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On Site: Heartwood, The Beaches.
On Site: Heartwood, The Beaches.

Beaches condo project Heartwood will feature wood construction Add to ...

The Project Heartwood

Developers Fieldgate Urban and Hullmark Developments

Size 923 to 1,550 square feet

Price Mid-$600,000s to over $1-million

Sales Centre 1919 Queen St. E., east of Woodbine Avenue. Open Monday to Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday by appointment; weekends from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact Phone 416-315-3681 or visit heartwoodthebeach.com

Heartwood by Fieldgate Urban and Hullmark Developments.

The last weekend of February, Fieldgate Urban and Hullmark Developments Ltd. unveiled a boutique mid-rise that will showcase the diverse style and substance of wood.

Wood will be both hidden deep within the building’s framework and exposed as ceilings, columns and shower stall floors.

“There’s so much wood and green elements tied to this project, it’s a model of building in the future,” says Shakeel Walji, creative director and partner of the Walsh Group, which is overseeing the infill project’s marketing campaign.

“The city has approved buildings that are six-storeys made out of wood, so this is one of the first ones in the city.”

Situated at 1884 Queen St. E., at Woodbine Avenue, the six-storey development will be constructed of glulam and cross-laminated timber (CLT), which will offer the strength of concrete and steel.

Wood will be both hidden deep within the building’s framework and exposed as ceilings, columns and shower stall floors.

“It’s an amazing form,” Mr. Walji says. “It allows us to do a lot of different things. For example, your ceiling in every unit has exposed wood ceilings. How rare is that?

“And you have features walls in your living space that could be around the fireplace or just a feature wall in your living room or dining room.”

Using wood will also speed up the building process, allowing residents to move into the mid-rise as soon as late next year, and enjoy the waterfront parks, beaches, boardwalk and Martin Goodman Trail nearby.

“[The Beaches] has great neighbourhood amenities – you’ve got restaurants, shops and a great school system … great parks and library; it’s like a little town in the city,” says Mr. Walji.

“There are a lot of people looking to live in the Beach … but there’s usually nothing that meets that ‘wow’ factor of a brand new building with nine-foot ceilings, beautiful views and nice kitchens.”

The building will be constructed using glulam and cross-laminated timber (CLT).

The building will have a total of 37 units; eight one- and two-bedroom suites on four floors and five penthouse units.

“It’s not your normal condominium, it’s intended for end users,” Mr. Walji says. “They’re very unique in the sense that you’ve got large units.”

For instance, suites will accommodate open living areas with two and three-sided fireplaces in some cases, and kitchens with pull-out or traditional pantries and six- or eight-foot long islands, plus storage and laundry rooms with a bike rack.

Units have one to four balconies with glass railings, wood-grain porcelain tiles, water and gas hookups.

Another highlight in some plans will be a sunroom/den with windows or balcony doors on two sides. “It’s like a sunroom, but if you have a friend who wanted to sleep over … you can convert that room into a bedroom,” Mr. Walji says.

Units have one to four balconies with glass railings, wood-grain porcelain tiles, water and gas hookups.

“[Some] of these terraces are tremendous, they’re over 10-feet deep, and in some cases, they’re 20- to 30-feet wide,” Mr. Walji says.

Parking will cost $45,000 and monthly fees around 55 cents per square feet, which will cover maintenance of a lobby and lounge with a wet bar and charred wooden sphere by Vancouver sculptor, Brent Comber.

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