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4 Reasons to Buy a Condo in the East End

4 Reasons to Buy a Condo in the East End

Nov 10, 2014
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When it comes to condo living in Toronto, it seems like it’s all about downtown, or maybe the more hip neighbourhoods of the west end. We're here to change your minds a little, and convince you too look on the other side of town. Toronto's east end not only boasts a host of great condos for sale , but has more than a few great neighbourhood features that condo shoppers outside of the GTA haven't quite clued into yet. Here are our top four reasons why you should buy a condo in Toronto ’s east end.

Reason No. 1: The Restaurants in Leslieville Think you can escape the month-long reservations lists at the hottest downtown restaurants? Think again. Leslieville, located just east of the downtown core, between Queen and Dundas, is home to some of the most delish dining spots in the 416. You only have to walk by Lady Marmalade (epic brunch) on a Saturday to see a line of people out the door happily waiting up to an hour for a chance to eat some huevos rancheros to realize that Leslieville is foodie heaven. Between the homemade ice cream at Ed’s Real Scoop, fine-craft coffee at Te Aro and the incredible dinner at Edward Levesque’s Kitchen, you may never venture west of the DVP again in search of sustenance.

Check it Out: Garment Factory Lofts at 233 Carlaw Avenue. Suites here range in size from 445 to 1,288 square feet, and a one-bedroom will run you around $400,000.

Reason No. 2: The Beaches They’re beaches, and contrary to popular belief, the Lake Ontario water here is completely safe to swim in. Need I say more? Sprawling for blocks along Toronto’s waterfront are miles of sandy beaches and some of the city’s best spots for swimming and water sports. Most are within walking distance of residential areas (conveniently named, The Beaches), putting a giant pool of Lake Ontario (completely safe to swim in, by the way) right at your fingertips. Why bother lusting after a pool when the whole lake is at your disposal?

Check it Out: Academy Lane Lofts at 1852 Queen Street East in The Beaches. You can snag a unit for about $588 per square foot, and suites range in size from 834 to 1,668 square feet.

Reason No. 3: The Don Valley’s Urban Forest Take two steps into the Don Valley trails and you’ll think you’ve found yourself in the middle of Muskoka. Full of trails and pathways for walking, cycling, roller blading and hiking, there are kilometres worth of path to follow under a gorgeous green canopy that straddles both sides of the Don Valley River. At one end, you can find yourself at gorgeous Cherry Beach, and another, up at Bloor Street, your pathway will end at the Evergreen Brickwords. Go for a quick jaunt or spend the entire day exploring the trails.

Broadview Lofts

Broadview Lofts

Check it Out: Broadview Lofts at 68 Broadview Avenue in South Riverdale. There are 154 units in this six-storey midrise, which range in size from 542 to 1,756 square feet. One-bedrooms start in the high $400s.

Reason No. 4: Withrow Park’s Amazing View Withrow Park is a 21-acre green space in Riverdale, which has been around for more than a century. Not only is it teeming with green space, but it also hosts a variety of community resources, including an ice rink that even hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs practice once in 2008. You can see performances of Shakespeare’s plays every summer, and depending on where you are, you can see down into the entire city. The view is so clear you can even see the CN Tower!

Check it Out: Edge Lofts at 625 Queen St. E. in South Riverdale. Another gorgeous midrise, this quaint condo has only 64 suites and they range in size from 611 to 1,754 square feet. You can snag a one-bedroom unit for around $400,000.

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