New in Toronto Real Estate: The High Park
The High Park (not to be confused with High Park Condos) is a new development going up in 2015 that's set to tower above the park. And while it's part of my job to critique condos in this column, I have to say that this property just might be a critic's nightmare: there's something for everyone.
Address: 1990 Bloor St. W.
Architect: Quadrangle Architects
Total number of units: 108
Elevators: 2. One will open up into one of the units, as well as stopping at other floors.
Types of units: Studio, one bedroom, one plus den, two bedroom, two plus den, three plus den, two-level penthouses.
Unit sizes (in square feet): 481 to 1155
Ceiling heights: 9' to 10'
Prices from (available units): In the $300,000s.
Maintenance fees: $0.53
Amenities/building features: fitness room, gourmet kitchens, lounge area.
Most units have balconies, which is obviously a humongous plus, especially for those overlooking the park. They each have pretty open layouts as well, with what appears to be ample living space. And from the renderings available so far, it looks like it'll be well-designed, chic, warm, and inviting .
And, really, the location is prime. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, arty hipster or family-oriented human, this area can work for you. The High Park overlooks its namesake, and is cozied up to both the Junction and Roncesvalles. It's also as convenient as it gets transit-wise.
In some of the units, there are window-free bedrooms, baths and/or dens. I'm aware that this is a frequent occurrence in condo developments, but that doesn't make it suck any less, so I will never stop mentioning it. I want to watch birds fly by/check out what my neighbour is up to while I shower, thanks very much. Also, this is Canada, and SADD is prevalent enough without playing prisoner in a box.
This building is also a tad light on amenities, so if you're looking for a hotel-esque condo environment, it might not be your thing.
The location is undeniably fantastic. If you're looking for easy access to different facets of the city, and you think you might be a fan of condo living, this property is definitely worth considering. They're holding a preview event on April 20.
If you had the dough, would you buy here?