Saturday 25 May 2013

Doors Open - Massey Tower Presentation Centre, Toronto, ON

The 14th annual Doors Open offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of over 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

This year's theme is entitled "Creators, Makers and Innovators" and features many older buildings that have been redesigned, re-invented and re-purposed into modern 21st century spaces that host collaborative teams of imaginative people who are creating new ways of thinking, making and doing.

Gord and I checked out the Massey Tower Presentation Centre on Yonge Street, just north of Queen Street.

This building was designed and constructed in 1905 and housed the Canadian Bank of Commerce (established in 1867).  The building has been vacant since 1987 and was designated a Heritage Property by the City of Toronto in 1990.

Here's the outside.

A remnant of its former life greeted visitors when we came in the door.

This is what it will look like when the condos are finished in 2016 (penthouses will be on the 60th floor).

Here's the inside. 

This is looking from the left of the entrance.
This is looking towards the entrance.

The smallest unit is a junior one bedroom unit (377 square feet) and start at $311,000.  The largest unit is a two bedroom unit (1,085 square feet) and start at $889,000.

We toured the Gordon Lightfoot model suite which was at the back of the building.  It was a one bedroom + den (645 square feet) which starts at $440,000 (about $65,000 more if you got one on the penthouse level).  It will face west and starts on the 11th floor.

The sales guy
Living room/dining room/kitchen
Living room ... behind the window is the bedroom
The bedroom ... the window looks into the living room
The den

The sales guy said that 80% of the condos sold ... it's in a great location if you want to live downtown.  Our condo is only 125 square feet bigger but seems a lot more spacious.  I would find this one too dark and closed-in since there is only one window (the balcony door).  But it was interesting to take a look.

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