Welcome to St. Thomas Street – a premium location for residential real estate – in the Yorkville area of Toronto. St. Thomas Street is only two blocks long, and is located just off Bloor Street (on a section dubbed the “Mink Mile”) and adjacent to the University of Toronto campus.
There is a mix of residential and commercial buildings along St. Thomas Street, but I have focused on the residential doorways in this week’s contribution to Norm’s Thursday Doors blog.
For each highrise residence, I have also included an image of the highrise tower. It was not possible to show you what is behind each door, so you get a glimpse of what is above each door instead.
One St. Thomas is a newer condominium tower that looks like it could belong in New York. That is by design – it is a twin to 15 Central Park West in New York City, designed by New York architect Robert A.M. Stern. Recent condo sales in this building have averaged around $1,300 per square foot. Popular musician Drake used to live here. Being number one has its cachet.
Directly across the street is Two St. Thomas. This is a purpose-built rental apartment tower which just recently opened. Sadly, the enrtrance to this building is very non-descript. The front doors look like they belong on any generic office building. The only feature is a copper-clad entry canopy. I recall that there used to be a tagline of “We Try Harder” for Avis when it was the second ranked car rental agency. Avis dropped this slogan after 50 successful years – 2 St. Thomas is the newer building, but it never tried to be better.
The University Apartments are in an older 1927 apartment building located on a heritage site at 8 St. Thomas Street. These apartments are also condos, but are sometimes available for rent.
The Windsor Arms Hotel is located across Sultan Street at no. 18 St. Thomas Street. It is a boutique hotel and it is also an historic property. It was renovated about 20 years ago as part of a redevelopment that added high-rise condominiums to the site. The Residences at Windsor Arms are at 22 St. Thomas Street.