Work Downtown. Play Downtown. Live Downtown.

Last September, I was at the Harbourfront Sailing Club on Queens Quay with fellow members.  The sun was going down and we had just sailed in from our weekly Tuesday friendly/competitive regatta.  After every race we sit down together in club’s backyard patio and chip in $4 for a bbq dinner and $2 for a pint of beer (or in my case a pint of iced tea – not big on the beer, more of a wine person but the atmosphere wasn’t fit for wine). Our beloved chef on the side/biggest sailing competition would prepare a feast so good, it felt like we were taking advantage of his ‘club member special and/or I’m just a nice guy’ price. It was picture perfect: the city lights were starting to come out and the orange sky was fading behind the condos. We had good sailing, good food and good conversation and I was sincerely in awe of Toronto.  There was nothing more that I could possibly want.  Then the Rogers Centre opened its roof and treated us to a little bit of the U2 concert.

Days like that may just be perk of living downtown, but it’s also about the atmosphere you get when you take a bunch of like minded people and put them all together in a condensed urban centre. Camaraderie happens.

For the residents of ­­­­CityPlace, Toronto’s largest multi-tower condo community in the Harbourfront District, the Rogers Centre treats them to free summer concerts frequently. Part of the development overlooks the Rogers centre – Queens Quay and spans across 52 acres, including an 8 acre community park.  The 6 building, 1500 unit complex offers residents fantastic amenities (Superior fiber optic high speed internet access, a Terrace, a Catering Kitchen, a Fitness Facility, Karaoke, Squash, Tennis, an Indoor Running Track, Pool, Sauna and Bowling Alley – to list a few), but gives off a Campus-like vibe with a younger demographic and a large population of renters.  CityPlace is not just a place to live, it’s a way of life, it’s a co-ed fraternity where the code is ‘be young, single and ready to mingle’ and if you aren’t carefree and energetic then you’re a minority.

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