Ottawa Citizen


1451 Wellington aims to enhance its environs


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.1451wellin­

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

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