The Upper House condos in Leaside is another mid-sized building coming to Toronto that dispenses with the all-glass look that tends to define many downtown condos in the city. A mostly low rise neighbourhood, the area around this condo has nevertheless witnessed profound development over the last decade, as Laird Drive has gone from a mostly industrial strip dotted with auto body shops and old airplane hangers to a burgeoning retail strip, complete with a sprawling plaza and new restaurants like Against the Grain.
While it will still be a bit of a hike to get to Eglinton for the LRT, which is due a few years after this project is finished, the walk score of 80 already gestures to development's central location (there's two grocery stores and an LCBO within about a kilometre). From a design standpoint, the building is handsome if boring, but the ample outdoor space afforded to each unit makes up for any shortcomings in the aesthetics department.
Address: 25 Malcom Rd.
Number of units: 74
Unit sizes: From 540 sq. ft. to 1509 sq. ft.
Unit Types: One-bedroom (+den), two-bedroom (+den) and three-bedroom (+den)
Price: From the mid $300,000s
Architect: Kearns Mancini Architects
Interior Designer: Chase Architecture
Developer: Knightstone Capital Management Inc.
Ceiling heights of 9' to 12.5'
Balconies, terraces and patios with gas-lines for barbecues
Recessed under mount LED cabinet lighting in kitchens
Porcelain floor tile in the en suite
Exercise room, dog spa, rooftop terrace, party room