Despite stormy Toronto skies last Friday, UrbanToronto captured a series of expansive cityscape views from the top floor of Monarch Group's Picasso Condos, currently under construction between Queen and Richmond at the foot of Beverley Street in the city's West End. Storm clouds held off just long enough to get some great vistas of the surrounding city, allowing for those interested to see first-hand what incoming residents of Picasso Condos can expect to see from their cubist-inspired, new home.

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoLooking south towards the CN Tower, Picasso Condos, image by Marcus Mitanis

Located just a five minute walk west from Osgoode Subway Station, close to the heart of the city, Picasso will offer residents a splendid view of the Downtown skyline. Familiar landmarks, such as the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, (seen above) are easy to spot amidst an array of other condos and office towers. Below, a view of the Financial District to the East, including such familiar sights as Old City Hall, Sheraton Centre, Trump International Hotel and Tower, First Canadian Place, and the TD Centre, to name but a few, dot the immediate skyline with a robust sense of urbanity. 

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoFinancial District, seen from atop Picasso Condos, image by Marcus Mitanis

A little to the north of the above image, a better view of both Old and New City Hall can be seen, along with the iconic, Canada Life Building:

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoCity Hall seen from atop Picasso Condos, image by Marcus Mitanis

To the North-East, Aura at College Park can be clearly made out in the distance, framed by the condos and office towers of bustling Yorkville. A telephoto shot of the same area, reveals such Bay/Yonge-Bloor landmarks as the The Uptown Residences, Manulife Centre, and One Bloor East, currently rising at the corner of Yonge and Bloor.

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoAura rises in the distance, Picasso Condos, image by Jack Landau

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoYorkville on the horizon, Picasso Condos, image by Marcus Mitanis

To the West, the most immediate landmark comes in the form of the intersection of Queen and Spadina, the familiar criss-cross of the streetcar tracks framed by the Victorian turret of the 1888 Devaney Dry Goods Building, and the somewhat less historic McDonald's. 

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoQueen and Spadina, Picasso Condos, image by Jack Landau

Further West, Queen Street stretches out into the hazy Humber Bay horizon, the top of the Gladstone Hotel, and nearby Carnaby Condos, visible in the mid-distance. Further still, the leafy canopy covering the mostly older, residential areas to the west can be seen, from the sprout of new condos to the southwest of High Park to the treed neighbourhoods of Etobicoke beyond. 

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoQueen Street West, Picasso Condos, image by Marcus Mitanis

West Toronto is also a mostly green quilt, with the apartments north of High Park breaking through the canopy to the northwest. 

Picasso Condos, Monarch Group, TorontoHigh Park on the horizon, Picasso Condos, image by Marcus Mitanis

When the Picasso Condos open next year, incoming residents will surely be looking forward to enjoying these views. In the meantime, stay posted as UrbanToronto will continue with updates on this project.