In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk (and some action) around evolving Ontario’s existing public transit, from expanding the Light Rail Transit routes, to extending Toronto Transit System’s subway lines. As the Greater Toronto Area’s population swiftly grows, proximity to public transportation becomes a vital component for fostering community accessibility. It’s also an enticing benefit for commuter buyers.
If you’re one of the many GO Transit-users who takes the train or bus every day, these up-and-coming condo and townhome new construction projects might offer you the convenience you’re looking for. All of these developments are slated for completion by 2022.
If you’re the kind of person who loves city-living, but hates the rough morning commute, this 27-storey condo building offers the perfect happy-medium. Take a quick walk to the Danforth GO station, hop on the westbound-train and arrive in Union Station within 15 minutes. There’s also easy access to the TTC’s streetcar and bus routes at the busy intersection of Main Street and Danforth Avenue.
Developer: Options for Homes
Nearest Station: Weston GO/ UP
Priced from: $597,900
A few minutes from Weston GO station and the UP Express, The Humber will also be located near the future Eglinton Crosstown LRT. A walker’s paradise, this 232-unit condo project is located near 13 kilometres-worth of walking trails near the Humber River, as well as pharmacies, grocery stores, a variety of eateries, and schools for all age groups.
Developer: Chestnut Hill Developments
Nearest Station: Pickering GO
Priced from: $719,900 (Towns) and $639,900 (Condos)
These sister projects offer multiple options for travel, whether you drive or take transit — Highway 401 and the Pickering GO station are minutes away. Closeness to the highway doesn’t mean it’s all concrete and asphalt for this community. SF3 is a short walk to Frenchman’s Bay, were residents can take part in kayaking, sailing or walking the lakefront trails.
Developer: Dream Maker Developments Inc.
Nearest Station: Ajax GO
Priced from: $589,000
This community of townhomes at Salem Road and Mandrake Street are set to reach construction completion by the end of 2020. It’s a six-minute drive to Ajax GO station, and an even shorter trip to Highway 401. Close to the RioCan Durham Centre, retailers and other services, errands can be easily checked off without venturing too far afield.
Developer: Edenshaw Developments Limited
Nearest Station: Port Credit GO
Priced from: $561,990
Situated close to the Credit River, this mid-rise community meshes a quaint lakeside lifestyle with contemporary design and features. The unit interiors, designed by TACT, make use of natural materials, and feature high, smooth ceilings combined with contemporary light fixtures. Easy access to the Port Credit GO station, MiWay and the future Hurontario LRT will make getting around the GTA a breeze.
Developer: Opus Signature Collection
Nearest Station: Oakville GO
Priced from: $1,263,000
Just 29 suites will be available in this 10-storey development on Old Mill Road. Corner-views, floor-to-ceiling windows and only two to three residences per floor allow for privacy and beautiful views of Oakville. From the adjacent Oakville GO station, you can reach downtown Toronto in 45 minutes.
As more first-time buyers seek out reasonably-priced homes within commuting distance to Toronto, Hamilton has seen a real estate boom. Adapting a century-old building on King Street East into 40 units, Gore Park Lofts provides proximity to the Hamilton GO stations, as well as numerous bars, cafes and restaurants.
Developer: Pemberton Group
Nearest Station: Maple GO
Priced from: $698,900
Touted as “one of the best-connected locations in the Greater Toronto Area,” GO.2 Condominiums is close to schools, parks and retail offerings. From its Eagle Rock Way location, you can get to downtown Toronto in 40 minutes by train from this 12-storey development. The glory isn’t all reserved for the location — the condominium interiors showcase wide-plank flooring, contemporary kitchen cabinetry and a private outdoor space.
Developer: Pace Developments Inc.
Nearest Station: Barrie South GO
Priced from: $494,990
A sprawling community of 850 homes, Urban North Townhomes is close to Lake Simcoe, beaches, parks and other natural offerings of Simcoe County. While it may be tucked above the GTA, proximity to Barrie South GO and Highway 400 provides a straightforward route for getting farther afield.
Markham Square Condos
Developer: ONEPIECE Developments
Nearest Station: Unionville GO
Priced from: $777,900
Topping a multi-story retail podium, these two residential towers will provide future residents the convenience of both downtown Markham and Unionville. The Pan Am Centre and York University’s Markham campus are close by, along with Highway 7, Highway 407, Unionville GO, and the YRT for all of your traveling needs.