We usually associate high-rise living with dense urban settings like those found in Downtown Toronto, but a new master-planned community by Urban Capital and ALIT Developments aims to blend its built form in with the natural surroundings of the Don Valley. One of Toronto's greatest strengths is its ravine system, offering its greenery and respite deep into our busy and fun city. Set on a 13-acre site next to Brookbanks Park and Deerlick Creek, The Ravine will set seven buildings and two new public parks in Toronto’s York Mills and Don Mills area, rejuvenating the community in the process by replacing aging blocks of low-rise townhouses.

The Ravine, Urban Capital, ALIT Developments, Rafael + Bigauskas, TorontoRendering of residential entrance at The Ravine, image courtesy of Urban Capital/ALIT Developments

Located at 1215 York Mills Road, the first phase of the development will come in the form of a 29-storey tower consisting of 336 units, ranging in size from 455 square feet to 1509 square feet with prices starting from the mid $200s. The first phase of The Ravine will launch this Spring with occupancy targeted for November 2018.

The Ravine, Urban Capital, ALIT Developments, Rafael + Bigauskas, TorontoRendering of The Ravine, image courtesy of Urban Capital/ALIT Developments

“Our vision is to create a community that maintains a harmonious balance between city living and a deep connection to nature. Working with ALIT Developments we’ve designed a future community that has been expertly planned to compliment the spectacular parklands and give residents everything they need in a location unlike any other in Toronto,” said Mark Reeve, Partner at Urban Capital.

The Ravine, Urban Capital, ALIT Developments, Rafael + Bigauskas, TorontoRendering depicting waterfall at The Ravine, image courtesy of Urban Capital/ALIT Developments

The Ravine’s design by architects Rafael + Bigauskas draws inspiration from the work of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who was known for his philosophy of organic architecture, a style embodied by the use of natural materials like wood and stone, with a focus on creating a harmonious relationship between a building and its context. Utilizing natural materials amidst the woodland setting of the Don Valley, Rafael + Bigauskas aims to bring the concept of organic architecture to a much larger scale.

The Ravine, Urban Capital, ALIT Developments, Rafael + Bigauskas, TorontoRendering of waterfall at The Ravine, image courtesy of Urban Capital/ALIT Developments

Residents at The Ravine will enjoy several on-site amenities appointed by interior design firm Cecconi Simone, including a lobby with a wood feature wall and stone staircase, a pool, a party room with a horizontal fireplace, multiple lounge areas, and an adjoining dining room bar and kitchen. The lounge space will lead to a large outdoor patio where residents can unwind, dine, or entertain guests.

The Ravine, Urban Capital, ALIT Developments, Rafael + Bigauskas, TorontoRendering of pool at The Ravine, image courtesy of Urban Capital/ALIT Developments

Residents will also have access to a fitness centre, golf simulator, a dog washing bay, and a rooftop terrace alternately featuring a sun deck and pergola-shaded al fresco dining areas, lounge seating, fire pit, barbecue station, an outdoor TV, and an outdoor Yoga studio.

The Ravine, Urban Capital, ALIT Developments, Rafael + Bigauskas, TorontoRendering of rooftop terrace at The Ravine, image courtesy of Urban Capital/ALIT Developments

In addition to the on-site amenities, there are also plenty of nearby neighbourhood amenities like convenience stores, grocery stores and plenty more shopping at nearby malls like Bayview Village Shopping Centre, Fairview Mall, and the Shops at Don Mills.

The TTC Don Valley/Downtown Express puts residents just 30 minutes from Downtown Toronto, with an above-ground commute that is actually faster than the ride downtown from the nearby Sheppard Subway. For transit riders, The Ravine is served by the TTC Don Valley/Downtown Express bus, stopping right in front of the first phase building. Drivers living at The Ravine will have easy access to the Don Valley Parkway and Highway 401, without having to contend with the traffic of the busy DVP/401 interchange a short distance to the north.

The Ravine, Urban Capital, ALIT Developments, Rafael + Bigauskas, TorontoWest-facing aerial view of the redevelopment site highlighting the proximity to the DVP, image retrieved from Apple Maps

Additional information and renderings for The Ravine can be found in our dataBase file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum threads, or leave a comment using the space provided at the bottom of this page.