The important thing is that the "floor plan" works for you regardless of the forums opinion. We all have different taste and style and that is what make this industry exciting. Regent Park isn't that bad, I grew up near it and I managed to survive! ;-)
Sure, it's different, but I think it's a fine floor plan. It's good liveable space with *exceptional* storage that I think will definitely be appreciated when you move in. It's a surprising floor plan, but in a good way.
The bedroom is large, the living/dining room has it's limits, but the dimensions make it very easy to work with. I agree with nuehaus to an extent on the kitchen. If you could make it a C-shaped kitchen along the walls and eliminate the breakfast bar that will open things up and create more space for a dining area. Even still, it's a pretty good floor plan.
I think it would be a bicyclist's dream with the two outdoor storage rooms and there's certainly no need to buy a locker with this unit.
The only *real* problem with this floor plan? No closet at the entryway. Looks like it's around the corner in the hallway. Is there potential to make an entryway closet using the storage area behind that closet? Of course, that encroaches on the living area. A coat rack will do, I think. When you have guests, you'll have to carry coats around the corner, but that's not day-to-day and not a big deal.
Overall, I like it.
I quite like this floor plan as well. One of the biggest shortcomings with lots of condos is a lack of storage. This unit has lots of storage plus a laundry room (not just a laundry closet). My only real criticism is that you walk directly into the living room from the outside - ie no foyer and all and no entry closet. The other issue is being on the ground floor. Might not be that bad if there is a fence of some sort and the unit is not too close to a busy street.
Yes the bedroom is quite big, the main problem as my realtor has told me, is that if there was some way of making a den or small second bedroom, it would go for a lot more rentwise. But the layout is such that this is not possible.
I agree with you 100% re: lack of entryway closet. The two areas of storage behind both closets are huge crawl spaces about half the height of the front of the closet so it wouldn't be suitable for a closet near the front door. On the plus side and another thing I was impressed with, is that they didn't just leave that crawl space with a cement floor, it has hardwood all the way it, which I really appreciate. I'll just have to buy a hook near the front door or get a rack like you say.
Interesting idea urbanvigor! I went back to my building today after work and the crawl space is actually quite wide. It might look a bit odd to poke a hole in it on the side. For a crawl space its pretty big! Thats an awesome thought though!