Condominium living brings with it all sorts of wonderful lifestyle advantages, including having a range of amenities literally at your doorstep. And if you think about the outer entrance to a condominium in an urban setting such as downtown or midtown Toronto, there truly is a world of amenities at that doorstep, often within walking distance or just a short subway ride away.


Think of the entire city as an extension of your living space.


Even those who own a vehicle appreciate living in a maintenance-free condo handy to cultural, entertainment and shopping venues. It’s a real luxury to be able to leave your car behind and go out for dinner and a show without worrying about traffic or where to park. Condo shoppers consider location as well as suite design and other features because they want to be able to tap into the surrounding amenities easily. Water lovers who choose a condo such as Monarch’s Breeze in Etobicoke, for example, have immediate access to spectacular water views and lakeside activities. Those who live at Monarch’s Battery Park Condos + Lofts in King West Village can walk out the door to a 24-hour Dominion, boutiques, galleries, pubs, cafés and nightclubs. Plus, it’s a handy streetcar ride to work for those who are employed in the financial district.


Whatever Toronto condominium you choose, you’re never far from nature, as this city has an abundance of green space and parkland. I’m always amazed when I drive on any of the 400-series highways to look out over the city and see so many trees. We definitely have the best of both worlds here. For condo owners, it’s usually a short trip to the Martin Goodman Trail, the lake, parks and parkettes where they can walk, inline skate, picnic, read quietly, play ball or any number of other forms of communing with nature.


Sometimes there are opportunities right outside the condominium in the form of landscaped courtyards or park-like settings. Many condominium developers consider the area just outside the building to be yet another extension of residents’ living spaces. Landscape architects do a beautiful job creating pockets of greenery and colour that soothe the eye and the soul. Some builders consider this to be a priority, and will aim to have landscaping completed (weather permitting) before first occupancies – just to make it feel more like home right away.

It all comes back to location, location, location, doesn’t it? And when you live in Toronto, you live in one of the world’s best.

Linda Mitchell is Vice-President of Marketing, High-Rise for Monarch Corporation. In 2005, Linda was presented with the coveted OHBA SAMMY (Sales and Marketing Member of the Year) award. In 2003, she received the Riley Brethour Award acknowledging outstanding and consistent professional achievement in residential sales and marketing. She can be reached at