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In conversation with Jim Ritchie of Tridel

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In conversation with Jim Ritchie of Tridel

It’s always a pleasure to spend time with the smart and insightful Jim Ritchie, executive vice-president of sales and marketing at Tridel, one of Canada’s largest and best condominium builders. In its eight decades, Tridel has built more than 80,000 homes, and that’s something to celebrate!

Tridel was founded by Jack DelZotto in 1934, when he built his first single-detached home near Dufferin and Bloor Streets. Jack, who arrived in Canada from Italy in 1927, was a stonemason by trade who worked in the mines in Timmins before coming to Toronto. (He helped lay the bricks at the Park Plaza Hotel. How’s that for history?).

Jack’s three sons — Angelo, Elvio and Leo — were brought into the company, and continued to grow the organization into what it is today. The name of the company evolved to Tridel (after the three DelZotto brothers).

The DelZottos have always been known as innovators and built their first rental apartment complex in 1961, featuring twin towers, a swimming pool, a recreation centre and landscaped grounds — quite luxurious for the times — the forerunner of today’s modern condo.

Today, the DelZotto brothers and their lifelong business partner Harvey Fruitman — along with their families — have carried on the tradition set by Jack of complete communities, environmental awareness and technical innovation. And it has grown.

As Ritchie tells me, Tridel manages every part of the development of a condominium project.

“We handle the entire process — land purchase, planning, approvals, marketing, selling, building, customer service and management. Overall, we control the customer experience from purchase to residency.”

In fact, in addition to Tridel, the Tridel Group of Companies consists of Deltera (construction services and management), Del Realty (real estate brokerage), Del Property Management (condominium property management), DelSuites (long-term furnished executive accommodations), Del Condominium Rentals (full-service condo rentals), Delmanor Retirement Living (seniors’ accommodations), Delcare (long-term seniors’ care facilities) and Del Management Solutions (residential and commercial property management).

Q: Did Tridel make a conscious decision to move from ground related housing to apartments and condominiums?

A: The transition from single-family homes to building rental apartments was an evolution. Tridel built a rental apartment complex complete with amenities and landscaping, which essentially became a model for the condominium we know today.

In 1967, when condos became a legal entity in Ontario, Tridel embraced the concept and started developing its first condominium the following year.

Q: What are your thoughts on the condo market in the GTA?

A: Toronto has the largest new condo market in North America. The market was outstanding in 2017, which was an exceptional year fuelled by many factors. But that record-breaking year couldn’t be sustained, and with a number of government interventions, including new mortgage rules, the market has levelled somewhat as compared to previous years.

We see consistent and long-term growth in the GTA housing market, especially with a strong economy and continuing growth in population. But it’s really very difficult to make predictions.

The success of the industry is predicated on relative affordability and more recently condos have become very popular because of the increasing cost of other forms of housing — 25 per cent of the cost of a home is various fees and taxes.

Q: What is Tridel’s philosophy of building condo communities?

A: We are city builders — actually all highrise builders are city builders — and at Tridel we put more focus on architecture and the public realm. Architecture matters and consumers understand that. Today’s consumers are well informed on these matters.

But it’s not easy, there are no easy projects anymore. No longer can we raze a parking lot and build a condo. There just aren’t any of these types of sites left. And creating real communities, which means mixed-use developments, brings more complexity.

Q: How have you seen suite design and amenity space changed over the years?

A: Architecture matters to Tridel and that includes suite designs that can optimize the use of space, and user-friendly amenities, which have changed over the years and now include more family-oriented spaces.

Evermore at West Village in Etobicoke offers some of the most current amenities and suite designs, including two- and three-bedroom suites for family living with larger entrances and bigger laundry rooms with more storage.

Some of the more in-demand amenities include shared workspaces and study pods, kids and youth zones and large outdoor terraces.

We’ve also found that putting the larger units in one area of the building — at Evermore they are in the podium — means that families can live near each other and that creates a sense of community.

Q: Tridel has a reputation for being in the forefront of green technology. Has that always been the case?

A: Tridel has always been on the leading edge of new construction methodology and energy-efficient building practices. These include the fundamentals of building design, including the building envelope and mechanic al systems. In 2005, we brought our first LEED building into the marketplace, and now we lead sustainable residential condominium development in Canada.

Q: What new innovations does Tridel have in the works?

A: I’m very excited by Tridel Connect, an innovative range of integrated smart home features, which we recently rolled out very successfully at our Ten York community. Some of the features of Tridel Connect include the ability to set the temperature, security alarm and receive notifications about community events through an in-suite wall pad or remotely with a smartphone app. Suite locks are also dig ital, opened with a personalized code, and additional codes can be programmed for service people, like a cleaner or dog walker.

You can also use the wall panel to connect visually with the concierge and select common areas, and you can open common-area doors with your smartphone, so no more key fobs. That also applies to the garage door, where a camera uses license plate recognition to provide entry.

We had this technology developed about six years ago, but we wanted to make sure we had worked out all the kinks before announcing it. It will be included in many Tridel condos going forward.

PORTFOLIO

  • Evermore at West Village, Eva Road & Hwy. 427
  • Aqualuna at Bayside, Queens Quay & Sherbourne
  • Auberge on the Park, Leslie & Eglinton
  • Auberge II on the Park, Leslie & Eglinton
  • Bloor Promenade, Bloor & Islington
  • Bloorvista, Bloor & Islington
  • Islington Terrace, Bloor & Islington
  • Bianca, Dupont & Bathurst
  • Via Bloor, Bloor & Parliament
  • Via Bloor 2, Bloor & Parliament
  • Aquabella at Bayside, Queens Quay & Sherbourne
  • Ten York, York & Harbour
  • Alto and Parkside at Atria, Sheppard & Hwy. 404
  • Trio at Atria, Sheppard & Hwy. 404
  • Parfait at Atria, Sheppard & Hwy. 404
  • Aqualina at Bayside, Queens Quay & Sherbourne
  • Aquavista at Bayside, Queens Quay & Sherbourne
  • Alter, Church & Carlton
  • 101 Erskine, Yonge & Eglinton
  • Avani 2 at Metrogate, Kennedy & Hwy. 401
  • Selene at Metrogate, Kennedy & Hwy. 401
  • SQ2 at Alexandra Park, Spadina & Queen
  • FORM, Queen & McCaul
  • Scala, Leslie & Sheppard
  • Sherwood at Huntington, Bayview & Lawrence

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Evermore: Grand Opening! Experience Tridel's Newest Etobicoke Condominium

Experience Tridel’s newest Etobicoke condominium – Evermore

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Experience Tridel’s newest Etobicoke condominium – Evermore

Condominium living should inspire ways for residents to live more, and that’s exactly what Tridel is offering at Evermore, its latest condominium in Etobicoke.

“When designing Evermore, we were driven by this ‘more is more’ concept, and designed flexible suite layouts that can be uniquely tailored to the needs of our homeowners,” says Jim Ritchie, Tridel’s executive vice-president, sales and marketing.

Empty nesters, families, and young professionals were among the potential purchasers whose lifestyle choices influenced and impacted the design decisions at Evermore. Some of the design considerations Tridel has incorporated into the suites at Evermore include larger suite entryways (perfect for avid cyclists, passionate luggage-toting travellers, or parents with strollers) and doubling the laundry area (for storage or extra space for linens).

“We really examined how one suite layout could be customized in many different ways, depending on the person living in it, whether that be for more closet space, an at-home office, a craft room or a nursery,” notes Ritchie.

The amenity offerings at Evermore were also carefully considered to allow for maximum versatility and usability by a diverse range of residents, and to help create a sense of community as a natural extension of the home.

Amenities include a sound-proofed music room, a youth hub for teens to hang out with friends or do homework, a kids’ zone for young children, along with more traditional amenities such as a party room for entertaining, a fitness centre for the young at heart, and a rooftop terrace.

While there are many reasons to stay at home, jet-setting or commuting residents will find getting to and from home a breeze. Located at Eva Road and Highway 427, Evermore is minutes from the TTC Kipling Station, Pearson Airport and has convenient access to major transit routes including the 427, 401, QEW and Gardiner Expressway. There are also a number of restaurants, cafes and shops, including Sherway Gardens and IKEA.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 3326 Bloor St. W.. The Presentation Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Friday.

416.620.1887

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Evermore

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Evermore

Introducing Tridel’s Newest Condominium Coming This Fall

More room to live. More room to play. More ways to celebrate with friends and family. More opportunities to connect.

Condominium living should inspire ways to live more, and that’s exactly what Tridel is offering at Evermore, its latest condominium in Etobicoke.

“Driven by this ‘more is more’ concept, Evermore offers larger suites with flexible designs that can be tailored to the needs of our homeowners,” says Tridel’s Jim Ritchie, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Today’s buyers have been conditioned to believe that to purchase the condo of their dreams, sacrifices have to be made. That they can’t have it all. That size, amenities and lifestyle must be compromised for affordability. But we don’t agree. We think today’s buyers deserve it all, plus a little more.”

The amenity offerings, location of suite-mix types, and the floorplan layout designs at Evermore have each been carefully considered to allow for maximum versatility and usability by a diverse range of residents. Empty nesters, young families, and millennials were among the potential purchasers whose lifestyle choices influenced and impacted the design decisions at Evermore.

“We really examined how one suite layout could be customized in many different ways, depending on the person living in it, whether that be for more closet space, an at-home office, a craft room or a nursery,” notes Ritchie.

Considering the residents, Tridel has made design decisions like allowing for larger suite entryways (perfect for avid cyclists, passionate luggage-toting travellers, or parents with strollers), doubling the laundry area (for storage or extra space for linens) and the creation of multiple amenity spaces that appeal to specific building demographics, including a sound-proofed music room, a youth hub for teens to hang out with friends or do homework, a kid’s zone for young children, a fitness centre for the young at heart, and a rooftop terrace for residents who prefer more reasons to stay at home.

“At Evermore, there is something for everyone and through the thoughtfully-designed suites and amenities, we’re really hoping to inspire our residents to live a little more,” says Ritchie.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 3326 Bloor Street West. The Presentation Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.

416.620.1887

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Aqualuna

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Aqualuna

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.

416.514.2710

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Tridel Unveils Smart Condominium

Tridel Unveils Smart Condominium

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Tridel Unveils Smart Condominium

Integrated wireless technology provides convenience, connectivity and peace of mind

Leading Canadian condominium developer Tridel unveiled its first smart condominium at Ten York, a newly completed 69-storey community in Toronto’s downtown core. Ten York features Tridel Connect, an innovative range of integrated smart home features designed to make condo living as convenient as possible.

Tridel Connect makes it easier to do everyday tasks like enter and exit your home, manage temperature settings and security, host guests and receive packages. It also allows homeowners to rely on voice and data connectivity within the building, a benefit that has become very important as a growing number of consumers no longer have landlines or cable and require robust wi-fi.

“Toronto is fast becoming a global technology hub and Tridel is keeping pace by introducing a range of tech-savvy amenities which are available to our customers today,” said Jim Ritchie, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Tridel. “With erratic schedules, 24/7 work demands and the nature of living in a bustling city, people are increasingly looking for ways to simplify their lives. A more connected home and community is one way to accomplish that.”

“Tridel Connect is the result of a collaboration with real estate technology company SmartONE Solutions, which helped us elevate Ten York beyond standard condo living, using smart building features,” explained Bruno Giancola, Tridel senior vice president, project management/innovation & sustainability. “Their platform uses a central network and integrates multiple systems to enable shared services and individual features for each suite. Ten York received industry recognition recently with a Multifamily/Residential Digi Award for Most Intelligent Building Project at the Realcomm conference held in Las Vegas in June 2018.”

Tridel Connect at Ten York offers the following features:

Home Connectivity

Adjust the temperature, set the security alarm and receive notifications about community events and services through an in-suite wall pad or remotely via a smartphone app.

Welcome Guests

A wall pad lets homeowners see and speak with guests before allowing them entry.

Suite Entry

No more keys. Digital door locks use a personalized access code for entry. Additional codes can be programmed for family members, friends, or service providers, like a dog walker. Homeowners can also assign nicknames to friends and family to keep a record of who has entered their suite, using the wall pad.

Manage Security

A camera view of select common areas and direct video communication with the concierge provides added security for residents (video is one-way to protect resident privacy).

Community Access

A personalized Bluetooth smartphone app unlocks common area doors as a resident approaches.

License Plate Recognition

License plate recognition provides automated entry to the parking garage for residents and registered guests—no fob or door opener is required.

Automated Parcel Delivery

Given the popularity of e-commerce, an automated smart locker system has been installed. When a package arrives, residents are sent a digital message and their package is held until it’s convenient for them to pick it up.

Managed Network

A dedicated team monitors and manages the sophisticated network infrastructure in the building to keep the system connected and running smoothly.

Robust, Reliable Connectivity

A distributed antenna system enhances voice and data connectivity for mobile devices within the building to ensure residents on even the highest floors stay connected.

Advanced Wi-Fi

All suites at Ten York include unlimited, ultra high-speed 500 mbps internet as a utility and high-speed guest internet is available in the building’s common amenity areas.

“Innovative, smart home technologies have benefits for all types of condo residents—from millennials for whom technology is second nature, to seniors looking for added security features, to families with young kids who can use a smartphone rather than a fob to come and go,” added Ritchie.

About Tridel

Tridel is Canada’s leading developer and builder of condominium residences with more than 80 years of homebuilding experience. To date, the Tridel Group of Companies is responsible for producing over 80,000 homes. Tridel is determined to develop condominium communities that meet the needs of today’s homeowners while safeguarding the well-being of future generations. The company is working to meet this goal by focusing on innovation including environmentally sustainable design, performance in construction and corporate stewardship.

Tridel is deeply committed to building the highest quality condominiums possible and has won virtually every award in the industry for design, customer service, sales, marketing, green building and construction excellence. Tridel looks forward to continuing this long, proud history of award winning excellence with over 20 new condominium communities currently under development in the Greater Toronto Area.

About SmartONE

SmartONE Solutions is a Toronto-based company that develops and integrates leading-edge digital solutions that allow builders and developers to advance digital living by offering customers secure, sustainable and convenient next-generation smart communities. Their technology agnostic approach supports collaboration with a variety of partners and enables solutions which are selected as an integral part of the next generation community experience.

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OHBA 2018 Awards of Distinction

OHBA Awards of Distinction finalists named

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OHBA Awards of Distinction finalists named

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Awards of Distinction finalists. Judged by a panel of industry professionals from across Canada, the entries were submitted into 41 categories showcasing excellence in building, design, professional renovation, and sales and marketing. The complete list of finalists is available online at ohbaaod.ca/winners-finalists/.

The Awards of Distinction winners will be announced September 25, 2018 at the OHBA Conference in Ottawa.

Notably, OHBA will also announce the winner of the prestigious 2018 Ontario Home Builder of the Year award to a company that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and integrity within their business, industry and community.

This year, finalists are Tridel, Minto Communities and Great Gulf.

Finalists for the coveted Ontario Renovator of the Year award are Amsted Design-Build, OakWood and Lagois Design Build Renovate.

Until August 24, the public also has a chance to vote online for their favourite project and help decide who wins the 2018 People’s Choice Award (vote here https://www.ohbaaod.ca/). People’s Choice Award contenders are the top finalists in Project of the Year Lowrise and Project of the Year High or Midrise awards categories:

Geranium for Friday Harbour, HIP Developments for The Gaslight District, Minto Communities for Glen Agar, Mizrahi Developments for The One, North Drive Investments for One Forest Hill and Paradise Developments for High Point.

“This year, we’ve seen the rise of #homebelievers in Ontario – that is, government, builders, renovator, and local champions rallying around the great Canadian dream of home ownership,” said OHBA president Pierre Dufresne. “The OHBA Awards of Distinction has always celebrated that dream by recognizing excellence in homebuilding, professional renovation and sales and marketing; all of these efforts lead to more housing supply and choice in communities across Ontario.”

As #homebeliever champions, the OHBA believes in the great Canadian dream of home ownership by supporting more housing choice and supply across Ontario. OHBA is the voice of the residential construction industry in Ontario, representing 4,000 member companies organized into 29 local associations across the province.


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Aqualuna

Aqualuna

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Aqualuna

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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Consumer Protection: The Homeowners’ Choice Awards

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Consumer Protection: The Homeowners’ Choice Awards

In the world of movies, an Oscar is considered the pinnacle of achievement. And yet, recipients are not chosen by the movie-going public but rather by movie industry insiders. In contrast, the People’s Choice Awards are voted on by the public who actually watch the nominated movies and TV shows.

The Homeowners’ Choice Awards are like the People’s Choice Awards for builders. In fact, they are the only awards that give Ontario new homeowners the power to have their builder recognized for outstanding performance.

A new home is one of life’s biggest investments and a homeowner’s relationship with their builder lasts long after the keys change hands. This is why customer service is so important. A happy homeowner is the best advertisement for any builder.

Each year, Tarion gives Ontario home buyers the opportunity to rate their builders’ performance before, during and after they move into their new home. We sent surveys to 56,929 new home buyers and more than 11,500 weighed in with their opinions and chose the recipients for outstanding customer service in four categories: Small, Medium, Large Volume and High-Rise. To see a full list of the finalists, visit Tarion.com

The following were our 2018 Homeowners’ Choice recipients:

  • Small Volume Category: Kolody Homes, Belle River
  • Medium Volume Category: Talos Custom Homes Ltd., Richmond
  • Large Volume Category: Hayhoe Homes, St. Thomas
  • High-Rise Category: Plazacorp Investments, Toronto

In the entertainment industry, there are also lifetime achievement awards given to those whose exemplary commitment and accomplishments have stood the test of time. We have our own version – the Ernest Assaly Award — that goes to the builder who demonstrates a longstanding commitment to not only creating a quality home for their customers but also nurturing the people who build that home and investing in the community that surrounds it.

Like a lifetime achievement award, a builder can only earn this honour once and the recipient is chosen by a committee from a shortlist of builders who meet the rigorous criteria required to be invited to participate. This award recognizes the highest level of excellence in Ontario home building while honouring the legacy of Ernest Assaly, a highly respected leader in the residential building industry who was Tarion’s first Board Chair.

The recipient of the Ernest Assaly Award is: Tridel, Toronto.

Tarion congratulates all the 2018 award recipients for achieving greatness in the eyes of their customers and, by doing so, instilling confidence in the new home buying experience across Ontario.

HOWARD BOGACH is president and CEO of Tarion Warranty Corp., a private corporation established to protect the rights of new homebuyers and to regulate new home builders.

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Auberge II on the Park

Auberge II on the Park

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Auberge II on the Park

Introducing Tridel’s second stunning tower at its newest luxury midtown community

Following the success of Auberge on the Park‘s first phase, Tridel has introduced Auberge II, the second tower in its newest luxury community. Like a breath of fresh air, Auberge II combines location, luxury and lush parkland at Leslie and Eglinton, in the heart of Toronto’s midtown.

Standing 29 storeys, Auberge II is designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects. The second tower will share the beautiful, grand podium with the first phase and feature the same distinctive architecture of stepped-back balconies and cascading open air terraces.

Tridel is offering a variety of European-inspired, elegant new floorplan designs for Auberge II. These spacious homes are available in a mix of two-bedroom suites, many with the option of a den, three-bedroom suites, and a collection of two-storey townhomes. Priced from $800,000, residences range in size from 1,000 square feet to upward of 2,000 square feet, and are designed to encourage outdoor living on the expansive terraces and balconies.

“Auberge II on the Park offers refreshing tranquility in the heart of prime urban living. It’s rare to be this close to such an abundant area of nature and still be in the city,” says Jim Ritchie, Tridel’s executive vice president, sales and marketing. “The Auberge community has everything for today’s condominium buyers – easy access to transit, including the upcoming Eglinton LRT, an abundance of recreational offerings, urban conveniences, schools, and much more.”

Living at Auberge on the Park means living in luxury, by nature. The community is surrounded by acres of parkland, including Sunnybrook Park and many of Toronto’s most affluent neighbourhoods such as the Bridle Path, Hoggs Hollow, Bayview Village and Leaside. Whether it’s hiking, shopping, gardening or dining, the options for entertainment are just waiting to be explored.

In addition to the plentiful neighbourhood amenities, residents of Auberge II will have no shortage of amenities right at home. The Auberge On the Park community will feature a grand, welcoming two-storey lobby, an outdoor rooftop pool with lounge area, cabanas and barbecues, as well as a party room, multimedia room, and fitness centre with free weights, cardio machines, a yoga studio and a spin studio. Not to mention, just outside of Auberge II’s front door is a beautiful, landscaped central park spanning more 27,000 square feet.

Getting around the city or getting away for a weekend couldn’t be easier. The future Sunnybrook Park Eglinton Crosstown LRT station is located right at Leslie and Eglinton, less than a five-minute walk from Auberge II. The TTC runs along the major roadways, connecting residents to the Eglinton subway station. For those who prefer to drive, Auberge II is located near the Don Valley Parkway, Highway 404, and the Bayview Extension.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 4800 Dufferin Street. The Presentation Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. For further information visit the website.


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Bianca

Cover Story: Bianca

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Cover Story: Bianca

Tridel’s Luxurious Addition to the Annex

The Annex is one of Toronto’s oldest and most charismatic neighbourhoods. Endearingly known for its industrial roots, the northern border of Dupont Street is about to undergo an exciting transformation from its former factory glory, into the city’s newest urban destination for arts, food and entertainment.

Tridel’s Bianca will be the first residential condominium to arrive along this coveted Annex corridor. The luxurious midrise building will bring renewed poise to this rejuvenated stretch of Toronto’s downtown, dubbed ‘The New Dupont’.

Located on Dupont, west of Spadina at Howland Avenue, the luminous nine-storey residence is designed to make a profound architectural statement. The distinctive white façade and gently sloping exterior of expansive terraces and balconies are the hallmark of Teeple Architects’ design for Bianca.

“Bianca is truly one of a kind, with spacious suites and distinctive architecture,” says Jim Ritchie, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Tridel. “This is a unique opportunity to live in a luxury condo residence in the coveted Annex neighbourhood, while still having private outdoor space to entertain or simply relax.”

The generous outdoor spaces at Bianca offer residents extended living space, inviting the opportunity to grow fresh plants and herbs, relax and unwind for some private leisure time, or host an afternoon barbecue to enjoy time with friends and family.

Bianca offers suite collections in a variety of thoughtfully conceived layouts. Open concept living and dining spaces flow out onto terraces and balconies with views of Casa Loma to the northeast and the downtown skyline to the south.

For those seeking large suites with both indulgence and privacy, Bianca’s Terrace Collection includes exclusive luxurious north-facing suites. These expansive residences are available in two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den and three-bedroom layouts that overlook the community’s private landscaped courtyards.

Beginning from 1,015 square feet, these coveted suites are priced starting from $1 million, include a parking space, and boast luxury finishes such as Miele appliances, a natural stone or quartz waterfall island, and plank engineered flooring.

Bianca’s stunningly rich interiors and sophisticated, urban amenity spaces have been artfully crafted by the award-winning designers at II by IV Design. Bianca will boast a striking rooftop terrace with panoramic views of downtown and Casa Loma, complete with an outdoor pool, cabanas, barbecues and an outdoor fireplace lounge. Indoors, Bianca has a welcoming two-storey lobby with fireplace lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness centre with yoga and stretching studio, and is also home to multi-function entertainment spaces including a sophisticated European-inspired party lounge and bar, and an elegant private dining room.

“Rich with robust lifestyle options, the Annex and Dupont Street have an exciting, vibrant energy that Bianca residents will enjoy,” says Jim Ritchie. “The introduction of new residential condominiums coupled with the lively, eclectic mix of cultural hotspots and community green spaces make ‘The New Dupont’ an attractive choice for everyone.”

Inarguably, one of the area’s biggest draws is the growing restaurant scene along Dupont. The street is home to a seemingly endless choice of popular eateries including French brasseries, Italian ristorantes, Mexican cantinas, burger joints and other grab ‘n’ go options for local foodies.

The Annex also features an exciting list of high-end shops, heritage buildings, art galleries and cultural escapes such as Artscape Wychwood Barns, Casa Loma, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Additionally, the area is home to an inviting expanse of greenspaces and parks for the enjoyment of Annex pedestrians.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 408 Dupont Street. The Presentation Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Friday. For further information visit the website.

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