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Many condo critics lament the abundance of concrete used in new buildings, but its raw, brutalist look helped seal the deal when ad agency creative director Joseph Bonnici and his partner, Bryden McDonald, stepped into their unit in Harhay Construction's East Lofts at King and Sherbourne. The minimalist duo outfitted it sparingly with design classics like a Hans Wegner lounger, Gae Aulenti coffee table and Eero Aamio bubble chair that hangs in the bedroom overlooking King Street.
Wish list Lots of outdoor space for barbecuing, two bedrooms, light and bright with great views, and a unit they could see themselves living in for the next decade.
Number of properties checked out "We looked at hundreds on MLS and went to many open houses," says Bonnici. "I knew the minute I stepped into our place that this would be home."
What they got A 2,000-square-foot penthouse-level two-bedroom suite with uninterrupted glass walls on three sides and an additional 500 square feet of outdoor space.
What they say about their place "Neighbourhood was a huge factor in our decision," says Bonnici. "I love being close to the St. Lawrence Market and the furniture shops on King East. The Distillery is five minutes away and we're able to walk or bike almost everywhere. We also wanted a quieter neighbourhood, and after 7 pm, King East is just that."
Interested in finding your own dream pad east of downtown? Go to nowtoronto.com for a feature on four new developments in the neighbourhood.