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Toronto’s appetite grows for sustainable condominiums, but quality and aesthetic concerns linger

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Toronto is in need of sustainable housing, and condominiums are becoming an increasingly popular choice. Devron conducted a recent survey that shows most GTA residents see this type of dwelling as a potential long-term housing solution, with nearly half (47 per cent) of respondents feeling that condominiums can be long-term homes.

Current condominium dwellers feel similarly, with 71 per cent confident in long-term condominium living. However, 93 per cent of respondents feel that the city needs better-built condominiums, and 79 per cent believe most Toronto units are cheaply made.

“The perception of condo living in Toronto is not ideal and, sadly, people have become used to low standards,” says Pouyan Safapour, president of Devron. “We want to show Torontonians that condos can be beautiful, functional and livable long-term homes that they can take pride in … We strive to challenge this status and change the narrative on condo living in Toronto.”


Torontonians demand interesting design and architectural appeal 


The survey found that 59 per cent of GTA residents feel current condominiums available in the city lag compared with other major Canadian cities in terms of interesting and exciting designs, and 86 per cent believe that Toronto’s skyline lacks captivating architecture.

Plus, eight per cent strongly agree that Toronto’s condominium buildings offer unique designs and personalities. Almost all GTA residents surveyed (96 per cent) say developers have a responsibility to build quality homes that contribute to Toronto’s liveability and infrastructure.

“The survey shows that condos can be a sustainable, long-term living option, and a home for people and families of all ages and life stages. Every building should offer a variety of suite sizes for growing families, not just one-bedrooms for transitory dwellers,” Safapour explains. “The quality must go beyond just nice appliances and finishes — it’s often what is behind the walls that affects our life and comfort the most.”

He lists examples of comfort and experience features that suites should be designed with: noise insulation between suites, quality windows for noise and thermal protection, high-performance elevators, pressure-sealed doors, leak detection, pot lights for even lighting and large windows. 


Condominium purchasing considerations


As single-family homes stay out of reach for many, more and more GTA residents are turning to condominiums for housing. This boosted interest is driven by several factors, with the top being valuing reduced maintenance and less responsibility (33 per cent) that come with condominium living.

In addition, 20 per cent want to live near downtown Toronto, for convenient access to things like restaurants, childcare facilities, schools and medical services.


See survey findings below.


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