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A quick update for those thinking of living at Origami Lofts! I stopped by the sales centre this weekend and was super excited to hear that they are already 50% sold… with some great layouts still available. I have a the latest availability of prices and floorplans for the project as well as some exclusive discounts to help you with your purchase!
Save your mega launches, super high rises and over hyped projects for the other brokers… my heart (and money) is on Origami Lofts by Symmetry Developments! For months I’ve gearing up for the launch of this unique condo, and finally the day has arrived. Rising a humble 7 storeys and featuring only 23 units, Origami Lofts gets it’s inspiration and form from the ancient art of Japanese paper folding. Located at 202 Bathurst St at Wolseley just north of Queen West, Origami lives up to it’s name in every sense of the development. The exterior breaks the mold of the conventional simple/square/boxey design and emphasises an array of angels mixed with a zinc and glass cladding! The creativity and ingenuity continues on the inside with a collection of single storey lofts from the 2nd to 5th level! I was very impressed to see how well layed out the floorplans were. Each level contains only 4 units per floor, giving residents the privacy and intimacy one should expect in boutique project like this! The sixth and seventh levels are home to only 4 penthouse suites. Each two level unit also has large terraces exclusively for their use. The penthouses range from 935 to 983 sq.ft. and each have two bedrooms and two bathrooms! I had the privilege of getting an early peak into the sales centre and was very impressed with the type finishes Symmetry is offering. You get all the standards: 9ft ceilings (in principal rooms), pre-finished floors, tiles in bathroom etc etc… BUT on top of that they’re also offering an optional chalkboard wall (you’d be surprised how handy these can be), full sized stacked washer and dryer, BBQ connection on all terraces and balconies, corian counter-tops, glass mosaic back-splash AND integrated dishwasher and hood fan.
For the last few months, I’ve really cut back on the amount of preconstruction I’ve been talking about on the blog… truth is, nothing has really excited me and the whole scene in Toronto has become pretty “blah”. As we approach the last quarter of 2012, (finally) a project is coming that will change all of that!
Symmetry Developments (think Linea Towns and The Hive) is getting set to launch it’s latest project – Origami Lofts. Located at Wosely and Bathurst just half a block up from Queen West and the newly restored CB2, everything about the development is fresh and exciting!
Only 23 of lofts are being constructed, including and even smaller number 2 storey penthouses. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a sneak peak at what the insides of Origami will one day look like… First up is the interior of the lofts:
Holding true to the Origami name, the project incorporates the hard lines and bends of the ancient Japanese paper folding tradition, especially in th kitchen and living areas. The slits of floor to ceiling windows also adds a new element to design, giving you a glimpse into life below while maintaining privacy inside.
The 2 storey penthouses will sit atop the building wrapped in glass and feature large terrace areas! In the rendering above, we get a better view of the origami inspired interiors… I can’t wait to see that kitchen island in real life!!
Prices and floorplans are yet to be released, but I’ll be able to help those interested in living at Origami get in early! If you’d like to be added to the list please fill out the for below:
The Gladstone Hotel is known to many as a popular hipster hotspot on Queen west… but look back only 12 years and you get a story of a much different crowd! In keeping with last weeks post on the 2012 HotDoc Film Fest, I wanted to spotlight a documentary about the Hotels transformation. Last Call At The Gladstone Hotel first screened at HotDocs in 2007. While picking up my tickets for this years festival, the title of the film caught my eye. I did a bit of googling and came across this trailer for the film:
The official write up for the film says: “In 2000, developers purchase the crumbling, century-old Gladstone hotel to turn it from skid row flophouse to arts and music hotspot. They think it’s empty… until they meet Marilyn, the chambermaid with a heart of gold; Shirley Ann, the cynical front desk clerk; and a motley crew of residents, including Maryanne, a sweet ex-bag lady who has turned her room into a toxic zone. Staff and residents—some who have been there for over 30 years—worry they’ll be squeezed out during the hotel’s imminent revitalization.
The developers’ plan— a gradual restoration with staff and residents remaining upstairs, while downstairs the bar serves designer drinks to new, affluent clientele—doesn’t work. When experimental film-maker, Christina Zeidler inherits the mess and forms a “business model that includes social change,” the hotel has the last word. City inspectors demand complete rewiring, the boiler blows up leaving the hotel without heat, ceilings leak, walls are crumbling and Zeidler now has to decide what to do.
Shot over five years in a cinema direct style, Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel is an intimate portrait of the effects of urban renewal on the poor—a compelling tale of urban conflict put under the lens of class, money and social consciousness, chronicling a heart breaking clash of cultures between down at the heels hotel residents, artists and developers. More than a story about haves versus have-nots, this film exposes a pattern of displacement repeated in cities worldwide, and reveals the unintentional roles we often play in the process of gentrification.”
The film is available for purchase at the HotDocs box office (783 Bathurst Street) or can be streamed online in the HotDocs Library - http://www.hotdocslibrary.ca/en/detail.cfm?filmId=11105
Live in the newest loft to come to Queen West! 2 Gladstone by Streetcar Developments is a boutique mid rise building with only 55 suites! I’ve just listed a 615 sq.ft. one bedroom unit on the top floor, that’s right – penthouse baby, or rather… “pentLoft”!
It’s a corner unit with expansive views of the downtown high-rises from one window and Liberty Village and lake views from the other! Nine foot concrete ceilings add to the open concept feel of the loft. From your first steps into the loft, you’ll notice the extra detail my client personally added to the space. Wood work frames the hallway into the living space. From there pot lights and restored barnwood accent the walls in the TV area and bedroom. Pot lights were also installed to top off the loft!
2 Gladstone is located right on the Queen West strip. The loft is located on the 8th floor, away from the traffic and noise of the street. The building is neighbours with The Gladstone Hotel along with several other bars, galleries, and boutique clothing stores. TTC is litterally steps from the front door. Parking and locker are also included. We’re asking $1,900 per month with a minimum of a years commitment!
If you’re interested to living at 2 Gladstone, please contact me below -
By now, I’ve easily written close to a thousand words about the 8 Gladstone Lofts…but as the saying goes “a picture says more”.
Armed with my iPhone camera, I stopped by the 8 Gladstone Sales Centre to check out their hip new hub! Located at 1230 Queen St West, the sales centre is a complete transformation from the old warehouse that once sat on the property. Black walls, high cielings, and accents of bright pink are the first things I noticed. After signing in, I was given a tour of the sales centre starting with the model unit!
The loft is a replica of the 605 Sq.Ft. layout pictured below!
The first thing that caught my eyes were the large 24”x24” procelin tiles…it came as a welcomed surprise from the typical engineering laminate seen in most sales centres these days. This floor plan in particular unit has the split bathroom, with the toilet and sink on one side and the shower with a 5 foot vanity on the other!
I often prefer walking into a dedicated foyer first instead of a kitchen or busy living space. Something about the division of space makes the floorplan feel bigger. Shortly past the enterance is a laundry room deep enough to store your cleaning products…with some room to spare for a broom and mop!
A “pegged” art piece was put up along the wall that leads guests into the living/dinning/sleeping areas. I’m sure any true Queen West dweller will have no shortage of ideas for the blank canvas of a wall! Read the rest of this entry »
Looking for more space? Try looking up at 8 Gladstones Penthouse release!
Taking up the top two floors of the 8 storey building, only 9 of the lofts will be built. Spaces range in size from 705 sq. ft. to 1212 sq.ft with terraces from 105 sq. ft. to 1,176 sq. ft (almost the same amount of outside space as there is inside). Each resident will have their own private gas hookup for BBQing. The lofts will have exposed concrete cielings and columns with 10ft high cielings on the main penthouse level (living/dining/kitchen) and 9 ft. on the upper level (bathrooms/bedrooms/den).
Connecting the two level will be a modern mix of glass and metal staircases. Some lofts will even have skylights in the bedrooms!
Take a look at floorplans and views below: