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Luxury Living: Little Luxuries

By Lindsay Forsey – National Post

If you’re the type for whom the thought of a sky-high view from your boudoir causes insomnia, or the idea of having 200 close neighbours induces housewarming hysteria, maybe living in a condo just isn’t your bag, baby.

Or maybe it is.

While growing Toronto is home to plenty of soaring developments — we’re the biggest condo city in North America now, bigger than New York and Mexico City, including such large projects as The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons, Living Shangri-La and the Trump — not all the city’s new condos follow suit.

For buyers who want more intimate dwellings or lower heights, some developers are taking a good-things-in-small-packages approach, making use of smaller lots and finding ways to incorporate condos into residential areas.

They aren’t skimping on frills in the process.

“There are a lot of people in the market to buy a condo who don’t want to live in a high-rise with three elevators,” says Ted Burnett, CEO of Burnac Corp., the developer behind 277 Davenport.

The unusual six-storey, 10-unit building will look more like a modern Hollywood Hills mansion than a condo. With so few suites, 277 aims to offer residents a sense of community quite unlike that of bigger buildings. Renderings of the Hariri Pontarini-designed project depict floor-to-ceiling glass expanses, generous terraces and dark wood accents on the building exterior.

“We want 277 to fit into the neighbourhood. We don’t want the building to be intrusive or overpower the surrounding residential area. That was a huge design focus for us and the result is a boutique condo that will be as close to living in a house as it could be,” Mr. Burnett says.

Located at Davenport and Bedford roads, 277 bridges historic Yorkville Village and The Annex — two Toronto neighbourhoods full of character. The street level will include commercial space along with a 3,500-square-foot, two-storey suite. Floors two through five will each contain two 2,000-sq.-ft. units, while the already-sold 3,200-sq.-ft. penthouse will occupy the entire sixth floor. Top-floor residents will have exclusive access to a 2,535-sq.-ft. rooftop living space with a swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen. Suites at 277 Davenport are priced from $2-million.

“Each unit has its own personality. In a high-rise you have an envelope and you have to fill it in the most efficient way, but we’ve created 10 unique entities,” Mr. Burnett says. After just a few weeks on the market, the project is attracting plenty of buyer interest, particularly from local empty-nesters looking to transition from large homes.

“Most of our potential buyers are living a lifestyle where they want to be able to take off for a month and know that everything will be taken care of, but they still want a residential feeling. They want to know the guy next door,” he says.

The trend toward smaller buildings is being driven not only by buyer desires, but also by development itself, as building in the city intensifies and large, open corner lots become scarce. More projects are being incorporated into existing neighbourhoods, rather than dominating them.

Museum House, located at the corner of Bloor Street West and Avenue Road, is a 20-storey building with only 27 half- and full-floor suites, each with private elevator access. The six remaining units range from 1,605 sq. ft. to the 5,618-sq.-ft. penthouse, starting at $1.56-million and going up to $12.8-million.

The developer, Yorkville, along with Page + Steele Architects, set out with the idea to build a small, exclusive condo. “Smaller, high-end buildings with fewer units are very popular in New York and we took inspiration from that. The people who live here will feel like they are coming home to a private residence,” says Caitlin Moon, vice-president of development at Yorkville.

The first occupancies are expected around mid-December — just in time for residents to enjoy the heated driveway and pedestrian entrance, where snow won’t stand a chance.

Museum House is equipped with other hot features, from car elevators to access the underground parking to pads that absorb vibrations, so residents will never know the subway has just zipped through the tunnel beneath them.

“Our buyers range from 30-something singles to couples in their 70s. There’s no stereotype, but they were all looking for a place with the privacy and comfort of a home. Our concierge will know everyone by name,” Ms. Moon says.

A wide demographic of buyers has also purchased units at 77 Charles, located just south of Bloor, between Bay Street and Avenue Road. The 16-storey, 50-suite building designed by architect Yann Weymouth of HOK is 70% sold. Mr. Weymouth was the chief design architect for I.M. Pei’s Grand Louvre Museum project in Paris — the iconic glass and metal pyramid in the courtyard.

Glass and light are at the core of 77 Charles’ architectural design, as they were for Mr. Weymouth’s Louvre project. Remaining suites are priced from $2.1-million to $5.9-million and range from 1,500 to 3,500 sq. ft., including two penthouse units.

“We have buyers who are young professionals living in the city and those who are older Baby Boomers, many of whom have another home outside of the city,” says Michelle Jalsevac, a sales representative with Chestnut Park for 77 Charles. “Our building has a smaller community feel to it and a nice relationship with what’s going on at ground level.”

Sam Mizrahi, partner at Mizrahi Khalili Developments, agrees that many people who are interested in buying a condo are not necessarly looking to live 50 storeys above ground. His latest project, 133 Hazelton, was designed with precisely those buyers in mind. Located at Hazelton Avenue and Davenport Road, the nine-storey 133 Hazelton is comprised of just 35 suites and three townhouses, with units priced from $1-million up to $7-million.

Mr. Mizrahi says the Page + Steele-designed building is not about cookie-cutter suites. “When you’re working on a building of this size and scale, there is more creativity and true architectural spirit in the process …. There’s more freedom to the design,” he says.

Designed to reflect its Yorkville surrounds, 133 Hazelton will have a limestone exterior, and buyers are able to fully customize their suites. “We come from a custom-home background and we’ve brought that to this development. We want the owners to have a fingerprint in the design process. These residences will feel like homes,” Mr. Mizrahi says.

While the individual units are designed to feel like homes, the building will still offer the amenities of a luxury condo, including a full catering kitchen, screening room and a guest suite. Mr. Mizrahi hopes that residents will build relationships with the concierge and other dedicated 133 staff. “A large number of the registrations we’ve received are from upscale homeowners looking for an intimate condo that meets their needs. Having a personable staff is a big part of that,” Mr. Mizrahi says.

Just because you live in a condo, doesn’t mean you can’t come home to a place where everybody knows your name.

Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto Realtor with Century 21 Regal Realty. He did not
write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who are
interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.