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New in Toronto real estate: Kingston & Co. condos

Posted by Derek Flack / June 26, 2014

Kingston and Co condosKingston & Co. condos is a new development on Kingston Road just east of Victoria Park. Located above the Beaches, the top floors and roof provide dramatic views of Lake Ontario and the R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant. The area isn't exactly rich with condos right now, so the arrival of a large development is noteworthy for the degree to which it will inject energy into what is a rather tired stretch of Kingston Road. To be clear, this is actually a very promising location with its proximity to the lake and the vibrant stretch of Kingston Road to the west, and the addition of 20,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor will likely prove a boon to the immediate area.

At 10 storeys (10 on the fare west side), the Teeple-designed building scales well with the neighbourhood. It's not a small building, but it doesn't dominate the street, and there are already a few mid-rise structures in close proximity to the development. In some sense, it resembles the Code Condos on St. Clair West, another project which arrives in a predominately low rise area. The building is touted as an affordable option for first time buyers, though that might be subject to debate given a starting price of $250K for roughly 400 square feet.

Kingston and co condosSPECS

Address: 1100 Kingston Road
Storeys: eight, stepping up to 10 on the west
Number of units: 150 units - 75 of which have unique floorplans
Unit types: Studios, 1 beds, 1 beds + dens, 2 beds, 2 beds + dens, 3 beds, 3 beds + dens
Unit sizes: 407 to 1,439 square feet
Walkscore: 87
Price: Starting from $250,000s
Architect: Teeple Architects
Interior Designer: Mason Studio
Developer: TAS + Main and Main

kingston and co condosFEATURES

  • Community rooftop garden
  • Communal tool room
  • Southside offers views of Lake Ontario from the eighth floor upwards
  • Each suite features an outdoor space (30% have terraces with harvest planters)
  • 9' ceilings
  • Engineered hardwood floors
  • Kitchens feature stone countertops and backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, and track lighting
  • Bathrooms feature drop-in 5' soaker tubs
  • Walk in laundry rooms

kingtson and co condosTHE VERDICT

I like this development. It's a smart-looking building in an area that will get a significant boost from its presence. This isn't necessarily a straightforward gentrification story, however. Call it the Upper Beaches if you want, but Kingston & Co. is located in close proximity to a well established neighbourhood with plenty of retail activity just to the west. Also a plus are the community features, which include a rooftop garden (with views of the lake), a shared tool room, and a gym. Add the fact that each unit comes equipped with outdoor space, and you have an attractive place to live.

What do you think? Would you live here if you had the dough?

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Rob / June 26, 2014 at 02:14 pm

I just lost all the money I bet on Suarez on this article.
TJ / June 27, 2014 at 09:21 am
Would not live here. The pricing is out to lunch. 407 sq ft for $250,000s at this location?
Steve / June 27, 2014 at 10:42 am
WAY too expensive.
William Nilly / June 27, 2014 at 08:48 pm
Just east of Victoria Park? So it's in Scarborough then. Conveniently not mentioned in the article.
P / July 2, 2014 at 11:11 am
I'm glad this is replacing the Alpine Hotel - yes, a place with lots of history for everyone in the neighbourhood, but lately has become an eyesore that adds nothing to the area.

really looking forward to this coming to my neighbourhood. I've been in to see some floorplans and their showroom and honestly, I would definitely live here.
margo / July 5, 2014 at 02:34 am
we bought in this creative development. very impressed with features, developer. u get a lot for your $. prices are reasonable if one knows this area.
Anne Read / February 9, 2015 at 02:46 pm
What is the cost of a 2 bedroom unit? What is date of completion?
Markus / October 16, 2015 at 03:29 pm
DON'T INVEST: I purchased two bedroom unit in October 2014. I regret very much that I purchased this place. You can not get out of it once you purchase it, you loose all your down-payment if you want to opt-out. The market value of my unit less today than when I bought it by $10,000. They always play with prices and they treat purchasers unfairly (some buyers are offered much better deals). I did not find seller nor builder professional - after they sell you the unit, they don't even communicate you or address your concerns. I purchased in October 2014 and they kept saying %50 sold but later on I found that it was not true. I hear from many other purchasers that they also regret that they have purchased units at Kingston & Co. Condos.

I know I will lose so much on this investment but sad story that I have already purchased and there is nothing I can do. I wish I hadn't bought it. Just look for other places to invest, you can get much better deals with much better ROI.
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