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Slated for a March 2024 move-in date, and designed by the architect Richard Wengle, the building offers 35 customizable suites and one three-storey townhome.
Wengle’s design will “see a limestone/pre-cast and brick cladding with punched windows that fits right into Yorkville,” says Mazzotta. A bronze canopy and balcony railings hint at yesteryear, as does the heated architectural stone flooring in the gracious porte-cochère.
“Proportion and detail were the driving force of the design at the pedestrian level,” says Wengle over email.
Prices for the units range from $3.5-million to $20-million and are sized from 1,737 to 3,000 square feet.
The target buyers are well-heeled empty nesters, says Mazzotta.
“I’ve been doing this for 30-years plus. For the last few years I’ve been building adult-lifestyle buildings, and what I found is there is such a huge niche for people who want leave their large custom homes in Rosedale and Forest Hill and Leaside,” he says.
While they want a “lock-and-leave lifestyle,” as he describes it, they don’t want to compromise what they’re accustomed to. They don’t want to be in a tiny condo, share an elevator or be troubled by “the chaos of commercial activity at ground level.”
For this reason, 89 Avenue Road is strictly residential. “Very quiet, very comfortable,” he says.
Dripping in mile-long chandeliers, the lobby by Brian Gluckstein, who designed all of the interiors, is lavish, tipping its hat to the Art Deco period. The space is adorned in large bi-fold screens (hello, Baccarat) and curved furnishings that sit on slick black-and-white marquetry floors.