Archives

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.

Last Blast of Summer in T.O.

While there are technically a few more weeks left of summer Toronto, the Labour Day long weekend is it’s unofficial send-off. There is a whole host of ways to bid the summer farewell ranging from festivals that celebrate food & art, to carnivals and comic books, here are some of the best ways to celebrate, as we near the Autumn equinox:

The Canadian National Exhibition:

Take in the midway, carnival games and wild foods at the 138th annual CNE. Two of the biggest highlights of the final days at the Ex include the Canadian International Air Show which is the longest running aviation display in North America along with the Labour Day Parade that concludes its march at Princess Gates.

Fan Expo Canada:

Fan Expo kicks off on August 31st and runs throughout the Labour Day weekend. It is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the third largest Pop Culture event in North America.

Hot & Spicy Food Festival:

Kick up the heat at the 20th-anniversary edition of Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Taking place at Harbour Front Centre this event showcases Canadian celebrity chefs, a curated food market, and a ChiliKids cooking competition, all paired with sizzling jazz. The festival runs from Friday, September 1 through to September 4, 2017.

Buskerfest at Woodbine Park:

Four days of non-stop fun in support of Epilepsy Toronto featuring circus artistry, music, magic and mime along comedians, acrobats, clowns and much more. This fundraiser features one-of-a-kind entertainment and fun for the entire family. Buskerfest runs from September 1st to the 4th.

Downsview Park Ribfest:

North York’s largest Ribfest Festival takes place September 1st – 4th, 2017 at Downsview Park. The event features exciting live entertainment, a midway and kids zone, hot air balloon rides and of course BBQ ribs along with a variety of festival food trucks.

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery:

Artfest Toronto is an outdoor arts and crafts show set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the historic Distillery District. Artfest will feature paintings, photography, sculptures, artisan crafts and live music from some of Canada’s top artists. This festival also offers something for everyone in the family with an Artfest kids component as well. The event takes place all weekend long.

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.

 

Exhibit Amenities are Complete

We can now unveil the fabulous amenities that will qualify Exhibit as a residential masterpiece. Located across from the majestic Royal Ontario Museum, Exhibit distinguishes itself with unrelenting craftsmanship, an eye for detail & impeccably crafted, unique architecture complete with incredible interior features, further enhancing the experience of Exhibit.

 

Starting from the bottom, and working our way up we begin with the jewel-like lobby. It is an inviting space adorned with glass walls, and features muted limestone flooring.  For an added element of drama, an illuminated glass sculpture sits suspended from the soaring ceiling.

 

The 9th-floor entertainment complex is ready to host small and large events alike. Featuring a bar, party room that includes a fireplace, private dining area, kitchen and lounge. The party room also features an exterior glass wall that opens up to a beautiful outdoor oasis, allowing for the celebrations to transition easily to the outdoors on those warm summer nights. Directly above, on the 10th floor, is a state-of-the art fitness gallery featuring top-of-the-line equipment, yoga studio, lockers, showers, cool-down room all complete with a spectacular view of the rooftop garden and sparkling pool.

 

Every unit is an exquisite showcase of meticulous design, craftsmanship & attention to detail. From the wrap around balconies with magnificent terraces; to European-inspired kitchens complemented by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, Bazis provides you with some of the best amenities available in the GTA.

 

Only one penthouse suite remains in this incredible residence, and it features a gorgeous and spacious interior. The suite, which has been designed with several luxurious finishes also offers a stunning, forever protected view of the Toronto city skyline.

These fabulous amenities have been incredibly crafted to make Exhibit a masterwork of design & a showcase of modern architectural design that Bazis continues to offer to the city of Toronto.

Penthouse Complete With Spectacular, Unobstructed Views.

Let’s go back in time for a moment, about 20 years give or take. Toronto sees a boom in development along Lakeshore, as builders scramble to buy land & build high-rise condos, with spectacular waterfront views. Fast forward 5-6 years and an echo to the boom see developments spike once again. However, this time there’s outrage. Condo owners who initially decided to purchase on the premise of gorgeous waterfront vistas now had expansive views of windows and continuous construction. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many condo owners. As the city evolves and grows, so do its needs, and some of the reasons that attracted you to your condo initially, are no longer there.

That is why BAZIS has captured attention with Exhibit.

From outside, the unusual architecture makes a bold statement with its unapologetic elegance, inviting your eyes to explore every detail as it manages to coexist within the Yorkville neighbourhood seamlessly.  It is inside the penthouse of this Varacallian masterpiece where the brilliance of its beauty lies.

Entering from the foyer, on the left you notice the large bedroom, complete with a full bathroom that envelops you in minimalist elegance. It also includes a walk-in closet that spoils you with space & storage solutions.

 

Across the foyer, the penthouse seems to expand before you, as natural light streams through the massive windows; seamlessly blending your living and dining areas. Complete with a kitchen island, breakfast nook, and open-concept dining area, you have the ability to transform your space, depending on occasion or mood.

 

 

Entering the Master Suite, we find enough room for a large bed and an additional seating area, for the more intimate moments. Clean design with dual sinks, stand alone tub, walk in shower with three strategically placed shower heads for complete immersion and private entry to a water closet complete with bidet. Heading back into the Master Suite, you pass between dual walk-in closets, towards your balcony and a heart-stopping view.

 

 

The first rule of Real Estate is location, and BAZIS adherence to this fundamental principle means Exhibit residents will have view forever protected. With the historical significance of the University of Toronto, and it’s proximity to Exhibit, this can never change. From moving day onward, your private sanctuary in the city will maintain that breathtaking view that called out to you from the streets.

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.

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.