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Toronto's five-star skyscrapers cater to global jet-set

Toronto is recognized globally as a well-heeled North American city, and is a favourite of international high-net-worth individuals.

Toronto is chock-a-block full of luxury condos, such as Canderel Residential's penthouse suites at Aura at College Park and the 66-storey Shangri-La Hotel and Residences.

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Toronto is chock-a-block full of luxury condos, such as Canderel Residential's penthouse suites at Aura at College Park and the 66-storey Shangri-La Hotel and Residences.

Over the past decade, Toronto has become known as an international go-to destination for luxury condo real estate. The city’s hotel-condominium trend has seen the development of at least four five-star skyscraper hotels offering luxury condo residences that cater to the needs of the global jet-set seeking a pied-à-terre.

Toronto is recognized globally as a well-heeled North American city, and is a favourite of international high-net-worth individuals, with our stable political and banking systems and luxury prices less than New York, Chicago or Washington.

Westbank’s Shangri-La residences at 180 University Ave., with its 66-storey, 873,000-square-foot tower, is one of the 10 tallest buildings in Toronto.

The Italian-designed kitchen is the centrepiece of the model suite, featuring a Miele 36” stainless steel, five-burner gas cooktop. The European kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are made by Boffi from Italy, offered in three different colour schemes.

Every convenience has been provided, from the motorized window shades to the Miele built-in stainless steel coffee maker, a walk-in Poliform closet, built-in LCD TV in the master ensuite, and a Sub-zero wine storage unit.

While not a hotel per se, the three penthouse suites at Aura at College Park cater to residents’ every need. They range in size from a spacious 2,201 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet.

At 273 metres in height, Aura is the tallest residential tower in Canada and it’s number 20 in the world. Penthouse suites 7907 and 7910 were finished by Canderel’s in-house team of designers, led by Kathy Chow.

The custom-designed kitchens feature Sub Zero and Miele appliances and luxurious bathrooms with Kohler fixtures. The suites boast ceiling heights of 12.5 feet and are outfitted with a collection of elegant home furnishings provided by some of Canada’s most exclusive retailers.

Imagine a Forest Hill mansion in the sky with the luxury and convenience of a hotel condominium. That would be the penthouse suites at the Trump Residences. Located at 311 Bay St., the 56-storey Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto stands tall in the centre of Toronto’s Financial District.

The 55th-floor penthouse has been exquisitely furnished and designed by the Trump in-house team. As you enter from a private elevator directly into the suite, you are immediately impressed by the more than 4,300 square feet of lavish accoutrements.

At pinnacle of the tower, there’s the super-penthouse on the 56th floor, with its 40-foot-high, vaulted glass cathedral ceiling.