Last week we stopped in to tour Harhay Developments’ recently completed project “The Ninety”, a mid-rise condominium located on Broadview south of Queen, just east of the Don River. The Core Architects-designed project consists of a 9-storey “U” shaped building containing 222 residential units, including 12 multipurpose live/work suites. When we last checked in with the project, construction work was in advanced stages, with the building having just topped off. Since then, the project has been completed and purchasers have replaced construction crews as the structure's main occupants.

Harhay Developments' The Ninety, image by Jack Landau

We start our tour off on the ground floor of the building, home to the lobby and amenity space of the building. The indoor amenity space takes the form of a common lounge/party room area, measuring in at 1,787 square-feet.

The Ninety's indoor amenity space, image by Jack Landau

Stepping out through the amenity room doors, we find ourselves in the 3,458 square-foot outdoor courtyard and patio. The patio’s cedar decking combined with the planted evergreen shrubs and red brick surroundings provide an intimate urban oasis.

The Ninety's outdoor courtyard and patio, image by Jack Landau

Moving on, we pass through the window-lined, naturally lit hallways—a rarity in Toronto condos—winding up in a beautifully arranged unfurnished suite. Elements including floor to ceiling glazing, premium hardwood flooring, European-designed kitchen, and polished concrete pillars give this unit quite a bit of character, even when taking the lack of furniture into consideration! The deluxe finishes were selected by Harhay Developments in partnership with interior design gurus IIbyIV (two by four).

Empty suite in Harhay's The Ninety, image by Jack Landau

Empty suite in Harhay's The Ninety, image by Jack Landau

Though an unfurnished suite will appeall as a blank canvas to be played with for some, seeing one often isn’t enough for less imaginative purchasers. Staged units are a great way for developers to show prospective purchasers the full potential of a living space, expressed through carefully chosen furniture and décor. In the photos below, we take a look at one of these units, artfully staged by Joan Stirling of Stirling Home Studio.

Staged unit, designed by Joan Stirling of Stirling Home Studio, image by Jack Landau

Staged unit, designed by Joan Stirling of Stirling Home Studio, image by Jack Landau

Staged unit, designed by Joan Stirling of Stirling Home Studio, image by Jack Landau

Despite its relatively short stature at only nine storeys, The Ninety’s advantageous location combined with the building’s unique west facing “U” shape provide many of the condominium units with an impressive range of views spanning from the West Don Lands all the way to midtown Toronto. The building's balconies all come with standard natural gas hookups, allowing residents to barbecue while enjoying the panoramic views.

Panorama of the city viewed from one of The Ninety's balconies, image by Jack Landau

View of the Financial District from one of The Ninety's naturally-lit hallways, image by Jack Landau

The project is also notable for its adaptive re-use of an early 20th-century 4 storey office building. The brick and masonry warehouse, originally built in 1933 as a Coca-Cola bottling plant, was assessed by the project engineer and deemed structurally sound enough to bear the load of additional floors on top. The charming dark red brick design seen in the newly built parts of The Ninety perfectly compliments the original historic structure’s industrial aesthetic cues. 

Rendering of The Ninety, image courtesy of Harhay Developments

Residents of the building have a range of transport options at their disposal, including the 501 Queen East Streetcar and the Gardiner Expressway, made even more accessible by the Autoshare located on P1 in the underground garage. Other area amenities include dozens of dining options and nearby parks, as well as the east end’s famous Opera House.

Looking for more information? A comprehensive collection of floorplans, renderings and additional facts regarding The Ninety can be found at the project’s associated dataBase page, linked below.  Want to get involved in the discussion?  Check out the related forum thread, linked here, or voice your opinion in the comments section below.

Related Companies:  Brad J. Lamb Realty, Carttera Private Equities, Core Architects, Harhay Developments, II BY IV DESIGN, Jablonsky, Ast and Partners