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New Easton’s Group of Hotels Development Delivers a Landmark Residence for the Hip at Heart

The Toronto address that can provide the perfect mixture of centrality, accessibility, and hipness can be found at the corner of King Street and Blue Jays Way — an absolutely centre ice location and the site of King Blue Condominiums. Brimming with theatre life, haute cuisine and shopping, the location, caters to couples, professionals and families who appreciate being able to walk to venues such as the Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre and Roy Thomson Hall. Add the combination of incredible architecture that incorporates the facade of the historic Westinghouse building, and contemporary elegant interiors, and King Blue Condos is sure to make Toronto-lovers salivate at the prospect of living in the heart of it all.

Steve Gupta, President and CEO of Easton’s Group hotels, currently owns 15 hotels under the flags of Marriott, Hilton and IHG. Gupta says that the Toronto market is very strong and will remain this way because of immigration, low interest rates and the fact that condo prices in Toronto are still lower than comparable major cities in the world. Many young professionals are looking to buy a condo at such a triple-A centralized location. “We will do our best to make King Blue a destination,” he adds. While King Blue is his first condo project — Gupta says he simply won’t sleep until it’s the very best the city has seen and will set new standards. “The facilities that we are adding there will be excellent. We are adding 13,000 to 35,000 square feet of retail on the ground and second floors. The rooftop patio will be the best that Toronto has to offer! Our plan is to bring a more chic and urban type of Yorkville here.”

King Blue CondosFor design, Easton’s Group of Hotels enlisted the best in the city: Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects and interior design firm Munge Leung. Mansoor Kazerouni of Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects led his team in the reconstruction of this heritage site. Large modern podiums will sit in architectural contrast to the traditionall warehouse styling and terra cotta detailing on the original building. “Rather than try to match the brick of the heritage facade,” he explains, “we chose to introduce a darker brick in the new podium, which highlights the features of this unique building.” The Westinghouse facade will be separated from the new podium by a clear glass reveal punctuating the entrance to the central courtyard.

King Blue Condos will also house Theatre Museum Canada, an education and exhibition centre paying tribute to the art of theatre — musical and otherwise. This will occupy a portion of the ground floor courtyard and the building’s second floor.

The wow factor at King Blue is exceptional. In the front lobby, marble and granite floors lead up to a fireplace set against a gigantic wall built from thousands of blades of glass and backlit by tranquil blue. Residents driving through the courtyard between both towers will feel the blue glow emanating from both lobbies, similar to being in film noir.

Alessandro Munge, Managing Partner of interior design firm Munge Leung, says the amenities at King Blue Condos are so fantastic that residents may not even want to go out. “We’ve created spaces that become warm environments where people can congregate and enjoy themselves. The large rooftop terrace, the cabanas, the floating fire-pits — all these places welcome people to invite their friends and families over.”

To foster community, one large amenity area is positioned between the 48- and 44-storey towers. A unique feature of the 5,800-square-foot rooftop is the 15 to 20 foot ivy-covered metal trellis that will create a romantic canopy — something unexpected in an urban development.

King Blue Podium on Blue Jays Way

Timeless suites foster a European, yet contemporary look. “We’re always faced with the challenge of being able to stay aesthetically cool in three years time,” explains Munge. “For this reason, the use of warm woods, granite, and stone were obvious choices.”

Chic kitchen cabinetry blends seamlessly into the open-concept space. For the bathrooms, functionality and design were married in places like conveniently constructed cubby-holes, drawers, and medicine cabinets — all coordinated with simple sophistication.

Suite sizes will range from 400 up to 1,100 square feet, and prices will start in the mid $200,000s.