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New in Toronto real estate: The Ossington Townhomes

Posted by Derek Flack / August 28, 2014

ossington townhomesThe Ossington Townhomes is a luxury development on Ossington just north of Dupont. While located significantly north of the section of the street known as the epicentre of cool (one should always doubt such designations), it's hard to argue against the location, which offers easy access to a ton of amenities but is quiet enough to appeal to those looking for something away from the bustle of downtown.

From a design standpoint, these are less modern than some of the recent developments we've seen. According to the developer, the idea is to inject some British flair into the neighbourhood, which basically ensures that the project features architecture that's on the conservative side. Given the neighbourhood's existing architecture, that's probably not going to bother current residents one bit.

Ossington townhomesSPECS AND AMENITIES

Location: Ossington and Geary (1145 Ossington Ave.)
Storeys: 3
Number of homes: 54
Types of units: townhouses
Bedrooms: 2-3
Unit sizes: 1,500 to 2,000 square feet
Price: $800,000 to $1 million
Ceiling height: 10ft.
Amenities: Parking, rooftop deck, green space,
Developer: Dunpar Homes

ossington townhomesTHE VERDICT

Although the floor plans have yet to be released, there's enough info available on this project to get a good sense of what the finished product will be like. The aim is to attract folks who appreciate the newness and minimal upkeep associated with condos, but who have enough money and (likely) family members to justify a more traditional home. Given the price, potential buyers could also purchase existing homes in the same area (many of which are in fact cheaper than these units), so the major selling point is add-ons like the rooftop terrace and luxury finishes in the kitchen and bathroom.

This is a location game. If you don't want to sink money into a fixer up project, or you don't want to have to worry about mowing the lawn every weekend, this development will be very appealing. There are ample parks, grocery stores, and restaurants within a five minute walk, and Geary Avenue even has a burgeoning arts scene. It's not Lower Ossington, to be sure, but the cultural capital of the area is certainly on the rise.

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the hell / August 28, 2014 at 03:37 pm
Who in the fuck considers anything Ossington the epicenter of cool?

I assume that's the first and last time those words will ever be muttered.
Emma / August 28, 2014 at 03:57 pm
"british flare" omg.......

this is horrible.
margarets replying to a comment from Emma / August 28, 2014 at 04:13 pm
Yup. Should be "flair" for one thing, but also... BRITISH flair? Why British? What does that even mean - Tudor, Georgian, Victorian, the Battersea power station? Of course, the final product will blend all of these with dollop of 20th century ugliness. BARF.
Grid / August 28, 2014 at 04:17 pm
Ew. Just ew. So very 1980s Etobicoke in design.
Jerry Hammer / August 28, 2014 at 05:35 pm
What a hideous vomit of different brick colours and brick styles.
hater / August 28, 2014 at 05:35 pm
Dunpar Developement is pure evil.

In mississauga, dunpar wanted to develop at Ponytrail and burnhamthorpe.

The city opposed the structure proposed (not the developement, just the structures as they did not fit the neighbourhood). After the city rejected the proposal, Dunpar too the decision to the OMB, which obviously agreed to allow the developer in, despite the city and the residents both rejecting the plan.

The developement is now complete, and there are multiple infractions Dunpar is commiting (size of balconies for instance). For each of these, the residents need to take each decision to the OMB to attempt to force Dunpar to adhear to code.

This is not the only instance of Dunpar forcing their development.

As such, i could not support a developer like that, nor would i want to be in a development in which it is possible the neighborhood is opposed to your presence.

one and the same / August 28, 2014 at 06:22 pm
BLEH. Same old recycled, insipid, bottom-line design coupled with cheap materials and (one can only assume) awkward and inefficient floor plans. Oh, and same bullshit lifestyle marketing happening in that amenity space rendering. Surely a taste of Britain right here in Toronto!
Matt / August 28, 2014 at 06:36 pm
Has all the warmth of a Hampton Inn. Garbage.
Garneau / August 28, 2014 at 10:00 pm
Lots of haters, but I think the design will actually fit in well with the area. There are some awesome 1900s era houses on Marchmont spilling down from Bracondale hill closeby and anything too modern would stick out like a sore thumb. Not going to complain with more brick, and this area is going to benefit from some infilling of this nature.
Garneau / August 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm
But yeah, agree that the 'british' thing is fucking nonsense. Like british in the same way that Harry Potter's uncle's house is british?
Loverofgooddesigns / August 29, 2014 at 02:39 am
What a wasted opportunity, this stale and drab area would have benefitted from something fresh and brave, instead we get this totally mindless banality. Sad.
Calculus / August 29, 2014 at 05:16 am
Living a minute from this site of development, and a long time resident, I believe this is way to expensive for what homes in this area are actually worth and is a big ripoff to anyone dumb enough to actually buy here. 800K?? C'mon there are homes being sold on that same little stretch of Ossington for only $400-500 Ks as recently this year in 2014. Of course, these new homes should sell for more because its new but still, that is a ridiculous price. These new homeowners should do some research in the area before buying and its really not what's being advertise. People are being tricked. First, these are not really townhouses and really not "British" style. Second, this is an awful development from the start. This used to be the former site of Canadian Linen and Service, after they left and dunbar took over there was a lot of speculation of why the site wasn't being developed and many living close, concluded of possible site contamination? However, there was opposition from the local community from the start. Dunbar got turned downed twice and council even made recommendations to make changes of how many homes were to be built, (how high, how many) and in the end it had to be decided and determined by the Ontario Municipal Board. Third, many people living close to these new homes, on Ossington, Davenport, Shaw, Carus, Marchmount, Acores, Somerset, Melita Cresent are a very ethnically diverse, poor immigrant area. A bunch of the homes and local residents here are lower income and working class. There isn't much of a sense of community here and local residents and neighbours often get into conflict confrontation with each other over a number of issues. Arguing and in conflict over Dogs, Trees, illegal construction on homes, generational conflict between young and senior residents, politics, poor scavengers trespassing and rummaging through your garbage etc...Over Parking spots, the rush for 6pm on that little stretch of Ossington from Dupont to Davenport. A number of homes in the area is still infested with cockroaches, and a big mice problem in the winter and racoon problem in the summer. Forth, although its being advertised as downtown and accessible there isn't much good stores or restaurants here. Other than, the two okay restaurants on davenport and Ossington, 'The Gem and Restaurant Salto' that is basically it. There is one bakery called the Acores Bakery on Davenport too. The area is often deprived but there is potential, however basically you have to travel to St. Clair and or Bloor to do your shopping and eating. Fifth, the area often experience suspect CRIME. For example, a few years ago right at the intersection of Ossington and Davenport at the local 'Toms bar' across the street from the tattoo parlour and bike shop, there was a SHOOTING and a man got killed gunned downed there. About 10 yrs ago there was suspect fires that happened in the area, such as the huge hydro building fire at DuPont and ossington. The huge auto shop fire, beside the vacant 'mamas' bakery and a couple of other fires that happened on that little stretch of ossington to homes. The area has changed the 1980s and 90s. Additionally, there is a bit more shady, sketchy activity that goes on in these streets late at night in the neighbourhood, but more so in the back lanes of Ossington, Shaw and Davenport. Vandalism and illegal graffiti happening at the back lanes. There is now more break-ins, burglars and robbed homes in the neighbourhood. Sixth, politically, there is a lot of Rob Ford supporters in the area, as his brother Doug, invested his own money to help out the local geary park to revitalize it. So if these rich, trendy, hipster types plan to live here, they better plan to get along with Rob Ford supporters. Seventh, the NOISE from the noisy Traintracks of TRAINS going by is deafening and can be heard blocks away. The CN, CP trains that go by a number of times everyday can be heard all the say at St. Clair ave. and all the way to Bloor st. Finally, the Roof terrace and skyline that the Ossington luxury home mentions, where you can view the city and downtown. isn't going to happen. Why? because of a huge highrise building that will block its view. The sobeys on Dupont like 30 seconds from this site is developing a huge condo like highrise residential building in its parking lot, that will block its view. I believe this neighbourhood and community still has potential and can improve its current state.
City God / August 29, 2014 at 05:54 am
Very disappointing. I'm all for townhouses, but this looks like a mess. A hundred ideas packed into a badly composed final product.

As of right now, builders and developers need to STOP abusing this city with stone facades, and pseudo castle details. STOP!. It's cheap McMasion garbage that has nothing to do with the residential history of this city, or pretty much any city in North America.

A turret???? I mean c'mon.

p.s. this article read like a yawn inducing ad for the developer. What's with that Derek? You usually have something to say.
Calculus / August 29, 2014 at 07:14 am
The Toronto city Council and originally the OMB rejected the proposal, which was 61 units. The developer had to revise and send a new application which it took five years to finally come to a conclusion where the OMB overruled the Toronto city Council decision again to reject it, which was 54 units.
There were a number of problems and issues including the design of the laneway and access to service. Other issues included set backs from property lines,the number of units, and lacking green space on site. The laneway access and greenspace were never resolved, so basically, buy these homes at your own risk.
The local councillor that was opposed to it, outlines what happened.
mike81 replying to a comment from Calculus / August 29, 2014 at 10:01 am
LOL wow, I can't believe you have lived there all these years, after naming 7 very crappy situations that have been and will continue to be, ongoing
Calculousness replying to a comment from Calculus / August 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm
@Calculus - you write like a failing junior high debate team contestant. The neighbourhood is changing - for the better. Sorry you're too busy crafting complaints to realize it.
Time warp architecture / August 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm
These look like typical 1970's "Towne Homes". Are we going through that ugly phase again?
colourblind / August 29, 2014 at 01:06 pm
wow, not one person of colour in the ads. By design or just inadvertent racism? Doesn't reflect my Toronto.
British Flair? / August 29, 2014 at 01:12 pm
You're joking!?! This looks more like he is trying to inject a bit of suburban Canada from 40 years ago. Wtf is British about this? Was he striving to copy old Council Housing?
for good reason replying to a comment from colourblind / August 29, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Its Ossington, guy.

Its all white guys with beards.

sweet / August 29, 2014 at 01:26 pm
That looks like a pretty awesome singles mixer up on that roof.

Where is the Toronto Patti Stanger when i need her?!?!
Kn / August 29, 2014 at 05:17 pm
This is dog vomit, pure and simple.
Calculus replying to a comment from for good reason / August 30, 2014 at 01:35 am
Ossington is not just white guys with beards. Maybe south of Bloor but not north of Bloor. If you go north of Bloor and Northern section of Ossington, there are a lot of Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Italians, Eastern Europeans and Black people living there, and not many Portuguese, Italians, and Eastern Europeans living there have beards. It is a very ethnically diverse, neighbourhood.
really? / August 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm
It is awful. Just plain ugly.
Calculus replying to a comment from Calculousness / August 30, 2014 at 04:48 pm
What do you have against junior high debate contestants? discriminating eh?
Neighbourhood changing? Time and Time again, this has not happened.
All the local residents will be pissed off when their property taxes in the area rise, insanely just because of some overpriced ripoff (luxury) homes close to it, is driving up the prices. What this means is low-income immigrants and seniors will have to pay MORE taxes because their homes are now worth more. Old retired Seniors who don't work anymore and only rely on government old age security payments or CPP as income will have to pay more property taxes as their housing prices gets driven up, cutting into their wallets, making living conditions harder on them. The renters in the neighbourhood, some of trendy new hipster types or others like immigrants will be pissed off too, as they will have to PAY MORE FOR RENT. Rent gets more expensive in the neighbourhood because of these new homes and people will have a tougher time making ends meet.

Look my neighbourhood here has barely changed for the better when it has tried to change. For example, the huge old BELL telephone, telecommunications, transmission station factory site at Ossington and Dupont, right beside where these new townhouses are being built at the moment, was torn down in the late 1990s. A developer built a similar amount of new houses in the late 1990s right there behind Food City (or for you newer residents in the area A.K.A the IGA or Sobeys today) . I remember this exact similar situation and story playing out back then 17 yrs ago. The local residents that welcomed it thought that those new homes would create a better community, improve the neighbourhood and improve the services in the area. (try to gentrify the area) However, this DID NOT happen. Those new houses built, originally thought than, to be catering to a new young, modern, trendy, hipster like homeowners, was bought by mostly ethnically diverse, new immigrant Portuguese, Italians and some Eastern Europeans and a few Chinese and blacks too. What happened was, these new homeowners ARE basically the exact same demographic and peoples, already living in this neighbourhood. They fitted right in and didn't change anything. After 10 years, a lot of the front entrances, railings, fences and even the front steps began falling apart, and had to be renovated and re-constructed by those people living on Acores ave. and Ossington ave. because it was cheaply built.

Another example is the old Canada Goose clothing factory that was torn down near Dovercourt and Davenport (a couple blocks, west, past it) that had a number of new homes built on Davenport, but these new residents buying, didn't change the fabric of the neighbourhood or gentrify it. They were exactly the same low-income working class residents but just living in new houses.

A lot of the residents that live in the Davenport, Ossignton, Dupont, Shaw, Somerset, Deleware, Marchmount areas, either stay short-term or long-term. The ones that stay short-term that buy houses here or rent here, often leave after approximately 2-5 yrs and some do stay a bit longer 10 years. The long-term residents (55%) many have lived here over 20 years and often stay for 30 or 40 years. Some of the oldest residents, (there are quite a few) many of them seniors, stay here till they die, and have lived here for over 50 years and some over 60 years.
I would say some new residents have moved in since 2000 and are different from the ones from 1980s and 1990s residents that live here. But many of the new residents that have moved in, are still lower-income ethnically diverse or seniors. Even the new trendy modern hipster types that live in the neighbourhood (very few, minimal numbers at best) haven't created much change because they move too often. They usually live here short term (few months to 5 yrs or less) and frequently leave the area because of the problems that exist.

Calculus replying to a comment from mike81 / August 30, 2014 at 05:00 pm
The only people that live here long term, are the working-class immigrants or the low-income Canadians because its HARD for them to move from the neighbourhood, due to MONEY or immobile and have no car. The Portuguese and Italians in the area supports the area because their ethnic community is based here, feel an attachment to the area. Many new immigrants that bought houses in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, still to this day own homes here because this is their first home they bought are proud to just be here in Canada, and IS still better situation than the difficulties and hardships they faced in their own homelands overseas. Another major reason people stay here is because the homes in the neighbourhood (Ossington) that were designed in the 1920s and 1930s (side streets marchmount, carus, somerset, delaware, shaw - 1940s and 1950s) were originally meant to be built for working class factory workers living close to the industrial factories close to the Dupont Rail Train tracks. Why? because 1920s working class in this area didn't own cars and many still even had horses. They just needed to walk to work at Dupont factories. Since these homes catered to that type of peoples, back in the day, today if you still work in those industrial activities, than most of these old homes still cater to factory workers, manufacturers, construction workers, and trades.

The accessibility and convenience factor to downtown is probably the largest reason of why new residents and homeowners buy here but is also why people stay here too. Rising housing prices, have forced some to hold onto their houses, as long as possible, to play a game with the market to see if their homes can be worth even more, before they sell. Rising housing prices means that buying in a better community doesn't mean as much because its just so expensive to live anywhere else or to raise the standard of living, when you are living low-income, unless you are willing to pay way more or have the money. Even than with the rising housing prices you still probably live on an awful mortgage to pay.
British my ass / August 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm
LOL! What a crock. About as British as "The Britt".
seanm / August 31, 2014 at 02:26 pm
This looks like the dreck being built along Warden Avenue by the subway station. A failed hodgepodge of an attempt to combine the details of pre-Modern housing without the materials and craftsmanship that made them so special.

Unfortunately these will get sold however, as most people are blind to architectural aesthetics and will just buy into the "lifestyle" being peddled by these sub-par developers.
If you could change one thing ... / September 7, 2014 at 02:33 pm
I love all the hate here. I doubt any of you complainers have even taken the time to see the model unit. How can you be taken seriously when all you do is bash. What type of homes do you all live in DT, lol. A basement apt? And if your home is so much better, why do you care so much?

I think these houses are great! They offer 10' smooth ceiling, tons of upgrade and great square footage. 1650 plus a 14x25 rooftop terrace, lol. The houses that have sold for 500k are 1100 sqft if you're lucky and need a shit ton of money injected in to them. Plus, you're still stuck with 8' ceiling heights, narrow inside dimension and low basements heights (theres a good $40,000 just to dig and underpin) but I bet you all knew that! And as for the look ... come on! They are brick houses that totally conform to the area. What are you all looking for? Glass houses ... lol. I bet you're all into ultra modern, so cool .. 2 years from now you'll be onto something else that's trending.

Be honest, how many of you actually live in the area? and of those do you actually own? or, are you just being typical Blog T.O complainers? Don't be angry with me either, I'm just trying to find out why you're all so mad.
Garneau replying to a comment from Calculus / September 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Yikes. This is just complaining for complaining's sake. You live in downtown Toronto my friend. Your property taxes are going to go up (yes, even when you vote for Rob Ford.)

There are a number of stories of old, retired seniors who, after seeing their home prices rise exponentially in value over the 30 years they have been in the neighbourhood, have made a tidy sum SELLING THEIR HOUSES and moving to something more appropriate for their needs and price range (if you're on a fixed income and have problems with increasing property tax, which c'mon, is only a little higher than inflation notwithstanding this is one of the best real-estate markets in the country, it's probably not a bad idea.)

Maybe instead of fighting the inevitable, you should bite the bullet, sell you place, and buy one of those condos going up at Shaw and Dupont. Imagine all the other complaining you could do if you didn't have to spend all your time complaining about gentrification!
Gregory / December 3, 2014 at 11:57 am
3 weeks ago we booked an appointment via our realtor to go in and discuss/take a look at this project.

We got there on time with our Realtor and the Sales rep texted saying she will be roughly 20 minutes late.

First impression of the model unit: 1650Sqft Corner unit with window in the kitchen. "Stunning"
10ft ceiling
Pot lights
Amazing dramatic Black stone wall over the fireplace
Amazing black waterfall granite counter top
Nice Floors
We went up to the Rooftop and it was very nice, roughly 500sqt (view was crappy cause there is nothing around, one side we overlooked an already excavated area and facing ossington all the OLD junky houses across the street)

30 minutes later our realtor texts the sales rep only to our surprise that she is not coming after all but if we have questions we can call her and ask her (Kind of bad customer service don't you think, at least call us and tell us that you won't make it...)

We left with mixed feelings cause we loved the unit but HATED the area.
Many people keep saying the area it's up and coming it will change and the property value will sky rocket after a few years.
We just couldn't see the houses across the street going anywhere any time soon. We drove around it was dark and everywhere we went looked very shady....

we slept on it for 1 week

We made another appointment with the sales rep and went back this time it was day time and we got even more turned off by the area. it's a DUMP...will it flourish in 10 years time mostly likely ya but we don't want to live in a DUMP for 10 years ...

Anyways we finally met the rep, a brief apology for not showing up and we moved on.

Dunpar was offering 35K worth of upgrades (basically the ones in the demo unit) back a month ago and we had only agreed to go see the unit if they were going to honor the upgrades...Which was confirmed that they were.

We were first told that the corner unit has a window on all 3 floors plus the rooftop and it was valued at 889.99. We thought it was a bit over priced and asked if we are able to put in an offer Sales rep thought that was a good idea and that she'd take the offer to the devloper and get back to us, so we basically signed and initialed about 30 pages and left and during this process we were told OH No the window is only on the main floor the other 2 floors have no windows we were disappointed but finished singing anyway)

The same night Sales rep contacts our realtor saying, the developer/builder rejected the offer and IS NOT going to give us the 35K worth of upgrades which were promised and that he was actually going to increase the price of that unit.

We said thank you very much...

The next day the same Sales rep informs us that the smaller unit at 1500 sqft is available and she can work something out for us if we're still interested.

By that time we were so grossed out by this whole project and inferior customer service we didn't even care anymore......

I can't understand how someone invests a million dollars on this project, maybe they have great vision for the future but I'm sorry my gut feeling tells me I would have regretted this decision...

J / December 22, 2014 at 09:03 am
@Gregory, We had the exact same experience. We were promised a 20k discount for NOT accepting the VIP offer. We went into the sign the papers, and the price she had down was incorrect. She whited it out to the price that we had agreed upon.

2 days later we got a call saying they are not offering the price that we agreed upon and signed off on, and they countered back with full price.

I complained to the builder and they said they couldn't change the price but would offer us some small upgrade incentives.

Needless to say, these guys don't seem trustworthy at all.
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