Take the phrase “student ghetto” and throw it away for a second, because whatever you’re thinking about close-to-campus housing, you’re wrong. Just blocks from the stacked bunk beds and burned spaghetti of residence buildings are a few absolutely gorgeous condos that pepper the area surrounding the University of Toronto. (And the campus itself boasts gorgeous historic buildings, so why should the surrounding buildings be any exception?). Here are just a few of our favourite Toronto condos in the area:
Seventy-Four Spadina (75 Spadina Road)
Located just north of Bloor on Spadina Road (not to be confused with Spadina Avenue, which runs south of Bloor), this condo gives you all the benefits of living downtown—including a great walk score of 95. But despite its central location, it is situated on a quiet, leafy residential street, with all the best of Bloor Street close by. Take in the gorgeous fall weather at Daily Perk Coffee Company or the nearby David’s Tea, or grab a pint at the Pour House. There’s also tons of greenery around, and you’re only steps from the ROM and the AGO for a quick hit of culture. Suites at Seventy-Four Spadina range in size from 798 to 1,711 square feet, and a two-bedroom unit can be had for the mid-$300 range, which is an absolute steal compared to many comparable condos for sale in Toronto.
School House Lofts (391 Brunswick Avenue)
For those looking for a happy compromise between a sky-high condo unit and a closer-to-earth free-standing home, you need look no further than School House Lofts. Built from a converted school house in 2010, this condo fosters a solid community camaraderie and boasts some gorgeous old-school design. It’s only steps from Little Italy and the popular Kensington Market neighbourhood, and has a walk score of 98. Suites at School House Lofts start in the mid $500s and range in size from 1,032 to 2,092 square feet, so you certainly won’t be hurting for space!
Mosaic (736 Spadina Avenue)
This condo wins the walk score contest with a score of a solid 100, meaning everything you could possibly want is only a hop, skip and a jump away. That includes coffee (a Second Cup is only 10 metres away), groceries (Noah’s Natural Foods and Metro are both within throwing distance) and entertainment (check out the Bata Shoe Museum or the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema). Suites at Mosaic are also a relative bargain, with one-bedroom units starting in the mid $300s. Located right at Bloor and Spadina, you also have the boon of being right on both of Toronto’s main subway lines, giving you easy access to the whole city. Amenities include a gym, patio, concierge, party room, media room and meeting room, plus guest suites and visitor parking.
St. George Mews (284 Bloor Street West)
This charming condo was built back in 1991, but doesn’t look a day over 2010. The benefit of an an older condo is you’ll get more bang for your buck in terms of size (suites range from 665 to 1,123 square feet), and one-bedroom-plus-dens start at the mid $300s. That’s perfect for a first-time buyer not looking to sacrifice location for price. And talk about location! Right at Bloor and St. George, St. George Mews has a walk score of 100 and is right on both the Bloor-Danforth and the Yonge-University-Spadina subway lines, making getting around the city a snap. Amenities include a gym, rooftop patio, party room and a meeting room.
One Bedford (1 Bedford Road)
The view from this 32-storey building will leave you weak in the knees — and that’s not all this condo has to boast about. Right at Bloor and Bedford, this condo puts you right on the cusp of downtown Toronto and fashionable Bloor West. It’s across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum, and just steps from the trendy shopping in Yorkville and the Varsity movie theatre. Suites at One Bedford range in size from 594 to 4,291 square feet and a one-bedroom-plus-den will run just over a half million. Amenities include a gym, pool, sauna, meeting room, party room and concierge, plus plenty of parking.