Hot on the heels of two recently completed projects in downtown Toronto (Minto Westside and Minto Yorkville Park), Minto Communities has announced the pending launch of two more downtown residential projects. The developments bookend Adelaide Street West with 123 Portland, located in downtown Toronto’s trendy Fashion District, and The Saint, coming soon to the charming St. Lawrence Market. The launch of the two condominiums is aimed at addressing historic supply constraints in the core, while catering to distinct purchasing groups.
“With population growth and evolving purchaser habits, downtown Toronto continues to be one of the most attractive markets in North America,” says David Robins, Division President at Minto Communities. “Historically, the core has been dealing with supply constraints, so we are thrilled to be in a position to launch not one, but two new and distinct projects to the city. But even more so, we’re focused on maintaining a leadership position when it comes to quality, contextual design, customer satisfaction and sustainability.”
Designed by Sweeny & Co., 123 Portland consists of a 14-storey residence rooted in a pre-modern aesthetic, mixing European influences with a Toronto loft vernacular. The architects paid particular attention to establishing depth and texture through the use of off-white precast frames and rustic weathered steel detailing. Combined with Juliette balconies and French doors, the overall effect creates a dynamic and pleasing grid-like pattern.
Inside, the renowned interior design firm U31 has created elegant spaces inspired by Parisian apartments. A series of dramatic, two-storey arches frame the lobby with smooth, stone finishes and a brass lining on the inside edge, accented with vivid black and white floor tiles. Rich wood panels, sculptural floating benches, coffered ceilings and crown moulding complete the space and add timeless character and visual appeal. Other amenities include a rooftop terrace with great views of the city, a kitchen bar with a private dining area, fully-equipped gym and a residents’ lounge.
“Each corner of downtown Toronto has its own distinct personality and so it’s important when contemplating potential developments that we think granularly. A project at Front and Bathurst is not going to resemble a project in Yorkville,” says Matthew Brown, Director of Product Development. “Even when you look at opposite ends of the same street like Adelaide, you have distinct communities, with distinct needs. The Saint and 123 Portland were designed as direct responses to their own urban contexts.”
Anchoring the east end of Adelaide Street West at 89 Church Street, The Saint is a sleek 47-storey tower envisioned by the award-winning Wallman Architects and designed as a contemporary play on Japanese minimalism. At ground level, the development boasts a black brick masonry podium that blends well with the adjacent historical property, while the slender glass tower ensures a modern addition to the downtown Toronto skyline.
The Saint’s amenity program elevates the concept of wellness in residential buildings by providing access to a series of individualized programs designed to personalize the experience. Residents can indulge in the infrared sauna, soaking tub, steam room, and a glowing meditation room complete with an entire wall made up of illuminated salt rock.
The Figure3-designed suites continue the Japanese design theme with spacious layouts that meld form and function. Available floorplans include one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations with high ceilings, natural wood floors, and large kitchens with plenty of prep and storage space.
Both 123 Portland and The Saint will benefit from the latest in sustainability features including an updated Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) building system that reduces energy consumption while allowing the air-conditioning and heating to operate year-round. All suites will also be equipped with under-counter garbage sorters and water purifiers.
For more information on 123 Portland and The Saint, register online at minto.com