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Chambers Courtyard Lofts – 30 Morrow Avenue

Morrow Avenue has been transformed over the last 15 years from the gritty industrial street it was, to a series of redefined buildings. These buildings now house an art gallery of much merit, a loft development and a series of other thought-based businesses types. This avenue is really worth a stroll, particularly on Sundays when it’s quiet and the weekday business bustle is absent.

The Chambers Courtyard Lofts at 30 Morrow Avenue is a hidden gem – a converted industrial building on one of the coolest Junction-area streets. A two-storey, nine-unit boutique loft conversion with an exterior of brick and stone. Situated on a large private landscaped courtyard at the end of Morrow Avenue, overlooking the West Toronto Railpath. Large, expensive, private, gated. This is not your typical loft conversion! Completed around 2008, they are never for sale. When they are, expect prices close to $1 million and sizes over 2,000 square feet.

Chambers Courtyard Lofts - 30 Morrow Avenue

The front of the long building running along the south side of the Chambers Courtyard Lofts

Besides being home to some of the city’s most esteemed art galleries, think Olga Korper and Christopher Cutts, Morrow Avenue is nothing but hidden cool. This proper loft is indeed a secret gem located off of Dundas Street West and just steps from Roncesvalles. With it’s handsome brick exterior one can only wish a loft were for sale any time soon so as to grab it in a hurry! The whole aesthetic is bar none and reminds me why I fell in love with the loft concept way back when no one in the city was very keen on this type of living space. Retrofitted century buildings are the gold standard of hard lofts.

Only 2-storeys tall, the building’s units range in size from 1,750 to 2,154 square feet. Amenities include a private and gated landscaped courtyard. Parking is available underground.

Chambers Courtyard Lofts - 30 Morrow Avenue

The actual courtyard of the Chambers Courtyard Lofts

The building across the street housing Olga Korper Gallery used was once a foundry, then a garbage repository for a mattress factory… but I am not sure of the provenance of number 30 Morrow Avenue. Maybe it was the mattress factory that sent its garbage to number 17? Right across is the old Canadian Hanson & Van Winkle Co. Limited building, which I believe dealt in  electro-plating and polishing equipment and supplies. The building attached to the south at 2 Silver Avenue looks bank-like to me, though I would be it was the office part of whatever factory Chambers Courtyard Lofts used to be. Or it is just something different, built abutting the other building.

Chambers Courtyard Lofts - 30 Morrow Avenue

About the only interior view, of only one unit of the Chambers Courtyard Lofts

If you take note, there are at least 4 different phases to the building – from the long main building, then the corner addition, the beveled apartment-style front that everyone remember through to the red brick northern phase. Believe it or not, that northern piece is brand new – the developer did a fantastic job of making it look like part of the original complex. I sure wish I could dig up more information on this cool loft.

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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Century Lofts – 365 Dundas Street East

The Century Lofts have not been around for 100 years, more 75 or so. But since the Imperial Lofts already existed, they needed another name. Where “Century” came from, no one seems to know. The developer was apparently a local slumlord who wanted to turn the building into a 200-unit rooming house. When the city stopped him, he tried his hand a loft conversion.

Century Lofts - 365 Dundas Street East

The wonderful Art Deco exterior of the Century Lofts

This is a weird one for me, as I spent a few years a child living on Ontario Street, just south of Dundas. I would have gone past the old optical factory every day, but I don’t remember it in the least. Mind you… this was back around 1977-1979 or so. The lofts tend to sell for less than comparable units elsewhere. Mainly because the area is still pretty rough around the edges. I know there was a lot of local “character” when I lived there, but very little has changed in 35+ years.

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The simple lobby of the Century Lofts

The Century Lofts originally started life in the 1940s as the Imperial Optical Company’s lens factory. Built of yellow brick and poured concrete this building is an excellent example of the Art Deco style. The building was converted to lofts in 2000 and today is home to 41 residential and live/work lofts spanning the two original stories. The owners successfully obtained a Beautiful City grant in 2009 to improve the streetscape of their building. The planters and plantings went in during the summer and are a great addition to the community.

Century Lofts - 365 Dundas Street East

The Century Lofts fronts an entire block on Dundas East

The Imperial Optical Company originally built its factory fronting onto Ontario Street. Imperial Optical was founded in 1900 by Mr. Percy Hermant and was the first prescription lens business in the Maritimes. Percy headed the company until his death in 1959, and under his leadership the company eventually grew to be the largest company of its kind in the British Commonwealth. The head office was located in the Hermant Building (named for Percy) at 21 Dundas Square (which is still there, designated heritage by the City). After Percy’s death, the company passed into the hands of his son Sydney, who sold majority control to the Caribbean based Harcourt Carter Optical in 1965. By 1991, Harcourt Carter Optical had assumed total control of Imperial Optical.

Century Lofts - 365 Dundas Street East

The Century Lofts are simple but large and open

The original two storey building for Imperial Optical at 270 Ontario Street contained a storage facility, a garage, janitor’s quarters and an employees’ restaurant. I have not been able to find a connection in my research, but I have a feeling that this is the same company that built the Imperial Lofts. They are also an old Imperial Optical facility. Seeing as how large the company was at one point, I do not find it odd that more than one of their buildings would have survived. That would make 3, including the old office at Yonge & Dundas. I also find it extra interesting that both 365 Dundas and 80 Sherbourne are both Art Deco, built of yellow brick with concrete details.

Century Lofts - 365 Dundas Street East

The wooden entrance doors and warehouse windows of the Century Lofts

The Century Lofts is one of the only Art Deco lofts available in Toronto. The Tip Top Lofts being the most famous, Forest Hill Lofts is another fine example, as well as the above mentioned Imperial Lofts (south building). They don’t make ’em like this any more! The Century Lofts is an intimate, welcoming, and successful conversion. It is home to many artists, musicians, and health, business and legal professionals.

Century Lofts - 365 Dundas Street East

Lots of light from the Century Lofts’ large windows

Much younger than many of its neighbours, the Century Lofts building is an impressive south Cabbagetown brick and concrete structure just bursting with character. Converted to residential living in 2000, Century Lofts retains the original art deco motif with streamlined shapes and elegant simplicity that exude the building’s strength and authentic character.

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Another Century Lofts interior shot showing a concrete mushroom column

Art Deco captured the spirit of the 1920s and 1930s, and continues today at Century Lofts. The building’s clean horizontal lines, sculpted vertical pillars, terrazzo and concrete flooring, and huge industrial windows, brilliantly embody all the elements and aura of this style.

Composed of 41 units ranging from 470-square-foot studios to 1,150-square-foot two bedroom lofts, the fully original brick, concrete, wood and steel beam structure is praised for its ‘New York-style’ loft identity. All of the lofts feature soaring 11-1/2-foot ceilings, some with wood and steel I-beams and others with concrete and mushroom cap columns. The Terrazzo floors are sure to remind you of your school days!

Century Lofts - 365 Dundas Street East

Century Lofts are bright and airy, open concept like a loft should be

Century Lofts feels very much at home on Dundas Street East and within the area’s old Victorian houses. Its height, material and detail are all in harmony and at ease. The unassuming simplicity is supported by its strong Art Deco character, blending gracefully into the tree-lined streets of Seaton and Ontario. is only a few blocks away, and the Bloor ramp to the DVP is just to the northeast.

Century Lofts is located at 365 Dundas Street East, on the south side of Dundas between Seaton and Ontario Streets. As far as downtown living and commuting goes, the building’s location is incredibly convenient. The Dundas streetcar stop is located directly in front of the building. As well, Yonge Street, Bloor Street, The Gardiner Expressway, and The Don Valley Parkway are all about a kilometer (two minute drive) away.

Bonus Trivia: Michael Ondaatje wrote Divisadero while renting a unit in the building!

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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Carlton Lofts – 185 Carlton Street

The Carlton Lofts were converted from a beautiful old mansion, the William Jamieson House, built sometime around 1860-1865, now designated a historical property due to the architectural significance of the Georgian Revival style of the home. With commercial space in the basement and on the main floor, the top of the home was divided in 1988 into only 4 very special and unique lofts.

All with rooftop terraces overlooking the beautiful tree-lined streets of old Cabbagetown, they are a special treat – and one of the only lofts in Cabbagetown. They are on two levels, some with exposed wooden rafters. With so few lofts in it, this is one of the more exclusive loft residences in Toronto.

Carlton Lofts - 185 Carlton Street

Street view of William Jamieson’s old house at 185 Carlton Street

I am lucky to have been involved in one of the rare sales in the building. One of the more unique buildings I have been in. It was designed heritage by the City in 1976 and is part of the Cabbagetown Northwest Heritage Conservation District, who says 185 Carlton is “one of the most improved and intact Georgian houses in the City”.

When the house was built 150 years ago, it would have stood fairly alone on the street, as the flanking homes were not built until 1878 and 1892 (by Charles Chamberlin). He could not purchase the lot at 185, as the lumber dealer Jamieson’s house was already there.

Carlton Lofts - 185 Carlton Street

View from the loft downstairs, showing the exposed wooden rafters

Jamieson probably from Scotland, though his family may have moved in the early 1800s, making him Toronto-born. From what I can dig up, it seems that his lumber business was operated out of 250 Front Street East, near Berkeley in the late 1800s. Though he and or his family may have run a dry goods store at 74 King Street East previously, in 1872.

Near the Carlton Lofts you will easily find friendly neighborhood pubs and high-quality cafes – and there is no shortage of entertainment in the area. Visit Allan Gardens for an amazing indoor botanical garden where rare tropical plants from all over the globe are grown. Or you could enjoy the outdoor flora, since the Riverdale Farm is not far away.

Carlton Lofts - 185 Carlton Street

The views from the Carlton Loft’s rooftop terraces are stunning

Right on the eastern edge of the core, you can walk to downtown. The College subway station is only a few blocks away, and the Bloor ramp to the DVP is just to the northeast.

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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