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The Years Have Changed, But The Holidays Are Timeless!

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!

 

Also, don’t forget to check out the lights while you shop for gifts, all season long, at several locations across the Bloor-Yorkville area, near our luxury condos at Exhibit and 1 Yorkville.  

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It’s Party (room) Time!

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.

Halloween In A Condo

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.

Condo Decorating

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.

Building Toronto Luxury Condos for Well Being

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.

Thanksgiving for Condo Owners

Thoughts of Thanksgiving seem to conjure up images of heavily laden harvest tables, where scores of guests gather to break bread.  However, this traditional image might appear contradictory to condo living. In reality, condo owners still have the opportunity to host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Anyone who calls one of our luxurious Toronto condos home has the means to do this. With exclusively-designed, European-inspired kitchens, complimented by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, make meal preparation easy.  Spacious penthouse suites are equipped with features such as a caterer’s kitchen and dining room while other suites offer streamlined, functional kitchen spaces that open into entertainment areas.

 

Residing in a smaller unit doesn’t eliminate the opportunity for hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, rather it increases the possibilities for being creative. Furniture can be rearranged or moved out altogether (for example pieces can be moved into the bedroom) to accommodate dinner guests. Furnishings can also be re-purposed for use in other ways! For example, lay a sheet over a long coffee table and add pillows for seating. Push together other pieces of furniture, like desks and dresser to create an accommodating dining space. Need more counter space? Open up an ironing board whose surface is designed to withstand heat, for items fresh from the oven.

 

Rather than hosting a sit-down dinner, consider hosting a cocktail-style reception in your home! Arrange food buffet style so that guests can help themselves, for a more casual setting. Set up seating like stools, chairs & pillows and sofas, for guests to sit and enjoy if they prefer.

 

If the thought of having a large number of people in a small space is intimidating or you’d like the holiday celebration removed from your home altogether, each of our residences feature spacious party rooms that provide kitchen spaces along with dining and lounging areas to accommodate festive functions.

 

Thankfully, Toronto condo owners can enjoy a turkey dinner just as anyone else would.

Cool off this summer with the Pools of Bazis!

When the mercury rises one of the best places to stay cool is by the pool and Bazis has got its residents covered with several spectacular pools.

Fear not though, escape from the heat of the urban jungle has been found in the outdoor oasis, at Exhibit. This outdoor rooftop garden offers a tranquil setting, complete with lush mature trees and a glistening reflecting pool. The perfect place to lounge and unwind when things get hot in the city.

Emerald Park has several crown jewels, the first of which is a stunning indoor pool with panoramic city views and a gleaming reflecting pool with outdoor cabana areas. Overlooking gorgeous greenery, it the ideal spot to sit and sip on a refreshing Friday afternoon drink.

Dive into a rejuvenating swim in the sprawling outdoor pool located at 1 Yorkville. Nestled among a relaxed spa setting, this rooftop treasure features a revitalising hot-and-cold plunge pool set against the Toronto city skyline.

Last, but not least the spectacular glass, cantilevered pool that seems to float over the city at eCondos. This pool, which offers expansive views overlooking Toronto, offers swimmers a unique and exceptional experience as the first of its kind in the city.

The pools of Bazis are the best place to relax this summer.

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.

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.

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.