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Sky towns and pent­houses have just been re­leased at the 52-Storey united bldg., north amer­ica’s largest her­itage retro­fit

- Iris Be­naroia

Sky towns, pent­houses just re­leased at the United Bldg.

It’s not sur­pris­ing that boomers are driv­ing the right­siz­ing trend, of find­ing a home that prop­erly fits one’s life­style. Who else would be con­cerned about vac­u­um­ing va­cant bed­rooms or tend­ing to a too-large gar­den?

“They’re sell­ing their man­sions and look­ing for more of a thrill — liv­ing atop a tower (that’s) cos­mopoli­tan and has an in­ter­na­tional feel to it,” ac­cord­ing to bar­bara Lawlor, the pres­i­dent of baker real es­tate, who spe­cial­izes in pre-con­struc­tion high­rises.

A just-launched clutch of lux­ury units at the united bldg. fits the de­scrip­tion, in­clud­ing 11 two-storey sky towns and 27 pent­houses. The site — at 481 univer­sity Av­enue, at dun­das Street West — is home to the his­toric Ma­clean-hunter build­ing.

When the 709-suite build­ing is up in five years, the sky towns will range from 900 to 1,400 square feet and cost $1.8 mil­lion to $2.8 mil­lion. Pent­houses, on the 50th, 51st and 52nd floors, are sized from 900 to 1,540 square feet and priced at $2.7 mil­lion to $4 mil­lion.

The build­ing is 89 per cent sold.

“There is in­vestor in­ter­est and end-user in­ter­est,” says Lawlor. “The sky towns that we have sold are end users. They love the floor plans and the lo­ca­tion and the lux­ury fin­ishes. even though it’s a five-year build, peo­ple are plan­ning ahead.”

Other buy­ers are those who want a pied-à-terre or who work in the area, in­clud­ing health-care pro­fes­sion­als from the nearby hos­pi­tals, the Fi­nan­cial district and the univer­sity of Toronto.

Am­bi­tious at 52 storeys, davpart Inc’s. project is the largest her­itage-re­ten­tion res­i­den­tial build­ing in North Amer­ica: de­signed by b+h Ar­chi­tects with her­itage con­sul­tants era Ar­chi­tects Inc., the de­sign in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments from the 1928 Ma­clean-hunter build­ing and its 1961 ex­pan­sion.

“The de­sign of this build­ing draws from the en­ergy of its lo­ca­tion at the in­ter­sec­tion of the city’s pri­mary cul­tural, in­sti­tu­tional and re­tail an­chors as well as its pre­served ar­chi­tec­tural cul­tural her­itage,” says Mark berest, b+h Ar­chi­tects prin­ci­pal in mar­ket­ing lit­er­a­ture for the project. “It is a trib­ute to Toronto’s cos­mopoli­tan char­ac­ter.”

When built, the ground floor will house com­mer­cial and re­tail space up to the 10th floor and a side­walk shopping colon­nade with

cov­ered arch­ways, clas­sic mul­lioned win­dows, brass de­tails and pen­dant light­ing. Lawlor likens the area, which stretches along dun­das, to the “fine shopping colon­nades that you would see in Lon­don and New york.”

up above, the sky towns fea­ture in­te­ri­ors by Tomas Pearce and come fit­ted with glass rail­ings and brass handrails on the stair­cases, Miele ap­pli­ances, ex­pan­sive win­dows and nine-foot ceil­ings. “There is also out­door space from both the lower and up­per level,” Lawlor says.

In the pent­houses, mean­while, there are 10-foot ceil­ings, back­lit wine dis­plays and cus­tom kitchens with leather-like wrapped lower cab­i­nets and wa­ter­fall is­lands. The mas­ter bed­room has a walk-in closet and an en­suite with a soaker tub and de­signer van­ity.

“In the pent­houses, you’re get­ting the best cor­ner, the in­cred­i­ble views and a wrap­around bal­cony look­ing south, where you can see the cn Tower and lake views,” Lawlor says.

res­i­dents will have good prox­im­ity to the city’s ameni­ties, she says, not­ing the di­rect ac­cess to the St. Pa­trick sub­way from the build­ing, where res­i­dents can catch the train to see a sym­phony at roy Thom­son Hall or a show at the ed Mirvish The­atre.

The build­ing’s own ameni­ties on the 5th and 13th floor are “a cut above the typ­i­cal tower,” says Lawlor. There’s a golf sim­u­la­tor, a bocce court, a Zen gar­den, a dog run and an all-sea­son re­flect­ing pool with warm­ing pavil­ions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the sales cen­tre at 481 univer­sity Av­enue or www.the­unit­ed­

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The United Bldg. at 481 Univer­sity Ave. in­cludes 11 two-storey sky towns and 27 pent­houses with pre­mium views of the city.
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