Does your definition of the perfect dwelling include living within walking distance to life-enhancing amenities and plethora of opportunities for work and play? We may have found the perfect pad for you in DNA Condominiums, situated on coveted King West, and also just a hop, skip, and a jump to vibrant Queen West and trendy Liberty Village! Here, you can soak up Toronto’s sexy urban vibe, and take advantage of the convenience of living in the centre of the city! The surrounding area is chock-full of hip restaurants, bars, and coffee houses to discover, not to mention a some of the finest shops, boutiques, galleries, and fitness studios! After all, King West isn’t just a neighbourhood; it’s a lifestyle.
Welcome to Suite 929 at 1 Shaw Street!
Cutting edge, cool, and rapidly expanding because of its character and charm, King West is Toronto’s answer to New York’s sublime Soho Village. This is the epicentre of big city living, where young professionals live where they work and work where they live! They are drawn here because they covet the ability to walk to all corners of their lives – both for work and play – north, south, east and west! Residents here are within walking distance to Toronto’s Entertainment District. Sports fans and music lovers will appreciate being so close to Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre – where catching games and concerts could be a weekly activity and, for those who like to get grounded in nature, the Martin Goodman Trail for biking is situated just south on Lake Ontario’s waterfront!
For those who celebrate a walking life, DNA Condos is just steps to King West’s stellar restaurant and nightlife scene, and surrounded by life-enhancing amenities like home furnishing shops, art galleries, and clothing retailers, to please and entertain. Need last-minute ingredients for your supper? You can reach your local grocer, Independent City Market and the Wine Rack for a bottle to accompany your meal in mere moments. But if you’re not in the mood to cook, there are numerous choices within walking distance. Local mainstay King Rustic Kitchen and Bar is one of our favourites, as is Terroni – a stellar Italian eatery. Try Edulis if you’re in the mood for ‘wild and foraged’ fare, or Pennies, if you want to hit a patio with friends!
All the hot spots of West Queen West are also within walking distance. This neighbourhood is known as a hub of creativity, collaboration, and community. The many galleries are mixed in with unique boutiques, purveying decor, modern and antique furniture, vintage clothing, textiles, gifts, and food, each with character worthy of their creative surroundings. Consider trying The County General for some comfort food and good company. Or perhaps you fancy tapas or paella? Visit Carmen. Of course, with the construction of the King Liberty Pedestrian Bridge, all the hip restaurants, bars and cafes of Liberty Village are a mere hop skip and a jump away as well. Residents on ‘both sides of the tracks’ – the Kitchener/Milton Rail Corridor – can now easily walk and cycle across and save themselves the arduous hike all the way around Strachan or Atlantic Avenue. Easy access to two of Toronto’s premiere ‘hoods? Yes please!
If you enjoy quiet days outdoors, love open air exercise, or simply occasionally need to escape the ‘bright lights, big city’ vibe to kick back amongst green things, lush and sprawling Trinity-Bellwoods is just a couple blocks north, with its community centre pool, off-leash park for your pup, and home of the annual Queen West Art Crawl. Award-winning urban oasis Massey Harris Park with its contemporary landscape design is less than 5 minutes away. And in under 10 minutes you can stroll to Stanley Park, with its outdoor pool, table tennis, tennis courts, ball diamond and off-leash dog zone! Alternatively, take a stroll toward the water where the expansive recreational and cultural activities of Harbourfront always hold adventure. This condominium is super central, with a Walk Score of 93. Don’t feel like walking? With the King streetcar line at your front door, it’s just a quick ride to the Financial District, the Entertainment District, and St. Lawrence Market, which explains why the Transit Score is 100! Plus it’s lickety split to the Island Airport, and if you’re hitting the road it’s mere moments to the Gardiner Expressway which provides speedy access to the suburbs or to cottage country. Don’t have a car? Rent out your deeded parking space to a neighbour, and keep it easy peasey using the ZipCar autoshare service right outside!
There are reputable schools in the neighbourhood as well, including Givins Shaw Junior PS (JK- Gr. 6), Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave Junior and Senior Public School (JK- Gr. 8) and Parkdale Collegiate Institute (Gr.9- Gr.12).and St. Mary Catholic School (JK- Gr. 8).
A Well-Managed Reputable Condominium!
The DNA1 condominium – completed in 2005 – stands 16 storeys tall with 317 suites ranging from 372 to 1421 square feet. Developed by Canderel Stoneridge and designed by the Toronto-based firm Garziani + Corzza Architects, this first phase at 1 Shaw Street – which is where the complex’s concierge services are located – was followed by DNA2 located at 1005 King West in 2007. Having 11 storeys with 229 suites ranging from.400 to 1650 square feet, DNA2 shares a central courtyard with DNA1, along with the complex’s amenities and underground garage with visitor parking, keeping common fees more reasonable. While its sister DNA2 is quite similar, DNA1 is distinguished by a key advantage – suites feature gas stoves in the kitchens and BBQ hookups on the terraces. Today, having gas cooking and a gas barbecue on your private outdoor space is extremely rare, and of particular benefit to those who enjoy culinary creativity!
DNA 1 & 2 – which are pet-friendly with up to 2 pets per suite with no size restrictions – is well-managed with over $3,374,000 in its reserve fund! Sharing a sun-drenched rooftop garden and community BBQ, there’s also a fitness centre with sauna, high-styled meeting and party rooms fully equipped for hosting your larger social events, plus sixty-five visitor parking spaces. The interiors of this condominium complex were designed by the renowned firm II By IV Associates. With their design studio located only two blocks from DNA Condos, their vision for creating sophisticated loft spaces echoes the sleek concrete, post and beam architecture so prevalent in historic Liberty Village.
An Airy Suite With A Panoramic Cityview!
Suite 929 – having around 704 square feet of interior living space – is uniquely styled and thoughtfully designed with flexible spaces that can be adapted to suit your lifestyle. The strategic space plan – with the favoured split bedroom plan – lends itself to creating articulated zones which make the most of every square inch. Having an architecturally unique layout, we love how this modern suite offers visual interest, excellent flow and separate zones for privacy!
Dark laminate floors expand through the suite, welcoming you with a warm, rich palette. Just off the foyer, which has a generous closet, you’ll find a contemporary 3-piece washroom outfitted for comfort, with modern finishes and generous dimensions. Entertainers will appreciate this second washroom can serve your guests – whether they’re visiting for dinner or enjoying your company during an extended stay – ensuring the spa-like master ensuite can remain your personal and private refuge! The well-proportioned flex space with double closet – well-suited as a home office or second bedroom – is tucked behind pocket doors, while the convenient laundry closet is situated adjacent to the space off the hall.
The airy open plan entertainment space features delineated zones for living and dining, with a sleek compact kitchen running along one wall. Fitted featuring a cohesive palette, the light hues in the granite countertops contrasts with the dark cabinetry while complementing the tile backsplash, while the built-in stainless steel appliances will surely please the resident chef, especially the 4-burner gas range which most cook’s favour. Truly, how amazing a spot to prepare brunch-a-deux with the morning sun bathing the space in light through the expansive sliding glass doors, amplifying the sense of space with its 9-foot exposed concrete ceilings and neutral walls. Do you love an east exposure as much as we do? We often find west-facing suites on higher-floors in downtown Toronto condominiums can get hot in the blazing afternoon sun, forcing one to keep the shades drawn and the air conditioning cranked. However, if you have a stunning view facing east like this suite boasts, watching the afternoon transition to evening is pure magic, as the financial district towers twinkle at dusk while the moon rises in the sky.
Need to retreat to a serene space when the ravages of everyday living feel like they’re taking their toll? Off the entertainment space – and well-situated away from the second bedroom – is the Master suite refuge. Behind a sliding barn door, this well-proportioned private oasis boasts a double closet and floor-to-ceiling glazing with direct access to the terrace. Yup!, this sexy sleeping sanctuary has a spectacular postcard perfect view! And the over-sized ensuite washroom is truly hotel luxe with its long deep soaking tub, rainfall shower head, acres of counterspace and smart, task-oriented lighting! Who says you can’t pamper yourself on a daily basis?
For those who love to start their day checking out the weather, or kick back and lounge at wine-o:clock, this Home Suite Home features the extremely-rare and highly-coveted outdoor terrace! Having wood decking and a stainless steel gas barbecue, this outdoor oasis is large enough to accommodate a gaggle of pals, or a teak table for dining alfresco! With its glittering panoramic view of the cityscape, and front row seats to the nightly CN Tower light show, this sky perch will make your pad your friend’s social destination of choice when the weekend’s adventures begin! How fantastic is that?
For those who want to live life large, while staying comfortably grounded, this 2-bed 2bath suite with separately deeded underground parking spot, is an ideal contender for the professional pro-urbanite.