Condo vs. condo al­ter­na­tive: which choice is right for you?

When look­ing for a tidy liv­ing space, some­thing with­out acreage, the usual route is a shiny new condo. But what about a unique condo al­ter­na­tive such as a row house? What they lack in five-star ameni­ties could be made up in char­ac­ter and lo­ca­tion. Here­wit

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HANDMAID’S HOME

Back 30 years ago, this au­then­tic Yorkville row house, on the mar­ket for $2.198 mil­lion, was owned by a scribe by the name of Mar­garet At­wood. Here, the leg­endary au­thor penned her works tucked away on the third floor. The writer, fa­mous for her nov­els Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, amongst oth­ers, sold the home to the­atri­cal de­signer Joy Sa­man­ski, who kept the orig­i­nal charm of the home in­tact while en­ter­tain­ing her clien­tele, such as Tom Jones and Ron­nie Hawkins, in the main floor show­room. En­ter­ing the home, vis­i­tors strut down the orig­i­nal wood floors that date back to the late 1800s. There are large prin­ci­pal rooms and a sec­ond floor pa­tio that is more akin to an English gar­den than a typ­i­cal leafy re­treat. There are two ad­di­tional row houses left on this his­toric strip of Yorkville, and the op­por­tu­nity to own comes along once in a gen­er­a­tion.

VS. HIGHFALUTIN HOMESTEAD

There are few ad­dresses that gar­nered more pres­tige than 300 Bloor St. E., oth­er­wise known as the Bel­la­gio, where more than a few no­table celebri­ties, politi­cians and for­eign diplo­mats have resided in the past. This cov­eted three­bed­room suite of­fers stunning views over beau­ti­ful Rosedale and its ravines through its floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. The unit on the 28th floor also boasts a fire­place, hard­wood floors and a large open-con­cept liv­ing room, fam­ily room and din­ing room. The mas­ter suite has a five-piece en­suite bath­room. Some of the more lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties avail­able to res­i­dents in­clude a salt wa­ter pool and 24-hour concierge. The Bel­la­gio is also close to the city’s best shop­ping in Yorkville as well as fine pri­vate schools such as Brank­some Hall.

The char­ac­ter home of­fers plenty of orig­i­nal fin­ishes, in­clud­ing brick walls and wood floor­ing, and pro­vides de­sign op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The sec­ond floor pa­tio is huge and could be trans­formed into a lux­ury back­yard re­treat bet­ter than any mere bal­cony.

Look­ing out over the leafy ravines of Rosedale from a bal­cony perch is a fine way to re­lax af­ter a long day at the of­fice.

A stunning gourmet kitchen with mar­ble coun­ters will in­spire even the most culi­nar­ily chal­lenged cooks.

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