Easy summertime condo living

By: The Globe and Mail 

Generous, beautifully designed outdoor spaces and proximity to nature are coveted by pandemic-weary buyers

For Janice Fox, broker of record at Toronto-based Hazelton Real Estate Inc., the fact that outdoor space is such a priority for luxury home buyers these days doesn’t surprise her, considering what the world has been through these past two years.

Inside, the “must-haves” haven’t changed. Buyers still want lots of light, open spaces and big windows. But outside, the wish list has sprouted like a fast-growing vine, particularly for those buyers who are downsizing from a single-family home with a sizable backyard. A cramped balcony with room for a couple of garden pots and some folding chairs isn’t going to cut it.

“Outdoor space, balconies, connection and proximity to green space; that’s what people are asking about,” she says. Fox is just wrapping up sales for Maison 77 Clarendon, a five-storey, boutique Toronto condo project from Menkes Developments Ltd. and Pinedale Properties Ltd., nestled among the tree-lined streets, parks and walking trails of the prestigious South Forest Hill neighbourhood. Residents of this project will enjoy a lifestyle of tranquility amid nature, Fox says.


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