New $4.5M homes bring NYC pre-war-inspired architecture to Toronto

Apr 8 2021, 6:03 am

A new landmark is emerging in Toronto’s Yorkville.

NYC pre-war-inspired architecture and unparalleled craftsmanship are converging to form a soon-to-be iconic building comprised of custom-tailored residences in one of the city’s most coveted neighbourhoods.

Discreetly situated off Avenue Road, construction of the distinguished 89 Avenue Yorkville edifice is currently underway. After decades of building exceptional, exclusive residences, Armour Heights has undertaken the development of this 20-storey collection of opulent residences — the likes of which the city has not yet seen.

Demolition of the 89 Avenue Hotel was recently completed before construction of 89 Avenue Yorkville began. (David McOuat)

“Architecturally, the building was inspired by pre-war New York City, with a blend of modern and deco-inspired elements. Bronze colour canopies and balcony railings, as well as front door accents, are details reminiscent of grand deco hotels and apartment buildings of the past, modernized to a contemporary level of luxury,” says Frank Mazzotta, Armour Heights Developments President.

Alongside a world-class team of seasoned architectural and design experts — including architect Richard Wengle and interior designer Brian Gluckstein — the builders are bringing to the forefront the concept of custom homes in the sky.

Like the classic limestone residences of Park Avenue, this building has a solid, substantial, and refined character that brings a tone of understated, yet striking elegance to the neighbourhood,” says Mazzotta.

With architecture that hearkens back to a more gracious time, 89 Avenue will elevate the sophistication of the community and draw those with an appreciation of classic design to a neighbourhood where much of the historic character has been modernized,” he adds. 

A linchpin of Toronto’s luxury developments for the past 30 years, Wengle’s vision for 89 Avenue Yorkville is an amalgam of ingenuity, meticulous design, and elegance. The building’s limestone façade — one of its most distinguished exterior features — is one of many key details that hint at the stylish sophistication that lies within.

The creative force behind 89 Avenue’s palatial interiors, Glucktein is revered for his ability to elevate homes into works of art and for bringing a timeless approach to his high-profile projects across North America, garnering international acclaim.

Between its desirable address and custom-tailored details, which will be suited to reflect the unique aesthetic of each resident, half-floor residences will start at $4.5 million.

89 Avenue features three resident lobbies including the Grand Lobby with 20’ ceilings. (PureBlink/Armour Heights Developments)

We wanted to bring a sophisticated and elegant presence at street level, as one would find in cities like Paris, London, or on Park Avenue in New York. Rather than step back from the street, we wanted to embrace this desirable location. Introducing this distinguished architecture with Alabama limestone and brick cladding makes it a landmark in the landscape of Yorkville,” Mazzotta tells us. 

Each suite is the epitome of attention to detail — every fixture, finish, and feature an integral ingredient in reflecting the very best the world has to offer. Picture rift-cut white oak engineered wood flooring, a marble-clad gas fireplace, ceilings reaching up to 12 ft, sophisticated home automation and sound systems, and state-of-the-art noise mitigation all coming together in refined harmony.

While Gluckstein’s design brilliance is intended to be the foundation of each suite, the bespoke homes are also meant to be a canvas of self-expression and residents can expect to be assisted in adding a dose of personal style to their homes.

Gourmet kitchens at 89 Avenue boast luxurious features and finishes. (PureBlink/Armour Heights Developments)

According to Mazzotta, “there are no standard residences in this building.” He stresses that “each suite will reflect the person who lives there, customized to their personal design preferences. With just 30 bespoke suites, privacy is inherent in the design, so residents will always come home to a calm and welcoming home as they unwind from the bustle of their daily lives.”

Once inside, residents will be surrounded by the splendour of three stunning lobbies with soaring 20 ft ceilings, an indoor pool with private cabanas, a private fitness studio, a residents’ lounge and dining room with catering kitchen, an outdoor terrace with a fire pit and barbecue, and individually climate-controlled personal wine storage lockers.

89 Avenue’s amenity offerings include a heated indoor swimming pool with cabanas. (PureBlink/Armour Heights Developments)

From German engineering to Japanese technology and French and Italian design, 89 Avenue Yorkville is designed to rival the world’s most first-class addresses. Replicating the kind of service you’d find at a five-star hotel, bespoke services provided by The Forest Hill Group will assist residents in everyday luxury services, like airline bookings, dinner reservations, car wash services, catering, and more.

Those who call 89 Avenue home will also have a trove of other bespoke offerings tailored to meet their needs — including access to a lifestyle concierge, valet, and porter services around the clock.

89 Avenue’s Porte Cochère with personal valet service is discreetly situated. (PureBlink/Armour Heights Developments)

“The lifestyle here will be sophisticated and quiet, but unquestionably, luxurious, with museums, art galleries and the Mink Mile at its feet. Those who appreciate rarity in all its forms will appreciate the opportunity to make 89 Avenue Yorkville a personal expression of their own individual style,” says Mazzotta.

To learn more about this illustrious condominium residence or book a private appointment to tour the Presentation Gallery at 161 Cumberland Street, visit 89AvenueYorkville.com.

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