With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way we live and work, some Toronto homebuyers have turned to the suburbs in search of more space and lower prices. For many, this means buying a low-rise property like a single, semi-detached or townhouse. However, others may not be willing to give up the maintenance-free and amenity-rich lifestyles of their urban counterparts.
Luckily, developers have a variety of condominium projects in the GTA that offer the same luxury amenities, services and modern suites found in their downtown projects. To help you in your home search, we’ve compiled a list of eight of these developments, sourced from BuzzBuzzHome.
Developer: i2 Developments
Location: 225 Malta Avenue, Brampton
Priced from: Mid-$300,000s
Rising 21 storeys above Steeles Avenue West and Hurontario Street in Brampton, Stella at Southside offers tremendous value with its central location and starting prices in the mid-$300,000s. Its prime location means residents will be minutes away from shops, restaurants, schools and parks, including Charles F. Walson and Family Gardens and the Kiwanis Memorial Park.
The 290-unit condominium by i2 Developments is also connected to major highways and offers residents convenient access to the Brampton Gateway Bus Terminal and future Hurontario LRT.
Suites at Stella range from 380 to 1,200 square feet and benefit from geo-thermal heating and cooling. Meanwhile, onsite amenities include concierge services, a fitness centre, party room with a dining and bar area, and a rooftop barbecue terrace.
2. M City
Developer: Urban Capital
Location: Burnhamthorpe Road West and Confederation Parkway, Mississauga
Priced from: $418,900
M City is a sprawling, master-planned community now under construction in downtown Mississauga. The $2.4 billion project by Rogers Real Estate Development Limited and Urban Capital spans 15 acres along Burnhamthorpe Road from Confederation Parkway to Grand Park Drive, and will feature a collection of nine high-rise residences, tree-lined promenades, two-acres of new parkland, and a variety of retail shops and cafes.
In addition to the surrounding greenspaces, residents of M3 will have access to a wealth of onsite lifestyle amenities. The building’s unique design allows for an extensive glass-enclosed pavilion that will house a fitness centre and a salt-water infinity pool. The space connects seamlessly with the outdoors through oversized glass doors that lead onto a sundeck and splash pad.
A ground breaking ceremony for the project’s latest tower, M3, was held last September. When complete, M3 will rise 81 storeys, surpassing the renowned Absolute World complex to become the city’s tallest building.
Available suites range from 480 to 1,000 square feet and feature elegant interiors by Cecconi Simone. The open-concept layouts boast nine-foot ceiling heights, oversized windows, and high quality materials like natural stone, laminate wood flooring, porcelain tile and stone countertops.
Developer: Carttera Private Equities
Location: 1614 Charles Street, Whitby
Priced from: Mid-$400,000s
Homebuyers who want to experience waterfront living should check out The Landing Condos at Whitby Harbour by Carttera Private Equities. The development is located at 1606-1614 Charles Street in Whitby, just steps from Port Whitby Marina and the Waterfront Trail. Walk along the Waterfront Trail and you’ll quickly come across picturesque greenspaces and playgrounds like Rotary Sunrise Lake Park and Kiwanis Heydenshore Park.
While residents are sure to enjoy the sweeping views of Lake Ontario, they’ll also benefit from a wealth of day-to-day amenities including Whitby Shores Public School, Metro, and Iroquois Park Sports Centre. Plus, The Landing is great for those who commute with easy access to the Lakeshore East GO Train station — just a five-minute walk away — and Highways 401, 412 and 407.
When completed, the community will consist of five low-rise buildings and an 18-storey tower housing 349 units.
The Butler is a boutique residence by Fernbrook Homes and Mayfair Homes, coming soon to Uptown Oakville at 103 Dundas Street West. The project sets the standard in comfort, luxury and home automation with its contemporary interiors, coveted amenities and smart home features.
Designed by KNYMH Inc., The Butler features a modern mid-rise profile characterized by a sleek glass window wall, moulded vertical columns, and a mix of balcony shapes and sizes.
The project’s stylish exterior is paired with contemporary interiors designed by Tanner Hill and Associates. Suites offer open-concept layouts ranging from 514 to 1,428 square feet with elegant finishes and the latest leading-edge automation technologies, including digital door locks, keyless front entry systems, touch-enabled wall pads and integrated suite security systems.
Amenities include a marble and gold-themed lobby with a 24-hour concierge, party room with a kitchen, pet spa, games room and a communal workspace. There’s also a fully-equipped gym, yoga studio, sauna, and indoor pool for health and leisure, as well as a private rooftop terrace with a barbecue and dining areas for outdoor enjoyment.
Festival Condos by Menkes Developments and QuadReal is one of the latest developments launched in the vibrant new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). Those who purchase a home at Festival will enjoy the area’s countless amenities from several planned retailers and restaurants to new public transit hubs with access to the TTC subway system and Viva bus service.
Designed by IBI Group, the towers at Festival boast a futuristic exterior design characterized by its organic and sculptural form, created using a unique balcony pattern. The eye-catching design seems to undulate as it rises towards the top and is enhanced by the contrast between the white balconies and dark-tinted windows.
Inside, available suites feature bright, open-concept layouts, while onsite amenities are designed for health, rest and entertainment. These include an inviting lobby complete with contemporary furniture, bold light fixtures and a cozy fireplace, plus an indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Developer: H & W Developments
Location: 8 Cedarland Drive, Markham
Priced from: $495,000
Now under construction in Markham, Vendôme Markham / 8 Cedarland is a two-tower residence designed by DIALOG. Exteriors boast clean lines, glass balconies and elegant archways, while interiors by Tomas Pearce Interior Design exude a European flair seen in the grand, two-storey lobby with its dramatic groin vault ceiling, oversized windows and modern fireplace.
The open-concept, Tomas Pearce-designed suites offer plenty of living space, generously-sized bedrooms, and gourmet kitchens. These chef-worthy spaces are equipped with custom designer cabinetry and state-of-the-art appliances, including a free-standing refrigerator, paneled dishwasher, built-in cooktop, convection oven, and high-velocity hood fan with an integrated microwave. Homebuyers will also have the opportunity to choose from a collection of artfully curated palettes with laminate flooring, accented cabinetry and quartz countertops.
Developer: Molinaro Group
Location: 500 Brock Avenue, Burlington
Priced from: $565,000
Illumina Condos is a 22-storey high-rise residence by Molinaro Group, coming soon to 500 Brock Avenue in Burlington. The project is ideally situated between Hamilton and Toronto, offering homebuyers the charm of a small town with big city conveniences and far less congestion. Residents of Illumina will be steps from some of the best amenities and attractions the city has to offer. Its renowned waterfront, for example, boasts scenic views and trails, peaceful greenspaces, and picturesque landmarks including the Brant Street Pier.
Available suites range in size from 625 to 1,625 square feet with thoughtfully-designed one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts touting spacious balconies or terraces. Standard features and finishes include nine-foot ceilings, luxury plank flooring, and gourmet kitchens with polished quartz countertops, contemporary backsplashes and custom cabinetry. Energy Star-rated appliances are also included and consist of a range hood fan, built-in dishwasher, 30-inch fridge, 24-inch electric slide-in range, and a 27-inch front load washer and dryer.
Connectt is a master-planned ‘Connected Urban Community’ coming soon to Regional Road 25 and Derry Road in Milton. The new community will be home to three modern, high-rise condominium towers and a collection of urban townhomes, all with escarpment views.
The family-friendly community is set around tranquil urban gardens and features amenities geared towards children, including a specially-designed play area. Plus, available suites include spacious two- and three-bedroom units with plenty of room for growing families. Residents will also appreciate the development’s proximity to GO transit and highways 401 and 407, making daily commutes quick, easy and efficient.