Toronto and its people are always on the move. So the need for modern, walkable and distinctly designed homes are always on the top of homebuyers' minds, whether they're a student, a young professional, or today's urban family. We've compiled a list of 8 of the hottest condominium projects with occupancy taking place this year. Check them out!
1. Harbour Plaza
Estimated occupancy: 2017
Starting price: $600 psf
Located steps from the waterfront and Toronto’s entertainment district, Harbour Plaza is sure to delight young singles and families alike.
Harbour consists of a phase one 65-storey tower and a phase two 69-storey tower. The 1,305 homes range from studio to three bedroom. The project, which will add more unique beauty to Toronto’s waterfront skyline, was designed by architect Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance. Clewes has more than 30 years in the field, including five years with the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and works including the Pond Road Residence at York University.
For the active Torontonian who chooses to call Harbour Plaza home, there’s an expansive fitness centre including yoga studio, spin room, cardio studio and more. To enjoy warm summer evenings, there’s an outdoor barbecue and dining area, and when winter calls, there’s an indoor greenspace.
Floor spaces average about 500 sq. ft. with amenities including nine foot ceilings, energy efficient windows, hardwood flooring, custom kitchen cabinetry and European appliances.
For the commute, Harbour Plaza has on-site bicycle storage, a direct connection to the PATH network as well as quick access to TTC subway and the commuter train at Union Station. Parking is also available.
2. Cove at Waterways
Estimated occupancy: Fall 2017
Starting price: $541 psf
Ranging in price from the low $300s, the Cove at Waterways is a steal of a deal with it’s beautiful waterfront views of Lake Ontario.
Spacewise buyers also get more bang for their buck with the 281 units starting at 460 sq. ft. to 569 sq. ft over 17-storeys. Cove is developed by The Conservatory Group, who has been behind Toronto developments for 50 years. To accompany the stunning lakeside views, Cove at Waterways also includes a lounge, courtyard and pool.
"Featuring breathtaking suite designs, resort-inspired amenities and an unbeatable location just minutes from downtown Toronto, wherever the wind takes you, you'll always want to come back to Cove," says the projects website.
Take a morning stroll or an afternoon jog down to the harbour and Humber Bay Park. Not only is the park home to the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat, but it's also home to a diverse array of shrubs and wildflowers creating a perfect nature's getaway.
For commuters, the development is conveniently located near the Gardiner Expressway. Amenities such as restaurants, grocery stores and banks are nearby for easy access.
3. Alter Condos
Estimated Occupancy: October 2017
Starting Price: $725 psf
Looking for a completely walkable Toronto home? How does a walk score and transit score of 100 suit you?
Alter Condos by Tridel is 35 storeys and 335 units of amazing Toronto lifestyle. Depending on what you’re looking for, Alter offers homes ranging from 875 to 1,158 sq. ft.
Alter is a condominium project for the Torontonian in the move. Located in the heart of the city on Church Street, occupants are a stone's throw from anything they might need. Not to mention, employment opportunities abound as you’ll be living among every business the city has to offer.
Alter stems from the creative brains of allianceArchitecture (also behind Harbour Plaza) and interior designers UNION31. UNION31 believes good design should be thought provoking and that successful design in a dialog. Having worked on SQ Condos at Alexandra Park and Berczy Condos, to name a few, UNION31 brought the same attention to detail to Alter including contemporary vanity cabinetry, your choice of double edge or engineered quartz countertops and ceramic tile backsplashes.
For amenities, Alter includes concierge, an access control system, central high speed wiring, yoga studio, movie theatre, aqua space and more. And, up to $200 less per square foot than other condos, is the perfect spot for the Torontonian balancing budget with the on the go downtown lifestyle.
4. The Academy Condos
Estimated Occupancy: Spring 2017
Price: $188,800 for 427-sq.-ft. one-bedroom to $335,880 for 952-sq.-ft., three-bedroom.
With clean lines and modern colours, The Academy Condos on Ellesmere Road by Lemine Investment Group is sure to please any prospective homebuyer.
With 26 storeys and 339 units averaging 427 sq. ft, The Academy has a little something for everyone - especially students as the property is mere steps from the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
With a decent walk score and an even better transit score, The Academy is close to Ellesmere Reservoir Park for your morning or evening jog, as well as Centennial College and a number of take out and sit in restaurants, and just five minutes to the new Pan Am Olympic Sports Centre.
With a unique glass design, The Academy is sure to stand out among it's fellow buildings. In an article by Buzz Buzz News, the kick-off for The Academy was extremely well attended by many interested parties, especially due to the buildings university proximity.
5. On the Danforth
Estimated Occupancy: November 2017
Starting price: $535 psf
This new project by Diam Developments has both an original look and proximity to amenities to make you want to call it home.
This mixed development will include retail offerings on the main floor and is handy for drivers, walkers and cyclists alike with 85 parking spots for vehicles and 86 for bike parking.
With a walkscore of 96, On the Danforth is perfect for the Torontonian on the go looking for easy access to all amenities. The development is close to Woodbine Station and Danforth GO Station; Dentonia Golf Course as well as schools, restaurants and dental and medical facilities.
Want to enjoy the summertime vibes of Toronto? Danforth includes oversized balconies for entertaining and creating your own outside oasis. Also included with the development is a yoga studio, pet spa for Fido and an outdoor barbecue area. Rest assured of condo safety as well with a concierge and storage spaces.
6. Zigg Condos
Estimated Occupancy: December 2017
Starting Price: $675 pfs
Zigg Condos the tandem of Madison Homes and Fieldgate Homes is sure to have owners and passersby alike dropping their jaws at the unique design.
That standout design is thanks to the creative minds of Kirkor Architechts, while design was handled by The Design Agency. The Design Agency is behind incredible projects such as 1 Yorkville, 6th and Tenth and East United. Residents of Zigg will find themselves in a home complete with natural stone countertops, stacked washer/dryer, high performance laminate flooring and ceramic flooring in the bathrooms.
Zigg features and amenities include underground parking, bicycle storage, mailroom, rooftop lounging area, fitness centre, pet washing station and party room. Zigg is a great place to call home whether you're a young working professional, needing proximity to to the bus stop, or families needing close access to schools, including Willow Academy and Forest Hill Junior and Senior Public School. For those seeking greenspace, Zigg is also close to Sir Winston Churchill Park and the Rosehill Reservoir.
Zigg will also appeal to the buyer on a budget: "With pricing starting in the low $300,000s, Zigg offers an affordable option for ForestHill living without sacrificing any of the comforts most desired by homebuyers," said an article in Condo Life Magazine.
7. Dundas Square Gardens
Estimated Occupancy: December 2017
Starting Price: $199,900 to $299,900
Dundas Square Gardens are looking to make their mark in a big way, literally.
The building is topped "in a dramatic lantern finial that will become a beacon on Toronto's glittering downtown skyline," says Dundas Square Gardens' website. The development is 48 storeys with 978 units. This Eastons Development is the architectural brainchild of Page + Steel, and IBI Group - the group also behind Boathaus Condos.
There are an incredible eight possible floor plans to choose from at Dundas Square Gardens, ranging in size from 521-1021 sq. ft. Locker prices are included in this development and other features for homeowners include 8.5 foot ceilings, solid wood baseboards, drop in bathtub with porcelain tile, laminate wood cabinetry, quartz stone countertops and undermount lighting.
Amenities include a terrace with more than 16,000 sq. ft of outdoor space; a private sky lobby on the third floor and a party room and bar. Looking for a secure place to call home? Dundas Square Gardens is the place for you with cameras at all visitor entrances, resident key fob access to common areas and cameras in the parking garage.
With its Garden District Location, Dundas Square is close to Ryerson University, old City Hall, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, St.Lawrence Market and more.
8. 87 Peter Condos
Estimated Occupancy: December 2017
At 49 storeys and 550 units, 87 Peter Condos on 87 Peter Street are sure to make their mark on both Toronto's downtown landscape but also the people who call them home.
The development is located smack dab in the middle of all things Toronto. Everything a homeowner may need is available a stone's throw away: the Fashion District, Chinatown, Wellington Place, Old Toronto and more.
The Menkes Developments Ltd. project includes workout facilities, water massage beds, a steam room, billiards room and movie screen. Architecture by CORE Architects, 87 Peter is both streamlined and modern including a massive glass tower, sure to set 87 Peter apart from the crowd. Interiors by Mike Niven design include: custom designed kitchen cabinetry, European-style appliances, decorative track lighting and personally selected washroom fixtures.
For those living it up in the penthouse suites, there is engineered oak wood flooring, a custom designed vanity and breathtaking views of the city.