My friends and clients love their Beaches Condos. They say the freedom of condo living, combined with the small-town vibe of the Beaches neighbourhood just can't be beat.
Beaches Condos are typically low to mid-rise, which means they fit in nicely with the existing streetscape of The Beaches. You'll also find good number of ’boutique’ condos with only 5 to 10 units in the entire building. (there are pro's and con's with this type of ownership) Don’t overlook good buys in older co-op buildings and TICCO’s. Some of them have the best locations of any of the Beaches condos.
In terms of Toronto Real Estate values, Beaches Condos are still cheaper than Downtown Toronto Condos by about 100$ per sq. ft. And just like all the other Toronto Condos, they're going up in value. If you're ready to jump in, you can check the active listings for East End Toronto Condos and Downtown Condos right now.
Here are the spec's and my personal viewpoint of most of the Toronto Condos in the Beach. (check back, I'll be adding more) You may also want to read these articles on buying your Toronto Condo for the best price and tips on Condo ownership, before you commit to anything.
1829 Queen Street - The Beach Condominiums 1 This was the first in the series of Beaches Condos built by Pemberton Group on what was originally the Northern boundary of the Greenwood Race Track. The low turnover in all 5 of these buildings makes me think the residents like what they've bought.
1797 Queen Street - The Beach Condominiums 2 One of the features that I really like about all of these buildings is the balconies. North facing units have long views along a vibrant stretch of Queen Street, while many of the units on the South side have enormous terraces with lake views.
1765 Queen Street -The Beach Condominiums 3 It wasn't until I sold a unit here that I realized corner units in this building had unrestricted West views of downtown. The builders were thoughtful enough to offset the next building to the west so that this building gets more natural light and views.
1733 Queen Street East -The Beach Condominiums 4 At the corner of Northern Dancer Boulevard. This is my favourite of the 5 buildings, simply because of the unrestricted west views overlooking Woodbine Park and Downtown.
1863 Queen Street East - The Beach Condominiums 5 At the corner of Woodbine. While the corner units here see the greatest amount of street traffic, they also have some of the most interesting views. I'd also like to think that by the 5th project, the builders had resolved any building issues or glitches from the earlier buildings.
601 Kingston Road - North Beach Condos, at the corner of Main Street. Upper Beach Village. This building is a nice mid-rise with 6 floors and 77 units. And if you have a south balcony there's a good chance you'll have views of the lake. As Starbucks prepares to open their latest shop only a few steps away, we're all waiting to see just how the 'Starbucks effect' will impact on prices. Virtual Tour for 03 Suite in 601 Kingston Rd
The Lakehouse Beach Condos - 1960 Queen Street East at the corner of Kenilworth. You may remember this site as the home of Lick's Homeburgers for over 20 years. There's just so much demand for condos in the Beach that this project sold out quickly. Reserve Properties partnered up with Raw Design (the same team that did Bellefair Kew Beach residences) to come up with another unique, winning design. They're pushing the envelope with outdoor space here!
The Boardwalk 1 - 35 Boardwalk Drive This time the building really does live up to it's name. This lovely project is literally across the street from the Boardwalk and all the south units have park and lake views.
The Boardwalk 2 - 9 Boardwalk Drive Similar in most respects to Boardwalk 1, only this building is to the West so it enjoys not just beautiful lake views, but a view over Woodbine Park and all the way to downtown. Possibly the most coveted address of all the Beaches Condos, so far.
One Rainsford at the corner of Queen Street and Rainsford Road. Expect a lovely low-rise, (7 storey) not-quite-boutique building of only 28 units. With prices ranging from $500K for 972 square feet and 150 feet of balcony, all the way up to $2.5 million, you should expect a lot! It sold out in a heartbeat and occupancy is expected around 2013.
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