On Thursday AJ and I went down to Two Old Mill with our cameras to take part in the brochure pickup for real estate agents. This was a chance for agents to familiarize themselves with the project before introducing it to their clients – price lists were available as well as floor plans. We got to chat with Stan Cho from Century 21 New Concept and Arif Murji from RE/MAX Realty, who both highlighted the benefits of living in Bloor West Village and how Two Old Mill will follow in the success of One Old Mill. We also got to talk to Sales Representatives Gitta Fisahn and Marisa DiCecca, who gave us a brief tour of the presentation centre. AJ is currently putting together a video of the interview we did with them so look out for that within the next couple days! Two Old Mill brochure and pricelist pickup for registrants and One Old Mill purchasers begins tomorrow, May 14, at 12 noon.
Because we’d been hearing so much about the surrounding neighbourhood, Regional Sales Manager Winnie Chan was nice enough to give us a map and a quick run-through of areas we had to check out before leaving. With map in hand and a vague sense of direction, we hopped in the car and drove down Old Mill Dr. toward the residential neighbourhood of Baby Point. Said to be a precursor to modern gated communities, the entrance to Baby Point is marked by a set of stone gates at Jane Street/Baby Point Road. Needless to say, the neighbourhood is known for its unique character, with most homes having been built in the 1920s and 1930s. The area is also situated on a strip of land surrounded by parkland and overlooking the Humber River. AJ had this sudden creative spark where he told me to keep the cameras rolling as we slowly navigated our way around. Without a tripod, the video of that may potentially come out as a scene from “Cloverfield” but it still gives you guys an idea of what the houses down there look like.
After that, we got a bit lost (all the street names have “Old Mill” incorporated in them!) but eventually got onto Old Mill Rd. to visit the famous Old Mill Inn & Spa. This heritage site (which has a very regal feel to it) is equipped with function rooms and a private chapel that attracts a great number of weddings every year. The boutique inn has 57 deluxe rooms & suites and a luxurious on-site spa. We’ve been told it’s a must to visit their fine-dining restaurant that seats 300 people, so I’ll keep that in mind for next time.
Unfortunately the weather took a downturn in the early afternoon, so our efforts to capture the Humber River and fruit markets were futile. I would love to come back on a sunnier day, however, because the cobblestones and local market really give the feel of being in a completely different community, separate from the rest of Toronto. It’s very quaint and comfortable. Despite the rain, we knew we couldn’t pass up visiting High Park for the cherry blossoms that are currently in full bloom. These Sakura trees hold a special significance, as they were given as a gift from the Japanese ambassador in 1959 in appreciation of Toronto’s acceptance of re-located Japanese-Canadians following World War II. Every year, thousands of Torontonians flock to the area to catch a glimpse of these trees in bloom, which lasts approximately a week depending on the weather. For $4.50, visitors can hop onto a train for a half-hour ride capturing the vastness of the park.
For both AJ and I, it was our first time really exploring the High Park area, despite having lived in the city our entire lives. I have to say One Old Mill and Two Old Mill is situated in a beautiful neighbourhood with lots of neat things to do. You just have to get out and explore it for yourselves, taking advantage of the local gems.
For more photos of our day out, check out Tridel’s “Two Old Mill” album on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/juLcKd
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