Move Seniors Lovingly – Toronto

The Sumach by Chartwell – Featured Retirement Residence (November 2022)

The Sumach by Chartwell // by Jenn Shenouda-Levine

Location: 146 Sumach Street, Toronto

Each month Move Seniors Lovingly- Toronto plans to profile one of the retirement residences they’ve had the pleasure of working with to showcase what makes them exceptional. November’s Featured Residence is The Sumach by Chartwell.


If you’ve dreamt of a stylish, urban retirement residence with amenities at your fingertips, The Sumach will not disappoint. It’s an oasis within the city with a panoramic view of the Toronto skyline. Located in the heart of Downtown East, the first thing that struck me was how it so elegantly blended in with its vibrant surroundings, which include a park with a charming skating rink across the street. The 12-Storey residence embraces spacious condo-style living with the option of adding services like two meals a day, room service, and indoor parking. This allows residents to create their retirement living plan exactly as they envision it.

Retirement Living Consultant, Michael Tisiot, says that an exceptional group of people reside at The Sumach, “They know what they want and have helped to shape and transform the building and community.” He mentioned that the demographic is full of movers and shakers, some of whom still run their businesses and are community ambassadors.


The most breathtaking view that The Sumach provides can be found on the 9th floor, which features a rooftop terrace, perfect for BBQs and live entertainment, and a stunning garden that is cared for by residents. They’ve even planted specific greenery to attract butterflies and create a butterfly sanctuary. Residents can also grow and tend tropical plants in a separate horticultural room.

Rooftop Terrace: Photo Courtesy of The Sumach 

The 9th floor also has a stunning bistro lounge, where residents can enjoy a drink and socialize with other residents or visiting family members. I visited during the day, but I could imagine the evening glow of the modern bistro and the spectacular views of Toronto being enjoyed over a glass of wine or a small bite. A private dining space can also be booked adjacent to the bistro.

The Bistro: Photo Courtesy of The Sumach 

Other notable amenities at The Sumach include a library, movie theatre, gym, and well-appointed dining room. There is also a games room where one can play billiards or partake in crafts such as needlepoint. The dining room also doubles as space for the building’s group choir, Sumach Sings. The monthly activity calendar ensures that there’s something for everyone, whether it be line-dancing classes, yoga or weekend word puzzles.

Dining Room: Photo Courtesy of The Sumach 

The suites at The Sumach are bright and spacious and feature a full kitchen, so residents can cook as much or as little as they want. There is also en-suite laundry, individual thermostats, and a 24-hour concierge. Most suites come with a balcony so you can take in the stunning views of the city. Did we mention that the building is also pet friendly and right across the street from an off-leash dog park?

Some wellness services at The Sumach include an on-call nurse and the possibility of choosing precisely the level of care you or your loved one needs with additional services such as medication administration or lab services. There is also a chauffeured car available for residents.

Suite Living Area: Photo Courtesy of The Sumach

The Sumach captures the heart of urban life without compromising style, space or comfort.

It re-imagines retirement living with convenience, care and choice at your fingertips. It’s a residence that is worth checking out!

Move Seniors Lovingly is honoured to be referred by The Sumach as a move transition company partner.

For more information about The Sumach visit or call 416-644-8912.

About Chartwell Retirement Residences:

Chartwell Retirement Residences is Canada’s largest operator in the senior living sector, with over 180 quality retirement communities in four provinces offering a complete range of services from independent supportive living through assisted living to long term care. Chartwell is committed to its vision of Making People’s Lives BETTER and to providing a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life experience for its residents.

About Move Seniors Lovingly:

Move Seniors Lovingly is a full-service Senior Move Transition Company solely dedicated to assisting seniors and their families in all aspects of the transition from their present home to a new home or senior community. If you or a loved one are planning for a move, reach out to our team of professionals for support and guidance, or to schedule your free consultation.

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