Guys, what do you think about this project? builder, location? the model suite looks amazing, very nice finishes, almost everything is standard, 10 ft ceilings, gas on kitchen and balcony. some units are going for $400 psf.
Good location for transit - 2 streetcar lines, 20 minute walk either north or west to both subway lines. It's between Leslieville and the Distillery, and a short walk to a number of parks and St. Lawrence Market, which is nice.
I can't say that any of the layouts really stand out. I don't know anything about the builder.
So how long does it take to do the excavation and what not... Last we heard in Sept was that shoring and excavation will take 4 months but doesn't sound like they are still doing the shoring. I can't wait to see a hole!
As a purchaser I received a package in the mail yesterday with an update letter and the Amended Disclosure Book (by-laws, building plans, condo rules, etc). The included letter also states excavation is in progress and will take approx. 3 months to complete. If you go by the site you'll see they're already about 6+ feet below street level. The live-eye webcam is supposed to be installed this month according to the letter.
I find your question a little confusing. Pre-con condos to me, are pre-construction condos that you buy from plans. If this is the case, its an easy solution. If your builder offers gas, a fireplace or a gas bbq outlet on the balcony is an upgrade and easily doable.
If you are talking about pre-existing condos that are already built, installing the gas fireplace is the easy part. Connecting it to a gas line is the hard part! It's doable but very complicated as your building has to have gas lines into it and risers going up the building and then you need to connect to the gas riser and bring it into your suite. Really the only chance you have is if there happens to be a gas riser going up the building inside the walls of your suite. Otherwise you are dealing with other peoples suites etc. They have made some great advances in electric fireplaces of late!