The Property: This hard loft has exposed brick, wooden beams and hardwood floors throughout. Unlike many units of similar size, though, it also has a separate bedroom. Two large windows and a space-saving storage unit built into the raised den further separate it from the rest.
Address: 628 Fleet Street, Unit 3403
Agent: Kenny Shim, ReMax Condos Plus, brokerage; and Stephanie Campbell, Royal LePage Your Community Realty, brokerage
The Place: A three-bedroom condo with views of the the Toronto Islands and the downtown skyline.
The buyers: Timothy Bramble, a 31-year-old project manager for the digital ad agency Art and Science, and Megan Cairns, a 30-year-old RN at St. Michael’s Hospital.
The story: After renting a condo in the West Don Lands for six months, Timothy and Megan decided they were ready to commit—to each other (they’re newly engaged) and to a home. They wanted a sizable yard (for Timothy, who loves gardening) and a second floor with at least two bedrooms, for a future child or two. Starting with a budget of $500,000, they focused their search in Corktown and South Riverdale, figuring they’d get more house for their money east of Yonge than west. Several bidding wars later, they realized they’d need to boost their budget to land a home anywhere near their desired location.
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Toronto’s building boom is creeping into cottage country, turning prime lakefront properties into condo compounds with distinctly urban amenities, like heated pools, spas and helpful staff to handle the headaches
The Place: A sprawling five-bedroom, six-bathroom manor on the eighth hole of the prestigious St. George’s Golf and Country Club, which has hosted five Canadian Opens, most recently in 2010.
The Property: Because of its unique facade, this modern Wallace-Emerson home is known as “the ‘S’ house” among neighbours. It has an open-concept main floor with a glass staircase, a master bedroom with a massive six-piece en suite bathroom, and a sizeable backyard with a two-car detached garage.
The Place: An two-level unit in Leslieville’s Printing Factory Lofts, with a mix of antique character and modern finishes.
Cottage of the Week: $640,000 for a Huntsville cottage with a modern interior and a river in the backyard
The Place: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom farmhouse on a seven-acre plot of land along a meandering river in Huntsville. Fox Lake is a quick canoe ride away.
Toronto needs more rental buildings. As housing prices continue to climb out of reach, millennials and young families are recalibrating their five-year plans, searching for ways to build stable futures in borrowed rooms. Their options are limited. Condos, which represent 99 per cent of the city’s new rental supply, leave tenants at the mercy of capricious landlords who can sell at any time—a drag for students in their 20s but a full-blown life crisis for families with kids. Over the past year, a flurry of purpose-built rental developments across the GTA were announced, most of them equipped with the lavish modern amenities—yoga studios, rooftop pools, e-car charging stations—that you’d expect to find in a downtown condo tower. Here, six of the best.
The Place: A massive six-bedroom, six-bathroom brick manse located five doors away from the east gate of High Park.
The Place: A newly built home on McVittie Island in Lake Muskoka that shuns log-cabin kitsch in favour of clean lines and glass.