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New in Toronto real estate: Minto Westside condos

Posted by Derek Flack / August 21, 2014

minto westsideMinto Westside is a condo project at Bathurst at Front that, along with the Well, will drastically transform western Front Street. Although only 20-storeys tall, the development has a significant foot print on account of the large size of the site, which will feature a one acre courtyard space around which the condos will be built. While the project is still at the pre-sales stage, the early renderings reveal an architecturally bold design, which eschews the tower aesthetic in favour of something more akin to a campus.


  • Location: Front and Bathurst
  • Storeys: 20-storeys
  • Price: From $188,990
  • Architect: Wallman Architects
  • Interior Design: Burdifilek
  • Developer: Minto
  • Amenities: One acre courtyard space, rooftop pool, 8,000 square foot gym, indoor/outdoor party spaces.

minto westsideTHE VERDICT

So far, so good. It's a little early to make any surefire evaluations, but the design from Wallman Architects is certainly promising, and the hiring of Burdifilek to handle the interiors bodes well for this development. We don't know what the unit sizes or types will be yet, but it's clear that the tag "design forward condos" is apt.

Perhaps what's most exciting is that the development takes outdoor space seriously. The courtyard at the centre of the project will no doubt prove a popular communal space, and some of the lower units feature small terrace-like spaces, which open the condo to the street. Like the plans for the neighbouring Well development, it appears that the architects are looking to avoid insularity and to integrate these buildings into the community at large.


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TJ / August 21, 2014 at 02:56 pm
In theory, good and looks ok. Sad the Lambo dealership is gone as a result (yes, I know it's been gone for a while now). My experience with Minto buildings are that, for whatever reason, their monthly maintenance costs ($/sq ft.) are some of the highest in the City. Obviously it has to do with property management after Minto builds the building and I'm not talking about the $/sq ft when it is a brand new building. Look around the GTA at existing Minto buildings and when you compare buildings at a similar age, amenities, inclusions of the maintenance fees and total units, you will likely see the pattern that their buildings are expensive to maintain for owners. Not blaming the builder by any means, just pointing it out for potential would be home-owners.
Steven / August 21, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Shake rattle 'n roll, everytime a train comes barrelling through. Choo Choo...
DP / August 21, 2014 at 03:48 pm
I like that it's not only glass and steel, but I wonder if the window cleaning costs for this building will be quite high thanks to the unique design...
jameson / August 21, 2014 at 03:52 pm
Other Minto properties are LEED, which should have a lower utilities cost...

If it wasn't for the location, this would be great. Although I'm sure to some the location is the draw.
gdot / August 21, 2014 at 03:52 pm
This is one ugly building. Reminds me of the Philippe Stark designed one on Portland. Enough with this style.
downtowner replying to a comment from Steven / August 21, 2014 at 04:31 pm
Not quite - I currently live right on the Go-Line off Queen West, and the trains are far from disturbing. Being downtown toronto, noise is expected and eventually fades into the background. I think this is a great urban location - definitely interested to learn more in the months to come.
kn / August 21, 2014 at 08:01 pm
I would have built a "St. Lawrence market" West type of market on this plot of land. with a little extension of the park next to it. Or a Hawker's market.
Potrzebie / August 21, 2014 at 08:01 pm
What's with the sewage smell at this corner?
Sophie / August 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm
The homeless kids at Clarence Square on Spadina are going to LOVE their new green space to live!
Yippee! Then all their friends who live at Canoe Park in Cityplace can be even closer! / September 1, 2014 at 05:16 am
that's the real stuck but your press release made me strong to capable in this task.
Joan Garland / September 13, 2014 at 08:43 pm
Before buy just go to 775 King West and check...there's no stairs from the lobby to the apartments, look around the building and see unfinished areas, stores with worst windows maintenance since they finish construction and problems with elevators (bad maintenance due a Minto debt)...
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SD / November 10, 2014 at 03:44 pm
Did some research - I guess opposition for this project has now dropped? It used to be called Minto Freed condo project:

Minto Westside is listed at 20 storeys. There is a Tridel building, right beside this proposed Minto development, which UrbanToronto lists at 14 storeys. Shouldn't this Minto project be of the same height so as to not tower over it?

I wish transit projects could get announced and completed as fast as condo developments.

TJ - thx for the tip to look up maintenance fees of existing Minto buildings...
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