The presence of the University of Toronto in the Annex made it a vibrant neighborhood filled with bars and restaurants. This over 100 years-old neighborhood in Toronto has a diverse population. Because all the successful business people, students and artists have found this neighborhood a suitable and attractive place for living.
You can easily find traces of Victorian, Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque architectural styles in the Annex houses. But here as a Toronto real estate agent, I want to review the top 5 condos in the Annex neighborhood to show you the modern life in this premier neighborhood.
5. 736 Spadina Ave
This stunning modern condo building is located just across from Matt Cohen Park at the lovely U of T area of the Annex neighborhood. 736 Spadina Ave, which is also known as Mosaic Condos, was completed in 2008 with 21 stories and 216 units.
Due to the total number of 216 units, the size and layout of units in Mosaic is very varied. They range from 450 square feet one-bedroom to 1,230 square feet two-bedrooms plus den. The special features inside each unit include eight to ten-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, roomy bathtubs and private balconies. The residents can enjoy the natural light, thanks to wall to wall floor-to-ceiling windows. The spacious balconies of Mosaic units will give you a private relaxing opportunity.
With all the amazing facilities in Mosaic condos, you can easily socialize, relax and have fun without feeling the need to leave the building. In addition to its vicinity to the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus, there are many other features which make it an ideal place for students and educators. Mosaic amenities include 24-hour concierge, fitness facility and yoga rooms, courtyard with reflecting pools, party room, two guest suites, theatre room, lounge, games room, billiards. It also has a stunning rooftop patio with a 360-degree view of the city skyline and CN tower, perfect for BBQ parties.
Mosaic’s Property Management Telephone: 416-944-2174
4. 170 Avenue Rd.
This new downtown modern building is known as Pears on the Avenue which is located at 170 Avenue Rd. It is exactly where the Annex meets Yorkville. So the neighborhood is a combination of both luxurious and peaceful areas. These condo apartments were built in 2015 in 20 stories and 170 units. The three levels lobby and a grand sculptural staircase make you feel like you are walking on the set of a movie.
The comfortable and well-designed units in Pears on the Avenue are varied from 500 square feet smaller units to 3,500 square feet larger units providing plenty of space for pet lovers or even art collections. The exquisite interior design of these units include polished hardwood floors, 9 feet high ceilings, huge floor-to-ceiling windows, stainless steel appliances, dens and separate dining rooms. Residents in their private terraces or balconies spaces can enjoy the wonderful views of the city.
One of the popular features of Pears on the Avenue is its multi-purpose party room which also has a working kitchen and wet bar. Other facilities include 24-hour concierge, private cabanas, fitness room, yoga studio, a theater room, a terrace with fireplace and garden, indoor pool, saunas and showers.
Pears on the Avenue’s Property Management Telephone: 416-964-7323
3. 38 Avenue Rd.
This beautiful building is also known as Prince Arthur condos. It straddles right on the border of the Annex and Yorkville neighborhoods. The elegant red brick façade with a romanesque style driveway of the Prince Arthur has made it a magnum opus in the neighborhood. The construction of these condo apartments was finished in 1999 with 24 stories and 152 custom designed units. In fact, it has an arched coffered stone entranceway with a courtyard edifice at the north, going all the way up to the 24-story tower on the southern end.
The residents take advantage of watching the sun rise and sunset with marvelous east and west views. This Full “Hotel Style” building has suites available in different sizes and layouts, ranging between 755 to over 4,200 square-feet. The suites are 1, 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms with 1 to 5 bathrooms, plus dens and private balconies.
The residents also have direct elevator access, multiple lockers and two parking spaces. The amazing interior design features include floor-to-ceiling windows, high coffered ceilings, modern stainless steel appliances, stone counters and hardwood floors. The marble floors and shower walls of the bathrooms are exquisite. Most of these units have walk-in closets and their kitchens/family rooms have splendid fireplaces. The Prince Arthur provides a 24 hours concierge and security services and valet parking. Further amenities in this exceptional condominium include a full gym, a car wash, an in-house library, billiards room, courtyard gardens as well as a steam and sauna facility.
Prince Arthur’s Property Management Telephone: 416-515-0038
2. One Bedford Rd.
One Bedford is a concrete, limestone, and glass high-rise building located right at the north side of Bloor Street. Its exterior design is an inspiration of the urban styles of Fifth Avenue in New York and Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. This modern tower was built in 2011 with 32 stories and 254 units. Residents have quick access to St. George Station and boutique shops, cozy cafes and restaurants, and stylish bars and venues.
The size of units in One Bedford Building range from 597 sq. ft. smaller ones to 2700 sq. ft. two to three bedroom units and a few penthouse units. The modern interior design of One Bedford seems perfect with spacious private balconies, 10 feet high ceilings and tons of natural light coming in through the floor to ceiling windows. Most of the units have a walk-in closet with extensive shelving and storage spaces, and hardwood floors. They also have a two-piece bathroom and ensuite laundry. The kitchen is designed with quartz countertops, marble backsplash, built-in fridge and stove and stainless steel appliances.
Having a Starbucks coffee shop on the ground floor is a marvelous feature for many students who rent and live in these units for a quick caffeine fix. However, one of its top facilities is the indoor saltwater swimming pool with waterside lounge seating and a private spa. The other amenities of One Bedford include a 24 hour concierge, gym, a yoga studio, boardrooms, a party hall, steam room and visitor parking.
One Bedford’s Property Management Telephone: 416-962-6639
1. 200 Bloor St W
These artfully rotated four cubes are known as Exhibit Residences located at 200 Bloor Street West. This new modern tower was built in 2017 with 32 stories and 200 units which was attached to the museum by a crystalline structure. This futuristic condominium building is somehow in contrast with the simpler architecture along the north side of Bloor Street. It is located at the fashionistas dream area in a quick distance from one of the most popular shopping districts of Toronto.
The size of suites in Exhibit Residences ranges from 503 sq. ft. one-bedroom to 2378 sq. ft. large 2-bedroom plus den and family room suites. Interior design of these suites have 9 feet high ceilings, 6” baseboards, sliding or swing doors, balconies and hardwood flooring. The European-inspired kitchens have quartz countertops and energy saving appliances and stainless steel ovens. Each suite is provided by a washer and dryer, an alarm system and individual hydro metering.
Although the neighborhood is known for having luxurious stores and entertainment venues, the residents also have so many indoor facilities. The interesting features of Exhibit Residences include concierge and security services, a gym, a party room with a catering kitchen, an outdoor patio, a lounge with a double sided fireplace and guest suites. Exhibit Residences can be an ideal choice for those who love living in one of the most distinct luxury neighborhoods of the city, right at the entrance to downtown Toronto.