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Well-respected Longo Communities offers the rare opportunity to own a brand new rooftop terrace townhome in Toronto’s historic Corktown area. New Corktown is an intimate gated community situated on the southwest corner of River and Shuter Streets, just minutes from major highways, the St. Lawrence Market, the rejuvenated Distillery District, plus the shops, bakeries and bistros of charming Cabbagetown.
This limited collection of just 16 townhomes is also handy to Toronto’s entertainment and cultural venues including the new Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Situated just south of Regent Park South, New Corktown residents will benefit from the revitalization of that area, which will form a connection with the surrounding neighbourhoods. In addition, Riverdale Park is just a few blocks north, and Lake Ontario a short drive south.
Each of the two- and three-storey townhomes in New Corktown is crowned by a spacious rooftop terrace, perfect for entertaining. The richly detailed, heritage-inspired architecture by renowned Kirkor Architects features heritage brick with stone components, turrets and other focal points to compliment the existing mid-19th century buildings in the area.
Corktown was originally home to thousands of working class Irish who came to Canada from the County of Cork. Many of the original homes of these workers were unadorned, and their simple, straightforward design has become more captivating with time.
Currently, Corktown is undergoing a renaissance, and has attracted a vibrant community of right-brained artists and left-brained entrepreneurs.
Inside Longo’s townhomes, the open-concept layouts satisfy 21st century families with convenient dens, inviting family rooms, formal living and dining rooms, sumptuous master bedrooms and more (all as per plan). One design, the Queen, offers a lovely 312-sq.-ft. rooftop terrace plus a balcony off the living/dining room for maximum outdoor living space.
Each suite comes complete with parking, as well as a long list of luxury appointments. Among these are solid oak handrails and the choice of metal or oak pickets finished in a natural colour; kitchen cabinets with 42-inch uppers; rich ceramic floor tiles; quality 40-oz./Berber carpeting; and engineered pre-finished laminate flooring.
Longo Communities is a third-generation family-owned business with more than 80 years of industry experience. The company has earned a reputation for meticulous attention to detail and unparalleled construction quality. In addition to 1,000 multi-residential rental properties, Longo Communities has developed and built over 1,500 homes and numerous commercial projects in Ontario. International projects include commercial and residential developments in Texas, Ohio and Florida.
Townhomes at New Corktown range in size from 1,037 to 1,279 sq. ft. and are priced from just $349,900 – remarkable for downtown Toronto. Plus, for a limited time, Longo Communities is offering a grand opening bonus of granite kitchen countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances and a gas barbecue outlet on the rooftop terrace. Closings are slated for the fall of 2007.
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Derek Flack – blogTO
Back in 1984, Toronto was set to get a new Opera House designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. It was to be a daring structure on the order of few projects the city has ever seen, but like a number of others that would have changed the face of the city, the plans went sour when funding was scaled back. Even though the land had been acquired (at Bay and Wellesley) and Safdie was willing to work with the diminished budget, the Ballet-Opera House board wasn’t interested in proceeding with a less expensive building, and the project died in 1990.
The former site of the Ballet-Opera House is now outfitted with a condo development, which is perhaps a little sad — the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is anything but remarkable (from the outside, at least) — but also a touch fitting. In 2009, it was announced that Moshe Safdie would return to Toronto to build a waterfront condo for Great Gulf Homes.
And while a condo — no matter how nice it is — just can’t compete with something like an Opera House, the initial reaction to Safdie’s Parkside project was that it’d play a significant role in the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront. That sentiment holds true today. Architects of Safdie’s clout don’t often do residential commissions (it’s his first since designing Habitat 67 in Montreal), and the building he’s proposed is anything but your typical glass-box affair.
From the get-go Safdie’s design was to make a bold addition to the eastern skyline, but news related to the project had pretty much completely dried up following the distribution of the initial renderings. Until today. Urban Toronto got their hands on a new set of renderings that reveal a design that’s arguably even more dramatic than before.
Although the basic configuration (podium/tower) remains the same, the new renderings show a far more prominent wedge-shape at the top, perpendicular balconies, and an open-air passageway through the base of the building. There’s no doubt that some will dislike the boldness of the tower, but if nothing else the plans for Parkside underscore just how incredibly boring the majority of Toronto condos are. More like this, please!
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In his book Stroll, Shawn Micallef tackles Toronto street by street
On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Shawn Micallef stands at the foot of University Avenue, looking north, his head craned towards the sky. He is taking in the (rather) new RBC Centre, the shimmering 43-storey office tower completed last summer, rising to the west of the traffic island where he’s standing.
“I haven’t seen that building from here,” he says. “It’s really glassy.”
For Micallef, every walk about the city gives the 36-year-old writer an opportunity to see new sights, find new secrets and uncover new angles and ways to look at Toronto. And walk he does. For the past six years, Micallef has penned his column, Psychogeography (formerly Stroll) for Eye Weekly, and in the process has become Toronto’s unofficial tour guide, the flâneur of Hogtown. He revisits and expands his popular columns in Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, just published by Coach House Books ($24.95).
Looking quite dapper in short pants, a low V-neck white T, blazer and chunky black-frame glasses, and slightly jet-lagged from a 10-day trip to England, Micallef soldiers on, northwards up what he calls Toronto’s “grandest street,” though he admits “nobody ever talks about it.”
It’s obvious why: dull buildings and bland fast-foot franchise outlets pepper this end of the avenue, a lone residential building the only thing keeping people here after work.
“At night there’s nothing,” he says. “It’s a ghost town.”
That may soon change. Micallef stops at the construction site of the Shangri-La condominiums, on the west side of the street between Adelaide and Richmond. This will soon add 66 storeys to the strip; coupled with the Trump Tower on Bay Street, and the condos going up all over nearby clubland, “it’s becoming a 24-hour neighbourhood rather than 8 to 6,” he explains.
Further on, University widens into a grand boulevard, what Micallef dubs “pageantry scale,” with parkettes dividing the north- and southbound traffic. The intersection at Queen Street is particularly impressive: Stately Osgoode Hall occupies the northeast corner, the massive South African War Memorial divides the street in two, and on the southeast corner one finds the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, its glass façade allowing pedestrians to glimpse inside.
“When it’s full of people, it’s magnificent,” Micallef says. “It’s like a doll house.” He continues north, walking up the parkettes, past the homeless sleeping on benches and people enjoying their lunch breaks in the sun.
“This is the most fortified building in Toronto,” Micallef says, passing by the American Embassy on the street’s west side. Then, just south of Dundas, he stops to look at the soon-to-be-demolished Royal Canadian Military Institute, which will make way for a condo.
“People don’t have an attachment to it,” he says in reference to the lack of outcry surrounding its demise. “And there’s cannons in front. That’s intimidating.”
North of Dundas, the avenue becomes “a virtual canyon on sickness, recovery and death,” as Micallef writes in Stroll. Hospitals rise up on both sides of the street. He points out the waterfall decals on the old 1935 Art Deco-style Hydro Building, one of his favourites in the city, which has since been consumed by Princess Margaret Hospital; hydro vacated the property in the 1970s and moved next door, to the horseshoe-shaped building on the southwest corner of College Street.
Micallef walks across traffic to Queen’s Park (“It’s a weird place, Queen’s Park — you can’t get to it, as a pedestrian, very easily”) where he came one day in 2000 to drop off a résumé but ended up being caught in a “riot” between the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and police.
“There were bricks flying over my head … I saw a brick hit a cop in the head,” he recalls. “I’d never seen such spectacle, as horrible as it was.”
He walks east, around to the large park at the back, and finds a seat at a picnic table in the shade.
“Stroll is a book about Toronto, set geographically in Toronto, [but] it can be seen as a book about Canadian urbanism,” Micallef explains. “I’d like the second book to be much more explicitly about that. Canadian cities, on the whole, from places like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, down to Saskatoon, Calgary, Winnipeg — the downtowns still have people that live around it. Our inner cities were never evacuated in the ’60s and ’70s the way so many American cities were. So there’s a particular way of Canadians doing urbanism that seems to work, and I think that has value and should be explored.”
In the meantime, he’s continuing his work with Spacing magazine, where he’s senior editor, Yonge Street magazine, where he’s managing editor, and Eye Weekly, where he’ll continue to write his columns “for the foreseeable future.” He admits he’s already thinking about the sequel, exploring parts of the city not included in the book.
“I feel a little guilty that there’s these huge areas of the city I didn’t touch,” he says. “Toronto is so big.”