While Toronto may seem a long way from the glamour of South Beach, particularly during the winter months, a condo complex in the city’s west end brings some of that flair north of the 49th.
The South Beach Condos + Lofts have earned some impressive honours for their unique architecture and appeal at the International Property Awards for the Americas Region, held last month in London, England.
Having been named the Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Most Outstanding High-Rise Building in 2009, the development, located in Etobicoke, took home the prize for Best High Rise Architecture and Best Mixed-Use Architecture in Canada.
With a pair of 27-storey residential towers, 40,000 square feet of amenity space and an additional 16,000 square foot retail area leading into the development, the condo complex has been designed to reflect the look of South Beach in Florida.
Before even reaching the residential towers, the development mirrors South Beach’s Art Deco-style atmosphere.
With cafes, a high-end restaurant, a spa and more, the retail area serves as a teaser for the luxury exhibited throughout the development.
South Beach Condos and Lofts will also offer its own Shore Club amenity space, with high-end pool facilities featuring both indoor and outdoor pool spaces with cabanas. The Shore Club also includes a sauna, yoga, massage, squash courts, movie theatre and more, while the Ocean Drive Lounge provides a scenic social space.
While the amenities are a draw, the towers themselves have been designed to serve as the piece de resistance, capping the South Beach feel indicated by the development’s name.
The dual glass-and-steel towers offer pristine views of the Lake Ontario shoreline. Also built in an Art Deco style, the two towers are capped by luminous blue and green ‘crowns’ powered by solar energy and using energy efficient LED lighting.
The towers themselves are topped with solar panels to ensure green energy use and help make the development more sustainable.
The 626 units feature a number of luxury features, including engineered wood floors, nine-foot ceilings, granite kitchen counters and floor-to-ceiling windows offering top-notch views.
That the complex has earned accolades is a testament to the work that went into its planning and design. Designer Dan Menchions brought his entire team south to South Beach to soak in the atmosphere, leading to the development’s impressive – and award-winning – nature.
Published on 12 January 2013