Already a vibrant and trendy neighbourhood, Roncesvalles is quickly becoming one of Toronto's top destinations. Its diverse collection of locally-owned shops and restaurants has attracted people from all over the city. It's one of the reasons why Triumph Developments is aiming to make its mark in the area with two eight-storey condominiums that will rise at a strategic location between Roncesvalles and Dundas West.

Howard Park 2, the west phase of the development, image by Triumph DevelopmentsHoward Park 2, the western phase of the development, image courtesy of Triumph Developments

The 81-unit first phase of Howard Park Residences, named for the street it revitalizes, is well under construction. The second 96-unit phase of the development is currently in sales, with new incentives now being offered to potential buyers. The new incentives include up to $10,000 cash back combined with a year of free movies at the historic Revue Cinema, Toronto's oldest standing operational movie theatre, just steps away from the development. Units in the second building start at the mid-$200's and each offer oversized balconies or terraces. 

A courtyard will sit between the two buildings, image by Triumph DevelopmentsA courtyard will sit between the two buildings, image courtesy of Triumph Developments

The atypical configuration of the site has given RAW Design a creative challenge that has been addressed with two uniquely-shaped buildings. The sharp edges and lines of the development give weight to the five-storey podium while the playful arrangement of units on the top three storeys provide residents with distinct views of the surrounding neighbourhood. Between the two buildings will lie a courtyard terrace, topping off the healthy list of amenities which features a fitness and yoga studio, party room, lounging area and executive concierge services. 

Howard Park 1 is currently under construction, image by Marcus MitanisThe first Howard Park building is currently under construction, image by Marcus Mitanis

Inside the units, ceiling heights reach nine feet, extending to ten feet on the eighth storey. Laminate flooring, custom cabinetry, stone countertops, energy-efficient lighting and windows, a stacked washer and dryer and integrated appliances with gas cooking are all included in the suites. 

Looking northwest towards Howard Park 1, image by Marcus MitanisLooking northwest towards Howard Park 1, image by Marcus Mitanis

There are also several green features within the project. A green roof reduces stormwater runoff and helps improve air quality, while the plants will be allowed to flow over terraces, providing natural insulation and shade. Collected rainwater will be used to sustain the network of plants atop the buildings. The greenery draped over the top floors of the two structures will also alter the appearance of the buildings as the seasons change. Heading down underground, a geothermal energy system will provide clean, renewable and inexpensive energy by tapping into the Earth's natural heat, making Howard Park one of the few residential buildings to install such a system. 

Overview of both phases of Howard Park, image courtesy of Triumph DevelopmentsOverview of both phases of Howard Park, image courtesy of Triumph Developments

The area is very well connected to the rest of the city and beyond, with close access to the King, College and Dundas streetcars, Dundas West subway and Bloor GO stations, and soon enough the Union Pearson Express. For those on two wheels, the bike lane on Roncesvalles provides cyclists with a safe passageway through the neighbourhood. The wide range of transportation options available should give residents ample opportunity to explore some of the nearby shops, restaurants and parks that have made the area an attractive place to live. 

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