The 5th and final phase of Monarch’s Waterview community is well underway. Waterscapes is a new condominium development located at 68 Marine Parade Dr in Toronto, just south of the developer's Nautilus condo.
The elliptical tower continues to climb towards its 30-storey mark, while installation of glazing has begun on the second floor of the podium, south side. Designed by Graziani + Corazza Architects, Waterscapes Condos will house a total of 344 units. There are a combination of townhomes and retail units planned for the ground floor of the podium, with the retail units making the best of the exposure across Marine Parade Drive from the popular Humber Bay Park, and along the east side of the complex which will face a public square. Estimated completion is set for May 2014.
The Humber Bay Shores area of Etobicoke, in particular the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard, have been transforming rapidly over the last decade. If it's hard to keep up with the myriad of projects, here's a site plan that gives an overview of the ongoing massive development along the lakeside.
Just to the west of the Waterscapes (at 128 Marine Parade Drive) and emerging from a site that was excavated in 2012 is Ocean Club, a new condominium complex by by Beaverhall Homes and Graywood Developments. Page + Steele/IBI Group Architects designed a 39-storey glass and precast tower and 10-storey 'boutique' building, inspired by the site's nautical setting, i.e. the point tower’s roof will slope to resemble a sailing mast. The community will feature 19,000 square feet of landscaping by Strybos Barron King in the style of oceanfront condos in South Beach, Miami and Vancouver.
While the development of Humber Bay Shores emphasizes resort-style luxury community living with expansive views of the lake and city skyline, much of the east side of Toronto's waterfront revitalization has a different focus: making Toronto a world leader in sustainable development with buildings and neighbourhoods that are among the greenest in the world. Its plans also include providing affordable housing buildings.
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