One of the newest condos to hit Toronto’s Yonge Street condo scene is Vox Condos at 28 Wellesley Street East. Located just to the east of Yonge Street within meters to the entrance of the Wellesley Subway Station, Vox Condos is a modern and simple building in a prime location.
Although admittedly still under construction, as visible in the above photo of the exterior, the 35 storey tower has occupancy right now for most of its suites, and I had the opportunity to check out a bachelor unit, 1 bedroom floor plan and a 2 bedroom suite there this week for this review.
The entrance to the building is simple and clean. As cost effective as I’m sure the concrete walls were for the developer, there is no feeling of “cheap” here. The finishing of the concrete is smooth and professional, and the highlight of the lobby is this very cool imprint of a tiger’s head directly into the concrete.
There is an elevator bank with two residential elevators (there is a third elevator on the left side, but I don’t think it provides suite access, though I could be wrong), with interior cabs that feature touchscreen displays.
Once in the hallway to the suites, the tone is made more sleek and mysterious with very dark colouring choices and a multicoloured carpet to add some interest. It really does feel like a boutique hotel. I’m curious to see how the walls will wear in time with many moves in and out, since I’m personally familiar with how challenging it is to keep marks and scuffs off of dark finishings…
Once in the suites, the finishings are of typically high quality from a builder like Cresford. Functional kitchens that cover the basics in size and utility for a busy downtown lifestyle, and floors and counters throughout with modern quartz counter and engineered hardwood selections.
There was one unit I visited that had a simply beautiful bathroom as a result of some frosted panels to the outside in lieu of the expected wall of drywall. That wall of frosted window let in so much light that for once, it was easy to perfectly see everything in the bathroom without having an overhead light on. In other words, you could totally put your make-up on in that bathroom with the door closed and with no light on simply because the entire bathroom had a beautiful warm glow of natural light. Not a possible feat pretty much anywhere else! My photo of this doesn’t give the space justice – natural light is just something you can only experience in person.
When it comes to the views from the suites, the mid-level southern exposures are beautiful. They capture unobstructed vistas towards the lake, the Yonge Street Corridor and the downtown Financial District. Beauty can’t be said for every exposure in the building – the east and west views definitely being problematic – but choosing the view you want with the floor plan you desire is just part of life in the densely populated core. Here’s a collage of the southern views from east to west below:
I really liked the feel of the building after finishing up my visit. There was obvious care taken with the suites, the sizes and layouts seemed workable for the neighbourhood, and the scale of the building made it fit into the feeling of a boutique category for the area. I would recommend this building as an option for buyers, sellers, landlords or tenants!
For future renters: This building represents an opportunity to get in on some “inexpensive” rents for the area. With so many brand new units all available at the same time, the scales are tipped in the renter’s favour, which is typically unheard of in today’s downtown rental market. Also, since we’re in the fall market right now, there’s far less rental demand in general anyway, since most students, hospital workers and employees in general know where they are living for the academic year. Use this as an opportunity to negotiate your rent!
For owners/landlords in the building: Now is not the time to be bland with your marketing and listing strategy. With so much competition, your property needs to stand out from the rest to secure the best tenant or buyer as well as the best price possible. I kid you not, I saw some horrible approaches on how to market a property while visiting Vox – things that will cost a landlord literally hundreds of dollars a month for a full lease period, because of some very unskilled work. The same terrible approaches will cost an owner thousands of dollars. Don’t let this be you! We have a plan and strategy for ever listing we work on so that your experience is maximized.
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