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Tower of Power: who lives where at One Bedford, the new downtown address of choice for uptown potentates

Tower of Power: who lives where at One Bedford, the new downtown address of choice for uptown potentates
(Photographs: Tower by Daniel Neuhaus; Bata, Peaches, Stronach, Hackett, Govani, MacMillan by Getty Images; Jackman courtesy of Province of Ontario; Wente courtesy of the Globe and Mail; Kuwabara by Newswire; McEwan courtesy of Smashing Pictures; Broadbent courtesy of Eventi; Tory by Markian Lozowchuk; Oundjian courtesy of Arts Atlanta)

In the three years since it was completed, One Bedford, the 32-storey monolith above, has become de facto HQ for tastemakers in business, media, arts and politics. Chalk it up to its location at the nexus of three high-rent neighbourhoods, which allows residents to self-identify as posh Yorkvillers, U of T brainiacs or quinoa-munching Annexers as needed. One of the latest big-name tenants to join the party is the mayor. Here’s who he calls neighbour.

Sonja Bata
Eighty-eight-year-old shoe matriarch Sonja Bata, who owns a 2,600-square-foot penthouse on the 32nd floor, gets picked up every morning and driven a block to her office at the Bata Shoe Museum.

Duncan McEwan
Duncan McEwan, tech investor, owner of Diligent and vice-chair of the Royal Conservatory of Music, owns a unit on the 14th floor.

Eric Jackman
Philanthropist Eric Jackman, of the highly philanthropic Jackman clan, owns a unit on the 31st floor.

Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent, head of Toronto’s Maytree foundation, owns a unit on the 13th floor.

Belinda Stronach
Belinda Stronach’s family owns a 12th-floor pied-à-terre where her eldest son stayed for a while.

Peaches
Peaches, the original Lady Gaga, stays at her mom’s unit on the 25th floor when she’s in town.

John Tory & Barbara Hackett
John Tory and Barbara Hackett live in a sprawling unit on the 11th floor. She attends building functions. He, a noted early riser, is rarely seen.

Margaret Wente
Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente shares a unit with her doc-making husband on the 23rd floor.

Peter Oundjian
Peter Oundjian, music director of the TSO, and his wife, Nadine, own a unit on the 10th floor.

Bruce Kuwabara
Starchitect Bruce Kuwabara moved to a 17th-floor unit post-divorce. He takes his kids swimming in the second-floor pool.

Shinan Govani
Hello! magazine gossip guy Shinan Govani lives on the seventh floor.

Margaret MacMillan
Bestselling historian Margaret MacMillan owns a place on the sixth floor. Her brother Tom has a $1-million unit 16 floors up.

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