Extra square footage doesn’t always translate to a suite that makes sense. Smart House, the first ever micro condo project in Toronto, is re-inventing the way smaller residences are designed, prioritizing function and eliminating wasted space.
The project by Urban Capital Group and Malibu Investments will bring affordable micro units (suites start from $249,900) to the heart of downtown. Situated just one block west of University Avenue, condos start from 289 square feet though larger units up to 778 square feet will also be a part of the project.
The small-but-smart trend has already taken off in global cities such as New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and London. To fete the introduction of the units to the Toronto market, Smart House threw a party that started at the sales centre at 17 Nelson St., before carrying over in the Shangri-La Hotel. Graham Hill, Founder of Treehugger.com, championed the new style of living and explained how less really can be more.
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The project will stand 25 storeys tall and feature 241 suites. The design is by architectsAlliance.
Smart House will rise at 219 Queen St W., just west of University Avenue.
David Wex of Urban Capital Group shows off the cleverly designed kitchen, which features a space saving convection oven, a European-style washer that doubles as a dryer and loads of built-in storage. There’s also a full-retractable countertop if you want need more room to slice or dice.
By day, the living space fits a couch nicely. By night, residents can pull down the murphy bed behind the shelf.
No need for a space-eating bath tub in this bathroom! There’s also a vanity cabinet and sink combo as well as a mirror/medicine cabinet with integrated lighting.
At the Shangri-La, Rony Hirsch, President of Malibu Investments, and Wex introduce the project.
Graham Hill of Treehugger.com talks about living in a micro condo, “editing” your lifestyle so you’re not holding onto needless stuff, and the eco-friendly benefits of taking up less space in city.
Eve Lewis talks condo history, and how when she started in the development business, a 650 square foot condo was considered madness.
The project is expected to reach completion in 2017.