I can't agree with storage being the main issue as storage can be bought or built-in (via clever double duty furniture or IKEA type cabinetry). And, if you're going custom, a good designer knows many tricks.The main issue with small units is that storage is lacking. We recently bought a bigger unit than what we had from a low-rise developer who is converting old brown-stone duplexes into stacked low-rise flats. Family sized units (1100 sq ft+) for 2+den (proper den - window, door, could be baby room)/3 bedrooms in nice areas of the city: circabuilt.ca
The main advantage is low CEF (more of a town house feel). The build quality is superb - built to luxury home standards. Custom kitchens and custom storage in closets (this is a big plus in condos).
This is what they call the missing middle. Toronto should encourage more of this type of buildings. They are on the upper end to build but the maintenance is a lot lower compared with high rises as there is no security, no management on site and not elevators or expensive elements to maintain.
The guidelines issued for the building include:
A minimum of 25 per cent of large units; which includes 10 per cent of three-bedroom units, 15 per cent of two-bedroom units.
Group large units together to encourage socializing.
Large units on lower floors.
Amenity spaces for children and youth.
Multi-purpose rooms for toddler play, craft groups, youth fitness and homework groups.
Specific rooms for music lessons, food education, tools and "messy activities."
Lobbies should include stroller storage space.
Just out of curiosity: why "new builds?" Old builds are larger and more-solidly constructed as a rule. They also have actual kitchens and closets.I keep hearing that there are more and more rental buildings being built, but every project seems to be the same old stack 'em and pack' em shoeboxes, with 2-bed/2-bath units being crammed into 700-800 square feet. That ain't gonna cut it for us.
Is anyone aware of any new builds that are actually a decent, livable size? We would rent forever if we could find ANYTHING as remotely good as the condo we are currently leasing (2 bed/2 bath, approx. 1300 sq/ft).
Just to be clear, I'm talking specifically about dedicated rental buildings. Not sure if there are there any older rental buildings that have condo-like finishes and amenities. The suites might be large, but they still have apartment quality finishes (i.e. worn, tired, walls that have been painted over a million times), no master en-suites, and communal laundry rooms in the basement. In other words, typical apartments.Just out of curiosity: why "new builds?" Old builds are larger and more-solidly constructed as a rule. They also have actual kitchens and closets.
My issue is that they'll build 3BR condos. But they'll still be 1000 sq ft. When I moved back from Ottawa, I couldn't believe what passed for a 2BR condo in Toronto after living in a 980 sq ft 2BR in Ottawa which even had in-suite laundry, water heater and heater taking up space. I would argue that the condo I had (and I was single at the time) would be the minimum for a couple with a young child.Good article on the need for 3br condos: http://torontostoreys.com/2017/02/future-toronto-condos-family-friendly/