River City Phase 3
River City Phase 3 (RC3) by Urban Capital is no wallflower in a city of look-alike glass monstrosities. Bold Montreal-based architects Saucier + Perrotte create a textured facade of black and white blocks that looks somewhat like a cutting-edge interpretation of Tetris.
At 29 storeys, it's among the first condo developments built in the West Don Lands and is conveniently located across from Corktown Common.
The building offers some innovative and useful amenities that go beyond the typical yoga room you never get around to using: extended office space for those who work from home, a playroom for kids, a pet cleaning station and a product library where you can rent things you sometimes need but don't use often enough to actually buy.
Here are some of this one-bedroom-plus-den apartment's design positives and some creative ways to deal with a few tricky spaces. The unit starts at $373,900.
River City Phase 3 Floor Plan
Chances are you're going to be a little squeezed for space in the kitchen. Install a storage system along the large wall between the living space and bedroom and avoid the cluttered open-shelf look with discrete, stackable units (we like Ikea's Besta line).
There's enough space for a six-person dining table in the kitchen, which happens to be the first area you see when you walk in the door. Make it a statement piece and invest in a salvaged wood table.
The last thing you want to stare at while eating dinner is your office space. Mount a rod and some cool vintage-style curtains to keep your work life separate from meal time.
Almost every space in this suite has a view of the balcony, so make it pretty with some faux greenery that will last all year.
There's not much of a foyer here, so keeping that front space tidy is going to be a challenge. Be clever and hang an over-the-door shoe rack on the front door.
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