A condominium? What's that?
Neither house nor apartment, it was a new style of housing in 1968
It wasn't a house, but it wasn't an apartment, either.
The condominium was a new way of living in 1968, and the CBC's Bill Casey was there to explain it.
"It looks like row housing. It is row housing, with a difference," said Casey. "It's called joint control, or condominium housing."
In a condominium, the purchaser bought a unit, rather than renting it from a landlord. And all owners jointly controlled the surrounding property.
"It's an old idea, but new to Ontario," added Casey, who said the province had allowed the ownership format for less than a year.
Banks were wary
It was so new that banks were still figuring out how to finance such purchases.
"The one big problem ... is the apparent reluctance of lending institutions to provide financing for these condominium developments," said Peter Langer, a real estate developer.
But he said he expected banks would eventually come around, and more condominium developments would follow.
Casey said the appeal of condominiums was their lower price compared with traditional single-family dwellings.
At one such development at Jane Street and Finch Avenue in northwest Toronto, prices started at $19,300 with a down payment of $3,400. (That's more than $140,000 in 2019 dollars.)
'Swarms' of children
A renter had told Casey one of the realities of living in a condominium, which he paraphrased as the camera showed residents relaxing outside their units.
"You have to like children. They travel in swarms," he said.
For Pat Hunter, condominium dwelling with her children easily beat apartment living.
"The best you can do in an apartment is to have a balcony, and that can be confining for children," she said. "Here, they're out in my backyard. I can look at them."
But she agreed she still hoped to live in a detached home someday, or even in the country.
With land prices increasing, condominium development wasn't letting up, said Casey. Another developer was even planning to put up "the city's first condominium apartment building."
"In Metro [Toronto], it seems, the days of the ivy-covered cottage and white picket fence are numbered," summed up Casey.