03 Feb Panda Comes to City Centre
When it comes to the location of Panda Condominiums, “it’s really at the heart of everything,” says Brian Brown, principal with Lifetime Developments. His team sought out the project’s downtown Yonge Street and Dundas Street location — the site of the former World’s Biggest Bookstore — for just that reason, loving its easy access to everything from transit to shopping, and from event spaces to the financial core. “It’s the first site that we’ve done that actually achieved a 100 Walk Score and a 100 Transit Score,” he says. That’s been an appealing prospect for buyers across demographics, whether they be young students, investors, or moveup purchasers wanting an easier commute to work. “It’s a very prime location in the downtown core,” Brown says. “So it caters to different types of groups.”
50 Steps Panda residents won’t have to worry about walking far in the cold. “If you walk directly across the street you have access to Atrium on Bay, which is a great office building but also has access to the TTC and to the PATH connection as well,” Brown says. Get to the Dundas subway station or walk farther downtown — all while staying warm.
200 Steps “There are a number of buyers we’ve been dealing with that have been buying for the purposes of their children that are going to be going to Ryerson,” Brown says. As well as being a selling point, Panda’s proximity to the university has helped drive the amenity spaces, which will include study rooms and an outdoor sports court. “We needed to think about what was attractive to them and what was useful to them, and what they would appreciate having in their own building,” Brown says.
250 Steps The Eaton Centre may be one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, but it also promises to be pretty handy. Shop for the perfect outfit, or eat at restaurants like JOEY or Trattoria Mercatto. If you choose to leave the mall, there’s also shopping along Yonge Street, as well as the Cineplex Cinemas Yonge- Dundas, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, and Massey Hall — all a quick walk away. Or you can take in an event at Yonge-Dundas Square. “I would say that’s the most prominent and most important square the city has, and it’s a lively and active space that’s always being used for different purposes,” Brown says.
Suites at Panda Condominiums range from 458 to 1,035 square feet and from $530,900 to $1,249,900. The sales office is at 3080 Yonge St., Suite 3056, Toronto, and open Monday to Thursday from noon to 6 p. m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Call 416-927-8980 or visit pandacondos.com.