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The Top 5 Activities to Do This Summer in Toronto

The Top 5 Activities to Do This Summer in Toronto

With the sun shining and the official beginning of summer just days away, Torontonians are looking forward to this magical time in Toronto.

Summer in Toronto means hot days spent on the beach or in parks, fun adventures with the whole family, and relaxing evenings spent sipping a cold beer or homemade craft cocktail on the porch or balcony. It’s the time when Torontonians come out of hibernation and enjoy the feeling of the hot sun on their skin and the beautiful blooms and lush landscapes that are so prevalent in this beautiful city. Summertime just makes everything better.

This summer will be different compared to the past summers, with many attractions and events closed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Regardless, there’s plenty to see, do, and enjoy in Toronto this summer.

Here’s a round-up of our five favourite things to do this summer in Toronto:

Explore a park or conservation area

Explore a park or conservation area

Ontario Provincial Parks and Conservation Areas are open during the day, although beaches within them aren’t open. All parks located within the City of Toronto are also open. A visit to the park is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, relax in nature, explore a new ravine or forested area, and take pleasure in the sunshine. Enjoy a walk, hike, bike ride, or afternoon spent bird-watching.

Head to the beach (safely!)

Head to the beach (safely!)

From Sunnyside Beach to Cherry Beach, Toronto has several beautiful stretches of sand on Lake Ontario. Although they’re all closed until at least the end of June to limit the spread of COVID-19, Toronto residents are still able to stroll along boardwalks and waterfront trails, provided that physical distancing can be maintained. So lace up your shoes or put on your sandals and head to Lake Ontario to enjoy the crisp waterfront air. Visit The Swim Guide for the latest updates on beach closures.

Go on an epic bike ride

Go on an epic bike ride

Toronto’s Waterfront Trail allows Torontonians to cruise across the city, from Etobicoke in the west, right through downtown Toronto and to Scarborough in the east. Between Woodbine Beach and Balmy Beach, there’s a beautiful asphalt pathway for cyclists and in-line skaters. The downtown section of the Waterfront Trail along Queen’s Quay is newly-constructed and user-friendly, with wide dedicated bike lanes. This scenic route is safe and offers gorgeous views of Lake Ontario. Other places for an epic bike ride include parks, conservation areas, or even your local neighbourhood.

Enjoy a frozen treat

Enjoy a frozen treat

Ice cream, popsicles, paletas, Thai ice cream rolls and churro ice cream cones – the variety of delicious, sugary frozen treats in Toronto is truly impressive. And what’s a hot summer day without a tasty frozen treat? Check out Summer’s Ice Cream in Yorkville, Punto Gelato in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, Sweet Jesus near Yonge and Sheppard, or D Spot Dessert Café near Victoria Park and Eglinton.

Create a new summer tradition

Create a new summer tradition

Your favourite summer activity may be cancelled this summer (such as a visit to the CNE or a music festival), so why not create a new tradition? Get creative and brainstorm with your partner or family members to create a new activity that you can enjoy for years to come. Backyard BBQs, picnics, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts projects, your own family Olympics, movie nights, book clubs, kitchen dance parties… the options are endless.

We wish you all a fun and sunny summer full of adventure!

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The Benefits of Living in a Toronto Townhome

Luxury Bartley Townhomes

Townhomes are like the Goldilocks of living in Toronto. You get your own home – including all the roominess and outdoor space of a detached home – with all the convenience and ease of condo living. With a townhome, you get the best of both worlds.

Townhomes typically include multiple floors, designated parking spaces, and a shared wall with another home or homes. Townhome communities usually include shared communal spaces and are generally regulated by a homeowners’ association, which ensures that community maintenance and upkeep are taken care of and that everyone in the community abides by certain rules or guidelines.

If you’re considering buying a new home or condo in Toronto, townhomes are an excellent option to consider. Here are the top five benefits of living in a townhome.

Affordability and Cost Savings

Townhome living offers unparalleled affordability. Townhomes take up less land than single-family homes and are more cost-effective to build, so they’re more affordable to buy. This has great benefits for families as it allows them to get more home for less.

Townhomes also boast lower property taxes than detached homes and lower utility bills, since the shared walls between townhomes help to prevent heat loss and conserve energy.

Owners of townhomes also typically enjoy cost savings when it comes to home maintenance costs. While single-family homes can have many maintenance fees – everything from landscaping to roof repairs to driveway maintenance must be taken into consideration in the budget – many of these concerns don’t apply to townhomes or are covered by the homeowners’ association.

Amazing Locations

Townhomes are often less expensive than single-family detached homes in the same area, so they let homeowners live in great neighborhoods for a lower cost. Townhomes tend to be centrally located close to transit, shopping, restaurants, schools, entertainment options, and more.

Our upcoming Bartley Towns luxury townhome community, for example, is ideally situated in an ideal Toronto neighborhood at Victoria Park and Eglinton East. This established residential neighborhood in North York is amid a commercial and residential revitalization thanks to the planned Eglinton Crosstown LRT transit extension currently under construction. Best of all, Bartley Towns is close to numerous public and private schools, libraries, community centers, and parks with ample green space and walking trails, making it a perfect place for families to live and grow.

Single Family Living Without the Maintenance

Owning and maintaining a detached home can be a lot of work, and it can be both time-consuming and expensive. From yard work such as pulling weeds, trimming shrubs, and cutting the grass to landscaping to seasonal outdoor work like cleaning eavestroughs and shoveling snow, the list of tasks and chores can be endless. And then there are the bigger maintenance items and repairs to consider, like roof and driveway repairs or repainting your home’s exterior to keep it looking fresh.

With a townhome, you don’t have to worry about any of that. In townhome communities, the homeowners’ association typically handles all maintenance to your home’s exterior as well as to shared outdoor amenities such as parking lots, driveways, and other common areas.

Maintenance-free living is ideal for today’s busy families. It gives you more time to focus on what matters most: spending time with your family. Whether cooking a special meal together, playing sports, or a board game together or simply enjoying each other’s company, you’ll be grateful for the opportunity to relax with your family instead of attending to a never-ending chores checklist.

A Community Vibe

Townhome communities are vibrant, fun places to live because they foster a sense of community and togetherness. As neighbors live close to each other, they tend to get to know each other and to become quite friendly. Townhome living is a great way to make new friends, to meet playmates for your children, and to add a touch of safety and friendliness to your everyday life. Even living in a big city like Toronto, you’ll find yourself bumping into your neighbors and sharing a smile and a chat. Being part of a community is a wonderful feeling and is good for your mental health.

This sense of community also contributes to security, as neighbors know each other and will be more likely to notice and alert each other of any unusual noise, activities, or suspicious visitors. You’ll also have friendly neighbors nearby should you need someone to pick up your mail or keep an eye on your home while you’re out of town on a work trip or family vacation.

Stunning Shared Spaces

Another benefit of townhome living is that you get to enjoy beautiful common areas and amenities, including yards and parks. These are more expansive and luxurious than they would be if they were owned and used by just one family alone, and you don’t need to worry about any of the maintenance.

Townhome living offers all the luxury and spaciousness of single-family living at a lower cost than living in a detached home, and with a more carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle. It’s the perfect way to get all the benefits of living in a great neighborhood while also getting to enjoy more precious time with your family.

If you’re interested in the BAZIS’contemporary townhome community at Victoria Park and Eglinton East, make sure to register now for Bartley Towns to receive the latest news and updates.

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Everything You Need to Know About Yorkville’s Boutique Fitness

If you purchase a new condo at BAZIS’ luxury condo residence 1 Yorkville in the trendy Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, you’ll know that it comes with its own fitness gallery, complete with the newest weight and cardio training machines, as well as CrossFit and Pilates studios. From the level of the fitness gallery, 1 Yorkville condo residents can also enjoy the sprawling view of the spa lounge located just below, with hot and cold plunge pools, aqua massages, and a generous steam room and sauna – not to mention the outdoor pool with private cabanas, a wading pool and a hot tub.

Dedicated health and fitness enthusiasts like to have options, though, and the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood is the perfect spot to be for wellness buffs.

Fitness Classes for Yorkville Condo Owners

Fitness classes are a fun and motivating way to get – and stay – in shape. Group exercise has been shown to be better for your mental health than working out solo. A recent study found that people who took group exercise classes were less stressed out and reported more physical, emotional and mental health benefits than those who exercised alone or didn’t exercise at all. The social atmosphere coupled with the well-known benefits of physical activity is an added component that creates increasing health benefits for fitness enthusiasts. Group fitness classes also often include music, upbeat energy and choreography. All of these factors help to increase motivation and boost mood.

If you’re into boutique fitness classes, there are plenty of excellent options in the Yorkville neighbourhood. Read on for a compilation of our favourites.

The World’s Fastest Growing Functional Training Community

Functional training is a great way to get in shape fast. Functional training is defined as exercise that involves training the whole body for the activities performed in daily life. Translation? Engaging in functional training will make your day-to-day life easier and more pain-free. Back and joint pain will decrease or disappear, carrying groceries will be incredibly easy and you won’t bat an eye at the prospect of scaling a few flights of stairs.

Because functional training primarily targets the core muscles of the abdomen and the lower back, you’ll also end up looking as fit and shredded as you feel.

Functional training often includes gym equipment such as kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, resistance tubes, balance discs and more.

A great option for functional training in the Bloor-Yorkville area is F45. The “F” stands for functional training. F45’s mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts are geared toward everyday movement. The “45” refers to the length of the workout – just 45 minutes of sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun and you’re done for the day.

As explained on its website, F45 is specifically designed to provide a functional full-body workout while improving energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance. The team mentality at F45 Training helps members transform their lifestyle physically and mentally while encouraging community growth and a no-ego attitude.

F45 is also one of the most time-efficient ways of training. Participants can burn up to 750 calories per 45-minute session.

Get Your Dance On

For dance enthusiasts, FYF (Find Your Fierce) is an amazing option in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. It offers a cardio party “workout” as well as monthly dance choreography pop-up classes so you can get your groove on and have fun while getting fit.

The classes include a mix of 80% cardio and 20% toning and stretching so you can burn calories and tone your muscles, all in just 50 minutes. With a killer playlist, the classes at FYF are an endorphin high. Come once and you won’t be able to resist coming back! Experience is not required.

Enjoy the Full Package

A personalized approach to health is a great way to find out what works for you and what areas you need to work on and to get all the assistance and support you need.

At Catalyst Health Yorkville, personalized experience is what’s on the menu. Its vision is to serve the clients and community in the highest standard with unparalleled health care and enthusiasm.

Everyone has a personal fitness goal, and no two people are alike. Catalyst will assign you to a certified personal trainer who will initiate you on the path to realize your goals. Whether you want to reduce body fat, improve lean muscle mass or increase your mobility for a specific sport, Catalyst’s personal training staff, know what it takes from a physical and mental standpoint to push through the barriers to accomplish what you initially embarked on.

The benefits of personal training are endless, whether you need the initial spark to start a fitness program or add variety and specificity to an already existing regime.

In addition, if you’re looking for a full suite of fitness and wellness services – including chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition packages and counselling, active care rehab, physiotherapy and fascial stretch therapy – then Catalyst Health is the place for you.

Located in the heart of the city’s most luxurious area, the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, Catalyst Health houses state-of-the-art equipment and functional space to help you achieve any fitness or wellness goal. Achieving your New Year’s resolutions has never been so easy.

Barre and Pilates

For those looking to build a long, lean dancer’s body, barre and Pilates are popular choices. The Mindful Movement Centre is a great place to explore Pilates class, whether it be a class on the reformer, suspension Pilates, or a flow class. New students can also begin with a one-on-one session to receive a detailed assessment and an informed recommendation on what classes will be best suited to you.

The Mindful Movement Centre boasts a beautiful studio, small class sizes and some of the most highly-trained teachers in the city. You’ll be in good hands here!

Try Something a Little Bit Different

Looking to try something a little different – and highly technologically advanced? GoGo Muscle Training offers Toronto’s finest electric muscle stimulation (EMS) training facility. This zero-impact exercise allows you to gain explosive strength and to build muscle in record time. You can also improve your posture, achieve a toned body, relieve joints and balance out the muscular system with EMS training.

In EMS training, impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes to the skin surface above the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses cause the muscles to contract, so the result is similar to the actual movement and regular contractions of the muscles.

GoGo offers EMS muscle training and also EMS cardio training, allowing you to build unbelievable endurance in just a few weeks with 25 minutes of training. Unlike conventional spinning classes or training which only focuses on your legs, GoGo EMS cardio training gives you full-body cardio and helps you to burn approximately 1,000 calories in just one session.

Whatever kind of fitness class you enjoy, the trendy Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood has a boutique fitness class to suit your style.

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1 Yorkville: Toronto’s Most Luxurious New Condo Development Is Nearly Complete

Construction is coming along beautifully at BAZIS’ 1 Yorkville luxury new condo development in downtown Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, and the building is nearing completion!

1 Yorkville now stands at its full height of 58 storeys, and the suites and amenity spaces are in the process of being finished. The building is coming to life, and we’re looking forward to completing construction and welcoming homeowners to this gorgeous new development.

Since our last construction update of this exciting new Toronto condo development, a lot has been done at 1 Yorkville. Read on to learn more! 

Construction Updates at 1 Yorkville

The roof slab has been completed at 1 Yorkville, which means that the condo’s incredible rooftop amenity space is now under construction too. The rooftop at 1 Yorkville will allow residents to entertain their guests in one of the condo’s gracious party rooms or to watch a movie in an intimate outdoor theatre. It’s all coming to life, at this very moment!

The exterior of the stunning condo development is coming along well, with the heritage building steel framing fully completed all the way up to the 4th floor, as well as all windows completed. The exterior wall, drywall has been completed up to the 56th floor – just two more storeys to go!

Inside, the suites are in their final finishing phase. Drywall has been completed up to the 54th floor and painting is well underway, as are tiles (which have been completed up to the 49th floor). Kitchens, countertops and backsplashes as well as suite doors, trim and hardware are also making swift progress – we’re almost there!

The ground floor lobby is also in full construction mode and is coming along well. The beautiful double-height lobby will feature an original art installation, convenient free WiFi, exquisite interior design and a 24-hour concierge.

The amenity spaces are making progress too. 1 Yorkville’s 4th and 5th-floor amenity floors, which are now each 50% complete, offer a functional environment that will inspire the most dedicated health enthusiasts while also embracing those who prefer a more meditative and relaxed ambiance. A spa with a sprawling outdoor pool, hot tub and hot-and-cold plunge pools will offer an incredible opportunity to unwind and enjoy all the benefits of hydrotherapy. A Cross Fit studio with top-tier equipment and a fitness gallery stocked with top-of-the-line weight and cardio machines will allow residents to optimize their health and performance in comfort and style.

A New Condo That’s Changing Toronto’s Landscape

1 Yorkville is already making its mark on the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, with its iconic design becoming a memorable and irreplaceable landmark.

The building is wrapped in crimped bands of white metallic ribbon to produce a unique interplay of shadow and light, and to emphasize a glittering effect embedded in the cityscape. This distinctive, unique exterior cladding now extends all the way from the ground floor to the top of the building’s 58th floor, producing a striking, dazzling effect.

The elegant condo fits in perfectly in the luxurious Yorkville neighbourhood, nestled amidst the likes of Hermes, Gucci, Holt Renfrew, and the Four Seasons across the street.

Redefining Luxury

1 Yorkville’s singular, alluring exterior architecture isn’t all that is making the new condo development such an iconic new part of downtown Toronto’s landscape. The condo’s exquisite interior finishes are also designating a new standard of luxury.

Open-concept layouts, premium European-style kitchens and designer finishes, some with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, are stunning and perfectly suited for the most discriminating buyer.

The condo’s lavish amenities are also superbly designed and highly enviable. Style cannot exist without substance, after all.

Of course, the finishing touch to 1 Yorkville is the royal treatment and ultimate luxury provided by its signature concierge services to handle all of life’s little tasks, such as errands, personal shopping and appointment-booking.

Suites Available at 1 Yorkville

There is still a limited selection of suites available at 1 Yorkville, including a one-of-a-kind penthouse that offers 360 degrees of Toronto views in an incredibly spacious, luxurious 7,256 square feet. The principal rooms of this lofty home feature a southern view with the great Lake Ontario beyond.

If you’re interested in calling the luxury new condo development 1 Yorkville home, get in touch with us to learn more. Follow BAZIS on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) to learn more about our communities and the latest updates at 1 Yorkville.

A Positive Outlook for New Homes in Toronto this Fall

A generally positive fall is underway with a relatively strong real estate market in Canada. This is great news for those investing in real estate, which continues to show strength over the long term as a means to build wealth in Canada. 

 

The Canadian Real Estate Association is reporting slight increases in September, with benchmark prices rising .5% in September over August and increases of 1.3% year over year.  Continue reading

1 Yorkville’s Luxury Condo Coming Close to Capping Off

BAZIS - 1 Yorkville(Excerpted from Urban Toronto’s BAZIS & Plaza’s 1 Yorkville Close to Topping Off in Bloor-Yorkville)

Since construction began in the Spring of 2017, BAZIS’ 1 Yorkville Luxury Condo has been steadily rising, and it is now nearing the summit! We are close to the final height of 183m (58 storeys) and topping it all off is an incredible rooftop amenity space. UPDATED-Sept-19 Continue reading

Buying New Construction Townhouses in Toronto – [Essential Tips]

Whether you’re considering buying a new construction home or resale home in Toronto, you’re looking for the best home your money can buy. You want the reassurance of knowing you’re buying a well-constructed home, free of deficiencies. That’s why you’ll spend weeks or even months looking at the real estate before you make a choice. Continue reading

Top Toronto Townhome Upgrades to Maximize Future Resale Value

Torontonians love their new homes. In a 2018 Globe and Mail Report, there will be well over 100,000 new pre-construction townhomes, Toronto between 2010 and 2020. With all the new houses built in the GTA, it’s easy to see new trends as they emerge, and new home buyers demand them.

It’s important to consider not only the upgrades that have *sizzle* but also the practical upgrades that are costly to do later, as well. These are things such as upgrades to ceiling heights, electrical, and insulation. Continue reading