The City of Mississauga continues to make interesting additions to its public art program, with another new and colourful project coming on stream last month. This one is titled “Tree Quilts”, and it is bringing a splash of colour and whimsy to the intersection of Hurontario St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
Tree Quilts consists of decorative wrapping of 11 trees located in the median of Hurontario St., which are part of a larger group of trees which are normally wrapped in regular brown burlap to protect them against the elements each winter. These 11 trees have been wrapped in colourful fabrics and quilts, which were custom made by the artist. Created by Toronto based design studio Fugitive Glue, these bright and colourful quilts have brightened up the intersection, and have been bringing smiles to Mississauga residents since their unveiling.
People that I’ve talked to seem to like the splash of colour that the quilted wraps bring to this busy part of Mississauga, in the heart of the city, and directly across from Square One shopping mall. They certainly do make an impact when you first see them. This public art display will disappear when the trees are unwrapped in the spring; hopefully they will return next year. Fugitive Glue is a collective of artists and designers, under the direction of founder Jano Badovinac. They have a website here. My only complaint? I wish that all the trees had been wrapped this way!
Contemplating Child – Mississauga Public Art in the Park
It’s been 5 months since the “Contemplating Child” sculpture was installed at Mississauga Community Common Park, located in the heart of the city centre. Situated on a hilltop at the eastern end of the park, and created by Toronto artist Ferruccio Sardella, this has quickly become a popular landmark and meeting place in the Square One area. Created out of Cor-Ten steel, and weighing 3,500 pounds, we often see people taking photos here, and children hanging out and climbing on the structure.
Contemplating child is one of a series of recent public art additions in the City of Mississauga. Ferruccio Sardella is an artist based in Toronto, and he has a website here.
When I first saw this in August, 2014, I thought it more resembled “sad and lonely” child, or maybe “hungover adult”, but it has grown on me, there is certainly an interesting quality about the piece. Feel free to comment and tell us what you think about this sculpture, and all the other recent public art installations in #Mississauga. Personally, I think they are all great, each one is completely different from the others, each has a specific message to relay, and each of them humanizes and adds a certain amount of charm to the city centre.
Parkside Village Towns Update
Purchasers are undoubtedly watching with interest as work continues on this collection of luxury townhomes located at the western end of the massive Parkside Village development in the Mississauga Square One area. These 68 luxury townhomes broke ground in June, 2014, and are planning for a fall 2015 occupancy. They feature underground parking, and each unit has both a ground floor patio and a rooftop terrace. These townhomes are luxury properties, and were priced from the mid $500,000s. I like the nice, clean modernist design, with alternating shades of grey brick. Altogether a classy addition to Mississauga City Centre.
Developer is Vancouver based Amacon, and the architect is Richmond Architects Ltd. of Toronto. The project is completely sold out. Congrats to anyone who bought here!
Pinnacle Grand Park 2 Commences Construction
Late last week equipment arrived onsite, the sales office was quickly demolished, and ground work preparation commenced for the 48 storey Pinnacle Grand Park 2 condominium at Mississauga Square One.
We note the presence of a shoring rig!
It should be interesting to watch this building go up. Located at the extreme western edge of the Square One area, at the intersection of Webb Drive and Grand Park Drive, it is considerably taller than its sister tower Grand Park 1, and it will make a dramatic impact as the concentration of high rise condos stretches westward in Mississauga City Centre. Location is pretty good, as it is still walkable to Square One, plus it is directly across the street from the Grand Park shopping plaza, which houses a Shoppers Drug Mart, Winners, Staples Business Depot, Mr. India grocery, several restaurants and other stores. Come to think of it, it is also walkable to the massive T&T Chinese supermarket at Grand Park Drive & Central Parkway.
Something new has been taking shape over the past week at the centre food court area of Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga. A gigantic stainless steel chandelier was hoisted into place over the past couple of days, and it will soon be finished with 3000 LED lights. The sculptured chandelier is by Toronto artists Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, who have recently been winning a lot of acclaim, including the 2011 Sobey Art Award. The artwork is titled “Lambent”, and is quite an imposing presence already. Young and Giroux have a website here.
Should be interesting to see it when it is lit up. With the extensive renos to the food court last year, and now this sparkling addition, Square One, under Oxford Properties management, is definitely looking good these days. Look out, Galleries Lafayette!
The real estate numbers for 2014 are in for Credit Mills, one of Mississauga’s most sought after and exclusive areas. Thirty sales were reported in this area through the Toronto Real Estate Board MLS, with sale prices ranging between the $1 and $2 million dollar mark.
During 2014, the average asking price in Credit Mills was $1,426,362, and the average selling price was $1,375,556, making a ratio of 96% sale to asking price. Average time it took to sell was 29 days, which is a relatively short time frame for luxury homes in a higher price bracket.
Credit Mills is one of the newer luxury subdivisions in Mississauga, and can be characterized as very large properties on manageable, medium sized lots. One of the great attractions of this area is close proximity to the Streetsville GO station, and well as its location within the highly rated John Fraser Secondary School district – highest rated high school in Mississauga, and one of the highest rated in all of Ontario.
For a complete review of this fine area, check here for my full article on Credit Mills homes
Gordon Woods Mississauga
As the new year begins, it’s time to look back at the real estate activity in one of my favorite luxury neighborhoods in Mississauga, the very attractive area known as Gordon Woods.
This small, exclusive oasis of tranquility in south-central Mississauga experienced another good year of real estate activity, in spite of nervousness over a highrise development proposal on its eastern flank. During 2014 there were 13 properties which were listed and sold through the Toronto Real Estate Board MLS. We can get an overall impression from some of the stats:
Average listing price: $1,142,038
Average actual sold price: $1,092, 038
Average time it took to sell: 30 days
Average sold to list ratio: 96%
For a full review of this fine area, with accompanying detailed 2014 sales information, check my main page on Gordon Woods real estate. #Mississauga