5 City Centre Condos for Rent - July 2015

I moved to City Centre a little over a year ago and I haven't looked back. My condo, though small (some would say "cozy"), is centrally located and has more than enough space for one person with mediocre cooking skills (I don't need a large kitchen to prepare a beautiful roast for my non-existent children who would likely hate it anyways and demand pizza or something), a super-cool espresso machine (there's always room for a basic bitch latte apparatus), apartment-sized furniture and more clothing than necessary.

All kidding aside, it's a fun and vibrant neighbourhood that's a pleasure to live in. You're steps away from Square One and surrounding shops, cafes and restaurants. You can hit up a Rabba to buy eggs, brie, falafels and toilet paper and then get some work done at Spin on a Thursday night while enjoying a savory crepe. After a hard day of piecemeal grocery shopping and crepe eating, you can work off your day -- both physically and emotionally -- at Moksha Yoga before grabbing a late-night shaken iced tea lemonade from Starbucks on your way home. You can also enjoy the sounds of live music and vigorous exercise emanating from Celebration Square at all times. Oh, and you can also enjoy people shrieking and yelling outside of Rabba (you'll get used to it and maybe find it charming).

So you want to live in City Centre? Here are some condos you can check out!

5) 2 Bed, 2 Bath Absolute Condo - $1650

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit is located in the illustrious Absolute (otherwise known as Marilyn Monroe) Condos on Absolute Ave off of Hurontario near Burnhamthorpe. This unit starts at $1,650 a month and building amenities include an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a games room and an exercise room. The unit is unfurnished and is not pet friendly.

4) 1 Bed, 1 Bath Parkside Village Unit - $1400

This one-bed, one-bath unit is located in the brand new PSV condos on Confederation and will cost you $1,400 a month (hydro not included). This building has an RBC and a Starbucks on the ground floor, along with a convenience store and some medical offices. The unit itself boasts a granite countertop, hardwood flooring in the bedroom and all major appliances (including a washer and dryer). The building offers a 24-hour concierge, covered parking, a party room, the Grand Celebration Room, a wine cellar, a music room, a gaming lounge, a fitness center, a wellness studio, a library, an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor sky park, a BBQ lounge and more. Smoking and pets are not permitted and the unit is not furnished. Available Aug 15 or Sept 1.

3) 2 Bed, 2 Bath Unit on Webb Drive - $1850

This unit, located in a slightly older building on Webb Drive, will cost you $1,850 a month and boasts two parking spots. In terms of features, it offers granite countertops, a new dishwasher and fridge, new laminate flooring and a fresh paint job. The building offers a saltwater pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, an exercise room, a racquetball court, a tennis court, a party room and a 24-hour concierge. Prospective tenants must provide an employment letter, references from past landlords and a credit report. Pets are not permitted.

2) 1 Bedroom Limelight Unit - $1400

This one-bed, one-bath unit in the new Limelight condos on Square One Drive costs $1,400 (hydro not included) a month and is a rare pet-friendly find. The unit features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ensuite laundry, hardwood floors, a walk-in closet and a fresh paint job. The building boasts a 24-hour concierge, a gym, a pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a billiards room, movie room, party room and guest suites. The unit is available Sept 1 and first and last month's rent is required. You must also provide a credit report and employment letter. The lease is for one year.

1) 3 Bedroom Unit in Ovation

If you have a family or want to go in on a unit with a few friends for a short period of time (say for a vacation or during a transitional period), you might want to check out one of these three-bed, two-bath suites in Grand Ovation for a special summer rate (contact the seller in the ad for more info). These spacious units are furnished and offer granite countertops, all the requisite appliances, ensuite laundry, HD TV, landlines, internet and one parking spot each. Please contact the sellers for more information. If you're looking for a short-term stay, note that there is a two-night minimum.

What City Centre is Missing & Has Too Much Of

To be fair, Mississauga's condo-heavy City Centre is in no way devoid of activities. There are restaurants (albeit big box ones). There's Square One. There's a movie theatre, a smattering of plazas (some with really good Indian food), an attractively lit and happily-staffed Whole Foods (come for the cheese display, stay for the cheery service!), an LCBO (perfectly located if you're hosting a condo party!) and a Playdium (good for 12-year-olds).

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