Park Place Offers a Smart Investment in SmartVMC

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The GTA is growing at an incredibly rapid pace, representing one of the hottest job and real estate markets in the country. Emerging from a global pandemic, the GTA is poised to continue its current boom, as job creation picks up pace and cranes dot the sky in response to the huge demand for housing. One of the more noteworthy development nodes in the region is Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, where a new transit-oriented city centre has been established at the heart of Vaughan, bringing a new urban downtown to the quiet suburb. At the centre of this district is the SmartVMC master plan, a new mixed-use complete community led by SmartCentres REIT’s residential sub-brand, SmartLiving, that is designed with sustainability, livability, and prosperity in mind.

With several towers already completed or currently under construction, SmartLiving is introducing its next phase to the neighbourhood with Park Place. Located at the corner of Highway 7 and Commerce Street, Park Place features two towers of 48 and 56 storeys containing a total of 1,100 residential units and more than 10,000 ft² of retail space. The building, including the interiors, is designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITRendering looking east toward Park Place, image courtesy of SmartLiving

There are several reasons why Park Place represents a smart investment for purchasers, and perhaps most significant among those reasons is its transit connectivity. SmartVMC is a transit-oriented community, with the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station and the SmartVMC Bus Terminal situated at the heart of the neighbourhood, offering local and regional connections between TTC, VIVA, YRT, and ZUM services. VIVA’s Highway 7 bus rapid transit line also cuts through the area, with the BRT stop at Commerce Street located right next to Park Place. The rapid transit infrastructure ensures that the rest of the GTA will always be easily accessible from SmartVMC, which makes it an attractive place for businesses and new residents to call home.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITVaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station, image courtesy of SmartLiving

Park Place is joining a mixed-use community that contains everything one would need within walking distance, ensuring a diverse built form, a vibrant urban atmosphere, and convenience for residents and workers far into the future. The SmartVMC master plan is an ambitious vision to create a new city centre in Vaughan that, once complete, will encompass more than 100 acres and will contain over 20 million ft² of residential, retail, commercial, and cultural spaces. A total of 45,000 residents are projected to live in SmartVMC, creating a vibrant urban environment of its own.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITSmartVMC master plan, image courtesy of SmartLiving

Several key components of SmartVMC have already been completed, including a new 10,000 ft² public library branch; a brand new 70,000+ ft² YMCA; the 15-storey KPMG office tower; and the 9-storey PwC office tower, which together are home to more than 105,000 ft² of Class A office space with major tenants including PwC, KPMG, TD Bank, BMO, and Scotiabank. There is plenty of retail nearby, including both large-format retailers like IKEA and Walmart, as well as smaller boutique shops and restaurants like Buca and Balzac’s, with a further 500,000 ft² of retail spaces and restaurants planned for the neighbourhood. Several residential towers are also already gracing the SmartVMC skyline, welcoming thousands of new residents to the community.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITView of the PwC and YMCA Tower, image courtesy of SmartLiving

The future central park of the SmartVMC master plan is another reason to get excited about the community, which will be a significant green space designed by renowned landscape architect Claude Cormier. The park will contain a host of amenities for residents to enjoy and will become the new focal point and leisure space of the neighbourhood. Park Place is conveniently located directly adjacent to the central portion of the new park, offering sweeping views and easy access to this significant green space.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITClose-up rendering of Park Place, image courtesy of SmartLiving

SmartVMC also has the future in mind, as all of its buildings, including Park Place, are designed with a focus on environmental sustainability and resiliency. Each building meets high environmental standards, and each has been conceived with the goal of efficient and minimal energy use. The neighbourhood is planned in a way that makes it very walkable and bikeable, with a focus on transit, high-quality public realm design, and pedestrian comfort. By integrating a diverse mix of uses and providing access to higher-order rapid transit, the master plan is designed to minimize local car trips, which reduces the overall carbon footprint of the community.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITClose-up rendering of Park Place, image courtesy of SmartLiving

Beyond SmartVMC, the City of Vaughan also offers attractive reasons to live and work there and an optimistic future of growth and prosperity. Already home to over 320,000 residents and nearly 230,000 jobs, Vaughan has several major projects on the go that are poised to attract thousands more residents and jobs over the coming decades. Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is one such major node of development, as well as the nearby Vaughan Enterprise Zone, a major employment hub at the western border of the city that is home to nearly 17,000 jobs and major employers such as Canadian Pacific Rail, FedEx, Home Depot, Sobey’s, and Adidas Canada, with plans to expand to 60,000 jobs and 5.3 million ft² of employment space upon full build-out.

At the north end of the city, Mackenzie Health recently opened in 2021, and aside from being a major employer in the city, it is also Vaughan’s first hospital and Canada’s first smart technology hospital. Planned major transportation investments will also facilitate the sustained success and growth of Vaughan, including the proposed extension of the TTC’s Yonge subway line into Richmond Hill providing subway access to the east end of Vaughan, and the recently completed extension of Highway 427 in the west end of the city that benefits the expansion of the Vaughan Enterprise Zone.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITView of several completed SmartVMC buildings, image courtesy of SmartLiving

Park Place is poised to benefit from the continued growth and success of Vaughan, and is well-located at the heart of the largest development node in the city. With a high-quality design, a convenient location, and an established and growing vibrant community, Park Place represents a smart investment choice for purchasers. With many more phases to come at SmartVMC that will bring plenty of new office space, restaurants, retail, community spaces, and public spaces within arm’s reach, Park Place will be a convenient and dynamic place to call home for many years to come.

Quality Design One of Many Highlights of Park Place at SmartVMC

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Two new towers are set to rise in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre with Park Place Condos, representing the next phase of SmartVMC’s master plan by SmartLiving, SmartCentres REIT’s residential sub-brand. The pair of 48- and 56-storey towers are designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and will add to a growing skyline around the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre transit hub. The development includes a total of 1,100 residential units along with more than 10,000 ft² of urban retail space at ground level.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITRendering looking east toward Park Place, image courtesy of SmartLiving.

The towers sport a curvy, elegant design from Hariri Pontarini, with horizontal fins wrapping the podium that create a linear motif which continues up the tower as fritted glass. This attention to detail is not just limited to the exterior, however, with Hariri Pontarini also designing the building interiors with the same elevated, contemporary aesthetic.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITClose-up rendering of Park Place, image courtesy of SmartLiving.

The suites come in a variety of types and sizes, ranging from 480 to over 1,100 ft² and from one to three bedrooms. Along with the range of options, each suite features 9-foot-high smooth ceilings; floor-to-ceiling windows with roller blinds included; a balcony; and windows in each bedroom. The layouts are efficiently organized to maximize the usable interior space, with an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living room that allows for plenty of natural light and flexibility.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITFloor plan of typical south tower floor plate, image courtesy of SmartLiving.

Suite interiors feature high-quality finishes that are durable, comfortable, and offer a luxurious feel to the space. The bathrooms in particular are meticulously designed with modern finishes, including porcelain tile floors and floor-to-ceiling tiled walls in the wet areas. The showers and tubs are glass-enclosed and come with a rain showerhead, features that are not typically standard in most condos. The toilet is water-efficient, and a modern sink with stone countertop complements the aesthetic of the space.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITRendering of a typical bathroom, image courtesy of SmartLiving.

The main living area and bedrooms feature resilient LVP flooring for a warm, inviting look that is comfortable on the feet and also highly durable and scratch-resistant. The kitchen includes solid surface countertops which accent the living space and a full-slab backsplash, synonymous with luxury interior design, that offers a clean look free of grout lines, making it easy to maintain. Integrated appliances offer a streamlined look, seamlessly blending in with the cabinetry for an aesthetically-pleasing appearance that is also efficient and space-saving.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITRendering of a condo unit at Park Place, image courtesy of SmartLiving.

Residents can choose from two standard designer-chosen colour palettes for the interior finishes, offering customization without having to hire an interior designer. Fixtures come in either black and gold to complement the elevated design of the interiors.

Units are also equipped with smart capabilities such as touch-free entry and smart thermostats, all of which can be accessed through app integration.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITRendering of a condo unit at Park Place, image courtesy of SmartLiving.

The building also features a host of new amenities located on the second and third floors of the podium. These include a fitness area with yoga and wellness spaces and a cycle lab; a lounge and games room; and a large outdoor terrace, complete with landscaping, seating areas, and an outdoor cooking area. WiFi will also be available in all common areas.

Park Place Condos, SmartVMC, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartLiving, SmartCentres REITRendering of the fitness room, image courtesy of SmartLiving.

SmartVMC’s much-awaited luxurious condos just launched & here’s a first-look

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One of Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s (VMC) largest developers, SmartCentres, just announced the launch of their newest offering- the much-awaited, luxury condos, Park Place. And registrations for bookings are now open. YAY, indeed!

The project featuring two high-rises will tower over the Highway 7-Jane Street intersection. It’s part of SmartCentres’ pedestrian-focused, transit-connected and master-planned community, SmartVMC. The 100-acre community at the core of DT Vaughan is now an urban cultural hub, commerce centre and recreational hotspot brimming with modern conveniences.

Park Place
Photo via SmartVMC

SmartVMC quite literally brings the best of both worlds together. On the one hand, you have the downtown lifestyle with everything you need for a quality life- live, work and play- within walking distance. On the other hand, you have the suburban luxury of green spaces and a community vibe.

The community boasts of a retail centre, a YMCA, a library, daycare, new office spaces and top employers like KPMG, PwC, Miller Thomson, GFL, etc. Plus, it’s centrally located and well-connected with the VMC Subway station and the VIVA station a 5-minute walk away. And of course, you have highways 401 and 407 a quick drive away.

The 9-acre Central Park-style park that runs through the middle is a highlight of the community. And Park Place is adjacent to this green beauty. Meaning, all 1,100 residences here will have a massive manicured greenscape for a backyard.

Park Place
Photo via SmartVMC

Now, here’s the thing— Park Place doesn’t piggyback on the community’s conveniences alone. Of course, the highly urban lifestyle is what’s piquing the interest of the whole of GTA. But the skyscraper comes with its own merits that promise a refined luxury experience.

The building has a classy modern vibe with lush interiors,  upscale finishes, custom cabinetry, modern appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies. And it has all the amenities you’d expect- a world-class fitness centre with a yoga room and wellness spa, an outdoor kitchen, party room and co-working spaces among others.

Then there are the smart features like smart building controls, smart thermostats, keyless door entry, a building app and WiFi in all common areas. 

TBH, we get now what the whole buzz was about and why everyone we know seems to be flocking to VMC. C’mon, who can resist that urban DT lifestyle minus the compromises?

Anyway, here’s the Park Place website in case you need more deets on the project.

These soaring condos in Vaughan’s trendy downtown area are coming to market

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Always fancied the high-flying skyscraper life and thinking about investing in that dream home soon? Then you’re in luck because Park Place Condos, the highly-anticipated towers in the burgeoning SmartVMC, are available now.

SmartLiving, SmartCentres’ residential brand, is responsible for the new development which has a lot to get excited about. Park Place Condos blends urban luxury and natural beauty perfectly.

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After all, it’s located in SmartVMC, SmartCentres’ master-planned 100+ acre community located in the heart of Vaughan’s emerging downtown area. Which means that nearby amenities include a brand new state-of-the-art YMCA recreational facility and Vaughan Public Library, trendy urban restaurants and many more everyday conveniences.

At the same time, residents will enjoy a prime location overlooking SmartVMC’s future nine-acre central park (which is what influenced the property’s Park Place name).

park place condosThis sprawling green space has been designed by award-winning landscape designers Claude Cormier + Associés – and features everything from cycling trails and a sunken lawn to an off-leash dog park and children’s play zone.

Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, Park Place features two towers –48 and 56 storeys – connected by a three-storey podium. 

It looks posh and modern, with the towers designed to maximize access to natural light. Some cool high-tech elements include Wi-Fi in the common areas, touch-free entry, smart thermostats, and even a building app.

Inside, the apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies for residents to enjoy the views. Efficient kitchens include built-in refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, ovens, and a kitchen island in select suites. 

park place condosYou can even expect some swanky elements in the washroom – we’re talking porcelain floor-tiles, a custom designed vanity and brushed gold or black fixtures.

Meanwhile, the 40,000+ square feet of amenities within the building are everything you’d expect and more: a fitness centre with yoga, a cycle lab and wellness spaces; lounge with a games room; an outdoor kitchen; co-working space; a bike repair workshop; kids’ playroom; a party room; and over 10,000 square feet of retail space. Chances are you wouldn’t need to step outside the building if you really didn’t want to.

But when you do head outside, you can be rest assured that you’re well connected to Toronto and the GTA. The property is just steps away from Vaughan Metropolitan Centre TTC as well as the SmartVMC Bus Terminal and VIVA – Commerce Street station. You can get to Union Station via the subway in under 45 minutes!

park place condosThere are currently one-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom and premium two-bedroom apartments on sale. But word is that the suites will be swept up pretty quickly, so you should book a viewing of Park Place sooner rather than later if you’re looking to secure a spot.

Refined luxury condos in burgeoning Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

SmartVMC, one of Canada’s fastest growing communities for couples, families and young business professionals, introduces Park Place Condominiums.

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In the centre of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) at Jane Street and Highway 7 is the SmartVMC, a mixed-use development of residential living combined with such amenities as a state-of-the-art YMCA recreational facility, the Vaughan Public Library, world-class employment and outstanding greenspaces. In the heart of the development, SmartVMC will feature two highly anticipated new residential towers situated next to a newly planned nine-acre park, which will be the new downtown centre of Vaughan.

Park Place is a residential condominium project and the next phase of SmartVMC development by SmartLiving, SmartCentres REIT’s residential development arm. “No other development in York Region is quite like SmartVMC because it is a transit hub,” explains Director of Sales Alan Law. “We have one of only two TTC subway stops in the 905 area in the heart of the development. We also have the SmartVMC regional bus terminal that connects most of York Region, from Brampton to Markham and from Aurora and Newmarket to downtown. Whether you’re heading to a smaller community beyond the business district or downtown Toronto, there’s an easy way to get there by transit, or by car because you’re minutes away from Highway 7 and the 400-series highways.”

The development is also five minutes from York University, 15 minutes from Yorkdale, 35 minutes from University of Toronto and under 45 minutes to Union Station. “There are several triple A employers with offices on site at SmartVMC — KPMG, PwC, SmartCentres’ Home Office, Harley Davidson and all the major banks, to name a few,” adds Law. Canada’s first smart hospital, Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre and Canada’s Wonderland are also nearby.

SmartVMC’s centrepiece will be the spectacular nine-acre park, designed by award-winning Claude Cormier + Associés. “The park will be a landmark destination, designed for the benefit of residents and visitors,” says Law. Park amenities include cycling trails, a sunken lawn for picnics and play, an off-leash dog park and a children’s play zone.

Located at the northeast corner of Highway 7 and the newly constructed Commerce Street, Park Place will be defined by refined luxury and world-class architecture. Two exquisite towers, 48 and 56 storeys, will be connected by a three-storey podium, with 1,100 residential suites overlooking the SmartVMC park. Award-winning architectural firm Hariri Pontarini has designed the exterior to be visually exceptional, “sculpting each tower by using distinctive ‘fins’ that create a stepped silhouette,” says Law. The towers are oriented to preserve views and maximize access to light.

The ground floor will be a retail plaza and public promenade. The second and third floors of the podium will include a fitness area with a gym, yoga and wellness spaces, a children’s play area, co-working space, a lounge, games room, cycle lab, and indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Individual units will range from 477 to 1,100 square feet, in a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Each suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, smooth nine-foot ceilings, luxury vinyl flooring and a balcony off the living room. Kitchens will feature full-slab backsplashes and wall-mounted appliances; kitchens and baths have Corian countertops and a selection of designer features. Several designs include kitchen islands and walk-in closets. “There is a wide variety of suite designs to provide something to suit every buyer,” says Law. Smart capabilities include Wi-Fi connections in all common areas, smart thermostats, keyless door entry, secure touch-free building and suite access and other touch-free points designed to reduce virus and bacteria transfer.

Backed by more than 30 years of experience, SmartLiving leverages an in-house team of land development experts to drive all residential initiatives across SmartCentres’ communities coast-to-coast. Their flagship SmartVMC is a 100-acre+ master-planned community that incorporates connectivity, convenience, open-space, art and culture, and world-class architecture. Park Place Condominiums launches in spring 2022.

Smart Move: A Luxurious Lifestyle Awaits At Vaughan’s Master-Planned City Centre

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As Vaughan’s highly-anticipated downtown hub steps into its next phase, those seeking a brand-new luxury suite that’s as welcoming as it is well-connected will be smart to make a move.

Serving as the newest juncture of SmartVMC — SmartCentres’ flagship 100+ acre master-planned community, rising in the heart of Vaughan — SmartLiving is poised to introduce a host of new suites to the neighbourhood via Park Place condos.

Standing at Highway 7 and Commerce Street, this pair of mixed-use towers will bring 1,100 residential units to the area, alongside more than 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space at grade.

With the project’s launch just around the corner, the time for getting acquainted with all the lavish livability, comfort, and connection this development has to offer is right now.

With SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust at the helm of Park Place condos, future residents can trust their homes are in (read: being crafted by) good hands. As part of SmartCentres’ major project of the moment – a $15.2B intensification program wherein rental apartments, condos, seniors’ residences, and hotels are being developed under SmartCentres’ residential sub brand, SmartLiving – all eyes are on Park Place.

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The fast-approaching condominium launch will introduce two buildings — one soaring 48 storeys, and the other 56 — directly adjacent to SmartVMC’s nine-acre central park. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, the towers will feature a suave curving design, rising over a three-storey podium that connects their bases. With thanks to their ultra-connected location, the builds will offer ease of access to transit, amenities, retail, and an expansive public realm.

Indeed, the ground level of the buildings will serve as a communal hub; its generous retail plaza and public space considered. With thoughtful architecture that seamlessly integrates the development with the surroundings planned for the area, this shopping and gathering space celebrates form as much as it honours function.

With suites ranging in size from 470 through to over 1,100 sq. ft., luxurious layouts from one- up to three-beds will be available at Park Place. Furthermore, the buildings will be smart, with special features including touch-free entry, smart thermostats, app integration, and Wi-Fi available throughout common areas.

Amenities on site will include a lounge and games room, a fitness area complete with a dedicated yoga and wellness hub, a cycle lab, and a large outdoor terrace that comes complete with plenty of greenery, ample space for seating, and an outdoor cooking area.

Complementing all the elegance and ease to be found throughout Park Place, the community surrounding the condominium is overflowing with just as many comforts. Already, SmartVMC has emerged as a location not just of the moment, but as a location for life. The master-planned project boasts swoon-worthy green space, residential and office builds, and cultural offerings ranging from art exhibits to music to festivals.

What’s more, additional SmartLiving residential projects and a brand-new, soon-to-open YMCA are all neighbours to the rising Park Place towers.

And, for those who love downtown Toronto’s buzz, and crave visits to the core for a Raptors game or a Kensington Market crawl, access couldn’t be easier: with Vaughan Metropolitan Centre TTC station — not to mention the SmartVMC regional bus terminal and Commerce Street VIVA station — sitting at the community’s centre, it’s a breeze to get into the city’s core.

Whether you travel via transit for work or for play, or your sunlight hours are spent stomping the pavement of this burgeoning community, Park Place is perfectly positioned to welcome you home at the end of the day. If you ask us, to plant yourself here sounds like a pretty smart move.

To learn more about Park Place, and to register, visit theparkplacecondos.ca.

The March Towards Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Has Begun, The Highly Anticipated Park Place Condominiums are About to Hit the Market!

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The development of the SmartVMC located in the heart of Vaughan is well underway and demand shows no signs of slowing.

To keep up with the demand in this burgeoning community; SmartLiving, SmartCentres REIT’s wholly owned in-house residential development brand, is launching Park Place Condominiums, the next phase of mixed-use living at SmartVMC this Spring 2022.

Coming to the corner of Highway 7 and Commerce Street, immediately adjacent to SmartVMC’s future 9-acre central park, are two elegant, luxury-inspired towers of 48 and 56 storeys comprising of 1100 suites.

Park Place will bring refined luxury to the SmartCentres flagship 100+ acre master-planned new City Centre, with world-class architecture punctuating Vaughan’s emerging skyline. No other location in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre incorporates connectivity, urban conveniences, and architectural beauty quite like Park Place Condominiums

Featuring a modern curved design, with two towers elegantly rising from a three-storey podium; Park Place will stand as a beacon of elevated living for the city. From its sculpted, curvy exterior to its exquisitely crafted interiors, Park Place offers elevated modern design and quiet luxury. A high level of quality in materials and craftsmanship married with artistic flair, creates the ultimate living experience.

Park Place attracts and draws people into its large, open promenade that encourages walking to the retail outlets at ground level and other areas of the SmartVMC along landscaped paths.

Acclaimed architects Hariri Pontarini have designed the two towers and their podium base to be eye-catching and different from the norm for condos, sculpting each tower by using distinctive “fins” that create a stepped silhouette.

The two elegant towers of Park Place will be steps from the future 9-acre central park designed by the internationally renowned landscape architects at Claude Cormier + Associés, featuring a sunken lawn, children’s play area and dog park.

Park Place Condominiums will include one, two and three-bedroom suites, ranging from approximately 470 to 1,100 square feet and will feature smart capabilities including touch-free entry and smart thermostats, accessible through dedicated app integration. Suites are designed for the busy lifestyle and growing family needs featuring multiple-use spaces, efficient layouts, plenty of natural light, and functional balconies.

Park Place Condominiums, Vaughan’s New Luxury Condominiums

  • Designed by award-winning architectural firm Hariri Pontarini
  • Two Towers: 48 and 56 storeys, housing 1,100 suites
  • Overlooking SmartVMC’s 9-acre central park
  • Integrated building amenities including retail, co-working space, fitness, yoga and wellness facilities located directly in the building.
  • Steps from the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (TTC) Subway

SmartLiving gives Canadians access to city living without compromise. They do not simply build homes; SmartLiving apartments, condos, towns, and seniors’ residences are designed around public squares and parks, within pedestrian-focused, transit-connected master-planned communities. Backed by over 30 years of experience, SmartLiving leverages an in-house team of land development experts to drive all residential initiatives across SmartCentres’ communities coast-to-coast.

Park Place Condominiums is launching this Spring 2022. Do not miss this opportunity to live in the vibrant Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Visit theparkplacecondos.ca and learn more about Park Place Condominiums!

SmartCentres’ mixed use art district in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

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The first phase of ArtWalk includes three residential buildings within walking distance of transit, urban amenities and a 9 acre park, with Hariri Pontarini Architects behind the architecture and interiors

Plans for the next block of SmartCentres’ 100 acre, 20 million sq ft SmartVMC city centre have been revealed. The ArtWalk district will include a block of mixed use developments, by SmartLiving, SmartCentres’ residential development brand. 

Bordered by Portage Parkway to the north and Apple Mill Road to the south, ArtWalk will be developed in four phases, the first with 38 storey and 18 storey towers on top of a shared podium, alongside a six storey mixed use residence building with retail at grade. 

Hariri Pontarini Architects’ plan calls for a variety of heights, floorplates, and suite sizes to accommodate the residents anticipated for the community. The architecture utilises natural materials and colour palettes, creating variation between the buildings, while crafting a striking skyline.

The project’s amenity rich programming offers residents outdoor terraces with gardens, an outdoor movie area, intimate lounge seating with firepits, as well as outdoor dining space with BBQs. An indoor outdoor childrens’ play area will be offered, as well as a 2,500 sq ft co-working space facing the courtyard.

The double height co-working space features neutral tones and a community café. A spiral staircase leads to a reading lounge with a range of spaces that can be used for quiet time or chatting up with friends.

A shared courtyard is framed by common areas and amenities to encourage activity along the ground floor and build a sense of community. All residents will have access to the amenities in the development, offered across the three buildings.

Designed as a future ready building, WiFi will be offered in all common areas, amenities can be booked via a mobile app and suites will include smart thermostats and keyless entry. 

ArtWalk is located across the street from TTC subway access, the SmartVMC Bus Terminal, and provides access to Highways 400 and 7 within minutes.

Thousands More People To Call Vaughan’s Emerging Downtown Home In Future

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A total of 2,628 units are under construction, which could accommodate approximately 5,203 more residents

During peak hours, school buses and cars at the intersection of Apple Mill Road and Millway Avenue — the heart of Vaughan’s emerging downtown core — patiently wait their turns. Pedestrians, too, walk in and out of the subway station nearby, creating some buzz.

“From 4 to 6 p.m., this is like the most heavy traffic,” said Anupam Dwijendra, a father of one child, who moved in with his family to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre nine months ago after bidding his previous home, at a more populous and busier Toronto area, goodbye.

Dwijendra is one of the relatively new occupants of the completed eight condos, which currently total 3,900 units and house about 7,722 residents.

“But usually when you come here (during non-peak hours), it’s mostly deserted,” Dwijendra added. “I think that’s because it’s still developing, and people are still coming in.”

The completed condos — all occupied — are Transit City’s three towers, Expo City’s two towers, North Condos’ two towers, and a condo called The Met.

However, more units are still under construction.

The developer Menkes & QuadReal is building Block 2 — also called Mobilio, which has 751 apartment units and 397 townhouses — and Block 3 — called Festival that comes with 2,470 apartment units.

SmartCentres is developing Transit City — towers 4 and 5 — and a purpose-built rental building, bringing its total to 1,480 units. And, Cortel is developing CG Tower, which has 551 units.

“Realization of developments that are occupied, under construction and approved currently represent more than 29,100 residents in more than 14,700 units moving into the VMC,” the City of Vaughan said.

“This represents 123 per cent of the residential units and 116 per cent of the population target established for the 2031 planning horizon,” it added.

The city also gave these figures:

• 3,900 units or approximately 7,722 residents in developments that are completed and occupied

• 2,628 units or approximately 5,203 future residents in developments that are under construction

• 8,176 units or approximately 16,188 potential future residents in developments that are approved by council

The city added there are 13,662 units or about 27,051 in potential future residents in formally-submitted development applications are in progress. Also, pre-application development proposals show 6,218 units or approximately 12,312 potential future residents.

As the new downtown inches closer to completion, it’s also adding the first Buca-branded restaurant and bar outside Toronto — at the Transit condo tower.

The addition is another higher-end brand, joining Balzac’s coffee shop, already serving people there.

Dwijendra, who described Balzac’s as special, said he would like to see more common brands like Tim Hortons.

“Tim Hortons feels more like home, so they can have more of these familiar kind of stores,” he said.

Others also have pitched in with their input.

“It just needs to get more stores to add life here,” said Adam Williams, an Egyptian student, who is visiting his sister at the VMC.

Anastasia Gale, who lives in an area near the new downtown, suggested the square in vicinity of the VMC subway station could showcase artwork of various artists.

“The square over there would be perfect for public art,” Gale said, adding it would be “lovely” to showcase the work of multicultural artists given that the area is diverse.

Last September, food trucks, an art exhibition and drive-in movie theatres gave people a taste of culture.

“It definitely left an impression on me. I took a video I shared with my friends and everything,” said Dwijendra. “If more of that could happen, that would be amazing.”

So far, the Vaughan International Music Festival is planned to take place from June 10 to 12 after its soft launch last year.

Park Place Bringing Refined Living to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

Source: UrbanToronto

One of the fastest-growing neighbourhoods in Canada is about to grow a little more as SmartLiving introduces Park Place, the next phase of SmartVMC, SmartCentres REIT’s 100+ acre master-planned city centre in Vaughan’s new downtown hub. Located on the northeast corner of Highway 7 and Commerce Street and immediately adjacent to SmartVMC’s central 9-acre park, the two-tower proposal is set to expand the area’s emerging skyline, rising to heights of 48 and 56 storeys. These mixed-use towers build on SmartVMC’s transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly development, adding to the vibrant community growing in Vaughan’s burgeoning downtown.

Park Place, SmartCentres REIT, SmartLiving, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartVMC
Park Place looking east, image courtesy of SmartCentres REIT.

The two towers are designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects and will contain more than 1,100 residential units, with over 10,000 ft² of retail space at the base. The south tower rises 56 storeys with the north tower reaching 48 storeys, both of which sit atop a connected 3-storey podium. Given their location adjacent to the park and the Highway 7 corridor, the towers will offer uninterrupted views across the entire GTA. The proposal includes generous sidewalks and public realm around the building, including a north-south pedestrian mews along the east edge of the site connecting Highway 7 to New Park Place.

The proposed development fronts directly onto the middle section of the 9-acre central park at the heart of the SmartVMC master plan. The park is designed by renowned landscape architects Claude Cormier + Associés, and the central heart of the park will contain a sunken lawn, a kids’ play area, and a dog park, essentially becoming a big backyard for residents. The first phase of the park will begin construction later this year.

Park Place, SmartCentres REIT, SmartLiving, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartVMC
View of Park Place from within the central park looking southeast, image courtesy of SmartCentres REIT.

The buildings feature a signature curving design from Hariri Pontarini Architects, with the podium swerving inward to embrace a courtyard on the west. “The project conveys a contemporary expression that is distinguished and notable on the newly created Vaughan skyline,” states Michael Attard, Associate Partner at Hariri Pontarini, “a simple, graceful residential tower lightly resting on an iconic three-storey retail and amenity base. It is informed by the constraints of its context and celebrates the relationship of program and structure, tracing its form to a natural conclusion.”

Attard describes how the massing of the towers was sculpted and integrated seamlessly with the public realm: “We carved away the massing next to Commerce Street to create a retail plaza which links into the new park. The towers were oriented with an offset to preserve views and maximize access to light. The podium is seen as an extension of the plaza and activated by outdoor amenities which terrace upwards away from the plaza. The base and corners of the tower are defined by a warm terracotta screen which links through the development like a ribbon.”

Park Place, SmartCentres REIT, SmartLiving, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartVMC
The base of Park Place, image courtesy of SmartCentres REIT.

Sustainability also informed the design of the towers. “The towers are wrapped in bands of white fritted glass which quiet the division of envelope to balcony and provide locations for us to introduce solid walls to improve our window-to-wall ratio,” explains Attard. “Incorporating concepts of passive sustainable design, the project strikes a balance between responsive solar strategies, cohesive skin design, and the needs and comforts of the occupants who desire maximum access to view and light.”   

At ground level, a generous retail plaza and expansive public realm integrate the development with its surroundings, with a trellis tracing the edge of the site to create an intimate gathering space. “We’ve softened the threshold from street to building by incorporating a public plaza that is visually connected to the central park and bordered by an elevated sun-shading trellis,” Attard states. ”Stairs with integrated benches mitigate the grade change along Commerce Street.” Attard adds that, “The building form and program helped to shape the public space, encourage connectivity, and provide opportunities for neighbourhood interaction.”

Park Place, SmartCentres REIT, SmartLiving, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartVMC
Retail plaza along Commerce Street, image courtesy of SmartCentres REIT.

Condo units in the building are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 470 to more than 1,100 square feet, and from one to three bedrooms. SmartLiving describes the development as offering their highest level of refined living in SmartVMC to date. Amenities are located on the second and third floors of the podium and include a fitness area with yoga and wellness spaces; a cycle lab; a lounge and games room; and a large outdoor terrace, complete with an outdoor cooking area. It is also being designed as a smart building, with Wi-Fi available in all common areas, and features such as touch-free entry, smart thermostats, and app integration.

Park Place joins a growing collection of high-rise developments in SmartVMC, where several other SmartLiving residential projects are planned, completed, or under construction, including five Transit City Condo towers; Artwalk Condos; and The Millway purpose-built rental tower.  SmartVMC’s skyline also features the award-winning Class A KPMG Tower and the PwC-YMCA Tower, which is home to a brand new YMCA, slated to open very soon. These buildings are all centred around immediate access to public transit, with the TTC’s Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station and SmartVMC regional bus terminal at the heart of the community, and the VIVA/BRT line on Highway 7 along its perimeter. Park Place benefits from its location directly adjacent to the Commerce Street stop on the BRT line and is a short walk from the subway station.

Park Place, SmartCentres REIT, SmartLiving, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Vaughan, SmartVMC
SmartVMC master plan with Park Place highlighted in orange, image courtesy of SmartCentres REIT.