The annual BILD Awards celebrate the GTA’s hottest, new digs. Here are four properties prospective buyers should take a look at

From soaring skyscrapers to low-key low-rises, the Building Industry and Land Development Association highlighted some of Toronto’s top properties at the 39th annual BILD Awards.

The annual ceremony, held last month, honours achievements in planning, design, sales, marketing and city building in 40 categories. A group of 41 judges from across North America selected this year’s winners from 850 submitted entries. Members of the public also pitched in, with more than 5,200 voting online, for the People’s Choice Award winner.

The awards, attended by more than 1,200 industry professionals, set a spotlight on some of the GTA’s hottest real estate projects, while also showcasing how the industry is evolving. Here are four new options buyers should take a look at:

M3 CONDOS — BEST MID/HIGH-RISE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
The 81-storey twisting tower in Mississauga, wrapped by jagged, sawtooth balconies and a black-and-white zig-zagged façade, is an Urban Capital project.

The developer rose above the competition with its contemporary, sculpture-like design. The judges also emphasized the project’s planning, overall quality, sustainability and marketing campaign. The M3 will stand alongside the M1 and M2 condos, as well as six other buildings the developer hopes to erect in the coming years.

Why it stands out

At about 260 metres tall, M3 Condos is more than half the height of the CN Tower, making it among the five tallest buildings in the country. Nearly sold-out, it has about 900 residential units, six levels of underground parking, 15,000 square feet of retail and the same amount of office space.

Why you want to live here

Besides such features as deep, contour, soaker tubs in their sleekly styled suites, residents can enjoy the condo’s indoor saltwater pool, a fitness centre, restaurants, event spaces, screening rooms, a kids playground and splash pad, all with a view of a two-acre park in the middle of Mississauga, near Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Parkway.

Price

Starting from over $300,000.

CHARBONNEL — BEST LOW-RISE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
This Summerhill community of 19 luxury townhomes is developed by Treasure Hill Homes.

With a reputation for high-quality builds, Treasure Hill Homes’ Charbonnel project was recognized for its superior mid-town location, as well as its focus on customization, accessibility and green space — the latter three representing the peak of new industry trends.

Why it stands out

Each townhome provides an immense sense of space through large, long, triple-pane aluminum windows in most rooms. Foliage lines the backyard and also borders the rooftop terrace. Customization options include a media room, private library, or personal spa. To future-proof units and make them accessible, the townhomes come with private elevators that service each floor.

Why you want to live here

Charbonnel hems the corner of Avenue Road and Oaklands Avenue near De La Salle College, providing walkable access to the boutiques, restaurants and galleries in Rosedale, Summerhill and Davisville villages, while also making for an easy commute to the downtown core, sitting near the TTC Summerhill station on the Yonge-University Line.

Price

Starting from over $3-million.

 

LAKEVIEW VILLAGE — BEST NEW PLANNED COMMUNITY
The Lakeview Village that hopes to transform Mississauga’s waterfront is led by Lakeview Community Partners Ltd., a collection of 25 groups in construction, design, architecture and transportation. The ambitious project, which reimagines land that used to belong to the Ontario Power Generation Station, demonstrates new levels of creativity and collaboration in the industry.

Starting construction in 2021, the developers aim to create a self-sustaining community with homes and jobs for up to 17,000 residents, plus shops, restaurants, entertainment, business parks, nature — all connected to Lake Ontario.

Why it stands out

One of the highlights from the seven different sections of the village is Inspiration Point, which will blend into Lake Ontario with a park, waterfront trail and cultural programming pop-ups along the shoreline.

Why you want to live here

Lakeview village will provide a mix of low- and high-rise residential units and amenities for every season — summer splash pads, winter skating rinks, and seasonal markets. Walk to nearby businesses in the Lakeshore Getaway in the north and Serson Innovation Corridor to the east.

Price

Not yet available.

M2M CONDOS — PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
One of the most coveted awards of the evening, with members of the public casting their votes online, went to M2M Condos in North York, by Aoyuan International. The developer has properties around the world, including One30 Hyde Park in Australia, The Granville in Vancouver and properties in China.

Why it stands out

BILD noted that Aoyuan’s vision for M2M is a condominium community that supports and encourages a healthy urban lifestyle, while providing living options that make it easy for families to raise children in the city. The master plan includes more than 1,500 new residences, a community centre and a daycare.

Why you want to live here

Located at the corner of Yonge and Cummer, there are plenty of dining and shopping options nearby, as well as TTC transit access. It’s also near a variety of green spaces such as the Bayview Golf and Country Club, The Thornhill Club, Newtonbrook Park, Silverview Park and Hendon Park.

To be finished in 2021, there will be five towers in total that will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, plus one-bedroom suites with two dens.

Price

Starting at $389,900.

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