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New in Toronto real estate: Upper House condos

Posted by Derek Flack / July 10, 2014

Upper House condosThe Upper House condos in Leaside is another mid-sized building coming to Toronto that dispenses with the all-glass look that tends to define many downtown condos in the city. A mostly low rise neighbourhood, the area around this condo has nevertheless witnessed profound development over the last decade, as Laird Drive has gone from a mostly industrial strip dotted with auto body shops and old airplane hangers to a burgeoning retail strip, complete with a sprawling plaza and new restaurants like Against the Grain.

While it will still be a bit of a hike to get to Eglinton for the LRT, which is due a few years after this project is finished, the walk score of 80 already gestures to development's central location (there's two grocery stores and an LCBO within about a kilometre). From a design standpoint, the building is handsome if boring, but the ample outdoor space afforded to each unit makes up for any shortcomings in the aesthetics department.

Upper House CondosSPECS

Upper House CondosFEATURES

  • Ceiling heights of 9' to 12.5'
  • Balconies, terraces and patios with gas-lines for barbecues
  • Recessed under mount LED cabinet lighting in kitchens
  • Porcelain floor tile in the en suite
  • Exercise room, dog spa, rooftop terrace, party room

Upper House condosTHE VERDICT

This is a well located development for those interested in Leaside living who lack the coin to shell out for a three bedroom home. Nearby Laird might not be much to look at it, but it's a street in transition, complete with a Starbucks, which should only confirm the direction in which it's trending (more and more retail). Immediate transit service isn't the best, but Eglinton Ave. is about a 15 minute walk north and there is a Laird bus (Leaside 56).

Aside from the fact that this condo features a dog spa as one of its amenities, there's not a whole lot that sticks out as particularly great or disappointing. It's a solid development, the prices aren't outlandish, and the interior design dispenses with cheap finish disguised as industrial minimalism that you'll see at some other condos, which is a good thing.

Discussion

10 Comments

Deric / July 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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From someone who went to their open house, I can say that this will not cost any less than the three bedroom home you're talking about. Most of the two-three bedroom units were upwards of 800-900 K, with some in the millions.
dang / July 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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Just face it, there's nowhere left in Toronto for Torontonians to own a home based on non-Executive rates of pay in Toronto.
CW replying to a comment from dang / July 10, 2014 at 01:14 pm
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MLS shows plenty of sub $200K housing in the city. You just don't want to live there because you want a detached house with land just like everybody else.

Well guess what, there is no land factory.
Nancy Drew replying to a comment from CW / July 10, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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I suppose dang doesn't consider a rabbit hutch condo a 'home' like you do!
Steve replying to a comment from Nancy Drew / July 10, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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He probably has a more realistic view of what a person needs in housing.
Andrew_N replying to a comment from CW / July 10, 2014 at 03:47 pm
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where are these sub 200k homes in the city? you'd be quite hard pressed to find even a small condo for that...
Joe Davidson / July 10, 2014 at 06:03 pm
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How does this compare to Vancouver's condo and townhouse market? Or is it only the expensive luxury stuff going up there? http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/housing/local-real-estate-boards-give-a-hint-of-a-surging-housing-market/article19521323/ http://vancouvertownhouse.ca/
seanm replying to a comment from CW / July 10, 2014 at 07:56 pm
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I'm not a fan of urban sprawl, but not everyone wants to live in a shoebox or on a postage stamp of a lot with shared walls on all sides. I like to grow vegetables and have people over for backyard BBQs, so I'm lucky I've got a generous landlord, but when it comes time to buy a place I'll probably be forced to look to the evil 'burbs.

We're not all asking for 10 acres and a sprawling mansion, but some breathing room and space to actually do something outside would be nice (i.e. 3 foot wide balconies just won't cut it).
Mike / July 11, 2014 at 09:25 am
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I live near here and went to the open house as well. It is very expensive for what you're buying into. You may as well wait for one of the smaller Leaside homes to go on sale and try and get into that!
rudy / July 12, 2014 at 08:29 am
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dear derek, there have been no airplane hangers in leaside for about forty years

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