I've lived in the downtown core for 27 years in various apartments & condos & never had noise problems until we bought our first place at Bay & Grosvenor (a S/W, 6th floor corner unit) and mistakenly didn't study the noise impacts. It was a nightmare when we moved in. Most every time the light turned green on Bay Street we could hear the rumbling/vibration of trucks and buses inside the unit. Across the street was Addison Used Cars (now Murano) and car alarms would go off all night plus there was a firehall about 100 metres east on Grosvenor Street - 'nuff said there. We sold the place after 10 months, investigated rush hour and late night noise at Alexander & Church and determined it to be fine. We moved into a 40 Alexander rental until our new place was built and never had any noise problems again. If you buy a condo (or when choosing a rental), do the best noise investigation possible if your sensitive to late night noise. We made a big mistake by not doing so with our first place. If you have a large enough bedroom in a noisy area and are having sleepless nights a solution can be to have glass sliding doors installed 3-4 feet away from the window. That small space can become a den or solarium by day, at bedtime slide the doors closed for double protection from outside noise. Some downtown 80's condos were designed like this for that very purpose.
Originally Posted by Thanos
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