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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.

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.

Helping You Make and Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

As the year draws to a close we realize what that nagging thing in the back of our mind was reminding us to do. No, it wasn’t to buy a gift for the neighbour (we already did that), or to get the turkey ahead of time (did that too and it’s organic!). It was setting New Year’s resolutions! While resolutions can be a bit of an annoying or daunting task, it doesn’t hurt to set out some goals before the new year begins, in the hopes of making the most of the next 365 days. In case you’re stumped, here are some ideas for making New Year’s resolutions, and how to stick to them!  Continue reading

Where to Find the Perfect Hostess Gifts

The holiday season is packed full with events. Whether it’s an office party, a festive brunch, or a holiday dinner, your calendar is probably booked solid with seasonal events. Being a guest at one of these events is a nice position to be in. You don’t have to worry about the guest list, or the meal planning, or getting your home ready, that’s the job of the hostess. It’s especially nice to arrive with a hostess gift in hand, as a token of your appreciation for the invite. If you’re wondering where to find these types of gifts, here are some ideas for where to get the perfect hostess gifts.  Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About NYE at the ROM

The holiday season is peppered with all kinds of seasonal events, but none are quite as significant as New Year’s Eve. NYE is a complicated occasion that is often faced with varied opinions. For some, they absolutely can’t wait until the end of the year arrives and they can toast the previous and next 365 days (with a glass of bubbly in hand of course). For others, December 31st is the worst night of the year due to all the hype and often expectations fall short. The key to having a great New Year’s Eve is picking a cool, fun party, and making sure you’re surrounded by people you care about. The ROM’s NYE party may be just the ticket! Continue reading

Construction Update: Fall Edition

As we enter the month of December we’re struck with one overwhelming thought: where has the time gone?! 2016 has been a big year for our on-the-go projects. Lots of changes and progress has been made on both our E Condo and 1 Yorkville sites. If you’ve walked past either in the past 365 days you can attest to the activity and great work being done. Both sites have required extensive excavation, but lots has happened since breaking ground.  Continue reading

Introducing the Yorkville Village Arts Festival

Yorkville is often thought of when you think of fine dining and the best in luxury shopping, but another aspect that makes the neighbourhood so special is the culture you’ll find here. Yorkville is home to many of the city’s most beloved galleries, and plays host to a slew of events in the arts. One such event is the Yorkville Village Arts Festival – a juried exhibition of contemporary art by students and recent grads from OCAD University.  Running from Friday November 4th – Wednesday November 9th, here are some of the highlights.  Continue reading

Best Places to Grab a Drink Around Yorkville

If you’re looking for a corner of the city that is bursting with options for where to get drinks, look no further than Yorkville. A swanky part of the city, you’re sure to find all types of bars lining these streets (in between the upscale boutiques, of course). Don’t be intimidated by the posh reputation though. While the establishments are sophisticated, the atmosphere here is are warm and inviting, and the cocktail menus? Well, the cocktail menus are top shelf. Here’s a list of some of the best places to grab a drink in the area! Continue reading