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Hines Canada and Tridel achieve Toronto's first condo LEED Platinum Certification for Aqualina at Bayside

Hines Canada and Tridel achieve Toronto’s first condo LEED Platinum Certification for Aqualina at Bayside

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Hines Canada and Tridel achieve Toronto’s first condo LEED Platinum Certification for Aqualina at Bayside

Hines Canada and Tridel have achieved a first for a highrise condo in Toronto – LEED Platinum Certification – at the flagship residence in the master-planned Bayside Toronto Community, Aqualina at Bayside. The 13-storey project was completed in 2020.

“For twenty years, Waterfront Toronto has pursued new standards in sustainability and innovation in building complete communities,” says Meg Davis, chief development officer, Waterfront Toronto. “We are proud to have first introduced LEED environmental buildings standards to the Toronto market, which have now been adopted by developers across the Greater Toronto Area. Congratulations to Hines and Tridel for bringing the first LEED Platinum multi-unit residential highrise to Toronto. Waterfront Toronto appreciates their commitment to environmental sustainability in Bayside, and across their developments.”

Nearly a decade has passed since Hines was named the master developer of Bayside Toronto, following an international competition by Waterfront Toronto. Hines brought Canada’s leading condominium developer, Tridel, on as its exclusive residential development partner at Bayside. Aqualina was the first of the four residential projects onsite to launch, and completed occupancy last year. Intentions to pursue LEED Platinum were stated in 2017. Hines was among the earliest supporters of the LEED program in North America, having developed more than 102 million sq. ft. of LEED-Certified, pre-certified and registered properties in six countries.

Left to right, Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Tridel, Adrian Wang; Aqualina Condo Board President Dave Hamilton; and Hines Canada Vice-President of Construction, Michael J. Gross.
Left to right, Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Tridel, Adrian Wang; Aqualina Condo Board President Dave Hamilton; and Hines Canada Vice-President of Construction, Michael J. Gross.

Tridel has established a reputation as one of Canada’s leading environmentally-responsible, Green residential developers, earning several industry awards and distinctions for its Built Green Built for Life approach. As the largest LEED-certified highrise developer, Tridel’s condominiums comprise 25 per cent of all residential LEED projects across the GTA.

Tridel’s Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Adrian Wang, says that Platinum Certification is a significant achievement for the Bayside team. Not only does it mark a first for Toronto, but Aqualina is the second highrise multi-residential project in all of Canada to achieve the designation.

“It’s a remarkable accomplishment, and especially gratifying to achieve LEED Platinum as a condominium residence,” says Wang. “Energy conservation is a crowning feature of Aqualina and the entire Bayside Community. Our collective efforts translate to a healthier, more sustainable community for residents and the city, and the financial savings are passed on to our purchasers. Because of our site-wide approach at Bayside, we’re well positioned to replicate our success at Aquavista, Aquabella and Aqualuna.”

The LEED Canada, Green Building Rating System revolves around key parameters spanning a range of factors, including: Sustainable sites, materials and resources, water efficiency, design innovation, indoor environmental quality, energy and atmosphere and regional priority. Among the innovations contributing to Aqualina’s Platinum Certification are a site-wide water filtration system, sustainable procurement practices and discerning material choices. All LEED certifications are administered by the Canadian Green Building Council.

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Royal Bayview

Welcome to Tridel’s serene new project, Royal Bayview, where design creates peace of mind

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Welcome to Tridel’s serene new project, Royal Bayview, where design creates peace of mind

Located off of Bayview Avenue along Royal Orchard Boulevard – an esteemed Thornhill neighbourhood – you’ll find the elegant residences of Royal Bayview. Overlooking the private Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto, Royal Bayview offers a serene reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city living, while remaining conveniently connected to vibrant urban amenities and outstanding recreational experiences. With grounds best described as a green oasis, the property connects sophisticated residences to expertly designed and maintained golf courses, providing breathtaking views from every angle.

Designed by Kirkor Architects, Royal Bayview is a luxury condominium with just 168 home-sized suites. The dynamic, stepped architecture of the condominium’s two 12- and 14-storey peaks maximizes the opportunity to be immersed in the serene natural landscape. Residences feature private outdoor spaces, offering countless opportunities to bask in the beautiful views.

With amenities designed by award-winning firm II By IV Design, the grand lobby juxtaposes bold with soft and sumptuous details, incorporating a curvaceous layout for a timelessly elegant feeling. Residents will be able to relax and recharge through a series of amenities aimed at holistic wellness. Amenities include a refreshing indoor pool and whirlpool with abundant natural light, an outdoor area with a barbecue for al fresco dining and entertaining, and a fitness and yoga studio designed to support mindfulness through neutral colours and natural wood surfaces. In addition, Royal Bayview also offers a golf simulator for avid golfers to practice year-round.

Home-sized suites are offered in two- and three-bedroom layouts, with interiors aligning seamlessly with the peaceful, luxurious vibes of II By IV’s common elements. Residents will revel in the spa-inspired bathrooms, with frameless glass showers and quartz or natural stone countertops, the expansive windows and the harmonious feelings of openness and flow with layouts carefully selected to maximize space. From high-end appliances to contemporary lighting, no detail was spared to create an exquisite design and retreat-like atmosphere in each suite.

Royal Bayview, the condominium development, is not affiliated with Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto.

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The Humber Condos offer riverside living at Lawrence & Weston in Toronto

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The Humber Condos offer riverside living at Lawrence & Weston in Toronto

Living in Toronto is too often a story of compromises: To enjoy the urban vibrancy of the city, you often have to forgo expanses of nature; in order to afford homeownership, you have to move to the suburbs. With The Humber, an upcoming condo community at Lawrence Ave. W and Weston Rd. in Weston Village, it’s possible to have it all.

Nestled on the banks of the Humber River, a lush ribbon of water, parks and trails that bisects the concrete jungle, The Humber is situated next to a river oasis with sweeping southwest views that will never be obstructed. Meanwhile, city life is never far away. Located a mere three-minute walk from the Weston UP Express stop, it’s only a quick 15-minute zip to Union Station or 12 minutes to Pearson. Whether you’re up for a night on the town or looking to take flight, it’s all within easy reach.

With The Humber, which is developed by Options for Homes, home ownership within the city is also within reach. Operating for over 25 years, Options for Homes is Canada’s largest developer working exclusively on making home ownership more affordable. It’s something that Options has been doing for 25 years – including the first three buildings in The Distillery District and a development in The Junction.

With Options you only need 5% total down payment to buy a condo, and its unique Down Payment Boost offers anyone – not just first-time home buyers – 10% to 15% of the home’s purchase price as a shared-equity down payment loan. The Down Payment Loan helps lower the mortgage required and thereby lowers monthly mortgage payments. That said, first-timers could be eligible for up to a 24% boost! The loan comes with no monthly payments and is due back only when a purchaser sells their home or moves out.

Here’s how that looks. For a home costing $500,000, a purchaser would put $25,000 down and Options would offer a 10% down payment boost, so $50,000, and then owns 10% of the home. If the condo then appreciates to $600,000 in a few years and the owner wants to sell, they would owe Options 10% of the sale price, or $60,000. Both the homeowner and Options benefit from the home’s increase and value, and the homeowner is able to build equity through home ownership.

Options also keeps prices as low as possible by forgoing costly amenities like pools, while investing in beautiful common spaces and environmental features such as solar panels, all in a high-quality building built by Deltera (part of the Tridel Group of Companies), meaning affordability comes without compromise. This results in low and stable maintenance fees, which are a city-low of $0.49 per square foot. The Humber is also pet-friendly, as homeowners are able to own up to two pets, and its Smoke Less policy – which permits only vaping of tobacco or cannabis in the building, including private homes – mitigates the negative impacts of smoking for all of The Humber’s residents.

As a mission-based social enterprise, Options makes a policy of not selling to investors. This ensures that housing affordability is available to middle income Torontonians looking to home ownership for stability and as a means of building equity for their family’s future.

All of this means The Humber, with a large percentage of 2- and 3-bedroom suites, is ideally suited for families and those who value community, something that Options for Homes is known for over its 13 completed developments.

Sheena McDonald, who along with her husband purchased a 3-bedroom suite at The Humber, says this focus on building community was an important factor in their decision to buy. “I feel like it’s rare. We have a number of friends who live at Heintzman (in The Junction) and I’ve learned through them that sense of community actually does exist in Options developments,” she says. “It seems like it’s not your typical condo situation in Toronto.”

While Weston Village is a lesser known corner of Toronto, it already boasts renowned and beloved community events such as the Weston Farmers’ Market (the city’s oldest), its own Santa Claus parade, and Weston Lions Park and arena. And it’s getting a huge cultural boost with the Artscape Weston Commons, which is home to artist housing, Urban Arts and Shakespeare in Action, along with the farmers’ market.

Quality, community and unparalleled natural beauty are hallmarks of The Humber. With excellent transit options, a rejuvenating neighbourhood, and down payment support that makes home ownership possible, The Humber is a perfect place to call home.

Visit thehumber.ca for more information.

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