Occupancy won’t take place until April, but some of the key players involved in Toronto’s Chaz.Yorkville condominiums toasted the topping off of the project as work took place on its 47th floor on Tuesday.
The previous structure on the 45 Charles St. E. site — a modernist, concrete, eight-storey, office building designed by Macy DuBois and built in 1966 — was demolished to make room for the new building. The edifice going up in its place was designed by Page + Steele Architects principal partner Sol Wassermuhl and pays tribute to its predecessor through its bow tie-like, octagonal shape that enables the creation of eight corner units with expansive views on almost every floor.
The original 39-storey building received provincial approval to increase to 47 floors after construction began, enabling the condo to offer more than 500 units ranging in size from small studios to two-bedroom-plus-den units. There are five levels of underground parking and a five-storey podium with the remainder of the tower rising above.
The location, midway between Yonge and Church streets, offers easy access to the retail, dining and entertainment strips along Yonge and Bloor streets, the upscale Yorkville area, nearby museums and the gay village in the area surrounding Church and Wellesley streets.
Charles Street transformation
Chaz.Yorkville is part of the recent transformation of Charles Street, where new residential towers have been built, others are under construction, and development fees are paying for new sidewalks, trees and an overall revitalization of the streetscape.
“It’s a very tight site,” said PCL Constructors Canada Inc. general manager Bruce Sonnenberg, who added Chaz.Yorkville is being built in accordance with the latest building codes. “When you have a deep excavation like this in a very confined area in downtown Toronto, it creates some challenges.”
Those challenges were overcome however, and 45 Charles Ltd. owner Jason Fane was proud of what he saw on Tuesday.
“The quality is very, very high and you get much more for your money in terms of quality, features and amenities in Toronto than you do in comparable cities,” said the 40-year development veteran who’s been involved with dozens of residential and commercial projects in Toronto and New York.
A 1,200-square-foot model suite was shown to journalists in the morning and brokers in the afternoon, and the remaining available units are expected to be snapped up quickly when potential buyers get the opportunity to see what they’re getting in a building where prices are in the $300,000 to $785,000 range. Eighty-four per cent of units are sold and the penthouses, which will carry a higher but still undisclosed price tag, haven’t yet been released.
“You only get one chance at making a good first impression,” said David McComb, president of Edenshaw Homes, which is project managing Chaz.Yorkville. “We want people to see things in the building that couldn’t properly be expressed in a brochure.”
Cecconi Simone-designed units
Units were designed by Cecconi Simone and were created with durability, function and visual appeal in mind.
The model suite featured: lots of storage space, including a large walk-in closet in the master bedroom; a granite island and countertops, innovative backsplash storage and a 36-inch fridge that seamlessly blended with the cupboards in the kitchen; washrooms with a custom-designed six-foot high recessed medicine cabinet with adjustable shelves integrated into the wall behind the towel bar; washer and dryer; a balcony; and floor-to-ceiling windows offering abundant natural light.
High-efficiency equipment, including energy recovery ventilators that recirculate the air in each unit, are among the building’s green initiatives that make it a candidate for LEED certification.
Chaz.Yorkville utilizes Bazinga!, a cloud-based community-building platform that keeps track of condo life and allows residents to connect with each other, receive information from building management, maintain records about their units, book building amenities and more through the convenience of a tablet, laptop or mobile phone.
“The key driver for people here will be seeing the quality in the workmanship in the product,” said McComb. “The extra care and attention that went into the thought for the end user and how a person lives in their home and in their community would be the focal point of this project.”
The condo includes a 24/7 concierge service, relaxation rooms, Wi-Fi-enabled amenity areas, a fully equipped gym, a yoga and Pilates studio, spas for both humans and pets, a billiards room, a screening room, hotel-style guest suites, a car wash, and bicycle and car-share parking.
The building’s most striking amenity, from inside and out, is Chaz.Club. This area is cantilevered out from the 31st and 32nd floors to provide a great southern view, a balcony with glass railings, a lounge and a dining area that should be a favourite feature for many residents.
“We’re a very luxurious building, which comes through not only in the product and the finishes but in the value that people get with Chaz,” said McComb.