There aren’t many condos being built in Toronto that I can say hit as close to home as The Hub Condos by Empire Communities… and there probably aren’t very many Realtors who can talk about the area of the new development as well as me!
The future site of The Hub actually backs on the street I’ve lived on my entire life! Located at on the corner of Eglinton and Oakwood, Empire Communities is the first condo developer to venture in this part of town – and with good reason. With plans of the new LRT line well underway, getting in early offers the best chance for benefiting from all that’s happening!
Early next week more details of The Hub will be released, but I’ve been lucky enough to preview some early floorplans and renderings… I gotta say – I like what I saw! Units range from about 500 sq. ft. to just over 1000 sq. ft., and will include a variety of 1 bedroom, 1+den, 2 bedroom and 2+den layouts. I can’t post the floorplans online just yet but I was able to leak a few renderings of what the condo will one day look like!
If you’d like early access to prices and floorplans fill out the form below:
One of my goals for the year is getting back to basics and bringing a more organized system into my business! Most of this is happening behind the scenes and should be fully rolled out by late Spring…
One of the things I’m most excited to bring back is my Daily Photos! A few years ago (when blackberries were still cool), I would post a pic a day from my adventures in the City. Recently, the platform I was using shut down services leaving me scrambling for a place to host my photos. I’m now back in business thanks to Instagram and am excited to share all the sights this City has to offer!
You can check out my daily photos on the side bar of the blog or visit the entire collection over at my Savel and the City daily photo page! Below are a few of the places I’ve seen in the last week:
The best way to discover a City is on foot… and in Melbourne that couldn’t be more true. The wide sidewalks and heaps of interesting stores make for a huge collection of photos! In fact the two most interesting things about this City is it’s streetart and its architecture. There’s so much of each that I decided to separate my pics into two posts… this week it’s the streetart, next week - architecture!
This pretty misses had a bit of a face-lift over her upper lip!
Down on Brunskwick Street a corner was covered with a mural … both the real life people sitting below and the drawn ones above added to the conversation of the scene!
I’m sure there’s some clever reference I’m not getting with this drawing… I just liked the colours!
My sister and cousin, almost mistakenly found this little side street! A massive trampoline was there for guests to play on!
Beautiful Fitzroy reminded me of a cooler SoHo, before the big brands took over cheap leases… something like what Queen West and Ossington is growing into back home in Toronto!
Simple colours, but such depth in technique!
Alley way bouncer!
This big guy watched over the trampoline I was mentioning a few posts up!
A found this hunter on the side of a community radio station!
Anyone else see a Richard Simmons look to this bird? The quote had me thinking…
Hey look… it’s Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys!!!
The first day of the Interior Design Show kicks off in Toronto today, and I’ll be there snapping some pics of the cool trends to look out for in 2013! The show runs from January 24-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and tickets can be purchased online.
I have my ticket in hand and am ready to go!
Just arrived and have a lot of ground to cover!
There’s a mini car show going on at the entrance… The Kia Design icons is the first display to see at IDS! Part of the “Design Icons” exhibit, several well known designers including Karim Rashid, Christiane Lemieux, Douglas Coupland and Jürgen Mayer H. have lent their talent to styling the cars!
Coolest wine case ever? Easily the most organic! Now if only it came in a whiskey version. Tomas Berinstein of Wood | Stone | Metal Inc. was a pleasure to talk to and a modern day master of his craft. Located in Toronto, Tomas offers a variety of services for modern furniture, cabinetry, doors and wall treatments.
Soy mineral material and wood? Sure why not! I loved everything about WET Style – from the booth set-up to their innovative tubs. The shell shaped tub is nothing new, but the addition of the “surround shelf” adds a welcomed level of practicality… and the walnut grain is the perfect look for the tub!
Relax on your very own spider chair! This Chinese traditional inspired bamboo woven art got a ton of attention from passerby’s. According to it’s display card: it’s elegance and unconventional design is a bold statement. Add fun to your space and show your unique attitude toward life. The adjustable legs allows you to enjoy utmost comfort and an extraordinary view of your space. Ingenious design; bold originality and function; humorous form. The series symbolizes your passion for life and independent spirit. In my own words – it’s just really gnarly! Spin by the Limitless both to see this and more.
A mans kitchen must have the CornuFé AlberTine from La Cornue. The company has it’s roots deep within Canada dating back to it’s humble beginnings in 1908. Three generations later the company is still thriving with 15 Showrooms, more than 250 retailers, in 30 countries all over the world!
The CornuFé range is available in 4 enamelled colours and 3 different finishes: Satin-finish nickel, satin-finish nickel and polished brass or even satin-finish nickel and copper.
Summer isn’t that far away in this patio! Presented by Earth Inc, these guys put together one of the most impressive displays, in fact one of my biggest regrets of the show this year was not taking more pics of their work. With all the traffic of the show, it was walking through this booth that calmed the day down. Instantly you felt like you were in another world (even with a mini snow storm a stones throw away).
According to their website: we specialize in transforming landscapes into award-winning extensions of your home. Through our unique horticultural and architectural expertise, outdoor spaces (gardens, bowers, pools, ponds, patios, porches and decks) are re-imagined, becoming peaceful retreats that offer a welcome respite from everyday stress. This is Earth Inc. – thoughtful landscape design informed by your personal objectives, tastes and styles.
Can you believe it’s Ikea?!? Time and time again they impress me with their affordable designs and modern flair… case and point, the lamp chandelier above!
More ikea… Brass brass baby! Though I don’t think this is available in stores, the look it perfect for a rustic themed home!
Tile, not wood from Tile Curation
Stir stick swag at the Beauti-Tone booth.
This ain’t your mamma’s wallpaper… Custom Wallpaper by ROLLOUT. Established in 2005, ROLLOUT is a creative studio that designs and digitally prints custom wallpapers by the square foot. From maps of New York to the stars on the ceiling at Grand Central Station these guys have an incredible collection to choose from!
Tat Chao’s loligo lumineers! Hailing from Montreal, Tat’s booth had a ton of interest… We shared a quick chat and a promise to follow up with a blog post in the near future!
Sit on your investment with the “Toronto Condo Chairs” from The David and Chico Show! The newly formed duo (aka DACS) have a pretty cool story behind the chairs:
Some very close friends recently purchased a Condo in the heart of Toronto. They asked if I would design a pair of unique and original stools for the kitchen. The result… ‘Toronto Condo’ To personalize the stools, the main building was given 21 floors, representing the floor they lived on. Also, clear views of the CN Tower and the Island Airport can been seen from their east-facing balcony, so the tower and plane were added to the graphics, through reflections in the glass.
You can view this and other items from their gallery online!
I’ll take one of each please… From NickDay Design
And last but not least, a long sit down to relax the feet in the media lounge! What’s not pictured here were my accomplices for the day (and access to the lounge lol) - Ola Oleksak of Realty Queen TO and Renee Elliott of Re: Creative!
The Show runs until Sunday and is a “must see” for inspiration in design! And of course if you need a home to design, Contact Me… I’d be happy to help!
I often take Davenport as my route of choice into the Core, and when I do I almost always pass the former Masonic Temple. Standing 6 storeys tall and built in 1917, It’s been home to MTV’s studio for the last few years! It’s fate and future has been up in the air with plans for MTV to be relocating the studios to 299 Queen St. West. It sits on a site covered with music history including Led Zeppelin’s first Toronto concert and rehearsal space for the Rolling Stones… If I had my way, it would be reused as a concert/restaurant/hotel for all to enjoy AND NOT ANOTHER PRIVATE RESIDENCE… here’s to hoping!
As 2012 comes to an end, purchasers at Treviso Condominiums are a lot closer to living ”la dolce vita”! In Lanterra’s latest newsletter, they reported at all 3 cranes have been erected on site and progress is well underway.
Take a walk around the corner and you’ll notice part of the underground parking has reached ground level, with the other half getting prepped for the rough in of electrical and mechanical components. Check out some photo’s below:
Any guesses on how much material is needed to build a project like this? According to Lanterra – 659.85 tones of steel has been delivered and 6,717 meters of concrete poured so far!
As a purchaser, I can’t wait to see this project take shape in 2013. Some great units are still available in phase 1 and 2! If you’d like to purchase here, please fill out the form below!
Last week I brought a gorgeous 2 bedroom unit to the fall market, this week it’s a modern and sleek one bedroom plus den suite at the Vu Condos!
Located on the top floor of the podium is this spacious 1 bedroom plus den suite. It faces west and overlooks the quiet court yard below. The open concept kitchen comes equipped with stainless steel appliances and a granite topped island.