There’s something to be said for the status that comes with penthouse living at the top of the town. It’s a message to the world that the resident has arrived, not just home, but at the pinnacle of life.
North American penthouse construction first showed up in New York City in the 1920s, as skyscrapers rose and blocked light from surrounding streets and structures. Zoning laws were passed to require building setbacks and space for penthouse apartments was born. Lucky for future generations.
From Penthouse 1 at 80 Yorkville Avenue, atop a gleaming Toronto high-rise, city lights spread out like a galaxy. The property is in turn-key condition as millions have been spent on an interior remodel, resulting in modern convenience, as well as beauty and opulence. Covering the entire top floor of the building, the home has breathtaking views to the north, east, south, west and above.
The three-bedroom, four-bathroom penthouse contains 5,600 square feet of interior plus 2,200 square feet of outdoor space. Four private wraparound terraces spill light into the interior. And no amenity for a luxury lifestyle has been overseen. Marble blankets the floors. Tasteful chandeliers illuminate. Recessed ceilings are accented by decorative tiling. The living room is banked by wine and cognac rooms–both glass-encased.
The kitchen is by world-famous luxury designer Neff (perhaps best known for an intriguing oven-door cameo on the Great British Bake Off). Appliances are high-end, with the center island topped by illuminated quartz counters. The primary suite features a massive modern bathroom, twin walk-in closets, exercise and sitting areas, plus a retractable projector and screen.
The residence is run by Crestron Smart Home automation, among the Cadillac (or better yet, the Tesla) of smart electronic systems. There are three parking spaces, two of which are equipped with EV chargers. Of course, there is a private elevator. Amenities offered by the building include an indoor swimming pool, spa and valet service.
Outside the building entrance is Yorkville, one of the city’s most desirable areas known for its fine boutique buildings, great restaurants, shops and entertainment. Toronto, known to be one of the safest major cities in North America, as well as a friendly one, offers culture and sophistication, as well as a strong economy with trade ties to major partners around the world.
It is convenient to other popular global destinations, including New York (2 hours by plane), Chicago (1 hour, 45 minutes), Montreal (1 hour, 20 minutes) and just over 7 hours to London and Paris.
Barry Cohen and Tyler Cohen of Barry Cohen Homes are the listing agents. The asking price is CAD20 million (US $14 million).