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Roy-al treatment: ‘Very exclusive’ condo on Barrington Street unveils inside look

Developer Louis Reznick showcases to Halifax media specific details on luxury units.

Starfish Properties developer Louis Reznick speaks next to a scale model of The Roy at the building's presentation centre on Thursday.

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Starfish Properties developer Louis Reznick speaks next to a scale model of The Roy at the building's presentation centre on Thursday.

Swimming pools, cabanas and car elevators – the condo going up in the old Roy Building location will be “the only unique building” in Halifax, the developer says.

The Roy at 1657 Barrington Street is under construction with an opening date set for spring 2017, and has more than 20 per cent of the 112 units sold so far, Louis Reznick of Starfish Properties told reporters Thursday.

“The building will be very secure, very exclusive, very boutiquey,” Reznick said, standing next to The Roy’s new décor suite which showcases what spaces like the bathroom, den, bedroom and kitchen look like in the units.

One of the washrooms from The Roy decor suite.

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One of the washrooms from The Roy decor suite.

A hanging fireplace surrounded by a low sofa was an example of a lounge on the amenities floor, Reznick said, which will also have a view overlooking the harbour and features like an indoor pool, chef-designed kitchen, guest suite, board room, movie theatre room, and yoga studio.

“Even in Toronto the only place you get an amenities floor like that is Four Seasons,” Reznick said.

Reznick said they’ve been “tweaking” the layout of the units since some buyers wanted smaller one-bedrooms about 600 square feet, while others wanted to combine two or three units into one, turning the original 140-unit count into 112 units.

“It is the only unique building in the city, and you will not be able to replicate it in the downtown,” Reznick said.

One of the lounge areas of The Roy sample suite leads to a mock balcony.

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One of the lounge areas of The Roy sample suite leads to a mock balcony.

Those living in The Roy will also have their cars taken from the Granville Street entrance to above-ground parking via two-car elevators, Reznick said.

There will be “nobody driving up ramps,” Reznick said, and condo owners can also let a valet park their car.

Hot and cold storage means people could have Pete’s Frootique deliver groceries kept fresh until they get home, Reznick said, and takeout pizza can stay hot.

A model of the 23-floor building shows an outdoor cabana with greenery that residents can use in the summer, said Mariana Cowan with The Roy’s sales team.

Prices range from $306,000 for about 600 square feet to two-bedroom units at 750 square feet and larger that go up to $1.4-million depending on the floor, plus four penthouses, Cowan said.

A woman checks out the Décor Model Suite of The Roy on Thursday.

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A woman checks out the Décor Model Suite of The Roy on Thursday.

“We wont have the quantity of buyers, we’ll have the quality buyers,” Cowan said.

“It’s just not the normal condo being built in Halifax today.”

The Roy will also have commercial space on Barrington and Granville sides, and Reznick said he’s had interest from tenants wanting to be a part of what’s becoming the “centre ice” of downtown.

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