LIFE UPTOWN AT THE IMPERIAL PLAZA

It is no exaggeration that The Imperial Plaza is one of my favourite condominium buildings in the whole of the city. The first-class amenities, panoramic city views and solid structure and quality are just a few of the characteristics that allow 111 St. Clair to be a prime contestant as one of Toronto’s most exciting condominium projects. With 400 units spread amongst 23 storey’s, The Imperial offers diverse units ranging from 555 square foot 1 bedrooms to 4,800 square foot 3 bedrooms perfectly fit for a family.

Located just West of Yonge Street, The Imperial is located less than a 10 minute walk to the St. Clair Subway station and no more than a 15 minute ride into the downtown core. This location is especially practical for those who work in the downtown core but desire the more laid-back lifestyle offered uptown. The St. Clair area competes well against downtown living in that it features some of the city’s most celebrated fine-dining restaurants paired with the most highly ranked schools and facilities. Because The Imperial sits atop a high escarpment, south facing units within The Imperial boast some of the most impressive views of the city skyline I have ever seen. While North facing units are not blessed with a stroke of the same luck, they do at least benefit from the fact that there is a Longos, LCBO and Starbucks all located within the building. This means you almost never have to leave the comforts of home again! And, if you’re currently employed, the good news is that you could always just quit your job and start a blog centred upon gluten-free recipes and fitness!

While the uptown location is to be admired, I still consider one of the most impressive features of The Imperial to lie within the history and durability of the building. When the structure first came into existence in 1957, it was considered an architectural masterpiece also claiming title to the highest structural point in Toronto. Originally home to commercial offices belonging to Imperial Oil, the building was then sold in 2010 to a condominium developer by the name of Camrost-Felcorp. Year after year, Camrost-Felcorp has been awarded recognition for extraordinary suite design, maximum use of space (as seen in the many 2-storey loft units available) and incredible attention to detail and finishings. What separates The Imperial from many other new construction developments in the city is that it was originally manufactured with great steel bones and genuinely built to last for good. The quality of material and level of workmanship awarded to this building are unlike the large majority of other condominums now appearing throughout the city.

To say that The Imperial is home to impressive amenities is an understatement. Encompassing the whole footprint of the building, 20,000 square feet has been strictly dedicated to the amenities. Potentially most worth noting would be the 10,000 square foot fitness facility complete with state-of-the-art circuit training equipment, an aerobics studio, yoga/pilates room and, my personal favourite, two squash courts. Amongst these features are also include an indoor pool, hot tubs, his/her steam rooms, sound studios for musicians, a games room and, of course, a golf simulator. My golf knowledge is not exactly up-to-date but I can assume this means you can sell your time-share for the country club you belong to in Florida. Have you ever been underground golfing?!

Because the building was recently completed in 2015, it’s not likely to be registered for another 6 months. This means that although there are no units currently for sale through MLS, there are a number of incredible units now available for lease. Ranging from 1 bedrooms+den units starting at $1750 to 2 bedroom units available for $2,600 (including parking!) this building is entirely worth seeing in person. The good news is that because the building is still relatively under construction and the amenities have not yet been completed, there is no better time to get into the building than now. Units for lease are currently being offered at drastically low prices as compared to when the becomes eventually becomes registered.

If you desire being as happy and in love as this computer animated couple enjoying life at 111 St. Clair, please feel free to contact me for a list of units currently available. Or, in the very least, next time you are desperately in need of a bottle of wine and some chicken thighs, visit the Longos/LCBO at 111 St. Clair and bask in the beauty that is The Imperial.

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