It Takes a Village
Six up-and-coming condo developments that foster close connections with their surroundings
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. 346davenport.com