Condo of the week: 525 Logan Avenue
$844,900 will buy you this two bedroom, two bathroom suite on Toronto's east side. Located in the Printers Row Lofts at 525 Logan Avenue, the three-storey unit (yes, it's three storeys!), is the ideal pad for a hip professional or couple seeking a quiet residential space instead of a soaring glass high-rise.
Originally the headquarters of Bell Telephone and later a printing factory, the loft conversion by Bob Mitchell is a contemporary building plunked down in the middle of a residential street. Surrounded by semi-detached houses, the lofts are trendy and a refreshing change in this Riverdale neighbourhood, close to Withrow Park and just south of the Danforth.
The south-facing unit features an open living room, a modern galley kitchen, drenched in 50 shades of grey and stainless steel appliances. The second floor is the mezzanine office/den/love nest overlooking the main floor, a second bedroom and a third floor master with a rooftop deck.
Although the maintenance is lower than most condos at $686/month, watch for hidden fees in a smaller building. With only 12 units, if anything goes wrong, there's a shared responsibility for covering costs and repairs. Still, this chic pad offers more pros than cons. Check out the photos below and see if you agree.
A large space for under a million. This unit is bigger and cheaper than most row houses more centrally located, and includes a rooftop deck, storage locker and one underground parking spot.
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There's no elevator. While only two flights of stairs, it might feel like an uphill battle if you're carrying groceries or just had a long day at work. It's not ideal for young families, even if lugging a stroller or a spirited toddler will burn a few calories.
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