The west-end neighbourhood is flush with amenities—restaurants, shops, transit access—and options for buyers at any price point. Here are four ways into the area.
38 Western Battery Rd., Unit 623. (pictured above)
The price: $319,900, maintenance fees $185.
The draw: This one-bedroom townhouse (with tiny maintenance fees) has had plenty of recent upgrades: The previous owners put in new flooring, windows, a mounted shoe closet in the master bedroom, and a fresh coat of paint throughout. A large storage locker is included.
The catch: There’s no balcony or terrace, and the only outdoor space is the covered front porch. Also, the single bathroom is an ensuite, which might get awkward depending on how comfortable you are with guests parading through the bedroom.
55 East Liberty St., Unit 301.
The price: $295,000, maintenance fees $255.
The draw: This one-year-old, 558-square-foot one-bedroom has nine-foot ceilings, stainless-steel kitchen appliances, and a 107-square-foot balcony overlooking a grassy courtyard. The building’s amenities include a gym, indoor pool, party room, and deck with a barbecue.
The catch: The unit’s neutral colour scheme (white walls, white cabinetry in kitchen and bathroom, blond laminate floors) make for a rather sterile environment. The open-concept kitchen and living room leave little space for a dining area, and parking is not included.
915 King St. W., Unit 504.
The price: $549,000, maintenance fees $609.
The draw: Spread over two floors, this 800-square-foot one-bed, two-bath loft has 18-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a barbecue-ready balcony that overlooks Massey Harris park. The sleek penthouse unit (with a small den and two storage lockers) is located in a 19th-century heritage building.
The catch: The open-concept bedroom and bath area may not be for everyone—the tub is just spitting-distance from the bed. And the maintenance fees seem exorbitant, given the lack of amenities on site (no gym, pool, or entertainment room).
50 East Liberty St., Unit 1106.
The price: $485,000, maintenance fees $395.
The draw: At about 1,100 square feet, this south-facing multi-level townhouse has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, making it ideal for young families. The unit is laid out nicely with separate living and dining rooms, and the private rooftop terrace, with wood barbecue and water hook-ups, has a stellar view of the city’s skyline. Storage locker included.
The catch: The kitchen may have a new backsplash and modern appliances, but with just 20 square feet of usable floor space, it’s small enough to feel cramped with two people in it.