Admiral Collingwood Place
Location: Downtown Collingwood, Ont.
Builder/developer: Charis Developments
Size: 740 to 2,284 square feet
Price: $249,900 to under $1-million
Sales centre: 290 Hurontario St., Suite 105 in Collingwood. Open daily, except Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Phone 705.445.8885 or visit www.theadmiralcondos.com
Charis Developments aims to produce luxury homes at its Admiral Collingwood Place – a 90-minute drive north of Toronto – that lets residents climb the escarpment rather than a flight of stairs, idle at specialty shops – not in their cars – and unearth fresh produce at a farmer’s market – not the weeds on their lawns.
“There comes a time when [homeowners] want no maintenance, underground parking, and they want to lock the door and go to Florida without any worries,” says Stephen Assaff, who is the president of Charis Developments and a long-time resident in the small town.
“There are a few condominium buildings in town, but none of them are downtown.”
The six-storey building will contain 127 residences – the first batch of them is now on sale – and will also contain ground-floor retail stores along both Hume Street and the historic Hurontario Street.
“It’s on a very important corner, not quite like Yonge and Bloor, but in Collingwood, it would be classed as Yonge and Bloor,” says Mr. Assaff, who named the project after a school on the site that he and his kids attended.
“It’s no secret as to what makes a lively downtown – it’s animating it with people walking around and spending money. So this is going to be a great boom to the downtown core.”
The town recently refurbished its streets, which are lined with bistros, boutiques and banks, as well as art galleries, Theatre Collingwood and Collingwood Museum.
Recreation is available year-round with the Collingwood Trails Network just beyond the building’s front door, a YMCA down the street and ski hills, golf courses and Georgian Bay waterfront all a short drive away. “The area has evolved nicely over the last 20 years,” says Mr. Assaff.
As another tie to the area’s roots – especially the historic storefronts and heritage lamps – AJ Tregebov Architect designed this red brick and limestone residence with turn-of-the-century architecture.
Local interior designer Marylyn Joel will add her touch to the interiors, where residents will have access to a fitness studio and party room with a kitchen, as well as a modern green roof and 7th floor terrace with a water feature, fire pit, cabanas and barbecue area.
Individual suites will range from one-bedroom-plus-den suites to three-bedroom plus library suites, but with most interest from locals downsizing from single-family or farm properties, many plans average 1,000 to 1,200 square feet with open principal rooms, kitchens and expansive balconies.
Standard features will be upscale, such as nine-foot ceiling, pre-engineered hardwood, porcelain and ceramic tile floors, as well as granite or quartz counters and stainless steel Energy Star appliances.
Units will come with laundry facilities, lockers and parking, plus monthly fees of 39 cents per square foot.
Occupancy is slated for fall of 2014.
Editor's Note: An earlier online version of this story and the original newspaper version contained an incorrect contact number. This online version has been corrected.