A blank canvas in Toronto’s Tippett Regeneration Area doubles as the testing ground for a new, complete way of living. TRETTI is a social, environmental and experiential strategy of city-building that adopts the best practices of northern European design. Introducing an eco-friendly, affordable, and human-scaled lifestyle to the heart of Wilson Heights, TRETTI captures the progressive ideals that have made Scandinavian cities some of the happiest on the planet, employing an acute focus on placemaking to create an egalitarian, hyperlocal and truly complete community.
TRETTI exemplifies the development principles envisioned for the Tippett Regeneration Area by CreateTO and the City of Toronto, who drew the blueprint for the integrated and mixed-use community now taking shape. Using functional and smart design to enhance livability, coupled with assets specifically curated to meet the diverse needs of its residents, TRETTI gracefully executes the framework established by these important civic partners.
The contemporary and organic architecture of TRETTI responds to the walkable streetscapes of Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, translating the characteristics of these rich urban environments into a Toronto context. The result is a carefully crafted living experience supported by multi-functional interiors, ample daylight, and a robust connection to the outdoors via green rooftops and a sprawling eighth floor terrace. At 13 storeys, TRETTI is a modest and human-scaled development punctuated by architectural setbacks and ground-level amenities, which animates the public realm and enhances safety with constant “eyes on the street.” An expansive family-friendly amenity package caters to the desires of all residents, and features a fully equipped fitness studio, yoga space, party room, co-working space, indoor pet-friendly play area, and indoor and outdoor children’s play areas.
Acknowledging that buildings are a contributor to climate change, TRETTI embraces a low-carbon future by employing an innovative geothermal heating and cooling system that will produce 70 percent less greenhouse gases, use about 40 percent less energy than a traditional HVAC system, and save over five million litres of water every year. The geothermal system is complemented by several other green gestures, including two private courtyards sporting drought-tolerant landscapes, absorbing stormwater runoff and reducing clean water irrigation waste by 60 percent. A 29,000-square-foot central park features hardscaping to reduce the urban heat island effect and offers places for rest, recreation, and social interaction. Dedicated bicycle parking and electric vehicle charging stations assist in the proliferation of a strong local multi-modal transportation network. These environmentally conscious features are all part of creating a healthy, holistic community for the greater good, a common understanding of how our individual actions impact the people and the world around us.
Illustrating our commitment to social sustainability, 50 affordable residences at TRETTI will give the gift of home ownership to more Toronto families. The broader Tippett Regeneration Area will receive a total of 200 affordable homes from Collecdev. Complete communities are defined by their inhabitants, who come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Providing a range of housing types ensures the long-term accessibility and prosperity of the neighbourhood, allowing all families to participate and benefit from this trailblazing community. A pioneering force in building affordable housing, Collecdev provided a personal touch to the homebuying process, meeting one-on-one with each prospective purchaser to answer questions and alleviate any concerns. The majority of TRETTI residents already live and rent in the community, and are ready to put down their roots and invest in the security of home ownership.
Our contribution to affordable housing at TRETTI became the genesis of Collecdev H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easy), a collaboration between all three levels of government. Connecting deserving families with payment- and interest-free down payment assistance loans, the program delivers the dream of home ownership to current renters. Homeowners under the program pay up to 6.5 percent down, representing massive savings compared to the traditional 20 percent down payment required. The loan remains payment- and interest-free as long as the homeowner continues to reside in the condominium. The partnership between governments and Collecdev engendered the City of Toronto’s Open Door Affordable Housing Program, resulting in Collecdev being recognized as a Champion of Affordable Housing.
Located in a mature neighbourhood already defined by relationships to its surroundings, TRETTI features a near-perfect transit score of 98 and convenient access to Wilson, Yorkdale and Sheppard West subway stations, with additional connections to GO Transit, Allen Road, and Highway 401. TRETTI reinforces and heightens the best characteristics of the neighbourhood, serving as the linchpin of a vibrant, forward-thinking, mixed-use community with new public roads, pedestrian and cycling connections, park spaces, and neighbourhood amenities. TRETTI represents the best of both worlds—a multi-layered lifestyle catered to the individual but fostered by social connectedness—a complete community espousing distinctly Scandanavian design with a familiar Toronto address.
NeighbourhoodTRETTI is truly the best of all worlds – Scandinavian inspired, Toronto based, in the heart of Wilson Heights, near Yorkdale, and linked to TTC subway. Live in a charming community bursting with local businesses, family-friendly outdoors, and urban amenities that keep you connected to anything and everything.
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TRETTI + Nørdic honoured with CHBA nominationsFebruary 20, 2020 READ MORE
The Danes have a saying, “bo bedre,” which means “live better.” It’s the driving force behind TRETTI and Nørdic, two amazing new Collecdev...
The Danes have a saying, “bo bedre,” which means “live better.” It’s the driving force behind TRETTI and Nørdic, two amazing new Collecdev communities, designed to help more people live smarter, live better, live happier than ever before. This month these projects received industry kudos, nominated for two CHBA National Awards:
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence recognize the best in Canadian new homes, home renovations, community development, and marketing. “These nominations place us among a distinguished group,” said Collecdev President, Maurice Wager, upon hearing the news. “The CBHA is the voice of the residential construction industry in Canada and to be recognized by them is a testament to the incredible communities we’re bringing to life.”
TRETTI and Nørdic, have received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the market, impressing purchasers and industry insiders with their holistic approach to development. Inspired by Scandinavian cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, the communities combine great design and inspiring amenities, with direct access to transit and a strong connection to nature, creating human-centric environments that promote a healthier and happier way to live.
TRETTI’s nomination for outstanding excellence in a Mid- to High-Rise Condominium Project reflects the extensive planning and vision that has gone into the site. CreateTO, a team of real estate professionals working with the City of Toronto to manage its real estate portfolio, worked closely with Collecdev to develop a community plan for the lands at 30 Tippett which were sold to Collecdev in 2015.
The development aligns with the City’s overall vision for the Tippett Regeneration Area and includes provisions for new public services, roads, parks, and infrastructure, along with the 13-storey condominium and two purpose-built rental buildings, Tippett Park Phase 1 and Tippett Park Phase 2. A collection of suites has been designated for Collecdev H.O.M.E – Home Ownership Made Easy., the affordable ownership program developed in partnership with the Government of Canada, Ontario and the City of Toronto, that puts good living within reach for more first-time buyers. And sustainable building systems like geothermal energy and green roofs reduce the carbon footprint and create long-term value for residents. These elements, combined with convenient transit, an emphasis on the outdoors, and engaging amenities, make TRETTI a truly complete community, a place residents will be proud to call home.
Bringing green living to Wilson HeightsJune 19, 2019 READ MORE
Finding an affordable condo near public transit isn’t easy these days. And finding one that also boasts of noteworthy architecture and plentiful green space, is a major accomplishment.
Tretti Condos, steps from Wilson subway station, claims to tick all of those boxes. Designed by gh3*, the uniquely shaped building with a gently curving spine and three “wings” stepped down from the roofline offers sheltered courtyards where children have a playground and adults have outdoor space. Plus, there’s a wide pedestrian path and 11,000 square feet of ground floor retail.
The suites are designed to maximize natural light, with views of lush landscaping. Interior designer Carmen Dragomir, of esQape Design, placed bedrooms on either side of the central living and kitchen area to give them a more spacious feel.
“Design has a certain way of shaping our lives, our sensibility, our behaviour, even our emotions,” Dragomir says, noting she kept that in mind at Tretti.
The liveability factor was also important for Maurice Wager, the developer Collecdev’s president. Generally, units aren’t getting bigger these days, he says. “And if you reduce the size, you have to make sure the layout works.”
Tretti’s 340 suites have a standard package that includes stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, and porcelain tiles in the bathrooms.
The amenity package, also designed by Dragomir, is generous as well. There’s a fitness studio, a party room with a catering kitchen and access to an outdoor terrace and BBQs. In addition, the condos have a 24-hour concierge service, a co-working station and private meeting rooms.
Millennials and families are expected to be among the buyers and so Wager wanted to include space for those who work from home and family-friendly features such as an indoor/outdoor playground and a pet-grooming studio.
At just 13 storeys, Tretti falls between a mid- and high-rise height, and makes the 340 suites feel reasonably spread out.
Architect Raymond Chow, principle of gh3* which also designed the Rocket condo down the street from Tretti, says the courtyards help with that human scale, “by breaking down the overall mass of the building, and stepping down from the 13-storey height toward the park.”
Green space plays an important role here, shielding the community from the noise and congestion of the Allen Expressway, and connecting the neighbourhood to the Wilson subway station with a path for pedestrians and cyclists. And a park by the front door is connected to a 16,000-square-foot green space.
Wilson Heights itself, is a neighbourhood in flux. It was earmarked for regeneration in 2015 on the city’s master plan. Wager snapped up the plot of land by the subway in 2016. And the following year, the University-Spadina subway line was extended to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
From the beginning, Wager envisioned a site that would be beautiful, affordable and a good place to live. And given his background in architecture and urban planning — from the University of Toronto — he was also committed to a development that was energy efficient.
To increase Tretti’s natural insulating power, it will be built with more solid wall as opposed to glass. A geothermal heating and cooling system will use 40 per cent less energy than conventional HVAC systems, reduce water consumption by 50 million gallons per year, and is expected to cut overall carbon footprint by more than 70 per cent.
Green roofs will reduce the heat island effect, divert stormwater run-off for collection in cisterns (to be reused for irrigation) — and provide a lush backdrop to the rooftop space with its BBQs and cabanas. And the staggered balconies will attract more light in the winter when the sun is lower on the horizon, while limiting light in the summer when the sun is higher.
No discussion of liveability can be had without talking affordability, Wager insists. He’s devised a program called Collecdev H.O.M.E (home ownership made easy) in collaboration with Toronto Affordable Housing Office, which offers an interest-free, down payment assistance loan.
“A lot of people can make monthly payments,” reasons Wager, “because a mortgage isn’t dissimilar from paying rent, but the big barrier is that 15-20 per cent deposit.” The loan is being offered with strings – you must currently be a tenant, and a first-time homebuyer with a maximum household income of $88,900.
The condos are priced from the mid-$400,000s and occupancy is slated for August 2021.
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YOU ARE HERE
1) Getting around. A new urban park, with pedestrian and cycling trails is being created in the area. And the Finch West LRT expansion will add 18 new stops.
2) Get smart. York University and Seneca College’s York U satellite campus are 10 minutes away. And the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Hub – a joint project with academics and industry – is being built at the nearby Downsview Park.
3) Looking for fun? The Barry Zuckerman Amphitheatre offers theatre and music. Black Creek Pioneer Village provides a window on the past. And Fountainhead Park has tennis courts and a multipurpose sports field.
Source: National Post
Proximity to public transit boosts property valueMay 27, 2019 READ MORE
The world of real estate has evolved quite a bit over the last three decades. Today we have apps that help us find homes, virtual 3D tours that let us experience spaces before they’re even built, and smart phones that put the act of purchasing in the palm of our hands. But despite all this change, there is one age-old real estate adage that still holds true, location, location, location. Today, where you choose to purchase a home is still among the most important factors in determining quality of life and long-term value.
PROXIMITY TO PUBLIC TRANSIT BOOSTS PROPERTY VALUE
A study of several major US cities showed that properties located in close proximity to public transportation outperformed the market by an average of 42% (in some cases by nearly 130%). In New York City, home values on Manhattan’s Upper East Side went up sixfold after the completion of the Second Avenue subway. And while the precise numbers for Toronto aren’t documented, one thing is clear: proximity to transit is an important factor in purchasing a new home, especially for first-time buyers.
Access to transit provides all kinds of benefits for homeowners, from reduced costs (bye bye soaring gas prices and monthly car payments, hello Metropass!), shorter commute times, lowered stress, cleaner air, and more walkable neighbourhoods. A report released by The Center for Neighborhood Technology states,
“Consumers are willing to pay more for housing located in areas that exemplify new urbanist principles or are traditional neighbourhood developments.’ These neighborhoods are walkable, higher density, and have a mix of uses as well as access to jobs and amenities such as transit.”
It’s the very principle we use at Collecdev to determine the best location for new projects like TRETTI – as the city continues to grow, what sites will give residents convenient access to green space, culture, retail, amenities, and community, while keeping them connected to anywhere they want to go?
TRETTI GETS TOP MARKS
You may not be familiar with Redfin, a Seattle-based real estate data and analytics company, but you’re probably familiar with their work. In 2007 the company launched Walk Score (followed quickly by Transit Score), two markers that have become a popular measure of the convenience and desirability of any address. And according to the data, TRETTI is a “Rider’s Paradise.”
With a Transit Score of 98 (out of a possible 100) and a Walk Score that puts many neighbourhood conveniences just a few steps away, TRETTI is the type of community where homes, jobs, and leisure activities intersect, creating the perfect backdrop for an active lifestyle with a smaller carbon footprint.
Located firmly within the 416 (the original benchmark for Toronto living), TRETTI keeps residents connected to the neighbourhood, to the GTA, and to the downtown core. In less time than it takes to watch an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (and for less than what you’d spend on a Starbucks Venti latte) you can be at Union Station. In roughly 20 minutes you can be at the airport, en route to anywhere in the world!
LONG TERM VALUE
The trend toward intensified urbanization isn’t stopping any time soon. Toronto’s downtown core population is forecast to increase by 83% over the next 12 years and, as it grows, so too will the demand for transit services and communities built around key transit lines, providing residents with easy access to everything they need, without the hassles of a car or a long, traffic-riddled commute. Buyers (and renters) will continue to opt for convenience over space, seeking homes where a subway ride is just steps from their front door. And for homeowners, that means the security of knowing that proximity to the Red Rocket will boost property values for years to come.
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Clean, green living in north Toronto’s Wilson Heights neighbourhoodMay 13, 2019 READ MORE
A new park is among the green highlights of a condo project that will grow from a former parking lot in north Toronto’s
A new park is among the green highlights of a condo project that will grow from a former parking lot in north Toronto’s Wilson Heights neighbourhood.
Tretti Condos, a 13-storey, 340-suite building with quick transit access — Wilson subway station is a block away — will include an adjacent park with plans for more than 100 trees to shade the site and outdoor courtyards.
Builder Maurice Wager, president of Collecdev, and Raymond Chow, principal at architecture firm gh3*, see the project as an opportunity to build a community where residents can connect with outdoors. The development, at 30 Tippett Rd., will be one of the first to transform the area along Wilson Ave. east of the Allen Expressway.
“Toronto is becoming a more urban, dense city,” says Chow.
“There is a need for simplicity and an edited lifestyle. It’s nice to come back to a place with space to breathe where you can detach,” Chow says, in reference to the project’s Scandinavian-lifestyle inspiration.
“Creating a network of open, outdoor spaces is a key to creating a vibrant community.”
As well, Collecdev’s commitment to environmental stewardship will manifest in Tretti Condos’ focus on sustainable features within the project.
“You can do great things by building a well-designed community, but you need to consider both the macro- and micro-levels,” Wager says. For example, he notes, “you can reduce the amount of commuting required by the ability to provide for all of the residents’ needs within the community so they don’t have to drive everywhere.
“We want this to be a true mixed-use development with community facilities, green space and retail,” adds Wager of the neighbourhood that also includes Downsview Park.
The building will operate with a geothermal heating/cooling system estimated to use about 40 per cent less energy than the traditional HVAC system, including saving more than five million litres of water a year and cut greenhouse gas production by about 70 per cent.
Maurice Wager, left, of Collecdev, and Raymond Chow with gh3* Architects in Tretti Condos model kitchen with modern finishes and energy-efficient appliances. (Moe Doiron/ Toronto Star)
Also planned are green roofs to help improve stormwater management and irrigate the site. As well, water will be filtered through a permeable paving system and collected in a cistern for re-use in landscaping. Windows in the building will have bird-friendly glazing and low-reflection glass to prevent collisions.
Exterior lighting will be downward facing to be night-sky friendly and minimize the impact on the community. Indoor lighting will feature light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to save energy; common spaces will have motion-sensor lighting to save electricity.
Bicycle use will be encouraged with bike storage rooms and parking spaces. Tretti Condos will, as well, have charging capabilities for electric cars and dedicated parking spots for car-sharing services.
The design profile of the building itself takes into account its place, situated above the Allen Expressway. “We’ve paid a lot of attention to the outline, because people will get a lot of long-distance views of the building,” says Chow.
Condominium suites have been designed to maximize natural light. “It was a bit of a challenge,” says Chow. “Every room had to have a window, because it’s important to have access to light.”
Suites, ranging from the mid-$400,000s to the mid-$700,000s, will be one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts, as well as two- and three-bedroom-plus-den options. Appliances will have Energy-Star rating and use 30 per cent less energy than standard appliances. There will be low-flow toilets and efficient water fixtures, as well as programmable thermostats.
Young families’ lifestyles have been considered, with plans for an indoor children’s play area and a dedicated outdoor kids’ space. Tretti Condos will include a fitness studio, a co-working space and rooftop terrace entertaining area. And, for the furry family members, a pet-wash station is included in the plans.
“We’ve taken a sophisticated approach to creating community through thinking about how spaces are used and designing accordingly,” Wager says.
Location: 30 Tippet Rd., Toronto
Architect: gh3* architects. Interior Designer: esQape design Inc.
Building: 13 floors, 340 suites
Suites: From 417-sq.-ft. to 832-sq.-ft. One-bedroom, two-bedrooms, two-bedroom-plus-den, three bedrooms, three-bedrooms-plus-den. Starting at the mid-$400,000s.
Design Features: Rooftop patio, a range of energy efficienct features, co-working space, adjacent parkland
Tentative Occupancy: August 2021
source: Toronto Star
The unprecedented rise of Wilson HeightsApril 10, 2019 READ MORE
In a city where opportunity and explosive growth have become the norm (Toronto is now home to more building cranes than any other city on the planet), it’s...
In a city where opportunity and explosive growth have become the norm (Toronto is now home to more building cranes than any other city on the planet), it’s tough for a neighbourhood to stand out, but Wilson Heights is rising above the crowd, quickly becoming one of the city’s most vital hubs for investment, innovation, and growth.
That growth can be seen everywhere, from expanding transit, to parkland redevelopment, from booming employment hubs, to higher education within easy reach. All three levels of government recognize the incredible opportunity in the area, and, together, have committed more than $3 billion to its regeneration. Here is a look at what’s taking shape.
Development plans include the most ambitious collection of newly emerging master-planned communities in Toronto; the redevelopment of Downsview Park as a National Urban Park; an extensive network of new pedestrian and cycling trails; an ambitious Finch West LRT expansion that will see an 11-kilometre light rail transit line with 18 new stops; the addition of 42,000 new jobs and residents at the Downsview Lands; and the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension, that will connect Wilson Heights all the way to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (an area with plans for 36,000 new jobs and residents) in just seven subway stops, bridging the distance between Toronto and the GTA.
A CITY WITHIN A CITY
But nowhere is the astonishing potential of this neighbourhood more evident than in the Downsview Airport Lands (formerly the Bombardier Lands), an unprecedented 375-acre development opportunity set to become a city within the city. In 2018 the sale made headlines – a parcel of land big enough to create a true mixed-use development, a modern urban paradise that will open up amazing new opportunities for business, retail, housing, and leisure.
An article in the Financial Post highlighted the almost incomprehensible scale of the project (10 times larger than Liberty Village or Concord City Place), comparing it to New York’s Hudson Yards and Canary Wharf in London. At a glance:
Hudson Yards, NYC
- Added 17 million square feet of new residential and commercial space
- Home to 100 new shops and restaurants
- Introduced 5,000 new residential units
- Considered one of the largest private development projects in the recent past
Canary Wharf, London
- Added 16 million square feet of office, retail, and leisure space
- Home to 300 restaurants and 37 office buildings
- Introduced 120,000 new jobs
- Considered one of the most coveted business locations in Europe
The Airport Lands at Downsview dwarfs them both, ringing in at nearly 4x the size of Canary Wharf, and 15x the size of Hudson Yards.
In use as an airport, the site imposed necessary height restrictions on surrounding new developments, but when redeveloped, those restrictions will be lifted, reopening the current low-rise and mid-rise plans for the Downsview Lands and paving the way for astonishing growth. Current plans will generate 42,000 new jobs and residents in the area. With high-rise development, that number will skyrocket, presenting an opportunity of global scale.
STRONG BUSINESS GROWTH
Even before the development of the Airport Lands, the Wilson Heights community is already 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. And the development of Downsview Lands (five mid-rise communities) will add 42,000 new jobs and residents to the scene, followed by hundreds of thousands more when the Airport Lands are redeveloped.
TOP TIER EDUCATION
Employers will find a wealth of highly educated eager young minds, fresh from York University and Seneca’s York U satellite campus, both located nearby. Today, over 50,000 students commute to the campuses, with an average commute time of 1 hour or more, and over 6,000 international students are on the hunt for rental accommodation nearby. The area’s highly anticipated new residential developments and the recently completed York subway station, will put Wilson Heights within a 10-minute subway ride from the York University campus.
The area is in high demand, with students (and their parents) willing to pay a premium for smart, well-designed rentals in this hub of connectivity and convenience. The subway is also just a 17-minute ride to St. George Station and The University of Toronto, putting Wilson Heights within easy access of some of the country’s most esteemed educational institutions.
In addition, the development of the Downsview Lands Aerospace Hub, led by leading aerospace companies and postsecondary educational institutions in the GTA including Ryerson University, introduced a state-of-the-art $70M facility for Centennial College last year, inspiring new generations to reach for the stars.
Between the Airport Lands, the growth at Lawrence Avenue & Allen Road, the Dufferin Street Revitalization, Wilson Avenue Revitalization, and the Yorkdale Redevelopment Proposal, 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 in the coming years.
This is growth and opportunity on an unprecedented scale. And in a city where the benchmark is already impressively high, this community stands apart. There truly has never been a better time to invest in Wilson Heights.