Toronto Loft Conversions

Toronto Loft Conversions

I know classic brick and beam lofts! From warehouses to factories to churches, Laurin will help you find your perfect new loft.

Modern Toronto Lofts

Modern Toronto Lofts

Not just converted lofts, I can help you find the latest cool and modern space. There are tons of new urban spaces across the city.

Unique Toronto Homes

Unique Toronto Homes

More than just lofts, I can also help you find that perfect house. From the latest architectural marvel to a piece of our Victorian past, the best and most creative spaces abound.

Condos in Toronto

Condos in Toronto

I started off selling mainly condos, helping first time buyers get a foothold in the Toronto real estate market. Now working with investors and helping empty nesters find that perfect luxury suite.

Toronto Real Estate

Toronto Real Estate

For all of your Toronto real estate needs, contact Laurin. I am dedicated to helping you find that perfect and unique new home to call your own.

 

Toronto Site Seeing

The Toronto Real Estate Board President’s Column as it appears each Friday in the Toronto Sun Resale Homes and Condos section.

As a Toronto resident, chances are you’ve enjoyed visits to the city’s major landmarks. This summer though, you may want to skip those in favour of a different kind of sightseeing tour.

Toronto new condominium developments offer a glimpse into the height of luxury and modern design. And these steel and glass monoliths aren’t just breathtaking to behold from outside. In an effort to distinguish their projects in this burgeoning market, developers are in a seemingly limitless pursuit to offer the finest features and amenities.

You’ll find stunning three storey lobbies that feature an awe-inspiring mix of glass, exotic wood and marble.

For a mere $30 million, a luxury 9,000 square foot penthouse on the 55th floor of the Four Seasons Private Residences can be yours.

Condos are not a one-room box with a view of the nearest brick wall. Today’s condominium developers are offering two and three bedroom units with panoramic views high atop the city.

And when I say high, I mean really, really high. Due to an increased focus on urban intensification in recent years, Toronto condos are growing taller, with the some of the highest reaching 65 storeys.

Higher density living is of course, beneficial to the environment but again developers haven’t rested on their laurels when it comes to being green. Many have pursued the coveted LEED certification, involving an independent audit of a building’s sustainable characteristics. Condo owners have benefited by enjoying features like suite controls that allow them to monitor and limit energy usage, energy saving appliances and separate bicycle storage. As an alternative to owning a vehicle, many condo owners use the services of car sharing companies like AutoShare.

Convenience is a huge factor in condominium living. Several downtown condo projects are mixed-use developments, with commercial space on the lower levels and in some cases hotels are integrated into the mix. This means that condo dwellers have the opportunity to enjoy the services of the finest luxury hotels like room service, housekeeping and laundry service. Even pet services and grocery delivery are available upon request.

While such services aren’t yet widely available, standard features like security, entertainment and fitness facilities have all been taken up a notch. Lush rooftop gardens feature gas barbeques and fire pits. Fitness facilities include current pools and spas. Concierge and valet services are available around the clock. With libraries, theatres, billiard lounges, wireless Internet and more, you never have to leave the comfort of your building.

It’s no wonder that a strong sense of community has sprung up around each new development. Developers celebrate the heritage and the location of their communities, each designed with an identity to appeal to specific lifestyles. Owners in fact, identify so strongly with their condo communities that specific groups on social networking sites like Facebook have developed around them.

With all that Toronto condos have to offer, it’s not surprising that condominium transactions now constitute almost one in every three homes that changes hands in the GTA and 60% of resale transactions in central Toronto.

If you’re interested in learning more about trends in Toronto real estate, contact a Greater Toronto Realtor. They have access to the most timely, in-depth information on new and resale housing throughout the GTA. To find out more visit www.TorontoRealEstateBoard.com

Tom Lebour is President of the Toronto Real Estate Board, a professional association that represents 28,000 Realtors in the Greater Toronto Area.

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