Last week was an exciting one for Leslieville — and the city as a whole. Wonder Condos, a highly anticipated new project in Toronto’s vibrant east end, broke ground on Wednesday, May 23rd. What makes this project so wonderful? It’s poised to bring renewed energy to the former Weston Bakery facility, a heritage building that once produced a childhood relic we’re all a little nostalgic for: Wonder Bread. The Leslieville landmark is ready for construction and will soon undergo one of Toronto’s largest structural heritage preservations — converting and adapting the existing form into an eight-story residential condominium with envy-inducing hard lofts, commercial space and new residences.
Located at Eastern and Logan Avenue, the one-of-a-kind design includes the preservation of the factory, which dates back to 1919. Graywood Developments and Alterra brought together a dynamic team to execute the vision — including acclaimed architects Diamond Schmitt, interior designers TACT Design and conservation architects GBCA. The goal: retain the heritage and legacy of the building while delivering unparalleled sophistication to residents. The groundbreaking comes on the heels of the 2019 BILD Awards, where Wonder took home the award for the best mid-rise building design.
Mirroring the explosion of innovation and growth in the Leslieville neighbourhood, the architects will cleverly conserve the historic property, using it as the foundation for Wonder Condos, and seamlessly blending the stark beauty of its industrial past with the simplicity of the modern aesthetic. The exterior will be clad in red brick and punctuated by oversized factory windows. Select units in the new addition will boast glass-walled balconies or stepped terraces with sweeping views.
Wonder’s residents will find a sense of community with amenities that foster connection including a coworking lounge to speak to the many creatives, makers and entrepreneurs in Leslieville, a multipurpose family room, and an industrial-inspired gym. They even rescued original artifacts that will be preserved and brought into these spaces — acting as nods to the past, conversation starters and works of art.
Leslieville was once known for its brickyards, tanneries, metal factories and nurseries, and has evolved into a new hotspot in the city, attracting some of Toronto’s best and brightest. Sparkling Lake Ontario is just steps away and there is an abundance of boutique shops, art galleries, hip bars, gourmet food shops, cafés and brunch spots, drawing in everyone from young families, to hip downsizers, to single professionals seeking a small town feel in a dynamic city.
Due to Wonder’s phenomenal success, the Wonder presentation centre is now closed. However, a limited number of suites, including heritage lofts, are still available, with sales by appointment only.
For more information, visit www.wondercondos.com or call 416-628-9601.