The charming west-end neighbourhood of Roncesvalles has something new to brag about. Boasting a strong assemblage of independent shops and restaurants, Roncesvalles is now home to a project by Gairloch Developments and Centrestone Urban Developments Inc. at 383 Sorauren Avenue. The second floor of the building played host to a celebration Friday afternoon, as construction workers and the development team marked the official topping off of the 10-storey condominium. 

383 Sorauren from the Dundas West bridge at Sterling Road, image by Marcus Mitanis

The venerable firm architectsAlliance designed the building, which rekindles the industrial history of the area with its dark ironspot brick cladding, still to be applied. Promising to fit in seamlessly with its neighbours—including the adjacent warehouse-to-condo conversion Robert Watson Lofts to the south—the black mullion-framed windows punched into the brick facade should yield a rich amalgam of the area's past and its present.

383 Sorauren Avenue construction, image by Marcus Mitanis

At ground level, two-storey townhouses with landscaped front yards will front onto Sorauren Avenue. Above the glass-clad townhouses, a six-storey deep red brick grid frames some of the 142 units inside the building. A glazed square box with a smaller footprint sits on top, containing two-storey penthouses which offer tremendous views of Downtown Toronto, Lake Ontario, Humber Bay Shores and Mississauga.

The Humber Bay Shores and Mississauga skylines from 383 Sorauren, image by Marcus Mitanis

Every resident will be able to enjoy these views and get some fresh air via a terrace, balcony or French balcony. The Johnson Chou-appointed interiors will continue the industrial-style theme with exposed concrete ceilings stretching nine feet — rising another foot at the penthouse level  joined by engineered hardwood floors, solid core veneer slab cabinetry, and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Amenities include a guest suite, workout area, and an outdoor kitchen-equipped lounge for barbecuing on a warmer day. 

383 Sorauren Avenue under construction, image by Craig White

Identified from left to right in the image below are Tyler MacNamara, Rivendell Properties; Bill Gairdner, Gairloch Developments; and Andrew Farncomb, Cairn Merchant Partners, who all joined in on the festivities and toured the building. 

On the eighth floor of 383 Sorauren, image by Marcus Mitanis

From the top of 383 Sorauren, it's easy to see the neighbourhood landmarks and services residents will have access to. The building is within walking distance of Dundas West subway and GO stations, with the Union Pearson Express (which is free for Family Day weekend!) stopping here as well. Streetcar service to the downtown core is provided by the 504 King, 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton routes. With Roncesvalles Avenue and its quirky collection of shops steps away, and Sorauren Park just a few doors to the south, residents within this handsome addition to the neighbourhood will have plenty of recreation options available when they move in this summer. 

From the seventh floor, the Union Pearson Express zips by the Toronto skyline, image by Marcus Mitanis

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Related Companies:  architectsAlliance, Bluescape Construction Management, Centrestone Urban Developments Inc., Gairloch Developments, Johnson Chou Inc., MarketVision Real Estate, NAK Design Strategies