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Condo of the Week: $1.2 million for an unpretentious Yorkville penthouse

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Address: 21 Scollard Street
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Robert Archambault, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $1,229,000

The Place: A 1,248 square foot penthouse in one of Yorkville’s smaller condo buildings. There are two bedrooms, a balcony, two parking spaces and an open-concept living and dining area.

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House of the Week: $1.3 million for a stylish row house in Yorkville

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Address: 87 Pears Avenue
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Richard Silver, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $1,299,000

The Place: A three-bedroom row house on one of the most desirable streets in Yorkville.

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Restaurants

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Remys rooftop reopens as “Montage,” just in time for fall

(Rendering: Thunder Alley Group)

(Rendering: Thunder Alley Group)

Anyone who’s been grieving the loss of Yorkville’s longstanding rooftop bar can breathe a sigh of relief: the patio formerly known as Remys Yorkville is finally reopening, albeit in modified form. Now called Montage, the building at 115 Yorkville Avenue has been turned into a fancy restaurant and lounge with designated members-only areas, access to which can apparently be purchased for a hefty annual fee. The restaurant won’t be open until later this year, but the revamped rooftop area—complete with private cabanas and bottle service—officially “premiered” last weekend, just in time for the end of TIFF and the beginning of autumn. As for the overall vibe, the Montage website offers this: “Fly to the moon and play among the stars up on this vast rooftop space limited only by our Yorkville neighbours and your imagination. Sit, stir or be stirred; the choice is yours.” So, there you have it. Judging by some other aspects of the website, guests can also expect lots of quasi-Roman symbology and sexy ladies smoking cigars.
 
Montage, 115 Yorkville Ave., 416-968-9429, montageyorkville.com

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Condo of the Week: $16,000 a month for a suite at a swanky Yorkville address

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Address: 10 Bellair Street, Suite 303
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Andy Taylor, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $16,000/month

The Place: An unfurnished, three-bedroom unit for rent in Yorkville’s No. 10 Bellair Residences. In 2012, we featured a lower penthouse in the building.

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Closings

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The Coffee Mill closing after half a century 
(Image: Renée Suen)

(Image: Renée Suen)

 

The midtown institution began churning out sandwiches and goulash in 1963, back when Yorkville was overrun with banjo-strumming stoners and barefooted mystics. Later, it became a hangout for luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields and Leonard Cohen. Now, the 51-year-old business (and the neighbourhood’s least pretentious patio) is closing. According to the Star, the reason for the closure is pretty much what you’d expect. “Not many people come anymore,” said Mashi Kerenyi, who’s worked at the restaurant for 18 years. “They go to Queen West, King West or the Distillery District.” The Coffee Mill will serve its final meals on September 7.

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Big changes in store for Remys Yorkville 
(Rendering: Thunder Alley Group)

(Rendering: Thunder Alley Group)

The summer destination (best known for its humongous heated rooftop patio) has been undergoing a major renovation for the past several months. Now, Eater Toronto has details on what’s in store for the bar and restaurant. Like so many new Toronto food businesses, Remys 2.0 will reportedly be several things at once: a 180-seat “health conscious” restaurant and juice bar, a ground-floor patio with a “relaxed, casual menu” by former Goods and Provisions chef Sean Simons, and a top-floor private lounge with a $2,500 annual membership fee. Anyone partial to the restaurant’s previously gloomy interior should brace themselves for a blow—based on these renderings, the new and improved version will be virtually unrecognizable.

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Why can’t Yorkville keep its trees alive?

(Image: jdeeringdavis/Flickr)

(Image: jdeeringdavis/Flickr)

Of all neighbourhoods in Toronto, one would think Yorkville would have the means to keep a few sidewalk trees fed and happy, but evidently not. A few days ago, the Star’s Jack Lakey pointed out the obvious: “Half the trees on the north side [of Bloor] have withered,” he wrote, “while about a third of the trees on the south side have given up the fight.” Lakey spoke to Toronto urban forestry manager Dean Hart, who theorized that the die-off was caused by this year’s unusually harsh winter, and particularly all the salt that was scattered on Yorkville’s sidewalks to combat the freeze.

That can’t be the whole story, though, because the poor condition of Yorkville’s foliage also attracted some notice back in 2012, when the Globe reported that many of the strip’s London plane trees, installed as part of a lengthy sidewalk-improvement project that was completed in 2011, were already totally bare of leaves and tangled up with stray plastic bags. The tree problems are especially perplexing because the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area invested in some fancy technology specifically to prevent this outcome. The tree planters between Bay and Church streets are outfitted with Silva Cells, special subterranean soil containers designed to give tree roots plenty of room to spread. But trees can’t live on money alone, we guess.

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House of the Week: $4 million for a light-filled, ultra-modern Yorkville home


Address: 41 Berryman Street
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Jonathan Ferrier, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $3,999,900

The Place: A brand-new backsplit filled with modern touches (zinc cladding, a home-automation system and a Scavolini kitchen, to name just a few), located steps from the Mink Mile.

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Yorkville residents win their fight against a “neighbourhood destroying” heritage coach house

(Image: Google StreetView)

(Image: Google StreetView)

A group of what the Star describes as “two dozen” Yorkville residents has succeeded at preventing a businessman named Robert Hiscox from moving a heritage coach house into their neighbourhood. The 1889 structure currently stands on Isabella Street, and is scheduled to be demolished in the fall to make way for a new Casey House Foundation HIV/AIDS treatment facility. It had been offered for free to anyone willing to move it away. On Wednesday, the cadre of Yorkvillians, concerned that allowing Hiscox to install the coach house behind a house he already owns in the area would disrupt the character of the street, successfully lobbied the city’s committee of adjustment to deny him the necessary permissions. In stopping the scheme, the committee has spared from demolition the site’s current occupant: a three-car garage.

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Condo of the Week: $2.7 million to live above one of Yorkville’s swankiest shopping destinations

Address: 55A Avenue Road, Unit 603
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agents: Alex Pino and Veronica Lord, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $2,650,000

The Place: A three-bedroom, four-bathroom suite in the west building of The Residences at Hazelton Lanes.

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Yorkville residents say a heritage coach house will “destroy” their neighbourhood

(Image: Google StreetView)

(Image: Google StreetView)

In the annals of Toronto NIMBYism, this one is destined to become a classic. In a clever inversion of the usual script (wherein pitchfork-waving townsfolk complain about a developer’s plan to tear down an old building), some Yorkville residents are objecting to a businessman’s bid to move a heritage building into their community.

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Drinks

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Yorkville residents, meet your new juice bar

(Image: Gizelle Lau)

(Image: Gizelle Lau)

The Good Press claims to make “Toronto’s freshest cold-pressed juices”—a fairly grandiose claim, given the number of cold-press specialists currently making similar promises around the city. (For the uninitiated, most modern-day juicers believe that “cold-pressing” fruits and vegetables—i.e. grinding them into a messy pulp and then squeezing the juice out by applying huge amounts of pressure—preserves more nutrients than giving them a whir in a traditional juicer.) Owners Leila and Andrew Ois have a history on Toronto’s health-food scene: they’ve been hocking tempeh steaks and nutritional juices at Dufferin Grove’s Sunshine Wholesome Market since 2007. Befitting the chi chi address, their new shop has a more upmarket, boutique-y feel, but the menu of made-to-order smoothies and vegetable elixirs will be familiar to Sunshine fans. Also available: veggie wraps, slightly scary-sounding “live energy shots” made with things like ginseng and turmeric, and five different bowls layered with fruit, granola and açai, the superfood of the moment.

The Good Press, 87 Yorkville Ave., thegoodpress.ca, @goodpressjuice

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Stores

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Store Guide: Suitsupply, the Dutch menswear specialist’s new Yorkville store

(Image: Michelle Nunes)

(Image: Michelle Nunes)

Name: Suitsupply
Sells:
Contemporary menswear
Contact info:
9-11 Hazelton Ave., 647-931-6270, suitsupply.com
Hours: M-Sa 10-8, Su 11-6
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Suitsupply has concept shops all over the world, but this is the Dutch menswear brand’s Canadian debut. The new shop is housed in a posh Yorkville mansion, but vice president Nish de Gruiter is quick to stress that it’s “not your Dad’s suit store.” He’s right: between the mood lighting and the bikini-clad models on the wall, the place has a cool-guy vibe that’s sure to resonate with Yorkvillers and King West ad execs alike.

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Store Guide: Loding, an intimate menswear shop that’s all about simplicity

Store Guide: Loding, a simple and sophisticated take on menswear

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Name: Loding
Sells:
Men’s shoes, shirts, ties, belts, socks and cashmere
Contact info:
133 Avenue Rd., 416-962-0133, loding.ca
Hours:
M-Sa 10-7, Su 11-5
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Loding, a Parisian boutique with 15 locations in the French capital alone, brings a distinctly European brand of refined ease to Yorkville’s menswear scene. French owners Julien and Marie Moga partnered with Toronto-based Yannick Bigourdan for the company’s first North American store, and are looking to appeal to “the simple man mentality.”

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 21—23

Yorkville will host an ice-carving competition this weekend. (Image: Florin Chelaru)

Yorkville will host an ice-carving competition this weekend. (Image: Florin Chelaru)

In this edition of The Weekender, tropical ice sculptures, an industrial bazaar and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

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Winter Beer Fest
Drown February blues in copious amounts of craft beer at this Danforth bar’s annual festival, featuring breweries like Junction Craft, Granite Brewery, Flying Monkeys and West Avenue Cider. There will also be snacks from The Blade and Butcher, and tunes from local bands like The Condor Boys. Feb. 21—Feb. 22. Entrance is free, tasting tickets are $1 each. The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth Ave., theonlycafe.com

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