1451 Welling­ton aims to en­hance its en­vi­rons

Ottawa Citizen - - Front Page - IRIS WIN­STON

The tone of serenity and lux­ury is set im­me­di­ately. Ef­fi­cient valet park­ing elim­i­nates any stress for vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing for the Oct. 30 rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony to mark the con­struc­tion launch at 1451 Welling­ton, the Res­i­dences at Is­land Park Drive.

This ser­vice will be a reg­u­lar part of the many ameni­ties of­fered at the high-end bou­tique con­do­mini­ums, ex­plains Sam Mizrahi, pres­i­dent and founder of Mizrahi De­vel­op­ments, as he speaks of his pride in the Toronto-based com­pany’s first pro­ject in the cap­i­tal. Other of­fer­ings at 1451 Welling­ton, which is “com­pa­ra­ble to a five-star ho­tel,” notes the brochure, in­clude a 24hour concierge ser­vice, el­e­gantly out­fit­ted en­ter­tain­ment and guest suites, a fit­ness and aquatic re­treat, a park and bar­be­cue area and car-wash­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the heated park­ing garage and an in­door pet-wash­ing sta­tion. (This is to be a fam­ily-friendly build­ing that wel­comes chil­dren and an­i­mals.)

Above all, the em­pha­sis on qual­ity con­struc­tion and de­sign speaks of com­fort, beauty, el­e­gance and dis­tinc­tion. Mizrahi points out that this bou­tique mid-rise at the gate­way to West­boro is in­tended to “hon­our the sig­nif­i­cance of the lo­ca­tion and en­hance the growth” of the area, “the corner­stone of a pop­u­lar new ur­ban com­mu­nity in Ot­tawa West.” He adds that 1451 Welling­ton has al­ready been granted an of­fi­cial des­ig­na­tion as one of the city’s new land­marks by the ur­ban de­sign re­view panel.

“Build­ings are far more than bricks and mor­tar,” he says. “They be­come part of the com­mu­nity. Even if you don’t live in one of the build­ing’s res­i­dences, you are still liv­ing with the build­ing — in­te­grat­ing it into your ex­pe­ri­ence of the neigh­bour­hood. So we worked closely with nu­mer­ous en­ti­ties and stake­hold­ers to de­sign some­thing that would add beauty to the lo­cal area and build on its mo­men­tum as a great place to live.

“One of the great plea­sures for me as a de­vel­oper is to wit­ness the trans­for­ma­tion of neigh­bour­hoods, to see how a build­ing, how thought­ful ar­chi­tec­ture can make peo­ple happy and how one pro­ject of­ten en­cour­ages fur­ther im­prove­ments and en­hance­ments to the

We worked ... to de­sign some­thing that would add beauty to the lo­cal area and build on its mo­men­tum as a great place to live.

city. A domino ef­fect of ar­chi­tec­tural beauty.”

Each of the 93 suites in the 12-storey build­ing is cus­tom de­signed and ev­ery fea­ture, from the heated floors in master suites to the ex­tra-high ceil­ings through­out and from the su­pe­rior air con­trol sys­tems and high­est-grade win­dows to the stone coun­ter­tops and de­signer fix­tures in kitchens and bath­rooms, un­der­lines the de­ter­mi­na­tion to cre­ate spa­ces “rem­i­nis­cent of an era of trea­sured in­te­ri­ors and true lux­ury.”

“I have never seen a place that I like bet­ter,” said one cou­ple view­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion gallery as they were on the point of pur­chas­ing one of the suites.

One per­son who had al­ready pur­chased her condo agreed with the cou­ple’s as­sess­ment. Although she de­clined to give her name, she shared her en­thu­si­asm for a suite and life­style that ful­filled her dreams. “I love the lo­ca­tion, the qual­ity of con­struc­tion, the de­sign, the ameni­ties. Ev­ery­thing is just right. I am very happy to be com­ing here.”

At this point, some 70 per cent of the con­dos have been sold.

“The early pur­chasers have al­ready seen what a sound in­vest­ment they made,” notes re­al­tor Kan­nan Pa­galam of Cold­well Banker First Ot­tawa Realty, who at­tended the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony. “Since 2016, mil­lion-dol­lar (or more) res­i­den­tial real es­tate trans­ac­tions in Ot­tawa have dou­bled. Ot­tawa is one of the fastest-grow­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Canada. Hit­ting this pop­u­la­tion apex means that all de­mo­graph­ics in Ot­tawa, in­clud­ing the lux­ury mar­ket, are in­creas­ing. And Mizrahi has gone the dis­tance to make sure this lo­ca­tion and build­ing, which is be­ing built for those who want a life­style, are go­ing to be iconic, de­sir­able and en­hance the sky­line.”

“The num­ber of pre-sales con­firms that a high-end mar­ket ex­ists in Ot­tawa and that the cap­i­tal is tran­si­tion­ing into an in­ter­na­tional city,” says Mizrahi. “We have worked with the city and the com­mu­nity since 2013, when we pur­chased the prop­erty, to lis­ten to all the voices and cre­ate a mir­ror of what those voices wanted in terms of ameni­ties, ar­chi­tec­ture and the park we are de­vel­op­ing next door. ”

The ar­chi­tects of 1451 Welling­ton are Henry Burstyn, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Page + Steele/IBI Group Ar­chi­tects, and se­nior part­ner Sol Wasser­muhl. In­te­rior de­sign is by Brian Gluck­stein.

Condo sizes range from just un­der 600 square feet to 3,500 square feet or more (for the pent­houses) and the cost is $950 a square foot with main­te­nances fees of ap­prox­i­mately 85 cents per square foot per month. Eight ap­pli­ances and HST are in­cluded in the pur­chase price.

The pre­sen­ta­tion gallery at 1451 Welling­ton St. West is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day to Satur­day; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun­days.

Visit www.1451wellin­g­ton.ca

De­vel­oper Sam Mizrahi, with Mayor Jim Wat­son, says 1451 Welling­ton will be “com­pa­ra­ble to a five-star ho­tel.”

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