We think of pets as family, so when looking for a new place to call home, it’s obvious that we’d seek out the best amenities and features for them too.
Historically, pets in condominiums haven’t been totally accepted across the board. Not all condo boards allow four-legged friends to take up residence, and those that do often restrict which ones are welcome. With new developments springing up across the city and the health benefits of pets becoming more widely accepted, developers have introduced more pet-oriented communities, including pet spas, dog runs and pet services as part of their communal amenities.
If you and your beloved doggo or kitty cat are seeking a new construction condo in Toronto, one of these currently selling projects may be of interest.
This 22-storey project in the heart of Corktown is expected to wrap up construction by the end of 2020. Orphans Green Dog Park is directly across the street— a fully fenced-in area layered with wood chips to provide your pup with the perfect spot to socialize and blow off some steam. Wash off muddy paws in the pet spa, and for the humans, relax in the outdoor pool, community garden or lounge.
Priced from: $1,300,000
Pet amenities: Pet wash, close to off-leash dog area at Sherwood Park
After running amuck in the nearby Sherwood Park, puppers can conveniently cool off in the ground-floor pet wash in this nine-storey development. Envisioned by ERA Architects, the Winslow Condos evokes timeless architecture against the naturally lush Lawrence Park neighbourhood. Restaurants, clubs, boutiques and ravines are all within walking distance, while a 24-hour concierge, fitness room and social room await residents at home.
If you’re one to host, there’s plenty of options for your next social event in this midrise near Yonge and Eglinton. Take up a game of billiards in the lounge, or gather around the dining table in the communal kitchen. Or, whip up dinner on the outdoor BBQ station and enjoy it in the dining area on the terrace overlooking the city.
Developer: Options for Homes
Priced from: $597,900
Pet amenities: Close to parks and trails
You and up to two of your furry friends can live at The Humber. Just steps from Raymore Park and the Humber River, dogs will love exploring the 13 kilometres of walking trails. Every errand can be completed on foot, with a number of grocery stores, pharmacies and services within walking distance. This location is also home to the Weston GO station, UP Express and future Eglinton Crosstown LRT.
Construction is said to be wrapping up on this 19-storey Deer Park building. In addition to a pet wash, 609 Avenue Road Condos provides an abundance of social and wellness amenities, including a fitness centre, media lounge and party room. The dog park at Winston Churchill Park is about a 15-minute walk away, where Fido can work off some energy.
For doggies who love to live by the water, Vita Two in Humber Bay provides a dose of lakeside living. Not far from your front door, there’s a number of pet essentials stores, including Dog Park Bistro, Bone & Biscuit and Humber Bay K-9 Cuisine. Residents will also take pleasure in the nearby restaurants, cafes and Humber Bay Shores Park.
Developer: Urban Capital
Priced from: $551,900
Pet amenities: Pet cleaning station, close to dog groomers and greenspace
In Etobicoke’s Queensway neighbourhood, this midrise community borders a large park complete with playing fields, tennis courts and an ample amount of trees. If you run out of kibble or catnip, the Pet Valu down the street has you sorted. If you’re looking to quench human hunger, bars, restaurants and a No Frills are steps from the front door.
Developer: Onni Group of Companies
Priced from: $419,490
Pet amenities: Outdoor dog walking area, close to Coronation Park Off-Leash Dog Park
Topping out at 32-storeys, this project is located in the centre of the Fort York neighbourhood, offering plenty to do for pets and people alike. The Coronation Park Off-Leash Dog Park is an eight-minute walk away, as is Pet Social Plus and the local pet groomer, Cosmopawlitan. Parks, cafes and grocery stores are within a short distance of home for future residents.
Priced from: $375,990
Pet amenities: Dog wash, close to parks and dog groomers
Just a little ways south of Sheppard Avenue West and Keele Street, The Keeley Condos neighbours Downsview Park and its 15 kilometers of ravine trails. Whether you and your woofer love to jog, walk, throw around a frisbee or chill out on the grass, this park-friendly midrise has you covered.