Welcome to CondoNow’s 2016 Top Ten Countdown decided by you the viewer! 2016 was a year where the Condo Market was on fire. We saw a lot of community growth this year and plans that came into fruition making this year’s top ten list rather surprising. Compiling the total impressions, total visitors, and time spent on each project on CondoNow, we’ve discovered which developments really stood apart from the rest. We also decrypted what helped these projects claim their spot on our Top Ten Condo Developments in the GTA list.
Starting our Countdown at the Number Ten Spot is…
This master-plan community launched 3 phases this year! With a total of 1,162 suites, Cosmos Condos had our viewers spending a total of 897 hours on this project, or an easier way to say it, 37.5 days. So what made Cosmos Condos so desirable? How about the Community Improvement Plans Vaughan is working on. Cosmos Condos brings everything from the necessities of shopping and fitness, to luxurious nightlife and entertainment. Cosmos defeats other condos in the area such as MET and Nord East because of its high end amenities, spacious suites, and futuristic design. The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s (VMC) vision will bring huge expansion to Vaughan creating a downtown core with the addition of a pedestrian shopping and restaurant area, new job opportunities, and a mobility hub including the TTC VMC Subway Station (opening end of 2017). 2017 will be a year of tremendous growth for Vaughan.
Super Cool Feature: Cosmos Condo Tower B has an Astronomical Observatory Lounge
A simply striking condo that used strong lines and geometric form to catch everyone’s attention is our number 9. Located on the ever desirable Queen Street West at McCaul Street, the excitement and vibrancy here never ends. We’re positive countless shopping options and close proximity to Queen Street Warehouse, Ballroom Bowl, and Queen Mother Café, stole the hearts and the stomachs of many. At Form Condos you are right in the middle of creativity and innovation with OCAD University, the AGO, and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts right down the street.. As well as unlimited transit options and walking distance to many universities, Tridel brought us a project perfect for those who are true to themselves and strive off the vigorous and eccentric style that is Queen Street West.
Mind-Blowing Fact: Our total visitors spent enough time to go to the moon & back TWICE (10 days)
Now who wouldn’t want to live in a restored Firehouse Clock Tower. Well everyone because it’s Sold Out and it Sold Out fast. Halo has kept the beautiful history and architecture while contrasting with modern design to bring us a stunning condo in such a desired area. At the corner of Yonge & College this is a perfect place for students and professionals. With cute cafes and restaurant options one after another, there’s always a new place to discover like Banh Mi Boys, Carmen’s Steakhouse, and Burrito Bandidos. Residents will never be bored as there are limitless shopping options and Toronto Eaton Centre is just down the street.
Historical Fact: The Firehouse Clock Tower was built in 1872
Downsview Park Towns comes in at our number 7 spot (yes we know this is not a condo). This collection of bold townhouses really struck interest with families of all sizes and the mention of Freehold Towns especially persuaded those interested. Minutes away by foot, car, and even bike are shopping boutiques, excellent restaurants, and endless parks. With Downsview Station close by, a downtown commute is only 30 minutes. The Downsview Hub is pretty spectacular by itself; with all the activities and events such as Downsview Park Merchants Market, Food Truck Festival, and Family Fun Events, it’s perfect for everyone.
Amusing Fact: Downsview Park is home to the largest circus school in Ontario, Toronto Circus School of Arts.
Hopefully you didn’t decide to sleep in on the day this project launched because it Sold Out in just ONE DAY. Exchange Condos positioned itself as the connection to all your desires which brought 6,000 visitors to CondoNow to learn more about this exciting project. Located at Bathurst St. and Fort York Blvd, Exchange is in the perfect cultural hub of artistry, architecture, and fashion for successful millennials. It provides only a 7-minute walk to the Marina that interested purchasers were sure to be excited about. Exchange is part of the master-planned community that is Concord CityPlace. This offers amazing neighbourhood amenities and with the 2017 development of Project: Under Gardiner, a 10-acre 1.75km trail/park under the Gardiner Express, Exchange Condos will be right by the Market Hub and Passive Hub that residents are sure to enjoy.
Distinctly Awesome Amenities: The Prisma Club in Exchange Condos has a Dance Studio, Art Studio, Music Studio, Photo Studio and more.
This is Tridel’s second time on our top ten list with the third phase of the Bayside Community Aquabella! It took just 2 months to sell over 70% of one of the city’s most luxurious projects of the year with the average units starting at over 1 million dollars. Not a single ounce was held back for this phase which peaked everyone’s interest with a total time spent of 582 hours on the project page. Top Appliances, gorgeous soaker tubs, and remarkable design will be in every suite. Right in the hustle and bustle of Toronto, Aquabella brings its residents a permanent vacation. The rooftop terrace provides an outdoor pool, Cabanas, and simply mesmerizing view of the lake that surely persuaded everyone that this is the place to be after a long day’s work. The charming Distillery District is less than a 10 minute walk away and Cherry Beach is easily commutable. Walk outside Aquabella and be directly on the waterfront where you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and unique cafes that surround you.
Perfect Location: Steps away from the lake shore. 100 Transit Score 87 Walk Score.
Just shy of third, St. Lawrence Condos is a superb development that really plays off of the culture and characteristics that is the St. Lawrence Market. In just 2 weeks this development became 70% sold. The branding of St. Lawrence Condos is young and hip, it also tries to exude a sense of exclusivity. This place is one of a kind and the building had 70 different floor plans. St. Lawrence is a place for the adventurer, the DIY enthusiast, and the connoisseur. The market is over 200 years old and provides phenomenal food options to residents and visitors.
Impressive Fact: St. Lawrence Condos has 10 floors of amenities bringing ultimate convenience and fulfillment.
Entering the Top 3 we have Central Park Ajax! Central Park Ajax brings a breath of fresh air and the spark that Ajax has been waiting for. The excitement and interest from you all makes this project our number one. It is the largest Ajax condo development and the area is expecting massive population growth with a focus on young families. This 18-acre master-plan is located right at the Ajax Plaza where there are numerous eateries, the Harwood shopping mall, and many schools. The revitalization will bring even more restaurants, jobs, retail spaces, and nightlife entertainment! Numerous parks and trails surround you and just a 7 minute drive away is the Town of Ajax’s spectacular waterfront. Families and investors couldn’t wait for this opportunity.
Fun Facts: Central Park Ajax has amenities from a chic bar and lounge area to a outdoor green roof terrace. The fitness centre has a rock climbing wall and there’s even a fun outdoor mini golf zone.
75 on The Esplanade is the perfect candidate for our runner-up spot. Maybe it was the secretiveness of this project that made us twitch and want more but 75 on The Esplanade drove insane results with such little details. We’re giving the success of this project to location. The Esplanade is perfect for commuting, schooling, and especially lifestyle. A Foodie’s heaven, 75 on the Esplanade brings options right to your door. With a line-up such as the Biermarket, The Loaded Pierogi, and St. Lawrence Market just minutes away, you’ll never be without a fabulously tasteful Instagram post. This charming and exciting location is just a few minutes walk to Union Station.
Sweet Features: Interior Design by Award Winning Firm II by IV Design.
And in the #1 CondoNow Award as viewed by you goes to…
A project that flourished because of the revitalization of the Regent Park Community. With such regrowth, investors and first-time buyers alike saw the huge potential this community has and so a total time of 1847 hours was spent by all visitors on The Wyatt’s project page. This is the longest amount of time spent out of all the projects on CondoNow. The Wyatt immensely deserves this spot selling out in such a limited time. Located at Dundas Street East and Sumach Street it’s near the new MLSE Athletic Grounds and Regent Park Aquatic Centre which is a perfect place for family. With the new addition of Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park is becoming a new and exciting art and cultural hub.
Awesome Award: Regent Park was honoured with the award “Best International Neighbourhood Renewal Program” by the International Journal of Neighbourhood Renewal.
There you have it! CondoNow’s 2016 Top Ten Condos in the GTA. And the top reason for buying this year? Location, location, location. People are excited to see the growth of an area and can’t wait to indulge on all the new amenities their community has to offer. We hope 2017 brings you good health and fortune.
Stay tuned for our Tuesday Buyline featuring all 2017 Upcoming Launches.