House of the Week: $1.6 million for an Annex condo with a one-of-a-kind view

House of the Week: $1.6 million for an Annex condo with a one-of-a-kind view

ADDRESS: Unit 2002, 1 Bedford Rd.


AGENT: Vicky Tal and Meir Gluzberg, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

PRICE: $1,629,000

THE PLACE: This 20th-storey unit in the newly completed One Bedford condos is defined by a beautiful south-facing view of the Toronto skyline and a variety of custom finishes: a leather-upholstered wall in the master bedroom, a light box in the master ensuite shower, his-and-hers master closets, a custom kitchen by Paris Kitchens and, of course, a wall-mounted iPad to control the sound system.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: A one-of-a-kind view. One of the first to buy in the building, the original owner actually stood on Bloor Street to line up his front door directly with the CN Tower. Walk into the apartment and the city’s tallest structure looms right in front of you. As well, the bulkheads, which traditionally sit in front of the windows, are moved back to provide an unobstructed view of downtown.

BIG SELLING POINT: That sweet south-facing view is essentially protected. Because Varsity Stadium sits immediately in front of One Bedford and many of the buildings between it and downtown are heritage properties, rival condo towers won’t usurp the sweeping vista any time soon.

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The proximity to the University of Toronto and the student bars in the Annex may provide too much unadulterated noise, chatter and unruly behaviour for a downtown professional.

• $1,629,000
• $956.81 monthly maintenance
• 1,521 square feet
• 105 square foot balcony
• 3 bathrooms
• 2 bedrooms
• 1 wall-mounted iPad
• 1 Danby wine fridge