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A look at the Lake

Lisa Van de Ven
The National Post
April 21, 2012

What should Torontonians expect the waterfront to look like in 20 years? Nothing less than an entirely "different skyscape," says John Campbell, president and CEO of Waterfront Toronto.

The rapidly changing neighbourhood is an intriguing place to be for those living along the lakeshore. "It's going to be very exciting and vibrant. You'll have retail, office, and residential [components]," Mr. Campbell says. What's more, he says, all of it will be cohesive. [Though] done by different builders, it will be consistent. "We're making sure there's really great design."

Previously undeveloped areas will become neighbourhoods in their own right, including the West Don Lands, where developer Urban Capital Property Group is kickstarting an entirely new residential area with its project River City. Approximately 1,000 units are planned. WIth construction for the Pan/Parapan American Athletes' Village underway in the neighbourhood as well, there's a lot of momentum already happening, says Jeff Geldart, Urban Capital's development manager. "Once those areas get populated, it's going to be quite hard to stop it," he says. "I think it's going to bring a huge amount of value to the east end of Toronto."

In the west end, meanwhile, the waterfront changes bring additional value to the condominium projects currently underway. Sue Young, sales manager for Onni Group, says many buyers cite the waterfront changes as one of their reasons for wanting to live close to the lakeshore. Onni has three buildings underway-- Garrison, Local and The Yards-- at its Fort York masterplanned community. "They see there's a lot of potential here," she says. "The waterfront is a major selling point for them."

33 Bay

52 storeys; 634 units Builder Pinnacle International Location Bay and Harbour Suite Availability  93% sold. One-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom-plus-den and three-bedroom units from 618 to 1,792 sq. ft. and $329,900 to $1,469,900 Hot Tickets  There is a 30,000-sq.-ft. amenity centre with a swimming pool, two gyms, racquetball, squash and tennis courts. Status Occupied and registered Occupancy Immediate Contact 416-925-3325;


12 storeys; 242 units Builder Onni Group  Location  Fort York and Bathurst Suite Availability  75% sold. One- and two-bedroom units from 446 to 975 sq. ft. and $207,900 and $479,900 Hot Tickets The building will have a rooftop terrace with a barbecue area and garden. Status Under construction  Occupancy Fall 2012 Contact 416-260-2600;


13 storeys; 239 units  Builder Onni Group  Location  Fort York and Bathurst  Suite Availability One- and two-bedroom suites and townhomes from 429 to 1,440 sq. ft. and $219,900 to $844,900 Hot Tickets  The building will have a rooftop agricultural garden. Status Pre-registration Occupancy Summer 2014 Contact 416-260-2600;


40 stoerys; 516 units  Builder Great Gulf Location Queens Quay and Bonnycastle Suite Availability 40% sold. One-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom-plus-den, three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-den units from 483 to 1,331 sq. ft. and starting from the mid $300,000s Hot Tickets  The building was designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie, to LEED Gold Standards. Status Actively Selling  Occupancy April 2016 Contact 416-466-8885;

Pier 27

Two buildings of 14 and 12 storeys; 714 units Builder Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes Location  Queens Quay and Yonge Suite Availability Phase 1 is 91% sold; Phase 2 is 93% sold. One-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-bedroom-plus-den and three-bedroom-plus-den penthouses remain, from 675 to 4,036 sq. ft. and $460,000 to $5,448,600 Hot Tickets The buildings will be connected at the 12th floor by a cantilevered bridge. Status Under construction Occupancy October 2012 Contact 416-367-34567

River City

Four phases, two of which have been released. Phase 1 is two buildings of six and 16 storeys; 349 units. Phase 2 is 12 storeys; 249 units. Builder Urban Capital Property Group Location King and River Suite Availabilty Studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-study, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom, two-bedroom-plus-den, penthouse and townhouse units from 400 to 2,000 sq. ft. and $239,900 to $1,150,000 Hot Tickets A three-storey bridge will connect the Phase 1 buildings. The Phase 2 building is designed to look like three mini-towers. Status Phase 1 is under construction; Phase 2 is actively selling. Occupancy January 2013 for Phase 1; May 2014 for Phase 2 Contact 416-862-0505;

The Yards

28 storeys; 412 units Builder Onni Group Location  Fort York and Bathurst Suite Availability 80& sold. One- to three-bedroom units from 490 to 1,352 sq. ft. and $276,900 to $713,900 Hot Tickets  Features views of Fort York and the city skyline Status  Under construction  Occupancy  June 2014 Contact 416-260-2600;

York Harbour Club

Two buildings of 17 and 15 storeys; 502 units Builder  The Plaza Corporation Location Fort York and Grand Magazine Suite Availability  98% sold. One- and two-bedroom units from 500 to 750 sq. ft. and $258,900 to $419,900 Hot Tickets Located across from June Caldwell Park Status Under construction Occupancy Spring 2014 Contact 647-341-1731;

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