coming soon to Wilson Heights, steps to the subwayFriluftsliv is the great Scandinavian philosophy of embracing the outdoor life in everything we do. We’re not only inspired by this ideal for the Nørdic, we are driven by every part of it. Life here will resonate with physical health through a love for the outdoor parks, amenities and walkable shopping and dining.
A sustainable lifestyle at NørdicSeptember 16, 2019 READ MORE
The Swedes have a philosophy known as “friluftsliv.” It’s a lifestyle based on a connection with the outdoors, and it informs much of the country’s...
The Swedes have a philosophy known as “friluftsliv.” It’s a lifestyle based on a connection with the outdoors, and it informs much of the country’s environmental policy, policy that has helped Sweden maintain a position as the world’s most sustainable country for more than half a decade. Swedish cities have taken giant steps to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and Swedish researchers are developing technology to obtain 100% of their energy from renewable and recycled sources. The country is proof that big ambitions can lead to big change, and we’ve set our sights equally high at Nørdic.
Environmental stewardship is one of three key pillars at Collecdev (for more on the other two, visit our site). As developers, we have an inherent responsibility to minimize any adverse impact our communities have on the natural environment. That’s why, at Nørdic, we’ve chosen forward-thinking sustainable technologies like an innovative geothermal heating and cooling system that uses about 40% less energy than a traditional HVAC system, and produces 70% less greenhouse gas, saving over 5 million litres of water every year (not to mention offering residents predictable monthly maintenance fees).
What else is in store? Take a look:
- Low-profile green roofs that help reduce the heat island effect and improve air quality
- Circadian rhythm lighting to reduce energy usage
- Smart thermostats with real-time suite energy dashboards
- High performance thermal envelope to minimize unwanted solar gain and heat loss
- 500+ bicycle parking spaces
- Electric car charging stations
- Energy Star® appliances and low VOC paints
The result is a smart investment for the planet and for residents says Nørdic’s geothermal system. “Residents can feel confident knowing they’ve invested in technology that aligns with what the buildings of the future will look like and what buyers will demand. They also have the added benefit of predictable monthly costs, confidence in a system with an infinite life span, a tangible increase in property value, and the comfort of knowing they’re leaving a reduced carbon footprint on the world.”
Take a closer look at Nørdic and discover a community where sustainability and good living go hand in hand. A healthy urban landscape, a beautiful new home, a better tomorrow.
Register for Nørdic today and discover a Scandinavian-inspired lifestyle in the heart of Wilson Heights.
Nørdic offers freedom to roamSeptember 14, 2019 READ MORE
“Allemansrätten.” A long word with infinite possibilities. The Swedish term literally translates to “everyman’s right” but the full meaning is more subtle – it’s about independence, exploration, and the freedom to roam. It isn’t limited to Sweden; allemansrätten is a commonly held philosophy (in many cases law) in Scotland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Austria, and Switzerland. And it’s exactly what you’ll find at Nørdic – a well considered and well connected community where every day is a journey, whether roaming close to home and further afield.
Starting off in the lobby, residents will find a digital display showing current transit commute times for the myriad transit options right outside the front door. TTC or GO Transit, take your pick – you can be at Union Station or Downsview Park in under 30 minutes. Nothing is out of reach.
The 401 is just a few minutes away, but if you’re keen to reduce your carbon footprint, plug into one of the electric car charging stations or grab some wheels from the on-site bike share and cycle over to Clanton Park, Balmoral Park, or Downsview Park, offering kilometres of trails that wind past lakes, ponds, orchards, even an urban farm!
Of course you can opt to take a walk instead and discover the friendly neighbourhood of Wilson Heights outside your front door, a vibrant community full of local businesses, independent boutiques, and delicious cafés. Bump into neighbours. Meet the locals. Make new friends. Find your favourite spot for pastrami on rye (Pancer’s Deli). Or homemade pasta (Paese Ristorante). Or apple spice scones (Collette Grand Café).
Head across the street to Yorkdale Shopping Centre and find inspiration and amazing style in more than 2-million square feet of best-in-class retail. Burberry. Cartier. Apple. Nordstrom. Tesla. Canada Goose. Sporting Life. Holt Renfrew. Bottega Veneta. Chanel. The store directory reads like a who’s who of international brands. And community staples like Costco, Home Depot, Best Buy, and the LCBO are also just a few blocks away.
Shopping. Entertainment. Dining. Recreation. Nature. Accessibility. Community. At Nørdic you’re free to pursue them all. Connect to good living. Enjoy the freedom to roam.
Register today for Nørdic and discover a Scandinavian-inspired lifestyle in the heart of Wilson Heights.
Wilson Heights: on the fast track to growthSeptember 13, 2019 READ MORE
If the number of new construction sites is any indication, Wilson Heights is on the fast track to becoming one of the city’s most thriving neighbourhoods. In fact, you don’t even need to count the cranes (which, according to an article in Urban Toronto, will lay the groundwork for thousands of new residents in a variety of rental, affordable, and condo unit types); you simply need to note the fact that, in 2015 Wilson Heights was earmarked for regeneration on the Toronto master plan, and it’s been growing ever since. That’s why now is the perfect time to snap up a home at Nørdic and secure your future in this exciting hub of investment, innovation, and growth.
A SMART INVESTMENT
The area around Wilson Avenue and Allen Road is home to the most ambitious collection of newly emerging master planned communities in Toronto. All four corners are slated for redevelopment, creating colourful and connected neighbourhoods where there was once empty space. Together, the municipal, provincial, and federal governments have committed more than $3 billion to the area’s regeneration, proving that Wilson Heights is a safe and smart place to invest.
A CONNECTED LOCATION
At Collecdev, we know what elements contribute to the best communities and connectivity tops the list. Nørdic sits steps from Wilson subway station and in close proximity to Yorkdale Subway Station, Sheppard West Subway Station, GO Transit, Allen Road, and the 401. That convenient access is what gives Wilson Heights such exceptional Transit Scores (Nørdic sits at 90%), and the Finch West LRT expansion (an 11-kilometre light rail transit line with 18 new stops) as well as the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (connecting Downsview Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre) are sure to push the community even closer to a perfect score.
STRONG BUSINESS GROWTH
The community surrounding Nørdic is home to nearly 100,000 jobs with internationally recognized employers like Bombardier Aerospace, RBC Royal Bank, Humber River Hospital, Nestle, Randstad, and the TTC. The local business hubs around Dufferin, Keele, and Highway 400 are seeing, on average, double-digit employment growth, creating promising opportunities for professionals at every level and boosting the area’s already high average household income.
INNOVATION & EDUCATION
Today, over 50,000 students commute to nearby school campuses, with an average commute time of 1 hour or more, and more than 6,000 international students are in need of rental accommodation nearby. The Wilson Heights area is in high demand and students (and their parents) are willing to pay a premium for well-designed rentals that offer easy access to:
- Centennial College Downsview Campus (featuring a state-of-the-art $72M Aerospace & Innovation Hub) | 7 minute drive
- York University (Canada’s 3rd largest university) | 10 minute drive
- Seneca’s York U satellite campus | 10 minute drive
- University of Toronto | 17 minutes via TTC
- Ryerson University | 35 minutes via TTC
THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOWNSVIEW
Wilson Heights is home to Downsview Park, already a city favourite for activity, entertainment, and connecting with nature, but a number of exciting new plans will see the area reach even greater heights. The park itself has been earmarked by the federal government as a National Urban Park with an extensive network of new pedestrian and cycling trails. Downsview Lands will see an anticipated 42,000 new jobs and residences. And the Downsview Airport Redevelopment will see a 375-acre urban plot (10 times larger than Liberty Village or Concord City Place) redeveloped as a true mixed-use development, an urban renewal project of massive international scale.
Everywhere you look, growth is in high gear, from expanding transit, to parkland redevelopment, from booming educational and employment hubs, to advancing urban infrastructure. In the coming years, Wilson Heights and the surrounding neighbourhoods will see hundreds of thousands of new residents, an extraordinary collection of new condominiums and homes, and millions of additional square feet of retail and office space added. Be part of the story. Register for Nørdic today.
Scandinavian design on display at NørdicSeptember 12, 2019 READ MORE
Northern European countries are known for many things – jaw-dropping fjords, unending daylight during the summer months, and, perhaps most importantly, an...
Northern European countries are known for many things – jaw-dropping fjords, unending daylight during the summer months, and, perhaps most importantly, an unparalleled quality of life. The unique Scandinavian combination of strong social programs, immediate access to nature, and simple but considered design makes for better places and happier people – something we’re setting out to replicate at Nørdic.
It might come as a surprise, but the philosophies that make Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland some of the best places in the world in which to live are now available in an exciting new community in Wilson Heights. An emphasis on the collective. A connection between built form and the natural landscape. The perfect balance between work and play. An eye toward sustainability. An overall sense of wellness and contentment. A connection to the places, people, and things that matter. These are the philosophies driving lifestyle and design at Nørdic.
“Scandinavian design conjures the idea of effortlessness, minimalist colour palettes, organic textures, and restrained furniture placement, leaving room for people to move around within a space and take it in from different angles, at varying stages of daylight,” says Carmen Dragomir, founder of esQape design, the firm responsible for the inviting interiors at Nørdic.
The building’s architecture takes a similar approach. The principals at gh3* Architects weigh in, “Our inspiration for Nørdic came directly from the buildings you see on the historic streets of Scandinavian cities, façades with windows that let in lots of natural light and light colour palettes that provide a bright counterpoint to short winter days.”
In addition to the design-driven architecture and interiors, residents will discover a wealth of exciting amenities for the modern lifestyle. Push your FitBit into overdrive in a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Enjoy convenient access for any commute with bike share and electric car charging stations, plus direct access to Wilson subway station. And reconnect to nature with nearly 11,000 square feet of outdoor space including BBQ zones, green roofs, landscaped courtyards, a pet run, a calisthenics courtyard, and a kids play area.
With all of this close at hand, Nørdic is a study in how Scandinavian principles of design can cut across borders to deliver a better way to live, right here at home.
Register today for Nordic and discover a Scandinavian-inspired lifestyle in the heart of Wilson Heights.
Collecdev H.O.M.E.September 10, 2019 READ MORE
We created Collecdev H.O.M.E. because we believe that diversity creates stronger communities, and that philosophy has already begun to unfold at Tretti with...
We created Collecdev H.O.M.E. because we believe that diversity creates stronger communities, and that philosophy has already begun to unfold at Tretti with great success.
Tretti invites and celebrates inclusivity. 50 units in the Scandinavian-inspired building, located in the heart of Wilson Heights, were allocated to the affordability program, putting home ownership within reach for more Toronto families. It’s the concrete result of our commitment to social sustainability, made possible thanks to the support of the Government of Canada, Ontario, and the City of Toronto. This move ensures the city’s long-term accessibility and growth through expertly planned communities that provide the infrastructure, connectivity, and cultural programming to enrich society as a whole and allows families to thrive.
The response to the Collecdev H.O.M.E. plan was phenomenal, reaffirming the idea that we all share a common desire to find a place where we belong. Our sales team met one-on-one with each of the prospective buyers, making sure that the units went to people who would truly benefit.
Buying a home is a big decision and the sales process can feel overwhelming for first time homebuyers, so together, we walked through every step at the home buying process, from purchase day, to move-in day, and beyond, answering questions until purchasers felt confident in their decision to buy at Tretti Condos.
The majority of Tretti residents are people who already live and rent in the Wilson Heights, and want to stay in a community they’ve come to appreciate for its beautiful parks, great restaurants, neigbourhood boutiques, proximity to Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and unparalleled access to transit and the Wilson Subway Station. 43% are Toronto residents looking to put down roots. 95% are under the age of 50, seeking financial stability and a chance to build a legacy for their family. There are a wide variety of professionals in this group of homeowners including pharmacists, nurses, teachers, engineers, and social workers. Some are currently renting nearby and some will be moving out of their parents’ home for the first time.
With Tretti, not only have they chosen a welcoming new community where they can enjoy suites with abundant natural light, an exciting lineup of family-friendly amenities, and a carefully considered design that offers a strong connection to nature, but they have the security of home ownership, putting them firmly in control of their future. Their new home is an investment that will continue to grow, helping them build equity for years to come. The sustainable features and geothermal energy system in place at Tretti will ensure predictable monthly maintenance expenses and high resale value in a market where people are increasingly seeking a cleaner, greener way to live.
We’re honoured that these 50 families have chosen Tretti as their new home, and proud that we could play a small role in helping to make good design and good living more accessible for all. After all, accessibility is fundamental to building strong communities, and that’s our ultimate goal.
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