LOCATION: Church and Carlton
BUILDER/DEVELOPER Menkes Developments Ltd.
SIZE 323 to 973 square feet
PRICE Mid $200,000s to $535,990
SALES CENTRE 770 Bay St., south of College Street. Open daily – except Fridays – from noon to 5 p.m.
CONTACT Phone 416-591-7700 or visit menkes.com
To highlight the biggest asset of Menkes Developments latest condominium project unveiled this spring, it was simply named after its downtown address on Church Street.
“Church [Street] was this undiscovered gem of a street that hasn’t seen a lot of new development like other parts of the city, like Bay Street,” says Mimi Ng, vice-president of marketing. “It’s a great opportunity to get into an established neighbourhood that’s getting even better.”
The 29-storey tower will be situated at 365 Church St., between Carlton and Gerrard streets, near the Yonge subway line, streetcar routes, supermarkets and post-secondary schools.
“With the transition of Maple Leaf Gardens – which is a Toronto institution – into a new home for Ryerson’s athletic centre as well as a brand new Loblaws superstore, how many existing neighbourhoods in the downtown core can say they’re getting an amazing amenity like that?” Ms. Ng says.
“And you have Ryerson also there being a positive force of change, growing and expanding and bringing in a large student population, but also bringing in new buildings and infrastructure.”
In addition, the area supports hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars at the Eaton Centre, Dundas Square and College Park, as well as cinemas, theatres and Allan Gardens.
To complement commercial outlets and low-rise residences bordering the infill site, Wallman Architects Inc. designed this glass high-rise with a retail space fronting Church Street and three townhouses with street-level access to McGill Street.
To create a sense of community among residents, they will have exclusive access to a fourth-floor gym, yoga studio, lounge, theatre and party room with a bar and terrace, plus a rooftop media room, demonstration kitchen, lounge and terrace with seating, barbecue and dining areas.
“What’s cool is that the kitchen opens up to terrace with sliding door,” says Ms. Ng. “People can be sitting on the terrace and watching what’s happening in the kitchen.”
The rest of the building will be filled out with 360 units, including studios, one-bedroom plans with or without studies or dens, and two-and three-bedroom models.
Virtually every unit will have open principal rooms, private outdoor space and walls of windows. “All the units have bedrooms on glass, so there are no interior bedrooms,” Ms. Ng explains. “Buyers prefer to have natural light.”
Munge Leung will oversee the interior design, which will feature eight- to nine-foot ceilings, laminate floors and optional sliding barn doors, as well as six appliances, including Energy Star laundry machines, custom cabinetry and vanities, and quartz, porcelain and ceramic tile finishes.
“We’ve got a European-style kitchen with cabinet fronts on the dishwasher and fridge, so it all looks very seamless and sleek,” Ms. Ng says. “We’re trying to make the kitchen look like furniture because it is exposed, not tucked away.”
Monthly fees will be 55 cents per square feet, plus $58,000 per parking stall.
Occupancy begins in May, 2017.