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Garrison at the Yards Condominiums Fort York Boulevard (Lakeshore and Bathurst) Real Estate Amenities and Neighbourhood:

Western Canadian Development company Onni who have 40 years experience in the industry have a strong reputation for the quality of their developments. They have entered the Toronto market with plans on two projects, one in the Lakeshore and Bathurst area; Garrison at the Yards, and the other is slightly west along Lakeshore at Parklawn; Westlake.

 

The first phase of The Garrison at the Yards will house 207 Units in an 11-storey building. The atmosphere is to replicate the style of a boutique hotel combining a striking glass façade accented with red brick. The interior common areas are to reflect the contemporary neighbourhoods surrounding the area such as the sophisticated King St West, trendy Queen West and the Entertainment and Theatre districts to name a few.

So whether you are the downsizing and retired grandparent who wishes to be close to your family or whether you are the executive professional working in the financial downtown hub, this location is a most suitable choice. The neighbourhood also offers the diversity to appeal to both the downsizing and the first time buyers.

 

Amenities in the Garrison at the Yards development will include an exercise room, a yoga / stretch room, his and hers changing rooms with their own saunas. Play a game of chess or bridge in the games room or invite a large group of your closest friends to wine and dine in the party room, which has a kitchen and bar area. The adjoining dining room can also function as a boardroom and you can have an intimate viewing of your favourite movies in the Theatre room.

 

For more details on Amenities and Suite features click here.

 

For Floor plans of studios, 1, 2, 1 and 2 plus bedrooms,  click here.

 

If you would like more information or have any questions at all in regards to the Garrison at the Yards development by click here.

 

 

Parks and Recreation:

There is a great diversity of options for every age group. Within a few minutes by public transport or approximately 10 minutes walk you can reach the Harbourfront centre, the Toronto Music Garden and the HTO Parks on the waterfront. Lakeshore has many trails for the public, such as the Martin Goodman Trail.

 

Just south of The Yards is Little Norway park with off leash areas for pet owners. Catch a game or a concert at the ACC, the Rogers Centre or bring the family to  Exhibition place for the many various events and activities held there. Within the CNE grounds also is home to the Toronto Footbal Club.

 

 

Transportation:

Right at the doorstep on Fleet St., the 511 streetcar travels north and south along Bathurst stopping at the CNE grounds and the Bathurst Subway station. The 509 Streetcar travels along Fleet St. between Union station and the CNE grounds. Either of these streetcars links you to most other major lines in the city making this a great location in terms of public transit and accessibility.

 

In terms of driving, I lived in the area for a couple of years and it was fantastic. I could access the Lakeshore Boulevard directly and be on the Gardiner Expressway in literally minutes.

 

 

Shopping and Restaurants:

The diversity of neighbourhoods as I mentioned above has something for every demographic in this west end of downtown Toronto. Queen street West offers many trendy boutique types stores, alongside famous music bars such as the Horseshoe tavern. Further along Queen west one enters the almost over the top trendy neighbourhoods such as Beaconsfield, which is beaming with great restaurants and clubs / hotels such as the Drake and the Gladstone.

 

King St. West offers a more sophisticated scene with more up scale restaurants and clubs further east in the entertainment district. Check out the restaurant Blowfish at King West and Bathurst! Afterwards stroll down to Bar Wellington and sit on the patio and enjoy the neighbourhood vibe. Use this great website called walkscore.com and learn more of what the area has to offer.

 

Price Ranges:

CONDOMINIUMS (375 – 975 Square Feet)

Studio                        $183,900 - $226,900

1 Bedroom            $224,900 - $296,900

1 + den Bedroom            $254,900 - $353,900

2 Bedroom            $349,900 - $412,900

2 + den Bedroom            $439,900 - $465,900

 

For similar existing condominiums in the downtown area click here.

 

Schools in and around Neighbourhood:

 

Elementary Schools: Ogden Junior Public School (Gr JK – 6); Fraser Institute Ranking.

Ryerson Community School ( Gr JK – 8): Fraser Institute Ranking.

Secondary Schools: Central Technical School (Gr 9 – 12); Fraser Institute Ranking.

Harbord Collegiate Institute (Gr 9 – 12); Fraser Institute Ranking.

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