Seven of Toronto’s best pre-construction condos

Seven of Toronto’s best pre-construction condos

Soon-to-be-built condos with design cred, super extras and great neighbourhoods

Picnic

2114 Bloor St. W. (High Park)

Picnic (Image: courtesy of developer)
 

The minimalist midrise has a dual-entry limestone lobby and spacious layouts with walk-in closets. Every unit has a balcony, but only the south- and east-facing ones look out on High Park’s canopy. Residents without a view can bogart the communal rooftop, with its double-sided fireplace and dining nooks.

PRICES: $425,000–$1.5 million
PRICE PER SQ. FT.: $700
NO. OF UNITS: 68
AVERAGE SIZE: 925 sq. ft.
CONDO FEES: $0.55 per sq. ft.
AMENITIES: Gym, rooftop lounge overlooking High Park
PARKING: $40,000 per spot
NEAREST TRANSIT: Runnymede and High Park stations

St. Leslieville

175 Jones Ave. (Leslieville)

(Image: courtesy of developer)
 

The 103-year-old church is being turned into 14 sprawling lofts (the largest is 2,700 square feet). Original features, like the gothic arched windows and the bell tower, are being preserved. Everything else is modern: the stained glass has been swapped out for windows that’ll actually keep out the cold.

PRICES: $510,000–$1.65 million
PRICE PER SQ. FT.: $600
NO. OF UNITS: 14
AVERAGE SIZE: 1,475 sq. ft.
CONDO FEES: $0.25 per sq. ft.
AMENITIES: Bike locker, climate-controlled wine room
PARKING: One spot included
NEAREST TRANSIT: Three-minute walk to the 506 streetcar

Heartwood

1884 Queen St. E. (The Beach)

Heartwood (Image: courtesy of developer)
 

Instead of a steel skeleton, the building is made of cross-laminated timber, which looks great (like proper wood), decreases greenhouse emissions and sequesters carbon. In other words, the condo’s green cred is solid. The design also brings in lots of natural light and the rooftop’s landscaping preserves water.

PRICES: $649,900–$1.2 million
PRICE PER SQ. FT.: $658
NO. OF UNITS: 37
AVERAGE SIZE: 1,100 sq. ft.
CONDO FEES: $0.52 per sq. ft.
AMENITIES: Entertainment lounge
PARKING: $40,000 per spot
NEAREST TRANSIT: Two minutes from the 301 and 501 streetcars

Garrison Point

35 Strachan Ave. (King West Village)

Garrison Point (Image: courtesy of developer)
 

The larger units in this kid-centric development are engineered to keep young families from fleeing to the suburbs. Architects Hariri Pontarini designed more than 50 floor plans, and units can also be combined. The first of the five buildings to go up is the 312-unit southern-most tower.

PRICES: $235,500–$1.25 million
PRICE PER SQ. FT.: $597
NO. OF UNITS: 312 (phase one)
AVERAGE SIZE: 698 sq. ft.
CONDO FEES: $0.54 per sq. ft.
AMENITIES: Kids’ playroom, theatre, gym, guest suites, outdoor pool
PARKING: $45,000 per spot
NEAREST TRANSIT: Four minute walk to King and Strachan

Kingston & Co. Condominiums

1100 Kingston Rd. (Kingston Road Village)

Kingston & Co (Image: courtesy of developer)
 

The Teeple Architect–designed midrise is ideal for first-time buyers who aren’t keen on shovelling, but are romanced by the perks of traditional homeownership like garage tinkering (there’s a tool room). Units with large terraces are outfitted with vegetable garden–ready planters.

PRICES: $214,900-$999,900
PRICE PER SQ. FT.: $563
NO. OF UNITS: 146
AVERAGE SIZE: 850 sq. ft.
CONDO FEES: $0.48 per sq. ft.
AMENITIES: Rooftop garden, gym, yoga room, workshop and tool room
PARKING: $32,000 per spot
NEAREST TRANSIT: 250 metres from the 12 bus

The Perry

128 Pears Ave. (Yorkville)

The Perry (Image: courtesy of developer)
 

Rosedale retirees downsizing from their neo-Georgians are swooning over the Perry’s Calcutta marble lobby, outdoor “serenity terrace,” piano lounge for cocktail parties, and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, Poliform wardrobes, Gaggenau appliances and the building’s 4,500 square foot gym.

PRICES: $400,000–$4 million
PRICE PER SQ. FT.: $960
NO. OF UNITS: 43
AVERAGE SIZE: 1,200 sq. ft.
CONDO FEES: $0.58 per sq. ft.
AMENITIES: Guest suite, dining room with caterer’s kitchen, gym, outdoor dining
PARKING: One spot included
NEAREST TRANSIT: Rosedale station

Zigg

223 St. Clair Ave. W. (Forest Hill)

Zigg (Image: courtesy of developer)
 

The St. Clair–facing front of this midtown building stands 11 storeys tall, while its south side tiers downward like a ziggurat (hence the name of the development). Graduated lake-facing terraces have privacy screens and enviably Instagrammable views of Toronto’s cityscape.

PRICES: $365,900–$1.35 million
PRICE PER SQ. FT.: $675
NO. OF UNITS: 166
AVERAGE SIZE: 850 sq. ft.
CONDO FEES: $0.56 per sq. ft.
AMENITIES: Rooftop barbecues, gym, pet spa station
PARKING: $50,000 per spot
NEAREST TRANSIT: On St. Clair streetcar line