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Photos: James Bombales

When you live in a large metropolitan city like Toronto, outdoor space can come at a premium, especially for condo dwellers. It can be difficult to find a home that’s close to a public park, and it’s not uncommon for downtown residences to have a 30-square-foot balcony as its only outdoor space.

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Now imagine having 294 acres of parkland right at your doorstep. Residents of The Keeley in North York will have just that when they move into their parkside condominiums in 2021. The 302-unit development by TAS is situated across from Downsview Park, allowing residents to experience parkyard living with direct access to several walking trails, ponds, play areas and entertainment venues.

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To learn more about the development and see Downsview Park firsthand, Livabl was invited to The Keeley presentation centre to browse the weekly Farmers’ Market and take a nature tour of the park.

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Located at 3100 Keele Street, The Keeley presentation centre has been abuzz with activity throughout the month of August. The weekly Farmers’ Market features a host of growers and restaurants, including Downsview’s own Fresh City Farms, gathered together for an open-air market in the parking lot. Vendors offer a range of delicious food, organic honey and seasonal produce like beets, cucumbers, squash and kale.

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TAS also partnered with Downsview Park to offer free guided strolls led by park staff, complete with views of the lake, an apple orchard, gardens and meadows. From cycling and hiking to bird watching, these events encourage Torontonians to explore the lush, and often underappreciated, urban green space.

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Originally a Canadian Forces Base, Downsview Park now consists of the Downsview Lands, which will be home to a mix of residential and commercial developments, plus Downsview Park, the parkland component of the site. Downsview Park is home to a variety of wildlife such as deer, rabbits, groundhogs and over 200 species of birds. The park’s central lake is the final stop for water in Downsview Park’s new stormwater management system before it enters the Black Creek water system. It’s the perfect spot for bird watching, as you’ll often see egrets and herons feeding on fish and frogs, or a flock of ducks floating along the water.

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Walking trails surround the lake, including the 2.7-kilometre Circuit Path which meanders throughout the park with entrances off Keele Street and Canuck Avenue. From there, visitors can walk along the bridge and boardwalk over the water’s edge or walk around the granite and limestone path. The Circuit Path will also lead you to the The Orchard, an area of Downsview Park where apple trees grow, the Urban Farm where local organizations like Fresh City Farms grow their food, and the Downsview Park Discovery Centre, which offers school programs, interactive lessons and fun activities for students.

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The park’s more action-packed activities are located on the east end, including the 485,000-square-foot centre called The Hanger, where 1,400 teams play a variety of sports. You can also spend an afternoon rock climbing at True North Climbing, speeding through corners on a go-kart at K1 Speed or learning aerial acrobatics at the Toronto School of Circus Arts.

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Envisioned by Teeple Architects, The Keeley Condos was designed to bring downtown architecture to North York. Its midrise profile fits harmoniously into the Downsview neighbourhood, while its multi-layered, brick-clad exterior adds texture and visual appeal.

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Priced from the $400,000s, suites at The Keeley boast spacious, open-concept layouts with unobstructed views, walkout terraces or inset balconies for privacy. Standard finishes include designer-selected laminate floors throughout, stone countertops, four-inch stone backsplashes and contemporary cabinets in kitchens. Homebuyers will also get an appliance package with stainless steel, electric smooth-top range, refrigerator, dishwasher and a microwave with an integrated hood fan.

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Onsite amenities feature spaces for residents of all ages and stages of life. From a state-of-the-art gym and children’s playroom for families, to a convenient dog wash for our four-legged friends, the amenities at The Keeley are designed to extend your living space beyond the walls of your suite.

To learn more about The Keeley, register online and be sure to drop by the presentation centre to shop for local organic produce at The Keeley Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm until September 6th.

For more information call 647 697 3100 or email info@thekeeley.ca.

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