While High Park’s famous pink cherry blossoms last for six to ten days each spring, residents of Southport to Swansea can enjoy their splendor all year round.
State Building Group, developer of the two-tower, 650-unit Southport condo adjacent to Toronto’s High Park, has commissioned Canadian fine art photographer Neil Dankoff to document the park’s breathtaking blooms during the peak bloom that began earlier this month. His distinctive, richly saturated color images will adorn Southport’s hall and amenity spaces in Swansea when the building is complete. A limited run of Dankoff’s Sakura images will be awarded via lottery to buyers during occupancy and prints will be available for purchase for other residents.
Dankoff travels the world for his photography and was recently commissioned by Hotel X, Toronto to capture over 800 images from around the world over three years – the largest fine art photography transaction in Canadian history. He owns and operates the Kandy Gallery in four locations in North America, including one in Toronto. He is also the owner of the Neil Dankoff Photography Competition, an international online competition that offers up-and-coming photographers the opportunity for gallery exposure.
Southport is a “very exciting project for us”, says State Building Group Marketing and Sales Manager Tamar Zagdanski, who describes the Swansea area as “a little gem in the city, surrounded by amenities and in a well-established community. with an incredible library, town hall and schools.Southport will be within walking distance of Bloor West Village with its shops and businesses, and over 25 restaurants and cafes.
The mixed-use development will be just north of Lake Ontario, within walking distance of Sir Casimir Gzowski Park and Toronto’s western stretch of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and boardwalk. It is 10 minutes from Sunnyside Beach and Sunnyside Bike Park, Boulevard Club, Humber Bay Arch Bridge, Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat, Argonaut Rowing Club and more. One of the main attractions of the site is its proximity to Nearly 160 hectares of High Park including trails, off-leash dog park, outdoor amphitheater, playgrounds, sports facilities, zoo and Grenadier Pond.
Suites, with prices starting in the $700,000 range, will range from 477 to 815 square feet with many two-bedroom, two-bathroom units. Tomas Pearce has created three choices of sets with a clean and contemporary design.
Zagdanski says the team thought a lot about how they could showcase the beauty of the neighborhood; a mutual contact suggested hiring Dankoff to capture the cherry blossoms. “Neil’s work is so impressive and really brings out the beauty of nature.”
The cherry blossoms in High Park began with a donation of 2,000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura in 1959 from the Japanese Ambassador to Canada, to thank the citizens of Toronto for their support of Japanese-Canadian refugees after World War II . Many trees have been planted along the High Park Trail and around Grenadier Pond, where the most impressive grove stands. The planting of new Sakura trees in High Park was continued by the city in conjunction with the Consulate General of Japan.
Dankoff is a Montrealer who studied film and communications at McGill University before moving to Toronto in 1998. “I had never been to High Park before getting this commission,” he admits. “I live in the St. Clair and Spadina area, but since then I’ve taken my dog for a walk in High Park and been there twice to see the cherry trees.
“I photographed cherry blossoms in Japan five years ago and was blown away by them.”
Dankoff uses a Phase One medium format camera and combines multiple images from various exposures and focal points which he seamlessly combines to create his signature photographic art.
“I’ve always wanted to do really big prints for homes and offices,” Dankoff explains. “I wanted to create large, crisp, vibrant images of nature. If I’m photographing an incredible view, I want to display it big.
Nature also informed Southport to design Swansea. Richmond Architects designed the 27- and 30-story towers, connected by a podium, to play with water features, including bands of white precast concrete that flare out to resemble a sail. The interior spaces, created by Tomas Pearce, will feature touches of blue. The lobby has a reflective ceiling inspired by light playing on the water.
Building amenities are suitable for a range of buyers. There will be an indoor children’s play area and a learning center, two outdoor play areas including a playground, private coworking and meeting spaces, and a green screen room for publications on the social networks. Outdoor amenities will cover 10,000 square feet with barbecue stations, as well as dining and lounging areas.
Southport to Swansea
Location: 34 Southport Street, Toronto
Developer: State Construction Group
Architect: Richmond Architect; Interior decorator: Tomas Pearce
After : 477 to 815 square feet in one, one bedroom plus den, two and two bedrooms with dens, from $700,000. Highlights include 9ft or 10ft ceilings in main rooms, laminate and porcelain floors; kitchens with granite or engineered stone countertops, set of European appliances.
Building amenities: Club Southport with outdoor pool and changing rooms, grilling stations and alfresco dining/lounge; family lounge, children’s playroom, learning center, outdoor playground and play area; pet spa; package storage; green screen studio, coworking space, meeting rooms; several lounges; yoga studio; concierge.
Temporary occupation: Spring 2026
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