Hollywood has landed in Toronto. It has been reported that actor Mark Wahlberg has uncorked one-of-a-kind luxury by purchasing an exclusive, 4,600-square-foot penthouse at 36Hazelton, which comes with a $12 million price tag.
Wahlberg, who just turned 40 on June 5, played boxer “Irish” Micky Ward in the 2010 Oscar-winning movie The Fighter. He’ll enjoy the 360-degree knockout views in his Toronto suite, which occupies the entire seventh floor and overlooks Hazelton Ave. The penthouse includes two levels of private outdoor space, totaling more than 2,800 square feet, says Molly Watsa, account manager with Siren Communications, the firm handling publicity for the project.
“36Hazelton is a residence for owners who demand the best in location and lifestyle,” says Watsa in an email. “It is for those who appreciate quality, extraordinary service and attention to detail.”
But there’s plenty of selection to tempt other buyers, with suites starting at 1,073 square feet and priced from $1.6 million. With a total of 18 suites incorporated into the historic facade of the former St. Basil’s Separate School, buyers can own a unique part of the seven-storey terraced building.
Oenophiles will find much to toast with several distinctive amenities, including a modern version of a traditional wine cellar lined with 21 private climate-controlled, lockable fridges. Adjoining the wine cellar will be a tasting room — an ideal spot for intimate dinner parties or small get-togethers.
“Compared with other luxury developments in the city, 36Hazelton is a smaller, boutique-style building on a real residential street,” says Robert Cooper, president of the Alterra Group. Cooper, along with Ken Zuckerman, owner of Zinc Development Corp., are the developers behind the project. The design team includes Quadrangle Architects, Chapman Design Group and Ron Holbrook.
Quality and custom detail is seen in the suites, which went on sale on May 16. No construction date is confirmed but occupancy is set for late fall 2013. Maintenance fees at 80 cents a square foot are comparable to other buildings in the area and hydro is individually metered, says Watsa.
Two-storey configurations are found in four suites from around 1,300 square feet to more than 2,100 square feet. Also being offered is a distinctive townhome unit with a private courtyard. The townhome will be built into the facade of the heritage building (constructed in 1928) and will offer 13-foot ceilings in the living room and a semi-private elevator.
Each of the units — with open-concept layouts, 10-foot ceilings and custom finishes — has a balcony or terrace. The outdoor spaces, say Watsa, range from roughly 160 square feet to about 1,300 square feet, while the penthouse has 2,881 square feet of outdoor space on two levels.
What makes the project so unique, says Watsa, is that it sits in the heart of Yorkville on a historic, tree-lined street and is a development that will never be repeated on Hazelton Ave.
“Residents will feel like they live in a true neighbourhood — one that still retains the village atmosphere of Yorkville,” says Cooper.
Also setting the project apart are distinctive suite features and building amenities. These include custom kitchens by Marana with Miele appliance packages and individual wine refrigerators. Suites will feature warming drawers and the latest speed ovens — benefits include faster cooking time, better retention of food nutrients and moisture — as a standard feature.
36Hazelton will also offer 24-hour concierge, a billiards room and executive boardroom. A fitness centre includes treadmills and elliptical trainers by Technogym and PowerWatts virtual cycling systems. Simulated cycling tracks include the Tour de France, which will recreate the actual tension felt by cyclists on the course. As well, a holistic room equipped with massage table, sink and lockable cabinets allows residents to bring in their own personal masseur.
A private underground garage comes equipped with a car washing station, while the garage’s dog-washing station ensures that four-legged friends (and their muddy paws) are not forgotten.
36Hazelton sits “at the epicentre of Toronto’s most stylish neighbourhood, with a village atmosphere and home to Canada’s exclusive shops and restaurants,” says Watsa. But this project also offers residents front-row seats on the action and excitement that heats up the neighbourhood each September during the Toronto International Film Festival. The building is close to the city’s cultural corridor, including the Royal Ontario Museum, she says.
June 9, 2011 Janice Bradbeer
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