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Old November 20th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #261
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Very true. The only thing that might be remembered fondly by some is the pedestrian only retail behind these buildings. This retail 'alleyway' isn't a great example of a pedestrian only strip, but Toronto doesn't have anything like that.

There are many areas just off Yonge that would make fantastic pedestrian only retail strips. That alley parallel to, and to the west of Yonge, and north of Wellesley. Another is that tiny roadway leading up to the side entrance of the Delta on the west side of Yonge south of Gerrard. Both of these would make fantastic little pedestrian malls if they were redeveloped.

An amazing opportunity presently exists to allow spill over retail from Yonge into pedestrian only areas. I doubt this will ever come to be though. Rather than developing alleys, they'll probably simply be built on top of. We'll probably end up with the standard grid everywhere. Dundas Square is a nice departure from this, but more would be nice.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 06:42 AM   #262
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The building on the southwest corner.
I agree; that corner is next. Man, I can't wait to see what they'll do there!
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Old November 20th, 2007, 07:07 AM   #263
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Hope they don't demolish the old beauty though!
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Old November 20th, 2007, 07:14 AM   #264
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It's not a bad looking building, but certainly not substantial or grand. It might be better to simply move it somewhere else than trying to incorporate it into a new tower.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 08:41 AM   #265
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For $25M penthouse, buyer didn't have to stand in line
CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR
Nov 17, 2007 04:30 AM
Gail Swainson
Real Estate Reporter

A Hong Kong businessman is Canada's newest King of the Castle – and he didn't even have to stand in line to buy his $25 million penthouse suite.

The unidentified buyer set a new benchmark for the country's priciest slice of downtown residential real estate this week when he bought the 7,500-square-foot suite at One Bloor East.

Toronto's newest fashionable address was the site of real estate mayhem when more than 100 brokers lined up, or hired others to stand in line for them, in the cold for more than a week for a chance to buy suites scheduled to open in 2011.

The building's 592 units were such a hot commodity that shoving matches broke out between irate brokers wanting to be first through the sales room door.

Architect Roy Varacalli says the penthouse takes up the entire 80th floor of the $450 million skyscraper, giving its owner an "absolutely spectacular" 360-degree view of the city.

If the buyer closes the deal within the prescribed 10 days, he'll trump Toronto billionaire Alex Shnaider, who revealed in August he plans to keep what he thought was Canada's priciest condo – valued at $20 million – in the Trump International Hotel & Tower he's helping finance.

But Shnaider said at the time his mansion-in-the-sky could be as big as 14,000 square feet, dwarfing the One Bloor East penthouse.

Varacalli said the One Bloor East buyer was sold when he heard the unit will have a 12-foot-by-20-foot indoor infinity or "vanishing edge" pool. The pool's infinity edge runs right up to a floor-to-ceiling plate glass wall at one side of the building.

"If you open your eyes underwater, you get a view of the city," Varacalli added.

"The buyer got wind of it and he wanted it."

When the building opens, slated for 2011, the sky-high suite will be loaded with high-end features including an elevator that opens right into the penthouse foyer and a private outdoor garden.

It is also to have five outdoor terraces, with in-floor radiant heat to melt snow.


The kitchen is the last word in ultra luxury, with a Cambrian stone top island, six-burner in-line gas stove, champagne pantry, steam ovens, under-counter crispers and a walk-in wine cellar. For party time, there is a separate caterer's kitchen.

The suite has three bedrooms, a library, music room, family room, nanny's quarters, floors made of wood, marble and limestone and 12-foot ceilings. It even has a cold room for fur storage.

And no close quarters at the bathroom sink here: the suite sports his-and-hers ensuite master baths.

Hers has a steam shower with heated floors and walls, a fireplace, wine fridge, lounge area and Agape soaker tub from Italy, made of stone and Corian, that fronts a solid glass wall.

"It's placed in front of a window so you can sit in it and look down on the rest of us plebs," Varacalli laughed. "It's pure opulence."

It will be One Bloor East's biggest, but not its only, penthouse.

The top three floors are set aside for top-of-the-heap suites. The two penthouses on the 79th floor have been the subject of $9.5 million offers.

Down on the 78th floor, three penthouses are still on offer for a mere $5.5 million to $6.5 million.

Interiors will be by Andrea Kantelberg, Toronto's top eco-designer, and feature sustainable green materials throughout.


The exterior, which has distinctive "wings" at the top, is designed with a unique sliding balcony-door system that reflects light and changes the appearance of the building depending on how the owners position them.

"What is interesting is that this puts the residents in charge of the design," Varacalli said.

Trump Tower currently claims to have the tallest condo spire on the drawing board, at 281.88 metres spread over 57 storeys. One Bloor East is to have the same number of stories in a slightly smaller package at 276 metres.

Aura, another condo project that was launched yesterday, is forecast to reach 243 metresVaracalli does nothing to tone down the edifice complex when he notes the Trump Tower gets some height from "that silly antenna on top."

He then jokes he'll extend the wings at his tower so it hits 282 metres.

One Bloor East's developer, Bazis International of Kazakhstan, has held back about 100 of the building's apartment suites for sale next weekend.

Apartments start at 585 square feet. The first three storeys are to feature retail space, with floors above that to include common areas and hotel rooms.


When the lineups started two weeks ago, suites were listed on a billboard at prices from $300,000 to $2 million.

By the time the sales office officially opened Wednesday, a new sign showed prices had inflated to $500,000 to $8 million.

The $25 million super suite was not among those put on offer to the queuing public.


While the price may seem crazy to many, Toronto isn't world class when it comes to superluxury condos.

Four 20,000-square-foot units at One Hyde Park in London, England, are rumoured to be up for grabs at $160 million each. There is talk that one has already sold.

Forbes.com reports that financier Martin Zweig owns the most expensive condo in the U.S., a $70 million penthouse perched atop New York City's landmark Pierre Hotel, overlooking Central Park.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 08:51 AM   #266
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"If you open your eyes underwater, you get a view of the city," Varacalli added.
And the city gets a view of you.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:01 AM   #267
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They will look like ants swimming way up there on the 80th floor!!
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Old November 20th, 2007, 09:04 AM   #268
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According to UT, Bazis is submitting 1Bloor East to a design review à-la-Aura. Hope its not too late.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 02:00 AM   #269
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soooo cooool
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Old November 24th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #270
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Great picture posted by 3Dementia over at UrbanToronto, showing the massive size of 1 Bloor E, compared to 2 other projects nearby, the Uptown, and Crystal Blue (that's Uptown in the centre, which is no slouch itself at 48 storeys)...1 Bloor E is going to be a monster...

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Old November 25th, 2007, 12:48 AM   #271
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For $25M penthouse, buyer didn't have to stand in line
CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR
Nov 17, 2007 04:30 AM
Gail Swainson
Real Estate Reporter

A Hong Kong businessman is Canada's newest King of the Castle – and he didn't even have to stand in line to buy his $25 million penthouse suite.

The unidentified buyer set a new benchmark for the country's priciest slice of downtown residential real estate this week when he bought the 7,500-square-foot suite at One Bloor East.

Toronto's newest fashionable address was the site of real estate mayhem when more than 100 brokers lined up, or hired others to stand in line for them, in the cold for more than a week for a chance to buy suites scheduled to open in 2011.

The building's 592 units were such a hot commodity that shoving matches broke out between irate brokers wanting to be first through the sales room door.

Architect Roy Varacalli says the penthouse takes up the entire 80th floor of the $450 million skyscraper, giving its owner an "absolutely spectacular" 360-degree view of the city.

If the buyer closes the deal within the prescribed 10 days, he'll trump Toronto billionaire Alex Shnaider, who revealed in August he plans to keep what he thought was Canada's priciest condo – valued at $20 million – in the Trump International Hotel & Tower he's helping finance.

But Shnaider said at the time his mansion-in-the-sky could be as big as 14,000 square feet, dwarfing the One Bloor East penthouse.

Varacalli said the One Bloor East buyer was sold when he heard the unit will have a 12-foot-by-20-foot indoor infinity or "vanishing edge" pool. The pool's infinity edge runs right up to a floor-to-ceiling plate glass wall at one side of the building.

"If you open your eyes underwater, you get a view of the city," Varacalli added.

"The buyer got wind of it and he wanted it."

When the building opens, slated for 2011, the sky-high suite will be loaded with high-end features including an elevator that opens right into the penthouse foyer and a private outdoor garden.

It is also to have five outdoor terraces, with in-floor radiant heat to melt snow.


The kitchen is the last word in ultra luxury, with a Cambrian stone top island, six-burner in-line gas stove, champagne pantry, steam ovens, under-counter crispers and a walk-in wine cellar. For party time, there is a separate caterer's kitchen.

The suite has three bedrooms, a library, music room, family room, nanny's quarters, floors made of wood, marble and limestone and 12-foot ceilings. It even has a cold room for fur storage.

And no close quarters at the bathroom sink here: the suite sports his-and-hers ensuite master baths.

Hers has a steam shower with heated floors and walls, a fireplace, wine fridge, lounge area and Agape soaker tub from Italy, made of stone and Corian, that fronts a solid glass wall.

"It's placed in front of a window so you can sit in it and look down on the rest of us plebs," Varacalli laughed. "It's pure opulence."

It will be One Bloor East's biggest, but not its only, penthouse.

The top three floors are set aside for top-of-the-heap suites. The two penthouses on the 79th floor have been the subject of $9.5 million offers.

Down on the 78th floor, three penthouses are still on offer for a mere $5.5 million to $6.5 million.

Interiors will be by Andrea Kantelberg, Toronto's top eco-designer, and feature sustainable green materials throughout.


The exterior, which has distinctive "wings" at the top, is designed with a unique sliding balcony-door system that reflects light and changes the appearance of the building depending on how the owners position them.

"What is interesting is that this puts the residents in charge of the design," Varacalli said.

Trump Tower currently claims to have the tallest condo spire on the drawing board, at 281.88 metres spread over 57 storeys. One Bloor East is to have the same number of stories in a slightly smaller package at 276 metres.

Aura, another condo project that was launched yesterday, is forecast to reach 243 metresVaracalli does nothing to tone down the edifice complex when he notes the Trump Tower gets some height from "that silly antenna on top."

He then jokes he'll extend the wings at his tower so it hits 282 metres.

One Bloor East's developer, Bazis International of Kazakhstan, has held back about 100 of the building's apartment suites for sale next weekend.

Apartments start at 585 square feet. The first three storeys are to feature retail space, with floors above that to include common areas and hotel rooms.


When the lineups started two weeks ago, suites were listed on a billboard at prices from $300,000 to $2 million.

By the time the sales office officially opened Wednesday, a new sign showed prices had inflated to $500,000 to $8 million.

The $25 million super suite was not among those put on offer to the queuing public.


While the price may seem crazy to many, Toronto isn't world class when it comes to superluxury condos.

Four 20,000-square-foot units at One Hyde Park in London, England, are rumoured to be up for grabs at $160 million each. There is talk that one has already sold.

Forbes.com reports that financier Martin Zweig owns the most expensive condo in the U.S., a $70 million penthouse perched atop New York City's landmark Pierre Hotel, overlooking Central Park.
Wow 25 million's the highest amount anyone has paid for a condo in the country!!
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Old November 25th, 2007, 03:17 AM   #272
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Why did you have to quote the whole article?! We can all read the article above.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 02:57 AM   #273
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I thought there were more posts for a sec
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Well you can have just quoted the title article of the article then.
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Interesting article from current in the Toronto forums.

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A worker removes a sign to unveil an increase in price for new condos that went up for sale at One Bloor East last month. Almost 90 people took turns camping in a sidewalk lineup outside the sales office.



Condomania hits new heights

Dec 29, 2007 04:30 AM
Gail Swainson
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Final details of Canada's priciest condo are still being firmed up with a buyer from Hong Kong. But it's safe to say that architect Roy Varacalli is working overtime to ensure that all the unnamed businessman's wishes come true in a $25million penthouse suite at One Bloor East.

In the year of the condo – people camped out on the sidewalks to buy them, sales eclipsed those of regular houses for the first time and prices kept soaring – One Bloor garnered most of the attention.

The 7,500-square-foot suite at the building will take up the entire 80th floor and features a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the city. Renderings, which fit the mould of what some in the industry call "real estate pornography," show the so-called infinity edge indoor pool that has a glass wall overlooking Toronto's downtown on one end.

The suite also features five outdoor terraces with heated floors, three bedrooms, library, music room, two kitchens, a walk-in wine cellar, cold storage closet for furs and his-and-hers ensuite master baths. Hers has a steam shower with heated floors, fireplace, wine fridge and imported Italian soaker tub fronting a solid glass wall.

Varacalli also says a few metres will be added to the building's distinctive rooftop "wings," to ensure that it's the tallest residential building in the city at 282 metres high.

That would trump the spired Trump tower, which – despite being cut from 70 to 57 storeys this year – claims to be Toronto's tallest planned residential building at 281.88 metres. The $25 million price tag also trumps the reported $20-million tab for the penthouse at the Trump tower, a record set earlier in the year.


http://www.thestar.com/living/article/288614
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Old January 5th, 2008, 08:07 AM   #276
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The east and west perspectives of 1 Bloor East, Uptown, and Blu are the first good representations I've seen of the as yet unbuilt cluster juxtaposed with one another. How will they compare to the existing Manulife Centre which is currently the tallest in this area? I imagine it is slightly taller than Uptown?
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^ Uptown @ approximately 158 metres is a bit shorter than the top of Manulife.

I added the Uptown elevation (with Crystal Blu peeking out fro behind) to this other UT scale drawing of 1 Bloor East.

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Will the retail frontage really be that huge. Is this to scale? Nice to hear it'll be officially taller than Stump Tower Toronto.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #279
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" Great structure, Toronto! "
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Old January 7th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #280
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Actually I screwed up the scale... 1 Bloor East should be a bit shorter like this:


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