As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®), I keep abreast of real estate options for clients of all ages, especially those who are 50+. I recently met with Keri Armstrong, Community Relations Manager at Delmanor Northtown Retirement Residence at 5351 Yonge Street. When I asked her if most seniors thought they were ready for the move on their first visit, her response was both emphatic and surprising. “No, we don’t want them when they are ready. We want them before they are ‘ready’. We encourage people to move to Delmanor while they are active and able to enjoy everything we have to offer. Ideally, they should move in when they are still driving, attending social events, and living an active lifestyle. A common refrain shortly after moving in is ‘I wish I had made the move sooner’.”


Delmanor is a full-service retirement community with 120 suites in a 9-story building on Yonge Street, just south of Finch in the Willowdale neighbourhood. Delmanor offers various suite sizes including one bedroom, one bedroom & den, two bedrooms, even two bedrooms & den; most with balconies. There’s an on-site movie theatre, fitness and wellness centre, a pub, library, hair salon, two outdoor terraces and a panoramic rooftop overlooking the city, as well as underground parking. Delmanor has an elegant dining room with a private dining option where you can entertain friends and family. Being so well-located on the subway and the Yonge bus, is an additional bonus.

Delmanor caters to its residents even before they move in. A prospective resident can become a member of Club Delmanor and enjoy many advance privileges and get to “test-drive retirement living”, such as enjoying meals on occasion, attending musical events, lectures, and various trips planned in the community. Members are able to see for themselves and hear from people already living at Delmanor what their experience has been like.

I have a few friends living at Del Manor Northtown and on my recent visit, I found my friend Ruth engrossed in conversation with friends in her knitting circle by the fireplace in the main floor lounge. It was a cosy scene on a cold winter’s day. If you are thinking of making a move, book an appointment at Del Manor Northtown and visit ( Aging in place sometimes means moving, but staying within your own neighbourhood.

– Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, REDM, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.