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A limited time offer from minto775

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Have we got a treat for you!

This weekend (June 8th and 9th) we are offering $18,000 off ALL  Minto775 suites AND a reduced deposit!*

It doesn’t get any better than this!

For more details, contact the Minto Sales Centre at 416.367.5464 or minto775@minto.com

You don’t want to miss out on this limited time offer!

*Occupancy subject to schedule. Limited time offer on typical suites. See sales representative for offer details. Prices & specifications subject to change without notice.

An update on the delays at minto775

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People have already begun to move into minto775 (as mentioned in our post from a few weeks ago) but the building is not yet in its final condition. We’ve been addressing concerns about the delays at minto775 as they come up, but we wanted to share all the information we have with you in a blog post so you’re in the loop and know what’s happening.

We all know that there are two seasons in Canada: winter and construction. There is also more construction happening in Toronto than ever before and the trades are feeling the strain. This is making everything happen more slowly but we are working to get minto775 finished as soon as possible. We’re spending a premium on hiring our own contractors to finish the shelving, mirror and glass installation that had fallen behind.

Furthermore, on April 30th, the three-year construction contracts ended. Subsequently, the elevator unions and the drywall unions went on strike. This was an industry-wide earthquake that affected all builders. Now the drywall unions are back to work but the tile union is on strike.

Like you, we want everything to keep moving. We’re doing everything in our power to get the building finished quickly, like using our own trade workers where possible. We’ll keep you posted on the progress.

We can answer any of your questions or concerns here in the comments section or on Twitter. Don’t hesitate to get it touch.

The best update from minto775 yet

On Friday we were happy to welcome the first resident to call minto775 home. It was cold and rainy (not ideal moving conditions) but Jennifer Moffatt was all smiles. Seriously. There is still work being done on site, but that isn’t stopping our property management team from going all out to make the move in process as smooth as possible as the units fill up. Here’s a look at what moving day looks like, Minto style.

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Even if you can’t find your cutlery or a corkscrew, you can still enjoy champagne and chocolate.
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Jennifer arriving at her new digs.
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Jennifer with our MasterCare team.

When you move in to minto775, our property management team will be instrumental to the process. Property Administrator Athiya Sherief, Property Manager Ranjeet Chugh, move-in coordinators Dianne Bryce & Nicole Andrabi (not pictured), Building Operations Manager Juan Gallardo (not pictured) and Director of Condominium Management Paul Martin are all on hand to make sure your move goes off without a hitch. You can find them on the ground floor of the west tower.

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Just watch for the signs when your get off the elevator.

The MasterCare team will take you though your pre-delivery orientation, known as the PDO. This is when we help you go through every detail of your unit to make sure it’s perfect before you move in. If anything is off, our team will make sure it gets fixed before you move in. Our Spring project saw zero deficiencies on move-in, which is pretty remarkable.

While minto775 is essentially ready to be lived (the west tower, anyway), there is still some work being done around the site. Here’s what we’re finishing up now.

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The front entrance is going to be amazing to come home to. But we’re still working on it.
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Equipment is being delivered to the gym. We’re loving those gleaming wood floors.
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This is the corridor connecting the east and west towers.
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The courtyard still needs work, but it’s coming together.
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More landscaping along the side of the courtyard.

The view from here

Penthouse living rocks for many reasons, not the least of which is the view. A while back we introduced you to photographer Paul Casselman and his amazing aerial shots. Recently we teamed up with Paul again to get true shots from some of our remaining units. He took these photos under a night sky to give you an idea of the views you can expect from a minto775 King West penthouse suite. If you like what you see, browse the penthouse collection here.

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New condo? There’s an app for that

Minto775 on King West will see its first residents moving in in May 2013 and we’re really looking forward to it. To make sure our purchasers have all the information and contact details they need, we’ve always provided them with a manual containing everything they need to know about the building and their new home. With paper manuals going the way of the phone book and the encyclopaedia, we came up with something new for minto775.

Minto775 purchasers will soon be able to access all the information they need about the building from any desktop, tablet or mobile device thanks to an interactive HMTL5 tool produced by Ariad. The tool offers everything you would have found in a manual but in an easy to search format that’s beautiful to interact with. It was built with responsive design, meaning that you can interact with the content in the most user-friendly way regardless of the device you’re on.

The manual covers all things you need to know as soon as you move in, and details that might come up later on, like who to call for a maintenance request. Down the road we’re looking forward to adding increased functionality with an app so you can do even more from your phone. Additional features may include the ability to get notification from and send notifications to the concierge, reserve amenities and visitor parking and manage a car sharing program. There is also the option of building a network of residents and communicating with the building management team. Here’s a sneak peek.

Windows, landscaping & finishes at minto775

It’s been some time since our last update, but rest assured – your minto775 construction team and trade partners have been busy. Over the past eight weeks or so we’ve seen major changes on site. The exterior work is wrapping up and the glazing on the ground floor retail units along King Street is almost complete. At the courtyard, we’ve installed the precast concrete and paved the way for window installation at the ground floor amenity areas.

Over the past few weeks our landscape trades have been on site working on the footings and walls that will eventually become the south outdoor amenity deck and barbecue areas.

We’re now gearing up our trades and dedicating more time to the suite interiors. Your new home is really beginning to take shape. At the upper levels, the framing and drywall continue to be the main activity following the mechanical and electrical rough-ins. At the lower levels, it’s great to see fresh paint, flooring (both the tile and wood flooring are underway), kitchen and bathroom cabinets and wood trim in the suites. We’re in the home stretch now as we make final preparations for our first residents.

On the balconies we decided to take a proactive approach for the glass enclosure and switch from the standard tempered glass to a more durable heat soaked product, comparable to a car’s windshield in terms of durability. We also revised the design to incorporate a top mounted rail in place of the by-pass design. Both of these revisions introduced additional costs to Minto as well as a slight delay in the delivery of materials. However, these changes will ensure a safer and more durable end result, something we felt was crucial to Minto quality.

scroll down for some first-hand shots of what we’ve been up to.

The King West façade.
Landscaping has begun towards the back of the building.
Precast panels & windows being installed in the courtyard.
The back of the building.
Some suites have flooring installed.
The kitchens are in place.
Tiles are going into the washrooms.

Meet Toronto photographer Tara Noelle

This Thursday, Toronto-based photographer Tara Noelle Will be using our minto775 sales centre to host a client appreciation evening. Her work has been featured in the Globe & Mail, flare.com and fashionmagazine.com. She is also a frequent contributor to Toronto’s social based blogs cdaily.ca & notable.caWe spoke to her recently about her work and the idea behind the event.

Tell us about your photography and how you got into it.

I’ve been shooting on my own for just over a year. I went to OCAD and have a background in the fine arts. Initially I was focused on painting. I took some time off from the arts to do corporate work and then came back to photography once digital was really big. I was doing event management and HR, which is where I got my education in business. Because I’m not with a studio, it was really important for me to have an understanding of the business world. When it’s just me, it’s essentially like running my own business as well as being a photographer so I needed those skills.

What is the idea behind Thursday’s event.

I’m celebrating the one year anniversary of working on my photography full time. I was always doing it part-time while working in the corporate world, but it’s not the same. I quit my job in October of last year and went to Italy for a month. When I came back, I was officially on my own working as a full-time photographer.

As an artist you always wonder if you’ll ever feel like you’ve made it. I feel so grateful to everyone who supported me and to my clients. I’m at the point where I have repeat clients. I really think it’s important to say thank you. That’s one of the things that stood out to me when I was working in HR and events. So this is just a way for me to say thank you to everyone who helped me get here.

We have to ask. How did you choose the minto775 sales centre for your event?

I chose the space because I wanted something clean and simple in the King West area where I live and work. I also wanted it to be at ground level so it would be easy for people to casually drop in. My friend Raynor Powell is a sales representative at Minto WaterGarden and he suggested the minto775 sales centre. The space has great character and and it’s sleek and modern so I thought it would compliment my work. It turned out to be the perfect fit. And it’s easy to get to from all over the city.

When people ask me about my neighbourhood I always tell them that it’s ten minutes from everything: ten minutes from downtown, ten minutes from Bloor and ten minutes from Liberty Village. I can also be at the lake in ten minutes and I’m ten minutes from the shops and galleries on Queen West. I spend a lot of time on Queen St. and shoot in a lot of the little cafés.

What can people expect when they book a session with you?

I meet with the clients to see what inspires them and what they want to get out of the shoot. We discuss the location to find something that will work well in the photos and reflect what’s important to them. Then I’ll put together an inspiration board with clothing options. A lot of photographers either hire a dedicated stylist or they just don’t do it. But I really think it’s worth it.

What attracts you to shooting people? 

I really like the  personal connection you get with shooting people. While there is all kinds of technical stuff going on, it’s really just me and the subject. The process can sometimes leave people emotionally bare. All of their insecurities and concerns come out and then we work through that and get them comfortable enough to do the shoot.

Sometimes I don’t get to meet them beforehand so we have ten minutes at the beginning of the shot to get to know each other. You just have to work with whatever comes out. That can be especially true with kids. I love having that emotional connection, the styling and the way people’s personalities come through. That’s why I shoot people and not landscapes.

What are your favorite sources of inspiration?

I subscribe to tons of blogs that I look at every day. I’m also a huge Pinterest fan. I discover new people and new art all the time. What inspires me is always changing, but here’s what I’m into now.

BLOGS & MAGAZINES
Garance Doré
The City Sage
Papier Mache
The New York Times Magazine
Nowness

MUSIC
The tunes on Burberry’s online store

BOOKS

ARTISTS

PHOTOGRAPHERS

WORDS

What would be your dream photo shoot?

Anything involving Annie Leibovitz. I would love to be on set with her in any capacity. It wouldn’t even matter who or what the subject was.

How do you feel about Instagram?

I love it and I’m on it every day. But it can be frustrating when I’m shooting a wedding and somebody’s already got fifty pictured up from their iPhone. We have a lot of technology to make things look pretty. And some of these images can go viral very quickly even though the person isn’t even a photographer. But it’s completely different when something is properly shot. I don’t feel threatened by it because I believe people respect the details that make a really great photo and respect people who do it as a profession.

Thanks to Tara Noelle for taking the time for this interview. While it’s not a formal gallery showing, you’re welcome to drop in this Thursday, November 22 at the minto775 King West sales centre to meet Tara and see some of her beautiful work. You can check out her portfolio at taranoelle.ca.