Spacious and luxurious, the 40 residences of The Watford combine the traditional elegance and gracious ambience of a British estate with meticulous attention to the requirements of contemporary life. For the stunning facade, Richard Wengle, one of Canada’s most sought-after architects, has drawn inspiration from the never-ending variety of London’s streetscapes. Located in the prestigious Richmond Hill neighborhood of Toronto, the six-story building is stepped down and finished with a sophisticated palette. Notes Wengle, “Harshal Dave and The Watford Group had a background in London and an appreciation for architectural detailing that not many developers seek out.”
That sense of innovation and craftsmanship is underscored when you step inside. The main lobby, inspired by the roaring twenties, boasts crystal chandeliers, a well-appointed bar, a fireplace and a Steinway piano. The side lobby evokes the comforts and familiarity of an English club.
As for the residences themselves, the beautifully curated interiors are designed by New York–based Elizabeth Bolognino, who is known for the warmth and refinement of her layered minimalistic aesthetic. Each home features a chef’s kitchen with the finest stone and finishes, thoughtful millwork throughout and a jewel-box powder room. Owners may choose furnishings from three sophisticated collections: Traditional, with timeless forms and an aura of past eras; Moderne, which integrates international, Art Deco and Saville Road details; and Contemporary, which uses luxe materials for a sense of relaxation and an escape from the press of city life. Wallpapers, lighting and fabrics from Ralph Lauren Home offer customizable details.
The top two residential levels are devoted to penthouses—two duplexes on the fifth floor and one expansive penthouse with a private 3,000-square-foot terrace on the sixth—that are served by private elevators. Each home is individually designed with its own personality, including fireplaces, high-end custom kitchens, bars, built-ins and home offices. Each residence in the Penthouse Collection is also fully furnished and accessorized with Ralph Lauren Home products (designs, accents, etc.), in an exclusive arrangement that’s a Canadian first.
Currently in its preconstruction phase, The Watford is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in early 2024 with an extraordinary list of amenities. The grand lobby has a Champagne bar and library, and the building boasts walled gardens and green roofs, a business lounge and ballroom, and a rustic wine cellar with a tasting room.
There is also the Watford Cinema, which has the feel of a private screening room and includes its own lounge and bar. It was a passion project for Oscar- and Grammy-winning music producer Ric Wake, who designed it with atmospheric 1930s glamour.
The Watford’s the well-equipped gym owes its concept and design to fitness expert and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. The property features an underground hammam and bath spa with sauna, steam, and a treatment room.
“The Watford Residences bring together the most sought-after talent in the fields of architecture, design and craftsmanship to create 40 truly exceptional homes. No two residences are the same,” says Harshal Dave, president and CEO of the Watford Group. “The distinctive architectural brilliance acts as a vessel for a luxurious array of outfittings, accents, fixtures and furniture from some of the world’s most high-end designers, retailers and furnishers in a coming together of prestige brands and proud contributors. The Watford invites you into an incredible lifestyle, with a truly unique six-star service model. The exclusive offerings include an on-site house manager, a front-of-house team, 24/7 valet service, a community wine director, a concierge and more. This level of hotel-style service and attention to every detail of your lifestyle sets The Watford apart.”
The Watford is a gated community—secure, private and perfectly positioned for modern life. There’s nothing else like it in Toronto today.