Those three words could be used to conjure up the essence of Casa Condominio Residenza, a 46-storey condominium that builder Cresford Developments will put up at 33 Charles St. E., close to the Bloor-Yonge and Yorkville shopping districts.
There will be 407 units in the steel structure, which will include walls of glass and wraparound balconies and has been designed by Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance.
The style, according to the developer’s brochure, is meant to evoke the “look and feel of 21st-century Italy.”
“We wanted to make sure the building reflected its stylish surroundings,” says Maria Athanasoulis, vice-president, marketing and sales at Cresford. “The award-wining model suite, which features nine-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and chic sliding glass doors to complement open-concept living, is fittingly furnished exclusively with Armani Casa furniture and accessories – a first in the Toronto condo market.”
The building will include a five-storey podium and a lobby that will rise a full four floors. On the fifth floor, there will be a recreation facility called Pezzo Forte.
Athanasoulis says a lot of emphasis has been placed on Casa’s amenities package, which includes an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub (heated year-round) and an outdoor double-sided fireplace with a lounge area on one side and an arbour dining pavilion and al fresco bar on the other.
Indoor amenities include a fully-equipped fitness centre with weights, cardio equipment, yoga/pilates room, billiards lounge, media room and more.
In keeping with the Italian feel, the suites will include imported Italian kitchens with quartz or granite countertops and ceramic, glass tile or back painted glass backsplashes. The stainless steel appliance package includes the fridge, stove, dishwasher and microwave.
Suites will have stacked washers and dryers and bathrooms with ceramic or stone tile.
Prices start at $148,900 for a studio like the Roma (366 square feet interior, 54 square feet exterior) to $580,900 for a two-bedroom-plus den like the Modena, which has an interior space of 1,204 square feet and exterior space of 216 square feet.
Casa Condominio Residenza features engineered hardwood in the foyer, living, dining, kitchen and den areas. There are also balconies or terraces with sliding glass doors on all levels.
Parking is $27,000, available with specific units.
Construction is expected to start in the spring with occupancy planned tentatively for fall of 2008. About 60 per cent of the units have been sold. Maintenance fees are about 42 cents per square foot plus hydro.