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Aura Condo, Toronto Condo Reviews 

(4 reviews)
Condo address: 386-388 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, M5G 2K2
(2.9 out of 5 stars)
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Beautiful views

(4.6 out of 5 stars)
by Jordan G. Feb 11, 2018
One of the tallest buildings in Toronto. If you live here, you will enjoy beautiful views but beware of fire alarms that occasionally go on. The location itself is great - you are directly in the downtown, just steps away from bars and restaurants. Eaton Center is about 10 minutes away.
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The biggest plus is location

(3.0 out of 5 stars)
by Chie Tori Oct 03, 2017
Aura has its pluses and minuses. The biggest plus is location -- several stores are in the building and in College Park, easy access to subway, very nice gym (Hard Candy), a number of nice restaurants nearby. The building is almost new, which is also a big plus at the moment.

There are a few negatives as well:

1. Deliveries are quite complicated. You need to reserve an elevator (actually, the process involves moving between two elevators), which is not easy. Most people reserve standard 2-hour slot even for small deliveries that take 10-15 minutes, so you have to reserve well in advance. Several times I had to pay extra to a delivery company to deliver at the exact time instead of a flexible 2-3 hour slot. Also, loading docks are shared with College Park stores, so not reserving an elevator can be risky.

2. High-speed elevators are quite unstable, and vibrations can be unpleasant. One time the sensors even forced the elevator to stop in between floors.

3. The air draft in the elevator shafts is unlike I've seen at any high rise buildings before. On some days the draft on the first floor can be quite extreme and noisy.

4. The ventilation system is very strange in this building. First of all, I can perfectly hear street traffic through my bathroom vent (I live on a high floor). Also, half of the time the air flow through the vents inside the walls is so strong that you feel like you are on an airplane. I used to think this noise comes from the vents on the roofs of nearby buildings, but the noise is coming from inside the walls.

5. Constant false fire alarms. I know this is common in high rise buildings, but the frequency in Aura is unusually annoying. People are now trained to completely ignore these alarms...
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Lower end finifhes

(3.0 out of 5 stars)
by Alexander Evans Jul 11, 2017
First off I want to say I was more than surprised to be able to go into this building and even more surprised to find out that people are living in this building. The reason is that they still have the construction elevators on the exterior of the building and a crane on top. I didnt think it was possible to occupy a building that was still under construction. Talk about living in a construction zone. To say the building needs a little work is a major understatement. The hallways are not complete, the main entrance is not complete and none of the amenities are ready so living here would be far from enjoyable at this point in time. I will start with what I didn't like, the hallway ceilings seem low and you get the feeling of being cramped in, this was not expected from such a large building. When you enter a suite (I was in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath) the ceilings seem low and they are. The amount of bulk heads bring the ceiling height down and where it is at normal height it is below 8 feet. I am a tall guy and am able to touch an 8 foot ceiling but this ceiling was really easy to touch. For what should have felt like a large unit just came across as being small and lost a lot of the high end feeling you should be experiencing when in a building of this calibre. The bedrooms were small and I mean small the second bedroom was so small I dont think you could fit a queen size bed and a side table in it. The master was barely larger and again with the low ceilings it made you want to just get out of the unit. The kitchen was tastefully done, but they used one of those narrow fridges which I am just not a fan of. On the plus side the windows that open are very large and the depth and width of the balcony was amazing. Enough space for a couple of large chairs and a table and chairs for eating. One other item that I thought was smart was that on the floor I was on it had the lockers for that floors suites and an elevator for moving that was separate from the regular elevators and led to a separate area close to the lockers. This I thought was very smart and well planned out and an efficient use of the buildings interior. I know that the lower floors are supposed to have lower ceilings and lower end finishes so hopefully on the higher floors there is a major difference in the overall feel because as it is right now I would not recommend anyone to move into the lower floors. Once complete this will be a great building, with all the shops in your building and direct underground access to the subway which in my mind is a huge plus. The location speaks for itself, you literally have everything you could possible need within walking distance. I am looking forward to viewing units in the higher floors and hopefully then I can recommend to clients and friends to move here but until that happens I recommend you stay away.
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Building that gives headaches

(1.0 out of 5 stars)
by Derek Ho Feb 20, 2017
The Good: - Excellent location on Yonge/Gerrard - Superb soundproofed walls The Bad: - Some front desk workers are extremely rude - Only 3 elevators per section of condo, very common to only have 1 working, almost never have 3 working elevators - Hot water completely fails during peak usage, and even off-time usage, this is unacceptable - Questionable move-in/move-out rules, not allowed bringing a mattress through the lobby, have to give a $300 deposit to book an elevator - A/C compressor not always functioning I am glad that i'm moving out soon. This building can give me headaches; from the 10-20 minute waits for an elevator, the rude front desk staff, and to simple utilities not working. Aura can simply be described as high-quality on the exterior, low-quality from the interior.
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