At the southeast corner of Yonge and Roxborough, Old Stonehenge and Clifton Blake's Hill and Dale Residences is about to take shape on Toronto's most prominent street. Unlike many of Toronto's new condominiums, however, the Studio JCI-designed project is not adding a new high-rise presence—or even a new structure—to the cityscape. Instead, the mixed-use development is reshaping the neighbourhood as an adaptive re-use project, transforming an outdated three-storey commercial building into a dynamic yet fine-grained urban presence.
Now under construction, the 6-storey Hill and Dale will combine street-level retail with commercial office use on the second level, and 17 residences above. While the project's exterior—which will bring the formerly recessed building onto the street—was profiled in a previous story, new showroom photos offer a first direct look at the interior finishes in the residential suites.
Located just up the street from the site, the 700 ft² presentation centre provides a small-scaled preview of the project's suites and communal spaces. Designed by project architects Studio JCI and interior designers Chapi Chapo, the showroom space—which is not representative of any particular suite—offers a first-hand look at living spaces and finishes.
Beginning with the kitchen (below), the showroom is finished in a combination of European walnut and white matte varnish, making for a simple but elegant space. Appointed by bulthaup, Hill and Dale's kitchens include top-of-the-line Gaggeanau appliances, which include the choice of a convection or gas cooktop, as well as convection ovens and integrated, full-size, french door refrigerators.
In the living room display—which is far smaller than many of the 500-600 ft² living rooms available in many of the suites—a natural stone feature wall accents the space. Throughout the suites, 10' and 11' ceilings foster an open ambiance "without the messy intrusion of bulkheads or dropped ceilings," realtor Paul Johnston explains. "We customize each home with a complete recessed lighting plan, discrete drapery coves by the windows, and the opportunity to introduce in-ceiling speakers and full home automation."
The adjoining dining area mock-up provides a look at the available finishes, with the three tonal palettes selected by Chapi Chapo. Available finishes include oiled European wide plank flooring, as well as natural stone cladding for bathrooms and fireplaces. Kitchens offer the choice of stainless steel or quartz countertops, along with custom white oak millwork units. Meanwhile, the table itself in the foreground, below, is also representative of the generous dining spaces offered, many of which are designed to comfortably accommodate 12 to 18 guests.
Finally, a look at an ensuite bathroom is provided via a rendering. Featuring natural finishes, high ceilings, and free-floating tubs, the clean, uncluttered aesthetic makes for a soothing ambiance. “Because of the unique way we are building Hill and Dale, even our bathrooms will boast 10 and 11 foot ceilings," Johnston explains. "That’s dramatic in itself, and will create these very generous spaces that are completely in harmony with the elegance and airiness of the homes.”
Offering high-end homes above retail and office space, Old Stonehenge's mixed-use project aims to inject a measured dose of 24-hour vitality to the neighbourhood. For residents, the homes offer a mid-rise condominium lifestyle that boasts the spacious interiors found in the area's single family homes. "It's a condo where you don't have to give up the big dining room table or the space to entertain," Johnston tells us. "And with terraces ranging up to 1,800 ft², cocktails for up to 200 people is also something we imagine."
We will keep you updated as construction continues, and the expanded building's new exterior begins to take shape. In the meantime, more information is available via our dataBase file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts about Hill and Dale Residences? Leave a comment in the space below this page, or join the conversation in our Forum.
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