Luxury green living steps from Baldwin Village
Urban / Suburban / Vacation
Just south of University of Toronto and just north of the new Art Gallery of Ontario, galleryLOFTtowns is a boutique development of new loft-like townhouses in an established Victorian neighbourhood. The site location, at the corner of Beverley and Cecil, close to Baldwin Village and Kensington Market, near streetcar and subway lines and along the St.George / Beverley bike lane, is every urbanites dream come true. Shopping can be done on foot; restaurants are a stroll away. Residents will be able to park their bicycles and cars on an innovative, space-saving parking stacker.
The innovative planning of the project features eight individual homes of open, modern architectural design with a warm palette of brick and wood materials facing south onto Cecil Street. It is being introduced by urban community creator Ideas Development in cooperation with ONE Development Corporation.
Designed by one of the city's leading architects, Joe Lobko of DTAH Architects, galleryLOFTtowns will feature the best of sustainable modern green living.
Every aspect of design has been carefully considered: generous south facing windows that introduce passive solar heat gain during the winter are provided with overhangs to give shading when the sun is higher during the summer months. Window placement allows cross ventilation between floors and ERV's (energy recovery ventilators) provide enhanced air quality while saving energy at the same time. The creative employment of native plants and rainwater harvesting will reduce water use. Natural FSC wood and porcelain tile flooring, cabinetry that is formaldehyde-free and environmentally-friendly finishes such as low-emitting paints all contribute to a healthier indoor environment.
Two to four-storey LOFTtowns ranging from 1120 to 2140 square feet offer airy main floors designed so space flows easily from kitchens to lofted ceilings in living areas. Kitchens feature energy-saving stainless appliances, pantries and islands with built-in sinks and breakfast bars. Special countertops come in a non-porous, mold and bacteria-inhibiting format that cuts down on the use of detergent cleansers.
Two and three-bedroom plans include a ground floor entrance with a flexible space that can be used as home office, guest suite or family room. Master loft retreats include a den or study with luxury touches such as walk-in closets, light-filled ensuites and south-facing terraces with a view of the city skyline.
Deciduous trees planted along the south facing front yards aid in providing cooling summer shade. Residents can relax in their secluded courtyard patio which open directly off the living area.
Occupancy is scheduled for spring 2010.
Prices range from $450,000 to $810,000. Parking is $20,000. Monthly maintenance fees are only $ 0.15 psf. To register, visit gallerylofttowns.com