has joined the ranks of the finest cosmopolitan areas in the world, largely
because of the high quality of life residents enjoy – and that quality
continues to rise. This month, Mayor John Tory was one of the 14 leaders who
signed the C40 Cities Declaration at the World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.
declaration urges the reduction of meat consumption and food waste, and making
more plant-based options affordable and sustainable. By signing, the Mayors committed
to achieve a planetary health diet by 2030, and to consider climate action in
all urban decision-making. This comes at an opportune time, as we just saw
thousands of residents take part in the Global Climate Strike across the city.
Toronto, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Guadalajara, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Milan,
Oslo, Paris, Quezon City, Seoul, Stockholm and Tokyo for taking this important
step forward in the sustainability of our planet!
≈ Comments Off on “UNTITLED” AN EXCITING CREATIVE COLLABORATION
You may have read the news already – Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties are collaborating with Pharrell Williams to bring curated condominiums to Yonge and Eglinton. Called untitled, this collection will include two towers at this in-demand location.
Why Pharrell? The partnership was born out of a desire to do something really unique for Toronto and architecture as a whole. Reserve and Westdale believe by bringing in a cultural icon with vision and ideation from outside the realm of real estate it would help break the mold in terms of what has traditionally been done.
The Grammy Award-winning artist, producer, songwriter, philanthropist, fashion designer and entrepreneur is known for high-profile collaborations, including a capsule collection with Chanel and a long-standing relationship with Adidas and Human Made. Other collaborative projects include an upcoming Youth Centre in Virginia Beach with Oppenheim Architecture + Design, work with Zaha Hadid Architects and the creation of the Something in the Water Festival. Pharrell’s collaboration with Reserve and Westdale marks his first foray into multi-residential development.
Pharrell worked alongside Reserve Properties, Westdale Properties, and the design team, responding to everything from the vision and materiality of the architectural facade, to the overall interior programming and even the furnishing choices for individual spaces. The fabulous amenity spaces the team collaborated on will include a expansive spa, gym and yoga studio, basketball court, rooftop dining with barbecues and pizza ovens, plus an indoor/outdoor swimming pool as well as a co-working garden lounge to name a few.
Pharrell even helped decide on the name of the project explaining how untitled reflects the concept that physical space is a backdrop upon which residents can make their homes their own.
The project is most exciting, and talk about an all-star team! Exteriors are by IBI Group architects, and interiors are by U31, both firms that have earned international renown.untitled is just steps to the Yonge Street Subway Line and the LRT. Purchasers can choose from studios to three-bedroom designs, all with a balcony. It is all truly fresh, new and exciting. To register, visit http://untitledtoronto.com/
≈ Comments Off on BRAVO FOR BILL 145 PASSING SECOND READING
On Monday, November 25, Bill 145 passed a 2nd reading. It took only 2½ hours of debate to pass the “Trust in Real Estate Services Act 2019,” which if it passes a 3rd reading and Royal Assent, will replace the Real Estate and Business Act, 2002. The Real Estate Council of Ontario administers and enforces the Act to regulate the more than 86,000 registered sales people, brokers and brokerages in the province. This legislation protects consumers by helping to ensure that real estate professionals conduct themselves ethically. I support this move by the provincial government – something for which Ontario REALTORS® have been advocating for years.
Among the many improvements this bill incorporates are enhanced customer protection through increased transparency, improved professionalism, the streamlining of the code of ethics and adding to the Real Estate Council of Ontario’s ability to encourage compliance, and the creation of a stronger business environment including a potential specialist certification program. In addition, the new act permits real estate professionals to form personal real estate corporations so they will pay taxes at much lower corporate rates. It’s win-win all around, as it will make Ontario a North American leader in establishing professional standards for real estate professionals!