Condo of the Week: A Lofty (Pet-Friendly) Commercial Drive Condo
Welcome, yee of Nordic heritage: these high ceilings are calling your name.
April 7, 2017
The Details: 313 – 1545 East 2nd Ave. | $409,900 | 593 sq. ft. | Bed 1, Bath 1 | Built 1976
The Condo: Welcome home, my Nordic brethren—may you never live in fear of bumping your head ever again. This condo’s vaulted ceilings make its less-than 600 square feet feel roomy and inviting. The skylight over the living area and floor-to-ceiling windows allow light to flood this south-facing apartment—ideal for someone who works from home or those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Another feature adding to the spaciousness feeling is the 140 square-foot covered patio that wraps around two sides of the living area. With so many amazing markets, butchers, and produce vendors nearby, a barbecue on the deck is a must. And for the days when outdoor cooking isn’t a possibility, the recently updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample cabinet storage will certainly get the job done. There’s even a kitchen pass, perfect for your guests to pull up a stool and chat.
The Building: The Talishan Woods is a 48-unit, wood-framed building constructed in 1976. It’s three stories high and has an elevator, making move-in a breeze. There’s ample storage and secure underground parking. Pets (max two) and rentals are both permitted.
The Neighbourhood: The Drive is an area dedicated to meandering (careful not to surpass 30 km/h when driving as jaywalking is practically a mandatory pastime), eating delicious food and coffee—lots of coffee. As the street banners indicate, the Drive has a rich Italian heritage and part of this history involves cafe culture. Over the years, however, many other ethnicities have come to be represented through culinary expression and the street has no shortage of amazing restaurants. Furthermore, home chefs will revel in the abundance of fresh produce markets. Transit to all areas of the city is easily accessible.
The Drawbacks: Shared laundry, rentals allowed (which could also be seen as an advantage if you’re looking to purchase investment property rather than a new homestead).