There is a small group of exclusive condominium buildings in Yorkville Toronto that have under fifty suites. Ownership has its privileges as privacy and discretion are built-in standard features of these luxury boutique buildings. Often times their exact location may go unnoticed as their understated private entrances provide the only evidence that they even exist.
Unlike their high-rise counterparts, the floor plans and architecture of the suites in luxury boutique buildings tend to be more original, personable and innovative and many suites occupy whole or half floors.
Boutique luxury buildings also provide owners with an intimate living atmosphere. A smaller but more dedicated building staff can focus on the personal needs of each individual resident.
However this privacy and discretion comes with a price tag. Living large in a luxury boutique building in Yorkville costs more. Maintenance fees are higher than in larger buildings as there are less unit owners to share in the costs of amenities and building upkeep.
36 Hazelton Ave 20 Suites
Originally the old site of St. Basil’s School, 36 Hazelton is seven storeys and incorporated the existing two level Gothic Revival school structure built in 1928 by architect J.M. Cowen. All suites feature expansive terraces with each suite having its own unique floor plan. Suite sizes range from the smallest unit of 1,073 square feet to the largest of the penthouse suite of over 4,600 square feet. Suite designs are open concept lay-outs with outdoor terraces, ten foot ceiling heights, gas fireplaces and high quality custom finishes. Custom kitchens are by Marana and come with Miele appliances. All full bathrooms have heated flooring. Each suite has year around individually controlled heating and cooling systems and includes its own private over-sized storage room.
Amenities of 36 Hazelton Ave: Concierge, gym, wine lounge with tasting area, board room, billiards room, bicycle room, holistic room, car wash & pet washing station.
133 Hazelton Ave 29 Suites
Designed by architect Page & Steele, 133 Hazelton Residences is a nine storey French neoclassical building featuring limestone exterior, soundproof walls and windows with interior design by Gluckstein Design. Ceiling heights are 10’6″ and suites are pre-wired with CAT6 computer network. Pre-finished engineered hardwood flooring and architectural moldings and baseboards are standard throughout. Miele kitchen and laundry appliances are also included and the kitchen and bathrooms feature Kholer fixtures. Larger suites with terraces have double sided gas fireplaces which can be enjoyed from both the living/dining room and on the balcony. Each suite has its own heat pump unit with humidifier and programmable thermostat. All units include a minimum of one parking space and one locker.
Amenities of 133 Hazelton Ave: Concierge, gym, lounge, dining room, screening room, visitor parking.
77 Charles St West 51 Suites
Designed by architect Yann Weymouth of HOK, this luxury boutique building is easily identified by its glass curtain wall exterior, a shimmering wall of glass that maximizes light in every suite. The base of the building is made up of Algonquin limestone and Prairie Green granite while green glass, metal and stone trim are used to create the tower portion. Suites feature ceiling heights of ten to twelve feet and include balconies and terraces with a gas connection for barbeques. Each suite has its own mechanical room that is only accessible from the building hallway allowing maintenance work to be performed without having to enter the unit. All units are pre-wired with Category 5 wiring in every room. At least one parking space and locker is included with each suite. Suite sizes start from the smallest one bedroom of 1100 square feet to the penthouse suite of over 3800 square feet.
Amenities of 77 Charles St West: Concierge, valet parking, gym, boardroom.
No. 155 Cumberland Street 15 Suites Since the early 1960’s a unique two storey penthouse apartment stood atop the office tower at 130 Bloor Street West. Accessed from a discrete entrance on Cumberland, it belonged to philanthropists and society couple Rose and Noah Torno. The 10,000 square foot penthouse was designed in the modernist style of famous American architect Philip Johnson with large windows and large planes. In creating Nº 155 Cumberland Street, the development team retained the Torno two storey penthouse on levels 13 and 14 and built above it and below it creating high-end residences that mirrored the architectural design and quality of this original penthouse. Existing floors 11 and 12 were converted from office space into five condominium suites. Seven new levels, adding an additional nine suites, were also built above the original penthouse creating an irregular tower faced in limestone. Residents use the same private entrance that the Tornos did which opens to a luxurious lobby with two private express elevators.All suites feature large terraces or balconies and outdoor barbequing is permitted. Ceiling heights are eleven feet and the penthouse and sub penthouse levels feature twelve foot ceiling heights. Interior finishes were done by builder Joe Brennan with suites having floor to ceiling unobstructed windows and radiant in-floor heating.
Amenities of 155 Cumberland St: Concierge, security guard, visitor parking.
The Hazelton Private Residences 118 Yorkville Avenue 16 Suites
Residents can take advantage of all the amenities of the five star Hazelton Hotel including Mark McEwan’s “ONE Restaurant”. Hotel suites are located on floors 2 to 4. Private Residences are located on floors 5 to 9 and accessed by a private elevator for residents. All suites feature minimum ten foot ceilings and have full individual control of heating and cooling year around. The smallest size suite is 2815 square feet and the largest is the Penthouse at 8100 square feet.
Amenities at The Hazelton: Twenty four hour concierge, valet parking, twenty four hour room service, indoor lap pool, full service spa and fitness centre, private screening room and meeting facilities.
The Windsor Arms Condominium Residences 22 St. Thomas Street 24 Suites
Situated next to the stretch of Bloor Street designer shops known as the “Mink Mile”, the private residences are located above the four storeys of the Windsor Arms Hotel.The Windsor Arms Condominium Residences has its own separate street entrance with lobby and private elevators. Only two suites per floor, all units have nine foot six inch ceilings, individually controlled heating and cooling systems and fireplaces. Suites range in size from a single one bedroom suite of 1350 square feet with all other units over 2800 square feet and an almost 5000 square foot full floor penthouse. Residents have access to all of the five star luxury hotel amenities including Courtyard Cafe, Club 22, Tea Room, twenty four hour room service, housekeeping, salon and spa services.
Amenities of The Windsor Arms: Twenty four hour concierge, valet parking, private party room, fitness facilities, indoor pool and steam room.
Museum House 206 Bloor Street West
An exclusive and intimate building of limestone, metal and glass located across the street from the Daniel Libeskind designed Crystal of the Royal Ontario Museum. Maximum of two units per floor with some units occupying the whole floors. Like the 32 storey Exhibit Residences next door to it, MuseumHouse’s suites are all oriented north and or south giving residents clear panoramic views. Ceiling heights are a minimum of ten feet and whole floor suites feature eleven foot ceilings. All suites have fireplaces and expansive outdoor terraces. Suites range in size from 1942 square feet up to the 2 storey 5620 square foot penthouse with 4 terraces, outdoor spa and a private interior elevator. Each residence is pre-wired for Bang & Olufsen audio and video and also features heated bathroom floors and a built-in safe.
Amenities of Museum House: Twenty four hour concierge, valet parking, fitness centre, guest suite and boardroom.
4 Lowther Avenue 40 Suites & 4 Townhomes
Located on the west side of Avenue Road, 4 Lowther spans the entire block from Lowther to Elgin Avenue and features suites ranging from large one bedrooms to three bedrooms with the largest being a townhouse of almost 4000 square feet. Ceiling heights are nine feet and many suites also feature fireplaces and large terraces.
Amenities at 4 Lowther Ave: Twenty four hour concierge, valet parking, fitness facilities, party room with outdoor terrace, indoor pool and sauna.
No. 8 Sultan Street 25 Suites
Located directly across the street from the Windsor Arms Hotel and Condominium Residences, this is where Yorkville and the luxury designer shopping of Bloor Street meet. All suites at 8 Sultan have private balconies, gas fireplaces, and nine foot ceilings. Penthouses are two level with ten foot ceilings and have private rooftop terraces. All suites include at least one parking spot and heating and air conditioning is provided by an engineered system that permits either heating or cooling to be activated in any season. Suites range in size from two bedroom 1178 square foot units to 3100 plus square foot penthouses.
Amenities at 8 Sultan Street: Concierge 1 pm to 9 pm daily and fully equipped gym.
1132 Bay Street 25 Suites
Located on the northwest corner of Bay and Charles Streets, 1132 Bay Street is a boutique condo building of brick exterior with only twenty five suites. Having a maximum of two suites per floor, the units at 1132 Bay are generous in size featuring 2 bedroom plus den floor plans of 2260 square feet and 3 bedroom floor plans of 2600 square feet. Suites feature nine foot ceiling heights, fireplaces, and full size laundry rooms. The penthouse suite takes up the entire top floor of the building with a 4 bedroom floor plan of 5000 square feet.
Amenities at 1132 Bay Street: Twenty four hour concierge, on-site superintendent, fitness facilities, indoor pool with sauna and outdoor terrace.
Renaissance Court 164 Cumberland Street 31 Suites
Ideally located just south of the Hazelton Hotel and next door to the New Residences of Yorkville Plaza (the old Four Seasons Hotel), the entrance to this discreet boutique building is found on the courtyard walkway between Yorkville Avenue and Cumberland Street. The lobby of the Renaissance Court is located on the first floor and the units occupy floors four to seven and feature one and two bedroom suites. Sizes range from the smallest one bedroom of 1155 square feet to the largest suite made up of two units put together of over 3000 square feet. Many suites feature fireplaces. Seventh floor penthouse level suites have skylights and a few lucky units located on the fourth floor have terraces. Each unit has their own heat pump giving residents individual control of heating and cooling. At the Renaissance Court rental parking is available for all residents.
Amenities at Renaissance Court: Twenty four hour concierge and outdoor terrace.
Victoria Boscariol is a real estate agent in Toronto Canada with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage. With over 20 years experience, Victoria has been helping people successfully buy and sell condos and houses in Yorkville and downtown Toronto. As a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) she has worked with Buyers from around the world moving to Toronto from China, Russia, Brazil, India, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyprus, Italy, Germany, The United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
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