Developer talks customizable design of Toronto's new luxury residences

Apr 30 2021, 10:38 am

Toronto has some of Canada’s most renowned residential buildings, but the city is preparing to become home to perhaps the most iconic collection of residences of our time.

Proudly standing on Avenue Road, 89 Avenue Yorkville is bringing an unheard-of level of condominium customization to the city without compromising on space, design, or quality. Timeless architecture, inspired by that of pre-war New York City, can be seen from the building’s limestone façade, which sets the tone for bespoke interiors.

Featuring 30 statement homes across 20 storeys, with pricing for half-floor residences starting at $4.5 million, the developer behind the project has an integral role to play in the new standard of home customization coming to Yorkville. Since 1988, Armour Heights has been designing and building grand estate homes for discerning buyers.

“There is a level of focus and a breadth of vision that comes from meeting the needs of exacting individuals with very specific tastes and expectations,” Frank Mazzotta, Armour Heights Developments’ President, tells Daily Hive. “That foundation has built the unique character of our company. We call it the Armour Heights Difference.”

Armour Heights sees possibilities through the eyes of homebuyers and works with them to help create opulent spaces that match their vision and style — while always putting the finishes first. One of the key differentiators to buying a home with the developer is the face-to-face relationship established early in the process.

“We treat each project as if it were our own home. That’s why we start by listening. Understanding the specific needs of the homebuyer and meeting or surpassing them, is far more satisfying than building copies of the same home over and over,” Mazzotta explains.

At 89 Avenue Yorkville, Armour Heights is offering services and finishes that Mazzotta says are “unheard of” in the industry. “Our zoning allowed for 20 storeys+ on this site but rather than adding extra units, we chose to increase the ceiling heights of our suites to 10′ and 12′ high, to make each residence even more remarkable and more flexible for customization.”

89 Avenue Yorkville Presentation Gallery at 161 Cumberland St. (Armour Heights Developments)

Prospective homeowners at 89 Avenue can anticipate a residence that is a true reflection of their individuality, with bespoke design, privacy, and personal luxury becoming a part of their daily experience at their new address. After meeting with the builder for a consultation, buyers can start to bring the vision for their residence to life.

“For some, our exquisite standard offering of features will suit their style. For others, it will be entirely custom, or perhaps a blend of both. In every case, though, the level of craftsmanship and detail is unmatched,” says Mazzotta. 

Spa-inspired bathrooms at the 89 Avenue Yorkville Model Suite at 161 Cumberland St. (Armour Heights Developments)

When it comes to personalizing a residence, Mazzotta tells us there are no limits. Some residents are combining suites above and below — or side to side — embracing a completely customizable design to meet their unique needs. 

“These are totally customized suites designed to exactly meet the tastes of the owner, with features like a personal in-suite elevator, a spiral staircase, wine room or cognac lounge, a home gym, custom shoe closets, libraries… the possibilities are endless.”

Mazzotta says some owners prefer to opt for open kitchens to evoke a feeling of space and connection in their suite, while others prefer a closed kitchen geared towards formal entertaining. Select suites also have large outdoor terraces or balconies, with space to host up to 10 dining guests and areas to relax and lounge.

Beyond this, there are home offices, spas, and steam rooms. “If a purchaser chooses, they can meet personally with our interior designer Brian Gluckstein or our architect Richard Wengle. Or if they have their own interior designer, we will be happy to work with them,” notes Mazzotta.

Chef-inspired kitchens at the Presentation Gallery located at 161 Cumberland St. (Armour Heights Developments)

When future 89 Avenue Yorkville residents return home, Armour Heights wants them to feel as they would when arriving at a five-star hotel, but with “even more privacy and personal attention.” 

Mazzotta describes how every need will be catered to by lifestyle concierge, valet, and porter services. Residents can enjoy the quiet and private location of the building, nestled away from the bustle of Yorkville yet close enough to access everything they need in the surrounding neighbourhood. Meanwhile, a state-of-the-art security system with destination elevators for owner-only access offers peace of mind for residents.

Through the 89 Avenue custom mobile app, homebuyers can control their wireless Cisco environment and connect with concierge, security, valet, and the best of Yorkville’s restaurants, spas, and gyms — whenever they need to. There’s also an additional service, move-in, and pet elevator to separate the practical from the refined arrival experience.

“Many of our buyers have other homes elsewhere, either in the country, or in other cities, so for them, this will be their Yorkville pied-à-terre, a place that makes them feel inspired, welcome, and pampered whenever they are in the city,” says Mazzotta. “Others will live here full-time, and this will be a reflection of their personality, a private place that gives them a canvas for self-expression.”

Fireplace that will be used in 89 Avenue’s Fireplace Lobby (Armour Heights Developments)

Armour Heights has designed 89 Avenue Yorkville to rival the very best the world has to offer. “We travelled the globe to find rare materials and the most refined finishes and features in places like New York, Germany, and Tel Aviv,” adds Mazzotta. That means the essence of this remarkable address is refined and timeless in every detail.”

To find out more about 89 Avenue Yorkville or book a private appointment to tour the Presentation Gallery at 161 Cumberland Street, visit 89AvenueYorkville.com.

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