New Upper Beaches Townhomes
From The Globe and Mail
Hyde Park Homes is building several townhouses in the Upper Beaches that purchasers can move into as early as March, yet in most cases still be able to customize their residences.
The enclave of 18 freehold townhouses is to be called Hodge Lane Residences. Fifteen of the townhouses will not be quite completed by the opening, and buyers will be able to modify them – everything from having walls moved to extra soundproofing installed. The remaining three townhouses, all fronting on Gerrard Street East, were ready for spring occupancy.
“People really like the fact that we’re building the houses first and they’re able to see them before they have to make a decision about purchasing,” says Gary Freedman, president of Hyde Park Homes, which specializes in infill projects such as this one.
Located two blocks east of Main Street off Gerrard, the site will consist of four blocks of three-storey townhouses along Hodge Lane. “From Gerrard [Street] south to Kingston Road, it’s a very established, very nice, well-maintained neighbourhood,” Mr. Kansun says. The area is filled with schools, recreational facilities and public transit, including the subway and GO Transit station nearby. Further south is the popular Kew Beach, the boardwalk, shops and restaurants.
“It’s a very good opportunity for purchasers to get in a well-established neighbourhood at a very reasonable price point,” Mr. Kansun says. The top of the Hodge Lane price range – the mid-$400,000s – is nearly half what another builder is charging at a similar development in the central Beaches area, he adds.
Homes go from 1,427 to 1,834 square feet, including the finished lower levels, which provide access to the garage. While plans vary, all units include three bedrooms – two on the second floor and the master suite on the third.
FaÃ§ades will be constructed of tumbled brick and stone, and accented with keystones and soldier coursing. There also will be private backyards and several outdoor living spaces, including decks, balconies, and rooftop terraces for units facing Gerrard.
“Having a rear yard was typical for townhouses, but is becoming less so because it’s harder to find land,” Mr. Kansun says. “So it’s an exceptional feature.”
Inside, there will be smooth nine-foot ceilings on the first and third floors, central air conditioning and five appliances, including a stacked washer and dryer.
On the main floor, there will be an open-concept living and dining room with hardwood floors and optional fireplaces. The kitchens – galley-style or U-shaped – will have breakfast areas in most cases, as well as granite countertops and imported ceramic tile floors and backsplashes.
The master suite will occupy the entire third floor and include a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with cultured marble countertops, raised corner tub and glass shower stall. Many will also have French doors to a balcony.
A monthly fee of about $60 will cover services.
Name: Hodge Lane Residences
Location: Upper Beaches
Builder: Hyde Park Homes
Price: $389,900 to mid-$400,000s
Square footage: 1,427 and 1,834
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