Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A condo with a view

Anyone who has traveled or commuted along Toronto's Gardiner Expressway lately has undoubtedly seen this:

Yes, that is a condo being built, and yes, it is a mere 15, maybe 20 feet away from the Gardiner Expressway.

Matt and I gawk as we drive by.  There have been many times that we've driven by and practically looked in the eyes of the construction workers, while they worked on the levels that are closest to the height of the Gardiner.  It's not often that cars move at full clip through this stretch.  In fact, it's usually more like a crawl.  So when these condo-dwellers move in, they will have quite the audience.  I can't imagine living with so little privacy, and such a sad view. 

I can only hope that the levels closest to the Gardiner are the floors where ammenities such as a gym, a theatre. and party rooms will be housed. 

I'm not the only one talking about this.  I've heard a number of people joking about how the condo-dwellers can sell snacks to commuters stuck in traffic, or speculating about whether the insurance rates will be higher since their condo could be involved in a car accident.

The 207-unit development is apparently called "Garrison at Fort York" and is being developed by Onni Group.

Among the building features listed on the site, are:
  • Fitness centre with yoga/aerobics studio
  • His & Hers spa washrooms with showers and saunas
  • Party lounge with bar, caterers' kitchen and separate formal dining room
  • Theatre room and games room
  • Furnished rooftop terrace with BBQ area
  • Rooftop garden
You can *just* see the Gardiner behind the building in the rendering (conveniently faded out).
Source: http://www.onni.com/new-homes/greater-toronto/now-selling/garrison-at-fort-york/

Now don't get me wrong, I think any opportunity to get into the housing market is a good one, and there are probably a lot of happy condo-owners out there who can't wait to move in to their little piece of downtown. 

But I also am intrigued to see how much more interesting my commute home is going to be, when there are people living here:

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