Nicholas Residences Toronto
If Nicholas, the condo, were a person, he’s be one part Sinatra, one part Bublé. He'd be suave and sophisticated. Probably a career man who knows how to chill out on a balcony of a high-rise building, cocktail in hand. He would know the Bay Street Corridor scene, an area renowned for its trendy shops and designer boutiques, cafes and restaurants, and numerous cultural attractions. Furthermore, he would appreciate the exquisite interior designs by award-winning interior design firm Cecconi Simone, noted for numerous upscale urban developments around the world. He would love the urban amenities including a gym, billiards room, and cinema/screening room.
Situated on quaint, cobble-stoned St. Nicholas Street just east of Bay in Yorkville, the residences completed in 2015 come to us from Urban Capitol Property Group, ALIT Developments and CORE Architects. Nicholas boasts a myriad of beautiful and functional features. The rat pack inspired interiors feel nostalgic, yet new. The reception area is a two-storey homage to a bygone era in glass, wood and stone, punctuated by windows with a shallow but wide footprint. (The units also have enormous windows.) The fourth-floor Members Lounge is equally impressive with an expansive feel.
It is pure sophistication in concept and execution. Suite living rooms have a sense of openness, space, and light. Storage is not at a premium. The designer’s intent is to integrate all areas by echoing the same sumptuous materials and moving the eye in a continual flow. Lifestyle considerations are paramount. For example, the units accommodate large or small social gatherings with the cocktail culture in mind. In some, a bathroom is tucked away off the kitchen like a private escape where you can read the morning paper. Wherever possible, residents will enjoy spectacular city views. Everything is done efficiently for an illusion of space. All suites in the 29-storey Nicholas feature a generous balcony, French balcony or terrace.
Stylish details are found at every turn. Case in point: mid-toned Italian finishes not only grace the custom cabinetry, but are used as for the backsplash, adding warmth and depth to the kitchen-dining area, also creating a 3D sculptural effect. Shades of mid-brown, dark brown, smoky black glass and white stone counters form a complex colour palette affording depth and texture. Flooring is similarly high in quality, with eight-inch-wide German flooring. "You simply can't do wood planking this wide," explains designer Cecconi. "It cups and curls. But this material is beautiful and durable - a real bonus for the owners."
If the kitchen is designed as a furniture-like sculpture, the bathrooms at Nicholas serve as an oasis of calm contemplation. The mid-toned backsplash and cabinetry are repeated, and dark porcelain tiles with a tone-on-tone pattern in the shower area contrast nicely with the white tub and sleek faucets. While the esthetic is nostalgic, the environmental features are thoroughly modern, with ENERGY STAR appliances, low-flow toilets and fixtures, and energy-efficient windows and heating system. What an amazing amalgam of an older vibe with a new flourish.