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May 17, 2010

Do you want to live like the stars? Do you want to live in a piece of history?

During the past century, politicians, royalty, movie stars, music idols, well-loved authors, financial gurus and other celebrities have stayed at Le Méridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

Now under new ownership, this architectural and cultural icon will soon become the permanent home for those attracted to the idea of living in a luxury hotel. Stay tuned for more information on The King Edward Private Residences [map], but in the interim, here is what we do know…

The historic building is now owned by King Edward Realty Inc. whose partners include, Dundee Realty Corporation Skyline International Development Inc., Serruya Realty Group Inc. and Alex Shnaider.

In addition to rejuvenating the building, the section formerly occupied as a well-known fashion mart will become The King Edward Private Residences.

Among the new owners’ plans are the renovation of the spectacular two storey lobby, spa and fitness center as well as the Royal Club lounge, ERA Architects will direct the restoration of this historic building, and The Design Agency will create the interior spaces of the condominiums. Like The Savoy in London, the restoration of the building will preserve the beauty of the past while making the most of modern design and materials that will carry residents and guests into the 21st century with ease and comfort.

The rejuvenated building will encompass approximately 145 luxury condominium suites. Residents will be surrounded by exquisite appointments, with transitional design evoking elegance without pretentiousness. The limited collection of residences will range in size from 500 to 2,000 sq. ft. and will begin in price from the low-$400,000s.

The King Eddy, as it is often called, is located on the south side of King Street East at Victoria Street – steps from Toronto’s financial and entertainment districts. It was built by George Gooderham of Gooderham and Worts Distillery fame, and opened on May 11, 1903. The plans also include designating certain hotel suites to reflect many of the celebrities who have stayed in the hotel over the past century. The Elizabeth Taylor suite will pay tribute to 1968, when the film idol’s hotel stay with Richard Burton before they were married caused a scandal, and where Burton presented Liz with the 33.19-carat Krupp Diamond.

Who are some of the rich-and-famous who have stayed here? Check out some of the names below:

Politicians and Royalty

• King Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales and grandson of King Edward VII, after whom the hotel was named, in 1919
• Prince George in 1927
• His Royal Highness Prince Philip
• The Queen Mother
• Princess Margaret
• Princess Anne
• Charles de Gaulle
• Margaret Thatcher
• Teddy Roosevelt
• John Diefenbaker
• Lady Astor
• King Juan Carlos of Spain
• King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Movie Stars and Entertainers

• The Beatles
• John Lennon and Yoko Ono
• Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
• Elvis Presley
• Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
• Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
• Bill Cosby
• Beyonce Knowles
• Neil Diamond
• The Rolling Stones
• Céline Dion
• Leonard Cohen
• Tony Bennett
• Britney Spears

Authors

• Mark Twain
• Rudyard Kipling
• Ernest Hemingway

Financial Celebrities

• Ivana Trump
• J.P. Morgan

Wow! Oh yeah… I should add that the BuzzBuzzTeam has eaten there!

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