With more people spending work and leisure time at home, smaller condominium complexes designed with luxury and the outdoors in mind are selling quickly. New developments are taking shape in sought-after communities in the Greater Toronto area to respond to a growing desire for convenience and location without sacrificing the feeling of home.
Jordan Morassutti, co-founder and partner with North Drive, says there is a certain allure to luxury boutique condominiums.
“There is a group of people who live in very large homes, have raised their families and are thinking about their next move. They’re not thinking about downsizing. It’s more about a reallocation of space and single-level living,” Morassutti says.
This is the inspiration for North Drive’s latest project, 10 Prince Arthur, which is nestled on a quiet, tree-lined street in Toronto’s famed and fabulous Yorkville. Picture Danish brick and limestone exteriors reminiscent of Paris or Rome. Imagine the charm of historic buildings dating back to the 1800s and rows of terraces with hanging flowers and vines.
“In our experience, people often pause and reflect on what they’re looking for in a home and when they’ve gone through that exercise, they’ve largely come up with the idea that they want outdoor space. With that in mind we made a point of ensuring we had terraces that were at the very least 10 feet deep virtually everywhere,” Morassutti says.
At just seven stories, 10 Prince Arthur includes 28 different luxury suites and townhomes ranging from 1,500 to 6,000 square feet.
“Throughout the project there is this real sensitivity and attention to quality materials and craftsmanship. Every element has been uniquely designed and that level of care, that level of refinement and detailing, really sets this building apart,” Morassutti says.
Renowned luxury condominium developer Shane Baghai of Shane Baghai Group of Companies marries his long-time passion for the environment with his desire to offer customers the ultimate in luxury in an exciting new development known as Leaside Manor.
Nestled in the community of Leaside, the eight-story façade features balconies and terraces that invite the outdoors in to the 38, two and three-bedroom suites including an office or den.
Natural wood floors and finishes made by artisans at Baghai’s very own solar and wind-powered workshop blend in seamlessly with Italian-made kitchen cabinets, top-end, German-made appliances and Smart Home technology such as remote control locks and an e-concierge. Water-saving features and LED lighting are staples of any Baghai development along with a commitment to “never be left in the dark” thanks to a 250KW natural gas-fired generator in case of a power outage. With pet lovers in mind, Leaside Manor welcomes dogs with a climate-controlled tub and shampoos for warm baths after a stroll outdoors.
Baghai says boutique developments such as Leaside Manor are becoming more attractive for their intimate size and less building traffic.
“With the COVID-19 situation, people shouldn’t have to be afraid, simply because 90 per cent of the time they will be the only ones travelling in the elevators or coming and going. We believe an environment that is well managed is a healthy environment,” says Baghai.
Josh Shteiman, vice-president of development operations at Platinum Vista, says the No. 7 Dale Residences in the coveted community of Rosedale is safe, serene and elegant.
“With just 26 residences ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet, this exciting new development offers the space and luxury of a large house in a well-established neighbourhood without the maintenance and upkeep,” Shteiman says.
Looking over Rosedale Ravine, generous outdoor spaces for dining and entertaining cater to a growing number of families who crave a change of scenery and the safety and comfort of their own home. A teahouse that sits perched at the top of the lush ravine will be restored and incorporated into the development for residents to enjoy.
With construction already underway, buyers have a rare opportunity to customize their condominium with superior finishes, unheralded views and larger spaces, he says.
“No. 7 Dale is designed by one of Canada’s most acclaimed architects, Siamak Hariri. It caters to those with an acute appreciation for craftsmanship and attention to detail.”
Especially with the pandemic, wealthy buyers are rethinking their lifestyle and priorities. Mimi Ng, vice-president of sales and marketing at Menkes Developments Ltd., says these buyers are searching for an intimate arrangement with services that cater to almost every need.
“That is what is so appealing with 77 Clarendon,” says Ng of one of Menkes' latest projects. “It’s truly a stunning boutique condominium with 15 elegantly appointed private residences on five levels.”
Nestled in the prestigious South Hill neighbourhood at Russell Hill Road and Clarendon Avenue, Ng says 77 Clarendon is a “super luxury building” with a hotel concierge, a valet porter and suites ranging from 3,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet.
“This is for the discriminating person who knows what they want to see in their unit,” Ng says. “They may have large art collections they want to showcase, or they may want an extra bedroom for a caregiver or to bring their house-sized furniture with them.”
With Toronto’s latest boutique buildings, buyers get the best of both worlds: the convenience and services of condo living with large indoor and outdoor living spaces that feel more like a house.
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