I visit this building quite frequently, primarily because I live right in the same neighbourhood and I’m literally a one minute walk away, but also because I’m curious to see all of the units in the building as they become available. As a result, the concierge at Lumiere has a number of my business cards from all of the trips I make there on a weekly basis.
Fortune smiled upon me yesterday when I received a call from someone in the lobby of the building looking to view some one bedroom suites. He had just walked in, got my business card, called me, and within 5 minutes I was there showing him the interior of Lumiere.
Having come from a different area of Toronto, and likely a building more than 10 years old, it was a unique experience to walk through a brand-new condo, with particle boards on the elevator walls and industrial plastic carpet protectors and green painting tape at all of the edges along the hallway.
When we entered the suite, he went straight to the windows overlooking Bay St., remarked upon the cool urban view, and then went straight into the room at the right. “Is this the den?” he asked. He paced around the room trying to visually figure out the dimensions. “‘Cause if it is, there is no way any of my stuff is going to fit in here!”
This is a valuable lesson for anyone looking into living in a new building on Bay St., and by new, I’m talking about anything less than 5 years. The builders of these condos are now taking the term “bedroom” very literally, as in, it’s a room where you can put your bed but nothing more. Dressers, armours, large bedside tables and things like that simply don’t work in these spaces.
The floor plan of the suite that was seen is the one posted above, and according to the builder’s remarks, it is 611 square feet. That is not at all unusual for this kind of suite. So, if you do want to have a larger space, consider a building that is at least 10 years old, or simply a larger price tag closer to $600,000 and above.