Inspired by BuzzFeed's Castles vs. Condos series, I decided to make a Toronto version. Because Toronto is making me poor and I'm sure many other Torontonians have also felt personally victimized by Toronto's cost of living.
While we may not all have a couple million or so to dish out on owning a condo, this comparison gives you a good idea of how absurd the Toronto real estate market really is.
Side note: It was really sad that the research for this was easier than my research for 20 Toronto Guys That Will Get You Pregnant Without Even Touching You. I could have made a list of over 100; it could have gone on forever. I mean there are plenty of attractive Toronto men but the number of overpriced condos far exceeds the Toronto male population.
Lesson I learned: Time to move to France, marry a Parisian and buy a castle!
1. LISTING: $691,629 CAD
This 19th Century French Chateau sits on 10 acres of gardens and woodland. There are 10 bedrooms plus a loft space, a formal dining-room, a master's study, a library, 2 kitchens, a 4-car garage, a barn, a cellar and a brewing workshop.
LISTING: $705,000 CAD
This waterfront condo is 1023 sq. ft. and has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a den. Features include granite counters, 9' ceilings, hardwood floors, potlights, a wraparound balcony that faces the Entertainment District and custom roller blinds.
2. LISTING: $1,413,716 CAD
This 19th Century French Chateau sits on 3 hectares of parkland and used to be run as a hotel and restaurant. It has 10 ensuite bedrooms, an impressive entrance hall with reception desk, open fireplace and private office, a fully equipped professional kitchen, 2 large dining rooms (one with open fireplace), a feature lounge with open fireplace and ladies & gents public toilets. There is also a guesthouse, caretaker cottage, barn, stables, saddle room, workshop, dog kennel and 2 pools.
LISTING: $1,595,000 CAD
This waterfront condo is approx. 1400-1599 sq. ft. and has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Features include 10' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, 2 large balconies with a clear view of the lake and heated floors in the master ensuite bathroom.
3. LISTING: $1,546,551 CAD
This French castle is set on 10 acres of land that has 9 bedrooms and has been highly restored. It also comes with a separate caretaker's cottage. Features include a fenced and gated swimming pool and terraced area as well as many outbuildings including a utility room, a cellar, a games room, stables and a tool shed.
LISTING: $1,635,990 CAD
This Yorkville condo has 1 bedroom and a den, and is approx. 1400-1599 sq. ft. It also features a glass curtain wall construction designed by the architect of the Louvre. Features include Oak hardwood flooring, white designer kitchen with marble countertops and wine fridge, ensuite soaker tub and stunning views from every room.
4. LISTING: $2,482,995 CAD
This 18th Century castle is located in the French Alps, with a gorgeous view of the mountains. The lot is 2.9 acres and has 7 bedrooms. The entire castle is fully restored. Features include a large pool, several terraces, brand new appliances and oak flooring, several of the original fireplaces, a large barn, workshop, caves and wine stores, a separate 2-car garage and located right next to all the premium ski resorts.
LISTING: $2,649,000 CAD
This penthouse is located in the Financial and Entertainment Districts. It is 3,508 sq. ft., has 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Features include a designer kitchen, large terrace and additional balcony, security system and electrical blinds.
5. LISTING: $3,121,480 CAD
This is a historically listed French Chateau, with 13th Century foundations, rebuilt end of 16th Century and enlarged in the 19th; range of outbuildings set in approx. 46 acres. Outhouses include a guardian’s apartment, a cottage, an orangery transformed into guest accommodation, barns, garages, former chapel, stables and tackroom, set in lovely terraced gardens with a swimming pool, tennis court and a former kitchen garden in the valley. The castle itself has 9 bedrooms.
LISTING: $3,579,000 CAD
This condo is located in Aura, Canada's tallest condo building and is approx. 2750-2999 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Features include a spectacular skyline, 12.5' ceilings, 2 parking spaces, a designer kitchen with wine storage and wolf glass cooktop, fireplace, free-standing tub and wallpaper.