Replacing a former suburban retail plaza near the mouth of Toronto's Humber River, Vandyk's Backyard Neighbourhood Condos is adding modestly scaled mixed-use density to the Etobicoke corner of Berry Road and Stephen Drive. Clustered around a central greenscaped courtyard, the development's three residential buildings—the tallest of which rises to 10 storeys—are complemented by a two-storey commercial structure, which will house a locally sourced food co-op, as well as a café, salon, and other retail offerings.

Backyard Neighbourhood Condos, Toronto, by Vandyk Group of Companies, Kohn  Looking northeast at the four buildings, image via submission to the City of Toronto

With a site plan for the community submitted to the City of Toronto in late August, the last details of the project's future residential phases are now advancing through the planning process. Meanwhile, the phase one residential building—a 7-storey condo marketed as 'The Humberside'—is now close to sold out.

Backyard Neighbourhood Condos, Toronto, by Vandyk Group of Companies, Kohn  The Humberside, image courtesy of Vandyk

Fronting the northwest corner of Berry and Stephen, the residential building was launched in May. With over 85% of units purchased during the opening weekend alone, the project's success evidences latent demand for condominium housing in the neighbourhood, parts of which are already characterized by similarly scaled mid-rise residential buildings. 

Backyard Neighbourhood Condos, Toronto, by Vandyk Group of Companies, Kohn  A closer view of a retail frontage, image courtesy of Vandyk

The Humberside is set to rise alongside the commercial 'Shoppes at Stonegate' building at the south end of the site, fronting Berry Drive. While a shoring rig is already working away at what will be the southeast corner of the commercial structure (below), the site plan application also offers a preview of the future residential phases to the north.

Backyard Neighbourhood Condos, Toronto, by Vandyk Group of Companies, Kohn  Shoring underway at the south end of the site, image by Craig White

Like The Humberside, the buildings are designed by Toronto's Kohn Partnership Architects, with the L-shaped structures configured to encircle a community green space. Along the lower five levels of each structure, red brick tones reference the scale and materiality of surrounding built form, while lighter cladding minimizes the visual impact of the upper levels. 

Backyard Neighbourhood Condos, Toronto, by Vandyk Group of Companies, Kohn  Scale model, looking southeast, image by Craig White

Combining modest density with POPS space—which was profiled in a previous story—and new fine-grained retail, all while replacing the former expansive surface parking underground, the project will emphasize a pedestrian-oriented character with its design. 

Backyard Neighbourhood Condos, Toronto, by Vandyk Group of Companies, Kohn  Aerial view of the future community, image courtesy of Vandyk

We will keep you updated as the development continues to make its way through the planning process, and as construction picks up on the phase one buildings. For more information about the project now, make sure to check out our associated dataBase file, linked below. Want to share your thoughts about the development, and its impact on the community? Leave a comment in the space provided on this page, or join the conversation in our associated Forum threads.