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New in Toronto real estate: 455 Dovercourt condos

Posted by Derek Flack / June 12, 2014

455 Dovercourt condos455 Dovercourt bills itself as townhomes, but it's probably more accurate to think of the development as a small condo. All the units are, after all, lodged in the same building. About that, this is one strange looking, top-heaving structure that ever so slightly reminds me of the old Sears building at 222 Jarvis. Let's not say that's a bad thing, as it's impossible to complain about Toronto's anonymous glass condos and to criticize unique designs in one breath. Besides, the building is an adaptive reuse project, which has retained the bottom portion of the previous building on the site.

Composed of 12 units, this development is actually quite appropriate for the neighbourhood, given its proximity to College St. and the massive apartment buildings that exist just north on Dovercourt. The number of bedrooms per unit has yet to be announced, but with sizes that range from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet, you can count on some two-bedroom options.

455 Dovercourt condosSPECS

  • Address: 455 Dovercourt Rd.
  • Storeys: 5
  • Number of Homes: 12 townhomes/condos
  • Number of Bedrooms: TBA
  • Parking: TBA
  • Price: Start at mid $600,000s
  • Architect: RAW Design
  • Developer: Curated Properties

455 Dovercourt CondosFEATURES

  • Each unit features its own balcony
  • Mulit-level units
  • Open concept spaces
  • Hardwood flooring

455 Dovercourt condosTHE VERDICT

This is a step above your tower-based condo, with a starting price to match. But $650K to live in this area is actually quite attractive, particularly for those who don't need three bedrooms to house a budding family. The rooftop patios are simply gorgeous, and the track record of the developer is strong (see the Laneway House project). While the building looks a bit strange, its scale is appropriate to the neighbourhood and the early designs look promising. Let's be honest, Toronto could use more small-scale condos like this in densely populated areas.

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Doh! / June 12, 2014 at 03:05 pm
Kinda looks like a fortress, is an invasion coming?
TJ / June 12, 2014 at 03:30 pm
It looks like an old late 1800s/early 1900s school house building with modern additions on top and on one side. I like it. It's unique and much better than another glass tower. We need more of these small scale condo-townhouse options.
What we don't need are "townhouses" attached to condo buildings in the 1200-1500 sq ft range, except it's usually 3 stories and each floor is a condo sized, 400-500 sq ft. Oh and the condo fees are the same per sq ft as regular condos. A lot of 1+1 at about 650 sq ft feel a lot larger than these 1200-1500sq ft "townhouses".
bill replying to a comment from TJ / June 12, 2014 at 04:00 pm
This is better then simple glass tower? It borders on hideous. This is what you want the city to look like.
toronto dude / June 12, 2014 at 06:36 pm
I don't hate it and for the area I think it's appropriate.
blerg / June 12, 2014 at 06:51 pm
It works for the neighbourhood. I like the design. It also looks like it won't fall over in the wind, unlike many buildings recently completed just to the south in the queen west triangle.
blerg / June 12, 2014 at 06:51 pm
I can't say the same for the rending of the bathroom though.... awful.
Al / June 12, 2014 at 06:54 pm
I like it.
infernalmachine / June 12, 2014 at 07:12 pm
mid $600s, eh? who, again, can afford this?
Potrzebie / June 12, 2014 at 07:24 pm
Cool! Brutalism is back!
Kn / June 12, 2014 at 09:33 pm
Absolutely, we need this smaller scale, more intimate approach to providing housing by introducing a moderate approach to densification. You may or may not like this particular design but this approach will allow more diversity in creating an alternative to the ubiquitous, dreaded condo tower. In fact, this is exactly what I pushed for as a core solution for Alexandra park. It was Adam Vaughan and the city planning department that quashed any possibility of this happening. Overbearing 20 story buildings for Alexandra park. Thank you for pulling the wool over our eyes Adam.
Amy / June 13, 2014 at 07:49 am
Ahh cool you can live in Robards Libaray now!? Sweet!
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