Building Spotlight

Spotlight: “The Residences of 8 Park Rd” in the Yorkville/Bloor Area

Spotlight: "The Residences Of 8 Park Rd" In The Yorkville/Bloor Area PHOTO

When one thinks of iconic Toronto intersections, Yonge & Bloor undoubtedly comes to mind.

From a real estate perspective, the area has a certain cachet that is undeniable and has been known to put buyers (and realtors) into a state of frenzy (remember all the hoopla surrounding the launch of One Bloor Condos a few years ago?).

Thankfully, One Bloor isn’t the only option in the area!

There are a handful of condo buildings within spitting distance of Yonge & Bloor that actually offer relatively good value for the money.

The Residences of 8 Park Rd is one such building.

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Are Authentic Lofts Really That Hard To Come By?

Are Authentic Lofts Really That Hard To Come By? Photo

Last weekend I held a couple of open houses at my new listing in the Massey Harris Lofts building on King Street West.

The turnout was great.

As with most open houses, there were visitors who saw the listing on MLS, there were visitors who popped-in off the street, and there were visitors who already live in the building and were curious to see their neighbour’s unit.

Regardless of what pulled them in though, they were really all there for the same thing… the chance to see an authentic loft.

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Spotlight: “The Bellagio On Bloor”

The Bellagio On Bloor Photo

Some condos are notable because they’re located in the heart of a particular neighbourhood. The Candy Factory Lofts on Queen West comes to mind. The Europa building in Little Italy is another good example.

Then there are condos that are notable because they straddle the boundaries between more than one particular neighbourhood. The Bellagio On Bloor is one such condo.

It sits on the north side of Bloor Street East, just east of Jarvis St. You’ve got downtown to the south, Rosedale to the north, Yorkville to the west, and the Danforth to the east.

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Spotlight: “Garment Factory Lofts” In The Leslieville Area

Garment Factory Lofts In The Leslieville Area Photo

Anyone familiar with real estate in the Leslieville area knows that there isn’t much there in the way of residential condos/lofts. The majority of what’s available sits along the strip of Carlaw Ave that runs north of Queen Street East up to Dundas.

Up until just a few years ago, there were only a couple of loft buildings on the strip – the Wrigley Lofts and the iZone Lofts. And even these were a tough sell for some buyers, as the buildings definitely lean more towards the “hard” side of the loft divide.

Since then we’ve seen a handful of new developments spring up in the area; the Printing Factory Lofts, the new Flatiron Lofts, and the Garment Factory Lofts.

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Spotlight: “Chocolate Company Lofts” In The Queen Street West Area

"Chocolate Company Lofts" In The Queen Street West Area Photo

Over the last few years Queen Street West has seen its share of new residential development, the majority of which has sprung up around the Gladstone Hotel; Westside Lofts, The Bohemian Embassy, 2 Gladstone. Prior to these new buildings, Queen West was known more for the residential loft conversions that sit just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park; the Candy Factory Lofts and the Chocolate Company Lofts.

The Chocolate Company Lofts development is unique in that it’s actually a blending of conversion and new construction. The architects worked with two industrial buildings that were originally owned by the Patterson Chocolate Company, and used new materials (designed to match the old) to knit them together.

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Spotlight: “Ideal Lofts” In The Little Italy/College Street West Area

Ideal Lofts In The Little Italy/College Street West Area Photo

Last August I wrote a BLOG post about the Europa condo building at 308 Palmerston Ave (read it here).  I pointed out that although the Little Italy/College Street West area is one of the most sought after in the city, residential condo/loft units in the neighbourhood are hard to come by.  One year later, this is still the case.

There are a few new developments in the works (CUBE Lofts near College and Shaw will be finished soon), but it’s still primarily the same three options we had last year; the converted church at 456 College St, Europa at 308 Palmerton Ave, and Ideal Lofts at 301 Markham St.

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Spotlight: “The Hudson” In The King Street West Area

The Hudson In The King Street West Area Photo

Over the last few years, King Street West (I’m talking here about that stretch of King running west from Spadina to Bathurst) has seen plenty of residential growth.  Not only in the number of new buildings in the area, but in the value of the real estate as well.  Per square foot, this is one of the priciest areas in the city.

Yes, Mr. Freed is responsible for much of the new development here (The Thompson Residences, 66 Portland, 20 Stewart…).  But let’s not forget the building that sits at the eastern end of this stretch – the building that in many ways set a benchmark of quality for all that would follow…  The Hudson.

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Spotlight: “Sudbury Townhomes” In The King Street West/Liberty Village Area

Sudbury Townhomes In The King Street West/Liberty Village Area Photo

     Back in the fall I had a listing in one of the condo townhomes on Sudbury Street.  That listing prompted me to write a full blog post on “The Appeal Of A Condo Townhouse” (read it here).  With the spring market kicking into high gear, I figured this would be a good time to revisit the subject and take a closer look at the Sudbury Townhomes in particular.

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Spotlight: “New Times Square” In The St Lawrence Market Area

New Times Square In The St Lawrence Market Area Photo

     Every great neighbourhood has at least one major intersection that sits at what might be called the “heart” of the neighbourhood.  These crossroads are known to locals and visitors alike, and they function as a sort of landmark or hub.  Some neighbourhoods are lucky enough to have a few remarkable intersections.  Case in point, the St Lawrence Market area in downtown Toronto. 

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Spotlight: “Europa” In The Little Italy/College Street West Area

Europa In Little Italy/College Street West Area Photo

Location, location, location.  The 3 most important things in real estate, right?  Certainly this adage applies to the condo building on Palmerston Ave known as “Europa“.  While the Little Italy/College Street West area is one of the most sought after in the city, residential condo units in the neighbourhood are hard to come by. Continue Reading »

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