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Calling it “the next wave of waterfront living,” Tridel has announced the Grand Opening of Aquavista at Bayside. These are the new condos that will be next-door neighbours to the previously announced, mostly sold-out, Aqualina at Bayside. The two Tridel condo buildings are part of the master plan for this brand new neighbourhood being created by Hines International, under the auspices of Waterfront Toronto. Judging by the architect’s renderings, and the descriptions of the neighbourhood’s many cutting-edge features, this part of the waterfront will become a much-appreciated destination for Torontonians.
Now that the Grand Opening is on, Tridel has released floor plans for the first time. You can tell a lot about a place from a floor plan. Many say they are more important than the promo photos and model suites because you see the real space you’re getting. The floor plan shows you exactly how wide the living room is, where the windows and doors are, where the mechanicals are, and a lot of other really useful information.
The suites at Aquavista are priced from $335,000 for a one bedroom all the way up to $3.5 million for a two-storey penthouse that’s bigger than most detached homes. The Miami-based architect of both Aqualina and Aquavista, who specializes in waterfront properties, designed the building so that most suites have lake views. The curvaceous form of the U-shaped building means that more suites are able to face the water than would be possible in a more rectilinear building. There are angled balconies along the two outer wings, giving some suites several balconies rather than just one.
When looking at a floor plan like this, a potential buyer should study the way it flows, picturing him or herself opening the front door and stepping inside, then walking through, from the foyer, to the dining room and open kitchen, and beyond to the living room. Note that though the plan appears irregular, the rooms within it are quite square, which means that they will be easier to furnish and decorate. Note too that the den shown is not fully enclosed, with the fourth wall missing. Would that be acceptable? Maybe you were expecting to use the den as a spare bedroom from time to time. Will that work, without that fourth wall? Does the dining room/living room arrangement work for you? Can you see yourself, and your furniture, in this space? Is the space used as efficiently as possible, remembering that you pay per square foot of space?
The two-storey penthouse above (level two not shown) is spacious, even expansive, with approximately 3,771 square feet. Note the elevator near the front entrance, to take you to the upper level. The master bedroom is a suite unto itself, with room enough for a sitting area, two walk-in closets and a very spacious en suite bathroom. The living area is exceptionally open and generously proportioned. Note the way the distinct living areas—living room, dining room and family room, kitchen—flow together. The slightly curved balcony, which overlooks the lake, is a natural focus for the room. It is easy to imagine the light flooding in. On level two, however, the extra-large terrace is designed for summer entertaining on a very grand scale.
See more Aquavista floor plans here.