Make 2016 The Year You Finally Quit Smoking

Start the New Year on the right foot in Toronto's first smoke-free rental apartment building   

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Whether you're looking to quit smoking or simply make healthier choices, what better way to kick-start your New Year's resolution than to live in a place that promotes clean, eco-friendly living. 

The new Alto Rentals is Toronto's first fully non-smoking purpose built rental apartment building. Alto is a holistically inspired green-living environment, located in the trendy heart of Brockton and Portugal Village. The eight-storey, 95 suite building is powered by green energy from Bullfrog Power and features front-door access to transit as well as car-sharing and bicycle sharing programs.

"The effects of second-hand smoke are well documented, and in a standard building, even if no one is smoking in your apartment, smoke from other units can filter through the vents and into common spaces, affecting everyone in the building," said Scott Bigford, SVP Operations, Realstar. "We see a tremendous opportunity positioning Alto Rentals as a fully non-smoking environment. We anticipate a strong response from renters and prospective renters."

With Toronto's most recent apartment building boom occurring in the 1970's, Alto Rentals is filling a void in new purpose-built rental apartments. With home ownership becoming increasingly out of reach for many - particularly in Toronto - and with a very low vacancy rate of 1.8% in 2015, Toronto is greatly in need of rental units.

In addition to being 100 % smoke-free, Alto Rentals features 95 open concept rental apartments in a range of sizes, each with large windows allowing for room-filling natural light, six appliances and individually metered and controlled utilities. Alto residents will enjoy complimentary access to Alto's fully stocked fitness facility and its rooftop terrace, barbeque area and lounge.

Developed by the renowned Edenshaw Developments and managed by Realstar, Alto Rentals is designed and constructed to LEED Silver standards. The development is paving the way for eco-friendly, clean living in the heart of the city. Realstar will begin accepting rental applications from the general public in late January.

About Realstar:
Realstar is one of Canada's largest owners of rental properties, notable for its excellence in every facet of multi-unit residential real estate. Combining state-of-the-art operating and financial reporting systems allows their dedicated team Resident Managers and engineering/property standard professionals to deliver superior results for its partners and clients. By ensuring and delivering on their promise of clean, quiet, well-maintained homes, their commitment to excellence has housed over 70,000 residents, making them the leading provider of quality rental accommodation nationwide.

About Edenshaw:
Edenshaw was established in 2009 with the goal of crafting unique and sustainable communities in forward-thinking projects. Edenshaw develops residential condominium and purpose-built rentals in the GTA. Edenshaw has the knowledge and capability to manage the entire development process from inception to completion: starting from site identification and acquisition, to planning and rezoning, to overseeing the design and construction process, to managing sales and marketing, and to end-user support on occupancy.

SOURCE Realstar

For further information: Samantha Goldsilver, Herscu & Goldsilver, (647) 668-8140,,

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