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Emily Scott is a Toronto furniture industry vet but didn't really start collecting designer pieces until she moved from her tiny rental into a condo in one of Daniels Corporation's new Regent Park buildings earlier this year. Now the account executive at Design Within Reach boasts a growing collection of coveted pieces including a Jieldé lamp, Bev Hisey pillows and uniquely hued Hans Wegner wishbone chairs.
Wish list: A lower-floor space that would minimize the condo feel, a terrace for gardening and entertaining, and a building design that maximized privacy between units.
Number of properties checked out: One. "I ran into some friends in Cabbagetown, where I'd been renting for about eight years, and they told me about the condo they'd bought in the new Regent Park development. On my next day off I went by and left with a new condo. The whole experience of buying my first home was a lesson in things happening when you least expect them."
What she got: An 800-square-foot second-floor two-bedroom-and-two-bathroom corner unit with a 300-square-foot terrace that Scott now calls "the lanai."
What she says about her place: "I've always been an east-sider, and I'm excited to be a part of the history of this new development in Regent Park. The area is in a period of transition, and as a first-time homebuyer, it's a great investment because the price per square foot is less than you would pay in other trendier established neighbourhoods. Across from my building will be a 6-acre park, and the new Aquatic Centre and Arts and Cultural Centre are just about to open their doors."