BAZIS loves Yorkville! This community is the cultural heart of Toronto, with galleries, museums and gardens, all within a short walk of 1 Yorkville; our Toronto condominium now selling, and under construction.
There is something so gratifying about taking a walk in the early spring sunshine and seeing the first blooms of tulips and daffodils emerge. Toronto’s Yorkville Village has some of the loveliest parks in the city, and you don’t have to go far to get a taste of mother nature.
What’s special about this neighbourhood, is that you can plan a route that takes you through parks, past sparkling boutiques and shops and into your favourite coffee shop for a rest.
For example, start with brunch at Cafe Boulud at the Four Seasons, then take in Yorkville’s Mist Garden. It’s a relaxing oasis in the middle of the city, and the cooling mist runs every 10 minutes. This park features an art wall sculpted with roses, a four tier vintage birdbath, and a path through rows of exquisite rose gardens. Pick up a ‘to go’ coffee at Pusateri’s and then check out some boutiques and shops along the way, strolling along Yorkville Ave to Bay St., heading south to Cumberland St. Take your time here and and wander through The Village of Yorkville Park. It’s the perfect place to people-watch.
Another lovely Yorkville destination in spring is the Philosopher’s Walk. Head south of Bloor, just past the Royal Ontario Museum to the more than 100-year-old Alexandra Gates. This scenic footpath that heads south past Toronto landmarks such as the ROM, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Trinity College and the U of T Faculty of Law.
From here, take a shortcut through Queen’s Park south to Wellesley and stop in at the John B. Aird Gallery to see “The Views are Different Here,” a U of T student-curated art exhibit which offers a different view of Toronto’s people and neighbourhoods. This exhibit is a refreshing departure from traditional exhibits in that it showcases works from immigrant artists. It’s on until April 6th, 2018.
If you prefer to see wearable works of art, instead, head north along the Philosopher’s Walk to the ROM to take in the Christian Dior exhibit. The apparel dates back from 1947 to 1957, and is a must-see for fans of the glamour of days gone by.
In the center of all this urban parkland and cultural entertainment lies BAZIS’ 1 Yorkville. This incredible Yorkville condominium is now under construction, and there are still some amazing suites to be sold, including the jaw-dropping Penthouse, which features awesome views of Toronto from all 4 directions!
Toronto’s Interior Design Show shapes the industry for the upcoming year, showcasing the latest trends in design and decor, and attracting interior design professionals from all over North America.
This year, we noted some emerging trends to inspire you with your own home or condo.
In the month of February, we’ll be sharing our favourites on Instagram @BazisInc and on Facebook, so be sure to follow us for more.
New Patterns and Textures
Some of this year’s most exciting exhibits showcased unique patterns and textures in stone. Cosentino featured dramatic countertops in natural tones, punctuated with large vein patterns. This year, they introduced a new “suede” texture that feels warmer to the touch and offers a matte sheen.
From Cambria, Brittanica Gold was introduced, featuring new colours of copper, fog and translucent greige on a cream background. It has a more traditional feel and is striking against the cooler colours that have dominated in recent years.
IDS featured home furnishings with natural materials throughout. While the materials are simple: wood, stone, and metal, the results are polished, not rustic.
New in Colour
Some of the most eye catching exhibits at IDS this year featured textiles and woven art in a variety of colours. It’s exciting to envision a contemporary room in a neutral palette reimagined with the addition of area rugs and accents in rich blues and reds.
Pastels were also seen throughout the show, with furnishings, accessories, and paints in soft pinks and blues, accented with cream and off-white.
Sharp angles were present throughout the show with geometric designs in furnishings, lighting, art, and wall coverings.
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The name BAZIS is synonymous with exciting architectural and lifestyle design. A BAZIS condo is a thrilling addition to the city skyline, incorporating colour, shape and texture to create a memorable and timeless impression.
With foresight and intelligence, BAZIS carves a new space in Toronto’s thriving condominium market. A BAZIS condo is artistry, and the canvas is Toronto.
Like anything, a glimpse of what’s outside attracts, but it’s what’s on the inside that compels your continued attention. Let us show you the many facets of our Signature BAZIS style.
Awe-inspiring Impressions to Last
From the shimmering, soaring Crystal Blu, with icy blue shards embedded in the concrete, to the glittering green towers of Emerald Park, BAZIS has been shaking up the conventions of Toronto’s condo scene with colour and innovative use of materials since its inception.
With each project, BAZIS has outdone itself with unique statements of colour and light. Take for example the extraordinary bands of red nestled between the floors of the two eCondo towers at Yonge & Eglinton. eCondo features Toronto’s first cantilevered pool, where residents revel in the excitement of a swim with an incredible view.
At Exhibit, BAZIS created an ideal architectural counterpoint to the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the ROM situated across the street. With its’ clean, white, stacked block design, it’s impressive and elegantly understated. And that’s not an easy thing to do on a street that already has so much visual interest.
Finally, at BAZIS’ current project under construction at 1 Yorkville, look for yet another twist on modern condominium design. The project features long faceted metal ribbons spanning the length of the building. This lengthens the overall effect, creating a masterpiece of light and shadow in the sky.
Locations that Inspire Movement
BAZIS understands that Toronto is for those who live to move. Getting around is so important, and accessing transit isn’t an afterthought, it’s the first thought. That’s why BAZIS carefully selects locations that offer ideal access to transit.
Emerald Park is situated on the Yonge St. subway line, accessible underground, and eCondo is situated to the new Eglinton LRT line that is underway, in addition to the subway.
Exhibit and Crystal Blu are situated in the downtown core of Toronto, just blocks from the subway and offering extremely quick access to Bay St. and beyond.
Finally, 1 Yorkville is Toronto’s No. 1 address, right on Yonge St. in a location that offers the world at one’s fingertips.
Elevated Interior Design
From original works of art and light in our lobbies such as Exhibit and 1 Yorkville, to our unforgettable amenity spaces, BAZIS understands luxury design.
Each BAZIS project includes jaw-dropping amenities, some of which include rooftop cinemas, lavishly appointed spas with aqua massage rooms, hot and cold plunge pools, sprawling indoor and outdoor pools, and the zen of natural landscaping to provide a calm surrounding at the end of a long day.
Inside each BAZIS suite, are finishes that you would expect from a design-forward builder. What is never compromised, is style and convenience. A BAZIS home is equipped with modern European-inspired kitchens with the elegance of natural stone counters, high-end appliances, gleaming hardwood, soaring floor-to-ceiling windows, and bathrooms that feature soaker tubs and elegant modern fixtures.
BAZIS is constantly reaching for a new level of indulgence, with an aim to delight and surprise with design ingenuity. Follow BAZIS for new information coming in 2018!
Ring in 2018 with one of Toronto’s many New Year’s Eve parties. With so many events to choose from, we take a look at some of the more unique parties across the city.
If you escaped the upside-down and are running from the Demogorgon, hide at the ‘Stranger Things’ 2018 New Year’s Eve Party. The venue ‘No One Writes To the Colonel’ will transform into a winter wonderland as you spend the evening mingling, lounging, or dancing the night away, with music from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. A semi-formal/formal dress code is in effect for the evening. Must be at least 19 years of age to attend, doors open at 10 PM.
Join people from across Ontario for Toronto’s long-running New Years at Nathan Phillips Square. The final send-off to 2017 begins at 8 p.m. to summarizing a year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. This year’s event features a pulse-pounding evening, with live music, animations, and a DJ’d skating party sponsored by Tim Horton’s. Top it all off with a stunning fireworks display at midnight! Admission is FREE at this alcohol-free event. A full schedule of events is available here.
For the second year its #ROMNYE! Listen to the hottest bands & DJs while enjoying a sampling of delicious hors-d’oeuvre and a complimentary toast at midnight! Raise your glasses to this exclusive NYE experience, while making reservations in the ROM’s stylish c5 Lounge.
New Year’s too loud? Try this: at Hemingway’s in Yorkville comes a new twist on New Years that’s easy on the ears. Celebrate on the Rooftop Patio and choose your own music. Find your musical mates by the colour of their Bluetooth headsets to groove together, and turn down the volume to talk to friends. No more shouting over the music. A must try!
There are a lot of events happening this New Years Eve, and Toronto is the place to be. Say so long to 2017 and let’s welcome 2018 with open arms.
Celebrating the holidays in Toronto is an entirely different experience from everyone, as some prefer to head south for fun and sun. If you find yourself home for the holidays though, we promise you; there’s everything to enjoy about the season right from your downtown Toronto condo. Stay local, and head out to these Toronto favourites for your holiday meal.
Auberge du Pommier
4150 Yonge St, North York, ON M2P 2C6
Internationally-renowned chef Malcolm Campbell will be serving a French three-course, prix fixe, Christmas brunch, featuring familiar, seasonal dishes with a unique spin. Get that warm feeling inside with a delectable French Onion soup. Fill your belly like a bowlful of jelly while feasting on beef tenderloin, Cornish hen, or steelhead trout. Make sure to leave room for the dessert! Featuring a mouth-watering caramel chocolate tart, paired with a honey creme fraîche ice cream. This Christmas Brunch will take place on December 17th, at 11 a.m.
The Old Mill Inn
21 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1G5
Opening its doors 1913, The Old Mill Inn has become a staple in Toronto and has been serving its’ traditional Christmas Day buffets since the 1920’s. This meal to end all meals is like no buffet you’ve ever seen. Featuring a full carving station with Ontario raised turkey, stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and so much more. Taking place on Christmas day, the Brunch begins at 10 a.m. with dinner seatings starting at 5 p.m.
17 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 1L1
Perhaps buffets and prix-fixe isn’t your cup of tea, and you just want to meet up with some old friends over dinner and drinks. Look no further than BLU, located just around the corner from 1 Yorkville! Meet up with a friend at the bar and sample some of their wines and cocktails as you talk about the year that was 2017. Rekindle your romance with that special someone over the best Italian meal in the city according to OpenTable.com.
Calories don’t count during the Holiday season, that’s just a fact. Take time to enjoy all the sights, sounds, and flavours of the holidays in Toronto. Reconnect with the important people in your life, because there is no pleasure more simple than good food, drink and company, enveloping you in the warm embrace and spirit of the Holidays.
From all of us at BAZIS, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!
The year is 1967. GO Transit becomes Canada’s first interregional public transit system, the Leafs win the Stanley Cup, and Canada celebrates its 100th birthday. It’s was also the first year of Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights.
Today, the Leafs haven’t won a cup in 50 years, Canada marks 150 years since Confederation, GO Transit is expanding, and the Cavalcade of Lights is still going strong.
In short, not much has changed!
We decided to take some time over the weekend and visit one of Toronto’s most popular Christmas landmarks: Nathan Phillips Square’s Cavalcade of Lights. Check out some of the gorgeous pics we snapped to “brighten” your holiday season!
The condo market in Toronto continues to be brisk, and the coming colder weather reminds us of the many benefits of living in a condo. Close proximity to underground transit is an obvious one! Another is not having to go outside to spend time with friends. BAZIS knows this, and carefully plans amenity spaces for hosting your own parties right at home.
Hosting family and friends over the holidays in your building’s purpose-built event spaces is one way to keep the cold at bay. Party rooms can help make the season less stressful, and here are some tips for hosting your holiday events in one of our fabulous spaces.
A great way to relieve some of the holiday pressure when hosting friends and family for dinner is to organise a catering service to handle the work for you. At 1 Yorkville, you can call upon our Concierge for help making the arrangements. We have beautifully designed lounge and event spaces for you at Exhibit, 1 Yorkville, eCondos, Emerald Park and Crystal BLU. Not only do they offer ample space to host both immediate and extended family gatherings, they also feature full kitchens for meal prep.
You can use your extra time to make sure the setting is absolutely perfect. Consider elevating your food presentation with cleverly planned table settings. For the ultimate easy evening, you can even rent the dishes so there’s absolutely no cleanup.
You can also set the mood with bespoke invitations. Time to get creative. Visit your local print shop or purchase your own speciality papers for an exquisite keepsake for your guests.
Be sure to book early. As with anything, waiting too long means missing out. You’ll want to book your space early to be sure it’s available when you want it.
Finally, here’s one more reason to love condo living in the winter. Our condos are carefully situated in some of Toronto’s hottest neighbourhoods, located right along transit lines. So when you do go out, you have the best restaurants, nightclubs, theatre and entertainment just steps away.
BAZIS has just the right condos in Toronto – for you! Selected suites are still available at 1 Yorkville. Click for details.
No matter where you live or your age, Halloween is one of those holidays that brings out the kid in all of us. Whether you plan to trick-or-treat with little ones or enjoying a more adult-themed party at home, we’ve got some great tips to help you out with your Halloween haunts.
When it comes to decorating your condo for Halloween, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. If space is limited, considering moving your decor onto the balcony. Just make sure your decor is in line with your condo policy, as some condos restrict whats allowed on them. Cobwebs & creepy figures ominously poised on your balcony or in window bays, add an extra creep factor to everyday exteriors. Get others in your building involved as well for a balcony decorating challenge.
Pumpkin Painting Party
Halloween parties are always a good time, especially when you can go all out! Pour some drinks, make some snacks, and forgo the messy scooping and carving of Jack-O-Lanterns. Host a Pumpkin Painting party! Use any colour of paint you want for just about any type of Halloween theme. Have plastic spiders, sparkles, lace ribbon and other items on hand, to dress-up your creations with some finishing touches. Fun for both kids and adults!
Trick-or-Treating with Children
Before you get ready for trick-or-treating on the 31st, remember that many condos do not allow it, usually opting to have the concierge hand out candy instead. If you’re a parent, consider finding a group of other parents and kids to join you or keep an eye on your community bulletin boards to see if your building is hosting any special events on the night.
Horror Movie Night
Love scary movies? A Halloween Horrorfest is an excellent way to gather with friends on this, the spookiest of nights. Watch some of your old favourites or branch out with cult classics for a whole new and terrifying experience. Check out Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness if you’re looking for some suggestions. Did we happen to mention that 1 Yorkville has a rooftop movie theatre?
Halloween is one of those holidays that no matter how old you are you’ll always find something about it to enjoy. Learn more about BAZIS’ current and future projects.
Over the past five years, Toronto’s real estate market has grown to be the one of the hottest in North America. With more and more projects on the go to keep up with increasing demand, it’s tempting for condo developers to settle for second-best. However, this hasn’t been the case for Toronto based developer BAZIS, whose luxury condos have been the subject of much acclaim, setting a new standard in design and ingenuity.
When you first set foot in the lobby of one of their buildings, it’s easy to see why. BAZIS has taken a holistic approach to architecture and design, helping to create a relationship between personal well-being and architecture, understanding that living space has an impact on how one feels. Their Emerald Park, Exhibit, 1 Yorkville and eCondos locations feature expansive lobbies and lounge areas, bathed in natural light, highlighting the glazed stone and marble finishes. They’ve also incorporated dramatic punches of colour to evoke a positive emotional response, offering guests a preview of what awaits inside.
It’s not uncommon for Condos situated in metropolitan areas across Europe and North America, to be limited in the amount of space they can offer. BAZIS understood this issue, so before planning layouts, they tasked their designers to focus on ways to use light and proportions to create the perception of a larger space, while maximizing the utility of living spaces.
Lighting is an incredibly important aspect of feelings and well-being. Sunlight has been proven to elevate mood, boost energy and strengthen the immune system; all while helping to better mental health by reducing anxiety and the risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The large expanse of windows and balconies, characteristic of BAZIS suites, not only provide access to lots of natural light but incredible city views as well.
Access to public spaces is also a factor BAZIS takes into careful consideration when deciding the location of their residences, giving residents the opportunity to socialize and connect, helping to foster a sense of community. Each BAZIS luxury condo comes equipped with shared amenity spaces as well. Entertainment rooms, lounges, rooftop gardens and outdoor dining areas, are just some of the amenities featured, creating hubs of interaction. Residents can also book party rooms, allowing them to host friends and family during the holidays, in a private, comfortable setting.
Physical activity is important to health and well-being, as well, which is why every BAZIS community offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Equipped with yoga studios, spa lounges, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, having direct access to these services, facilitates physical activity, suited to a variety of schedules and lifestyles. Exercise is critical in reducing the risks of chronic illness, diabetes and heart disease.
Another advantage of being situated in exclusive neighbourhoods is access to some of the best parks and shops Toronto has to offer; as well as quick access to transit, all on foot, ranking high in walkability score. This ability to quickly and easily access amenities allows residents to experience a more stress-free lifestyle, while also reducing their carbon footprint.
When it comes to another factor for well-being, safety, BAZIS has also considered factors for protecting its’ residents, while respecting individual privacy. All BAZIS communities feature 24-hour security, surveillance cameras, card-lock parking entries, and more, offering safety and peace of mind.
Finally, when life becomes a bit too hectic, in some BAZIS condos like 1 Yorkville, a concierge service is on call 24-7 to lend you that extra bit of support and help when you need it. Personal shopping, errands, and life’s little inconveniences are covered.
For BAZIS, design isn’t exclusive to unique architectural style; it’s crafting a contemporary, living experience for a changing world for the better.