(MOD Developments), themasseytower.com
Location: Yonge and Shuter
Starting price: $311,250
Unit styles: Junior one-bedroom to three-bedroom (377 to 1,085 square feet)
Features: A ninth-floor fitness centre with steam room, 10th-floor cocktail lounge and piano bar, and immediate shopping gratification at the Eaton Centre across street.
Sales Centre: 197 Yonge, 416-966-0197 (Monday to Thursday noon to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 pm).
Yonge + Rich
(Great Gulf), yongeandrich.com
Location: Yonge and Richmond
Starting price: $289,990
Unit styles: One-bedroom to two-bedroom plus den (459 to 894 square feet)
Features: Swanky cabinetry by Burdifilek, a contemporary Jenga-block-meets-Tetris tower design topping a four-storey heritage building base, and an outdoor pool set-up worthy of South Beach.
Sales Centre: 26 Lombard, 416-499-8883 (Monday to Thursday noon to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 pm).
(Lifetime Developments), thebond.ca
Location: John and Adelaide
Starting price: $261,900
Unit styles: Studio to three-bedroom (327 to 1,174 square feet)
Features: A golf simulation room for year-round driving, lounge and event kitchen for parties that are too big for your pad, and movie options galore at the Scotiabank Theatre to the north and TIFF Lightbox to the south.
Sales Centre: 373 King West, suite 302, 416-546-7525 (Monday to Thursday noon to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 pm).
(Concert Real Estate Corporation), 88scott.com
Location: Scott and Wellington
Starting price: $389,900
Unit styles: One-bedroom to three-bedroom plus den and family room (581 to 2,920 square feet)
Features: Sky lounge on the 46th and 47th floors, billiards room on the sixth floor, and the St. Lawrence Market and neighbourhood theatres right across Berczy Park.
Sales Centre: 100 Yonge, 416-216-8588, Monday to Thursday noon to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.
As the weather warms up, amenities like swimming pools and barbecue-outfitted outdoor terraces are likely inching up your new-condo wish list, but are perks like that more likely to increase your maintenance fees over time? Brad J. Lamb Realty sales rep Jessica Lawton (torontocondos.com) tells you if you should take the plunge.
Pools obviously cost more to maintain than a party room that doesn't get used as often, and an outdoor pool that's open a few months a year costs less to maintain than an indoor facility open year-round.
BBQs themselves aren't a big expense, and some developers (including Lamb) are installing gas lines on balconies, which is a fantastic bonus. Gas is included in the maintenance fees, and it's inexpensive.
Typically, buildings with lots of amenities have higher fees, but our winters are so long in Toronto that having an extension of a living space in the summer is a real selling feature.