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Birch Cliff Will Make You Re-Think Scarborough Condos

Birch Cliff Will Make You Re-Think Scarborough Condos

Aug 10, 2015
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Even though Birch Cliff is right next door to Toronto - it's practically The Beaches - not many Torontonians are familiar with this prime Scarborough neighbourhood. That’s changing though. Quickly.

Scarborough real estate is seriously taking off in areas just east of Toronto where residents enjoy many of the same benefits of The Beach without the congestion and day-trippers. Take a drive along Birch Cliff’s winding, tree-lined streets and it’s hard not to fall in love with this neighbourhood. Investors have been snapping up tear-down bungalows for years and the area is rife with seven-figure, stately Tudor homes in communities like Fallingbrook.

I love the neighbourhood so much, I just moved here with my family. It’s a super charming area albeit it is best for drivers - although there are busses along both Kingston and Gerrard (where most of the new condos are located) that will take you either to the Coxwell or Main Street subway station and the 503 Kingston streetcar picks up at Victoria Park during peak commuter hours.

Toronto Life recently heralded Birch Cliff real estate as tops in their 2015 Where to Buy Now Guide but says that it has a split personality with properties above versus below the Kingston Road divide. But that's changing with a crop of swank new Scarborough condo developments both north and south of Kingston Road that may just make you re-think how far east you’re willing to go for a great condo in a great neighbourhood.

New Scarborough Condos In Birch Cliff

The Residences at the Hunt Club

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Residences-at-the-Huntclub-terraces

The Residences at the Hunt Club is probably the most well-known of the new condo developments in Birch Cliff. It's received a ton of press due to its interesting stacked design that creates intimate balcony spaces, its luxury penthouse suites, pictured in our lead image, that are raising the bar for the neighbourhood (although there are smaller units starting in the $300s) and stunning views out over Lake Ontario and its namesake golf course, one of the GTA's most prestigious.

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Residences-at-Huntclub-patio

There are a number of assignment listings currently on the market which you can view on our Residences at Hunt Club building page.

Hunt Club Terraces

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Huntclub-Terrace

Like its neighbour above, The Hunt Club Terrace also boasts impressive views out over the golf course and lake but in a much more intimate building with just 16 condo residences (there are a handful still available at time of publishing).

Like the Birch Cliff Village Urban Towns below, this new build also offers more square footage than most new Toronto condos offer with suites starting at 743 sq. ft. (large by today's standards) going up to over 1,500 sq. ft.

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Hunt-Club-Terrace-Interior

Tree House Townhomes

We talked before about this innovative development in a previous article about the new-style of modern townhome and the pro and cons of stacked townhouses that we're seeing cropping up all over Toronto.

Stacked towns aren't for everyone but the design and material choices here are quite compelling. It's also the best situated of the bunch for non-drivers, within walking distance to the Danforth GO and amenities along Gerrard where its situated as well as Kingston Road and the east Danforth.

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tree_house_interior

The Tree House Townhomes are about 50% sold so there are still many units available. The area isn't as picturesque as the communities closer to the Bluffs and the golf course but it is a lot more convenient being steps to amenities on Kingston Road and Gerrard with a TTC bus stop.

Birch Cliff Village Urban Towns

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Birch-Cliff-Village-Urban-Towns2

Another Kingston Road newcomer, this development is also located near the Bluffs and is just a short drive to Scarborough's beaches which, if you don't already know, kind of kick Toronto's beaches' butt - particularly Bluffer's Beach just a little further south-east of this development in neighbouring Cliffcrest.

Despite little hype and media coverage, this intimate, 22 unit complex is already sold-out but it's worth keeping an eye on assignments and re-sale townhouses in the Birch Cliff Village Urban Towns .

Kingston & Co Condos

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kingston-and-co-condos-exterior

Designed by award-winning Teeple Architects, Kingston & Co condos are "gentle in scale" according to the developers, meaning the mid-rise construction feels intimate with a design that takes inspiration from its scenery, with lake views from as many suites as possible.

What's great about this building is that over half of the units are larger than 800 sq. ft. and there's a lot of choice - there are 140 units in total with 70 unique floor plans. In other words, the developers are actually thinking about the best layout for each individual suite and creating larger floor prints for today's buyer which includes a lot of young families - not cookie-cutter (i.e. cheap) slap and dash spaces.

But like all pre-construction condos, you really have to watch your price per square foot here and make sure that you're not over-paying for pre-con by today's market values.

If you're considering buying a pre-construction Scarborough condo for sale, make sure to hire a Condo Pro - you don't pay any more to bring your own representation to the table when negotiating with the builders' realty sales team. And make sure to avoid these top 10 mistakes that buyers of pre-construction condos make .

You can view all Birch Cliff - Cliffside condos here .

Artist's renderings of the Residences at the Hunt Club © Infinity Development Group, Hunt Club Terrace © Wilkinson Construction, Tree House Townhomes © Symmetry Developments, Birch Cliff Village Urban Towns © Manorgate Homes and Kingston&Co condos © Tas.