Exclusive: Cumberland Square Condos
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Cumberland Square Condos by KingSett Capital

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.


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Cumberland Square Design

The Cumberland Square condominiums have beaten the odds as the L shaped lot has been under development competitions for years, with ever-changing design appeals and lost implementations. Finally, winning the long drawn out battle, KingSett developers and Architects Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. unite in victory as they begin selling in the pre-construction phase. More on them in a bit.

The overall design incorporates three separate condominiums which will be accentuated by the layout of the public plaza, the partially covered walkways, and the thoughtful integration of purposeful and relaxing design for the public, all designed by Janet Rosenberg.

Self-proclaimed creative thinkers, they pride themselves in developing unique solutions as a collaborative team. Pulling from the individual strengths of the team, the studio creates special, ecologically-responsible landscapes. Responding to the demands of the urban environment, the landscapes engage, excite, and enhance the quality of life for those who inhabit them.

Incorporating modern beauty, with sensorial and emotive design principles are the overall ambiance of the plaza; including a reflecting pool; wide arches; public seating; and a transparent glass canopy with integrated lighting, and finally interesting pavement treatments. Bridging the West to East towers, the plaza and walkways will be a place of reflection, wonderment filled with grandiose aesthetic and appeal.

The two west towers rise from podiums with retail spaces below it. They will reach 50 and 66 storeys high. The levels of the buildings have been very thoughtfully laid out incorporating modern and practical amenities with the tenants best interests and comforts at heart.

To give an overall look at how the West towers will be laid out, the breakdown is this: On level two there will be space for parking, while level three will be for bicycle storage because Torontonians love to cycle, while levels four and five will accommodate the garages, and interesting enough levels six to eight will be office space. Residents will escalate in the elevators to levels nine for the sky lobby, while, the tenth floor of both the towers would include indoor amenities which will face a rooftop terrace situated between the towers. Climbing at a proposed 180 meters the 50 storey tower is only in competition with it’s sibling tower at a proposed 228 metres.

Cumberland Square Location, Neighborhood, Amenities

Meanwhile, towards the east of the public plaza, another tower rises which is proposed to rise to 69 storeys and 225.6 metres in height. Included in the East tower are a shopping center at the ground and second level while the third level is a bicycle storage, fourth level will be reserved for indoor and outdoor amenities, and finally, the residential suites would be starting at the fifth level. Amenities are proposed to jut out over the public plaza beginning at the 42nd floor and ending at the 43rd floor, with the outdoor pool atop of the cantilever beam.

Settled on the northwest corner of Bloor and Yonge in the historic Yorkville area, running along the south side of Cumberland to Bay Street, the buildings will offer proximity to the Bloor subway line, an array art galleries and museums, the Annex, the University of Toronto. It is about a 20-minute walk to the downtown area, making it an idyllic neighbourhood for professionals and students who want access to both work, school and all the trendy hotspots.

The Cumberland Square condominiums will become a major hotspot for many marvellous things such as people watching, luxury brand shopping, fine dining, exclusive access to amenities, proximity to major works of art, and historical monuments, as well as a place for reflection and relaxation, and finally having easy access to all areas of the downtown core, bookstores, unique shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, the TTC, parks, public libraries, cafes and U of T. To wait on this opportunity of a lifetime would potentially mean giving up your spot where luxury meets comfort, exclusivity meets accessibility, where urban living meets serenity.

The units for the three towers of Cumberland Square are available for pre-construction purchase and potential buyers are strongly urged to secure their new homes as soon as possible since so much interest has been generated since the announcement of the developers to move forward with building.

Cumberland Square Key Details

Location: 2 Bloor St West (West side of Yonge St)
Neighbourhood: Bloor West / Yorkville
Developer: KingSett Capital
Architects: Giannone Petricone Associates
Number of Units: 1507
Stories: 50, 66, 69
WalkScore: 100
Transit Score: 97
Completion Date: TBA
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