Living in Toronto's Harbourfront: Why We Love it! | Toronto Realty Boutique


Toronto’s Harbourfront may at first seem like a part of the downtown core that’s specifically for tourists. But nothing could be further from the truth! Toronto’s Harbourfront is filled with some of Toronto’s best condos, and with the lake at your doorstep and some of the best views in the city, you should absolutely consider living in the Harbourfront if you’ve got a great condo in mind.

Toronto’s downtown Harbourfront neighbourhood along the shore of Lake Ontario is lively and has a community feel that residents will say is quite unique to a condo-dominant neighbourhood. While Toronto’s cold weather keeps things on the quiet side during the winter months, Harbourfront is full of happy people, both residents and visitors enjoying its outdoor spaces all summer long.

Living in the Harbourfront Neighbourhood

If you call the Toronto Harbourfront neighbourhood home, that usually means that you live in a condo. Not many houses can be found in this area, as it was originally built with a focus on tourism. But with that focus comes some of the most outstanding amenities in all of Toronto, and we’re not talking about a condo gym.

Things to do in The Harbourfront

A ferry ride to Toronto island is likely a short walk away from your condo. Getting your daily workout in is a breeze when you can go for a run on the boardwalk. How about taking up sailing or bike riding? If you’re having guests visit from out of town, the Tall Ships are a must for visitors. There are also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to enjoy all year around. There is rarely a shortage of activities and things to do in the Harbourfront, with new additions to the neighbourhood seasonally.

On warm days, Toronto’s Harbourfront comes alive. Residents and visitors flock to the area to take in the schedule of cultural food and arts festivals at Harbourfront Centre. Catch the ferry here and spend a day exploring the Toronto Islands, or visit the Music Garden, whose design was influenced by a piece of music by the composer Bach.

Canada’s Sugar Beach

A popular destination just East of the Harbourfront neighbourhood in Toronto is one of the most popular spots in downtown in the summer – Canada’s Sugar Beach – a whimsical park that transformed a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge. The brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas and iconic candy-striped rock that made Sugar Beach famous are located adjacent to the Redpath Sugar Factory. The 2-acre park is the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront.

Harbourfront Real Estate

Toronto’s Harbourfront is indeed condo-central. The density is high, but on the flip-side, some of the buildings are older, and with that comes sprawling floor plans that can’t be found in many other condo buildings in the city.

Don’t be afraid of a little work if a unit looks old and worn. A condo renovation can be done, and it can provide a tremendous return on your investment. Not only will you have a larger than average condo in the Harbour, but you’ll also have a place that will feel custom and unique to your vibe.

Empire Quay House Condos

If you’re looking for something new on the pre-construction side, watch out for Empire Quay House Developed by Empire Communities, this building is projected to stand at Queens Quay E & Richardson St, Toronto.

A total of 460 condominium units are proposed in a mix of 342 one-bedroom units with average sizes of 460sf, 69 two-bedroom units with average sizes of 700sf, and 49 three-bedroom units with average sizes of 1000sf.

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