When the condo boom began in the early 2000s, most of the focus was on downtown Toronto, specifically in areas like Yorkville and the Waterfront. With all that the core could offer, it was natural that developers would focus their efforts in area; that trend remained intact for a number of years, but as buyers began to look outside of the core for affordable options, developers began to look elsewhere as well.
Condos in downtown Toronto tend to get most of the name recognition when it comes to developments; they’re featured in top 10 articles, have lengthy write ups in local publications, and are on occasion, home to celebrities. Downtown Toronto still provides the best urban experience you can get from a condo, but there are alternatives for buyers who find themselves on the outside of the downtown condo market.
North York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough are now home to countless impressive buildings, and while condo life can be different in Toronto’s amalgamated communities, they offer many of the same perks and these areas are home to a number of very impressive residences.
For those who prefer a slower pace with a view of the water — Scarborough has some appealing options, many of which you’ve likely never heard about. They won’t appear on Narcity or BlogTO, but we’re pleased to present 5 incredible Scarborough condos.
Solaris is a two for one deal; two modern towers standing 41 storeys tall, clad in tinted, rounded glass. The towers were completed in 2011 and contain over 900 units between them. Agincourt has a substantial condo scene and most buildings are relatively modern. However, between the extensive offering of amenities — indoor pool, saunas, fitness centre, media room, concierge, guest suites, underground parking, and more — and spacious layouts, this development stands out.
Compared to downtown Toronto, maintenance fees and the price per square foot are well below the average, though PSF is a bit higher than the neighbourhood average. The building has an incredible location within the neighbourhood, steps from shopping and dining and only a short distance from Midland Station. Great for single commuters or families looking for a little extra space, this development is one to be seen.
Situated in Woburn, ME Living Condos is a 28 storey containing 327 suites. The building was finished in 2019, and as such, amenities are abundant; outdoor pool, concierge, fitness centre, recreation and games room, outdoor lounge and dining area, concierge, and more.
Prospective buyers know they can count on finding units that haven’t seen much wear and tear — they can also count on hardwood floors, granite, and stainless steel appliances. Suites sizes are certainly larger than what you’d find in most modern residences, and price per square foot is a discount when weighed against prices downtown. The location at Markham and Ellesmere means that restaurants, grocery stores, bus routes and shopping centres are all nearby.
Residents of Ellipse — West Tower enjoy all the same convenience as residents of ME Living Condos, because the buildings are only minutes away from each other. Ellipse was completed in 2004, stands 34 storeys tall, and contains 387 suites. Amenities include an indoor pool, saunas, concierge and underground parking.
Units at Ellipse — West Tower feature modern finishes like granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliances, and functional open-concept layouts. Depending on the exposure of units, some residents have sweeping views of the water. Add in a stylish exterior and available town homes, and you have a very desirable residence.
For years Birch Cliff and Cliffside was somewhat of a secret; the neighbourhood had a feel similar to that of The Beaches, but prices were significantly lower. The area is no longer a secret and more and more Torontonians who can’t quite afford the Beaches are settling here instead.
Fallingbrook Lofts has been in the neighbourhood for just over a decade, and it’s lost none of its appeal. Set on Kingston Rd, this boutique residence offers only the most necessary amenities, focusing on the suites themselves: Towering mezzanine areas, multi floor layouts, exposed ductwork, sliding doors, and expansive private balconies. Suites also have luxurious features like marble or granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and some suites have fireplaces.
And just when you think this residence couldn’t be anymore appealing; there’s a sprawling park directly behind the building, a golf course just minutes away, and it’s only a short drive to the Beaches.
Proof that some things get better with age, Henley Gardens is a 1992-built condo with 243 suites spread out over 12 floors — it’s never been more desirable. Henley Gardens continues to be in high demand, and that’s really no surprise when you look a little deeper.
To start, the building provides residents with thoughtful extras such as a fitness centre, saunas, guest suites, party room, concierge, underground parking, and more. Some buyers will love paired down amenities and others might be disappointed, one thing’s for sure, nobody will take issue with unit sizes that begin at over 700 square feet. There are no small units here, and 3 bedroom units can be as large as 1600 square feet.
Though finishes might vary given the age of the building, the fact that it’s so desirable means that most units have seen some upgrades. If you’re lucky enough to see a unit listed here, it’s probably a good idea to jump on it.