When you live in condo central — a.k.a. Yonge and Finch — it’s hard to stand out from the crowd. But snap up a unit at Azura, a condo slated to open in spring 2022, and friends will have no problem finding your tower. Tell them to look for the striking undulating façade.
“Azura means clear, blue sky,” says Todd Cowan, managing partner of Capital Developments who, along with architectural firm IBI Group, is behind the development. “The name plays on the physical appearance of the building,” he says, noting the 32-storey condo will have balcony railings made out of a white perforated metal that elegantly sweep around the structure.
“It will stand out amongst its peers,” Cowan says.
That may be, but purchasing here isn’t a head-in-the-clouds decision. “When someone goes to buy or sell one of our units they will get the highest rent or resale price,” he says. “They can feel confident that they’ve bought the best value in the area.”
Azura will feature 358 units, with options for one, two or three-bedrooms, that are well designed and don’t waste space, he says.
“Real estate agents tell us a lot of condo floor plans are compromised, whether they have a dark bedroom, or columns in the way,” says Cowan, who points out that 74 per cent of the units enjoy south-facing views.
“Before we started to think of the building itself, we made sure the units were great and the right size for the demand,” he says. “They’re affordable — by creating efficient units you’re helping people to qualify for these units.”
They will range from 430 sq. ft. to 1,135 sq. ft., with prices starting from the mid-$400,000s to more than $1.3-million.
Sure, they’re not big enough for the Brady Bunch — and that’s on purpose. “We did want to create larger, family-size units,” says Cowan, “but it’s still taking a long time for families to move into buildings.”
From Cowan’s experience, condo purchasers want smart, compact living quarters. “They prefer an efficient layout and great amenities. They don’t have to pay for an extra 50 square feet in their unit that’s not usable.”
Inside, the units, designed by the IBI Group, will be kitted out with contemporary kitchens featuring herringbone backsplashes and quartz countertops and the bathrooms will feature custom-designed vanities.
Amenities galore, including an airy lobby, should satisfy. Chef-y types can make use of the show kitchen, then cart their canapés and cocktails to the outdoor lounge, which will be outfitted with barbecues.
Other features include a gym, a yoga studio, a golf simulator and a kids’ zone. Some of these ground-floor amenity spaces “face directly onto the park, so there is a lot of natural light and a connection with nature,” says Cowan, referring to the 10,000-square-foot patch of green adjacent to the site at 15-21 Holmes Avenue. The developer will add another 5,000 sq. ft. to it.
Finch subway is steps away, too. “We’re very much focused on transit-oriented sites,” says Cowan, a seasoned developer who started off building offices and shopping centres, then moved on to mixed-use properties.
“If you look at our portfolio, we only show interest in sites that are triple-A locations,” he says. “All of our projects are on or within 200 meters of the subway station.”
The developer’s four towers at Yonge and Eglinton, for instance — E2 Condos, 150 Redpath, 155 Redpath, Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos — are a car-less person’s dream.
Similarly, Azura has a transit score of 100 per cent and a walk score of 95 per cent. Drivers will be pleased, too, since it’s near Highway 401.
And, since Azura isn’t part of a larger development, move in should be a breeze. “It’s not a multi-phased project where you buy in and you’re in the middle of a construction zone for a long time,” says Cowan.
Just unpack and head straight to the park to relax.
Currently in registration, prices at Azura Condos start in the mid-$400,000s. For more information visit azuracondos.com, email info@Azuracondos.com, or call 416.901.3888.
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• Pack a picnic and head to Earl Bales Park, a 12-minute drive away, at Bathurst and Sheppard. The 127-acre park offers walking trails, a community centre, an off-leash dog area and a ski hill. Fun fact: It’s the fourth-largest park in the city.
• This is Koreatown North and that means excellent eats and karaoke. Give your lungs a workout at Yonge Karaoke or Twister Karaoke, then drop into Daldongnae for Korean BBQ or MeNami for udon. This is also the area for Persian, Taiwanese and Japanese fare. Konjiki Ramen makes Michelin standard soup (really) and Red Rose Persian Patisserie has nice Iranian sweets.
• Need a swim after all that food? Head to the the Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, a beautiful, 50-metre pool that offers recreational programs for all ages. The twisty water slide is something to behold.