A Scarborough condo with a national park around the corner

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Unlike many multi-phase condominium projects in the GTA, sales launches for Narrative’s east and west buildings are separated by weeks, not years.

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Half of the 422 units in the Scarborough mid-rise community went on sale April 7, with the second round following close behind. “We are truly grateful that the market is so supportive of this project,” says Adam Taverna, founder and president of developer Crown Communities, adding that the two 11-story buildings “are especially close to a national park.”

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Although not as famous, majestic or vast as Banff or Gros Morne, Rouge National Urban Park is on its way to becoming the largest urban protected area in North America. Stretching from Lake Ontario in the south to the Oak Ridges Moraine in the north, the 75 square kilometer reserve spans grasslands, forests, wetlands, farmlands and sandy beaches, and is home to 15 Marked hiking trails, one of which begins about 800 yards from the fireplace-equipped lobby and concierge of the East Narrative Building.

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The kitchens will have stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and mosaic tiled backsplashes.
The kitchens will have stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and mosaic tiled backsplashes. Photo by Photo courtesy of Crown Communities

“This site combines urban accessibility and convenience with access to green spaces that no downtown condo can match,” says Taverna, pointing to a 2020 survey by Remax Real Estate which revealed that 48% of respondents wanted to live closer to green spaces without giving up local amenities such as hospitals, schools and shops.

Although the site address is urban — 7437 Kingston Rd. sits between a busy urban thoroughfare and Highway 401 — a 14-meter setback from the highway plus an elevated, wooded setting makes for busy roads “an afterthought,” says Taverna.

Above the tarmac, the balconies and terraces overlooking the one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites offer sweeping views of the nearby park and Lake Ontario. Crafted by Kirkor Architects and Toronto-based interior design firm Pulsinelli, Narrative’s suites span over 1,100 square feet and adhere to the City of Toronto’s Growing Up Urban Design Guidelines, which focus on the development of vertical communities that better meet the needs of all households, including those with children.

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The buildings were designed by Kirkor Architects with interiors by Pulsinelli.
The buildings were designed by Kirkor Architects with interiors by Pulsinelli. Photo by Photo courtesy of Crown Communities

To that end, the project’s 18,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space includes a children’s play studio in the west building, which opens to a playground in a new half-acre park. acre. Each building houses its own coworking space, yoga studio, party room with dining and lounge area, and games room. “If you want to go down and practice, you don’t have to walk to the next building,” says Taverna. “We want to encourage wellness in our communities, so we felt it was a necessity, and we had the space to do that.”

Units have smooth finished ceilings and wide plank flooring. The kitchens will be outfitted with a five-piece set of stainless steel appliances, contemporary custom cabinetry, mosaic tiled backsplashes and undermount stainless steel sinks. The bathrooms, meanwhile, offer sleek soaking tubs and quartz-topped vanities.

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“I live in a condo myself, so I know how important it is to have a nice living space, especially when living with other people,” Taverna says. “That’s why our floor plans focus on efficiency and smart design.”

Prices range from $300,000 to lows $1,000,000. For more information, visit https://narrativecondos.com.

Each of the buildings will have its own party room, as well as a dedicated coworking space, yoga studio, and games room.
Each of the buildings will have its own party room, as well as a dedicated coworking space, yoga studio, and games room. Photo by Photo courtesy of Crown Communities

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A short walk east of Narrative, the scenic Mast Trail is being extended to Rouge Beach as part of a Parks Canada improvement project. pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/red

Wildlife watchers looking for something more exotic than Rouge Park’s native species can head to the nearby Toronto Zoo to try and spot the baby Sumatran orangutan born on April 11. 361A Old Finch Ave, torontozoo.com

Downtown Scarborough, the fourth largest shopping center in Canada, recently opened an outdoor skating rink for free public use throughout the winter. Special events in late 2021 and early 2022 included DJ Skate Nights and Character Skate Days featuring children’s entertainment characters. 300 Borough Drive, scarboroughtowncentre.com

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