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Top 5 Pet Friendly Condos In Toronto

Top 5 Pet Friendly Condos In Toronto

Nov 23, 2015
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With the Toronto housing market showing no signs of slowing (or becoming more affordable), more and more urbanites are calling a condo in Toronto home.

But we're a city of pet lovers and so it's not surprising that the market is demanding more pet friendly condos with rules and amenities that suit their furry occupants just as much as their human ones. In fact, according to Moneysense magazine , one of the top search terms used on Realtor.ca is "pet friendly condos".

Now, not every pet is appropriate for condo dwellers. We encourage responsibility when selecting the right pet for your living arrangements, lifestyle, finances and commitment level which will means choosing based on practicality and not simply emotion - particularly when it comes to large and active dogs. Have a read of PetGuide.com's post on the best breeds for small spaces .

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If you have a pet already or thinking of becoming a fur baby mom or pop, the great news is that condo dogs and condo cats are not only welcome at a number of top-rated Toronto condos, they're celebrated.

There are some buildings like the Liberty Market Lofts in Liberty Village that feature dog washing stations. And pet amenities in general are becoming a more common selling feature in new build Toronto condos . Remember though that if you're buying pre-construction, those pet perks aren't a guarantee; have a read of what happened to these poor pre-con buyers in the Distillery District.

Looking at the re-sale market today (so you know what you're getting), I've made my selections based not on internal bells and whistles but on the good old outdoors - i.e. proximity to dog-friendly parks and walking trails - and the overall vibe in each building - i.e. are pets truly welcomed by the board and your neighbours on the whole - providing of course that you follow the rules and your pet is suited and adjusted to condo living.

I've also focused on dogs today since cats are generally easier to accommodate (although often much hard to please. I say this as the owner of a particularly finicky feline).

Here are my top picks for best pet friendly condos.

Top 5 Pet Friendly Condos in Toronto

Robert Watson Lofts in Roncesvalles Village

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The Robert Watson Lofts is one of my favourite hard lofts in the city. Our team has sold a number of units here and a good friend of mine bought here several years ago. And so it's a building that I've been in many times and I can say that there are a high number of dog owners here.

Much like the Broadview Lofts on the east end which also has an above-average number of dog owners for a loft building, it's not that the Robert Watson Lofts itself has great dog amenities, it's the openness to dog culture and the fact that the neighbourhood is doggy central. Just take a stroll down Roncesvalles on a Saturday or Sunday and see how many patient pooches are waiting for their owners outside of coffee shops.

Undoubtedly, the biggest perk for dog owners though is that the Robert Watson Lofts is literally steps to Sorauren Park which includes a fenced, sand-filled off-leash zone where dogs can run free. According to one yelp reviewer , dog owners here are laid-back, responsible and considerate and the overall vibe is really friendly and playful, unlike the antics that can ensue at many of Toronto's off-leash parks. And most importantly, the dogs have a blast out-running one another.

The Bellefair Kew Beach Residences in The Beach

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The Beaches in general is a very dog-friendly neighbourhood but I think that the brand new Bellefair Kew Beach Residences will become a particularly popular choice with dog owners as it's directly across the road from Kew Gardens, one of the best canine hot spots in the city with its large, 24-hour off-leash beach at the south end. There's also an onsite dog spa promised.

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And you've got the Beaches boardwalk for miles of picturesque walking by the lake.

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It's also a short walk to both Beaches Park and Woodbine Park that are separated by an off-leash dog area. Woodbine Park is also host to Woofstock each year when dog owners flock to celebrate all things canine.

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And as if all the Beaches parks & trails weren't enough, the Bellefair is also steps to a great little gem of a dog park in the Upper Beaches on Dundas St. E., between Kingston Road and Coxwell Avenue, called Orchard Park. I live by this park and it's pure dog joy here daily.

You can learn more about all things "beach dog" on the Toronto Beaches Dog Owners' community-run site.

Candy Factory Lofts in Queen West

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The Candy Factory Lofts are one of the most coveted hard lofts in the city and you'll find a lot of dog owners in the resident mix, thanks to it's proximity to Trinity Bellwoods Park.

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In addition to - wait for it - a phenomenal 37 acres of green space in the heart of Queen West, a recreation centre, eight tennis courts, three baseball diamonds, two volleyball courts, a wading pool, two sports fields, two playgrounds, five bike trails, an outdoor fitness area, a picnic area and a skating rink (phew), Trinity Bellwoods is beloved by local dog owners for "The Dog Bowl" where dogs can run freely and socialize. As can their owners.

Mystic Pointe Lofts in Mimico

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We're going a little further out to the Mystic Pointe community in South Etobicoke now with one of the west-ends best condos - well actually it's two buildings in one community - the Mystic Pointe Skylofts and the Mystic Pointe Warehouse Lofts.

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Dogs are more than welcome in these two buildings; they’re treated like stars. There’s a dog area on the property as well as a huge dog park behind the building where every Friday at 5pm locals gather for “Yappy Hour” to meet their neighbours, share some drinks and socialize their dogs.

There are some restrictions here however as there are in most condo rules; dog weight restriction in the Mystic Pointe Skylofts and Warehouse Lofts is 60 lbs but you can have several dogs so long as they total a combined weight under this cap.

Tip Top Tailor Lofts in Fort York

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While the Tip Top Lofts location right on the Lakeshore isn't right for every buyer, it's super convenient for commuters.

But the best thing about the location of this pet-friendly building for dog owners is its positioning directly opposite Coronation Park (pictured below) which is not only one of Toronto's most beautiful parks, it's a popular spot for local pooches, connecting owners to the Martin Goodman walking trails.

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Click here for a complete list of off-leash dog parks managed by the City of Toronto.

Are you a dog owner living in any of the above condos? We want to hear from you! Tell us what your building is like for dogs and their owners in the comments section below or in the review section of the specific building page on our site.

Images in order of appearance: Lead image of Urban dog on condo balcony, © The Jordan Collective Photography. Photo of dogs in Trinity Bellwoods Park © Crystal Luxmore. Photo of Woofstock 2014 © Duncan Rawlinson. Photo of dog walker on boardwalk © Ross G. Strachan. Photo of dogs in Trinity Bellwoods Park © Crystal Luxmore. Photo of Coronation Park © Grant MacDonald. All licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 from flickr.