Coming soon to the West Hill area of Scarborough, East Pointe Condominiums is a mid-rise residence that offers luxury amenities, thoughtfully-designed suites, and a coveted location close to parks, public transit and everyday conveniences.
The project by Mutual Developments was designed by Kohn Partnership Architects and boasts a sleek, 11-storey design characterized by clean lines, expansive windows and glass balconies. The rear portion of the building features a dramatic drop to a four-storey section in order to blend with the surrounding low-rise homes.
Priced from the mid-$400,000s, East Pointe Condominiums features 104 thoughtfully-designed one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
To learn more about the development, we caught up with Sean Lawrence, Partner at Kohn Partnership Architects Inc.
Livabl: Describe the vision for East Pointe Condominiums.
Sean Lawrence: East Pointe is a mid-rise building that will be built along one of the City of Toronto’s designated Avenues. These Avenues are roads that have been designated to accommodate more building intensification and emphasize residential growth.
The location caters to a variety of potential residents from students, to empty nesters to young families, and we were able to create a building that could suit each of these groups. In fact, during the public consultation process for the project, there were two empty nester groups that indicated that there were little or no options for them to move into the area. So they’re happy to see this new building coming to the neighbourhood.
L: How did you design the built form to complement the neighbourhood?
SL: Even though the standard along Kingston Road is for eight-storey buildings we were able to get approval to build 11 storeys by adding a step down to the surrounding residential areas. By doing this, we were actually able to reduce the shadow impact on the surrounding residential area.
L: Can you tell us about the shared amenity spaces?
SL: We designed the amenities to provide an oasis for residents with both passive and active spaces. We made it a point to provide quiet spaces where one could read a book or just relax, or alternatively, barbeque and entertain with friends. At the rear, a four-storey section is topped with a large rooftop terrace complete with covered seating and dining areas, gardens and views to the lake.
With the move to remote work over the past 15 months, we’ve included a co-working space on the main level. This provides a dedicated workspace for those who don’t necessarily want to work from their suite everyday. It also provides an office to meet with business clients and visitors.
L: Will the suites have their own private outdoor spaces?
SL: People are seeking outdoor space more than ever, so we wanted to make sure that we designed a building that provides just that. We designed garden suites so people on the lower levels could have private outdoor space, while those on the south side of the upper levels will have views of the lake from their balconies.
L: What is it about Scarborough and East Pointe that excites you the most?
SL: Located along Kingston Road, north of Morningside Avenue, East Pointe offers a central location within proximity of shopping centres, restaurants and public transit. We have a number of projects along Kingston Road and are pleased about what a pleasant, convenient part of the city it is.
The neighbourhood offers easy access to the lake, Highland Creek and Rouge Valley Provincial Park. In addition, the transportation network is excellent with the GO station close by and the express buses that serve the University of Toronto Scarborough campus and Centennial College. The local councilor is even talking about the prospect of autonomous vehicles being integrated into the transportation system.
L: What are some of the progressive building technologies used at East Pointe and how do they benefit purchasers?
SL: We always make a point to ask ourselves, ‘How can we do better?’ The notion of using technology to create a sustainable building has, in many cases, been mandated by all levels of government. We are now designing smarter and with an eye to energy efficiency. For instance, at East Pointe, we have created a combination of a high albedo (solar reflective) and green roof that is not accessible to residents but reduces the building’s temperature by reflecting the sun’s UV rays. We’ve also integrated an operation that recovers energy from clothes washers and dryers into our mechanical system for added efficiency.
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