South of Toronto's Downsview Park—and close to where the TTC's new Downsview Park subway station will open—a series of new developments is adding new homes to the edge of Canada's first urban national park. Replacing part of the former Stanley Greene Canadian Forces housing complex, a new project by Toronto's Stafford Developments is now adding a modest, family-oriented influx of density to a rapidly transforming pocket of the city.

An aerial view of the Stanley Greene site, with the Stafford Lands highlighted, image via Google Maps

Stafford's site joins a group of ongoing residential projects by Mattamy Homes, which range from high-rise buildings—planned just east of Keele—to detached homes, some of which are already nearing completion south of the national park. Organized around a new street grid, the community will be served by a new public park, which will provide a more intimately scaled and neighbourhood-oriented green space to complement Downsview Park. 

The Stafford site, with the six townhouse blocks (dark blue) and City Towns (light), image via Stafford Developments

At the south end of the 63-acre Stanley Greene lands, Stafford's Downsview Park project will soon add a mix of townhomes and mid-rise condominiums to the area, with an emphasis on luxury suites. Designed by Turner Fleischer Architects, Stafford's community will include six 'Luxury Townhome' blocks, alongside a 4.5-storey condominium complex marketed as the 'City Towns.' The 27 suites at the City Towns will range in size from 1,122 ft² to 1,652 ft², with a number of multi-level layouts designed to replicate the quality of space found in single-family homes. 

The 'City Towns,' image courtesy of Stafford Developments

North of the City Towns, Stafford's two townhouse concepts will introduce even larger homes to the area. At the east end of the site, three blocks will be given over to 'The James,' a three-storey townhouse block mostly composed of approximately 3,150 ft² units.

'The James,' image courtesy of Stafford Developments

With the master bedroom—including two walk-in-closets—and ensuite occupying the entirety of the upper floor, the multi-level homes are configured with privacy in mind. On the second floor, two smaller bedrooms, are located on either side of the staircase, and both are also outfitted with walk-in-closets. 

The James, average 3,149 square foot floorplate, image via Stafford Developments

Immediately west of The James, three larger blocks are occupied by a four-storey townhouse configuration marketed as 'The Cooper.' As with The James, each unit will feature a private backyard, as well as a small balcony accessible from the second-floor master bedroom. Landscaping will be appointed by MEP Design Inc

'The Cooper,' image courtesy of Stafford Developments

Featuring a very similar floorplan and layout as the homes to the west, an extra residential level adds two additional bedrooms to each home. Sized at over 3,300 ft², the five-bedroom layouts are a rarity in Toronto's new-build home market, where even two-and three-bedroom suites are typically make up less than half of the units in many high-rise condominium projects.

'The Cooper,' average 3,350 square foot floorplate, image via Stafford Developments

For both The James and The Cooper townhouse model, suite customizations are being offered, allowing buyers to tailor the homes to their individual needs. For many homes—including the larger corner suites at both The James and The Cooper—extra bedrooms can be added, while the lower levels of each unit can also be fitted out as secondary living spaces.

Private townhome garden, image courtesy of Stafford Developments

With the 155 luxury townhomes now over 70% sold out, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available, and the start of construction nears. In the meantime, you can learn more by checking out our Database file for the project, linked below. Want to share your thoughts? Leave a comment on this page, or join the conversation in our associated Forum threads.

Related Companies:  ANC Consultants Inc, COUNTERPOINT ENGINEERING, Greybrook Realty Partners, McIntosh Perry, MEP Design Inc., Stafford Developments, Turner Fleischer Architects, Vortex Fire Consulting Inc.