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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: South Core

South Core, one of Toronto’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods

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South Core, one of Toronto’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods

By Gale Beeby

Harbourfront and Fort York – the area known as the South Core – is one of downtown Toronto’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods. It reaches south of the railway tracks to Lake Ontario, and from Yonge Street to Bathurst Street. Perhaps it all started when Concord Adex started developing CityPlace, or when Menkes built the Telus office tower, but the area has blossomed. Move a little farther west, from Bathurst Street to Strachan Avenue, and you’ll find the pocket known as Fort York.

Housing Options

Most of the major players have a piece of the action here. Add in the condo corridor along Harbourfront and the ongoing development of the Fort York neighbourhood, there are units for every taste and budget.

Leisure Pursuits

With both the Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre located in the South Core, it’s a sports fans’ wonderland with baseball, basketball, hockey and football – along with the musical treats those venues host – all within walking distance. Toronto’s newest attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium, has become a huge draw, as is the CN Tower.

Parks & Rec

The Harbourfront area is home to a number of marinas, boat charter companies and the Empire Sandy, Toronto’s best-known sailing ship. The Harbourfront Centre holds a number of events throughout the year and has an outdoor winter skating rink. The Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre holds classes for every level, including the newest craze, stand-up paddleboarding.

Canoe Landing Park, 20 acres of parkland developed by Concord Adex in CityPlace, is host to a number of events, including summer movie nights and the Terry Fox Miracle Mile run. The park gets its name from a large red canoe – big enough for people to stand in and see over the Gardiner to Lake Ontario – designed by Douglas Coupland.

Access to the Martin Goodman Trail, which is the Toronto portion of the 730-kilometre Waterfront Trail around Lake Ontario, can be made at a number of points in the area. For those who enjoy sailing, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, the Island Yacht Club and the Toronto Island sailing club are located just across the harbour on the Toronto islands.

The Fort York National Historic Site – built in 1793 and the location where the Battle of York came to an end during the War of 1812 – was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s.

The Music Garden is one of the best-kept secrets in Toronto. Located at the foot of Spadina Avenue, the park offers live music in the summers and has an incredible garden. Just west, at the foot of Bathurst Street, you’ll find Ireland Park, which was opened in 2007 as a memorial to the more than 38,000 Irish immigrants who took refuge from the famine in Toronto in 1847.

Retail Therapy

There are grocery stores in the South Core and Maple Leaf Square, where there is also a LCBO, is connected to the city’s transit and the PATH System, a 27-kilometre underground network of shopping, services and dining outlets. Loblaws is in the process of converting its former warehouse at Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West into a new retail centre, including a Joe Fresh and an LCBO.

Easy Access

Maple Leaf Square is connected to Union Station – with TTC and GO Transit connections – through a variety of inter-connected walkways and the PATH System. For those who live along Harbourfront or in the Fort York district, the LRT line along Queens Quay makes access to Union Station a breeze. CityPlace residents can connect to Union Station by the Spadina streetcar or an easy stroll along Front Street. And for those who need to travel farther afield, Toronto Billy Bishop Airport gives residents access to Porter and Air Canada flights to Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, New York, Boston and Chicago, to name a few destinations.

BY THE NUMBERS

WALK SCORES

South Core: 95
Fort York: 89

Toronto motto: Diversity: Our Strength

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The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums

The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums

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The Mirabella Luxury Condominiums

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.

416.961.8008

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Lakeside Residences By Google Smart City

Lakeside Residences By Google Smart City

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Lakeside Residences By Google Smart City

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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Ice Breakers returns to Toronto's waterfront

Ice Breakers returns to Toronto’s waterfront

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Ice Breakers returns to Toronto’s waterfront

Ice Breakers will run from January 19 to February 25, 2018 with five art installations located on Queens Quay West.

A giant red bear reclining in the snow, a cozy cabin made from tree roots and a jingling wind chime constellation are just some of the installations that visitors to Toronto’s downtown Waterfront can experience this winter as the winners are announced for the second annual Ice Breakers event.

Ice Breakers, the temporary Waterfront art exhibition presented by the Waterfront BIA and produced by Winter Stations, asked artists and designers to look to the stars for inspiration for 2018, with the theme Constellation.

“After the huge success of last year’s Ice Breakers event, we decided to open the exhibition up as an international competition for 2018,” said Carol Jolly, executive director of the Waterfront BIA. “We were looking for installations that would bring colour, warmth and activity to the Waterfront, attracting visitors from across the city to experience this spectacular wintertime streetscape.”

On October 19, the Ice Breakers jury met to choose the final five art installations that will be built and featured along Queens Quay West. It was a full day of jury deliberations, where over 100 international submissions from around the world were reviewed. “We were bowled over by the high standard of entries this year, and the creative responses to the theme ‘constellation.’ We chose the winners based on their originality, feasibility and how interactive and engaging we thought they could be,” said Winter Stations co-founder Ted Merrick of Ferris + Associates.

Founded in 2015 by equal partners RAW, Ferris + Associates and Curio, Winter Stations is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing temporary public art to the city. The marquee Winter Stations Design Competition is now in its fourth year. Running along Toronto’s east end beaches, Winter Stations asks designers from around the world to transform utilitarian lifeguard stations into creative, imaginative works of publicly accessible art for six weeks of the winter. In 2017, the organization extended its programming slate with Ice Breakers produced by Winter Stations, a new event conceived on behalf of The Waterfront BIA.

Introducing the 2018 Ice Breakers installations:

“Through the Eyes of the Bear” by Tanya Goertzen of People Places (Calgary)

Inspired by Ursa Major, or the Great Bear constellation, this installation uses renewable, recyclable and compostable materials to ask visitors to consider how humans interact with nature, or to see the world through the eyes of a bear.

“Black Bamboo” by Bennet Marburger and Ji Zhang of 2408 Studio (Hangzhou Shi, China)

Black Bamboo is an installation made from 90 painted bamboo poles freely arranged to form a framework in an abstract cubic shape. Like the constellations, the cube as a shape only comes into existence within our heads. Black Bamboo is accessible and invites visitors to walk or climb through it.

“Winter FanFare” by Thena Tak (Vancouver)

Winter FanFare is a series of rotating fan-sculptures that collectively form a circulation playscape for winter exploration. Winter FanFare deploys individual fan-sculptures to create clusters of pockets where the public can meander through or run in and around.

“Ensemble” by João Araújo Sousa and Joana Correia Silva, JJs Arquitectura (Porto, Portugal)

Ensemble merges architecture, music and astronomy to explore the dialogue between humans and the urban environment. The installation is inspired by wind chimes, which visitors can touch to create beautiful abstract compositions and ever-changing soundscapes.

“Root Cabin” by Liz Wreford and Peter Sampson, Public City Architecture (Winnipeg)

Like a constellation, Root Cabin is a mystery waiting to be discovered. Coloured cuts of wood can be seen through gaps in an alluring pile of weathered roots. When further explored by a visitor, the colours reveal a void that can be inhabited, and an iconic nostalgic form of Canadian dwelling emerges.



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Pier 27

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Cityzen & Fernbrook’s P27 offers rare waterfront luxury

As Toronto continues its fervent building boom, dotting the skyline with more and more enthralling structures, there remains a conspicuous dearth of high-end waterfront properties on the market.

Toronto is intensifying at an unprecedented rate, perhaps only comparable to Manhattan in the 1920s, and the solution to satisfying the need for extra space — which in the years ahead will increasingly become premium — seem to lie at the foot of the city along Lake Ontario.

According to Sam Crignano, President of Cityzen Development Group — which, along with Fernbrook Homes, built P27 — waterfront living won’t merely provide residents extra space, it will also offer respite from the swelling madness and mania that are routine in the world’s premier cities.

“On the one side of your home, you have innumerable entertainment options like professional baseball, hockey, soccer and basketball — not to mention the top film festival in the world.

As well there are museums, shopping, restaurants, and the St. Lawrence Market area, which I personally call home. Yet you have the tranquilizing effect of Lake Ontario on the other side,” he said. “You can spend an afternoon on the beach just across the lake at Toronto Island. You can go for walks, hikes, bike rides; you can skate in winter — you can do just about everything.”

Additionally, added Crignano, Waterfront Toronto — which has, in revitalizing the waterfront, undertaken the largest infrastructure project on the continent — is turning Queen’s Quay into a grand lakeside boulevard that will feature a 45-meter tree-lined pedestrian and cyclist promenade, giving the area a perfect 100 walkability score and bolstering the placidity that will come to define the neighbourhood. The Martin Goodman Trail is right around the corner, too.

P27 still has some luxury suites available, and if Toronto’s resale condo market is any indication, where two-bedroom units are getting multiple offers, they won’t be available for long. With two- to four-bedroom suites ranging between 1,702 and 4,474 square feet, remaining units will mirror sold units that have already appreciated substantially. Prices for the suites range from $1.5 million up to $5.2 million.

Designed with top-notch finishes, including exceedingly large terraces and balconies, 10-foot ceilings, and kitchens furnished with granite, quartz composite or marble countertops, and Miele and Subzero appliances, the commodious abodes are ideal for both families and empty nesters looking for a slower, relaxed pace of life.

P27 negotiates the fine line between home and five-star resort, thanks to its serene vibe and unparalleled amenities. For example, its indoor pool is affixed with panoptic views of Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto; its outdoor party area has cabanas, to go along with barbecues; outdoor terraces; a games room; a theatre; an indoor party room; and arguably the best residential gym in the city: It is custom programmed by Movement Haus by Benchmark Group.

“Curiously, there just aren’t any other luxury suites along Lake Ontario like the ones currently available for move-in at P27, and residents already living here have seen their units appreciate,” said Crignano. “Keep in mind that land is extremely difficult to acquire in Toronto, and the suites at P27 are among the finest along the waterfront.”

P27 is at the foot of the budding new waterfront neighbourhood that will be renowned for its 21st century building principles. In addition to being pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, Waterfront Toronto intends to green it to the nines. And, as with any new sought after neighbourhood, it will become a retail and entertainment destination — emblematic of the new Toronto that’s taking the world by storm.

“In a way, P27 represents what Toronto has become — a worldly city with an extremely high standard of living,” added Crignano. “Never has there been a time in this city’s history as exciting as now. And in no other city in the world does the future look this bright.”

Standing on one of P27’s oversized balconies, it’s hard to gaze upon the city’s skyline and argue with Crignano.

For further information call or visit the website.

416.367.3456
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The best suites have been saved for last at landmark Cityzen and Fernbrook development

The best suites have been saved for last at Pier 27, a landmark condominium development providing resort-style living on Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

The final Lakefront Residences in Phases 1 and 2, now called P27, are unparalleled in terms of location and luxury. The condo community from Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes, at the foot of Yonge Street at Queen’s Quay, is at the heart of one of the most ambitious urban revitalization projects in the world.

The Pier 27 community, designed by architect Peter Clewes, has quickly established itself as an iconic structure along the waterfront with two 14-storey towers in the first two phases joined by a distinctive ‘bridge.’

The remaining Lakefront Residences of P27 mirror the trend towards larger suites with generous spaces and functional design. Townhouses, with two-bedrooms plus den or three-bedrooms plus den, range from 1,921 to 3,066 square feet in size and are priced from $1.5 million to $2.5 million. The condominium suites are truly spectacular, 1,702 to 4,474 square feet in size in two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den and four-bedroom plans, priced from $1.6 to $5.2 million. Those living at P27 have seen the value of their suites increase significantly demonstrating that there is only a limited amount of waterfront property to be had in Toronto and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

In addition to superb design and stellar views, P27 provides an ideal lifestyle, combining vibrant urban dynamic with the laid back vibe of the lake. With a desirable Walk Score of 100, P27 is within minutes of every imaginable amenity: shops, parks, eateries, services and public transit. It will be set along a 45-foot-wide, tree-lined promenade for pedestrians and cyclists, providing connectivity to the extensive downtown waterfront.

Union Station with access to subway, GO and VIA trains is a short stroll away. It’s easy to access flights from nearby Billy Bishop Airport or to hop the UP Express for a quick ride to Pearson International Airport.

The Entertainment, Financial and Distillery Districts and the popular St. Lawrence market are within walking distance, along with sports and cultural venues including the Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and Harbourfront Centre.

The nearby ferry provides a quick get-away to the tranquility of the Toronto Islands. The Martin Goodman Trail, Sugar Beach, Cherry Beach, Tommy Thompson Park and Sherbourne Common are part of P27’s neighbourhood and reachable on foot or on bike. Sailors will appreciate the proximity of sailing clubs and marinas too.

The lifestyle at P27 is a perfect complement to its lakeside location. The resort-style amenities, comparable to what one might expect at a five-star hotel: indoor pool with stunning water and city views; an outdoor pool surrounded by barbecue areas and cabanas;, outdoor terraces; a games room; theatre; party room; and state-ofthe- art fitness facilities custom programmed by Movement Haus by Benchmark Group.

The suites have been designed with the same high quality and superior standard finishes, including 10-foot ceiling heights, oversized balconies or terraces and kitchens outfitted with granite, quartz composite or marble countertops and Miele and Subzero appliances.

Fernbrook Homes has created some of the finest quality new home communities in the GTA. Cityzen Development Group is a multifaceted real estate developer and with its sister company, Dominus Construction Group, is one of the GTA’s most recognized builders.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 15 Queen’s Quay East. For further information call or visit the website.

(416) 367-3456
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