In the City of Toronto, University Avenue has long stood as a celebrated thoroughfare that embraces a microcosm of the city’s urbanization. The United Building by Davpart Inc. is coming soon to 481 University Avenue, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in a new residence in the tallest architectural heritage retention development in North America. Registrations are now being taken for those interested in living in this mixed-use redevelopment, which will feature a rare collection of condominium residences atop two of the existing commercial/office/retail buildings. These historic structures are part of the Maclean Publishing Company/Maclean-Hunter complex, which formed the heart of Canada’s publishing industry during much of the 20th century.
Over those years, the buildings introduced the Beaux-Arts, Modern Classical, Mid-century Modern and International Modern styles to the avenue, as well as featuring an interwar-era commercial complex blending an industrial facility at the base of an office building. With the help of B+H Architects and heritage consultant ERA Architects, Davpart is going to extreme lengths to preserve the exteriors of the buildings constructed in 1928 and 1961. Spanning the architectural trends of Toronto’s past, present and future, The United Building will usher in a new era of prominence for this ceremonial thoroughfare.
The United Building will retain commercial office and retail space in the restored heritage structure up to the 10th floor, from which a new 44-storey residence will rise. The interiors will be removed to make space for parking and retail floors below grade. The United Building follows a North American trend of combining residential space on a thoroughfare that has been primarily institutional in the past. In keeping with the high-end nature of this project, Davpart enlisted Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc. for the interiors.
Tomas Pearce-designed residential amenities carry through the classic yet contemporary flair of this building’s exterior. The niceties that will form an important aspect of residents’ day-to-day lives include a luxurious lobby featuring 24/7 concierge service. Amenities extend to a stunning pool with a fireplace, an indoor/outdoor pool deck with sun loungers, a wellness-focused fitness centre, sauna and rain room overlooking the courtyard. Sports-lovers will appreciate The United Building’s sports lounge with billiards, video gaming lounge, bocce court and golf simulator. For relaxation from the hectic urban pace of the surroundings, an all-season reflecting pool with warming pavilions and seating, along with a Zen garden will offer perfect spaces for quiet reflection. Entertaining will be a breeze with the beautifully appointed party room, fireplace lounge and barbecue dining on the terrace.
In addition to the prestige inherent in a University Avenue address, a true avenue of abundance, residents of The United Building will enjoy a life of ease and convenience. Within walking distance, they will be able to access shops, cafes, hospitals, parks, eclectic restaurants, nightlife, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Grange Park, Chinatown, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Eaton Centre and the Financial District. For the ultimate in convenience, The United Building will offer direct access from inside to St. Patrick’s TTC station. In addition, the subway and the 505 streetcar are at the doorstep. The entire area embraces the unmistakable and unmatched energy of one of Toronto’s most vibrant streets.
Purchasers will be able to select from studio to one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom designs, some with a den, flex or media room, and some two-storey plans. Each suite will be meticulously appointed with timeless finishes. The open layouts are graced with soaring windows and spacious balconies, as well as chef-inspired kitchens and sumptuously calming bathrooms.
Peace-of-mind is another standard feature at The United Building. Davpart Inc. is a full-service real estate investment and management company established in 1993. Its reputation for quality and excellence is known in the industry. The company has acquired an impressive portfolio of both owned and third-party managed real estate assets comprised of major shopping centres, highrise office towers, industrial parks, and residential complexes throughout Ontario and the U.S. Additionally, Davpart has experienced tremendous success in redeveloping and revitalizing existing shopping malls in Southern Ontario. Its first residential project, Avro Condominiums, which sold out in just a week, is now under construction.
Response is already robust to Davpart’s development offering a rare opportunity to live, work and play on University Avenue. To be among the first to explore the residential opportunities in this architectural icon, register today at TheUnitedBldg.com