I got a sneak peek at a very cool condo project in Toronto. Yes, I know, another condo going up in Toronto — but this one was very interesting and different from your typical high-rise. It’s called Art Condos and it’s being built in the neighbourhood of Queen Street West and Dovercourt Avenue.
The building will be 11 storeys with only 148 suites, starting at 460 square feet and going up to over 1,600 square feet. A resident lounge on the 5th floor will open to a terrace with an outdoor fireplace, which is handy for entertaining when you don’t want to clean up your own place! It will also have a gallery space in the lobby for showing local artists’ work, and the ground floor will have retail live/work one- and two-storey suites.
I really liked the model suite at the sales centre. It was not your typical model suite, since it was actually based on one of the smaller floor plans — as opposed to showing a larger suite and being disappointed when you move into your smaller unit! Designed by Toronto’s 3rd Uncle Design, the suite offers a great example of how small can still be chic. They used super-stylish European-sized appliances (my favourite was the 24” built-in refrigerator), sleek cabinets, and sliding glass doors to partition the sleeping space. Even better, most of the finishes come standard with the suite.
If you’re in the market for a new condo or just want to take a look, check out their website.
And while you're thinking about condos, enjoy the decorating tips for small spaces, lofts and condos in our Small Spaces photo gallery.