for residents. However, for those tired of venturing out, Fleur provides a range of in-demand, contemporary amenity spaces, including the ultimate workout setting, an intimate rooftop terrace and dining area, and a cozy lounge, and a media room designed to help residents unwind, featuring large format flat screens, wireless connectivity, arcade-style games and traditional board games for some ‘old school’ relaxation.

Rooftop terrace
Rooftop terrace

But there’s nothing else ‘old school’ about this new condo at Church and Shuter. Elegant, fashionable and modern, Fleur offers residents more than a place to live their life, it offers a chance to cultivate a luxurious lifestyle.

Register now to be among the first to receive information about Fleur. Visit the Menkes Condo Centre, located at 770 Bay Street. For further information call or visit the website.




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BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

BUILDER PROFILE: Pemberton Group

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Elevate Your Modern Lifestyle in the GTA’s Greatest Pemberton Communities

Pemberton Group has earned a reputation for creating successful residential developments of uncompromising quality in some of the greatest locations across the Greater Toronto Area. Pemberton’s exceptional portfolio of current and upcoming communities at various development stages, offers elevated modern lifestyle opportunities for everyone.

Downtown Toronto

For the downtown urbanite, 543 Richmond will place you in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood, just steps from the Entertainment District. With a Walk Score of 99 and a 100 Transit Score, this 15-storey condominium offers an unbeatable location. Within walking distance to some of Toronto’s best restaurants, lounges and spas, the project will also include ground-level retail and a brand new public park will be built to serve the entire neighbourhood.

Step inside the building, and the fun only continues! Residents will have access to an impressive roster of best-in-class amenities including a lounge with fireplace, study area, fitness room, yoga studio, billiards room, video room, an outdoor terrace with lounge seating and an outdoor pool for the ultimate summer enjoyment.

Register now on Pemberton’s website to be among the first to receive updates about this exciting new release.


Enjoy Erin Square's outdoor pool with cabana-style seating.
Enjoy Erin Square’s outdoor pool with cabana-style seating.

For those seeking the best of Mississauga’s urban life at their doorstep, the newly opened Erin Square is the latest condominium at Pemberton’s vibrant master-planned community in Erin Mills.

Just west of Eglinton Avenue West and Erin Mills Parkway, Erin Square will be well-connected to an abundance of nearby area facilities including Mississauga’s Premium Shopping Destination, Erin Mills Town Centre, name brand restaurants, golf courses, and parks and trails.

The community offers convenient access to highways 403, 401 and 407, and Mississauga Transitway system’s rapid bus station where you can catch the MiWay and GO buses.

The 22-storey Erin Square condominium towers are connected by a podium that will house desirable amenities including a large outdoor pool with lounge chairs and cabana-style seating, a state-of-the-art gym with cardio equipment, yoga/pilates and boxing areas, and change rooms with saunas. Residents will also have access to a spacious party room that includes a bar, caterers’ kitchen, private dining room and lounge, and is connected to two terraces. Additional amenities include a media room, games room, guest suite and a pet wash.

Suite configurations will include one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den open-concept layouts from 655 to 945 square feet. Suites start from the low $500,000s and included in the price is one parking space and locker. For more information, call 905.997.7090, register online, or visit the newly-open Presentation Centre, located at 4635 Metcalfe Avenue in Mississauga.


9th & Main offers luxurious suite designs and upscale finishes.
9th & Main offers luxurious suite designs and upscale finishes.

If you want the best of both worlds, 9th & Main in Stouffville will allow you to enjoy a mix of urban amenities and lush nature overlooking a stunning ravine.

This luxury community is close to restaurants and bistros, cafes, art galleries, and just a short drive to Markham, Canada’s high-tech capital. Commuting is made easy with the nearby GO Train and Bus Station with easy connections to York Region Transit and minutes from Highways 404 and 407.

9th & Main is comprised of two eight-storey condominiums and two-storey lofts and townhomes. Amenities are aplenty with a gym, yoga-Pilates studio, men’s and women’s change rooms with steam rooms, theatre, library/lounge with fireplace, media lounge with gaming console, virtual golf, children’s play room, two boardrooms, two guest suites and a pet wash. Also included is a large party room with fireplace, bar, pool table, caterer’s kitchen that opens up onto a beautifully-landscaped outdoor terrace.

Prices start from the $400,000s up to $1 Million, and suites include one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, three-bedroom plus two-storey lofts and two-bedroom townhomes.

For a limited time, purchasers can take advantage of a 10 per cent deposit program within six months. See a sales representative to find out more. Call 289.380.3451 or visit the Presentation Centre, located at 11750 Ninth Line in Stouffville.


Entertain in style on the GO.2 Outdoor Terrace.
Entertain in style on the GO.2 Outdoor Terrace.

Those desiring a community with a rich history will appreciate GO.2 Condominiums in the Village of Maple at Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street.

This family-friendly neighbourhood is close to schools, parks, shops and dining. Residents will also have easy access to the Maple GO Station allowing them to be at Union Station in approximately half-an-hour, and the GO Transit Barrie rail line, GO Transit buses, York Region Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission. Highways 400 and 407 are also easily accessible.

Construction will commence soon, and available suites include large two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den layouts starting from the mid $500,000s, and townhomes from $640,900. Call 905.553.1430 or visit the Presentation Centre, loated at 1860 Major Mackenzie Drive West, #7/8.

From Toronto, to Mississauga, to Stouffville, to Maple, Pemberton’s diverse communities are specifically designed to befit your preferred lifestyle. To discover more about these incredible offerings, and to be among the first to learn about those coming soon, register today at PembertonGroup.com. You can also follow Pemberton Group’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.


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Hines and Tridel introduce their new condo offering luxury and lifestyle by the lake

Imagine your mornings spent overlooking the lake, as sunlight dances over the water. Picture yourself surrounded by friends and family on the terrace enjoying drinks at sunset, the views unparalleled.

This is lakeside living at its finest – a rare opportunity to revel in the relaxed, urban lifestyle available to the residents at Aqualuna. Located at Queens Quay East and Lower Sherbourne, Aqualuna is the final phase of the master-planned Bayside Toronto community by Hines and Tridel. Featuring an architecturally stunning exterior of cascading terraces, Aqualuna is truly a crowning achievement, redefining luxury by the lake.

Inspired by the lake below, the wave-like terrace and balcony design for Aqualuna is the result of masterful geometric planning and a stunning blend of amenities and aesthetic. And nowhere is that more on display than in the exquisitely designed Terrace Collection.

Integral to the design of the Terrace Collection suites, was an expansive view of the waterfront and the city skyline. In response, the celebrated architects of Danish firm 3XN twisted the peaks of the two towers ever so slightly, allowing each to front onto the water, and for the angled facades to look past one another.

Due to the unique architectural shape of the towers, the majority of the floorplan designs in the Terrace Collection at Aqualuna are one-of-a-kind. The luxurious suites allow for ample natural light and are designed perfectly for entertaining, both indoors and out. The suite interiors range from 1,807 square feet to 4,622 square feet, and are available in a mix of two- and three-bedroom layouts, many with the option of a den.

But it’s the outdoor space that earns the terrace suites the distinction of being Aqualuna’s hallmark collection. Most suites feature multiple outdoor spaces in a mix of balcony and terrace options, with some terrace areas totaling up to 1,683 square feet.

And while the Terrace Collection delivers on elegance and luxury, the high quality of living doesn’t end at the front door of the suite. Aqualuna’s two luxurious lobbies are beautifully appointed, and the sixth floor amenities are first class; these sophisticated spaces allow residents to entertain alongside an outdoor terrace, complete with pool.

Bayside Toronto’s award-winning mixed-use community has clearly defined the future of lakeside living in Toronto. And Aqualuna’s arrival on the edge of the community, with the water gracing it on two sides, is the exclusive opportunity for which Torontonians have been waiting. Aqualuna elevates the everyday to the extraordinary, and the Terrace Collection truly redefines luxury by the lake.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 261 Queens Quay East. The Presentation Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.




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Theatre District Condos

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Phase 2 of Plaza’s blockbuster condo brings a cool urban lifestyle and international hotel to prime downtown location

Tarion’s 2018 High-Rise Builder of the Year, Plaza, is launching the sequel to the first phase of Plaza’s Theatre District Condominiums that promises to be another blockbuster in the heart of the Entertainment District.

Locations simply don’t come any better than this for urbanites who appreciate culture, entertainment, fine dining and a sophisticated lifestyle. The first phase of Theatre District Condos at 8 Widmer Street, consisting of a residential 49-storey tower and six historic townhouses, sold quickly.

The development is in the midst of some of the city’s most desirable shopping, nightlife and dining options. It’s a highly walkable neighbourhood well-served by transit and offers easy access to the PATH system.

Phase 2 at 28 Widmer, at the corner of Adelaide, will incorporate a hotel owned by the international Riu hotel chain on the first 24 floors, with a 23-storey residential condo above. While Widmer is a quiet, residential street, it’s steps from the vibrancy of the Entertainment District and the action of the annual Toronto International Film Festival.

“Riu identified the Toronto marketplace 10 years ago as a location they wanted and the Theatre District location is one of the best, if not the best, urban location in the country,” says Plaza’s Scott McLellan. “The Toronto hotel is Riu’s first venture in Canada.”

The hotel will be a separate entity from the condos, with its own entrance, elevators, and amenities. It’s expected to attract many international guests, as well as North American visitors.

McLellan says Riu urban hotels have a different concept than their all-inclusive Caribbean resorts. While the Theatre District will incorporate a bar and a restaurant that will servebreakfast and lunch, the idea is to encourage people to get out and explore the neighbourhood’s cafes and restaurants.

Buyers of the residential condos will also enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle in the heart of one of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods. “It’s become an increasingly popular place to live,” says McLellan. “People want to be part of the energy of the area, close to great restaurants, theatres, TIFF and Billy Bishop Airport.”

The architecture of the Theatre District Condominiums, designed by Quadrangle Architects, respects the King West neighbourhood’s heritage flavour while incorporating modern elements. The materials, scale and detailing of the two towers’ 11- storey podiums pay tribute to the 1920s Art Deco-era Commodore Building immediately west of Adelaide. The towers use faceted, shaded metal panels within an elegant pattern.The hotel and condominiums of 28 Widmer are seamlessly interwoven in the tower design, and the upper level residential suites enjoy expansive downtown views. The two towers’ individual lobbies are connected internally and they share amenity spaces at the ground floor and the third floor of the podium at 8 Widmer.

Responding to feedback received from buyers in the first phase, McLellan says Phase 2 will include many larger suites, with 70 per cent of the units offered as two or three-bedroom layouts, with the remaining 30 per cent one-bedroom or one-bedroom with den. “There is a demand for larger suites and a lot of people are understanding if they are going to be living downtown in the future, they are going to want to live in space. In the first phase, the larger units sold quickly.”

Some two-bedroom units are 675 square feet with an internal second bedroom, while others are 720 square feet with all bedrooms having windows. The shape of the building has allowed Plaza to create many very nice corner units. Units will range from the low $600,000s to $1.7 million, still affordable when compared to detached home prices in the city.

Residents also benefit from a Triple A location and first-class amenities including outdoor pool, fully equipped gym and party room. They’ll also be in an amenity-rich neighbourhood that includes some of the city’s best retail stores and restaurants.

To register for Phase 2 of this exciting development visit Plaza.


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The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums

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Mirabella on the waterfront by Diamante opens Presentation Centre for West Tower suites and Gorgeous Model Suite

On the lake. Integral to the city.

The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums, two stunning, 38-storey residential towers brought together by a classically-inspired podium, will soon take form on Lake Shore Boulevard West, at Windermere Avenue, steps from Lake Ontario.

Presented by Diamante Urban Corporation, the Mirabella offers one of the last opportunities to reside exclusively on the Lake Shore. It’s grand living indeed on Toronto’s glorious waterfront.

The location is ideal. Schools in the area are excellent, and parks and recreational facilities abound. Connected to the entire city by public transit outside its elegant doorstep, The Mirabella is close and convenient to the trendy, charming neighbourhoods of Roncesvalles, Bloor West Village, High Park-Swansea, and more.

There’s great dining and shopping in the west end. And, of course, there are the dynamic sunrises and sunsets, and leisurely boardwalk strolls, with the city glimmering away.

The Mirabella takes its cues from the legacy of waterfront exhibition architecture. It features bold, classical, tapered columns, accents of bay windows, and a rich limestone sensibility – set off by striking “forever” views of the lake, city and park.

Residents arrive at The Mirabella through a lush landscaped entrance, marked by an art deco Manhattan-style glass and metal canopy. It’s a prelude to the experience that awaits within.

A circular drive allows for sheltered pick up and drop off, facilitated by a 24-hour concierge.

Luxury living on the lake

The Mirabella’s 10th Level Amenity Space, open and welcoming to all suite owners, provides more than 20,000 square feet of outstanding facilities – business centre, library, children’s play room, party room, gym, indoor pools, and a truly breathtaking outdoor terrace, a serene oasis overlooking the lake.

The outdoor terrace has a central reflecting pool and architectural fountain. Views of verdant High Park are to the north.

The Mirabella offers many suite types, including one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den, and three-bedroom. Most suites have magnificent views. All have state-of-the-art features and finishes.

The layouts, ranging from 457 to 1,510 square feet, have been meticulously designed for spacious, comfortable living. The suites are equipped with sleek, efficient kitchen layouts, with premium countertops and stainless steel appliances. All suites have well-sized balconies.

Demand at The Mirabella has been nothing short of extraordinary. The East Tower has sold exceptionally well, with only a few suites remaining.

Sales of West Tower suites begin in September, with the grand opening of The Mirabella Presentation Centre, located at 1926 Lake Shore Boulevard West.

The Centre includes a gorgeous, fully-furnished model suite that showcases The Mirabella’s high-quality features and finishes, as well as Diamante’s ongoing dedication to aesthetic excellence and the best homeowner experience.

The model suite, WMSS, is a 772-square-foot, two-bedroom plus den design with two bathrooms, and impressive views to the west and south from its well-sized balcony.

That’s luxury living. On the lake.

For further information or to book an appointment, call or visit the website.




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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.

Watch for the new Sales Office, coming soon to One York Street (York & Harbour). For further information, follow them on Twitter or visit the website.




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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Madison Group

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Specialists in lowrise, highrise, hospitality and retirement

Over the past five decades, Madison Group has evolved from a successful family business into a multi-faceted company that owns, develops, and manages landmark residential and commercial properties. Madison’s extensive portfolio includes lowrise master-planned communities, mixed-use highrise projects, office, retail, prestige industrial, rental, and retirement properties throughout the GTA and New York City.

Recognizing the need for ongoing change and growth, in 2017 Madison Group went through a company-wide rebrand as well as the addition of a hospitality division by bringing the first-ever Nobu Hotel and Restaurant to Canada. With its new outlook, Madison remains committed to creating vibrant, integrated communities rooted in highly desirable locations that elevate the lifestyle of their residents.


With GO Transit offering a short 28-minute train commute from Pickering to Union Station, and a four-minute walk to the lake, Frenchman’s Bay is set to attract anyone looking for affordable lakeside living with all of the area’s conveniences, including quick access to Highway 401, great restaurants and shops in Nautical Village along Liverpool Road.

Breaking ground at Frenchman's Bay in Pickering.
Breaking ground at Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering.

Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of single-detached two-storey homes of approximately 2,700 square feet with double-car garages, four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and ample room for families to cook, live and relax in style at a starting price of $1.5 million.

The townhome collection ranges from 1,910 to 2,215 square feet and will offer single-car garages at grade, generous three- or four-bedroom floorplans on three levels, plus a basement. The interiors include designer selected natural oak engineered flooring throughout the second floor and smooth ceilings on both the first and second levels. The carefully appointed kitchens include a wide range of kitchen cabinet choices and a great selection of granite or quartz countertops. Townhome prices start in the high $800,000s.

Frenchman's Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.
Frenchman’s Bay offers a modern collection of two-storey single-detached homes and townhomes.

It is the spectacular natural landscape and abounding recreational opportunities that make Frenchman’s Bay a coastal haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You cannot miss Frenchman’s Bay Marina and the significant presence of boaters and sailing activity in the surrounding waters during the summer months.

To the southeast is Beachfront Park with its elevated boardwalk and beautiful views across Lake Ontario. If you’re in the mood to exercise or explore, then head into the Waterfront Trail system that encircles Frenchman’s Bay and runs east and west alongside the Lake’s shoreline. Three major trails – perfect for cycling, running or walking – traverse protected wetlands and woodlots, bluffs, beaches and expansive conservation areas.

“There are various natural, recreational, heritage, arts and cultural attractions within a one-kilometre range of the site, especially the boardwalk, beaches and marina,” said project director lowrise, David Singer in an interview with the Globe and Mail.


NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.
NuTowns, a collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes in Pickering.

A collection of urban towns and traditional townhomes is coming this fall to the Seaton area of Pickering. The project is conveniently located between Highways 407 and 401 and has access to all of Pickering’s amenities, which include natural recreational areas such as the Seaton Hiking Trail, Riverside Golf Course and all of the vibrant amenity-rich shopping along the Kingston Road and Highway 401 corridor.

“With the City of Pickering being named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum, we are very excited to bring another project to the Pickering area this fall,” said Singer.

With retailers like Farm Boy grocery, Saks Off Fifth and a range of restaurants, future NuTowns residents will have plenty to do within a 10-minute radius. Townhome pricing is set to start from the high $400,000s.


Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.
Cornell Rouge detached home courtesy Madison Group.

Markham’s greenest corner is about to launch its newest look and home designs. For over 15 years, Madison Group has been a big part of this successful master-planned community of Cornell Rouge. Bounded by 16th Avenue to the north and Highway 7 to the south and located east of Cornell Centre Boulevard, Cornell Rouge is nestled next to the natural splendor of the Rouge Valley, one of North America’s largest urban parks.

In the upcoming release, future residents will have a wide variety of newly redesigned plans and exteriors to choose from, all of which relate to the overall rebrand of the Cornell Rouge project. With a fresh perspective on design and functionality, the project will continue on attracting families who are looking for the perfect home with accessibility to the area amenities, schools and recreational facilities — all located just steps from their homes.

The newly designed detached homes will range in size from approximately 2,000 to 3,300 square feet and 1,800 to 2,400 square feet for the townhome product.


Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.
Groundbreaking ceremony at Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

Madison’s dynamic highrise division recently launched and sold 660 suites in its two-tower project, Nobu Residences Toronto. The highly anticipated project will feature the world’s first-ever fully integrated Nobu Residences, Hotel and Restaurant.

“We are very excited about building the world’s first-ever Nobu Residences and bringing this incredible brand to Canada,” said Josh Zagdanski, vice president highrise. “Nobu Toronto has done exceptionally well, and we are looking forward to making this project come to life.”

Madison Group’s future plans are as ambitious with numerous highrise projects in the works with emphasis in the midtown and downtown neighbourhoods.


uPark is the most recent addition to the Madison Group portfolio, an innovative and growth-oriented city parking company that changes the way you park by providing quick and easy access to parking lots throughout the city. For more information and to find the nearest parking lot location, visit uParkCorp.com or follow uPark @uparkto.


Madison’s commitment to curated lifestyles goes beyond designing and developing value rich properties. Community revitalization and involvement is a major focus for Madison. Collaborations with various local and international artists will soon take corporate responsibility to a new level, adding value and interest to neighbourhoods. For instant access to information on upcoming events and developments follow @madisonhomes or visit the website.


Frenchman’s Bay

Located at 1635 Bayly Street, Pickering, the Sales Centre is open Monday to Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday by appointment, and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.



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Build For Growth: Help Make Housing A Priority

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Build For Growth: Help Make Housing A Priority

Help Make Housing a Priority in the Municipal Elections

Are you or your loved ones planning to look for a new condo or house in the GTA in the near future? Then you will want to pay special attention to the municipal elections coming up on October 22.

That’s because municipal governments have the most direct influence over new housing — what type will get built, how many units and where they will be located. If we want to be able to find new homes that suit our needs, at prices we can afford, we need municipal leaders who will make housing a priority and take action on increasing housing supply and affordability in our region.

With 115,000 people coming to live in the GTA every year, our region is projected to grow to 9.7 million residents by 2041. We should be building 55,000 new homes every year to keep up with housing demand, yet only 44,000 homes were built last year. A major reason for this shortfall is the sheer amount of regulation, a lot of it out of date, that slows down building and development. As a result, it now takes about 10 years to complete a lowrise or highrise project in the GTA. And because housing is in short supply, it is becoming less and less affordable, with government fees, taxes and charges further adding to the prices of new homes.

In the lead-up to the municipal elections, our Build for Growth campaign is putting forward a four-point plan on how local governments can increase housing affordability and supply. First of all, we are asking GTA municipalities to make sure government fees, taxes and charges applied to new homes are fair and equitable. Currently, fees applied by all levels of government can account for almost a quarter of the cost of a new home; those levied by municipalities typically make up more than half the total burden and are skyrocketing. These costs can price new homebuyers out of the market.

Second, municipalities need to prioritize the funding and building of good, reliable infrastructure, including roads, transit, parks, water and wastewater facilities. Without this crucial infrastructure in place, the building of new homes slows down or stops completely.

Third, local governments should streamline the planning approval process, which unnecessarily slows down development. Municipalities should pre-designate and pre-zone land for development, update local Official Plans and zoning bylaws, simplify the list of conditions for municipal approvals and encourage the province to expedite outstanding environmental assessments.

And finally, we are suggesting that municipalities adopt a Standard of Service Excellence for building permits and inspections. Speeding up these processes will make it quicker and easier for homeowners to renovate their homes or build secondary suites or laneway housing, which can help increase housing supply in established neighbourhoods.

Would you like to help make housing a priority in the municipal elections? We invite you to visit the Build for Growth campaign website, BuildForGrowth.ca, to get more information about the issues and send a letter to your municipal candidate to let him or her know that you care about housing issues.

DAVE WILKES is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).



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