Scarborough is about to get injected with a shot of urbanity, baby-boomer style. Designed by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Harmony Village at the intersection of Sheppard and Warden is the first of a collection of lifestyle communities by City Core Developments. Not especially interested in the 20 and 30-something crowd now being catered to mostly by downtown developers, Harmony Village is appealing to those looking to downsize their home but not their life, and they are doing it by carefully catering to particular needs and aspirations. 

Harmony Village Scarborough Toronto City Core DevelopmentsHarmony Village will consist of two 30-storey towers and a shared podium, image courtesy of City Core Developments

Harmony Village's two 30-storey towers are linked by a shared podium, where upscale, luxury design secures its appeal to prospective quality minded baby-boomers interested in active, independent, green and progressively-minded lifestyles.

Harmony Village Scarborough Toronto City Core DevelopmentsHarmony Village will have many common areas, including a restaurant, image courtesy of City Core Developments

With community-focused features, and amenities such as a 100-seat banquet facility, and a 7,000 sq. ft. restaurant, tea room and cappuccino bar, Harmony Village goes steps beyond the average development, offering a complete 'lifestyle concept'. Other amenities that promote a community-oriented, healthy lifestyles are the 30,000 square foot community centre, fitness amenities and the St. Paul’s L’Amoureux Centre, an agency that specializes in services to foster healthy aging.

Harmony Village Scarborough Toronto City Core DevelopmentsHarmony Village's entrance driveway, image courtesy of City Core Developments

 Harmony Village Scarborough Toronto City Core DevelopmentsCommunity focused areas, like this shared terrace are key features of Harmony Village, image courtesy of City Core Developments

Harmony Village Scarborough Toronto City Core DevelopmentsHarmony Village's concierge, image courtesy of City Core Developments

Communicating the strength of the Harmony Village marque, renderings appeal to personal experiences affforded by the development. Through a number of the images—all characterized by an impeccable attention to detail in common-area finishings—a grandson joins his grandfather for a tour of Harmony Village's grounds: the emphasis here is on family, health, and wellbeing.

Harmony Village Scarborough Toronto City Core DevelopmentsCommon areas of Harmony Village include a Zen garden, image courtesy of City Core Developments

Harmony Village Scarborough Toronto City Core DevelopmentsThe living wall will enrich common areas with a sustainable feature, image courtesy of City Core Developments

Harmony Village aims to practice what is preaches. Trumpeting a LEED Gold certification, Harmony Village will be a thoroughly sustainable development, including environmental features such as a geothermal/solar heating and cooling technologies. The development also promotes active transportation, its front entrance on Sheppard Avenue, and thus directly accessible to Sheppard buses and the planned Sheppard LRT.

Currently in a pre-construction phase, Harmony Village will offer a range suite designs and layouts including: one bedroom; one bedroom plus den; two bedroom; two bedroom plus den and townhouses, with units starting in the mid $200,000s.

UrbanToronto will continue to provide updates of Harmony Village Sheppard and City Core's second location in Barrie—an ambitious waterside master-planned community being designed by RAW Design and Diamond Schmitt—as they progress towards construction. In the meantime, check out our dataBase file for Harmony Village, linked below, where you will find more images and information and official links. To join in the conversation on this distinctive project you can check out the associated forum thread, or voice your opinion in the comments section below.