When a niche development firm is founded by two professionals with over two decades of experience in the development industry, you know you’ve got an exceptional organization on your hands.
Curated Properties is an exciting new boutique firm, helmed by Adam Ochshorn and Gary Eisen. Ochshorn is the founder of Grand Metropolitan Residences and Eisen owns Dewbourne Developments. The boutique business came out of a partnership where the two professionals worked on Annex Loft Houses, a modern townhome project on Dupont Street, and decided to merge their experience and visions.
Ochshorn comes from a family with strong roots in real estate, whom he credits with nurturing his interest in architecture and building. After graduating from university, he worked for his father as an on-site supervisor and bought a cheap plot of land with a tear-down bungalow on it in the Lawrence and Avenue neighbourhood. After building a completely new home on the site he was hooked, and progressed to building progressively larger townhouse projects.
According to Ochshorn, the name “Curated Properties” came about as part of their company philosophy, which sees the development and sales process as one that should be seamless, customized and comfortable, like a piece of art being exquisitely cared for. That being said, the term “curated” could just as easily refer to the organization’s choosy nature, opting to create intimate and unusual homes, instead of conventional skyscrapers on mainstream downtown lots.
Lanehouse on Bartlett, for example, is one of their projects in the west-end. It consists of sixteen boutique condominium suites in a restored historic boiler factory, dating back to the 1880’s. As a designated heritage property, the site had strict regulations about alterations to its structure, but under the skilled hands and innovative eye of Curated Properties, the building was beautifully transformed, while still retaining its industrial charm and contributing to the rich fabric of the neighbourhood. The suites in Lanehouse are exquisite, featuring exposed brick walls and steel beams, with dramatically high ceilings and oversized windows.
Another of their iconic transformation is Dovercourt 455, a revitalized office building in the trendy Little Italy neighbourhood that now boasts an exclusive collection – just twelve – of townhomes, each with two levels and a rooftop terrace. They’ve also received accolades for the spaciousness of many of their townhome projects, suitable for urbanites with children who want everything: kids, space, luxury and all the conveniences of vibrant downtown living.
The Plant, one of their newer buildings, may be the most unique yet. Situated in the Queen West neighbourhood, this is another boutique condominium with only 77 suites that features some innovative perks. These include sustainable features like LED lighting, low-VOC materials and geothermal heating, along with a forward-thinking “terrace to table” ideology. Combining both building features and amenities that encourage local food production,
The Plant incorporates gardening plots, communal eating areas and an industrial kitchen, even an internal greenhouse where residents can cultivate plants, vegetables and seeds. In a city that has a reputation as the condominium capital of the world, Curated Properties is firmly focused on quality, not quantity. “There’s a bunch of buildings where you can see that all they cared about was the bottom line,” Ochshorn told BuzzBuzz Home in a 2012 interview. “In ten to fifteen years, they’ll regret that.”
With this sentiment in mind, the organization is extremely proud of their select portfolio. Their low volume also allows them to focus on providing excellent customer service and they pride themselves on giving their direct contact information to purchasers, so buyers can relax knowing they can go directly to the company bosses with questions or concerns.
This specialized firm has a solid track record for unique developments that prioritize design aesthetic, in-suite luxury and socially innovative amenities. We always look forward to seeing what they have in the works.
Annex Loft Houses, 483 Dupont Street
With a distinctive charcoal brick and glass facade, this 24-unit townhome complex compliments the historic Annex neighbourhood beautifully. Completed in 2013, the building features 24 loft-style townhomes with high ceilings, open-concept interiors and modern appliances. Each unit features its own rooftop terrace.
Edition Richmond Street West, 850 Richmond Street West
Steps from the iconic Trinity Bellwoods Park, this series of modern townhomes stands three storeys and features just 20 units. Townhomes range from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet with some featuring rooftop terraces, walk-in-closets and five-piece bathrooms.
238 Davenport Road
This development features only seven units in a striking, sculptural building in Yorkville. Standing four storeys, the building’s floorplans range from one to four bedrooms and start at an expansive 1,800-square-feet. This project is well known for its two-level windows and soaring ceilings and indulgent touches, like built-in wine fridges.
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