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!
Fall is here, and the weather has been lovely. It’s that magical time of year when Toronto’s parks & green spaces begin to pop with the dazzling orange, amber, red and purple tones as their leaves change colour. We took advantage of one particularly gorgeous day for a photo tour of Queen’s Park, a short walk south of Exhibit.
Warm weather has kept many leaves from changing colours, but it’s perfect for a walk in the park.
Fall colours make it easy to take gorgeous pictures.
Green may be 2017’s trendiest colour, but some trees refuse to follow the crowd.
Even the fall colours can’t distract from Exhibit’s eye-catching architecture.
While there are technically a few more weeks left of summer Toronto, the Labour Day long weekend is it’s unofficial send-off. There is a whole host of ways to bid the summer farewell ranging from festivals that celebrate food & art, to carnivals and comic books, here are some of the best ways to celebrate, as we near the Autumn equinox:
The Canadian National Exhibition:
Take in the midway, carnival games and wild foods at the 138th annual CNE. Two of the biggest highlights of the final days at the Ex include the Canadian International Air Show which is the longest running aviation display in North America along with the Labour Day Parade that concludes its march at Princess Gates.
Fan Expo Canada:
Fan Expo kicks off on August 31st and runs throughout the Labour Day weekend. It is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the third largest Pop Culture event in North America.
Hot & Spicy Food Festival:
Kick up the heat at the 20th-anniversary edition of Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Taking place at Harbour Front Centre this event showcases Canadian celebrity chefs, a curated food market, and a ChiliKids cooking competition, all paired with sizzling jazz. The festival runs from Friday, September 1 through to September 4, 2017.
Buskerfest at Woodbine Park:
Four days of non-stop fun in support of Epilepsy Toronto featuring circus artistry, music, magic and mime along comedians, acrobats, clowns and much more. This fundraiser features one-of-a-kind entertainment and fun for the entire family. Buskerfest runs from September 1st to the 4th.
Downsview Park Ribfest:
North York’s largest Ribfest Festival takes place September 1st – 4th, 2017 at Downsview Park. The event features exciting live entertainment, a midway and kids zone, hot air balloon rides and of course BBQ ribs along with a variety of festival food trucks.
Artfest Toronto at the Distillery:
Artfest Toronto is an outdoor arts and crafts show set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the historic Distillery District. Artfest will feature paintings, photography, sculptures, artisan crafts and live music from some of Canada’s top artists. This festival also offers something for everyone in the family with an Artfest kids component as well. The event takes place all weekend long.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.