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Above and beyond basics

A view is nice. Square footage certainly counts. But whether they’re looking 30 storeys above Bay Street, or for a leafy commuter bungalow, buyers want more than just the basics. Here are some of the hottest amenities on offer across the GTA.

Virtual perks

Toronto’s Line 5 condos, in the Yonge and Eglinton area, are named for the light rail transit system under construction. But that’s not the only transportation advantage for future residents. The new development from Reserve Properties will incorporate an Uber pick-up lane in the courtyard. And for owners who don’t want to go outside at all, there will be hot and cold storage for food deliveries as well as fitness studios with computerized floors, lighting and walls suitable for virtual training sessions — a bike ride through virtual mountains, say, or an on-demand exercise class.

Technology is also central to the Notting Hill townhomes in Cambridge, by Gable View Homes, a Burlington-based developer. Their new two-, three- and four-bedroom builds will include Think Nest thermostats, which residents can operate using their phones or tablets to suit their temperature preferences and schedules. The homes are also equipped with Amazon Echo Show, a voice-activated system that can turn on lights, check security cameras and operate sprinklers.

And at Tridel’s “smart condominium” at Ten York, residents won’t even need keys. Units are accessed via digital door locks, common areas are controlled by a smartphone app and the garage recognizes residents’ license plates. Naturally, future owners can also keep watch on how the building is going via a construction cam, which updates images of the site every 30 minutes.

Four-legged friendly

With James Gardens and Humber Valley Park nearby, the condos at 293 The Kingsway already have obvious appeal for dog owners. But the new development from Malen Capital and The Benvenuto Group, which is currently registering units from $484,900 to $1.3 million, has gone one step further for Fido: It includes an on-site pet “spa,” a wash basin with a hand-held shower suitable for dogs of all sizes.

Of course, 293 The Kingsway has plenty of amenities for people too. There’s a game and billiards room, a rooftop barbecue terrace with a large-screen TV and fireplace, and a 3,500-square-foot fitness centre. But with 230,000 dogs in Toronto — and about three to five dogs per building floor, according to city planners — four-legged residents are increasingly an essential part of developers’ plans.

The Upper House Condos in Leaside, completed last spring, not only has a dog washing facility but features a hydraulic clipping table and adjustable blow dryer. DavPart’s new development in North York, The Avro, has a dog run on the property as well as a dog washing station. And The Livmore, a luxury rental development at Bay Street and Gerrard has an outdoor dog run on the fifth floor, complete with fake fire hydrant.

Not every development is dog-friendly. In the last year, residents at one Etobicoke property were told they could only have dogs small enough to …read more

Source:: Nationalpost


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