Category Archives: Minto Westside

Neighbourhood Roots: The History of Fort York

As you may have seen if you’ve visited the Minto Westside site, we’re located right across the street from Fort York. There is fascinating history surrounding this unique site, and what better way to get to know your future neighbourhood than to learn about its historical roots!

Fort York View from Minto Westside

The site itself is made up of military fortifications and related buildings. Inside the buildings, you will find Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, and it was the site of the battle of 1813.
Fort York Minto WestsideThe York Barracks, 1804. www.fortyork.ca 

Fort York was built by the British Army and Canadian military troops in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Its purpose was to defend the settlement and the new capital of Upper Canada, “York” (what is now Toronto), from the threat of a military attack from the newly independent United States. During the early years of our city’s history, Fort York played a significant role in the economic and social development of the community.

Fort York saw a lot of action during the War of 1812, when the Americans declared war on Canada and invaded. In 1813 the Americans attacked Fort York twice, burning down many of the barracks and buildings. Shortly afterwards, the Fort was rebuilt into the structure that remains today.

Fort York Map Minto WestsideMap of Fort York during the Attack of 1813. www.fortyork.ca 

Fort York was designated as a ‘National Historic Site of Canada’ in 1923.  On Victoria Day 1934, Fort York opened as a historic site museum. The City of Toronto designated the site, along with the nearby Fort York Armory, as a Heritage Conservation District in 1985.

Today, Fort York is conveniently open year-round and offers a fantastic opportunity to take part in tours, exhibits, and seasonal demonstrations. During the warmer months, the site is busy with ceremonies of the Fort Guard. The fort houses various exhibits, such as restored period rooms and traditional museum galleries, and the site hosts arts and cultural festivals on it’s grounds as well.

Fort York Guard Minto WestsideThe Fort York Guard. www.fortyork.ca

Fort York is another great reason to enjoy the King West neighborhood, not just for its vibrant culture and exciting shops and eateries, but for the rich history as well!

Find out more about Fort York at www.fortyork.ca. Or visit mintowestside.com to learn more about living in this fabulous neighbourhood!

Take A Look At What’s Happening at Westside – Construction Update!

The Minto Westside team reached a very important construction milestone onsite this week – they erected the first tower crane! This is always an exciting time as it means that the concrete structure work will soon be getting underway! This crane is the first of 4 in total that will be required to construct the complete underground garage and the towers above, until September.

Building the final exit Ramp at the NE corner of the site

In early Fall, construction will be full steam ahead with the pouring of the first footings.  The team closely monitors and adjusts their process to ensure that they can get as much of the slab-on-grade poured before the winter arrives. It’s hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner with this beautiful warm weather outside, but the Minto team is always looking ahead to optimize activity onsite to expedite work!

Hoisting the Operators Cab

In the meantime, the start of foundation work has begun. The excavation and shoring trades are working on the North end of the site. Their work includes the installation of the last few tiebacks that act to retain the shoring system, as well as building the final exit ramp at the north end of the site.

Crane Tower Mast Erected and Prepped for Turntable & Boom Sections

This should be in place by mid next week, at which time removal of the ramp currently positioned at the middle of the site off Bathurst Street will commence. This will really open up the site and allow us maximum opportunity to continue the efficient pace of work that we have been able to take advantage of to date.

View of Crane from the North During final Stages of Set-Up

Sounds exciting, the site is sure busy with activity! A very special thank you to Keri Washer, Senior Project Manager for Minto Westside, for keeping us in the loop and always providing us with much anticipated construction updates!

Panoramic Shot of the Site from the South

Stay tuned for more updates on Mitno Westside, and if you are interested in calling Westside home, visit us at the Minto Westside Condo Gallery at 700 King Street West, or contact us at 437-836-8586 or westside@minto.com.

 

 

 

Barre3 – King West Neighborhood Profile

If you have been strolling around King West lately, you will have noticed Barre3 – the latest fitness studio in King West that has everyone talking about its’ originality and fantastic results. Barre3 is functional training with a twist; it perfectly blends in Ballet, Pilates and Yoga!

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There is definitely something for every different body type, age (14- adult) and fitness level! Barre3 workouts are recognized for building lean muscles, a strong core, and also promises long-term postural benefits!

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This is the studio’s first foray into the Canadian market. They have tons of locations in the States and decided to set up their first franchise North of the boarder, in Toronto!

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Located on the second floor of 325 King Street W., just east of Blue Jays Way, the studio is an intimate space with lots of light. These classes work it all: legs, upper body, glutes, core and Barre3 certified instructors definitely bring their own flavor to each workout.

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This class if great if you want to change up your fitness routine a bit by adding strength, balance, and flexibility elements. It brings a whole new layer to the typical cardio workout.

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Sound like something you are interested in trying out? On these scorching hot days it may be a better idea then running outdoors! Check out http://barre3.com/studio-locations/torontoksw!

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Also, if you are strolling around the King West neighborhood, be sure to check out the Minto Westside Condo Gallery at 700 King Street West and call the King West neighborhood, home!

Minto Westside’s Patio Event!

Summer is sizzling up the streets, and our balconies too! For a limited time you can deck out your Westside condo patio to host some great parties, a mini retreat for yourself, or a beautiful extension to your home!

The offer starts this weekend, July 23rd.  Purchase a suite at Minto Westside and you will be eligible to receive:

$2,000 towards Designer Deck for stylish wood floor decking, expressive lighting and artificial grass!

$1,000 towards Best Buy for the ultimate outdoor audio system and electric BBQ

$1,000 towards West Elm for all your furniture, planters and décor

And up to $3,500 cash back to host your epic outdoor party on your stunning new patio!*

 

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We are really excited to offer you this fantastic opportunity! Your living space just got larger with your incredible, designer balcony and with the W Courtyard or Cityview as your striking backdrop, your suite at Minto Westside is an oasis overlooking the best spot in the city!

Please contact a sales rep for more details today! We hope to see you soon, lets start planning your incredible getaway in your own home!

 

*Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Limited time offer. Conditions apply, See Sales Representatives for details.

Minto Westside Groundbreaking Celebrations!

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We’re excited to officially be breaking ground at Minto Westside!

The construction team has completed shoring, and we are full steam ahead with excavation at our site at Front and Bathurst in Toronto. With the weather cooperating, we are anticipating having a crane erected and operational by end of August 2016 for construction of the first footings.

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To celebrate this momentous milestone we’re offering a limited-time ground-breaking incentive at Minto Westside – this weekend only! Purchase a suite May 28th – 29th and receive a Porter Airlines Gift Pack Including:

$1000 Porter Gift Card and $1000 Voucher for accommodations*

PLUS:

$3000 off Studios

$5000 off 1 Bed, 1 Bed + Den & Jr. 2 Beds

$7500 off 2 Beds +

OR

Get a 2 Year Rental Guarantee*

And if this offer isn’t enough to get you partying, come join us at our official Ground Breaking Celebration this Thursday from 11:30 – 1pm, on site at 25 Bathurst Street!  Free food from Smokes Burritorie and Original Chimneys food trucks, enjoy music, and a ceremony to kick-off the start of construction. Everyone in the community is welcome to join us at this neighbourhood celebration!

For more information on our Ground Breaking offer and our celebration, visit us at the Minto Westside Condo Gallery at 700 King Street West, or contact us at 437-836-8586 or westside@minto.com.

Introducing the King Suite at Minto Westside!

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Introducing the King Suite – a limited time new release at Minto Westside! This spectacular suite layout offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms in a smart and functional 632 sq. ft. suite. The modern L-shaped kitchen with optional island has plenty of storage space, even a pantry. The spacious, bright living room has a walkout to the balcony that overlooks the stunning W Courtyard. Other features include a master walk-in closet and spa inspired ensuite. The second bathroom boasts a large soaker tub with optional entry from the 2nd bedroom.

Contact us today to find out more about this fantastic suite, and visit us this weekend at the grand opening of our new Condo Gallery at 700 King Street West this weekend – April 16th & 17th!

Minto Westside is having a Demolition Sale!

Our Sales Centre is moving… to make way for construction!

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Our Sales Centre at Front and Bathurst will be relocating to 700 King Street West to make way for the start of construction at Minto Westside. To celebrate, we are offering incredible pre-construction pricing and limited-time incentives for one weekend only! Don’t miss this smashing opportunity to own at Minto Westside and take advantage of the best value in King West.

On Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th from 12-5 pm ,we are offering a Free $500 Porter Airlines Gift Certificate with every purchase of a new condo*, plus daily door prizes to visitors!

PLUS this weekend only we are offering these incredible limited time incentives:

5% Interest on your deposit* and 1-Year Rental Guarantee*, plus an investor services package:

  • Complimentary Property Management Services
  • Free HST  Rebate Services*
  • PDI Services
  • Free Home Insurance*
  • Complimentary Colour Selection

OR

Cashback Offer:

  • $15,000 off 2 bed suites**
  • $10,000 off 1 bed and 1 bed plus den suites**
  • $5,000 off studios**

It’s going to be a busy final weekend at our 25 Bathurst Street Sales Centre, so be sure to come early to take advantage of these fabulous incentives and prizes!

After this weekend, you can find us at our brand new Condo Gallery at 700 King Street West, starting March 26th.

It’s an exciting time at Front and Bathurst with so much activity on site as we prepare for construction! We’re thrilled to see the beginnings of Minto Westside start to take shape!

*Interest to be paid as a credit on close. Interest will be paid up to original scheduled occupancy date. Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Conditions apply. See Sales Representative for details. Studios excluded. **See Sales Representative for details. E.& O.E. Minto Communities Inc.