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Tracy Hanes – Toronto Star
They have raised the bar quite high: Aura at College Park, being built at Yonge St. and Gerrard St. W., holds the title of tallest residential skyscraper in Canada, soaring to 78 storeys once it’s finished in 2014. Aura also boasts Canada’s second largest penthouse, priced at $18.3 million, with 11,370 square feet of living space and unimpeded views of the city. (The L Tower has the biggest penthouse, at 11,600 square feet.)
The fully integrated real estate corporation, founded in 1975 with headquarters in Montreal, operates under the leadership of chairman Jonathan Wener.
Canderel has acquired, developed, managed or co-ventured more than 13 million square feet of property, including commercial, industrial and residential projects, and has created or has under construction more than 4,000 condo suites in the GTA.
Canderel’s philosophy is that a project has to be well located and constructed to provide the tenants or residents with a lifestyle they enjoy, says Wener, to the extent they will want to move to another Canderel project.
The company was a pioneer in the transformation of West King West from derelict industrial area to the vibrant, fast-growing neighbourhood it is today.
The company acquired the heritage 1883 building that had housed the Massey Harris tractor factory and created one of Toronto’s first authentic loft conversions in 2003, an innovative concept at the time. The original facade of the Georgian-style red brick building was meticulously restored and 46 stylish lofts constructed, with features such as exposed brick walls, timber columns and oversized windows.
DNA (Downtown’s Next Address) further established Canderel’s brand in the neighbourhood. The project, geared to first-time buyers and completed in 2005, offered distinctive architecture, providing high-quality finishes as standard (granite countertops, 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances and gas cooktops) that other builders were offering as upgrades, and open-concept layouts.
Canderel Residential’s sales and marketing vice president Riz Dhanji created an innovative marketing campaign that included wrapping two Hummers in DNA colours and hiring young people to hand out “Rave Card” invitations to the sales centre. The centre was used an event space for fashion shows, a Toronto Indy party and several musical performances, which further built DNA’s profile.
The building was a hit with young professionals and so were the follow-up projects, DNA2 and DNA3, which included retail space at grade and a host of amenities.
For DNA3 — on the site of a former Chrysler dealership at King St. W. and Shaw St. — Canderel gathered feedback from existing buyers and included them into the plans. (All of the DNA buildings have sold out.)
“We were trying to create something different,” Dhanji says. “We wanted a unique condo brand and lifestyle associated with the building.”
Canderel had demonstrated its skill with areas in transition when it built Newport Beach townhouses and condominiums, the first towers on what had been a seedy motel strip along the Etobicoke lakeshore, now a desirable waterfront residential neighbourhood.
For, the Waterford, at 2101 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Canderel modelled the 10-storey building after some of the world’s finest hotels, adding luxurious hotel-like finishes and fine architectural details and floor-to-ceiling windows that provided commanding waterfront and city views. Directly behind it, the Waterford Towers offered smaller, yet still luxurious suites.
Canderel has also been instrumental in the revitalization of downtown with the Residences of College Park on Bay St., which is just to the west of the landmark Art Deco College Park, designed by the same architectural firm that designed the Royal York Hotel and Maple Leaf Gardens. The original heritage building with a limestone and granite facade houses 180,000 square feet of upscale retail and offers a direct link to Aura.
The Residences of College Park includes two towers, a retail podium and townhouses overlooking a three-acre park and Aura will be the third and final tower (not to mention the tallest).
Aura, at Yonge and Gerrard, is described as Canderel’s “master work” will have 985 units and four storeys of retail. Dhanji says only a handful of suites remain in Aura and the 11,370 square-feet penthouse is still up for grabs. The grandiose oval-shaped suite features five bedrooms and six bathrooms and has views in every direction.
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From New Dream Homes and Condos Magazine
In the 1850s, the area now known as Bloor West Village was the property of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, the first commanding officer of the Queens Own Rifles. The street that ran through his estate is now known as Durie Street. The present day neighbourhood began to be developed in 1909, when this district became part of the City of Toronto. Soon after amalgamation with Toronto, Bloor West‘s roads were paved and city services were made available.
Bloor West‘s first residents were immigrants of Eastern European background. These are the residents who helped found the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Area, the first of its kind in Canada. This shopping district has helped make Bloor West Village one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods.
This is also a popular neighbourhood for families since it is home to many excellent schools and is within walking distance of High Parkâ€”Toronto’s biggest and best-known park. Covering 399-acres, this Toronto landmark contains picnic areas, flower gardens, animal paddocks, a restaurant, an outdoor amphitheatre, sports facilities, a trackless train, an adventure playground, and a large pond.
Other local attractions include the Annette Recreation Centre, which is attached to the Annette Street public school. This centre has an indoor pool, a small gymnasium, and a baseball diamond. A little bit east of the Annette Centre is the Annette Street Public Library, which offers programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
Bloor West Village is also home to The Humber, a movie theatre that is conveniently located on Bloor Street, just west of Jane Street.
Homes in the area are all fairly similar in size and styleâ€”having been built in a relatively short period of time between 1912 and 1923. Most houses feature deep front porches that are well shaded by the majestic oak and maple trees that line the streets of this neighbourhood.
Although known for it’s great selection of stores, the Bloor West Village shopping district is as much about eating as it is about shopping. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of bakeries, delicatessens, specialty food shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Convenience stores, fruit and vegetable markets, dry cleaners, video stores, and other shops catering to everyday household needs, can also be found on Jane and Annette streets.
The Jane and Runnymede subway stations are part of the Bloor-Danforth subway line and are both within walking distance of the homes in Bloor West Village. The Annette Street bus connects passengers to the Dupont subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line and there are additional bus routes on Jane Street and Runnymede Road.
Commuters are only about ten minutes from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevardâ€”providing quick access into and out of the city.
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Atria Developments introduced Garment Factory Lofts, a new live/work industrial conversion that will revitalize a former garment factory. Garment Factory Lofts is located in the Queen Street East neighborhood, one that is undergoing an exciting resurgence between Logan Avenue and Leslie Street to form a hip Downtown Toronto East.
This neighbourhood is fast on its way to becoming an urban success story. Garment Factory Lofts is just down the street from the Distillery District, and steps from Leslieville. In the vicinity are eateries such as Verveine and Gio Rana’s Really, Really Nice Restaurant.
Popular nightspots include Barrio, where regulars sip martinis and enjoy tapas-style treats while a DJ spins music on Saturday night. When the proposed changes to the Toronto Film Studio suroundings become reality, that entire area will be home to new retail, residential and live/work housing, adding to the urban tapestry.
Designed by award-winning Core Architects Inc., the eight-storey Garment Factory Lofts meld the original brick faÃ§ade of the warehouse with modern steel and glass to create a striking whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The building terraces back begin at the third floor, and are distinguished by an acid green canopy that will grace the entry on Carlaw and extend back into the lobby. Every loft offers a glazed balcony or spacious terrace with amazing views.
The Garment Factory Lofts features 150 lofts comprised of studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den/workspace, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den/workspace, and penthouses with views of the lake. Priced from just $139,900, these lofts, will range in size from 525 to 1,303 square foot and offer the lowest price per square foot of any authentic loft in the city.
The spectacular model loft by Fleur-de-lis Interior Design Inc. contains examples of the building’s interesting architectural details such as the original fluted columns, ceilings that soar up to almost 12 feet, and large windows. The model kitchen will feature modern Wenge-stained cabinetry, a stone backsplash and island with a stone top. This one-bedroom plus den/workspace also showcases a gas stove, gas BBQ hookup, and an optional gas fireplace.
Atria Developments is known as the creator of i-Zone live/work lofts, located across the street from Garment Factory Lofts. i-Zone was a major catalyst for change in the surrounding neighbourhood, and is now home to artists, filmmakers, photographers, and other creative spirits. The development of the Garment Factory Lofts will bring a further greening to this former industrial neighbourhood with the inclusion of a parkette that backs onto Boston Avenue.
Atria Developments is a family-owned and operated company specializing in the revitalization of former industrial urban areas by renewing existing sites.
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