When it’s good, it’s very good
Christopher Hume – Yourhome.ca
It was one of those years: When it was good it was very good, when it was bad…
About the bad there’s nothing new. About the best, there’s much to be said. Toronto has reached a point where developers and planners are willing to build outside the box. That translates into more innovative approaches, an openness to mixed uses and architectural excellence. Here, in no particular order, are five of the best projects of the year:
• The Republic (70 Roehampton Ave. and 25 Broadway Ave.): Putting a high school and two condo towers in one complex would have been unimaginable not so long ago. Not only does that happen now, it does so with aplomb. This North Toronto scheme is a model of urban mixed use.
• Corktown District Lofts (52 Sumach Street, 549 and 569 King Street E.): Three buildings registered as one condo, this innovative project fits in effortlessly with the historic but run-down part of town. Lowrise and modest, it offers a convincing alternative to the tower.
• Arc Condo (2885 Bayview Ave.): A welcome attempt to enliven the monotonous suburban landscape with something entertaining, even whimsical. This nautically-themed building lives up to its name nicely, and even makes the effort to bring activity to these otherwise forbidding sidewalks.
• 60 Richmond St. E.: Okay, so it’s not a condo, but it does happen to be one of the most remarkable pieces of residential architecture to appear in Toronto in ages. This is the new face of community housing in the city. Unlike its predecessors, it’s a brilliant addition to the streetscape.
• Maple Leaf Square (Bremner Blvd. east of York St.): This mammoth development represents a rare instance when corporate and civic agendas overlapped happily. Included are two condo towers, a hotel, an office tower and an array of shops, restaurants and, of course, the inevitable sports bar. Easy to forget that this used to be a parking lot.
Contact the Jeffrey Team for more information – 416-388-1960
Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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