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In revealing its latest Toronto condominium community, FORM, to be situated just south of OCAD University’s boldly playful tabletop building on McCaul Street, Tridel first presented renderings of the architectsAlliance-designed building’s exterior. Toronto’s most experienced condo builders have highlighted the fascinating neighbourhood, where FORM residents will be within walking distance of many of Toronto’s most exciting attractions and amenities—busy, ultra-cool Queen Street West to the south, OCAD and the AGO to the north, relaxing Grange Park to the west, the financial district, theatres and downtown to the south and east. It is almost impossible to picture a more vibrant neighbourhood in Toronto.
All of this is very exciting, of course, but what will the suites at FORM be like? Ultimately, that’s what really matters to home buyers, and Tridel has now given us a first look at what to expect, a floor plan of a very spacious three-bedroom, family-friendly suite.
It’s interesting that Tridel chose to feature a three-bedroom suite first, as if to send a clear message that though FORM may be located in Toronto’s hippest, coolest neighbourhood, it will also be a great place to start and raise a family, a trend that is on the rise. The president of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) wrote in the Toronto Star last month that more and more families are living in condos these days. Bryan Tuckey noted that 36,000 new families are formed in the GTA each year, and demand for family-friendly condos is rising. Builders like Tridel are responding, he said, by building larger suites and child-friendly amenities.
For children, condo life can be very enriching. The Condo Information Centre (CIC) notes that children can benefit from increased contact with a wide variety of people in the condo environment, learning social skills like politeness and how to be considerate. They may also benefit from the use of the condo’s amenities, especially for physical activities. Using these amenities can also bring children together and help them make new friends. As the CIC says, it’s “a North American myth” that families need big houses to thrive.