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Carlyle Communities is a real estate developer that has been working in Toronto for the past 15 years. Their ambitious philosophy is to have efficient and intelligent designs that capitalize on long-term vision and sustainability. They work to create developments that have unique designs, as well as environmentally friendly features. Their slogan really boils down what they’re about: Design. Value. Intelligence.
They are known for making bold choices. While the vast majority of buildings in Toronto are either clad in dark brick or conservative blue and grey window panels, this developer strives to create developments that really pop. They also reject conventionally safe retail choices and instead endeavour to include local businesses as part of their building’s fabric.
The best example of this is one of their recent projects, the Beach Hill Residences. This attractive mid-rise in The Beaches dismisses the conventional aesthetics mentioned before, and is instead adorned with flashy white and green panels. The panels are meant to symbolize the environmentally conscious disposition of the neighbourhood, but they are much more than mere symbols. The panels are able retain both heat and cool air longer and more efficiently than either brick or glass. This means that the building will naturally be warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. Inside, the cabinets and walls are painted with environmentally-friendly paint.
This developer is also a strong proponent of mixed-used communities. When they revealed they were going to keep the ground level of the Beach Hill project open for retail, most people’s minds naturally went to established businesses or big-box type stores, but president Naram Mansour had different plans. He wanted to have an eclectic combination of local businesses in his building. He believes that to actually create community engagement, you have to invite local businesses to contribute to that community. Mansour goes one step further in that his building does not have a meeting room like most new developments. Rather, he suggests that people meet in local cafes, restaurants or pubs. This demonstrates his dedication to community engagement.
In addition to being the president of Carlyle Communities, Mansour is also an active professor with the Schulich School of Business at York University. He not only wishes to influence neighbourhoods and districts, but young minds as well.
As he and his real estate developing company moves forward, he looks to begin developing projects for more rentals. Many of the units in Beach Hill Residences have been allocated for rentals, and with their new purchase of land on Bathurst Street, Mansour looks to open the door for a more rental oriented business. They like the business model, and he’s happy with his experience so far.
This developer will continue to pursue its philosophy of being cutting edge and dynamic. One of their primary priorities is to be sustainable, both for the environment and their own value. As they continue to develop more projects, we can expect to learn more about their innovative ideas about community and sustainability.
Beach Hill Residences
This mid-rise in The Beaches stands 6 storeys tall and has a total of 64 units. This project has access to multiple TTC stops, providing easy access to the rest of the city. Amenities include private balconies and an exercise room. It is located at 763 Woodbine Avenue and was completed in the summer of 2016.
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