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Home of the Week, 33 Lombard St., unit 4501, the penthouse unit in the Spire condo in downtown Toronto. (Photos by Peter Riedel/Photos by Peter Riedel)
Home of the Week, 33 Lombard St., unit 4501, the penthouse unit in the Spire condo in downtown Toronto. (Photos by Peter Riedel/Photos by Peter Riedel)

Home of the week: Condo for a high-rise buyer who takes the long view Add to ...


The Listing

ASKING PRICE: $2.399-million

TAXES: $11,027 (2011)

CONDO FEES: $2,366 (includes water, common elements, building insurance, two underground parking spaces, lockers)

AGENT: Todd Sloan (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc.)

The Back Story

The present owner wanted a New York-style penthouse in the heart of downtown and in 2003 bought a condo in a high-rise building on Lombard Street, close to the St. Lawrence Market. She bought off the plans to be able to design what she wanted herself, a spacious four-bedroom unit with a 1,000-square-foot terrace with wraparound balcony situated high in the sky. “I would love to live in New York,” said the married professional who requested anonymity for this article. “New Yorkers know how to live in the city, in tall buildings, without necessarily fleeing to the suburbs to raise a family.” Context Development Inc. allowed her to customize the penthouse from scratch in creating what she calls “a floor-to-ceiling glass house. …The builder is known for allowing customization in a way that you don’t have to use their finishes,” she adds, “so a lot of stuff was custom done.” She worked closely with Toronto interior designer Irka Dyczok of Design Farm to create a look that is “modern, light and airy” but with “cutting-edge design.” It also had to be family-friendly, to accommodate the needs of the homeowner’s children. Ms. Dyczok worked to capture the fluctuations of the sun reflecting through the unit, positioning the bedrooms in the easterly side of the unit and the living spaces in areas facing south and west. She also added floating walls and ceilings to augment a sense of open space.

What’s New

The views also inspired the choice of a blue lacquer custom-designed Scavolini kitchen, which visually echoes the colour of Lake Ontario and the sky above as seen through the condo’s windows. The kitchen is also outfitted with Miele appliances as well as three Sub-Zero fridges. Each of the four bedrooms has its own ensuite bathroom; there are also two powder rooms and custom closets with doors extending as high as the 10-foot ceilings. There are two fireplaces, including one in a separate family room created after the homeowner annexed a half unit from the north side from the original floor plans. The condo also comes with its own laundry room. “It’s a house in the sky,” she says.

Best Feature

The unit comes with blinds that tuck up into the ceiling to give full vent to the what the homeowner calls the multimillion-dollar views: “This place is all about light and airiness and the views,” she says.

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