A new boutique condominium for Cabbagetown
A new boutique condo building planned for Toronto’s Cabbagetown community will bring high-end modern design to the historic district, as well as larger, more livable suites that are hard to find in downtown Toronto.
The Georgian, by Stafford Homes, will have 107 suites in a seven-story building that will include three-bedroom condominiums — aimed at urban families who want to stay in the heart of the city — as well as one- and two-bedroom layouts.
“We’ve found that downtown it’s nearly impossible to find livable or family-style apartments,” says Jonathan Goldman, president of Stafford Homes. “Everything produced these days is smaller to stay affordable.
“When we saw (pandemic) closures happening, we wanted to design the buildings better and address the livability issues to make them more family-friendly. We saw a gap in the market and wanted to provide housing that met that need. »
The building will bring a touch of grandeur to the burgeoning neighborhood, rising at 227 Gerrard St. E. on a site currently occupied by The Beer Store and a parking lot, across from old red brick townhouses typical of the area. . A new beer store will be part of the condo development.
“As for the building in Cabbagetown, with its beautiful Victorian homes and stunning heritage pieces, we knew from the start that this building would be classically inspired with a nod to the traditional architecture of the neighborhood,” says Elmira Yousefi, architect. with RAW design. “But we also wanted something refined and urban that engaged a younger demographic.
“This building is an evolution of the existing fabric and we’ve had a lot of feedback from the community,” adds Yousefi. “It was integrated into the building, with red brick and masonry glass, and the way we treated the window fenestrations, like where the mullions land. It will be a nice addition to heritage buildings.
With its corner location, The Georgian will have three street frontages plus one on a lane, and has therefore been designed in segments but with repetitive materials to provide a cohesive 360 degree appearance.
“Yes, it’s a medium-sized building, but we had to think about how to go further and divide it into different volumes to be a bit more manageable,” says Yousefi. Additionally, there will be ground floor retail along Gerrard Street with a recessed alcove and extended awnings above door height.
Goldman says Stafford has experience dealing with heritage features, citing The Bell Heritage, a Scarborough development of townhouses and semi-detached homes that includes the fully restored 1830 Bell family home.
“We’ve gotten good at getting feedback from local residents and we’ve gone above and beyond with this building,” Goldman says of the Georgian. “We have made some changes based on that feedback and it will be a building with a nice modern touch, but most of it is heritage friendly.”
For the interior design, the goal was to bring something fresh and different to the neighborhood while keeping it accessible. Design firm U31 director Kelly Cray describes it as “cool, laid-back sophistication with mid-century Palm Springs.”
The lobby’s design is intended to have a more residential feel than a typical high-end condo building, “so when you walk in there, it’s like walking into your home,” Cray says. “It has a laid back vibe and is a bit of a lounge.”
U31 took design cues from the external architecture, such as windows reminiscent of factory construction. Refined industrial details were used in the lobby as an accent, with materials such as concrete and natural stone with heavy textures, like a terrazzo stone concierge desk. These were countered by a warm but neutral palette, with textures providing substance.
“As you weave your way through different areas, there are west coast shades mixed with industrial elements, mid-tone woods and mid-century softened edges,” Cray explains. “You need a balance. If it’s too modern, it might offend some people. We knew there would be city dwellers and families there, so we wanted it to be fresh, accessible and sustainable. You want to be able to sit on the furniture and immerse yourself in the environment.
Plus, plans call for houseplants and foliage in common areas — and residents appreciate that, Cray says. “We always try to blur the lines between inside and outside.”
Suites and amenity areas are designed to provide generous natural light and connection to the outdoors, Goldman says. The fitness room will have a green wall. The coworking space will be located next to a terrace. “You’ll be able to work and be inspired, and there’s a great social lounge that’s an extension of the co-working space,” Cray says.
“The terrace is fully landscaped and will provide residents with the opportunity to go outside.
Given the importance of working from home, Goldman says the building will be equipped with high-end and fast technology, as well as superior heating-ventilation-cooling and air filtration. .
When residents leave their homes, they can find everything they need within walking distance. Allan Gardens and a bus stop are two minutes away, and the Eaton Center, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District, Dundas Station, and George Brown College are less than 20 minutes away on foot.
Location: Gerrard and Parliament Streets, Cabbagetown
Developer: Stafford Houses
Architect: RAW Design Inc.; Interior design : U31 Inc. (Kelly Cray)
Project: Midrise of seven floors with 107 suites including 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms layouts with sizes ranging from 601 to 1,287 square feet, starting at $1 million.
Suite Features: Choice of luxury wide-plank vinyl or engineered hardwood floors, blinds, 9-foot ceilings, custom two-tone kitchen cabinets, quartz kitchen counters and backsplash, bathrooms with custom vanity, mirror with integrated LED lighting, deep soaking tub
Building amenities: Fitness center and yoga/stretching studio; coworking space, social lounge, rooftop terrace, pet play area
Temporary occupation: Spring 2025
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