Category Archives: Minto Yorkville Park

Experience 24-Karat Holiday Magic in Yorkville!

There is a lot going on in the Minto Yorkville Park neighbourhood this weekend to get you in the festive spirit. As the store fronts in Yorkville get decked out in holiday décor and lights, the neighbourhood is becoming a festive attraction that you need to visit!

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To kick-off the start of the holiday season, we’re having a festive celebration at Minto Yorkville Park this Saturday. On Saturday November 14th from 2-6pm we’ll have hot chocolate and cookies at our Sales Centre for visitors to enjoy. Come by to grab a treat, chat with our sales reps, and admire our festive display.

And if you’re in the neighbourhood on Saturday, then you won’t want to miss the Official Lighting Ceremony in the Village of Yorkville Park, starting at 5pm.  See the park transformed into a magical wonderland of lights. Also catch a performance by singer Jully Black!


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To give a little gift to you this holiday season, we’re offering a stocking filled with neighbourhood gift cards when you buy at Minto Yorkville Park before December 31st.  Your stocking will include gift cards totaling $1000 from Yorkville hot-spots including Teatro Verde, Buca,  Pusateris, Holt Renfrew, Stillwater Spa, and Kasa Moto. Plus receive a $1,500 décor bonus!


Come visit us at our Sales Centre at 101 Yorkville to find out more about #24KaratLiving at Minto Yorkville Park, or contact us today for more information!

Our Favourite Spots for a Warm Drink in Yorkville


Toronto is an ideal city for coffee-lovers. With a coffee shop at almost every corner, there’s no way you’ll ever feel like you’re out of reach of a warm brew. We especially love the unique and charming cafes found in our Yorkville neighbourhood. And with the weather getting colder, there’s no better way to escape the cold than grabbing a nice warm latte or cappuccino. Here are a few of our favourite coffee spots in Yorkville.


Zaza Espresso Bar



Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the city you just want to find a peaceful spot to enjoy an authentic espresso. Zaza Espresso lets you do just that. Opened 6 years ago, Zaza Espresso Bar is the perfect place to enjoy real Italian coffee with friends in a serene and welcoming atmosphere. All coffee is made with authentic Zaza coffee beans imported from Italy. With over 5 locations across the GTA, Zaza Espress Bar is your neighbourhood café that holds a strong connection with their customers.



Nespresso Boutique Bar




Nespresso Boutique Bar is an elegant, modern and sleek café on Cumberland St. The space was once home to Cumberland Cinemas, but is now transformed into a vibrant coffee bar and lounge that is as much a Nespresso retail space as it is a cafe. The polished and bright design features high ceilings, elegant chandeliers and comfortable seating in a large, open space. If you’re looking for a new type of coffee-shop experience, Nespresso Boutique Bar is a good place for something new.




Caffe Bacio



In the heart of the chic shopping area in Yorkville, Caffe Bacio is the perfect place to escape the cold and have fun people watching. The café is everything Italian. Indulge in a creamy and smooth cappuccino made by a special blend of Italian Lavazza coffee beans. The coffee is rich and well rounded, perfect for a true coffee lover. You can also enjoy homemade stone oven pizzas and Paninis. The only thing not Italian about Caffe Bacio are the homemade pastries. French pastries and desserts fill the café’s showcase. The sleek café serves breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday. Put your phone down and have a sip of coffee over good conversation.



Seven Grams Espresso Bar



Taking its name from the measure of ground coffee used to make the perfect espresso shot, this café is all about details when it comes to the right cup of coffee. At Seven Grams they believe in experimenting, trying new methods and different amounts to create a coffee masterpiece. They also believe in supporting local artists, and so display and ever-changing array of local artwork on their walls. Enjoy a freshly brewed warm coffee, or if you’re in the mood to experiment, try one of their smooth and refreshing cold brews.


Interested in living amongst such trendy coffee spots? Visit us today at Minto Yorkville Park to find #24Karatliving in Yorkville.


Kenya Bruce

Demolition in Yorkville

If you’ve been by the intersection of Cumberland and Bellair lately, you will have noticed that the old office building is coming down as we start to prepare for the construction of Minto Yorkville Park!

Demolition of a structure like this takes careful planning and execution and the demolition team is following a step-by-step engineered process to bring down the old building at 94 Cumberland.

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The first step of the process was considered largely non-structural & prepatory partial demolition. The demolition crew removed and disposed of any unnecessary equipment and materials including non-structural walls throughout the building.  An opening was cut through each floor to erect the tower crane that will assist in the demolition process such as removing the exterior precast panels of the building as well as bringing down debris.

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Next, the demolition contractor will begin to lower the building to the top of the third floor slab using small demolition equipment, which will be operated on the floors of the building. The remainder of the building will be demolished to ground level using demolition excavators equipped with shear, grapple and hammer attachments.

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Once the building has been leveled to grade, the crew will demolish and remove the existing foundation of the building, demolishing while backfilling to facilitate the start of excavation & shoring for Minto Yorkville Park.

We’re looking forward to seeing the progress on site at Minto Yorkville Park! We’ll continue to keep you in the loop on construction as the building starts to take off.

Do you want #24KaratLiving in Yorkville? We have suites available starting from the low $400s. Contact us today or come in and visit us at our sales centre at 101 Yorkville Ave



OHBA Nominations for Minto Communities!

We’re very excited for this year’s OHBA Awards of Distinction Gala – because we’ve been nominated for 7 awards here in Toronto!

Every year the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) celebrates excellence in home building and residential renovation across Ontario. The OHBA invites companies to submit entries in their 39 categories. Each entry is judged by a panel made up of individuals from the home building industry, with experience in new home construction, design, and marketing.

This year, winners of the OHBA awards will be announced on Monday, September 28th at the OHBA gala ceremony at Deerhurst. Of all the awards given out at the OHBA’s, the most coveted one is the Home Builder of the Year Award. Not only did Minto Communities win this last year, but we’ve been nominated for it again this year!



Here’s the list of awards that we’ve been nominated for here in Toronto:

Category: 10. Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite (4+ storeys up to 800 sq. ft.)

Project: Minto Yorkville Park – Grant


Category: 19. Most Outstanding High or Mid-Rise Condo Suite Kitchen

Project: Minto Yorkville Park


Category: 22. Best Video High or Mid-Rise Project (4+ storeys)

Project: Minto Westside


Category: 29. Best New Home Sales Office (1501 sq. ft. and over)

Project: Minto Westside


Category: 33. Best Low-Rise Project Sales Brochure (1-3 Storeys)

Project: Minto Oakvillage


Category: 34. Best High or Mid-Rise Project Sales Brochure (4+ storeys)

Project: Minto Westside


Category: 39. OHBA Ontario Home Builder of the Year


We’re honored to have received so much recognition so far, and we can’t wait to see what the OHBA’s have in store for us! We are anxiously awaiting the awards gala on September 28th where we can get dressed up, mingle with the best builders in the province, and hopefully win some awards!


TIFF in Yorkville: Where to Spot the Stars

TIFF has kicked off in Toronto, marking the 40th anniversary of festival. We’re excited to spot the stars around the city, especially stars like Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds, Naomi Watts, Sandra Bullock who are all supposed to be attending the Festival. With so many celebrities in the city for the next week, here are some spots you can stake out to hopefully catch a glimpse of the celebs in Toronto’s most trendiest and luxurious neighbourhood, Yorkville.


The Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville














The Four Seasons and the Hazelton, both on Yorkville Avenue, will be filled with some of the top names in the business. If you can grab a spot at the bar at these hotels, you might be able to catch a glimpse of a star grabbing a drink.  Try DBar at the Four Seasons or the Hazelton’s One Restaurant. Even if you don’t see a celebrity, you’ll feel like one sitting in these swanky bars!



Kasa Moto in Yorkville
Kasa Moto in Yorkville
















There’s no doubt that many of the stars will be dining at some of the top restaurants in the neighbourhood. The new and improved CafeBoulud inside the Four Seasons Hotel will attract many stars that are staying there or ones that are just visiting. The renovated restaurant brings that French café feel to life.

Kasa Moto may be the new kid on the block, but come this weekend it will definitely be the hotspot during TIFF 2015. If you really want to bump into someone famous then this is the place to be. The massive rooftop patio will be a perfect spot to catch celebs sipping on cocktails and having a good time. With offerings such as sushi, seafood and grilled meats and veggies, Kasa Moto will be packed, so get there early!

Located in the InterContinental Hotel, Proof the Vodka Bar & SkyLounge Patio will be shaking up some amazing cocktails for A-list stars during TIFF. You will most likely be able to spot celebrities lounging and sipping on drink at the SkyLounge Patio. The stylish setting and comfortable seating is a perfect spot for celebs to unwind from all the chaos.



Holt Renfew at 50 Bloor St
Holt Renfew at 50 Bloor St
















Yorkville is known to be the number one luxurious shopping area in the city and celebrities love to stop by some of the high-end stores here. Some stores to look out for celebs are Chanel, Hermes, Intermix and of course, Holt Renfrew.

Holt Renfrew is a frequent stop for celebs visiting the city. The store carries some of the most high-end brands in fashion, accessories, makeup, housewares and even food. In years past, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johannsen and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted leaving the store during TIFF.


TIFF officially kicked off on Thursday, and will run until Sunday Sept. 20. If you’re in the neighbourhood spotting stars, come by and visit the Minto Yorkville Park Sales Centre at 101 Yorkville Ave. And this Saturday you can celebrate with us at our Bellini Bar in our Minto Yorkville Park Sales Centre from 1-4pm!


Kenya Bruce


Yorkville Park Neighbourhood Profile: Equinox Fitness

Hitting the gym can now feel like a luxury at the new Equinox Fitness Club in Yorkville. Just down the street from Minto Yorkville Park, Equinox Yorkville allows you to experience a new level of fitness in the city’s trendiest neighbourhood.Yorkville_2048x1000

The new Equinox Fitness Club is designed based on its neighbourhood setting. As Yorkville has a close-knit neighbourhood, the creators of Equinox in Yorkville wanted that mirrored in their fitness club. “What we really want incorporated in this gym is that community-feel like Yorkville has” explains  Claudia Madalena, Membership Advisor at Equinox Yorkville.

Incorporating the community-feel into this gym will make you feel comfortable and at home. Just steps away from Minto Yorkville Park, Equinox Yorkville is a great place to try different fitness classes or personal training, when you want to branch out from the gym equipment at home in Minto Yorkville Park.


“We have a lot of classes to offer, classes that are signature to Equinox. And what’s great about them is they will be different every single time,” says Claudia. Some of the classes offered at Equinox Yorkville are Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, and Studio Cycling, to name a few. The gym will also be equipped with a full-service spa, steam rooms, a juice bar and snack lounge.

“We have a very strong focus on functional training, which is everyday movements that you use in your everyday life. That’s why we say it’s not fitness, it’s life,” adds Claudia.


This luxury fitness centre is right in the neighbourhood when you live at Minto Yorkville Park. If you’re interested in a membership, drop into the Equinox show room at 108 Yorkville Avenue to learn more about Equinox and what fitness program is right for you!



 Kenya Bruce

All About the Village of Yorkville Park

Minto Yorkville Park, at the corner of Bellair and Cumberland in Yorkville, will overlook the Village of Yorkville Park, a unique and peaceful area in Yorkville. The park is designed to represent the diversity and beauty of natural Canadian landscapes.

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Since it’s opening, the Village of Yorkville Park has won many awards such as the American Society of Landscape Architects award, the City of Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence and the International Downtown’s Association Award of Merit.

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Before the park was built, there were debates over how best to use the land. In the 1950s, the government decided to demolish a row of beautiful Victorian-styled homes to make way for the new subway line. However, residents wanted a park to be built over the subway. Instead a parking lot was constructed for commuters. Residents continued to be persistent, and in 1991 the City of Toronto Department of Parks and Recreation announced an international design competition. The winners were Oleson Worland Architects, in association with Martha Schwartz, Ken Smith and David Meyer Landscape Architects, who created a magnificent design of what the park is today.

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The 11 landscapes of the park represent different Canadian environments, ranging from the upland forests found in the North, the river marshes found in the coastal areas, the prairies, orchards and rock outcroppings of the Canadian Shield. The most unique part about this park is the 650 tonne granite rock that sits right outside of Bay Station. The rock was taken from Canada’s glacial shield piece by piece and reassembled in the park. The rock is over 1 billion years old.

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The park is a great place to relax, soak up sun and people watch. You’ll find benches around the park surrounded by diverse plant life. There’s also a wooden boardwalk around the marshy terrain, and a waterfall known as The Rain Curtain adds an artistic touch to the park.

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Surrounded by luxurious real estate, high end shopping and fine dining, the Village of Yorkville Park is a natural and functional part of the neighbourhood, truly showcasing what great innovation and design can offer.

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Minto Yorkville Park will be one of the few residential buildings in the area that looks over the Village of Yorkville Park. Do you want views of this tranquil park from your balcony? We still have luxurious suites available at Minto Yorkville Park! Walk through the park on your way to visit us at our new sales centre at 101 Yorkville Ave, and also be sure to register today!



Kenya Bruce