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Marking the momentous rebirth of Toronto’s St. Clair West neighbourhood, RISE Condominiums by Reserve Properties places this emerging residential community into the spotlight.
The free-spirited south-midtown enclave of St. Clair West has recently seen many young Torontonians flocking to the area, scooping up old houses and recreating the residential community with a distinct urban character.
Now home to frequent bidding wars and high rent increases, the mainstreet along St. Clair West, boasts heavy pedestrian traffic, with an eclectic mix of businesses, specialty boutiques and a vibrant local food scene. Lined with decadent bakeries, authentic European cafes and some of Toronto’s hottest culinary destinations, such at The Stockyards, The Rushton and Ferro, patios spill on to the sidewalk and feed into the new emerging energy.
RISE Condominiums presides over the south-east corner of Bathurst and St. Clair, anchoring the gateway to this new hub. Steps from the St. Clair West subway stop and across the street from Loblaw’s (a.k.a. Forest Hill Market), RISE will become a statement piece for the community with a Mondrian inspired pattern rising up its façade. “A distinct weave of horizontal and vertical white bands will highlight the intersection and add a contemporary dialogue to the neighbourhood’s burgeoning urban character,” says lead architect Enzo Corazza.
A progressive neighbourhood that prides itself on keeping things local, the revamped Wychwood Barns hosts a vibrant farmers market every Saturday inviting young couples, community artists and their neighbours to an early morning stroll and social scene. Attracting a discerning crowd, the area is home to some of the best public schools in the city as well as a number of parks and the Nordheimer Ravine that winds through Forest Hill into parklands and quiet green space.
“While heavy attention has been focused on booming Toronto neigbourhoods such as Yonge and Bloor, The Entertainment District and King West, the residential pocket around St. Clair Avenue and Bathurst has emerged as one of Toronto's best kept secrets,” says Linda Mitchell Young, VP of Sales and Marketing for Baker Real Estate Brokerage.
Designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects Inc., RISE will offer 283 contemporary condominium suites starting from the low 200,000’s with a dream lifestyle that has yet to be seen in midtown Toronto.
Emulating the ambience of a swanky international hotel, RISE offers purchasers the ultimate amenity wish-list covering an expansive 18,000 sq. ft. Soaring above the St. Clair escarpment, a seductive infinity pool spans across the building with a picture perfect backdrop of downtown Toronto. Sharing the same spectacular view, RISE’s oversized outdoor terrace features the ultimate entertainment space with dining and cooking areas, fire pits and private cabana lounges. The outdoor terrace is connected via transparent sliding doors to intimate dining and lounge spaces so residents can play, relax or entertain at any scale.
“We wanted to give RISE that sexy hotel vibe and provide an opportunity for the neighbourhood to have the pizzazz and wow factor without having to go live on King West,” says Shane Fenton, VP of Reserve Properties.
With a contemporary design that is as forward thinking as the vertical Mondrian architecture that defines it, RISE’s grand lobby evokes a luxurious world class welcome. The Mondrian theme is projected with geometric shapes delicately sculpted throughout the space. Furniture and wall textures combine contrasting industrial and organic materials; lucite glass, natural stone, lacquered wood and polished chromes. Contemporary chandeliers showcase industrial refinements. Bronze details are reintroduced in the lobby’s ‘lux in hand’ furniture and silk screens. A forward thinking colour palette of pale cognac, bronzes, silvers, and warm whites is used to heighten RISE’s sophisticated stature.
A stately welcome for RISE residents is enhanced with natural light pouring in from north and south exposures, shining through RISE’s signature façade that projects a striking pattern on the ground floor. “I would be very proud to come home to a building like this,” says Menchions.
Recognizing the neighbourhood’s active outdoor lifestyle and value for green space, the lobby opens to a contemporary courtyard garden with sculpture and water features. Transparent window-walls allow RISE residents to enjoy outdoor energy year-round.
“It's not often you get to develop a project in your own neighbourhood that’s minutes from the majority of people who are most important in your life,” says Shelley Fenton, President of Reserve Properties, whose company is becoming known as a pioneer in creating forward thinking projects in highly sought after locations in the city. From the sell-out success of Bellefair, which converts a former church in the heart of The Beach, to Motif Lofts and Towns on trendy Ossington Ave and now with RISE, Reserve is dramatically changing the Toronto landscape.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to make an architectural statement in our own neighbourhood and to create something special not only for RISE’s residents, but also for our friends and family who will pass by this project everyday,” says Shelley Fenton.
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