Archive for August, 2013

If you lived at the Marilyn Monroe Condo, you’d see this every day

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment


As part of my ongoing series of profiles of Mississauga high rise condos in the Square One area, today we review Absolute World Tower #1, aka the Marilyn Monroe condo. This 56 storey tower was completed in 2011, and is today perhaps the most well known symbol of the City of Mississauga. Designed by Yansong Ma of Beijing based MAD architects, Absolute has won many international design awards, and is a sought after location for Mississauga condo fans. We provide a full profile for this amazing tower at my main site here:

You will find more photos, a full list of amenities, prices, and more. Click through to my main article on Absolute Condos – Marilyn


How About this Penthouse in London, U.K.?

August 25, 2013 1 comment

We love our condos in Mississauga, but how about this penthouse apartment located in St. Pancras, London…could you see yourself living there?



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City Gate 2 Condos – Mississauga

August 17, 2013 Leave a comment
City Gate 2 condos Mississauga

City Gate 2 condos Mississauga

City Gate 2 condos , located at 220 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. in the Square One area of Mississauga, were the second (east) tower of a four tower project to be built by Toronto developer Davies-Smith. Standing 34 storeys tall like its sister tower City Gate 1, it was completed in 2008, and today is another popular destination for condo aficionados in Mississauga. City Gate 2 shares a long list of amenities with City Gate 1, and has a very walkable location for a suburban city like Mississauga.

As part of my ongoing series of condo profiles in the Mississauga Square One area, you can check out the amenities, prices, location, and nearby attractions of this fine condo, plus much more, here:

Mississauga continues to evolve, embracing population densities and towering condos which would have been unthinkable 20 years ago…once again, head over to my main site for the full story on City Gate 2 condos,

Hudson’s Bay Rebranding

August 16, 2013 5 comments

Hudson’s Bay stores announced in March that they would be rebranding their stores from “The Bay” to “Hudson’s Bay”….sure enough, the new signs went up on the Square One store this week.

Hudson's Bay rebranding

Hudson’s Bay rebranding

Apart from the fact that the precast concrete needs a wash to remove the old sign markings, this new signage definitely has a different look. Comparing it to the big yellow “The Bay” sign, that Canadians have known since the 1970’s, the new look may be a little more classic and upscale, and perhaps a little more “American department store” in style. So what do you think of the new Hudson’s Bay logo? Do you give it thumbs up, or thumbs down?

Migration Sculptures enliven Duke of York

August 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Two new public art sculptures were recently installed in Mississauga at the corner of Duke of York Blvd. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. Entitled “Migration”, these stainless steel structures are by local artist Alex Anagnostou, and they portray a flock of now-extinct passenger pigeons in flight. There are two statues – one is ‘V” shaped, on the west corner, and one is shaped like an arc, on the east side of the intersection. When I was there yesterday, lots of people were stopping to admire the artwork.

Migration sculpture Mississauga

Migration sculpture Mississauga

Per the City of Mississauga’s press release, they are constructed of aluminum, stainless steel, and sandcast molten glass. I have to admit, they are quite striking in person, The colourful glass birds are inlaid into the metal, providing a nice effect.

Migration artwork Mississauga

Migration artwork Mississauga

These sculptures pay homage to the passenger pigeon, which in the nineteenth century used to exist in southern Ontario; now they are no more.

From the city’s website: “Migration recalls the story of the passenger pigeons that used to number in the billions as they flew across the southern coast of Lake Ontario during their migrations and would roost on the southern edge of Mississauga. The artwork also references the Mississauga First Nations people who were drawn to the area because of the rich and vibrant landscape which included the passenger pigeons.”

Migration by Alex Anagnostou

Migration by Alex Anagnostou

Definitely a nice addition to the Square One area of Mississauga. Alex Anagnostou is an artist in residence at the Living Arts Centre glass studio, and she has a website here:

CityGate Condos – Mississauga

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment

CityGate condos, located at 3939 Duke of York Blvd in Mississauga,  was the first tower to be built in the Square One area by Toronto developer Davies-Smith. This 34 storey point tower won several awards for its architecture, and today is a popular and sought after address for Mississauga condo dwellers. CityGate has gained a reputation as a well run building, with excellent facilities, location, and solid real estate activity in both sales and rentals.

CityGate condos

CityGate condos

CityGate was the first condominium tower to offer loft residences in Mississauga, in addition to regular apartments, and it also offers a generous array of amenities – 24 hour concierge, swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, yoga and gym rooms, party room, and a rooftop deck area on the podium which has BBQ facilities, to name just a few.

As part of my ongoing series of profiles of popular Mississauga condos, I have compiled a full review of CityGate’s first tower here:

My review covers prices, history and features of the property, walk score, and much more. See my main site for the full article on CityGate condos.

Solstice Condos – Mississauga

August 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Solstice Condos are another popular tower located in the Mississauga Square One area. Built and registered by Davies-Smith Corporation in 2008, Solstice is a 38 storey building with distinctive powder blue and tan cladding, and it has a very stylish look that received several top industry awards for design. Today, Solstice is a sought after location for condo dwellers, both for people looking to buy, and people looking to rent. The municipal address for Solstice is 225 Webb, Drive, Mississauga.

Solstice Condo Mississauga

Solstice Condo Mississauga

Solstice has a long list of amenities that you would expect at a newer luxury project – 24 hour concierge, an impressive lobby with water feature, indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, exercise room, party, meeting, and home theatre rooms, a rooftop terrace with BBQ areas, and much more. We profile all aspects of Solstice at my main site – including location, prices, amenities review, schools, shopping, and walk score…you can find it here….

The real estate market for condos in Mississauga remains robust, in spite of the massive supply of new projects in the area. Investors have found that units in many of these Square One condos are easy to lease, due to the attractive location at the centre of the city in downtown Mississauga. You can get much more information on Solstice, and on other Square One properties, from my ongoing series that profiles in detail, the many Mississauga condos for sale at Square One. Feel free to check out my main article here – Solstice Condos  

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