Canada's Condominium Magazine
An exciting new development that will transform a huge swath of waterfront in Toronto pairs condominium developer Tridel with the international real estate firm Hines. An entire new neighbourhood called Bayside is to be created on the waterfront, just east of the downtown core, and the stunning new Tridel condominium Aqualina is the first residential phase of the project.
Visitors to the Tridel website will have seen the coming soon “teaser” about Aqualina at Bayside, but today executives from Tridel and Hines and Waterfront Toronto revealed more details about the ground-breaking development to come.
For starters, Bayside will comprise thirteen acres of mixed use development on previously under-utilized land. A press release today says that the new Bayside neighbourhood will have two million square feet of residential, commercial and cultural uses, “all on the water’s edge.” Hines is the master planner of the development, selected by Waterfront Toronto in 2010 to transform the semi-derelict area now known as East Bayfront into a vibrant new community.
Tridel president Leo DelZotto praised Hines for its “master-planned approach” to the development. The Hines vision for the neighbourhood, with its emphasis on lifestyle amenities and opportunities, he said, makes it an “incomparable” condominium project for Tridel and for the city. Tridel was selected by Hines as the “exclusive residential partner” for the project.
The news about the Aqualina condominiums is sure to cause excitement in the Toronto condominium sector just because of its incredible location. The building, being designed by a Miami firm (New York office) called Arquitectonica, will sit adjacent to Lake Ontario. Said Jim Ritchie, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Tridel, the architecture is “iconic,” and the building will offer purchasers “an unparalleled waterfront location.” In fact, Aqualina occupies the only site adjacent to the lake in the East Bayfront area. Few condominium sites, Ritchie said, offer such an “intimate” connection with the lake, and fewer still are as fully integrated into their surrounding areas.
The building is likely to appeal to a broad range of buyers, from those looking for a one-bedroom residence all the way up to families who need three bedrooms. The largest suites will be over 2,100 square feet, more than ample for a family.
Besides the beauty of the building and its location, it will provide the highest level of technology as well, with ultra-high speed broadband finer optic network connectivity delivering 100 megabits per second. This, the press release says, is “likely” to be the fastest residential internet service in the city. And the building will be designed to achieve LEED Platinum designation, the highest standard for building sustainability.
Interior public spaces and amenity areas at Aqualina will be designed by the award-winning Canadian firm of II BY IV Design Associates. Landscape design for the condominium will be led by West 8 + DTAH the award-winning team also responsible for the design of East Bayfront’s public realm including the streetscapes, water’s edge promenade and boardwalk.
Register now for Aqualina at Bayside, Toronto. As the project news develops, Tridel will update by text and on their website. To receive updates by text message: text ‘follow aqualinacondos’ to 21212.