Canary Park Condos

Canary Park Condos

CMHC statistics show that one-person households are on the rise in Canada, and that by the 2020s will be the single biggest type of household. Women represent a significant percentage of this trend. As of 2011, the most recent year for available data, 65 per cent of condo owners living alone were women – and that percentage rises to 76 for women 55 years of age and over.

At Baker Real Estate Incorporated, we regularly see evidence of this trend. One-bedroom suites are selling like hotcakes, and I would guess that approximately 25 to 30 per cent of our sales for our clients are to female buyers. Some of these women are savvy investors who recognize a tremendous return-on-investment opportunity; others are purchasers who intend to live in the suites they buy because they appreciate the community and security aspects of condominium living.

They come from all ages and walks of life, from first-time buyers wanting to get into the market and start building equity, to seasoned professionals who see the value in living close to where they work, to widowed women who live alone. Even today’s compact suites offer spacious living because of their efficient layouts. In addition, people need less space in a condo because of the wonderful amenities included in the building. When you have a large fitness centre only an elevator-ride away, you can use your personal space for things other than exercise equipment.

Women also appreciate the immediate community that comes along with living in a condo. Amenities are gorgeous spaces for interacting with neighbours, and the Concierge provides screening for visitors and “eyes on the street.” Modern features such as monitored cameras in the underground parking garage, enter phone and in-suite security systems also add a level of security. Plus, in a condo, there is always someone close by when you need help.

Last, but not least, condos offer that glorious sense of freedom when travelling. Just lock the door and leave, knowing that your “baggage” does not have to include worry about maintenance and upkeep. For professional women who travel regularly, this is very important. Women are really coming into our own in the world, and I say viva the condo!

Dundas Square Gardens

Dundas Square Gardens

You may have read in the media recently that a report by CIBC economist Benjamin Tal and Nick Exarhos and another by CMHC analyst Dana Senagama support what I and other professionals in the new home industry have been saying for years – that we need the new homes and condos being built to help accommodate the influx of immigrants to the GTA!

Dundas Square Gardens

Dundas Square Gardens

Tal points out that the substantial supply of condominiums, in particular, is balanced by strong demand, and that condos offer affordability. He also makes the observation that the exodus of first-time homebuyers from Toronto to the suburbs is reversing because of attractive condo price points in the city. Senagama mentions that although more condo units are under construction in Toronto than in past years, the share of unabsorbed units stays constant. Again, this speaks to considerable demand.

Dundas Square Gardens Suite

Dundas Square Gardens Suite

None of this is a surprise to us at Baker Real Estate Incorporated. The year 2014 has been extraordinary for pre-construction condominium sales in Toronto. In fact, we are experiencing our second-strongest year of the past decade. Baker has brought new condo residences to the market in downtown Toronto, Forest Hill, Leaside, the Entertainment District, the New East Side, Etobicoke, Markham, Scarborough, Vaughan, and Burlington. The phrase “something for everyone” is accurate. Our buyers come from all walks of life including first-time owners, move-up purchasers, investors and those right-sizing their homes for the future.

Early 2015 is already looking great as well. Looks to us like the desirability of condominiums is here to stay!

The Yorkdale

The Yorkdale

In Toronto, The Yorkdale Condominiums will bring a new level of connectivity to those who appreciate living in a convenient urban setting. In mid-September, Context and Metropia Urban Landscapes will launch the first tower in this two-tower residence situated on Ranee Avenue at Allen Road, steps from the Yorkdale subway and fabulous Yorkdale Mall. Talk about being connected! Shopping and working at the mall will involve a brief stroll. Anyone attending, working at or teaching at York University will have just a 10-minute commute. Plus, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the city’s Financial District are also minutes away.

Imagine all of this for prices beginning from $169,900 for studios. Yes, that’s $169,900. When is the last time you saw a price point like that in the city? One-bedroom designs will start from $199,900; two –bedrooms from $258,900; and two-bedroom, two-bath plans from $289,900. The developers have put a lot of careful thought into the wide-shallow layouts, which allow in more natural light through expansive windows.

These well-designed suites are framed by an impressive 15-storey exterior by KPMB Architects and Page + Steele / IBI Group Architects. Take a look at the renderings and notice how clean, modern and light these mid-rise buildings will be. What a fantastic choice to get in on the ground floor! You can register NOW to be on the priority list for this brand new condominium offering at TheYorkdaleCondos.com.

Colours of Emerald City

The Colours of Emerald City

The intersection of Sheppard Avenue and Don Mills Road is certainly taking on an exciting new life, with ELAD’s Emerald City community undergoing a lot of activity. Owners are now moving into the first three towers, Emerald City 1, Dream Tower and Emerald City 2, and ELAD’s eagerly anticipated newest Phase The Colours of Emerald City. The first building Biyu will be launched soon.

Perched on one of the highest elevations in North York, Biyu will offer gorgeous views. In the building, residents will have access to lovely amenities including a chic lobby, fitness centre, swimming pool, hot tub and His and Hers saunas, all opening onto an outdoor barbecue terrace. Also opening onto this gorgeous outdoor space is the party room with its indoor dining room, lounge, screening room and games room.

Master planned to perfection, Emerald City is home to the 50,000 sq. ft. Parkway Forest Community Centre, which is well under construction and will offer a large pool, gym, YMCA-operated daycare, rooftop garden and green roof. When you walk through the community, you will be amazed at how close the subway entrance is. And of course, Fairview Mall is just across the street, offering one of Toronto’s most popular places to shop, dine, watch a movie and access services. And how is this for convenience – residents live next to the subway and city bus stops, as well as moments from Highways 404 and 401!

Colours EntranceStop by the Presentation Centre and ask to tour the furnished model suites. Just look for the spectacular brightly coloured cones that form the first phase of the community’s public art component. Canadian novelist, visual artist and Office of the Order of Canada Douglas Coupland created this masterpiece to provide a sense of place and optimism. You can find out more about the residential opportunities available at EmeraldCityLife.ca.

The Carlaw

The Carlaw

Streetcar Developments’ motto is “Rethink Urban Living,” and the company is certainly doing that in Leslieville. Construction is progressing well on The Carlaw, Streetcar’s exciting urban residence energized by its artistic surroundings at Carlaw and Dundas. Savvy condo buyers are jumping at the opportunity to live in this stunning condominium in a neighbourhood named by The New York Times as one of Toronto’s hippest places to shop, drink, dine and live!

One of the best things about living at The Carlaw is taking advantage of its Walk Score® of 92! Rather than spend time and money driving around and looking for parking, residents can stroll to run errands, shop, dine and play, with so many amenities situated within blocks. Leslieville is even known for having the best brunch offerings in the City.

In partnership with Dundee Realty Corporation, with exteriors by TACT Architecture and interiors by Seven Haus Design, Streetcar has created a remarkable residence. Crisp angles and curved columns combine to create the sophisticated architecture this 12-storey condo will introduce to its location. The Carlaw will actually feature Crow’s Theatre, which will have a 200-seat theatre, studio rehearsal space, community programming area, and a trendy bar and restaurant. With occupancy slated for Spring 2015, the lofts and urban towns are well on their way to becoming dream homes for their fortunate owners. Among the fabulous amenities at The Carlaw will be a central courtyard that is part of a 25,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor event space.

Currently, receive a rooftop terrace with your purchase at The Carlaw (some restrictions apply). Ask us about it. You can register and find out more at Streetcar.ca.

Rise Condominiums

Rise Condominiums

The appeal of south midtown Toronto is on the rise, as Rise Condominiums is now well under construction. The Presentation Centre has been demolished to make way for this outstanding residence to rise on the southwest corner of Bathurst and St. Clair. Baker Real Estate Incorporated has set up a meeting space at Reserve Properties’ office, and hours are now by appointment only. There are still stunning suites available in this condominium, which is steps to the subway and across from Loblaws (formerly the Forest Hill Market).

One of Toronto’s best-kept secrets for a long time, the Bathurst-St. Clair neighbourhood is now one of its most desirable. The area is bustling with shops and services such as bakeries, European cafés and well-loved restaurants such as The Stockyards, The Rushton and Ferro. Some of Toronto’s finest public schools and loveliest parks are also in this coveted area.

Rise’s head-turning exterior by Graziani + Corazza Architects will frame absolutely gorgeous interior spaces. The modern two-storey lobby, for example, will overlook a sculpture garden. How is that for a serene welcome? And on the 7th floor, the amenity spaces will be phenomenal, with an array of lounges to satisfy every mood. Billiards, games, media and fireside lounges are joined by a dining room with a bar and catering kitchen, library, saunas, yoga studio and fitness centre. Two outdoor spaces include the cabana terrace for sunbathing and a cityview terrace with barbecues, outdoor dining, a fire pit lounge, conversation lounge, sun lounge and fabulous infinity pool. Take a look at the renderings at www.RiseCondos.com for a true appreciation of just how beautiful this residence will be.

To make your private appointment, call 416-546-7399 or email us at risecondos@bakersales.info.

Riverside Square

Riverside Square

Streetcar recently announced our ambitious new project called Riverside Square, which will help continue the the evolution of this east-side neighbourhood stretching along Queen St. E from the Don Valley Parkway to Degrassi St.

The Toronto Star featured the condo project in a recent article by Ryan Starr called “Looking to mend the neighbourhood fabric.”

Streetcar Founder and President Les Mallins, speaks about this rapidly changing area and our dynamic, new mixed-use community. Here’s what you should know now:

  • Riverside Square is a master-planned community comprised of four buildings, stepping down to mid-rise conditions along Queen, with nearly 900 residential units
  • A mixed used development that will bring retailers, a major grocer, a daycare, restaurants and cafes to The Square.
  • Condos will feature modern finishes and functional layouts ranging from one-bedroom units to three-bedroom suites, launch pricing starting at $239,900
  • Amenities will include a Fitness Centre, Party Room, Concierge, Guest Suites; the second phase will bring a Rooftop Terrace with Swimming Pool.

We’re excited to announce more details in the coming months! If you’d like to read more about Riverside Square, check out The Star’s article here.


Register today to stay in the know and to receive priority access for our upcoming launch event riversidesquare.ca

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