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Yorkville is prized, exclusive and priced to match

Yorkville is prized, exclusive and priced to match

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Yorkville is prized, exclusive and priced to match

If location, location, location is the golden rule of real estate, the Yorkville area of Toronto is one of the most shining examples. Indeed, it doesn’t get much more central than this prized locale bounded by Bloor Street, Davenport Road, Yonge Street and Avenue Road. If midtown Toronto is what you want, a neighbourhood pretty much at the intersection of the city’s main subway lines at Yonge and Bloor is it.

Five-star is the perfect descriptor for Yorkville, home to the Mink Mile, one of Canada’s most exclusive shopping districts, along a stretch of Bloor. Upscale names such as Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Boss, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen operate flagship locations here, and north of Bloor, on Yorkville and Cumberland streets, you’ll find smaller buildings containing art galleries, first-floor retail and high-end restaurants. And of course, being so close to the famous Yonge Street, you’re just steps away from every retail option you can imagine, including the new Nordstrom Rack on the ground floor at 1 Bloor East.

Signature condo destination

As you can imagine, given Toronto’s condo boom, Yorkville is also a signature location for highrise living, with developers introducing several new projects in recent years, reflective of the luxurious character of the area.

Among the new projects underway is 55C Bloor Yorkville Residences, where MOD Developments broke ground just last month. The 48-storey building comprises 551 units in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations and is due for completion in fall 2023.

Also under construction in the area is 8 Cumberland from Great Gulf, a 51-storey condo with a century-old brick Victorian podium located at the northwest corner of Cumberland Avenue and Yonge.

Great Gulf is also building the 76-storey One Bloor East just one block away.

Nearby, Lanterra Developments is building 50 Scollard, a 41-storey condo at the corner of Bay and Scollard, with 77 exclusive residences. The project earned Lanterra Best Highrise Building Design at the 2019 BILD Awards.

Complementing the high-end, highrise living and shopping in Yorkville are nearby cultural offerings such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mira Godard Gallery, the Heffel Fine Art Auction House and Gallery 36.

And of course, blessed with a location along major transit arteries, getting to and from Yorkville is a breeze, with three subway stops along this stretch of Bloor.

Location, location, location

Bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west

Key landmarks

• Cumberland Terrace

• Gallery 36

• Hemingway’s

• Holt Renfrew Centre

• Royal Ontario Museum

• Sassafraz

• Windsor Arms Hotel

Select condo projects

8 Cumberland by Great Gulf

11 Yorkville by Capital Developments

11 Yorkville by Metropia

11 Yorkville by RioCan Living

50 Scollard by Lanterra Developments

55C Yorkville by MOD Developments

140 Yorkville by Empire Communities

321 Davenport by Alterra Group

625 Yonge Street by Edenshaw Developments

Via Bloor 2 by Tridel


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Tridel presentation centre opens at Royal Bayview with private bookings and virtual appointments

Tridel presentation centre opens at Royal Bayview with private bookings and virtual appointments

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Tridel presentation centre opens at Royal Bayview with private bookings and virtual appointments

Located off 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.

“Demand for residences north of the 401 continues to grow, and we’re extremely excited to be welcoming purchasers back to Royal Bayview with private appointments and virtual showings,” says Samson Fung, vice-president of marketing, Tridel. “Between the lush grounds of the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto, the stunning views and private outdoor space included with every residence, and the connectivity to extensive amenities, Royal Bayview is an incredible luxury boutique condominium that residents will be thrilled to call home.”

Royal Bayview features a lavish two-tower condominium with 167 suites designed by Kirkor Architects and the award-winning interior design firm II By IV Design. To maximize the serene scenery of the immersive natural landscapes, suites feature private outdoor spaces, offering countless opportunities to bask in the beautiful views. 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.

Home-sized suites are offered with interiors that align seamlessly with the peaceful, luxurious vibes of II By IV’s common design elements. Residents will revel in the spa-inspired bathrooms, with frameless glass showers and quartz 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.

Stepping outside of the luxurious suites and onto the scenic grounds, residents will benefit from easy access to the outdoors, providing numerous opportunities to maintain an active lifestyle and enjoy leisure time. Surrounded by lush parklands, Royal Bayview is also connected to an extensive trail system which features some of nature’s finest such as forests, meadows, wetlands and local wildlife. Nine nearby parks provide the ideal setting to create personal peaceful moments, spend time with loved ones, bond with furry friends, or enjoy recreation activities such as tennis and other sports. Luxury condominium residences starting from $1.2 million.

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* Royal Bayview, the condominium development, is not affiliated with Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. E &O.E

For more information about Royal Bayview, visit the Tridel website to book your private appointment.


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GTA homebuilders upbeat, foresee post-COVID-19 recovery

GTA homebuilders upbeat about post-COVID-19
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The beginning of 2020 was looking especially bright in the new and resale home markets in and around the GTA. The economy was sailing along, interest rates were low, homebuyer appetite looked insatiable and everything that was built or put up for sale seemingly was snapped up in an instant.

Then COVID-19 hit, and everything changed.

Here we are now, mid-year and a few months into the pandemic, and while some insecurity remains, there are growing reasons for optimism.

The Conference Board of Canada, for example, reports that while major metropolitan economies may contract in 2020, assuming the virus’ spread is contained and companies can return to normal operations over the summer months, a recovery should begin in the second half of the year. Sharp rebounds should follow, and in the case of Toronto, GDP growth of 3.2 per cent from 2021 to 2024 could lead the country.

Another source, Altus Group, points out that the unique nature of this economic slowdown means the impact on housing markets will likely be mild and short lasting.

Altus Group Vice-President and Chief Economist Peter Norman says a relaxing of containment measures through early summer should bring a sharp resumption in new home sales activity.

Later in the year, home prices will likely return to their upward path, and expectations are for a five- to 10-per-cent year-over-year gain, nationally, by year-end.

The pandemic has been a challenging time for the homebuilding industry, an important economic driver. Construction was halted for a period, and though now allowed to resume, there is still some uncertainty in the market. Builders, however, remain largely upbeat.

Here’s how GTA area homebuilders are feeling:

Altree Developments

Jordan Debrincat
Director of Operations

We are very excited that construction can now continue on our sites. For our Thirty Six Zorra project in Etobicoke, we were at the point in our construction where we were just about to begin shoring and excavation before the shutdown took place, and we have to make some adjustments to our daily operations for this site. Now that construction is back up and running, we are ready to begin – full steam ahead. We were already ahead of schedule, so the provincial shutdowns didn’t affect our timing at all.

Construction resuming has put a lot of people at ease. This has allowed a number of people to return to work, developers to continue their operations, and purchasers the comfort that their home is going to be delivered on time.

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Aoyuan International

Vince Santino
Senior Vice-President of Development

M2M in North York is actively under construction. We’ve learned some great lessons about best practices and how to interact with each other when it comes to social distancing and providing a safe, informative sales experience. Part of that is adopting virtual sales tools, and leaning a little more on digital technology. We’re optimistic, and have plans to release a collection of townhomes and upper tower suites at M2M as part of M2M Spaces. These will be larger, more livable units, with a variety of outdoor spaces depending on the suite. There is a real emphasis on wellness, and pairing more spacious suites with the urban setting at Yonge and Finch.

The 8.6-acre M2M development will be one of Aoyuan’s largest master-planned communities in Canada and really gives us the opportunity to bring our healthy lifestyle vision to life. Everything from our amenity package, which includes a yoga and fitness area, indoor and outdoor kids play area and infinity pool, to our urban location, is geared around promoting healthy, active lifestyles. This corporate-wide focus on health and wellness positions us well in our collective, new reality. We’re thinking about the people who will be living at M2M, offering a range of suites sizes to accommodate a diverse cross-section of residents. We’re even providing homes for multi-generational families. I think space is going to be a cherished amenity for a lot of buyers, and we’re proud to be bringing a range of options to market.

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Carriage Gate Homes

Nick Carnicelli
President

Construction continues at Gallery Condos + Lofts in Burlington, with occupancy scheduled for 2022.

We moved the launch date for the first phase of our new large masterplanned community in Hamilton – Roxboro – from spring to the fall. Like many builders, we are continuing to plan for our launch, and may begin to change the way we launch projects in future. More virtual technology, no large crowds, with all appropriate COVID-19 measures in place.

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Flato Developments

Shakir Rehmatullah
President

We are very optimistic, as we’re already witnessing renewed confidence from homebuyers. We’re increasing our use of technology, as meeting virtually will become the new norm. For us, it’s business as usual. Our sites are under construction as planned, and more sites are beginning construction as per the government’s direction. We have been active in marketing, even though we couldn’t do physical sales events, and we have been conducting online webinars with good results. For new launches, we’ll likely adopt new technologies such as virtual openings for certain projects, to make sure vulnerable groups such as seniors are safe.

We believe the demand for lowrise homes and small buildings will increase as people embrace social distancing. And since more people will be working from home, many will invest more in their homes. Home offices will be a must.

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Menkes Highrise

Jared Menkes
Executive Vice-President

We are seeing signs of pent-up demand and positive sentiments among buyers, with the number of inquiries and people resuming their housing research growing every week. We expect that as the economy continues to reopen, buyers will regain confidence in their financial stability and capacity to buy.

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NATIONAL HOMES

Deena Pantalone
Principal

We have taken the COVID-19 situation very seriously, with offices open only via video or telephone. Now that the provincial government has opened up construction, we will continue to put the safety of our employees and our buyers first with strict protocols and social distancing.

Construction servicing is beginning at The Forest in Bradford, and in Brampton at Three Rivers Claireville. We are also beginning to book design studio appointments for this summer, with an even more personal, one-on-one approach to keep us all safe and healthy.

The demand is clearly still there for real estate. If anything positive can be said to have come from COVID-19, it’s that this virus has refocused our attention on the importance of our families, and the homes we live in.

Many people just need more from their residence; more space, different features, or even a different neighbourhood. That’s why we expect to see a strong market come back later this summer and fall. In fact, we have two new communities we are working towards launching, in Burlington and in Courtice, and we are incorporating unique features and technology that we believe people will want post-pandemic. So, homebuyers should look forward to not just new launches, but new innovations.

From recycling to renewable materials to energy-efficient features and Green products, to innovative new prefabricated wall systems, National is helping our buyers reduce their “Greenprint.

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Pinnacle International

Anson Kwok
Vice-President, Sales & Marketing

The market definitely took a quick pause to look both ways but people are now back to crossing the street, which is positive for the marketplace. Our construction teams were active and our projects continue to rise.

Pinnacle has a diverse offering of projects that can suit any prospective homebuyer. We have four active constructions sites and pre-construction developments, so there are opportunities to move in as early as this fall to the next five years. These master-planned communities are located in desirable neighbourhoods in Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga.

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Regal Crest Homes

Art Rubino
Contracts Manager/Marketing Manager

Construction has never stopped for us since the province declared residential construction as an essential service. New construction starts only follow up last year’s sales. The real story will be the coming weeks, as we slowly open up sales offices.

We are here to fulfill homebuyers’ dreams, and with interest rates still so low, it’s an excellent time to buy.

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Solmar Development Corp.

Angela Marotta
Director of Marketing and Sales

We are fortunate that our current projects are more than 80 per cent sold, as we launched well before COVID-19. The other projects we have coming up are still in preliminary stages, however they have been pushed back as consultants and city officials have yet to resume full-time scheduling. We are focusing on the planning process for Park Avenue Tower 3, and Bellaria Phase 2 in Vaughan, as they’ve been delayed.

We are continuing with the construction of Edge and Oro towers in Mississauga and Park Avenue towers 1 and 2. Our goal is to catch up and get our purchasers moved in. Many of them are renting, so this investment is giving them something to look forward to. It’s evident that as other markets show so many variables and uncertainties given the current climate, real estate remains a secure investment.

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Tridel

Samson Fung
Vice-President, Marketing

We were fortunate to be able to continue construction and delivering homes to our homeowners. We implemented strict enhancements to our health and safety protocols on our construction sites to help safeguard the well-being of our employees and the communities we’re building, and these will remain in place as things begin to open up. Generally, we remain optimistic and see the industry as a whole preparing to adopt new measures and stabilize within this new environment. We’re proud of our efforts over the last few months, and our resilience as we come back stronger as leaders in both real estate and construction, and we’re looking forward to a strong finish in 2020.

As we move into the second half of 2020, we’re eagerly preparing to bring new communities to the marketplace. In the meantime, our design appointments and pre-delivery inspections with homeowners have continued through the spring and we’re looking forward to welcoming our homeowners back when we can. This new era forced us to be innovative in a different way. We are putting new safety measures in place for all of our customer-facing environments and discovering new ways to connect with our audiences. Our new digital experience, called Tridel Live, brings more information directly to the consumer; from a live chat with our sales team and virtual tours of our model suites, to access to more digital assets for our sales team, and more. This is just the beginning of a new way of meeting our clients’ needs and finding new ways to meet them.

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In Conversation With… Stella Salvador, principal interior designer, Tridel

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In Conversation With… Stella Salvador, principal interior designer, Tridel

If you love design and decor, and you strive to be a professional designer for a new home or condo builder, it doesn’t get much better than Tridel – one of Canada’s largest developers and builders of condominium residences. With more than eight decades and more than 85,000 homes, title of the 2019 Ontario Homebuilder of the Year from the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, and now a high tech showcase in downtown Toronto at Ten York called the Innovation Suite, well… Stella Salvador, Principal Interior Designer, has indeed reached a pinnacle.

We spoke to Salvador for her thoughts on this latest milestone project, and her other expert design and decor insights.

Stella Salvador

Let’s start with something very recent and top of mind – the Innovation Suite at Ten York. Clearly, there’s some very impressive home tech on display there. What is the ultimate objective in displaying this technology? Purely as a showcase, or to educate buyers on what’s to come, or…?

We used the Ten York suite as a design lab where we could experiment with various innovations in design, construction and technology. There is a push and pull of design elements, and technology is now another element that needs to be incorporated thoughtfully into suite design. The intention behind the Ten York suite was to create a modern suite with connectivity, comfort and convenience, while seamlessly integrating technology into our design. We’re using smart technologies more in our communities and we wanted to integrate this directly into our suite to find even more conveniences and enjoy new luxuries, while also introducing new opportunities to build community and connection with the rest of the building’s residents and amenities. The interior design elements are taken to a new level in the planning, use of space, lighting, furniture, finishes and fixtures. There was a significant amount of research done before selecting the features, so now that the suite has come together, it’s very exciting to describe the design. The Ten York suite is actually our fourth innovation suite, so far.

How soon might we see some of these features be offered as upgrades at Tridel projects?

Many features can be easily incorporated into our available suite options, while other design items will still need to be reviewed with our teams to ensure we can provide the detail efficiently before being offered as a personalization option. Some features which may be more complicated likely won’t be offered, but we would still try to accommodate in the homeowner’s suite design if requested.

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Will they be offered as upgrades only at Tridel’s high end luxury projects and suites, or will they be rolled out across the board?

Homeowners can determine what’s important to them regardless of suite level. Some features may do well in a larger square footage, and other details would work well in any environment. If it’s possible to implement within the homeowner’s suite design and layout, who are we to limit their design vision?

What will be the pricing structure for these upgrades?

If they are offered as personalization options through our design studio, then the item will be systematized into our catalogue and made available during design appointments at The Lobby with our design services team. Our teams will assemble all the necessary steps required.

The flooring technology is interesting, especially given the current pandemic, in that it functionally helps clean the air inside the suite. How might concerns for cleanliness and air quality drive demand for other home tech features going forward?

Good design is about the wellness and benefit of people, and making your home work for you. We set the stage with calming natural biophilic elements to bring the outside in where we highlight the amazing views of the lake and city from the 68th floor, the natural patterns of the oak cathedral grain wall paneling and the bold veining in the marble. Using innovative wood flooring to improve the indoor air quality is so critical for wellbeing. The voice-activated features offer comfort through accessibility, allowing for ease of use with lighting, sound shade control, and even turning fixtures on without even pressing a button. The kitchen faucet operates by gesture, so no touch is involved to turn the faucet on or off.

Generally speaking, what are some of the larger design trends you see happening at the moment?

The design of wellness really speaks to me. Using more sustainable and natural materials, layering textures and matte colours that give a sense of beauty and comfort to those that occupy it. Design doesn’t have to be laid out like a textbook, but it must be personal as our homes are used as our own sanctuary.

People aren’t interested in specific trends but rather a timelessness style. And style is equal to lifestyle. They are mixing vintage with modern, mixing metals and including matte black.

And where do you see things going, say, in the next three to five years? More luxury? More convenience and automation and smart tech? More “healthy living”?

We’re looking at a laid back and livable luxury with comfortable and relaxed spaces curated for the personal needs of the homeowner. Luxury comes from the quality of lifestyle. With so many sources of design images for inspiration, people want to create a unique space for them. It’s no longer a one-size-fits-all approach. Technology and smart home features will continue to be thoughtfully implemented. As the population ages, it becomes very real the need for universal design that is well designed.

Tridel Stella Salvador

You’ve been at Tridel for more than 15 years. How have new condo design and decor elements changed in that time, – such as the trend to smaller suites or new consumer demands?

Condo design has always been about thinking outside the box and an intelligent use of space. There are considerations to condo design that are universal, regardless of size, such as maximizing your space and your storage capability. Sustainable and smart home features are becoming more popular as they become more mainstream.

What has been the single most significant design and decor improvement or change you’ve seen in your years as a designer? Cultural influence, new materials, consumer demands, home tech, Green living?

Forget preconceived notions. Design is driven by what is important to you.

What’s the next great design or decor feature we’re going to see from Tridel – outside of the Innovation Suite?

We have a culture of innovation because we know innovation equals growth and opportunity, so we’re always trying new things. Right now, we are working on expanding our suite of smart home features, Tridel Connect, and its capability for ultimate connectivity for the community.

And on a personal note…

My greatest inspiration in the design world is:

One of my influences is Italian renaissance architect Piero Lissoni. He always inspires me when I have a chance to hear him speak or view his work. The culture of design is loosening up and tossing out traditional rules of what makes a space effective. The focus is more of a humanistic approach rather than following trends.

If I wasn’t an interior designer, I would:

Still be part of the building industry in some way. I have been influenced by architecture from elementary school and creating meaningful spaces is the purpose I have always envisioned for myself.

When I’m not at the office, I’m:

Enjoying spending time with my favourite people – my husband and three children and travelling together when we can. Those opportunities create wonderful memories that I treasure. I learn so much from them and their perspectives!

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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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Tridel Ten York Innovation Suite Living room

The future of condominium living on display at Tridel’s Innovation Suite at Ten York

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The future of condominium living on display at Tridel’s Innovation Suite at Ten York

The future of condominium living, with every bell, whistle and Jetsons-like home tech gadget is on display at Tridel’s Innovation Suite, one of the Signature residences at Ten York.

Tridel Ten York Innovation Suite Living room

Expanding on the developer’s smart home integration features within Ten York, the Innovation Suite seamlessly merges technology and design, providing incredible connectivity, comfort and convenience for residents.

Luxury home experience

“The Innovation Suite at Ten York represents the incredible possibilities that occur when design and technology meet,” says Stella Salvador, principal interior designer, Tridel. “When we conceptualized this project, our vision was to create a luxury home experience unlike any other.”

The pathway to the Innovation Suite began when Tridel started exploring smart home technology, despite the lack of existing research or infrastructure within the space. The company sought to garner a deep-rooted understanding of how smart home technologies could meet to exceed the needs of future residents. The Signature Suite, as the “crown jewel” of the existing Tridel Connect smart home system, boasts additional features and amenities without compromising the elegance of the interior feel and finishes.

Immediately upon entering the suite, residents will be able to activate key features through voice control, such as centralized lighting, audio visuals and motorized blinds. The suite’s system control panel can be controlled by voice, phone or touch, and can be programmed with different scenes to customize the suite experience at key times throughout the day – opening or closing blinds, or turning lights on or off.

Voice-control features

Leading into the central living area, the first of four wireless charging pads throughout the suite make access to device power consistent and easily accessible. All features of the Innovation Suite are seamlessly tied into the overall concept and design of the space and most are synchronized with the assistance of smart home assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa.

In the kitchen, meal preparation is made easy thanks to smart home appliances, controlled through the associated mobile app. Plumbing fixtures such as the kitchen faucet can also be controlled to helpfully complete tasks on request, such as pouring a specific amount of water for a recipe, making everyday living easier than ever before. The powder room features a smart toilet with built-in speakers to play music, as well as a heated seat and foot warmer.

Smart shower

The smart home features are at their peak in the master bedroom, where a glass partition goes from opaque to transparent with the touch of a button, offering opportunities to enjoy natural light or disconnect in privacy. An entertainment wall provides a smart TV system along with an electric fireplace, which uses mist and special lighting to create realistic looking flames. The ensuite bathroom creates an indulgent setting, with heated floors, a smart mirror with voice-controllable lighting adjustment, a smart shower with voice-controllable water temperature and flow rate, and an AV-connected vibracoustic bath which can use sound to vibrate the water in the tub.

“As our lives get busier and more hectic, we’re all looking for ways to simplify the everyday and find more time to pursue leisure or spend time with loved ones,” says Adrian Wang, director of innovation and sustainability, Tridel. “We’re using smart technologies to find modern conveniences and enjoy new luxuries, while also introducing new opportunities to build community and connection with the rest of the building’s residents and amenities.”

Technology is even integrated into the flooring, with the warm wooden herringbone floors throughout the suite coated in titanium oxide that is activated by light and motion, filtering and cleaning the air in the suite regularly. Large windows mean an abundance of natural light and a connection to the outside world, while the balcony features stunning views of Toronto’s Centre Island.

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Aquavista

The Aquavista by Hines and Tridel

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The Aquavista by Hines and Tridel

The recently designed Aquavista model suite by Hines and Tridel, is a two-storey penthouse suite with a total of 2,608 sq. ft. that beautifully captures lakeside living.

This magnificent suite allows for potential homeowners to be captivated by the panoramic lake views and stunning design finishes throughout. With all elements thoughtfully designed, comfort and luxury work together cohesively. This spacious and open concept layout makes the most of the natural light as it streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows while also being equipped with an in-suite elevator.

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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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Outlook 2020 – Samson Fung, Vice-President Marketing, Tridel

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Outlook 2020 – Samson Fung, Vice-President Marketing, Tridel

Part of our series of Outlook 2020 Q&As with building industry executives

Condo Life: What is the outlook for the new home industry in 2020?

Fung: Last year saw the return to a more stable market, after the huge period of growth in 2017 and the year of uncertainty in 2018. The new home industry introduced a number of prominent new communities, many of which achieved a favourable reception. With interest rates still at historic lows and an ever-growing population, the GTA continues to be a prime destination for all. We would expect this trend to continue into 2020, with pent-up demand driving more developers to introduce new developments and communities into the marketplace.

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Samson Fung, Vice-President Marketing, Tridel

CL: And for Tridel?

Fung: We are very excited to introduce a number of new projects in the early half of 2020. These communities will be located throughout the GTA, including Toronto and Markham, with a focus on designing for the end-user. With prime locations and a variety of amenities, these new condominiums will suit the lifestyles of urban professionals, families and downsizers, as well.

In addition, we will be delivering keys to approximately 1,600 homeowners at our SQ2 community downtown Toronto, at Islington Terrace and Bloorvista in Etobicoke, at Selene and Avani2 at Metrogate in Scarborough, and finally in North York, to homeowners at Parfait, the final phase of our Atria community.

We will also be opening the doors to our Innovation Suite at Ten York. This tech-focused suite was designed to transform the way people live; showcasing technologies that were created to make life easier, more comfortable, and quite simply, better at home. The suite will also serve as a learning hub for the industry to learn about what’s new in housing technology.

CL: What is your company doing to address the issues facing the homebuilding industry – namely, affordability and new home supply?

Fung: Tridel is actively working with city planners to find solutions to the issues facing our industry. In the shorter term, the several launches we are planning for 2020 will comprise approximately 850 suites; therefore, increasing the overall supply for new homes available within the GTA. We are also partners with the Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC), and we are working together to revitalize the Alexandra Park and Leslie Nymark communities. The TCHC townhomes at Leslie Nymark are well under construction; and at Alexandra Park we will be delivering occupancy to the townhomes early into the new year. In addition, we will be launching our third phase to this community, which will include a market condo tower with 174 suites, and include an affordable homes tower.

CL: What more could the industry do to address these issues?

Fung: The development industry needs to address them directly, and with a united voice. While BILD and other organizations can help to bring these matters to the attention of the City and other legislative bodies within the GTA, the developers and builders of the industry all need to come together, identify the issues and agree to tackle them together so that we can support and implement the changes needed to make improvements.

CL: What should prospective new-home buyers know about your company for 2020?

Fung: It’s going to be a busy year! We will be launching four or five new projects within the GTA – specifically in Toronto, Markham and Etobicoke. We will be starting construction on four projects, including the condominium portion of The Well Signature Series at Wellington and Spadina, and on our Aqualuna project in the Bayside Toronto community. In Etobicoke, we’ll be starting construction on Evermore at our West Village community, and finally, on Chateau, the third phase of the Auberge on the Park community in North York. Final closings will be taking place at Avani2, Bloorvista, Islington Terrace, Parfait and Selene.

CL: Why should prospective new-home buyers consider buying from your company in 2020?

Fung: Our “Built for Life” motto reflects our commitment to quality in all that we build and do, from the homes we deliver to the lifelong relationships we build with our homebuyers. We have been building homes for more than eight decades, and we take our leadership role and responsibility seriously. Our reputation as one of Canada’s leading highrise developers is rooted in our dedication to customer service, innovation, environmentally sustainable designs, construction excellence, and most importantly, quality. All of this earned us the distinction as the 2019 Builder of the Year awarded by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.

Our relationships with strong, highly-skilled trades have helped us deliver more than 85,000 homes in the GTA. Our trades share our commitment to quality, and we work together to deliver spectacular products to our homeowners at closing, with all of our suites undergoing rigorous quality assurance checks before residents receive their keys.

The communities we introduce in 2020 will be well-suited for an array of homebuyers, in a range of locations from serene greenery to the trendiest urban areas.

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Edenbridge

Grand Opening of Edenbridge – a new Kingsway classic by Tridel and First Capital Realty

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Grand Opening of Edenbridge – a new Kingsway classic by Tridel and First Capital Realty

An elegant residence with a distinct address, Edenbridge on The Kingsway is a modern heritage community and a testament to the staying power of classic design. Nine storeys of luxury living and an architectural style reminiscent of the Arts & Craft movement, Edenbridge exudes understated elegance.

Well-suited suites

Welcome home to an address on The Kingsway. Edenbridge is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to take luxury to the next level. The exclusive residences of the Edenbridge Signature, Penthouse and Townhome Collections offer a range of home-sized suites, available to suit your lifestyle. All of the luxurious, elegantly designed homes feature large windows, allowing glowing light to pour in, and well-appointed finishes with access to the stunning amenities.

An array of amenities

The award-winning interior design firm II by IV brings Modern Heritage to life through meticulously appointed finishes that attest to the Art Deco, Arts & Craft movement prevalent during the 20th century, coupled with contemporary undertones.

Whether you’re welcoming guests or arriving home, the striking grandness of the lobby transports you with a feeling of exclusivity. The ground floor amenities include a private dining room with party room and lounge, making entertaining large functions a breeze. Looking to continue with that active lifestyle? Enjoy the fitness centre and yoga studio. The lavish indoor stone cladded overflow pool and whirlpool can be enjoyed year-round. Each amenity space is enclosed by large expansive windows looking out to the serene outdoor, English-inspired garden – a place to reminisce or read your favorite book.

Looking to entertain outdoors? Enjoy the eighth floor barbecue, dining space and separate lounge areas privatized by green landscaping, detailed trellis work and stone finishes native to the Humber Valley area. Whether night or day, this open-air amenity provides glorious views in every direction.

The best kept secret in town

It’s easy to see why The Kingsway is a best-kept-secret. It is seductively secluded in Toronto’s west end, amidst the leafy greenbelt surrounding the Humber River. The Kingsway is one of Toronto’s first master-planned communities, developed by Robert Home Smith in the early 20th century as an homage to all things English. Smith specifically referenced England’s Garden City principles and adhered to the notion that houses should be set back from tree-lined streets, with greenery reigning supreme

The Kingsway is never dull. With more than 250 delightful shops, and more than 30 enchanting eateries, cafes and pubs, an historical century-old cinema, private golf and country clubs, and extensive walking and biking trails, everything you need for a rich, fulfilling lifestyle is right around the corner.

With the Humbertown Shopping Centre located directly across from Edenbridge, many conveniences are within walking distance. The Royal York subway station is a walk or short bus ride away, allowing you to get into the heart of downtown Toronto with ease.

Exclusive Condominium Residences & Garden Townhomes from the $900,000s to $3 million.

Visit the Presentation Gallery, located inside the Humbertown Shopping Centre at 270 The Kingsway. For further information visit the website.


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