If you aren’t familiar with Hillcrest Village, the neighbourhood home to The Nest, it’s definitely worth exploring.
“The area itself has been a long established residential neighbourhood, but it’s not exactly on the map as an address for new homes or new condominiums,” said Roland Rom Colthoff, the Director of RAW Design, the firm designing The Rockport Group project.
“It’s a real mixture here. We think we can add some richness to that,” he said.
Just west of Bathurst, the St. Clair strip is populated by an eclectic array of businesses: everything from high-end eateries to mom and pop shops.The neighbourhood’s diversity and main street sensibility is a large part of its appeal.
Mindful of not just the scale of the project but also what buyers want, RAW Design prepared a plan for the mid-rise, 9-storey building that fits right into the community.
“There’s a push for larger units in the building. Many of the south facing units have extensive terraces that will be taken up by a lot of families moving into the neighbourhood and by people downsizing from their homes in the neighbourhood. It will be a very livable building,” said Colthoff.
A large part of the project’s liveability lies in its balancing act between urban amenities and low-key lifestyle. Though the area is near green spaces and away from the hustle and bustle of the core, you can see the Toronto skyline from the rooftop terrace – and connect quickly to the downtown via a number of transit options including the St. Clair West subway station and the St. Clair streetcar line.
One of the big draws to the area is the Wychwood Barns off of Christie Street. The multi-use space is home to a year-round farmers market and regularly hosts some of the most exciting food and drink events in the city. The barns are also an important cultural hub with live/work spaces for local artists, an art market and community gallery too.
Some of the area houses have even received heritage status thanks to their distinctive Arts and Crafts designs. Past residents to enjoy the neighbourhood include luminaries such as Marshall McLuhan and Anatol Rapoport.
“The neighbourhood is in a little bit of a transition as a result of the new streetcar right-of-way on St. Clair. The city rezoned a significant portion of the neighbourhood in response to the streetcar, trying to encourage developers to come in and take advantage of the investment and infrastructure,” he explained.
“This is the first building to come out of that.”
Situated at St. Clair Avenue West and Hendrick Avenue, The Nest will be a standard-bearer in a neighbourhood on the rise.
Suites start from the mid-$200,000s.
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