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by Dan Flomen
Developing a master-planned community takes a great deal of vision. Not only must you picture the project itself, but also the impact that it will have on the surrounding area and the local economy.
In the early 1990s, one could drive along the Gardiner Expressway and see nothing but undeveloped land and decaying buildings when approaching Park Lawn Road in Etobicoke. Sandwiched between the railway tracks and the Gardiner appeared a sales catastrophe waiting to happen.
But then Camrost-Felcorp acquired that land and turned it into a modern community catering to all types of buyers. Mystic Pointe is the result, a new neighbourhood comprised of condominium townhomes, apartments, and lofts.
In the first phase of development on Manitoba Street, Camrost-Felcorp introduced a condominium and townhomes with underground parking, followed by a unique renovation of the McGuiness Distillery. The distillery was converted into modern two-storey lofts.
Using the existing structure, parking was added through the centre of the building. The following phase consisted of a unique concept: adding a second loft structure on top of the converted building. In doing so, Camrost-Felcorp provided a rooftop garden and created an outdoor living environment that is a central meeting place for residents.
Following the success of the previous lofts, a third loft building at the same development was put up backing onto the Gardiner, with a variety of wide and narrow plans. It has a modern New York feel, incorporating a minimalist approach to its lobby and halls.
The most recent addition to Mystic Pointe is The Tides, a building unlike any other in the area. Its soaring glass structure takes the site one step further into the future. Two-storey lofts and single-floor suites make up this dramatic building. The facilities provided at the Camrost Centre for Recreational Arts will rival most fitness clubs and will service not only The Tides, but also Camrost-Felcorp’s future endeavor, iLoft.
The overall effect on this area of Etobicoke was felt immediately. Young professionals, seeking refuge from the congestion of downtown, moved in. The minor commute was insignificant to them compared to the potential upsides: walking trails along the waterfront were now minutes from their homes. Stores and shops along The Queensway started to spring up. An urban community now existed in an area once thought to be dying.
Other developers have now joined in this south Etobicoke revival. With access to major highways at residents’ doorstep combined with all the conveniences of downtown, sales are brisk. Singles, young families, and empty nesters are moving into this thriving area. Unlike many visions that go unrealized, Mystic Pointe continues to grow and blossom.
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By Linda Mitchell – Monarch Corporation
There was a time when the norm was for people to work in the city and live in suburban bedroom communities, driving back and forth each day as part of their lifestyle. During the past few years, many things have changed.
Populations have risen, more and more new homes are being constructed to satisfy demand, traffic is heavier, gas prices have skyrocketed, the bedroom communities are now hectic and fast paced (especially on weekends), and commuters are asking themselves, “Why am I doing this?” Does living outside Metro Toronto necessarily offer a better quality of life if it involves one to two hours of driving time each way?
One of the many reasons so many people are choosing to live in Toronto condominiums is to avoid gridlock. They already have to face a stress-filled workday of at least eight hours, so the prospect of fighting frustrating traffic on the way to and from their workplace isn’t appealing.
With urban condominiums offering unprecedented affordability and functional designs, there is an attraction to living in an environment that allows for less commuting time.
With so much choice in the Toronto condo market, purchasers can live right downtown, in midtown or in 416 areas of the north part of the city around Finch and Steeles. As long as the condominium is close to the subway system, getting around quickly is a refreshing alternative to spending three hours on the GO train every day.
Plus, using public transit frees up driving time for reading or working en route. Even the peripheral areas of Metro Toronto can shave an hour off a commute, whether residents come into the city core from the east, north or west.
The condo lifestyle option frees up a lot of other time that low-rise owners spend shoveling snow, mowing lawns and looking after other home maintenance issues. It’s easy to understand why so many busy professionals and over-50 purchasers are seeking this less stressful lifestyle. On top of all the other reasons for choosing condominium living, this continuing demand makes a condo purchasea great long-term investment
Contact the Jeffrey Team for more information – 416-388-1960
Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
They did not write these articles, they just reproduce them here for people
who are interested in Toronto real estate. They do not work for any builders.
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Brand new on the scene in Toronto’s hip downtown east is Garment Factory Lofts – Atria Developments’ live/work industrial loft conversion that has won rave reviews. These lofts appeal to first-time buyers, empty nesters, creative individuals (artists, photographers, etc.), and business professionals seeking a live/work loft environment.
Location is part of the reason. Atria coverted a former garment factory in the Queen Street East neighbourhood into one of the city’s hottest loft conversions. Residents will revel in these exciting surroundings that include popular nightspots such as Barrio, and the eateries Verveine and Gio Rana’s Really, Really Nice Restaurant.
The Distillery District and Leslieville are just down the street, and eventually this vibrant area will encompass additional retail, residential, and live/work housing when the proposed changes to the Toronto Film Studio environs become reality.
Design shares the spotlight with location, and the spectacular model loft at Garment Factory Lofts is the perfect showcase. This one-bedroom plus den/workspace model by Fleur-de-lis Interior Design Inc. contains examples of the building’s interesting architectural details such as the original flared columns, ceilings that soar up to almost 12 feet, and large windows. The model features Wenge-stained kitchen cabinetry, a stone backsplash and island with a stone top, a gas stove, gas BBQ tee, and an optional gas fireplace.
The eight-storey Garment Factory Lofts is designed by award-winning Core Architects Inc. to meld the original brick warehouse facade with modern steel and glass. Beginning at the third floor, the building terraces are striking.
An acid green canopy adds panache to the entry on Carlaw and extends back into the lobby. Every loft will offer a glazed balcony or a spacious terrace with amazing views.
The Garment Factory Lofts features 154 lofts comprised of studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den/workspace, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den/workspace, plus penthouses with views of the lake.
Lofts range in size from 525 to 1,303 square feet and are priced from just $154,900 to the $380,000s (for a 1,286 square foot two-bedroom plan with a 167 square foot terrace) â€“ the lowest price per square foot of any authentic loft in the city. First occupancies are slated for winter 2006.
Atria Developments also created i-Zone live/work lofts, which is located across the street from Garment Factory Lofts, and is now home to artists, filmmakers, photographers, an opera singer, and other creative spirits.
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