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New in Toronto real estate: Imperial Plaza

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / March 21, 2013

Imperial Plaza CondoThe Imperial Plaza is basically a fabulous modern "castle" at Yonge and St.Clair. As such, it is reserved for those who have been blessed several times over by Pluto, god of dollas. This building, once destined to be Toronto's new City Hall, is building its personality on a foundation of exclusivity, but perhaps taking it a little too far. Oddly, the development is keeping the number of units on the D.L., but you can check Imperial Plaza out in detail here.


Address: 111 Saint Clair Ave. West
Floors: 23
Total number of units: N/A
Elevators: Multiple; some suites have private access
Types of units: One bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom, two bedroom plus den, loft spaces
Unit sizes (in square feet): 565-7,225
Ceiling heights: 10' to 20'
Prices from (available units): $459,900
Maintenance fees: $0.44 to $0.66
Developer: Camrost-Felcorp
Amenities/building features: Fitness centre, pool complex, his and hers steam rooms, aerobics studio, yoga studio, two screening rooms, two squash courts, sound studios, golf simulator.

Imperial Plaza TorontoTHE GOOD

Imperial's amenities leave little to be desired. The fitness facility alone is 10,000 square feet and features specialty studios for aerobics (how do you make enough money to live here if you're still technically living in the eighties? I don't know), yoga, and pilates. There is a pool, a hot tub running into a lap pool, a golf simulator. Basically, all of the special things to make those with more money than brains feel warm and fuzzy.

Also, recycling is cool, and that's what is happening here. The Imperial Oil building opened its doors in 1957, and much of its interior will remain intact. Some of the features that will live on include bronzed window casements and a marble and granite lobby with gold mosaic inlay tiles. Combine stunning details like these with floor-to-ceiling windows and layer the amenities on top, and there's not much to complain about. There's also a wide variety of choice when it comes to the type of suite on offer: floors 8 and 9 feature only loft spaces, there are private residences on the top floors, and the rest of the building is comprised of more "regular" condos.

Imperial Plaza TorontoTHE BAD

Don't look now, but there's talk of some other impending developments possibly obstructing some of Imperial's gorgeous views. Imperial Plaza 2 on the south west side and the re-development of the church on the south east side, to be exact. While this could be a real concern for some, others say the views will remain unclouded.

More problematically, in some suites there are bedrooms, washrooms and dens without windows. Correct me if I'm wrong, but a lack of windows tends to make a space feel more like a cell than an apartment with a price tag of at least half a million dollars.

Imperial Plaza TorontoTHE VERDICT

If you're a fan of Midtown's vibe and can snag a suite whose bedrooms have windows, this property doesn't seem like a horrible choice, all things considered.

Imperial Plaza TorontoImperial Plaza TorontoWhat do you think? Would you live here? Add your comments to the thread below.

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iSkyscraper / March 21, 2013 at 04:04 pm
The -design- was a contender for city hall, not the property.

Sorry to have lost the Imperial Oil head office to Calgary, but to have kept the building for reuse was a silver lining. They don't make midcentury modern like this anymore.

Alex / March 21, 2013 at 04:10 pm
No balconies? Lame. Way too many amenities too, it will keep maintenance fees far too high. I would definitely pass on this one.
Qaf / March 21, 2013 at 04:32 pm
Just curious, if the bedroom of a 1-bedroom apartment doesn't have windows, can it legally be called a one-bedroom apartment? I had thought the building code stated that a bedroom legally has to have a window (for fire safety?).
JI / March 21, 2013 at 04:53 pm
Most units don't have balconies. That could be hard sell.
Robert replying to a comment from Alex / March 21, 2013 at 04:54 pm
To add balcony's would destroy the building architecturally. Might as well tear it down and start over.
george / March 21, 2013 at 07:59 pm
love this building
Simon Tarses / March 21, 2013 at 09:15 pm
This should remain a business building, just for the fact that there won't be a window in the bedroom and for there being no balconies.
namerson / March 22, 2013 at 07:36 am
Better than those awful tacky poorly made all glass buildings everywhere in this city.
EC / March 22, 2013 at 02:49 pm
Wasn't there a gas line explosion in the basement of this building a few weeks ago?
GG replying to a comment from Qaf / March 25, 2013 at 12:32 am
The building code requirement for windows in the bedroom refers to fire safety, therefore if there is another escape route and the bedroom is on too high of a floor, a window is not required. It is really how you present the floor plans and how the city sees them. As you may see in other condos the doors to the bedroom are much more open/extended and has more of a den feel then a bedroom.
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Anon / February 17, 2015 at 11:11 am
I have a relative who bought a condo here and it was supposed to be ready years ago. They wont tell her the truth about anything or any real answers. They say the condo is almost ready but there are still no elevators and if you have eye sight you can see that its obviously not ready. My relative now has to hire lawyers to fight this company and I have heard shes not alone in the battle. This company is stealing money and lying to the people who bought condos. To make matters worse they are asking for hundreds of dollars in maintenance fees and theres still no real move in date that is semi believable. I have to watch this process tear her apart more and more every day. This condo is not worth the price AT ALL. And now they announe they are building another condo which will block her view and she bought the condo for the view!!! This is such a mess now. Advice to all: stay away for your own good.
Joe / January 5, 2016 at 12:45 am
Stay away from this IMPERIAL MESS indeed!
horrible unit quality and finishes, nice old building but the condo is a joke...
Ximena / February 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm
I have to agree with Joe's comment. Stay Away from Imperial Plaza MESS!! I moved in few months ago and I had so many issues already unfinished, dents, scratches no quality control. Paying monthly full maintenance fees and amenities are not completed, it doesn't look that any time soon I will be able to use them.
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