Rise condominiums are off to a bright start at the southeast corner of Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West. Named after its position atop the escarpment that runs most prominently through this area of Toronto, Reserve Properties' project will provide many residents with commanding views over neighbouring treed neighbourhoods to Casa Loma, and onwards to the city's glittering core. UrbanToronto stopped by the launch for a look at the snazzy II By IV-designed presentation centre, the welcoming model suite, the sharp scale model, and to meet a number of the principals involved.

The presentation centre for Rise on the site of the future tower, image by Craig White

Many local restauranteurs were invited to the launch party, including a number of names which are becoming famous in Toronto beyond the neighbourhood. On hand were The Rushton, Dutch Dreams, The Stockyards, Ferro Bar • Café, Noir Coffee and Tea, and Akiwenzie Fish from the nearby Wychwood Barns. It was a great idea: who better to do the catering than some of the standout purveyors that many residents will subsequently patronize?

Inside the presentation centre for Rise condominiums, image by Craig White

Reserve Properties is a family affair: father Shelley, President, (centre) has been in the development industry for years, while daughter Jessica is Marketing Manager for Reserve, while son Shane is Vice-President. Reserve has quickly attracted attention on UrbanToronto with their early projects such as Motif and Lakehouse Beach Residences.

Developers Jessica, Shelley, and Shane Fenton of Reserve Properties, image by Craig White

Rise is L-shaped, made up of a six-storey podium running south along Bathurst, and 26-storey tower right at the corner at St. Clair. The building's signature on the skyline is the pronounced Mondrian-inspired stack featuring a staggered grid. Enzo Corazza, principal at Graziani + Corazza Architects, stands by a scale model of their design. 

Enzo Corazza, principal at Graziani + Corazza Architects, poses by the scale model of Rise, image by Craig White

Closer-up views of the model follows.

The Mondrian-inspired stack on Rise's northwest corner, image by Craig White

Details on the scale model of Rise, image by Craig White

One of the building's biggest selling features is its infinity pool and amenity terrace atop the podium. This space will have views over the forested neighbourhood to the south towards Casa Loma, and beyond to the core's spectacular skyline.

The infinity pool and terrace atop the podium on the scale model of Rise, image by Craig White

That skyline view is a prominent feature in the model suite at the presentation centre. Floor to celing windows open onto this southeast corner unit's wrap-around balcony, and beyond to the surrounding lights of Toronto.

Living area in the model suite at the Rise presentation centre, image by Craig White

View across the living area to the master bedroom in Rise's model suite, image by Craig White

The master bedroom in Rise's model suite, image by Craig White

Wrap-around balcony outside the master bedroom and living area in Rise's model suite, image by Craig White

Master bedroom view to the kitchen in Rise's model suite, image by Craig White

Dining area and kitchen, with hall storage and study beyond, in Rise's model suite, image by Craig White

Study in Rise's model suite, image by Craig White

Second bedroom in Rise's model suite, image by Craig White

UrbanToronto has added many new renderings to the entry for Rise in our dataBase, including this image of the concierge desk in the lobby. We love the high-ceiling ground floor in this building; it should do wonders for the streetfront retail too.

Rise's Lobby, one of many new renderings in UrbanToronto's dataBase entry for Rise

To get a thorough look at Rise's architecture and amenities, and for more information about the building, click below to visit the dataBase entry. Or, if you want to get in on the discussion aout this building, choose either of the associated forum thread links.

Related Companies:  Baker Real Estate Inc., Drive Agency, GCB interior architecture inc., Graziani + Corazza Architects, Kim Graham & Associates, Live Patrol Inc., Reserve Properties