For big city buyers feeling metropolitan malaise, Parc Lofts offers the opportunity to get back to nature, without leaving the city.

The new 10-storey development at King and Stafford Streets in Toronto borders Stanley Park, offering residents greenery at their front door, which Brad J. Lamb, president and CEO of Parc Lofts developer Lamb Development Corp. said is reflected inside.

“We want to provide a sense of the green that’s crawling up the side of the building, so in the building, we offer natural woods in kitchens and bathrooms,” he said.

Walnuts, cherries and oaks fill the suites at Parc Lofts, from kitchen cabinetry, through floors, to the dining room table. But to ensure the woods look contemporary, Lamb said a rift-cut is used in the kitchen to emphasize colour instead of grain, topped off with a unique stone countertop.

“Many developers give you melamine or laminate counters, or they might give you granite or marble. We’re giving stone and they’re twice as thick as anywhere else in the city,” said Lamb. “We’re giving really big, chunky, clean-cut, modern counters to give the kitchen a sense of strength and weight.”

To match the modern touches in the kitchen, Lamb said the bathroom has been outfit with oversized Italian porcelain tiling and a darker sensibility. “We wanted to give a very dark, city, small hotel feel that you’d see in a beautiful hotel in an urban environment.”

But instead of the sardine tin size typical of downtown lodging, Parc Lofts has been designed with a very open feel, said Lamb, accentuated by near-10 foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.

“Real estate is expensive in the city and square footage is a luxury,” said Lamb. “Apartments can feel a lot larger and friendly for entertaining when you have open or moving spaces that allow you to slide a wall, open up a space and create more room.”

Suites at Parc Lofts range from 500 to 2,300 square feet. Prices start at $204,900 and reach $1,557,900. For more information, visit or call 416-622-4441.

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