It’s the Goldilocks of penthouses: neither too high nor too low, but just right at 14 storeys up, on the water’s edge at the foot of Yonge St.
“It’s not a highrise but it’s high enough and south enough to be away from the busy action on Queens Quay and the lake shore,” said listing agent Farrah Ranjbar of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. “You feel like you’re part of the magical blue sky and water. It’s spectacular.”
It’s also an ideal vantage point for lake activities, whether it’s seagulls soaring or sailboats scudding. And when the coronavirus all-clear is given — hopefully within the next few months — the Toronto Islands’ ferries and Billy Bishop Airport will jump into action again.
Ranjbar lingered more than four hours making a video to showcase the $ 4.65 million, four-bedroom, glass-walled suite with unobstructed panoramic views of the city and lake.
“It feels very quiet and peaceful. That’s what I enjoyed the most,” she said of the residence she describes as “a bungalow in the sky.”
“I forgot that I’m in the city of Toronto. I felt comfortable there.”
The luxury condo is part of the new Pier 27 development whose design, by architect Peter Clewes, was turning heads even as it took shape directly across from the Toronto Star building.
Five years ago, Christopher Hume, the Star’s former urban affairs writer, called it “easily one of the most playful condo complexes ever seen in these parts.”
Pier 27 “literally turns conventionality on its side,” he wrote. “Compared to its neighbours, it represents a radical departure, a display of unabashed architectural cheekiness.”
The project consists of four, 14-storey glass buildings arranged in pairs on a north-south axis and perpendicular to the shoreline. Each pair of pier buildings is connected by a three-storey cantilevered bridge that sits horizontally on top to evoke the gantries used to load and unload freighters in Toronto Harbour, according to Clewes of architectsAlliance.
The bridges look almost “as if they had been left there by some careless child giant playing with building blocks,” said Hume.
The penthouse that Ranjbar is representing juts out at the east end of one of the bridges, creating the sensation of being suspended in mid-air and adding an extra layer of privacy.
Windows extending from the floor to 11-foot ceilings maximize the views in four directions and bathe the space in sunlight, Ranjbar said. Huge diagonal support beams across the windows are a “very special design” element, she added.
With more than 4,000 square feet of indoor living space, as well as two 25-foot balconies, the penthouse is unusually large, Ranjbar added.
All the bedrooms have modern-design ensuite bathrooms and the master suite features a double-sided gas fireplace shared by the sleeping area and a sitting room. There’s another fireplace in the central wall of the main living space.
The kitchen is sleek and contemporary, with Miele appliances and upgraded cabinetry from Downsview Kitchens. Preparing food at the central Caesarstone-topped island offers a clear sightline across the lake to the Toronto Islands.
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The hallways, according to Ranjbar, offer a great opportunity for art lovers to create a gallery wall.
The building’s location has an added bonus, earning a perfect Walk Score for public transit, groceries, restaurants, cafes, and shopping. Several parks, cycling routes, day cares and the St. Lawrence Market are also close by.
“It’s right on Yonge St.,” said Ranjbar. “You can’t get better than that.”
Price: $ 4.65 million
Size: 4,010 square feet