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New in Toronto Real Estate: The Nest Condos

Posted by Dylan Giuliano / August 29, 2013

Nest Condos TorontoIt's been a few years since construction wrapped up on the St. Clair streetcar Right of Way, and now that the mudslinging has settled down, this urban artery is (despite predictions) continuing to grow. In the heart of Hillcrest Village, The Nest Condos is soon to bring a little height to this generally low-rise area. The Nest does happen to be replacing a few local businesses when it moves in, but depending on how you look at it, it could be worse.

On the one hand St. Clair will lose a KFC (there goes the neighbourhood!), but on the other hand both a church and a bakery will bite the dust. There will fortunately be a street level retail element, but if recent history has taught us anything we shouldn't hold our collective breath for anything to exciting. With the city planning department fast tracking mid-sized buildings along our Avenues, this nine storey residence won't be the last of its kind in the area, let's hope it's getting things going on the right foot.

Besides its hive like fa├žade, this building includes a few nice features, including what will most likely be some pretty sweet downtown views. Or if you buy on the north side, you can enjoy views of North York, if that's your thing? You've also got the usual party room and roof deck, as well as interestingly enough a library. It's not clear at this point whether that's just a fancy term for a lounge where you can shush noisy people or if developer Rockport Group will be stocking the shelves full of....well whatever developers like to read.

The building also comes with some handy parking spots for those still not buying the whole streetcar thing. Although you might notice there are actually only 74 of them compared with the 123 units, so a few of you suckers are just going to have to endure walking through this quaint tree lined neighbourhood. The striking white exteriors will be partially made up of something called FibreC, a mineral composite material currently at the forefront of eco-design, geared towards completely nullifying negative health and environmental effects found in other cladding. Rarely seen in Toronto so far, FibreC won't be the only green feature here, geothermal heating and cooling systems should also save you some dough in the long term.

Nest Condos TorontoSPECS

Address: 829 St. Clair Ave West
Storeys: 9
Number of Units: 123
Parking Spots: 74
Ceiling Heights in Feet: 9 to 10
Types of Units: Studio to 2 Bedroom
Starting Price: mid 200,000s
Architect: Raw DesignDeveloper: Rockport Group
Interior Design: IIBYIV Design
Amenities: Party room, roof deck, library/lounge

Nest Condos TorontoTHE GOOD

Despite not being a downtown locale, you're doing pretty good with the streetcar at your front door. There's also a lot of green space in the area, as well as easy access to huge number of locally owned shops and businesses and the popular Wychwood Barns for all of your organic produce needs. We've all seen a lot of worse looking buildings to be developed lately, and with extra care being taken on the cladding this condo might be worth bringing home to mom. Also if you shell out the big bucks for the penthouse units you've got a few nice options for unit arrangements including a single level with rooftop terrace as well as double level.

Nest Condos TorontoTHE BAD

Don't let the "starting at mid $200,000s" fool you, that's for the studio. That's no small sum for what will surely be tiny units. Also don't expect the retail element on the main level to be housing anything but a bank branch and a some other generic retailer. This isn't Toronto's most exciting area, but it has everything you might need relatively nearby. If you're looking for intense urban energy, on the other hand, you'll have to fly pretty far from the "nest."

Nest Condos TorontoOUR TAKE

The views might actually prove pretty amazing from the Roof Deck, where hopefully you don't spend your time looking out over the city and wishing you bought downtown for the same price.

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Skye / August 29, 2013 at 09:05 am
It does look pretty interesting, and I'm glad they kept it low-rise.

Caveat Emptor: it's right across the street from an empty lot, where the Hungarian House once stood. No doubt another condo will soon be built there, possibly blocking any views to the north.
Tom / August 29, 2013 at 09:21 am
I live in the area. This is a great area that will only get better as continued intensification along St. Clair brings thousands of new residents who will keep existing local businesses going and bring in new ones to meet demand.

While the Fords continue to whine about the "St Clair disaster", you have to wonder whether these new developments would have occurred without the right of way. The streetcar is now a fast, reliable way to get around the neighbourhood. I hope the TTC has plans to keep up with the increased demand that these new buildings will bring.
Mike / August 29, 2013 at 09:23 am
Not a horrible location if you're 30+ and don't feel like living with all the kids/renters that live downtown. it has everything you need locally and just a few mins to Bathurst to get downtown. It's interesting though that the developers never attract anything but retail chains (Starbucks) or banks to their units. I assume rent is too high for the small shop owner?

John Labatt / August 29, 2013 at 11:45 am
If Starbucks will not rent out space here how about a good rub and tug joint. That will attract the downtown crowd to this neighborhood and will bring much needed money into this neighborhood and will keep the condo and rent prices at a reasonable level.
jae / August 29, 2013 at 11:57 am
I live downtown and a new condo came up next to me...we have interesting indie retail in my building but what opened up on the ground level next door? Shoppers Drug Mart. :(
Tanya / August 30, 2013 at 11:45 am
Streets are too narrow, too much pollution because traffic is constrained, project went 3 times over budget and taxpayers continue to pay for it, parking gone, chaos reigned for 5 years of construction and over 200 small businesses went under because construction took way to long and you can't blame that on a temporary injunction to stop the project that a lot of people did not want.

Was it worth it to save 5 minutes travel time? No. Streetcars are a relic of the past. That money would have been better spent on subways.

So glad I moved to Oakville where the future is bright and the pollution is minimal (great bike trails too)...
Urban / August 30, 2013 at 02:01 pm
Tanya I'm so glad you packed up your antiquated right wing nonsense and shipped off to the great suburban wasteland. Could you bring Robbie with you please??? Thanks.
Raymond G / September 1, 2013 at 01:28 pm
Happy to hear about this project, looks great (and good for losing the KFC, need more healthy alternatives!)

I hope to see these same low-rise condos being built more west. As a long time resident of Corso Italia, i live near earlscourt park and they just built these really nice towns around the park which brought some life in the aera.

I heard that at the corner caledonia and st. clair, the long lasting Dairy Freeze is closing down next year, apparently the whole corner over there is being developed.

Any idea what the city has in mind?
Isabelle replying to a comment from Raymond G / September 1, 2013 at 04:13 pm
A friend of mine works for the city planning and told me the same thing. The land has been sold (or in the process of being sold) but i'm not sure to which builder.
It seems that the city has approved new developments with maximum heights of 22 floor at the north and south west of corner Caledonia and st. Clair west. You can read more on the city's website:
Tanya / September 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm
Take a trip to Montreal and see what real transit is like. Underground malls, walkways and 4 levels of subways linking you to anywhere on or off the island. Better yet, go there and see what a real city is like.

You can't ride a bike in TO anymore without risking your life because of your stupid streetcar right of ways so the "Suburban Wasteland"(lol)of beautiful Oakville suits me just fine. Enjoy your 400G shoebox condos and getting taxed to death for junk "projects"...
Roger B replying to a comment from Tanya / September 3, 2013 at 12:02 am
Tanya Montreal is a great city but TO actually has more subway stations and ours are expanding (Vaughan, Eglinton line, + the dubious 'Scarborough subway'). Toronto also (unlike Oakville) has underground malls we call the PATH system.
As a cyclist the last thing I'm worried about is getting hit by a streetcar on a reserved right-of-way. In my experience they tend to follow the tracks unlike unpredictable vehicles.
'Minimal pollution' in Oakville?
Oakville consistently has the worst air quality readings in the GTA. While there are many factors behind this, the biggest factor in south western Ontario are US coal plants whose fumes follow the south west air flow. There will be some improvement for the GTA with the shutdown of Ontario's Nanticoke (coal) power facility. Traffic pollution is just as bad in the urban 905 and polluting factories continue to migrate outwards.
Best wishes just the same.
Hal replying to a comment from Tanya / September 3, 2013 at 12:42 am
Oh Tanya, so much wrong information all in one post! That must have taken some effort.

We're glad you moved to Oakville too, it seems like you are really enjoyng life out there. Yet for some reason you feel the need to come to a Toronto-based blog and bash the city. I wonder why that is.

Oakville is great. Its also boring, white, middle-class, suburban, car-centric, and uniform. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn.

Enjoy your soccer-mom lifestyle, you're an asset to humanity.
Nisi replying to a comment from Tanya / September 20, 2013 at 05:52 pm
You are wrong - construction was supposed to start in 2007 and was delayed by a year and then ended in 2010 - so not 5 years as you claim.

Please point out to me a list where I can see the names of 200 lost businesses. This is simply not possible.

As for parking - I believe the entire length of St. Clair lost 100 spaces. Spadina lost 1/3 of their spaces and people still go there to shop! Imagine that...

Many people did want the project too - those who did not want were the same people who made the project take longer than it needed and that delay makes up a good portion of the cost over run - paying contractors to sit around and wait for the construction to start. These are the same people who then got tonnes of city money to refurbish their store fronts - they are not hurting as much as they claim to be.

I am tired of this storyline about the Right of Way being a disaster - I live at St. Clair & Dufferin and have since 2007, so I lived through the construction. It was terrible but now we have a relatively reliable (when the line supervisors are futzing with it) way to get around. I think it's awesome.

Also, I drive, cycle and walk places too. St. Clair does have a few extra lights between Oakwood & Arlington now, but it doesn't take any longer to drive to Yonge from Dufferin than it did before. As for the bridge at Keele - it was a nightmare before too, just no one remembers.

Thank you for visiting Tanya. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Stewart / September 29, 2013 at 02:24 am
Looks like a nice building from the photos
Linda / November 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm
1'm disappointed . I own a home with my husband in the area, As retirees we would like to consider the possibility of downsizing to a condo in this area. We still want to have a spare bedroom and a study. For $700,000-$800,000 we could find a three bedroom house of 1200- 1400 sq ft in the area.

In this development, there is nothing at 1200 sq ft. It would cost us $600,000 - $700,000 for a two bedroom condo of 1000 - 1100 sq ft. On top of that there would be condo fees. Financially it doesn't make sense .

The kitchens in these condos seem really skimpy–––24" oven, narrow fridge, little storage space. We want to be able to entertain family.

I don't understand why condo developers are ignoring my demographic group and more family oriented people.
Stephen / November 15, 2013 at 01:13 pm
Love this area.. this was one of the best areas to purchase great investment grade condos as part of our recent condo ranking @

Stephen - Real Estate Investment Consultant
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