North Drive, Richard Wengle and Brian Gluckstein introduce a new luxury lifestyle opportunity in Forest Hill
Award-winning boutique real estate developer North Drive has teamed up once again with Toronto’s most sought-after residential designers, Richard Wengle and Brian Gluckstein, to create One Forest Hill, a boutique condominium community on the corner of St. Clair Avenue and Forest Hill Road.
Over the last six years, North Drive has earned a reputation for its ability to develop distinguished condominium residences in classic and mature communities including Yorkville, The Kingsway and High Park. “We are committed to crafting buildings that respectfully complement the historic areas in which we build,” says Jordan Morassutti, Co-Founder & Partner, North Drive. “We know the Forest Hill buyer embraces sophisticated timeless design and also recognize the need for more diverse luxury housing options in the neighbourhood.”
One Forest Hill is a 12-storey Art Deco-inspired building that offers an exclusive residential experience for people who desire the year-round benefits of a condominium community while maintaining an address in Forest Hill. The design of the project is a collaboration between celebrated Toronto architect Richard Wengle, and internationally-acclaimed interior designer Brian Gluckstein, who are both residents of Forest Hill and have over three decades of experience designing homes for homeowners in the neighbourhood.
“We selected Richard Wengle and Brian Gluckstein because no one understands true luxury better than them,” says Robert Fidani, Partner, North Drive. “They are well-acquainted with the needs of the end users of this project, as it has been part of their daily practice for over 35 years. Brian has furnished a countless number of homes for the same group of people, and Richard has designed dozens of houses in Forest Hill. We anticipate that the majority of our purchasers will be their past clients.”
The residences at One Forest Hill are very spacious, averaging 2,250 sq. ft. Purchasers will have the ability to customize their suite layouts and the option to combine units. “For the purchaser, moving into a boutique community like this is not about downsizing, but more about the reorganization of their living spaces,” says Gluckstein. “Some purchasers might have the same size apartment as their single-detached house, but instead of six bedrooms, they might have a grander dining room or his-and-hers bathrooms. It’s about reallocating the way you live – rightsizing rather than downsizing.”
For the architecture, the designers took cues from luxury boutique buildings in London, Paris and New York. Using limestone, marble and bronze finishes, special attention was paid to the materials and how the building appears from a pedestrian’s view. Two-storey windows line the street at ground level and terraces step back as the building rises.
Located in a neighbourhood known for Tudor and Georgian style homes, One Forest Hill respects these architectural styles, but was designed to be more contemporary. “For the most part, the Forest Hill homeowner it is still a traditional buyer who embraces classical architecture, but now we are seeing more and more clients looking for more simplicity in design while not being totally committed to complete contemporary,” says Wengle. “Our vision for One Forest Hill hits all those notes. The building echoes a tailored elegance and provides modern comforts but done within an architectural style that is timeless.”
One Forest Hill will offer only 43 residential suites. Unit configurations include two bedroom and three bedroom layouts ranging from 1,300 sq. ft. to penthouse suites up to over 3,000 sq. ft. Prices start in the $1.5-million range. To register, visit www.OneForestHill.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.