By Silvana Longo
What’s in a name? Usually, an interesting story behind it. The Frederick is the third and final condominium building in Camrost Felcorp’s Upper East Village development, and it will be situated on a street set to be named “Frederick Todd Way,” in tribute to the urban planner who brought the coveted Leaside landscape to life. “It was one of the first master-planned communities in Canada, designed partially by Frederick Todd,” says Christopher Castellano, vice-president of sales and marketing at Camrost Felcorp. “And we couldn’t be happier with the new street name, paid in homage to the person who designed the beautiful curved shapes that Leaside is known for today.” Respect for history and heritage is only part of the trifecta of reasons that the Frederick is a condominium development that stands out from the others.
Referred to as the Garden City , Leaside is simply a gem of a residential neighbourhood in Toronto. The area, originally designed around Sunnybrook Park and the train station, has since grown, and blossomed into a highly sought-after part of town, thanks to its many parks, amenities and strong school district (as ranked by the Fraser Institute).
It boasts incredible retail options ranging from the mom-and-pop shops on Bayview to the more suburban conveniences of big-box stores on Laird and Overlea. Leaside truly offers the best of both worlds. “I see this area and our project as the next step for people who grow out of places like King/Queen West and Liberty Village. It is great for residents who want more space and looking to start the next chapter in their lives while staying close to the action but don’t want to live on top of a club or bar anymore,” says Castellano. Residents can have that neighbourhood feel, like knowing their butcher’s name and going to a family run café while still having access to suburban amenities without driving 30 or 40 minutes to get to a big-box store.
On the Move
Castellano happily reports that after all these years, the LRT is a reality coming to the area, making an already great neighbourhood even better by bringing rapid transit to the entire east side of Eglinton. “Not only are you buying into a stellar development, but given the future evolution of Eglinton Avenue East, thanks to the billion-dollar LRT, residents here will have the added benefit of seeing their investment grow as more and more density comes to this node.” He says comparable parts of Toronto that have gone through similar resident intensification such as Regent Park, Liberty Village and Parklawn/Lakeshore have had massive appreciation in prices — almost a 200 percent increase over a five-year span from when the first building was delivered.
Work. Play. Unwind.
The Frederick will stand tall at 30 storeys with more than 300 units offering 10,000 square feet of amenities, which includes everything from a state-of-the-art fitness facility to work-from home stations and private pods, including a boardroom for meetings. Once the workday is done, you can unwind with friends and make use of the private social gathering room, catering kitchen, dining room or lounge. Camrost is even putting together a spa package that includes hydrotherapy and a dry sauna. “It’s important to provide future residents with amenities that they will use and reap the benefits from,” says Castellano. The outdoor amenities are incredible, too. On top of the outdoor fire pit lounge, dining and BBQ area, there will also be a stone pizza oven expanding the culinary choices for pizza lovers. “If all this wasn’t enough, as part of the master-planned community , we are building a half-acre park right outside your front door,” says Castellano. The Frederick is already within a 10-minute walk from Sunnybrook Park, and just a three-minute walk to the upcoming Laird LRT station. In terms of lifestyle, the Frederick really brings an incredible number of amenities to purchasers and residents.
High-Level Design & Architecture
“We only partner with the best consultants and bring the best brands to our developments,” says Castellano. IBI Architects, an industry leader in sustainable design, took on the exterior and design of the building, while MAED Collective, known for their high-end hospitality and wellness projects globally, handled the interior design. Inside, you will find reputable brands like Trevisana Kitchens cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom, Kohler plumbing fixtures, and Latch will provide the smart home component. Suites range from 500 to 1,000 square feet, with mainly one- to two-bedroom offerings. “Camrost designs with livability in mind, so we don’t design to hit a specific price point or square footage that looks good on paper, we design suites that are approachable from all levels, and we really crafted something for everyone here.” The building is set to occupy in late 2025 and closing is expected in 2026.
The eye-catching exterior façade is an intentioned nod to the neighbourhood. “It is a very established residential neighbourhood with mainly single-family homes, and we wanted to keep the incredible aesthetic you find in Leaside,” says Castellano. The use of limestone and brick give the feel of an established pedestrian neighbourhood while the glass tower rises into the blue sky above. Inspiration was also drawn from the east side of New York to lay the fundamentals for a long-standing community . “With the Frederick and the whole Upper East Village, the goal was to create a master-planned community where you’re going to feel like it has been there for centuries.”