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Excerpt from an article by Shelly Sanders Greer – Toronto Star
Infinity 2 is a 16-storey condominium with an eye-catching exterior made of tinted glass enhanced with concrete. Located close to the heart of the city, the contrasting views make this project exceptional.
“We are sold out of the two-bedroom and den models that face west, looking across Lower Simcoe St. to the park. But there are still some good choices with other plans facing west,” he says. “The two-bedroom and den models on the northwest corner by the CN Tower are especially popular as well.
Infinity 2 will have 244 suites, ranging from 526 to 912 square feet. Mersereau says the floor plans are very practical and livable, with a good use of space.
All of the Infinity 2 units have balconies, marble entrance foyers, ceramic tile in the kitchen, six appliances, soaker tubs in the master suites, ensuite thermostats for heating and air, a phone system connected to the lobby, solid-core stained entry doors, and open concept layouts.
Prices start at $179,900 and go to $370,000. Maintenance fees are 45 cents a square foot per month.Sales have been steady and that construction is well under way. The outer structure is finished and the first occupancies are expected in May 2007.
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Queen Street West has emerged as the neighbourhood that defines cool in Toronto. Its boutiques, nightspots, cafes, and restaurants are the places to see and be seen. For the hip, urban crowd, Queen West defines the best in downtown lifestyle.
Fittingly, Baywood Homes is now contributing its version of cool on Queen Street West with its new Bohemian Embassy, a stylish condominium in the heart of the city’s cultural capital on the corner of Queen and Gladstone, just steps from equally famous Toronto icon, the Drake Hotel.
This updated salute to the best of urban lifestyle offers two buildings and architecturally charming townhomes designed by award-winning architects Page + Steele, with lobbies and amenities by the renowned II BY IV Design Associates Inc.
The project comprises a nine-storey mid-rise building facing Queen West that will have retail stores on the street level, residential suites, and recreational amenities for residents, in addition to a 19-storey tower tucked behind it where residents can enjoy a view of the city or the lake.
The townhomes complement the site and offer a change of pace for those seeking to live in a creative neighbourhood. A landscaped courtyard, lush with greenery, connects the structures and is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Queen Street, but is visible as a quiet oasis through the arched gateway.
The beautifully landscaped courtyard is just the visible signature of the pleasures that lie within. There is a men’s and women’s fitness centre and a multimedia lounge, perfect for entertaining guests. But there is also the unexpected – such as the Bohemian Sky Lounge with its upbeat outdoor patio, a great place to barbecue, sit around the fireplace, take in the sun, or entertain friends and relatives.
Baywood has taken great care to offer the widest range of suites in both design and price. The 345 units encompassing flats and lofts start from $159,900 and top off with a magnificent 1,200-square-foot two-level, two-bedroom, and two-bath loft.
In between are one bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom-plus-den suites, each of which has its own balcony, and some even have terraces.
The Queen West streetcar puts the subway and the rest of downtown just minutes from your doorstep. Best of all, Bohemian Embassy is affordable – priced to attract a mixture of residents, making Queen West a sought-after neighbourhood.
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A virtual dream team has been working on a new condo development in Toronto – Glas Condominiums. The four individuals behind the design, development and sales are: architect, Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance (Four Seasons, Radio City, 18 Yorkville, Tip Top Lofts); developers Mark Hewitt of Niche Developments (the former VP of Development behind CityPlace and the former executive director of Emaar Properties Dubai), and Walter Harhay (developer of Zen Lofts, Abbey Lane Lofts, 169 and East); and Brad J. Lamb, condo broker of over 80 new projects in central Toronto. These guys know what they are doing.
From the outset, the idea behind Glas Condominiumswas development without compromise. The team wanted to create a landmark infill high rise that would stand the test of time. It would be a modern icon that people would stop to stare at.
“From the start the shape of the site allowed for the creation of the wide-shallow suite, the holy grail of floor plans,” says broker Brad J. Lamb. “These plans are twice as wide as they are deep allowing for maximum glass, which is very rare in the city.
“The development sits in the hot spot of King Street West and Spadina, just steps from the financial district, the theatre district, and the entertainment district,” says Lamb. “Charlotte Street is a quiet street that connects King Street West to Adelaide Street West, so you’re in the heart of the city yet ensconced in a quiet lane. It is a part of the city that feels very much like Soho in New York City; it is one of Toronto’s most exciting developing neighbourhoods.”
Glas Condominiums was conceived to be all about light and glass â€“ essentially it is the epitome of modern architectural design. The nature of small infill-type sites allows for interesting buildings.
The main level of Glas Condominiums has seven lofthouses ranging from 1,250 to 1,500 sq. ft. Ceiling heights soar to 20 ft. high in the living room and are 10 ft. high everywhere else. All lofthouses feature two bedrooms and include an attached parking garage with locker.
“We invented the lofthouses for Glas Condominiums, which are totally unique to Toronto. Buyers really like the two level through designs with private parking, as four homes have already sold,” says Lamb. The second to 10th floors have flats with nine-ft. ceilings ranging in size from 410 to 1,000 sq. ft. The 11th to 16th floors have lofts and penthouses with 10-ft. ceilings ranging in size from 625 to 1,850 sq. ft. “The two-level penthouses have large terraces and spectacular finishes,” says Lamb. “Our penthouses are incredible!
Each has a huge terrace off the living and dining areas. They range from 1,100 sq. ft., two bedrooms to 1,850 sq. ft., three bedrooms.”
The team has assembled a unique array of finishes including Italian-style kitchens, gas cooking, gas on all balconies or terraces, four premium stainless steel appliances, stone counters, premium hardwood floors and contemporary bathroom fixtures and styling. “The finishes at Glas Condominiums are the best I’ve ever seen offered in Toronto. There is truly no need to upgrade,” adds Lamb.
“We did not want to just build an average building.” says Mark Hewitt of Niche Developments. “This is a small infill site that could have been lost to a marginal development; instead we are building something here that is beautiful inside and out. Peter Clewes [architectsAlliance] has outdone himself.”
The development is now 50% sold out and the application for building permit has been submitted with construction to start in the fall. Prices at Glas Condominiums start at $153,900 and run to $904,900.
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