Upper House condos

New in Toronto real estate: Upper House condos

The 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 Condos

SPECS

Upper House Condos

FEATURES

  • 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 condos

THE 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.


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