Our latest My ‘Hood: Allison talks about living in Condo Land AKA Lower Spadina.
The kitten and my view.
Moving into a condo at Spadina and Bremner was meant to be temporary; a short-term solution while I looked for a house in a “cooler” neighbourhood. Cut to two-and-a-half years later and I’m still loving living in the sky. While the City Place mecca might one day fall into ruin, as recently suggested by The Grid
, it’s pretty shiny and new right now.
Best running motivation there is.
On a typical weekend morning I’ll elevator down to the gym, hit the pool and finish up in the steam room. If it’s a particularly nice day, I’ll jog down along Lakeshore via the Terry Fox Miracle Mile
(designed by Douglas Coupland). After that, it’s right to Thor
for quick coffee or Le Gourmand
for a leisurely breakfast over a newspaper.
If I feel like shopping, I’ll walk west on Queen or up to Kensington Market if I need to grab groceries (there’s a Sobey’s in my building but nothing beats Essence of Life
). For retail therapy closer to home, there’s Riant
, a cool boutique new to the neighborhood that carries a ton of great labels including Mackage and Rebecca Minkoff, and the Drake General Store
on Bathurst (which happens to be my favourite of all three shops).
Coziest Drake General Store
In the summer I’ll bike down to The Power Plant
to check out the latest exhibit, or head over to the Harbourfront Centre
for a free show or movie. I’m also right next to the
Roger’s Centre, so I’ve gotten to know the nosebleed section quite well. In the winter I tend to hibernate but if I do go out, it’s to grab dinner at KitKat
(my local gem) or a movie at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
. The Island is also cool to visit in the winter; every Sunday, the residents play shinny on the ice
against the backdrop of Toronto – so neat to watch.
Quite the rink
So that’s my ‘hood. Future ghetto or not, I love my little sky pod.