Introducing: The Cumberland Square condos by KingSett Capital and Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects
Historical, Serene, and Urban lifestyle
Situated in the middle of Toronto’s most celebrated neighbourhood of style; Yorkville, the Cumberland Square condominiums are in a pre-construction selling phase. The project will boast an impressive three-tower residential and commercial center, with 1507 living units, impressive walkways, plazas, and public design implementations. More on this in a bit, for now, let’s discuss the place in which these constructions will take place because…
To ignore the neighbourhoods rich and abundant history would be regretful as it plays into the cultural importance of tying the future occupants to the past occupants and their perseverance in taking the Yorkville neighbour from humble beginnings to one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Canada.
Yorkville’s history is one of great interest as it goes through a few decades with chameleon-like transformations.
Spanning from Bloor to Davenport and Yonge to Avenue road, it is officially considered a part of the Annex village. 1833 marked the year that the village of Yorkville was annexed into Toronto officially. Founded by entrepreneur Joseph Bloore in the same year and William Botsford Jarvis, the village of Yorkville had it’s beginning as a residential suburb. Bloore maintained a brewery north-east of today’s Bloor and Church street section while Jarvis was Sheriff of the Home District. Together they bought land in the Yorkville section, subdividing it into smaller lots.
Then in the year 1853, the population of the village had reached 1,000, the amount needed to get officialized as a village. Thus, the Village of Yorkville was officially named. Growth was steady but the character of this suburb did not change from its Victorian-style homes, peaceful residential streets, and well-maintained gardens survived into the 20th century.
It is fun to note that the neighbourhood once looked down upon as being an eyesore full of bohemians and hippies is now home to many luxury boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, Harry Rosen, Holt Renfrew, Swarovski, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton, plus a myriad of so many more. To date there some of the best of Toronto’s shopping centers such as Holt Renfrew Center, Hudson’s Bay Center, Manulife Center, and Yorkville Village. Because of this transformation, the area brings in many tourists seeking high-end goods where luxury meets outdoor life as opposed to in the indoor mall setting. Furthermore, to tantalize the biggest foodies, are what Toronto Life calls the 10 best restaurants in Yorkville to date. Those are Buca, Brothers, Cafe Boulud, Chabrol, Estia, Joso’s, Kasa Moto, Mideastro Yorkville, The Oxley, and Sassafraz. If food and clothes don’t interest you that much then there are parks such as the Village of Yorkville park with rounded seating, walkways, tree groves, and the Town hall square which could invite any artist to sit down and draw.
Then in the 1960s, Yorkville transformed into Toronto’s bohemian cultural centre. It was fertile ground for some of Canada’s most notable musical talents, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as literary figures such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Denis Lee. It’s easy to see why Yorkville also became known as the Canadian capital for the hippie movement. Joni Mitchell, inspired by her neighbourhood gave a colourful impression of Yorkville’s nightlife in her song Night in the City.
After the completion of the Bloor- Danforth subway line in 1968, the value of the land in proxy to it increased. Thus began the transition of Yorkville’s once bohemian vibe into a high-end shopping district. Residential homes surrounding the area were converted into high-end retail spaces including art galleries, fashion boutiques, upscale antique stores, cafes and bars. In 1970 the area underwent more changes when many of the smaller buildings were torn down to make room for offices, and hotels.