No. 7 Rosedale: A Generational Address

By DC Rutherford

When William Botsford Jarvis and his wife, Mary, settled in what would become known as the Rosedale Estate in the early 1800s Canada—and Toronto for that matter—were barely ideas on the periphery of the Commonwealth. So named for its luxurious wild roses that freckled the property, the affluent neighbourhood that grew around it became Rosedale, one of Canada’s most desirable addresses from nearly the moment Mary titled it. It has been preserved by time and landscape, owing its bucolic suburbia to bordering ravines and committed denizens. It is a beautiful anachronism, maintaining its character and singularity as the city and country grew around it. Its architecture and construct are as timeless as its sanctuary, and its newest addition is built upon—and builds upon—the traditions that make Rosedale so unquestionably unique.

Rosedale will soon add 7 Dale to its traditions. “We wanted to respect the area while borrowing certain elements from it to create something entirely new,” notes Josh Shteiman, VP of Development Operations for Platinum Vista who oversaw the project. “The front facade facing Dale integrates a heritage planter wall that was originally part of the home at 7 Dale. We are also restoring the original teahouse that will be integrated into Janet Rosenberg’s landscape design and become a shared amenity for the residents.”

7 Dale is the culmination of a peerless collaboration between some of Toronto’s most sought-after talents. Siamak Hariri, Allessandro Munge, and Janet Rosenberg are world-renowned artists, whose partnership has resulted in a residence that promises to not just continue Rosedale’s legacy but define it for a generation. “Each collaborator is at the top of their class in their own right. The cohesion and synergy between the 7 Dale team were impressive. It was almost like a relay race with the baton passed from one person to the other, seamlessly,” says Shteiman.

Hariri is the architect behind some of our most treasured edifices and residences including the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Ontario Pavilion for Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the Richard Ivey School of Business, among others. Munge is one of the world’s preeminent interior designers, boasting work at addresses in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Halifax, though his work and influences are most prominent in Toronto where nearly every part of the cityscape bears his hand. Janet Rosenberg is a peerless landscape architect whose work—built upon a legacy of sustainability, functionality, and respect for nature—adorns Canada’s most precious locales. Together, the three represent a collective that is responsible for the aesthetic of many of our most celebrated cultural landmarks, and 7 Dale is the unique beneficiary of their collaboration.

Shteiman adds that Toronto developments “are doing things out of the ordinary […] 7 Dale has a heavy focus on both design and sustainability. There are many green elements implemented into the residence like the restoration of the ravine and energy efficiency building components—a smart design that fits seamlessly within the neighbourhood, yet offers buyers the opportunity of not compromising on the luxuries they’re used to in their homes.” 

The result is truly singular, and yet entirely Toronto, “and this development provides a rare opportunity for people to live in Rosedale without the maintenance or upkeep of living in an older home. We wanted to create residences that offer the luxury of living in a large space in Rosedale that provides the amenities and lifestyle of a high-end hotel/condo. Residents will have access to a first-class spa, gym, yoga studio, and 24-hour executive concierge.” 

Come Fall 2022, this could be home— the Toronto of yesterday and tomorrow, in the heart of the city |