UrbanToronto recently embarked on a full tour of Chaz Yorkville, the latest condo tower to open on the quickly evolving stretch of Charles, just steps away from Yonge and Bloor at 45 Charles Street East. Built by developer 45 Charles Ltd. with construction manager Edenshaw Homes Ltd., and designed by Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, the 47-storey, 526-unit condo tower makes a memorable first impression with its signature five-storey Wiarton Limestone-clad podium and entrance. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, Main Entrance, image by Jack Landau

Immediately inside the front entrance, the first of the Cecconi Simone-designed amenities reveals itself as a modern, sprawling, Scandinavian-chic, main lobby, complete with ample spaces to sit and relax, receive guests, or catch up on work with free wifi available to residents. With over 90 percent of the units sold, the temporary sales display, featuring a scale model of the building, sat off to one side and will soon make way for additional relaxing space. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, lobby space with ample seating, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, lobby space with scale model on display, image by Jack Landau

From the lobby, the next stop was a model suite—the Bellair—a large, three-bedroom unit located on the second floor, within the Limestone Residences portion of the podium, priced at just over $835,000. Marketed as a part of the Bellair Collection (joining other Yorkville-themed options packages, such as the Cumberland Collection), the suite featured a beautiful interior complete with high-quality granite and laminate wood finishes, paired with high-end stainless-steel kitchen appliances from Panasonic and AEG. Similar to the amenities, suite interiors at Chaz are also Cecconi Simone designs.

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, living room, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, living room and kitchen, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, kitchen, image by Jack Landau

Joined by two ample bedrooms (the master features walk-in closet), a well-appointed office, and a spa-inspired bathroom, the generously-sized unit, which featured 10ft ceilings (available on some floors), felt airy and welcoming as only an $835,000 dollar condo could. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, bedroom, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, den/office, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, bathroom, image by Jack Landau

The next stop on the tour was to the suite of amenities on offer, including the Theatre Room, Sports Lounge, Game Room, Gym, and Spa. While the Theatre Room and adjacent Sports Lounge impressed with their state-of-the-art, 4K-ready, curved-panel, 3D screens, it was the competition-grade Games Room, outfitted with multiple screens and high-end gaming console chairs, which stood out from the rest. Situated in a darkened, generously air-conditioned room, the Games Room will likely be a favourite among the building's many young professionals. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, Sports Lounge, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, Game Room, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, Theatre Room, image by Jack Landau

Around the corner from the various entertainment options, a Fitness Centre was paired with men-and-women's change rooms and saunas, as well as a small, Relaxation Room and Spa featuring a dry-heat, hydrotherapy tub covered in a thin waterproof membrane - a novelty to be sure, but a comfortable one at that. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontChaz Yorkville, Fitness Centre, image by Jack Landau

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, dry-heat hydrotherapy tub, image by Jack Landau

Next to the gym and hydrotherapy rooms, residents will have access to a boardroom, perfect for hosting business meetings.

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoBoardroom at CHAZ Yorkville Condos, image by Jack Landau

By far, however, the highlight of the tour came in the form of the signature, two-storey Chaz Club situated in what is referred to as the "jewel-box", over 30 floors up. Set within a glass-encased box two thirds of the way to the top of the tower, the Chaz Club offers a breathtaking view of the city skyline, featuring the towers of the Financial District, framed by Lake Ontario and Toronto Island. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, view from the Chaz Club, image by Jack Landau

Beyond the impressive skyline views, the Chaz Club features a nicely-designed gathering space which could easily accommodate large social functions. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, Chaz Club, image by Jack Landau

The upper level is designed as a "demonstration-style" kitchen with an open grill - perfect for entertaining family or friends.

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, Chaz Club Upper Level, image by Jack Landau

The tour ended where it began, back at ground level, but not before one last stop to check out the Pet Spa. Complete with a stainless steel wash basin and motorized lift for older pets, the Pet Spa concluded the tour with one last reminder of the thought and attention to detail that had gone into the overall design of the Chaz Yorkville condo. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoChaz Yorkville, Pet Spa, image by Jack Landau

Once more out on the street, and with the tour now over, it was clear that the Chaz Yorkville was representative of the changing face of Yonge and Bloor. A sign of things to come, a vast excavation pit sat just across the street, while at the corner of Charles and Church Street, just steps away, a City of Toronto sign placed out front of the century-old, "Manhattan Apartments" informed passersby that the days of low-rise-living in this area - as for many others in the city - are changing quickly. 

Chaz Yorkville, Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects, TorontoCharles Street, looking east, image by Jack Landau

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