Yesterday, we took a peek inside the suites of CHAZ Yorkville Condos while also exploring the two-storey CHAZ Club, which will soon provide residents with a lounging space in the sky. The 47-storey building, developed by 45 Charles Ltd. with project management by Edenshaw Homes, has officially topped out. It's from this final penthouse floor where we caught some truly extraordinary views, even on a gray day. 

South face of CHAZ and the Club from Isabella Street, image by Marcus MitanisThe south face of CHAZ with the Club in view, from Isabella Street, image by Marcus Mitanis

The official topping off was celebrated with novelty-sized glasses of bubbly, well, okay, it was ginger ale, used by the partners involved to mark the event. The image below depicts the Owner of 45 Charles Ltd. Jason Fane, President and CEO of Baker Real Estate Incorporated Barbara Lawlor, President of Edenshaw Homes David McComb, and PCL District Manager Bruce Sonnenberg who oversaw the workforce on the Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects-designed condominium.

Officials involved with the building celebrate, image by Marcus MitanisOfficials from 45 Charles Ltd., Baker Real Estate Inc., Edenshaw Homes and PCL Construction celebrate, image by Marcus Mitanis

The ceilings extend to twelve feet on this 47th storey penthouse floor, three feet higher than the standard lower floors of the building. The space is currently open to the elements as cladding awaits its installation, a scene depicted in the image below. 

Cladding waits to be installed on the 47th floor, image by Marcus MitanisCladding waits to be installed on the 47th floor, image by Marcus Mitanis

The views to the south are some of the most breathtaking in the city. In the image below, nearby Five St. Joseph is predominant, also having topped out in recent weeks. Cladding is catching up to the unshielded upper section of the tower, and at the botom, balcony glass is beginning its installation on the lower floors. A few blocks south at Yonge and Gerrard, Aura shows off its impressive height. 

Looking south towards downtown and Five St. Joseph, image by Marcus MitanisLooking south towards downtown, with Five St. Joseph looming in the foreground, image by Marcus Mitanis

Moving in for a closer look, heritage restoration work at Five St. Joseph is hidden behind black tarps, promising to spruce up the tired Yonge Street storefronts. 

A closer look at Yonge Street and the base of Five, image by Marcus MitanisA closer look at Yonge Street and the base of Five St. Joseph, image by Marcus Mitanis

Panning over to the east, the vibrant Church-Wellesley neighbourhood comes into view, with the Distillery District and Lake Ontario appearing in the distance. The recent renovations at Cawthra Square Park are also visible near the bottom centre of the image below. 

View to the southeast from the 47th floor of CHAZ, image by Marcus MitanisView to the southeast from the 47th floor of CHAZ, image by Marcus Mitanis

As we point the camera down a bit, the extensive facelift of 66 Isabella continues, soon to be joined by a 23-storey addition. Though not pictured, a block north at Church and Charles, an application for a 52-storey condominium has been submitted to the city. If approved, it will be the eighth major tower to be built along Charles Street in recent years. 

Looking down at Church-Wellesley and 66 Isabella, image by Marcus MitanisLooking down at the Church-Wellesley neighbourhood, with 66 Isabella in the foreground, image by Marcus Mitanis

Heading over to the east side of the tower, X2 by Lifetime Developments and Great Gulf Homes dominates the view, with the dense residential community of St. Jamestown visible in the background. 

X2 dominates the view to the east, image by Marcus MitanisView to the east from the 47th storey, with X2 dominating the picture, image by Marcus Mitanis

Peering over to the northeast, vehicles light up the Don Valley Parkway as Couture stands firm. 

View of the Don Valley and Couture, image by Marcus MitanisView of the Don Valley and Couture, image by Marcus Mitanis

The northern view will give residents the chance to observe some of the major Yonge Street clusters, including St. Clair, Eglinton and in the very far distance, Sheppard. The view will be even more spectacular in the Summer, when Toronto's famous tree canopy flourishes. 

View to the north, with clusters around Yonge visible, image by Marcus MitanisView to the north, with the clusters around Yonge easily visible, image by Marcus Mitanis

Finally, One Bloor makes its presence known as we look over to the northeast. The tower will soon surpass its neighbour across the street, the Hudson's Bay Centre, as it continues to climb skyward. The sheer amount of development in Yorkville demonstrates how popular the area has become, with new developments like The One and 1 Yorkville set to transform the neighbourhood even further, while redevelopment like that of Cumberland Terrace will renew it too. 

One Bloor continues its journey skyward, image by Marcus MitanisOne Bloor continues its journey skyward, image by Marcus Mitanis

Charles Street East has been saddled with construction for years as major condominiums sprout up along the road. All the construction activity has left the public realm in need of improvements, which 45 Charles Ltd. has committed to improving through their Section 37 agreement with the City in the form of refurbished streetscapes, park improvements, and capital improvements to Ward 27 TCHC residences. No doubt street improvements will come bit by bit with Casa II just now rising across from CHAZ, while adjacent Casa III is just getting under way. 

Looking up at the CHAZ Club underside on the south face, image by Marcus MitanisLooking up at the underside of the CHAZ Club on the building's south face, image by Marcus Mitanis

First occupancy for CHAZ is expected in about three and a half months. UrbanToronto will keep you updated on the progress. In the meantime, for more information and images on the project, visit our dataBase file, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page. 


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