The Humber sets the tone as an urban renewal oasis

May 7, 2019 at 11:52 AM

 

The Humber project is proving to the community at large that affordable housing is far from uninspired. Located on the banks of the Humber River near Lawrence Avenue West and Weston Road, this 22-storey, 232-unit condominium offers the best of nature, urban convenience, and environmental sustainability – all at an affordable cost.

With multiple transit options, a growing art scene, and aggressive plans for more developments, Weston Village bears all the telltale signs of urban renewal, said Heather Tremain, CEO, Options for Homes, who are the developers of The Humber.

“The area is in a state of rejuvenation, much like the Junction and the Distillery District in the past. We’re at the front edge of the wedge here. As we come online there will be more developments that will bring big changes to the neighbourhood.”

Potential buyers can rest assured however that any new developments won’t get in the way of The Humber’s uninterrupted southwest views of the city, given its location near the bend of the river, she added.

Designed by Architecture Unfolded and built by Deltera, the construction arm of Tridel Group of Companies, The Humber has upwards of 20 different layout options. A six storey-podium at the base of the tower features one- and two-storey townhouse configurations facing Raymore Park, across the river. There are also a few wheelchair-accessible suites available.

The condos, half of which have been sold, are designed for family living. There are one bedrooms from 617 square feet, two bedrooms from 788 sq. ft. and three bedrooms from 968 sq. ft to 1,021 sq. ft. available. They’re slated to be ready for residents to move in by late 2021.

Beyond the bucolic location, what makes The Humber truly stand out is its family focus, Tremain says. As such, 60 per cent of units are two-bedrooms or larger. (Over 20 per cent are three bedroom units).

“Typically you don’t see that many larger units being built. From the outset, The Humber was meant to be a family building.”

Options for Homes strives to help people become homeowners and the units are only available to owner/occupiers, not investors.

“Ownership makes a huge difference in the financial resiliency of families,” Tremain said. “There are lots of other opportunities for investors in the GTA.”

The Humber is the organization’s 14th development in the Greater Toronto Area. The company was also behind Heintzman Place in the Junction and the three-phased development of Mill Street, Parliament Square and St. Lawrence in the Distillery District.

The Humber’s being designed with practical features to appeal to those with family budgets. The building will have solar panels (to defray electricity costs) and a limited number of electrical vehicle parking spots. It will also offer indoor bicycle storage, and enhanced security for its underground parking.

To keep maintenance fees at a reasonable level, The Humber is foregoing costly amenities like pools and gyms (both of which are readily accessible in the nearby Weston Lions Park) in favour of common spaces. Those include a rooftop terrace on the seventh floor podium, and a social lounge and party room with a kitchen on the first floor.

With this approach, the building boasts some of the lowest maintenance fees at just under 50 cents a square foot, compared with the city’s average of 65 cents.

A key selling point is that it’s walking distance to the UP Express station. For those travelling further afield, the 401 is about a 10-minute drive from the building. And in 2022, the Eglinton Crosstown will be accessible at Mount Dennis Station, just two kilometres to the south.

The Humber is not the typical new development in the middle of a concrete jungle. There are parks, community centres, schools, local retailers, arts activities, and walking trails aplenty. And there are more to come.

This year will see the completion of the Artscape Weston Common, a gathering place and platform for showcasing creative talent and arts events that will be a 10-minute walk away. The Common will also become home to the renowned Weston Farmers’ Market, the city’s oldest market, as well as arts groups such as UrbanArts and Shakespeare in action.

Residences can also enjoy additional greenspace at Hickory Tree Road on the west side of the building. And when The Humber is completed, the existing roadway to the building site will be transformed into a park that will provide direct access to the Humber River and Humber Trail.

In keeping with the affordable family living mandate, many within the community of buyers for the building can take advantage of Options’ unique Home Down Payment Loan, a shared-equity mortgage the helps purchasers boost their down payment to secure a conventional mortgage. There are no scheduled payments on the loan; the amount, plus appreciation, is simply due at the time a homeowner sells or moves from the condo. Options for Homes also offers additional affordable and manageable loan programs to buyers.

The Humber sales office is located at 1984 Weston Rd. The presentation centre is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4pm to7pm and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Options for Homes also hosts Condos 101 education sessions every Saturday. www.optionsforhomes.ca/condos101

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• Activities abound. The Humber is next to Weston Lions Park, where you’ll find two baseball diamonds, a tennis club, skate park, basketball courts, splash pad, playground, outdoor pool and hockey arena.

• With a “very walkable score” of 87, The Humber is a 3-minute walk to the UP Express/GO station that gets you to Union Station in 15 minutes and Pearson Airport in 12.

• Nature is literally at your doorstep. Enjoy easy access to the Humber Trail with 13 kms of pathway leading to Lake Ontario.

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