Picture this, it’s Saturday afternoon and you decide you’d like to go for a swim after working out in the gym. So you grab your towel, jump in your elevator and head to the 51st floor where you indulge in some R&R in the pool, all while overlooking the magnificent Toronto skyline.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time for some lunch. So you dry off, and head downstairs to Bloor Street Market to pick up some food. Since it’s such a gorgeous day, you head to the courtyard and have a picnic surrounded by the beautiful trees.
Saturday night is date night. Obvs. What are you thinking? Maybe catch a movie then grab some dinner and cocktails at The One Eighty? That’s sounds pretty nice to me!
On Sunday – we brunch. It’s a tradition. So you head downstairs from your suite and go to Bloor St. Diner where you feast on the brunch buffet while enjoying the patio and live music.
Sunday evening you decide to have some friends over for a little get-together. So you head downstairs to the LCBO to pick up your fave cocktails, grab some munchies from the Bloor Street Market and decide to splurge on some new, fun cocktail glasses and favours from Indigo. You head one of the party rooms in the building and prepare for your mini cocktail party.
That sounds like a pretty nice weekend, right? To top it off – all this can be done without even stepping outside!
Welcome to 44 Charles West in Manulife Centre.
Built in 1972, the award winning Manulife Centre was Canada’s first major mixed-use development and at the time, the 51-storey residential tower was the tallest building in the British Empire.
Today, Manulife Centre is a multi-faceted complex encompassing a vibrant mix of commercial, retail and residential environments. Minutes away from some of the world’s most celebrated museums and galleries, Manulife Centre is ideally located in the heart of mid-town Toronto, in the stylish Bloor-Yorkville Village. The 800-suite residence at 44 Charles West offers the comforts of luxury living at the center of the very best of Toronto’s commercial and cultural core.
I recently had the pleasure of having a mini staycation at 44 Charles, a luxury rental building right in the heart of Yorkville. I was put up in one of the many guest suites that are available for all residents of 44 Charles.
My weekend was jam-packed with a fun itinerary showcasing the highlights of what life would be like if I lived at 44 Charles.
Located near Bay and Bloor – 44 Charles is walking distance to so many awesome attractions and restaurants.
On Friday night, myself and a guest headed over to The Pilot where we got awesome seats on the rooftop patio. Over dinner and cocktails we got to enjoy the vibe, and the view – and easily walk back to the suite.
If you’re going to The Pilot – I highly suggest the mac and cheese, it has bacon in it and it is fabulous.
One of the awesome bonuses of living at 44 Charles is that anything and everything you could possibly want or need – is right there.
I was craving some croissants and baked goods for breakfast, so I jumped in the elevator and headed downstairs to the concourse level and visited Timothy’s.
Here, there was no shortage of noms to indulge in!
Next, it was time for a swim.
We headed to the 51st floor where we got to take a swim and enjoy the Toronto skyline in all its glory.
After our swim, we were hoping to have our lunch in the fabulous courtyard – but the weather took a turn for the worse, so we grabbed way too much food some food from Bloor Street Market and enjoyed a mini-picnic in the suite.
The courtyard would have been nice, as it’s filled with greenery and lovely trees, all overlooking the streets.
Once the weather cleared up a bit more – we took a short walk over to The ROM and played tourist for the day.
With the Pompeii exhibit – and all the cool dinosaurs, there is no shortage of fun to be had there, no matter how old you are.
Side note – did you know you can get married at The ROM?! I had no idea, but I’m obsessed with the idea now!
Saturday night was a fun one! I had a handful of girlies come over and we had a TEA-quila party in the club room at 44 Charles.
Outfitted with a pool table, a big-screen TV and comfy couches, this is the perfect place to chill out after a long day.
We headed down to Indigo earlier in the day to pick up some favours and essentials for the party and found this awesome tea mix for our cocktails. Right across the hall is the LCBO – perfect – and then the Bloor Street Market for all of the noms needed for our finger sandwiches and other treats. Honestly – it was all so ridiculously convenient.
My sister helped plan the whole TEA-quila party and even put together little gift boxes for the girls to take home. The lovely folks at Prairie Girl Bakery also provided a delicious cake for the TEA-quila party! How awesome is that!? As I mentioned – on Sunday, we brunch. So we headed down to Bloor St. Diner for their amazing brunch buffet. With an endless supply of food, and a chocolate fountain – what more could you ask for?! Well, maybe mimosas…but obvs those were had as well. LOL
With the cocktails the previous night, and devouring our brunch – hitting the gym was a good idea. Luckily – not only is there a Goodlife Fitness, but there is also a private fitness centre right in 44 Charles!
Prefer to workout in the comfort of your own home? You’ll find cardio and resistance machines, free weights, stretching mats and two TVs. And to make your workout even more inspiring, you can gaze out at the 51st floor view of the downtown core. Use the fitness centre is exclusive to residents on floors 32 – 50.
The list of amenities at 44 Charles is endless.
- Concierge – No one knows the neighbourhood like we do. Whatever you need, we’re here to make it happen
- Library – Relax with a good book in our library. It boasts comfortable couches, a wide selection of books and even a piano. The space is popular for group discussions and book club meetings, and is a lovely spot to take a reflective moment for yourself.
- Transit – However you travel, it couldn’t be easier to get to and from your home at 44 Charles Street West.
- Guest Suites – Residents can put guests up in a stylish downtown bachelor or one-bedroom suite on the second floor of 44 Charles Street West, at rates as attractive as the suites themselves. These suites come with AC, cable TV, a Tempur-Pedic® bed, a coffee maker, and a bar/refrigerator, access to the fitness room and 51st floor pool.
- Health & Wellness – Maintaining an active lifestyle is easy at 44 Charles Street West, where you’ll find a number of ways to work up a sweat without having to leave the building.
- Urban Garden – This peaceful yet spacious spot – it’s larger than an acre – was built to feel like a private park with mature trees and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s complete with sitting areas and offers one of the best open-air experiences in the city. Pack a picnic and enjoy a sunny day.
- Entertainment – Alone or with friends, there are no shortage of ways to have a good time at the corner of Bloor & Bay, especially with Manulife Centre at your front door. From movie nights to party nights, your social calendar is covered.
With a list of amenities like that, I think it’s safe to agree that living at 44 Charles would be ideal.
Living at 44 Charles is affordable and convenient, with suites starting at less that $1,500 a month – if I hadn’t JUST moved in May – I’d be tempted to move to 44 Charles myself! Especially because of the pool and that view!
It’s the perfect location for young professionals. Walking distance to some of the hottest and best restaurants and bars, along with some of the best shopping destinations – hello, the Mink Mile is right outside your door!
Transit is attached to your building, making your commute even easier. Remember – winter is coming and nobody likes walking in the cold and snow! LOL
If you’re in the market for a new apartment, or are just curious to see what’s out there – I highly suggest checking out 44 Charles’ website for more details.
Disclaimer: I have partnered with this brand for this post, however – as per usual all my views are entirely my own and I really am obsessed with the view from the pool on the 51st floor.