The area of Don Mills and Eglinton Avenue East is in flux. A modern suburb created in the 1960s and 70s, new life has been breathed into the area with the recently built Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, while attractions like the Ontario Science Centre and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre continue to draw people to the area from across Toronto. Getting to all these things is going to get easy with the new Crosstown LRT line its Science Centre station in a few years, and now developers have set their sights on the area with an aim to capitalize on Eglinton and Don Mills' growing appeal.

The newest project in the area is Lindvest PropertiesSonic Condos, a pair of 28 and 30-storey condominium towers with an attached townhome block that present a modern spin on the familiar "Tower in the Park" concept where everyone gets to enjoy the park!

Sonic Condos, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Lindvest PropertiesRendering of Sonic Condominiums, image courtesy of Lindvest

Featuring a design by Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, the development will be built in phases. The 28-storey first phase would rise from a three storey podium fronting onto the new publicly accessible park, featuring a design by NAK Design Strategies that includes a figure eight-shaped walking path, a children’s playground, seating areas, a water feature and exercise equipment. This compares with past practices where Tower-in-the-Park developments typically gated off acres of lawn, offered few activities, and surrounded some of the buildings with surface parking lots. We have come a long way!

Sonic Condos, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Lindvest PropertiesRendering of Sonic Condominiums, image courtesy of Lindvest

Sonic will include condominium suites ranging in size from 339 square feet up to 941 square feet in studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom layouts. Residents will have access to over 25,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor amenity spaces, designed to promote a healthy lifestyle year-round, regardless of the weather.

Sonic Condos, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Lindvest PropertiesFitness centre at Sonic Condominiums, image courtesy of Lindvest

Amenity spaces like the fitness centre shown above, as well as other common areas like the development's lobby, will be appointed by interior designers U31.

Sonic Condos, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Lindvest PropertiesLobby at Sonic Condominiums, image courtesy of Lindvest

While the park will provide a central hub for the new condominium community, a more intimate outdoor space will be provided atop the podium roof between the first and second phase towers. This outdoor space will include ample greenery and outdoor seating, while the development's location on high ground atop the east side of the Don Valley will allow for panoramic city views.

Sonic Condos, Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects, Lindvest PropertiesOutdoor amenity space at Sonic Condominiums, image courtesy of Lindvest

Lindvest has clearly noted the future potential of this emerging area of the city, which currently has a walk score of 75% and a transit score of 70%. Both of these numbers are expected to increase dramatically once the Crosstown LRT opens for service thanks to the development's immediate proximity to Science Centre Station.

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