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New in Toronto real estate: Howard Park 2 Condos

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 17, 2014

Howard Park 2 CondosHoward Park 2 is the second phase of a large scale condo project that's transforming a stretch of street once known for its collection of auto-shops. It's been a long time coming. Development has ramped up on nearby streets like Ritchie and Sorauren, and Roncesvalles is as busy as ever. Along with 96 proposed residential units, this mixed-use project will offer retail space at ground level (in response to community pleading), which should prove a boon to the vibe of the street, which remains fairly lethargic right now.

A mostly triangular-shaped building (thumbs up for going the extra mile here architecturally speaking), Howard Park 2 will stand five-storeys above the street on a charcoal-brick base, followed by three floors featuring open and staggered green-terraces that will provide better views and reduce the visual impact of the development on neighbouring properties. Yes, it's pretty as far as condos go. The terraces feature picturesque vine-covered walls visible from afar and gas hookups should ensure that people are actually outside grilling away during barbecue season (the duration of which depends on how hardcore you are).

Howard Park 2 CondosSPECS

  • Address: 24 Howard Park Avenue
  • Storeys: 8
  • Number of Units: 96 units
  • Types of Units: 1, 1+den, 2, 2+den bedrooms and 2-storey townhomes.
  • Amenities: Meeting/media room, event/lounge flex space, library, gym, and concierge
  • Walkscore: 98 out of 100
  • Price: Expected to start from the low $300,000s
  • Maintenance Fee: $0.49/Sq.Ft. (Hydro metered separately)
  • Architect: RAW Design
  • Landscape: Ferris + Associates
  • Developer: Triumph Developments

Howard Park 2 CondosFEATURES

  • Excellent proximity to public transit
  • 9ft. ceiling height units (10ft. on 8th floor)
  • Engineered hardwood flooring, premium appliance package
  • Stone countertops in kitchen and bathroom, gas hookups (on terrace suites).
  • Bicycle storage (up to 131 spots) and two-level underground parking
  • Green roofs, vine-covered terraces and geothermal heating & cooling energy

Howard Park 2 CondosTHE VERDICT

While Howard Park isn't the first development in the city to integrate green-roofs or private gardens, its vine-covered terraced suites are about as eye-catching as they come (which likely explains why phase one is already sold out). One only hopes they look as good in real life as they do in the renderings.

The trade-off for a retail presence at this development is amenities, or lack thereof. Compared to other new condos around the city, this is pretty average in the perks department. But, hey, Roncesvalles is right there, so micro-city is hardly necessary. The floor plans have yet to be released for Howard Park 2, but the developer promises 60, yes 60, different layouts, so cookie cutter claims won't apply here.

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Writing by Cathy Esaa



Rick replying to a comment from MS / April 17, 2014 at 11:53 am
That is correct, vines take years to grow and will eventually damage the exterior - they are also known to harbour vermin and are extremely hard to control once established. This area is a dump anyways, people are idiots to pay the amount they are to live in this cramped, decrepid area.
LC replying to a comment from Rick / April 17, 2014 at 01:42 pm
Wow, I hope you live very far away. You are a miserable person.
d / April 18, 2014 at 12:36 am
It depends on the vines you grow ... we had an ivy (can't remember if it was Boston or English) that mostly covered a privacy lattice within two years and was beautiful, turning bright red in the fall!
Q / April 18, 2014 at 08:12 am
While I'll admit that the small strip definitely needed a bit of work, I would hardly call Roncesvalles a dump...
A / April 18, 2014 at 08:17 am
It's great, until they tell you they've redesigned the building and your unit no longer exists and attempt to upsell you.
Also, you'd hope Phase 1 was sold out- it went on the market 4 yrs ago.
Don't buy...not worth the hassle and lost legal fees.
missedthebus / April 18, 2014 at 03:17 pm
Why no 3-bedroom units???? Why???? Why???? WHY????? Do they think there's no market for them? WRONG.
J replying to a comment from A / April 21, 2014 at 09:23 am
A is not too far off...the building behind it had another top floor "magically appear" during the building of it.
Diane replying to a comment from Rick / September 21, 2014 at 10:53 am
Weird comment, Rick. Howard Park 2 is a few steps away from Roncesvalles, a long stretch of street with some of the trendiest restaurants and shopping in the city. It's about as youthful, bustling, and vibrant as a neighbourhood gets.
Fearless replying to a comment from LC / December 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm
You said it! I live there :-)
Marsvin / August 6, 2015 at 09:49 pm
I recently went to see the building, it is nearing completion and being occupied during final staged. The units are very poorly laid out and things are not centred properly such as islands being too close to walls, because of the unique design there is a lot of dead space in any unit on the front face of the building. Bedrooms are tiny and would be very difficult to have one or two persons clothes in them. I was contemplating buying in phase 2 but after viewing the current units I will stay very very far away.
Rachel / September 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm
I'd be very curious to know what unit you were considering buying in phase 2, since it's almost entirely sold out? Your comments regarding the layouts and tiny bedrooms are odd, considering there is a crazy number of different layouts, which are each quite different. I haven't seen all of the completed units as you seem to claim to have, and its true, there are certainly some awkward layouts, but there are a lot of really fantastic ones as well, with features like 200sqft terraces for 750sqft units. I'm anxious to see the building completed and would love to know what the new occupants think.
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