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From Condos to Cottages

Leaving the bright lights of the city behind and enjoying the stars in cottage country, is a Toronto summer tradition as old as the city itself. Just north of the GTA lies beautiful Simcoe and Muskoka counties, an area better known to Ontarians as cottage country.

Whether retreating from the city for a weekend of family bonding, a romantic getaway, or a real adventure, there are so many great places to stay. Here are some of the areas first-rate resorts:

 

Severn Lodge

 

A classic lake resort, Severn Lodge ranks #1 among Muskoka’s best family resorts and being featured internationally, on the lists of the “100 Best Family Resorts in North America”. Nearly a century old, this gorgeous lodge offers fully inclusive packages with waterfront accommodations, sumptuous meals and many recreational facilities along with sandy beaches and lake water swimming and fishing. Situated on 100 acres of wooded trails it the ideal place for hiking, golf and horseback riding.

 

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

 

This luxury resort welcomes guests with its natural and unspoiled surroundings. Located on a granite bluff this exquisite property overlooks Lake Rosseau. The resort also offers several amenities and activities including a year-round swimming pool, the sparkling waters of Lake Rosseau, golf, guided hikes & stargazing along the shoreline.

 

Deerhurst Resort

 

A beautiful resort property set on 780 scenic acres overlooking Peninsula Lake. Deerhurst offers many activities such as horseback riding, golfing & aquatic fun in an inflatable water park. The Spa at Deerhurst is perfect for being pampered, followed by delectable dining at Eclipse. Beach goers will enjoy the pristine stretch of golden sands on the shores of Peninsula Lake.

 

Windermere House

 

Also situated along the golden beaches of Lake Rosseau is the historic Windermere Resort. This resort makes its home on an incredible natural backdrop, featuring 2,500 square miles of wilderness, granite cliffs, rivers and waterfalls. Enjoy outdoor sports and activities including like tennis or indulge at the luxurious spa for any number of relaxing treatments.

 

Taboo Resort

 

Rated Ontario’s #1 Golf Course Taboo is a must for avid golfers, but this luxury resort features more than the four sets of tees on 7,400 yards of terrain. Unwind and relax in a private cottage chalet taking in a gorgeous sunset or immerse yourself in the European spa offering unique services for health, happiness and well-being. Taboo is also well known for its extraordinary cuisine combining food and entertainment in their dining theatre where the Chef de Cuisine prepares daily tasting menus.

 

Wherever you stay in Muskoka, you will do so in picture perfect surroundings where you leave behind city lights for starlight this summer.

Building Homes and Knowledge.

Bazis has carefully selected some of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods in which to build. These neighbourhoods feature beautiful surroundings, access to amenities such as fine dining, entertainment and shopping as well as great schools.

Two of our condos (Exhibit and 1 Yorkville) neighbour some of the best private schools in Toronto offering world-class educational opportunities to our families in residence.

Blyth Academy in Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 focused on personalized education and experiential learning. Located in Yorkville, Blyth partners academically with the ROM and AGO.

Another nearby school is the Rosedale Day School, a small private school for JK to Grade 8. Rosedale also offers remarkable educational partnerships for enriched and global academic experience with the ROM, the AGO, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. In addition to a strong academic program, the school also offers a complete range of co-curricular activities in the arts, athletics, technology, music.

Branksome Hall, a prestigious school for girls is also located nearby. It is a leading from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. In addition to its strong liberal arts curriculum that fosters a balance between academics and other activities, Branksome features an award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre.

Last but not least, the esteemed St. Michael’s College, a private all-boys Roman Catholic day school for grades 7-12. The school offers an enriched, Catholic, Liberal Arts education complemented by several diverse co-curricular programs and is most notable for its ice hockey and football programs.

Bazis condos are perfect family environments with top-notch education at their doorsteps.

Signature Bazis Style – Our Innovative Architectural Design

Bazis has played an influential role in the transformation of Toronto’s landscape and skyline. It is our innovative architectural design, our signature style that has contributed to this and set us apart from other real estate developers.

 

Over the last decade, we have worked with renowned architect Rosario Varacalli to create inspired designs paying close attention to every detail, inside and out. Details that are distinctive, contemporary and classic and make a statement.

 

These innovative designs are apart of each one of our projects: The standout and luminous green glass towers of Emerald Park that punctuate the monochromatic skyline of North York. Two towers with distinctively flared tops that share a three-story podium which houses office and retail space.

A single tower, enveloped in faceted metallic ribbons that glitter against the cityscape is the distinctive 1 Yorkville. Incredibly luxurious details such as the rooftop theatre, spa and pool.

 

A unique tower made up of four cubes is perfectly juxtaposed with the design of the Royal Ontario Museum directly across from Exhibit. One of its most distinguishing features is a stunning urban outdoor oasis.

Modern beauty takes shape at Yonge and Eglinton with eCondos, the first building in Toronto to have a glass cantilevered pool lounge.

 

Crystal BLU, a statement of sophistication rises from a six-storey podium inset with awe-inspiring blue glass crystal that adds an extraordinary dimension to the city skyline.

These are some of the distinctive exterior details of our communities. Each unique residence, built with a clear vision of interior details marrying seamlessly with the exterior theme of the building. Functional living spaces with an open concept layout, each unit features luxurious interiors with signature designer finishes.

 

Some of the striking features that have become synonymous with the BAZIS signature style include high ceilings, expansive windows offering panoramic views; wrap around terraces; and European inspired kitchens with top of the line appliances.

In addition to these are the incredible amenities built-in to every one of our projects as well. Fitness galleries with yoga studios and lounges, sparkling indoor and outdoor pools, elegant entertainment rooms, rooftop gardens and beautiful lobbies.

Features and amenities such as these have all contributed to the signature BAZIS style.

 

Simpler & Easier, Our Redesigned Website is Now Live!

Did you notice something different on Bazis.ca? In preparation for a busy 2017/2018, we’ve redesigned our website for easier navigation, an updated look, and smoother feel, all encompassing a better user experience for Bazis clients.

If you liked the information we had on our previous site, don’t worry. You’ll still find all the same great articles and information about our current condo projects across Toronto and the GTA.  You’ll even find it’s easy to stay up to date with our blog, as we post new content weekly.

You can also scroll back into our archived articles to find lots of interesting information on interior design and cool neighbourhood facts about your favourite BAZIS condo.

BAZIS is a company that cares about great design. Design that is so simple, yet so innovative, it makes you pause for a moment just to enjoy it.  Our new website achieves just that.  View the plans and renderings that you are most interested in, or take some time and catch up with some of our past blog posts. Everything is carefully curated to make what you’re looking for easier to find.

In fact, why not jump right into the project of your choosing from here:

 

Exhibit: One fully finished penthouse remains with spectacular views! Visit now!

1 Yorkville: Only a handful of suites remain in this sought-after building. With all the luxurious amenities of Yorkville just steps from the lobby. Currently under construction! Visit now!

Emerald Park Sold out, but a few office units are still available in our commercial plaza, located right on the subway! View now!

eCondos: Sold out & under construction this dazzling building will feature a glass cantilevered pool, overlooking the city skyline! View now!

Crystal Blu: Sold out, fully occupied. Relive some of the moments with images & stories of this beautiful building.

More to come! Follow us on Social Media to get the latest news from BAZIS.

150 Years Old and still the Hottest on the Market

As we near Canada’s 150th birthday, the red of our national flag may be shining a little brighter from blushing so hard as the world takes note of just home amazing Canada is.

 

For the second year in a row, our Home and Native Land took the #2 spot in the annual “Best Countries” survey conducted by the U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with Young & Rubicam BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

The Great White North also led the pack with a #1 worldwide ranking in the “Quality of Life” category thanks to perfect marks in areas such as healthcare, politics and the economy.

 

To top it off, world renowned travel guide Lonely Planet also made Canada their #1 choice for travellers in 2017.

 

With so much recognition around the world, it’s not hard to see why so many people see Canada as a great place to live and invest.

 

From our stable politics and regulated banking industry to our spot on the global markets as a significant exporter of energy, minerals and food, Canada is seen as a safe haven to live, bank and invest in by buyers from abroad.

 

Here are a few of the reasons why Canada Continues to be a great place to invest in real estate:

 

Continued Increasing Real Estate Values

House prices rose by a record 2.2% across Canada in May, compared to April according to Teranet, with Toronto leading with a 3.6% increase.

 

This was the largest May gain in the index’s 19-year history, hitting another record high for the 16th month in a row.

 

Across Canada, prices were up 13.9% over May 2016, nearly reaching the record annual increase of 14.1% set back in September 2006.

 

Continued Low-Interest Rates

For the past decade, Canada has enjoyed a period of historically low-interest rates.  And while the days of minus prime mortgages are gone, many Canadians are still enjoying low rates that have made investing in real estate that much easier.

 

Strong Rental Markets

As hot as Canada’s real estate market has been, the rental market has also continued to show strong legs.  

 

According to the CMHC, a higher number of rental apartment units were occupied in in a year over year comparison “primarily due to much higher international migration to Canada and the continued ageing of the Canadian population”. „

 

In fact, rental housing demand was up in most areas across Canada. Over the past year, demand for rentals in Ontario, in particular, grew with vacancy rates in Toronto around 1.5%, which was bolstered by higher immigration and fewer renters making the leap to homeownership.

 

Strong job growth across Canada and the desire to live in the GTA has also pushed rental prices to new heights.  Recently, the Toronto rental market hit a new milestone as the rent on an average 700 square foot condo broke the $2,000 mark, and renters entering into bidding wars over high demand buildings.

 

With prices rising and affordability a factor in the sizzling GTA real estate market, condos and apartments are becoming more and more popular as alternatives to homeownership.  This, in turn, is providing upwards pressure on rental rates as the demand for condos and rental apartments steadily increases.

Current Condo Trends

Few types of home are susceptible to trends more than high-rise condos.  By their very nature, condos attract a more progressive, design-oriented, urban buyer, as the newest styles tend to evolve in the city first. Today, we offer a glimpse into what’s currently trending in the condo marketplace.  

Less is More:

When it comes to floor plans & room layouts, less is more with condominium living. When making a condo purchase, buyers tend to be less concerned with square footage, but rather the functionality of the space. For example, rather than have space wasted for a corridor, use it for an additional bathroom or closet. Dividing walls can have shelving and cabinets built into them, as well as working spaces built around windows. Condo owners are very aware of spatial limitations & look for ways to make the very most of these unique areas without waste.  

Double-Duty Furnishings:

The unique floor space of a condo offers opportunities for dual purpose layouts. Take, for example, the dining area – tables can be easily set-up from concealed cabinets for dining and folded back, when done, for extra room. A kitchen island can double as a breakfast bar by using stools instead of chairs, a great space saver. Stools can then be transitioned into other areas, or stacked away in closets. Some even come designed with storage spaces.

In the living room, consider using a tablecloth covered trunk as a coffee table, functioning as both a unique décor item and storage space for throw pillows and blankets. Sofas and Futons can double as beds, & built-in entertainment centres are perfect for additional shelves and surface area.

Hotel Living at Home:

Many condos, like Exhibit, eCondos, 1 Yorkville and Crystal Blu, feature luxury comforts and urban amenities that rival those of five-star hotels. With features that can include pools, fitness galleries, lounges, & private bars. Some buildings will even go that extra mile with 24/7 concierge service, to achieve that hotel experience from the comfort of your home.

Shop and Work from Home:

Many savvy Millennials & young entrepreneurs are choosing condos as start-up housing, allowing them to conveniently and comfortably work from home while staying connected. Also, new developments like Emerald Park, have integrated a retail component. Coffee shops, eateries & speciality boutiques on the ground floor or lobby provide an added level of convenience in your home.

Entertain (& Be Entertained) at Home:

Most condos come equipped with a shared space, but well-equipped amenity spaces are ideal for entertaining & make any event you host memorable. Our eCondos tower features a glass cantilevered pool & lounge, offering incredible 360 views of the city. 1 Yorkville boasts an outdoor theatre and firepit lounge, perfect for hosting summer get-togethers.  Last, but not least, Exhibit’s rooftop oasis comes complete with a gorgeous reflecting pool & lounge.

 

When buying a condo, look for outstanding amenity spaces that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

June Condo Market Update

Condo market still hot as key factors continue to drive prices up – at a more moderate rate

 

Reports indicate that while the GTA real estate market has cooled a little, the indicators are still projecting healthy 2017.  With only 2 months’ housing supply, low-interest rates, and high demand, it’s still a good time to buy.

While skyrocketing prices have been the norm for the better part of a year, the hot Toronto market is starting to show signs that it may be starting to stabilise.

New resale listings in the GTA surged 48.9% in May on a year-over-year comparison according to the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) it does not cause concern. According to Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua, the GTA’s supply of (resale) product as of the end of May is only about two months worth. This continuation of low inventory levels suggests that home prices in the GTA are not headed downwards, but will have a more subtle cooling. TD’s economic-research department now forecasts that GTA prices will rise 12%  in 2017, just slightly down from its previous estimate of a 15% increase.

The fundamentals that have driven the Toronto condo market to its current heights, despite analysts suggestions, are still there. Low-interest rates, a lack of inventory, and high demand will continue to keep prices rising in the condo market, albeit at a more moderate rate.

Where to spend the day shopping in Yorkville

From designer boutiques carrying the latest trends, high-end galleries & antique shops, it’s no wonder why Yorkville has earned the reputation as Toronto’s Madison Avenue. Lined with flagship stores from Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, this area of the City is a veritable shopping Mecca for anyone with a love of labels.  With an illustrious array of places to shop, here are some of our personal selection of the best places for shopping therapy:

 

Holt Renfrew:

 

Canada’s flagship of high-end fashion retail has drawn comparisons to both Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrods respectively. Hosting four floors of retail space, Holt Renfrew carries high-end names like Giorgio Armani, D&G, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton often showcased through in-store runway demonstrations. Explore and shop at your leisure while concierges tend your every need. Want a break or to relax after a long day of shopping, unwind at their café and indulge in a flaky, French pastry and frothy cappuccino or even better still, pamper yourself at the in-house spa!

 

Yorkville Village:

 

Formerly known as Hazelton Lanes and located in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville, Yorkville Village boasts upscale shopping at its best. Here you can find designer brands interlaced among unique boutiques in this vibrant and beautifully designed environment. Shop for shoes, handbags, accessories and haute couture from designers like Badgley Mischka, Christian Louboutin, Monique L’huillier, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Zac Posen…just to name a few.

 

Divine Decadence Originals:

 

A vintage couture boutique located on Cumberland Street.  Each piece is artfully displayed and personally collected by owner Carmelita Blondet. The offerings at Divine Decadence range from different countries and time periods; with unique finds like a 1910 embroidered-silk cape from Spain, a cream silk lace dress from 1930 and a Persian lamb and mink coat from 1965. With unique vintage couture such as this, it’s no wonder the boutique’s client list includes celebrities like Eddie Vedder, Lauren Hutton and Lady Gaga.

 

Leatherfoot:

 

Tailoring isn’t only about suits but can be for shoes as well. This men’s footwear emporium does exactly that when it comes to its discerning customers. Leatherfoot offers enthusiasts premium, handcrafted shoes with collections representing craftsmanship and style, unavailable anywhere in Canada. Walls of radiant oxfords, derbies and brogues, displayed in all shapes, stains and sizes. With the option of standard sizing in soft suede driver moccasins by La Cordonnerie Anglaise or oxfords by Saint Crispin, their true passions shine through in made-to-order services for anyone wanting customization.

 

119 Corbo:

 

This speciality boutique has become a Yorkville institution & home to the most innovative of high fashion collections. Located inside a historic Toronto townhouse with a chic interior, it houses two floors of the world’s most sought after fashion labels along with groundbreaking collections. In fact, Corbo was the first retailer in Toronto to introduce Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik shoes, long before their starring turn in Sex and the City. Featuring other high-demand designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Miu Miu, it’s no surprise that 119 Corbo is the go-to destination for celebrities and fashion aficionados alike.

 

Whether shopping for the hottest trends, stylish classics, or designer fashions, Yorkville has become an internationally recognised destination and a shopper’s paradise.

 

1 Yorkville is Poised for Patio Season

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Patio season in Toronto is drawing near and residents of 1 Yorkville are poised to enjoy some of the City’s finest. Yorkville boasts a number of picturesque porch spaces from which to enjoy cocktails, nibbles and rays of sunshine.

Some of the most notable patios include:

Bar Reyna which sports a gorgeous all-season patio. A sophisticated space decorated with jewel tones, gold accents and ornate pendant lights where patrons can enjoy Mediterranean snacks and signature cocktails.

The Pilot with its eclectic menu and live jazz features a heated rooftop patio known as The Flight Deck that offers a great view along with a relaxed vibe.

Trattoria Nervosa, the well-known little yellow house in Yorkville is home to a chic rooftop patio where you can enjoy classic Southern Italian food while casting a gaze on the passersby.

Hemingway’s, a lively pub and a Yorkville mainstay where you can get a taste from down under while perched on casual rooftop patio.

Residents of 1 Yorkville also have a stunning spot from which to soak in the sun or the city lights, right at home, on the rooftop. This luxurious retreat offers a sun deck and fire pit lounge to sip drinks by; along with an outdoor cinema, dining and entertaining space. Those who call 1 Yorkville home are perfectly poised to enjoy patio season.