What’s New in the Crystal Blu Neighbourhood?


Five years have passed since the completion of Crystal Blu, our sophisticated 35 storey tower that has become one of Toronto’s finest addresses. Over the course of the past five years we have seen significant changes to our neighbourhood, changes that have made residents even happier to call Crystal Blu home.

Located across from Holt Renfrew and the Manulife Centre, we have had the opportunity to get a firsthand look at Bloor Street’s significant makeover; a $24-million transformation to be specific. The project completed by the City of Toronto and the Bloor-Yorkville BIA has seen improvements such as the widening of granite sidewalks and the adding of a sustainable planter system for trees. The area has also seen the $400 million renovation of Hazelton Lanes.

The streetscape has been transformed into lavish laneway of high-end retailers such as Stuart Weitzman, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Mulberry and Nespresso along with luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabana, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.

But there’s more in store. The HBC store at Bloor and Yonge will be transformed into the second-largest Saks Fifth Avenue in the world and we’ll be getting a delectable new neighbour when Eataly opens its very first Toronto location in the Manulife Centre in 2019. Eataly, the Italian food palace that includes sit-down restaurants, casual eateries and a multifaceted marketplace will span 50,000 square feet across three storeys.
The first five years at Crystal Blu have been incredible and we look forward to what awaits in the years to come.


Summerlicious 2013 in Toronto – Yorkville’s Favorite Culinary Celebration

Summerlicious in Toronto is here: The official kickoff of summer!

Yorkville is the home of Crystal Blu and it’s also one of the best neighbourhoods for Toronto’s favourite pastime, dining out. Summerlicious (and its cold weather counterpart Winterlicious) is the best time to discover new restaurants. Many Yorkville hotspots are offering prix fixe meals at fabulous price points.

See our top 3 picks in Yorkville after the jump and call them soon. Reservations are going fast!

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The best stores for men’s clothes in Yorkville

Last week, we shared with you three of the hottest shops geared towards women in Yorkville, Toronto’s most luxurious neighbourhood.  This week,  let’s take a stroll in the neighbourhood to scope out some shops for men.

Shopping is more than just buying what’s new, it’s finding out the trends or creating your own fashion statement. We checked out three stores in Yorkville that will definitely have something for your dad, boyfriend, husband, or for yourself!


Best Shopping in Yorkville Toronto

Leatherfoot is the newest addition to Yorkville and is the perfect place to find a gift for the shoe-lover in your life.  Leatherfoot doesn’t sell just any old pair of sneakers, this is where you will find exceptionally well-made shoes. Without a doubt, the shoes you will find here are not available anywhere else in Canada. This shop is your stop for one-of-a-kind, great quality footwear. The best part? If you don’t find something you like, they will help you custom order a pair fit to your liking.


Yorkville Best Shopping at Altea

This boutique tucked right in the heart of Yorkville caught our eye because of the name – doesn’t everyone want to be a hero? However, after the warm welcome we received when we walked in and the array of hot fashion brands, we know you’ll find something for your hero! It’s especially fitting for those who prefer smaller boutiques that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for rather than a big department store.

We decided to ask the gentleman behind the counter about the hottest trends for the summer. His answer? Bold, colourful blazers and trousers. According to him, the colours you want to be rocking this summer are bright blues, flashy reds and the likes!

Harry Rosen

Shopping in Yorkville Toronto at Harry Rosen

The King of High-End Men’s Clothing. Home to hundreds of luxurious brands, Harry Rosen will definitely have something for any man in your life.  If you’re looking for high-end brands like Hugo Boss, Burberry,  Canada Goose, or Dolce and Gabbana, this is where you must shop. We suggest taking your dad for a custom fitting and getting him a suit tailor-made so that it fits perfectly. Otherwise, there are plenty of accessories, clothing and footwear to help you make your choice.

What’s your favourite men’s fashion boutique or retailer in Yorkville? Do you know what you’re getting your father for Father’s Day? Let us know below or give us a shout on Twitter!

6 Yorkville Gems

This probably comes as no surprise to you, but Yorkville is one of our favourite neighborhoods in Toronto. Condos in Yorkville unsurprisingly are some of the most luxurious in Canada. That’s why two of our projects, Exhibit and Crystal Blu, are located there.

With perhaps the highest concentration of luxury homes in Toronto, everyone knows Yorkville is undoubtedly the city’s most stylish neighbourhood to call home. In fact, it’s also recognized as one of the top ten shopping destinations in the world! Besides shopping and the Royal Ontario Museum of course, be sure to check out these other finds in this neighbourhood.

  1. MoRoCo We’ve heard that macarons are the new cupcakes – sounds perfect to us. MoRoCo has the best macarons in town – although their other offerings aren’t too shabby either. Buttercream filling sandwiched between delicate sweet-meringue based pastries … need we say more?

    Best of Yorkville Toronto: Moroco

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