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If any of these soft lofts interest you, please call Laurin at 416−388−1960
Please be aware that lofts command a premium in Toronto. Generally, they start over $300,000 and anything that isn’t small is going to be closer to $400,000. If you are looking for over 1,000 square feet or two bedrooms, expect to pay over $400,000, maybe $500,000 or more. Unfortunately, there is almost nothing that sells near $200,000 and there is very little for $250,000.
There are 75 Toronto soft loft buildings listed below (as of June 2009), the most extensive list of any real estate site in Toronto. We have spent years compiling this list and believe it contains every single new and soft loft in Toronto.
By no means are there available listings in all of these buildings, in fact most of them are not currently for sale. This loft list is meant to inform and illustrate only, to show the wide variety of soft loft buildings in Toronto. If you know of any that are not listed here, please email us and we would be more than happy to add your contribution.
There is a large segment of the building industry today devoted to building new lofts, “soft” lofts. There is nothing wrong with this at all, as people know what they are getting into from the beginning. When you go to a nouveau loft building, you are expecting to see living space on the lower level with sleeping space above, open to the lower. Usually with a large wall of windows.
Some soft loft developers are now building units that are single level, with high-ish ceilings and exposed ductwork. Again, as long as you know the building you are going to is new construction and not converted, then there should be no surprises.
This might be the time to have a small discussion about the word “loft” itself. I know a lot of die-hards don’t even want the word loft used in connection with the soft variety, which is their own perogative. But, if we look at the two most common uses of the word, we can see that both are right, in their own way.
The purist says that loft only means a raw and open space in a converted industrial type building. This is what it has come to mean more and more, thanks mostly to movies and television. But a loft can also be an upper level, one that is open to below. In my father’s house, the master bedroom overlooks the living room – and is thus a loft. My uncle’s cottage has a bedroom in the upper level that overlooks the main room, again a loft.
So either way we use the word, we are correct in it’s usage. We just need the qualifier in front, be it hard or soft. In this way can we differentiate what sort of dwelling we are speaking about.
Newly constructed lofts, or soft lofts (otherwise known as condos with high ceilings), are examples of condo developers trying to cash in on the popularity of lofts. Most soft lofts have very little character and, in most cases, the ceilings aren’t even all that high. The quality of construction can be disappointing and quite often the location is really the only selling point, since vintage lofts are usually a little off the beaten track, not in the best neighbourhoods.
However, there are a few outstanding newer buildings in Toronto, with some loft-style features. To find out more, look at the list of lofts below.
2 Ossington Lofts
2 Ossington Avenue
2 Ossington Lofts is a small project, housing only 18 new soft loft units, nine of which are 2-story lofts, and nine 1-story lofts. Common areas are kept to minimum to reduce maintenance fees, and retail space at grade gives the building life and color. The top two floors of 2 Ossington Lofts will contain nine units, ranging from 900 to 1,156 square feet. Each will have a two-storey plan with a large terrace off the master suite. To cater to first-time buyers, the builder is offering nine suites on the second floor between 416 and just under 700 square feet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Six50 will feature an 11-storey building on King Street and a 16-floor high-rise on Bathurst Street. The two buildings will be joined with lobby and an underground garage. There will be a central courtyard, and two entrances into the community from both main streets. The chic suites consist of one and two storey loft spaces, 6 uniquely designed townhomes and lusciously landscaped terraces. Sizes range from 600 to over 2,000 square feet in 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom + den, 2 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms + den, 3 bedrooms, and penthouse suite layouts. Each loft has 9′ or 10′ ceilings, pre-engineered hardwood floors, Euro-style kitchens and stone countertops. Floor to ceiling windows provide unobstructed views of the city skyline. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Fashion House Lofts
560 King Street West
Start with a 127-year-old heritage building, add a sleek, sexy 10-storey new loft building. What will follow is sure to redefine the height of fashionable living with an incredible modernization of space, shape and form. Freed Developments is incorporating a heritage factory with an ultra modern residential oasis. Art, design and history fused together to create The Fashion House Lofts in the heart of King West Village. The existing heritage structure will house fabulous retail shops right in the building. There will also be commercial work lofts for those who like to create where they live. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
25 Stafford Street
The aptly named Parc project by Lamb Development Corporation, Harhay Construction Management Limited and Niche Development, is situated right on Stanley Park, south of King Street and west of Bathurst. Literally “on the park,” this development abuts the grass of this urban greenspace. You won’t see that very often in Toronto, or in any urban centre, for that matter. In the hub of the action you’ll find Parc, a condo community of four two-storey ground-level townhomes topped with 94 luxury suites. Artfully designed by Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance, the east and west façades of Parc are all glass, while the north and south sides are clad in contemporary zinc panels. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Trinity Park Lofts
901 Queen Street West
Trinity Park Lofts is a unique soft loft has one of the best locations in the city. Right across from one of the biggest parks downtown, Trinity Bellwoods Park, this loft is definitely for the dog lover as well as those that love to shop! Situated on trendy shopping mecca Queen West, the Trinity Park Lofts is steps to boutique shopping, furniture stores, cafes, restaurants, and a yoga studio. This seven storey, 102 unit building blends well into the facades of the neighbourhood as well as wraps around the historical Farr House, a landmark on this trendy street. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
393 King Street East
The Derby Lofts were built as investment suites for loft lovers but have now become fully owner occupied. It has 16-foot ceilings in the living /dining areas and all units have 2 bedrooms and parking; some have terraces and wood-burning fireplaces. The Derby will remain a great investment located close to the new-trendy and happening Distillery District area. Lofts range in size from 880 to 1100 square feet. Some lofts have open terraces and several have wood-burning fireplaces. All units have 2 bedrooms, a parking space and 16 foot ceilings in the living and dining areas. Bedrooms are essentially open at mezzanine level. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
18 Merton Street
The Radius, situated on an architectural landmark, above the prestigious Ethan Allen shop, just south of Yonge and Davisville is at the heart of one of the most thriving and desirable neighborhoods in Uptown Toronto. Some of the finest upscale restaurants, cafes and shops, fresh food and flower markets, clubs, big-screen theatres and the Davisville Subway Station are literally just a stroll around the corner. This is an intimate residence with a total of only 80 units. All suites are 2-level luxury lofts with 18 foot ceilings. Suites are up to 26 feet wide with floor-to-ceiling windows, many of the lofts boasting panoramic views. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
1151 Queen Street West
Westside Lofts are an 11-storey and a 7-storey loft building located at 1151 Queen Street West, east of Dufferin Street. The complex’s 360 suites feature concrete floors, walls and balconies. The 7-storey structure is designed by Will Alsop, who also designed the “flying tabletop” building at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Right in the heart of the Art and Design District, Westside Lofts is near transit, restaurants, art galleries, and 24-hour shopping. Westside Lofts is also registered for LEED® certification, which is becoming recognized nationwide as the accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
25 Ritchie Avenue
Situated in the heart of trendy Roncesvalles Village, on Ritchie Avenue at Dundas Street, location is a key factor in the rapidly rising popularity of Roncesvalles Lofts. Comprised of only 37 loft residences with large private walkout terraces, balconies and garden patios, the five-storey building offers one-, two– and three-storey type lofts, ranging from 685 to 1,950 sq. ft. One-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den and three-bedroom plus den layouts offer something for everyone. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
High Park Lofts
437 Roncesvalles Avenue
The High Park Lofts is a new loft that incorporates design elements such as an enormous interior atrium allowing suites to be flooded with light on both sides. It is 120 feet long and 60 feet high and gives a cathedral-like ambiance to the building. High Park is down the street. Dundas West subway stop is two blocks north. Parkside Drive provides quick access to the Gardiner Expressway and a streetcar runs pasts the front door directly to King and Bay. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
38 Niagara Street
Located at 38 Niagara Street in Toronto, the Zed building is a luxury low-rise condominium loft featuring an urban, contemporary design. On the northeast corner of Bathurst and Niagara Sts. Zed Lofts is a 114-unit, 12-storey glass building with soft lofts ranging from 686 to 1,264 square feet. Walk to the Theatre and Fashion Districts in the heart of the vibrant King West community. Floor to ceiling windows, 9′ ceilings. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
29 Camden Street
Camden Street is south of Richmond St. W. and runs west off Spadina Avenue. Camden Lofts were created with the traditional style of loft in mind featuring heights of 10 ft with exposed concrete walls and sealed concrete floors. There are 59 units all with huge industrial style windows and suspended spiral ducts. Suites have concrete floors, concrete ceilings, and concrete walls for soundproofing. Industrial hardware serving as lights and door handles is a common interior finishes. Floors 2 to 6 have one and two bedroom suites ranging from 683 square feet to 1,200 square feet. Floors 7 and 8 have terraces. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
388 Richmond Street West
The District Lofts offer spacious one bedroom, two bedroom, and two story lofts from its’ twin towers. The 7th, 9th, and 11th floors are all exclusively two story and offer tremendous views. Suites have 12 foot high ceilings and either a juliette balcony or large terrace. Amenities include a large courtyard with District’s trademark steel catwalks above, fitness room, party room, and concierge service. The District Lofts is located at Richmond and Spadina in downtown Toronto’s fashion district. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
954 King Street West
There’s something to be said for living in the condo building where it all began, the massive boom of hip loft living that’s happening in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. The Electra Lofts at 954 King Street West was one of the first buildings to initiate this trend, and all the while this soft loft has maintained its early appeal. All suites are 2 storey open concept layout with an open mezzanine below, giving each a feeling of spaciousness. Exposed concrete, open balcony, and harwood floors in the living and dining room are standard suite features. Some suites have upgrades like metal railings and stainless appliances. Floor to ceiling windows flood the suites with a lots of natural sunlight. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Electra Lofts II
1029 King Street West
The Electra Lofts II are located in the heart of the fashion district in Trendy King West Village. You’re steps away from the entertainment and shopping district and the TTC is at you doorstep. The Electra Lofts II units have an urban style feel, with 2-story open concept layout overlooking an open mezzanine below. Units have 17 foot ceilings and 16 foot windows, giving you lots of natural light. Units have exposed concrete, brick accent, glass railings upstairs that overlooks the lower level. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Kings Lofts
800 King Street West
The Kings Lofts are located at 800 King Street West. It is a new style two-storey soft loft development in trendy King West, located in on the corner of Palmerston and King West. The lofts have an open space living concept, all have two levels with a mezzanine open to belo. Each loft has a balcony. Amenities in the building include exercise room, sauna, security system, sauna and rec-room. Only 8 storeys high, the ceilings reach over 16 feet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
32 Stewart Street
The Stewart Lofts feature lots of exposed concrete, hardwood flooring, 10-foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, concrete mushroom beams, concrete ceiling, exposed metal piping, drop down sliding doors, movable kitchen islands with built-in wine racks and granite counters. Two storey units are on the 7th floor and are complemented with huge open terraces. Maintenance fees are low. There is no concierge or amenities. Built by Harhag construction, Stewart Lofts consist of 48 units and is only eight stories high. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
50 Camden Street
The Sylvia Lofts feature rolling walls that convert open space to privacy, Frasier flooring-hardwood-like for clean surfaces, expansive moving windows that open for fresh-air (but no walk-out) letting in lots of light. 50 Camden Street has a young design, very fresh and open. The Sylvia Lofts is a standard, newish soft loft built at the end of Camden at Brant street. There are less than 100 units in this building and amenities include a combined party room, exercise room, and terrace. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Twenty Niagara Lofts
20 Niagara Street
Twenty Niagara, conceived in 1996 and completed in 1998, was one of Context’s first loft projects and helped to establish the Context trademark of design innovation and quality. The loft development has won the Ontario Association of Architects’ most prestigious accolade, the Michael and V. Wanda Plachta award for architectural excellence. Twenty Niagara is situated directly on an intimate urban park and offers residents such amenities as direct-to-suite elevator access, terraces and individually customized suites.Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Abbey Lane Lofts
261 King Street East
The Abbey Lane Lofts are a boutique loft building of only 6 storeys and 26 lofts ranging in size from 600 square feet to 2,200 square feet. Abbey Lane Lofts is an attractive building with a façade that steps back from King East to provide many terraces and blend seamlessly with its historic surroundings. The lofts have generous room sizes, with soaring ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. Impressive 2 storey lofts on the upper levels have oversized terraces with gas bbq hookups that have spectacular views facing either north or south. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
77 Lombard Street
Built by Intracorp and completed in 2000. The Absolute Lofts have one & two bed room suites ranging from 700 – 1,500 square feet. Parking is underground and many upgraded suites offer hardwood floors, slate and granite finishes and gas fireplaces. All lofts have a mezzanine, there are common rooftop gardens that is landscaped and great views! Most suites have balconies and are very modern chic living spaces. Amenities include: 24 hour concierge, card access security system, modern fitness facility, modern spa, a library and a party room. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
La Piazza Lofts
39 Roehampton Avenue (Yonge/Eglington)
La Piazza is one of the few lofts in Midtown Toronto, located just north of of Yonge and Eglinton. All of the La Piazza Lofts are two stories and feature 17 foot ceilings in the living room, and come in one bedroom and one bedroom + den configurations. Large 16 foot high windows allow lots of natural light. The 27-unit development is comprised of two small towers each serviced by one elevator. Security is by way of enter phone buzzer. Due to the building’s small size, there are no facilities to speak of. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
333 Adelaide Street East
The MoZo is an extremely cool and funky building that is located at the corner of King and Sherbourne. This building is very popular with young downtown professionals, featuring floor to ceiling windows, some 2 storey units and high quality designer finishes. Bright and airy, one and two story city lofts and penthouses feature the clean lines and urban simplicity that also characterizes the builders other award winning designs such as Spire and Radio City. Features of the one, two and the (rare) three bedroom designs include hardwood floors, high ceilings and outdoor living spaces. The building also has a 24 hour concierge. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
2362 Queen Street East
Housed in an intimate, 10-suite building, the Waterworks Lofts were completed in late 2001. They feature state-of-the-art wiring, fireplaces, hardwood floors and most offer a terrific view. The Waterworks Lofts are new construction soft lofts located in the exclusive Neville Park area of the Beaches, steps from the beach or fine shopping and dining. Units range from 1 to 2 storey with the highest quality finishings and incredible attention to detail. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
301 Markham Street
The Ideal Lofts are located on the southwest corner of Bathurst and College Streets. Kensington Market, Little Italy, U of T, Queen West are all within walking distance. The building was completed in 2002 and was built by Context. The Ideal Lofts are housed in a 9-story building, with the 6th and 8th floors consisting of 2-story lofts. The lofts facing south and west have large terraces or balconies, and the lofts facing north have juliette balconies. All lofts have high-ceilings and wood or laminate floors. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Earl Street Lofts
21 Earl Street
This is a strange little loft development, more townhouse than loft, really. But since they have multiple levels and bedrooms overlooking living areas, they can be considered soft lofts. Located just east of Jarvis, north of Wellesley. Developed by Aykler Real Estate in 2004, the Earl Lofts is a 4-storey loft style building housing 58 lofts. Most are two-level mezzanine style soft lofts ranging from 596 square-foot one bedroom units to 923 square-foot one bedroom plus den lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Corktown District Lofts
King East and Sumach
Corktown District Lofts and Towns will offer a group of boutique mid-rises at King East, between Sumach and River. The buildings will rise 6–8 storeys, with elegant rooflines and stylish architectural profiles set in a modern fusion of concrete, steel, glass and brick. Designed by Quadrangle Architects Inc., the architecture of Corktown District Lofts will redefine the urban habitat by offering a modern interpretation on the traditional loft-style environment. Units at Corktown District Lofts will offer soaring 10 foot ceilings, oversized warehouse-style windows and ultra-hip polished concrete floors. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Designers Walk Lofts
160 Bedford Road
In the heart of Designers Walk between Yorkville and the Annex, this desirable location houses 8 stylish rooftop lofts. DW Lofts is an exclusive new development that features open-concept lofts with two spacious levels. They offer the discriminating buyer a combination of private rooftop terraces, courtyards and balconies. The quaint neighbourhood view and spectacular natural light gives these elegant lofts an enchanting allure rich with intimate outdoor space. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
625 Queen Street East
In a few years, Edge Lofts will be at the core of a revitalized eastside area, a rejuvenation that began with the development of the Distillery District and will continue with the reinvention of Regent Park and the urbanization of the West Don Lands. The 66-unit soft loft building is located at the southeast corner of Queen Street East and the East Don Roadway, on the site of a former used-car dealership. Edge Lofts provides some fantastic views of downtown. West-facing units have a completely unobstructed view of the city and higher units have a view of the lake. An indoor and outdoor rooftop amenity room offers owners that same vista. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
42 Camden Street
Zen Lofts is an intimate 9-storey, 35-suite building located on Camden Street, a quiet street in the Garment District. Completed in 2006 by Harhay Developments, each loft features 9-foot ceilings except for 11-foot ceilings on the penthouse level. The Zen Lofts range in size from 528 to 1,800 square feet. Some of the features offered include high ceilings, exposed concrete columns with flared capitals, oversized solid core hardwood veneer entry doors, spacious terraces and balconies equipped with outdoor lighting, water and natural gas supply. Zen Lofts are a newer, boutique loft building in trendy Queen West, at Richmond & Spadina. This soft loft is sleek and ultra modern – exposed concrete ceilings, polished concrete mushroom columns, exposed ductwork, floor-to-ceiling windows and extra large balconies. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
747 Queen Street East
Only twelve lucky owners get to live in an intimate loft building right on Queen Street East, in the heart of Riverdale. While the Riverside Lofts is only four storeys tall, the developer has paid a lot of attention to the design of each suite. High 10-foot ceilings in every loft, polished concrete floors, large private balconies (with gas hookup), stainless steel appliances (including a gas stove) and stone countertops. Riverside Lofts is another soft loft development by Streetcar, featuring 10-foot ceilings, polished concrete floors, stone countertops, large windows and exposed heating ducts. The lofts also have large private balconies with gas connections for barbecues. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
1375 Dupont Street
This newer, seven-storey modern glass building is known as the Chelsea Lofts. Completed in 2006, this soft loft building has 69 units that range in price, but most are very affordable. The Chelsea Lofts have a very urbane, contemporary design with units boasting nine-foot ceilings and large, warehouse-style windows. The building also includes three ground-level retail units. Those looking for authentic hard lofts need only head north to the Foundry Lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
North Beach Lofts
601 Kingston Road
Another of Toronto’s growing segment of soft loft buildings, this development by Namara Developments was completed in 2006. Near the intersection of Kingston and Main, it can claim to be in the “North Beaches”. While some units have views of the lake, it is not really that close to the water. With ceilings at nine feet or more, hardwood floors and come concrete, the units are rather nice. Kitchens with lots of granite and stainless are sure to please. Prices are quite affordable as well. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
127 Queen Street East
This fabulous new brick and concrete loft construction houses one and two storey loft units. Each and every unit boasts a fireplace and ceilings soar as high as seventeen feet. Located on the very popular Queen Street East, the Glasshouse Lofts are visually pleasing and comfortably proportioned. Modern loft amenities such as generous kitchens, large rooms and open floor plans join the standard large windows that are the signature of newer Toronto loft developments. Light floods every corner of each unit through these windows and the views are lovely. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Cityscape Terrace Lofts
500 Richmond Street West
Modern lofts right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Spacious rooms and high ceilings let in lots of light from the large windows. Underground parking and individual storage available. Open floor plans continue right out on to the balconies for your own personal city view. Overhead lighting and hardwood flooring warm the living areas at night. In suite laundry facilities and modern appliances available. Invite friends for evening entertaining in these spacious lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Market Galleria Lofts
71 Front Street East
Located Financial District, the Market Galleria is one of the best kept secrets of Toronto. Designed by the same Architect as the Eaton Center, the structure has a dramatic atrium full of lush plants. The building is upscale, very quiet, (only 62 units), and is located among trendy shops and restaurants. While it may be a soft loft building, the atrium and location more than make up for it. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Lofts at DNA
1 Shaw Street & 1005 King West
Located in the King West Neighborhood, DNA’ s design was influenced by the materials and look of the turn of the century King West buildings. The limestone detailing is a throw back to an era when great brick buildings defined the street scape. The tinted and sandblasted glass combines with the steel to add multiple levels of sophistication. The first thing you feel when you enter the suites is the light cascading through the enormous, expansive windows. And a sense of space as you look around the open concept layout with big spaces, full of light offering floor to ceiling windows. These are suites with urban zen styles just waiting for a signature. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Tides/iLoft at Mystic Pointe
Think that modern loft living is only reserved for overcrowded downtown Toronto? Think again. Located just 10 minutes from the downtown core, the Mystic Pointe Community in South Etobicoke is making waves in the Toronto condo market — and for good reasons. Equally renowned for their innovative approach to waterfront condo living as they are for their commitment to building two-storey lofts — a rare design decision in today’s loft market — developers Camrost-Felcorp have recently enhanced their reputation by adding a new, thoroughly modern, and unique development dubbed iLoft at Mystic Pointe. iLoft units range in size from approximately 500 to 1,325 square feet, each complete with spectacular finishes, many of which are exclusive to the project. Camrost-Felcorp knows that iLoft’s two-storey loft layouts will soon set a new standard for condo living in Toronto. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
399 Adelaide Street West
The original Mode Lofts is gone and in its place is now Lofts 399. Excavations began in 2008, so something might actually come to fruition next to the Quad Lofts. Cresford canceled this project after selling some of the units, due to a dispute with the city over density that apparently could not be resolved. The project is being resurrected as Lofts 399 and floor plans are now up on Cresford’s official site. The name is derived from the address which will be 399 Adelaide in the heart of the Fashion/Entertainment districts. Still not sure if it will actually happen… Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Fashion District Lofts
10 Morrison Street
When Freed Developments and Lash Development Corp. first acquired the corner lot at 455 Adelaide Street West, they didn’t quite know what to do with it. Then a team from Core Architects Inc. came up with a unique design: an L-shaped building stretching towards Morrison Street and containing a variety of innovative spaces, including townhouses on the ground level and lofts above. Though launched as the Fashion District Lofts at 455 Adelaide Street West, that name has changed and the soft loft building has an address of 10 Morrison Street. It is the project we all knew as 455 Adelaide West, but the name is no longer the same. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
66 Portland Lofts
66 Portland Street
66 Portland is a nine storey moden boutique soft loft building offering eighty-five stylish lofts in the fashion/entertainment district of Toronto. The location is steps to Victoria Memorial Park, theaters, restaurants designer boutiques and night spots. The lofts of 66 Portland feature floor to ceiling windows, ten foot exposed concrete ceilings, hardwood or polished concrete floors, large balconies and terraces with great views, spa like bathrooms and exposed concrete columns with flared capitals. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
60 Bathurst & 60 Niagara
Sixty Lofts is actually two separate loft buildings – 60 Bathurst with 142 soft lofts and 60 Niagara with another 30 new lofts. The interior is designed to add flexibility and creative input by purchasers in lofts that range from 491 to 1,680 square feet. Features like oversized entry doors, gas connections in kitchens and balconies, ceilings heights ranging from 8−1÷2 to 10 feet, stainless steel appliances, exposed concrete ceilings, and engineered hardwood flooring. Located at the foot of Bathurst, Sixty Loft residents are a stroll away from the Fashion & Design District, Entertainment District and Queen West shopping. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
25 Oxley Street
Glas Loft ceiling heights range from 9 to 11 feet and some lofts have exposed concrete columns and walls, walkout terraces or balconies. Kitchens are contemporary open concept with high gloss or wood veneer cabinetry. Countertops are either glass or synthetic stone and backsplashes are glass mosaic or ceramic. Great location close to all downtown has to offer, restaurants, shopping, fitness centers, cafes and boutiques. Glas will feature patented lofthouse, one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, two bedroom, penthouse and a uniquely furnished hotel-style pied-a-terre lofts with features like soaring ceiling heights, huge floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, designer kitchens and bathrooms, gas cooking in kitchen and outdoors, plus stone counters. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
If it is ever built, Eastside Lofts will be a thirteen storey building with new loft residences with an exterior of scarlett clay brown brick and floor to ceiling glass. There might be 50 single storey lofts and 2 double storey units. There are two entrances to the building, one facing north on Queen Street and the other facing south on Britain Street. New loft features include 10 foot ceilings in all rooms with natural exposed concrete, laminate flooring, floor to ceilings windows, doors that slide and a contemporary style kitchens with islands. Eastside Lofts has not been built and is not looking good… Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Five Nine on Richmond
533 Richmond Street West
On the southeast corner of Portland Street and Richmond this is a new soft loft building by 59 Developments and Core Architects. It is a 10-storey, 52-unit modern glass, steel and concrete building with soft lofts ranging in size from 471 to 2,159 square feet. It is an intimate low rise building with modern contemporary lofts. Features include 9′ ceilings, exposed concrete ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, designer kitchen & baths. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
275 King Street East
Architect Peter Clewes was inspired by the simplicity and understated elegance of East Asia when designing East Lofts. This post modernist glass, steel and brick mid rise houses 129 one and two storey lofts. The suites are contemporary in design and finishes are Zen-like. The standard features in this building exceed the upgrades elsewhere – stainless steel appliances with gas stove, stone kitchen counters, modern sink and vanity combo, pre engineered hardwood throughout and industrial style rain head. The East Lofts is a perfect blend of serenity and comfort. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
While true or ‘hard’ loft construction typically involves the conversion of a vintage factory or warehouse, Watermark Lofts is a new, or ‘soft’ loft construction. Watermark Lofts, however, is a community not without a deep and abiding sense of heritage. Located on Gerrard Street, east of Main in the Upper Beach area, Watermark Lofts stands on the site of the Lake Simcoe Ice Company office building, a heritage building and integral part of the Toronto community in the 20th century. Elements of the Edwardian Classicism from the Lake Simcoe building will be integrated into the loft designs by rebuilding the original façade into a grand archway which will serve as the entrance to the community, preserving the unique characteristics that make this project one of a kind. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
19 and 23 Brant Street
A newly-built soft loft building, the The Quad lofts are located in the King West district. In a neighbourhood of historic low-rise red-brick, with the King, Queen and Spadina streetcars just around the corner. Some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, furniture shops, design studios are all within a block or two away. These lofts have 9–10 foot ceilings with exposed concrete, and polished concrete floors, rolling doors, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktops, huge windows and floor to ceiling built-in storage cabinets. Some units have a balcony or terrace. There is a central courtyard with reflecting pool, 24-hour concierge, party room/lounge, exercise room, sauna, conference centre, billiards, cinema and 2 guest rooms. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Metro Lofts
119 & 139 Merton Street
The Metro Lofts feature two level loft style units, some with large balconies and great views of the city. En-suite laundry. Lockers. Underground parking. Maintenance includes heat, hydro & water. Located near Yonge and Davisville in Midtown Toronto. The 196 lofts range from 700 to 1,000 square feet, with some townhouse style condo units with patios, some 2-storey loft units. The Metro Loft penthouses have great views, and the whole building overlooks green space including the Belt Line trail with a jogging path through some of Toronto’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
517 Kingston Road Lofts
517 Kingston Road
Soft lofts near The Beach, on Kingston Road west of Main, built around 1995. This unassuming building contains only 8 lofts, 4 single-level units on the main floor and 4 multi-storey lofts above. Each is unique and range from 1,000–1,200+ square feet. Ceilings range from 8 feet up to 23 feet in some spots. They all have wood floors, gas fireplaces and open kitchens. Soft lofts near The Beach, on Kingston Road west of Main, built around 1995. This unassuming building contains only 8 lofts, 4 single-level units on the main floor and 4 multi-storey lofts above. Each is unique and range from 1,000–1,200+ square feet. Ceilings range from 8 feet up to 23 feet in some spots. They all have wood floors, gas fireplaces and open kitchens. Upper level lofts have huge roof terraces with views of the lake and the lower units have private patios. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
West Village Lofts
550 Hopewell Avenue
The West Village Lofts is an upscale boutique loft project located in mid-Toronto, expertly converted from an Obus Forme factory by Stafford Homes – a leading condo developer in Toronto. This neighbourhood is called the ‘Design District’ as it hosts various home decor and fashion businesses. The West Village Lofts project by Stafford homes is famous due to the conversion of an old factory into gorgeous lofts. This boutique loft conversion contains 29 unique residences, all with an array of quality features and finishes. The beautiful exterior is done in an architectural stucco finish and has new double glazed oversized commercial grade windows to allow plenty of natural light into each suite. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Felim Court Lofts
1444 Dupont Street
The lofts at 1444 Dupont are truly unique minimalist lofts, one of which was even featured in the 2008 season of Big City Broker. A hidden treasure, few residential units have come up for sale since the building was completed around 2001. Lofts range up to 2,800 square feet and must be seen to be appreciated. These soft lofts feature ceilings as high as 18 feet, 360 degree exposures, walls of massive windows, and more. Some even have remote-controlled blinds! Covering two levels, these are true live/work spaces, with many artists living in the building. Main floor is commercial/industrial space. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Bloor West Lofts
1396 Bloor Street West
The Bloor West Lofts are 64 New York-style multi-level lofts in the heart of Toronto’s west end. The Bloor West Lofts are a hybrid of two very popular housing styles, the urban loft and city townhome. By designing from the ground-up, the architect had flesibility to design the perfect unit. The lofts are multi-level, have 10 foot ceilings on the main floor, have at least two bedrooms – and each loft offers a full roof deck. It’s a townhome that looks like a loft. Located in Toronto’s newly vibrant west end, we have offered our clients an affordable home just minutes from the subway. This project was completed in 2003. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
36 Charlotte Street
The Charlotte Lofts is an intimate 13 storey, 63 unit, loft style condominium building located among downtown Toronto’s best restaurants, theatres and nightspots in the vibrant King-Spadina district. Designed by Core Architects, one of Toronto’s leading architectural firms, each suite features huge floor to ceiling windows, private balconies and high ceilings. The first through sixth floors offer single level lofts, while the seventh floor and up are two level lofts. Along with private underground parking, rooftop common room and spectacular outdoor patio space, the Charlotte Lofts is a truly unique building. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
799 College Street
It’s nice to see that there are still developers who are interested in creating art rather than building generic, bland towers. Cube Lofts is the perfect example of Art-chitecture. This unique & boutique soft loft will not only add flare to the already vibrant Little Italy neighbourhood, but it will hopefully encourage other developers to put design ahead of density. The Cube Lofts – if they ever get built – will feature some very impressive finishes with kitchens offering hardwood flooring, caesar counterops, stainless steel appliances and signature designer kitchen high gloss finish cabinetry. Located south of College Street on Shaw Street this development has been stalled for years. I have started to think that it will never get built. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Work Lofts/Flatiron Lofts
319 Carlaw Avenue (at Dundas)
Worklofts will have commercial studios on the first and second floor, and then the third floor to ninth floors will be live/work lofts. The Worklofts project is the collaboration between two condo corporations that allows purchasers to conveniently live, work, or both. The draw to Worklofts is threefold – the live/work concept, the location, and the building itself. Queen Street East is probably the most exciting commercial and residential strip in the city, with numerous loft projects including the Garment Factory and the Printing Factory. Completion should be sometime in 2012. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
71 McCaul Street
These townhouse-style lofts are tucked away on McCaul Street, between Queen West and Dundas. These Tridel-built live/work lofts are tucked away in a gated quiet garden courtyard setting that is mere steps away from hospitals, TTC, U of T and Ryerson, the Eaton Centre, and the Entertainment & Financial District. They feature open concept living with 10 to 12-foot ceilings, exposed ducts, hardwood floors and outdoor patios. There are one and two bedroom units ranging from under 600 square feet to around 730 square feet. But they make up for there small size with terraces up to 200 square feet. Completed around 2001, they still represent good value for the money in such a great location. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
75 Portland Street
Expect the unexpected and be open to the element of surprise and grandeur. 75 Portland has elevated creative design and architecture to a level never seen before in Toronto. It is a testament to the extraordinary talents of the brilliant team comprised of Philippe Starck and Yoo. A dramatic, one-of-a-kind condominium, located in the ultra hip fashion district of King West. 75 Portland will ignite a new wave of style and lifestyle in Toronto. Sizes range from a 503 square-foot junior one-bedroom up to a 2,116 square-foot penthouse with an 1,103 square-foot terrace. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
255 Richmond Street East
The name of this building is a bit misleading, since loft sizes start here from as little as 350 square feet and, as far as I know, don’t exceed 1,000 square feet. There are some really nice lofts in the building though, and the location is great, within walking distance to the St. Lawrence Market. In the two-storey lofts the living area is quite impressive with the floor-to-ceiling windows through its 18-feet height. Single storey units with their 9-feet height can hardly be called lofts. Located on the lower east side of downtown (Richmond and Jarvis), the owners at Space have convenient access to King Street East, the Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, and the Financial District from their residence. This soft loft building was completed in 2004 with mostly 2 storey lofts with the bedroom on the upper level and huge floor to ceiling windows spanning 18 feet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
120 Homewood Avenue
A 39-storey tower and 7-storey loft offering resort style recreational and leisure activities, including a rooftop pool. Shimmering glass and concrete elements make a bold statement in the surrounding landscape. The developer Tridel, has implemented in Verve an environmentally sustainable design and construction, along with environmentally friendly features and finishes. Verve has taken the lead as Toronto’s first truly green condo. Verve has 344 suites ranging in size from 642 to 1,085 square feet, each suite is accompanied by either a French balcony, balcony or terrace and a series of larger collection of signature suites. Ceiling heights range in size from 9 to 14 feet. A 39-storey tower and 7-storey loft offering resort style recreational and leisure activities, including a rooftop pool. Shimmering glass and concrete elements make a bold statement in the surrounding landscape. The developer Tridel, has implemented in Verve an environmentally sustainable design and construction, along with environmentally friendly features and finishes. Verve has taken the lead as Toronto’s first truly green condo. Verve has 344 suites ranging in size from 642 to 1,085 square feet, each suite is accompanied by either a French balcony, balcony or terrace and a series of larger collection of signature suites. Ceiling heights range in size from 9 to 14 feet. The loft section of the building offers suites ranging in size from 629 to 1,404 square feet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Maxus Lofts
80 Cumberland Street
Known as The Maxus, 80 Cumberland was built by the Shiu Pong Corporation in 2002. It is the only loft in Yorkville. Conceived as wide loft living, the suites on the 2nd floor of this building have 17 foot ceilings in the living rooms. Above that floor units are 2 storey floorplans featuring balconies and huge windows. The building is 18 storeys with some great views from the top floors. Suites start at 812 square feet and go up to around 1,800 square feet. Known as The Maxus, 80 Cumberland was built by the Shiu Pong Corporation in 2002. It is the only loft in Yorkville. Conceived as wide loft living, the suites on the 2nd floor of this building have 17 foot ceilings in the living rooms. Above that floor units are 2 storey floorplans featuring balconies and huge windows. The building is 18 storeys with some great views from the top floors. Suites start at 812 square feet and go up to around 1,800 square feet. Many units have been renovated to the neighbourhoods high standards and are fantastic. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Marina Del Ray
2261÷2267÷2269 Lake Shore Boulevard
The development was a winner in 1989 of the Urban Development Institute’s Residential Award of Excellence for ‘Best Designed Community.’ The buildings look into a central magnificently landscaped courtyard. Marina Del Rey is connected to the Waterfront Park & Marina by the waterfront promenade. Three towers make up the complex and have a total of 820 condos, many of which are two-storey lofts. Completed in 1990 by Camrost Felcorp, the buildings all look into a centrally magnificent landscaped courtyard that are privately enclosed in an enclave on 11 acres of green space terraced toward the lake. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
29th Street Lofts
3400 Lake Shore Boulevard
The 29th Street Lofts were completed around 2005 by Eden Oak in the Etobicoke community of Long Branch on the western lake shore. It is a townhouse-style complex with one and two storey lofts. On the west side of Toronto, 29th Street Lofts are part of the revitalization of Lake Shore Boulevard in the historic Mimico district. Stainless steel fixtures, laminate flooring, contemporary cabinetry and countertops highlight the interior of these new soft lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
7 Gilead Place
Yet another development that is sure to help with the revitalization of the east end. Situated between King and Eastern, construction is finally complete on these 8 “Lofthouses”. They have individual private garages with a study on that lower floor, then the kitchen / living / dining on the 2nd floor, master and second bedroom on the 3rd floor and a den on top, with walkout to a rooftop terrace. Just shy of 2,000 square feet, you can see why they can command such prices. Everyone wants one, but they have not started coming up for resale quite yet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
One Six Nine Lofts
169 John Street
This One Six Nine Lofts stands 11 storeys high containing only 46 soft lofts. All loft-like suites include 9′ exposed concrete ceilings, hardwood flooring throughout, Euro-style kitchens and large walkout terraces or balconies. One Six Nine’s location is ideal, located near the Much Music building in the heart of Queen Street West, one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the city. This modern infill loft offers high end finishes, large balconies and great floor plans. Develpoped by Harhay Construction, who is also responsible for other popular projects such as 32 Stewart, Zen Lofts, Abbey Lane Lofts and Tecumseth Lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Bohemian Embassy Lofts
1171 Queen Street West
Fast becoming a major bone of contention in the West Queen West neighbourhood, the Bohemian Embassy Lofts are nearing completion in 2010. It is a massive structure containing 345 units in a nine-storey mid-rise building and a 19-storey tower. Amenities include an executive concierge, underground parking and a co-ed fitness centre. Bohemian Embassy offers 345 suites, including a number of attractive flats and two-storey lofts. Every unit has a patio, balcony, or terrace, some up to 20 feet long and five feet deep. Suites range from 475-square-foot one-bedrooms to one-bedroom-plus– dens, two-bedrooms, and expansive two-storey two-bedroom-plus-den lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
20 Stewart Lofts
20 Stewart Street
20 Stewart is home to only 59 soft lofts complete with soaring exposed concrete ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass, pre-finished engineered hardwood or polished concrete floors throughout, and an urban boutique hotel-style lobby and corridors. The Stewart Lofts feature exposed brick and concrete, hardwood flooring, 9 ft. ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, concrete mushroom beams, concrete ceiling, exposed metal piping, drop down sliding doors, movable kitchen islands with built-in wine racks and granite counters. Two storey lofts are on the 7th floor and are complemented with huge open terraces. Maintenance fees are low. There is no concierge or amenities. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Phoebe Lofts
18 Beverley and 11 Soho
The Phoebe Lofts, at 18 Beverley and 11 Soho, was designed by Diamante. This award winning building is in the heart of one of Torontos hottest neighborhoods, steps away all your shopping, dining and entertainment needs. The Phoebe Lofts is an award-winning building located at Queen and Beverly, Torontos hottest fashion and cultural district. The contemporary Soho building, elegant Phoebe building and the Phoebe townhouses all built by Diamante share a common courtyard retreat. Suites have details such as 9 foot ceilings, wide front doors, marble slate, hardwood floors, open kitchens and attention to details. This five star building is a testament to quality craftsmanship and designer finishes. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Green House Lofts
2012 Queen Street East
The Green House Lofts, facing onto Kew Gardens Park on the North side of Queen Street, is a uniquely designed and situated project with only 12 soft lofts, all with large private roof terraces, and most with commanding views out over the park and the Lake. All these loft residences features interior mezzanines with two storey light filled living spaces, walk outs to large private roof gardens, superior thermal and acoustical insulation, individual high efficiency gas fired furnaces, central air conditioning, fireplaces, maple flooring and a host of custom details and luxury features. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Falling Brook Lofts
160 Fallingbrook Road
The latest loft project from Mitchell Builders, this step terraced, 42-unit building is reminiscent of the work of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Unparalleled use of glass and natural stone accents this visually stunning soft loft building. Each unit has its own private terrace. There is maple or bamboo flooring and polished concrete in the stainless steel kitchens. Ceilings range between a modest ten feet or towering 21 foot two-storey spaces. Falling Brook Lofts provides luxurious loft living in the midst of Toronto. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
101 Hammersmith Avenue
One of few lofts in the Beaches area, and the only one not on Queen Street or Kingston Road. Joining other soft lofts such as the Waterworks Lofts, the Green House Lofts and North Beach Lofts, these townhouse-style units were built in 1985. Near Queen and Woodbine, tucked away on Hammersmith Avenue, these lofts offer peace and quiet, while being right next to one of the busiest and most popular areas in Toronto. Multi-level lofts offer 2 or 3 bedrooms with one or two bathrooms. Units can be up to 1,500 square feet, so there is a lot of room for the money. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Pure Spirit Lofts
33 Mill Street
Pure Spirit offers purchasers can choose from lofts and condominiums in the brick podium and a glass and steel 32 storey tower. Suite sizes range from 450 to 1,500 square feet and offer a selection of superbly appointed suites and lofts. Take everything you’ve ever dreamed of and distill it into one incredible condominium overlooking Toronto’s Distillery District. Builder Cityscape is an award winning developer and known for their quality projects with a number of historic loft versions and restorations in Toronto, including The Movie House, The Wellington Worx Building, The Baseball Glove Factory and Brockton Place. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
473 Dupont Street
Classic and uniquely rich in architectural and interior design, the Devonshire Lofts are conveniently located at Dupont and Bathurst, in the prime residential real estate of the Annex. This exclusive building has only 9 suites – 2 light commercial on the main floor – is perfect for professionals looking for a home in a neighbourhood with substance and potential. The Devonshire Lofts offer 1 and 2 bedroom units, some single level and some two levels, with ceilings ranging from 9 to 18 feet. Each new loft has a private balcony and paking. Some units boast wall-to-wall, full-height windows and each suite will have a gas fireplace. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
For many Canadians, moving to an urban apartment is about tapping into the excitement and cultural opportunities of the big city and can also mean a shorter commute to work. But finding a place in the city can mean sacrificing the larger living spaces found in the suburbs or country. Increasingly, urban dwellers are finding that loft apartments offer the location and opportunities of city life with far more space than average condos or apartment homes. What’s the idea behind lofts, and why are they so popular?
One definition for a loft found on the web is “An appeal against convention– convention in thinking, convention in building and convention in living. They are a celebration of open concept living and unconventional spaces brought about by the considered application of imagination and a rejection of mass-market housing.”
By the 1980s the concept was spreading first across the United States and then to Europe and Asia. As the trend grew it caught the attention of developers identifying a new market. Developers being developers did not let a lack of owning an existing warehouse or factory building to convert stop them from moving into the new market. Thus the new word “loft” began to be applied to units in ground up new construction. Needless to say the term grew fuzzy.
By now the term loft has matured. Lofts built new from the ground up are typically referred to as soft lofts or new lofts or loft-inspired or mezzanine suites. Whether created out of an existing building or built ground up new, all lofts have certain common elements or they are not lofts.
Lofts are part of the Postmodernism movement in architecture. Postmodernism is a counter– reaction to the strict and almost universal modernism of the mid-20th Century. It embraces elements from historical building styles incorporating them without a rigid adherence to one style. It also does not as policy try to hide the structural or mechanical elements of a building but often uses these in the design.
What is a “soft” loft?
In recent years developers have built new buildings with some of the characteristics of a hard loft such as high ceilings, big windows and open floorplans. These lofts typically have a softer edge… no exposed ducts and plumbing, carpet in some areas and upscale kitchens and baths. Soft lofts have more in common with traditional condominiums than a true hard loft.
What is an “artist live/work” loft?
Toronto bylaws allow for the development of buildings with “artist live/work” zoning. The first of these developments appeared on Shanly Avenue (near Bloor and Dufferin) and most featured minimal finishing, 16′ ceilings and steel frame construction. The City’s zoning restricted their use to people who were engaged in a precisely defined list of artistic activities. Over time these buildings have come to be occupied by people who simply enjoy the loft life.
Here are some of the unique joys of the loft life:
* Open spaces – The primary benefit of loft living is the large open spaces that allow you to live and move how you want, rather than having your movement defined by a permanent floor plan of walls, doorways and rooms.
* Define your areas – In a loft, the floor plan can be fluid and ever changing. You can set up a sleeping area in one part of the space, then move it somewhere else if you have guests or if you just need the area for another use. Kitchens and bathrooms are more permanent, of course, but temporary partitions, hanging curtains, or even changes in floor covering can define other spaces.
* Eclectic style – Another nice aspect of many lofts is the opportunity for eclectic design and decorating. For example, a loft might feature soft, delicate window treatments on reinforced factory windows, or a modern couch sitting on a hundred-year-old hardwood floor. This mixture of old with new and practicality with comfort can form a wonderful esthetic that makes the most of a loft’s mixed-use nature.
Regardless of the type of loft, all Lofts should have certain basic common elements:
* Open, flowing floor plans
* Minimal uses of interior walls to define space and doors to close off areas
* High ceilings – some definitions set minimum ceiling heights at twelve feet or it is not a loft just a condo with high ceilings
* Exposed piping, ductwork, structural elements
* Large windows
* Access to the sky often with roof top gardens or decks
* Easily merges living and work space, blurring the lines between workplace and residence
* Mixes traditional mediums with modern finishes – concrete, metal, stone, brick, wood used freely alongside of drywall, ceramic tile and vinyl
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By Sydnia Yu – Globe and Mail
An architect who has worked at such award-winning firms as Architects Alliance and Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. is developing his own townhouse project in an up-and-coming area south of King Street East and east of Parliament Street.
Brian Kucharski, owner of Gilead Developments, will create eight freehold townhouses — called the Corktown Lofthouses — on a site surrounded primarily by commercial and industrial buildings. “I wanted it to look more like one massive building that was divided up into eight components,” he says, adding that he thinks that design is more in keeping with the character of the surrounding area. The faÃ§ade will feature black brick, cedar detailing and commercial-grade windows.
The depth of the site is a shallow 55 feet, with a width of 175 feet, a factor that will be offset by a design that emphasizes the vertical. The four-storey units will feature various rooms on multiple levels, all situated off a central staircase.
“The key factor in the interior was to maximize the livable space, so I did a stair that winds around itself, and this forms an atrium in the middle of the townhome,” Mr. Kucharski says. “Most standard townhouses would have a corridor taking away from the living space, whereas that area is put back into living space [here].”
Mr. Kucharski says the design concept and the building’s sleek lines will appeal to the downtown-oriented, creative community, such as those in film, graphic and interior design, and the media.
There is one floor plan for the eight units. The front entrance leads into the studio (with access to an oversized garage), which can be used as a live/work space. Directly above it on the second level will be the kitchen, which will open to the living and dining area. This space will boast 16-foot ceilings, full-height windows and a fireplace.
A mezzanine will overlook the living area, and include a powder room. Further up, the first bedroom will face the street, while the master on the next level will face in the other direction, and feature nine-foot ceilings. Its en suite bathroom will have a shower room with an enclosed tub. Laundry facilities will be located just off the stairs.
At the top of the staircase, there will be a den that opens to a deck. There, an exterior staircase will lead to a 500-square-foot rooftop terrace with “expansive views of the lake and the city,” Mr. Kucharski says.
Standard finishes will include hardwood and polished concrete floors.
For amenities, Gilead Place is home to a new yoga/Pilates studio, and Jamie Kennedy’s latest catering kitchen and restaurant will open there soon.
The UpCountry furniture warehouse is on King East, the Distillery District is nearby, and the Financial District is minutes away via streetcar.
Sales at the Corktown Lofthouses will start later this month. Move-in dates are slated for next summer.
September 2008 Update – The Corktown Lofthouses are now sold out
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