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New in Toronto real estate: The Harlowe Condos

Posted by Derek Flack / April 24, 2014

The Harlowe CondosThe Harlowe Condos are Brad Lamb's latest Toronto project, announced late last year and slated for occupancy in October 2017. Located at 618 Richmond Street just east of Bathurst, the 14 storey development is clad in an understated brick that distinguishes the building from the glass-explosion Toronto has witnessed over the past decade or so, but doesn't exactly make much of a statement. That, of course, doesn't need to be a bad thing. Despite its overall size -- 220 units -- this is a condo that will enter the neighbourhood without cramping on anyone's style or sight lines a whole lot.

Speaking of units, it's worth noting that potential buyers have 31 different floor plans to choose from, ranging from 489 square foot sing bedrooms to the 1535 square foot three bedroom penthouse. Also a plus is the healthy number of options in the two and three bedroom (non-penthouse) offerings. With the housing market more and more difficult to enter into, condos with plenty of bedrooms are always a welcome addition downtown.

The Harlowe CondosSPECS

  • Number of Storeys: 14
  • Total Number of Suites:210
  • Number of Suites/Floor: 20
  • Floor Plans: 26
  • Suite Size Range: 489 - 1535 sq ft
  • Ceiling Height: 9-11ft
  • Price / sq ft from $545
  • Unit pricing: $269,990-1,035,900
  • Parking Price: $34,900
  • Locker Price: $4,000
  • Interior Designer: Core Architects

FEATURES

  • 9ft ceiling heights
  • Gas BBQ connection provided on balconies and terraces
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Deep soaker bathtub with tiled skirt
  • Concierge

The Harlowe CondosTHE VERDICT

The Harlowe wins points for its straightforward warehouse-style design, which is saved from complete anonymity by the setback of the top four floors, which also allows the developer to offer luxury units with sweeping city views. That said, the idea that the condo "will change downtown Toronto drastically with its modern design" is completely unfounded.

While the in-building amenities aren't the story here, the reason for that is obvious: Richmond and Bathurst is a prime location that's close to pretty much everything the city has to offer. The basic unit quality looks decent, if not luxurious. At least you get pre-finished wood floors right from the get go. And that's pretty much the story. while not spectacular in any way, the Harlowe Condos don't tend to offend either.

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Discussion

26 Comments

Jerry / April 24, 2014 at 11:52 am
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Brad Lamb I no loyk

This building I loyk
george / April 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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those hallways look sweet.
chester / April 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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I love condos in Toronto, but that thing is fucking ugly.
cathie / April 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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The narrow, bowling-alley floorplans of the one-bedrooms have no appeal whatsoever. Why anyone would buy a condo with no window in the bedroom is beyond me. Get a north-facing unit, and they'll be pretty much no natural light. I like the hallways, though.
bill replying to a comment from chester / April 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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Why so? It is a copy of past buildings is that not the biggest complaint of newer condos they are too new looking?
steve replying to a comment from cathie / April 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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I see no problem with that, bedrooms are for sleeping and sex. Rather have the windows in places were i live my life and also have sex.
Linden / April 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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Is this condo located in the same area where people had problem with the smell of the meat plant . If this is the case the developer and the city are at fault for allowing more development before the issue is resolved.
soused / April 24, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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Yeah that's never gonna built, by the time shovels are ready the market will have tanked. There's no reason for Toronto to be building more condos than New York, Chicago and Miami combined. Immigration is down in Ontario.
Linden behind the tymez replying to a comment from Linden / April 24, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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Meat plant is deadpool, yo.
Jack / April 24, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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Now with extra prison-y feel.
Manda / April 24, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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I like it.
Al / April 24, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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While I agree that there are too many ugly glass condos, this one does not make a big enough statement with brick. Toronto has too many nondescript brick buildings.
Chinstrap / April 24, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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Brad Lamb puts in heat pumps but doesn't pay for them. Makes the owners "rent" from a third party. This way he saves money on not having to buy the HVAC! You will see the maintenance fees will be XXX but then you have to add rental for the heat pump which was never paid for!! What a rip off.
iliveattheverve / April 24, 2014 at 06:58 pm
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fake NYC meat-packing district looking retro fit. yet, I kinda dig.
Mikey / April 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm
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This is actually very nice. Have an issue with the candle like lighting fixtures in the hallways though.
Holy Thundering Jesus / April 24, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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Oooh! Candles are back baby! Big time! Look out 1756 we gots candle powers!
Kimbo / April 25, 2014 at 12:54 am
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Yep - like the look except the candles in the computer-generated hallway rendering makes it look like an old video game. I need to upgrade my weapons before the monsters jump out.
Amanda / April 25, 2014 at 10:27 am
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Are there balconies in these units? Based on the pictures, it doesn't seem like it. Yikes.
Gene Jones / April 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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Free condos at FordGravyTrain, y'all! Hop on or lose!
LMIH / April 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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Those hallways will be awful for the tenants. Think people with heels clonking around the wood hallways early in the morning or late at night...that sound will reverberate and be god damn annoying.

They sure as hell look good though.
qwest / April 25, 2014 at 01:32 pm
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too ugly... seems like rental apart condos
Lisa / April 29, 2014 at 02:26 am
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I love it. You guys are harsh and complain about anything sheesh.
Jacob / April 30, 2014 at 10:40 am
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Feel sorry for anyone buying from Lamb. Unscrupulous developer.
Meester Condo-m / May 23, 2014 at 01:47 pm
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Brad Lamb is a wolf.
Jason / July 21, 2014 at 01:16 pm
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Actually Brad Lamb is a very good developer. His high end finishes are standard compared to many developers when you have to pay extra for engineered hardwood floors and smooth ceilings. I've bought a number of condos from him and I've never been disappointed.

As for renting the heat pumps, most, if not all developers do the same thing. Its an extra $35 to $40 dollars a month.

I don't live in Toronto and I'm always amazed about how native Torontonians get in line to shit on their city. What's happening in Toronto is a positive thing. It may be a pain while its happening, but once it matures, it will be very good for the City. Most of you are probably not property owners and are therefore bitter that you never got into the market. Stop blaming the developers!
Cliff replying to a comment from Jason / August 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm
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I don't even know where to start with this one. You're also wrong about the heat pump stuff.

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