THE UPPER CANADA CONDOMINIUM, FOREST HILL, TORONTO
Builders/developers: State Building Group and Madison Homes
Size: 1,000 to 3,000 square feet
Price: $800,000's to over $2-million
Sales centre: 609 Avenue Rd., south of Lonsdale Road. Open Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.
Contact: Phone 416-489-5194 or visit uppercanadacondo.com
When State Building Group and Madison Homes acquired an infill site just south of Upper Canada College in Forest Hill, the developers recognized the demand for large condominium suites from locals downsizing from estates in the surrounding residential neighbourhood.
Since sales began in October, the team not only designed a luxury high-rise with units ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet – it also granted buyers' requests to combine adjacent suites to form one larger one.
"There are some [projects] in the vicinity that have larger suites mixed with smaller suites, so you could have a 2,000 square foot suite in the building that'll also have a 500- or 600-square-foot home as well," says Franco Crispino, sales and marketing manager of State Building Group.
"We wanted to build something strictly with two bedrooms plus a den to appeal to end users who [are] going to make this a full-time residence … as opposed to an investor-driven building."
The size of the models will also limit the number of residences available, creating a close-knit community feel within the 18-storey building on Avenue Road just south of Lonsdale Road.
"There are only 90 units, so we refer to it as a boutique building, yet it still has all the amenities of the much larger buildings," Mr. Crispino states.
For instance, this classic brick and tinted glass development designed by E. I. Richmond Architects will have a fireside lobby with 24-hour concierge and guest suites, as well as a gym, hot tub, indoor pool, a party room with a kitchen and a landscaped terrace.
All other amenities can be found in the immediate vicinity, including the Beltline Trail, reputable schools, established shops and cafés and restaurants in Forest Hill Village and Bloor-Yorkville. Public transit and highways also offer easy access to the downtown core.
"It's an excellent spot," says Mr. Crispino. "We're just steps from Forest Hill, which is probably one of the most well-known communities or neighbourhoods in the area."
The sales pavilion on site replicates a 1,515-square-foot model featuring spacious principal rooms with picture windows and a private balcony, an open kitchen with an extended breakfast bar off a peninsula and a master suite with walk-in closets and private bathroom.
Standard finishes will generally be of a high calibre in every unit, from nine and 10-foot ceilings and stainless steel Miele appliances to pre-engineered hardwood, marble and porcelain tile finishes.
A locker and at least one-car parking will come with each unit, plus monthly fees of 55 cents per square foot.
Occupancy is slated for spring of 2015.