It Takes a Vil­lage

Six up-and-com­ing condo de­vel­op­ments that fos­ter close connections with their sur­round­ings

Designlines - - Contents - BY ERIC MUTRIE

Six neigh­bour­hood-minded ur­ban de­vel­op­ments putting down roots across the GTA

The Ur­ban Es­tate

346 Davenport Davenport Rd & Dupont St Com­ple­tion: Fe­bru­ary 2019 From: $1,079,000 (134 square me­tres) Quick Take: Floor plans big enough to fit a grand pi­ano, deluxe fin­ishes and am­ple privacy. With this slen­der nine-storey build­ing, Freed De­vel­op­ments ap­peals to a posh crowd looking for cen­tral digs that won’t re­quire them to book a “party room” to en­ter­tain.

From the Street: RAW De­sign’s scheme for the glass fa­cade punc­tu­ates mar­ble and quartz pan­els with ver­ti­cal strips of green­ery to es­tab­lish a street pres­ence that’s ap­pro­pri­ately stately, but not stiff. About half of the units have di­rect el­e­va­tor ac­cess, with the lobby as the build­ing’s only shared amenity. Stag­gered bal­conies add ex­tra seclu­sion.

Mov­ing In: The mid-rise has just 35 units, each of­fer­ing open-con­cept floor plans that de­liver di­men­sions more typ­i­cal of a de­tached home (like 2.7- to 3.4-me­tre-high ceil­ings, for example.) The project’s in­te­rior de­sign firm, Bur­di­filek, will surely be fa­mil­iar to those used to shop­ping for crys­tal stemware around the cor­ner at Rosedale bou­tique Hop­son Grace. Rooms here are just as lav­ishly trimmed, with con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean-style cab­i­netry, sleek Miele ap­pli­ances in­te­grated into the kitchen, and natural stone van­i­ties in the bath­room that echo the build­ing’s ex­te­rior. Plus, with De­sign­ers Walk right next door, it couldn’t be eas­ier to round out the space with state­ment pieces. 346dav­en­

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