Bohemian Embassy moves into a lively, eclectic neighbourhood
From The Condo Guide
Perfection, says Natascha Pieper, Sales and Marketing Manager for Baywood Homes, the Bohemian Embassy‘s creator.
“What our new Bohemian Embassy offers is the perfect choice of lofts in a perfect location and at a perfect price,” she says. “Starting from just $169,900, anyone looking for a downtown lifestyle in one of the city’s hottest neighbourhoods can find themselves at home in the heart of the action.
“That is why we are drawing such an eclectic group of buyers. What they all tell us is that Bohemian Embassy is as close to perfection as they can come for the lifestyle they want to enjoy.”
Since the launch of the project, more than 160 lofts have been snapped up by eager buyers. They range from young singles, both male and female, to young-thinking empty-nesters. Professionals with jobs in the city’s financial district are choosing to live side-by-side with artists, designers, musicians and artisans, many of whom run their businesses from lofts and storefronts nearby.
It is that heady mix of the creative and the forward thinking professionals that gives this section of Queen Street West its charm and vibrant character, says Pieper.
“This is life in the heart of what is now called The Art and Design District,” she says. “It is the equivalent of New York’s SOHO in the ’70s and ’80s with a touch of San Francisco’s famed Castro District thrown in. We are creating something quite out of the ordinary.”
Out of the ordinary indeed. The Bohemian Embassy is the spark that has ignited not so much a transformation but an expansion of what already exists – a lively, eclectic neighbourhood devoted to a celebration of the urban life on the edge of the moment.
Buyers get to choose from an eight-storey mid-rise facing Queen Street with the street level given over to shops, cafes and boutiques that maintain the character of today’s streetscape, or a 19-storey high-rise towards the rear of the site where residents enjoy unparalleled views of the city and lake.
Connecting them is a landscaped courtyard, shaded with greenery, tucked away from the bustle of Queen Street but easily accessible through the 35-ft. gateway that is both the entrance to the property and a visual delight to passersby.
That courtyard is just the beginning of the pleasures that await residents. There is a men’s and women’s fitness centre, a multi-media lounge plus the unexpected treasures such as the rooftop Bohemian Sky Lounge with its splendid outdoor patio. And Bohemian has been registered with the Canada Green Building Council whose LEED (Leadership in Energy and Conservation Design) system recognizes projects that have reduced environmental impacts promoting high performance, sustainable buildings.
But the Bohemian Embassy can’t be thought of in isolation. The project has provided for significant publicly accessible landscaped open space starting with a planned north/south passage from Queen Street through the courtyard leading to Sudbury Street. In the works is an east/west mews that extends from the combined lobby for the Bohemian Embassy buildings east to Dovercourt ultimately linking to the redevelopment of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a 27-acre urban village complete with housing, parks, shops, restaurants and businesses.
“What this means is an exciting future for the entire neighbourhood,” says Pieper. “The development will complement the heady mix of arts, culture and commerce that already makes the area a wonderful place to shop, visit or live.”
Where else could anyone find neighbours such as the Drake Hotel or the Sandra Ainsely Gallery, or a mix of cafes and restaurants that spans the entire spectrum from Vegan to classical French, she says. As icing on this tasty cake, the Red Rocket, the Queen Street streetcar means a home at the Bohemian Embassy is just minutes away from the heart of downtown.
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