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Carolyn Ireland – Globe and Mail
ADDRESS: 43 Britain Street Penthouse
ASKING PRICE: $3.2 million
TAXES: $8,974.00 (2011)
MAINTENANCE FEE: $1,085.00
The back story
For people who are not into ostentatious displays of wealth, the intersection of Britain Street and Stonecutters Lane is about as low-profile as it gets in downtown Toronto.
Passers-by who walk beyond the gritty corner of Queen and Sherbourne into the narrow streets nearby will come across an unobtrusive five-unit building known as Stonecutters Lofts. Those who look up can catch an intriguing glimpse of light shining through the glass box that tops the two-level penthouse.
The “hard” lofts were built about seven years ago in a 100-year-old brick building formerly used as a warehouse. The name comes from Stonecutters Lane, which in turn gets its name from the Stonecutter’s Arms pub on Richmond Street.
Real estate agent Carl Langschmidt of Royal LePage Your Community Realty Inc. says the potential buyers who have toured the loft so far have been in the film and music businesses. He finds it appeals to people who prefer something a bit edgy.
“The character who buys this place will be somebody who is definitely creative – possibly a trend-setter,” says Mr. Langschmidt. “It’s a very unique little spot.”
The current owner works on Bay Street and walks to the office, he adds.
The neighbours include church offices on one side and a school on the other. A software maker has set up shop across the street.
The agent points out that St. Lawrence Market is a short walk down Jarvis Street, while good restaurants and nightlife can be found in abundance on Queen Street.
The loft, meanwhile, is zoned for both commercial and residential use. It could be turned into an office for a small firm or a live-work studio for someone in the arts, Mr. Langschmidt says.
The owner purchased the penthouse at the time the old warehouse was being converted, then brought in Toronto-based Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, who won an award for the design.
“He basically bought a shell and did everything his own way,” says Mr. Langschmidt.
The architects created an unique plan with 4,400 square feet of space on the interior and an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor space.
The lower level has principal rooms and bedrooms surrounding a central courtyard. The wood ceilings and thick posts and beams are exposed; the brick is sand-blasted. The floors throughout are heated.
A large living room with gas fireplace, a dining room and a kitchen are located in the front half of the loft, overlooking the street. The architects created a niche for a secluded patio that is sheltered by the original brick wall at the front of the building.
Two bedrooms and two bathrooms are at the rear, while a library and a room currently used as a home gym stand on opposite sides of the courtyard.
Upstairs, the second level is given over to a master bedroom suite with walls open to the living area below. The surrounding rooftop belongs to the penthouse, and plans have been drawn up for a green roof.
An elevator zips the owner down to what Mr. Langschmidt calls the “bat cave” – in other words, a three-car private garage.
The best feature
The courtyard is so secluded that the current owner has an outdoor shower. The shower can be moved around, says Mr. Langschmidt, and one corner of the patio offers total privacy. There is also built-in furniture and a water feature.
“You can just go out here and bask in the sun,” he says.
Contact the Jeffrey Team for more information – 416−388−1960
Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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Authentic hard 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 want over 1,000 square feet or two bedrooms, expect to pay $500,000 or more. Unfortunately, there are very few that sell near $250,000 and they are bachelor units. There is also no such thing as a “raw space”. Developers do not leave spaces empty, to sell cheap and allow buyers to finish. Maybe 10–20 years ago, but there is nothing at all like that today.
There are 124 authentic Toronto hard loft conversions listed below (as of June 2009), the most extensive list of any Toronto loft site. We have spent years compiling this list and believe it contains every single building converted to lofts 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.
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 loft conversions 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.
A true loft, or hard loft, which to many is the only kind of loft, is usually a conversion of an older factory or warehouse. The term “hard” comes from having a harder edge of either concrete construction, or exposed brick and original wood posts, beams and floors. Here, the authentic details and atmosphere are everything.
Ceilings should be at least ten feet high (and the higher the better) – but high ceilings does not a loft make. This is increasingly very important for loft purchasers, as developers are now building condos with slightly higher ceilings than in the past. It is this height that helps give a hard loft the feeling of air and space. Larger windows and open concept layouts also help. Ceilings are unfinished and pipes and heating ducts are exposed.
You can’t expect to find hard lofts to be divided up into two bedrooms and a den. It will much more likely have a kitchen and a bathroom with the rest of the space left as one large open room, which you can work with and use according to your own functions and needs. Some people think a loft means you have a second mezzanine level overlooking the floor below, but this is simply one style of loft.
The other great thing about lofts is that most of them are zoned live/work, which makes it easier to operate a business out of your home. As a tax write off, it will be much more straight forward for your accountant and for Revenue Canada. But not allow for full business use, check the zoning to be sure!
I get distressed with the way the hard loft term is used these days. We have the standard hard and soft lofts, but I am proposing a third category, the “medium” loft. This is the loft that is in a converted building, but has none of the character of a true loft. You can call it a conversion all you like, but no one in the know is ever going to truly think of it as an authenic hard loft.
The Merchandise Building on Dalhousie is a great example of this type of medium loft. Yes, the units are in a converted warehouse, but where is the industrial character? The units are mainly drywalled condos with marginally high ceilings, some with concrete floors. If you are lucky, there is half of a column in your hallway.
This is not what loft conversions are all about. It seems that while Toronto may have a serious thing for lofts these days, we are too wimpy to go for the real thing. We want our industrial exterior, but have to have our standard cozy creature comforts inside.
So many people ask us about “raw” spaces, simple empty shells that they can do with as they please. If you are lucky, you can find one that someone thought to have the developer leave alone, a loft that is a single room with some plumbing and cooking facilities. But these are few and far between – and generally staggeringly expensive when you find them. And to be honest, I don’t think I have ever seen one.
I am a huge fan of history, being an avid photographer of old buildings. I love the idea of preserving our heritage in this city as much as we can. Taking old industrial or commercial buildings and converting them into funky living spaces is a fantastic idea, one I wish we had jumped on many years ago before we lost a lot of the buildings.
But my one request of the developers vying for this segment of the market is to leave as much character in these buildings as you can. For those who want the nouveau soft loft with two levels open to each other, let one group of builders cater to them. But if you are going to buy an old building with the thought of converting into authentic loft spaces, then do so in the truest manner.
Let the brick and wood come through, let the pipes show, let the pillars get in the way, leave the concrete floor. For that is the way the hard loft conversion is meant to be and this is the way they should stay.
412 Jarvis Street
Converted from a century-old apartment building, these lofts have a degree of character that is hard to find in a city full of new condos. A few of the grand mansions that once lined the street are still standing and there are major revitalization plans at work in the area. Most of the lofts have balconies, decorative fireplaces and 9-foot ceilings. They have been artistically restored and renovated. This is the only New York-style brownstone that is available in Toronto. Bay windows and large bathrooms add to the feel of old world luxury. Prices are low for the size, as are the condo fees. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
4-6B Grange Avenue
Rare for the area, this small conversion is a New York-style walkup at Grange Park. Housed in a Small Character Building Circa 1910, the 15 units in this historic building are all in the 900–1,100 square foot range. Located on a quiet tree-shaded residental street in central Toronto. The Grange Lofts are open concept, with exposed brick and hardwood floors. Woodburning fireplaces add to the period charm. Grange Park was Toronto’s first elite neighbourhood. It is named after Grange House, built in 1817, by D’Arcy Boulton Jr., a member of one of early Toronto’s wealthiest and most prominent families. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Mansions at Jarvis
539 Jarvis Street
At a time when city dwellers treasure unique living spaces more than ever before, the conversion of one of Jarvis Street’s original mansions is truly significant. In terms of history, architectural merit and its central downtown location, the Mansions at Jarvis is one of the most exciting projects the city has to offer. The mansion was originally built in the late 19th century, in the heart of the Jarvis Mansion District. On this street, wealthy landowners built their dream homes, and today’s residents are painstakingly restoring these homes to their former glory. Prior to the conversion, Mansions at Jarvis was known as the popular dining spot, Julie’s Mansion. Just next door is where Canada’s once-Governor General Vincent Massey and his brother, actor Raymond Massey, were raised. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Ninety Lofts
90 Broadview Avenue
The project will combine new construction with the converion of an early 1900s warehouse to create refined new loft living along Queen Street East. Combining the original architectue of the early 20th century with the crisp lines of modern design to form a stunning 9-storey residence. The Ninety Lofts will feature large windows to allow natural light to flood the lofty interiors, while exposed concrete and brick walls emphasize the loft experience. The brick exterior, with the extensive use of distinctive mullioned windows, will ensure a comfortable fit within the Riverside neighbourhood. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Kormann House Lofts
Queen and Sherbourne
Located at the corner of Queen and Sherbourne in the east end of Toronto, the pre-construction Kormann House Lofts is brought to you by KC Developments. In the late 19th century, Toronto’s lower east side was home to thriving businesses, Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford films for a nickel and the stunning Moss Park. All this set the scene for Frantz Kormann’s stylish hotel, The Kormann House which opened its doors in 1897 anchoring the corner of Queen Street and Sherbourne. Over one hundred years later, The Kormann House will be restored to its past grandeur and transformed into a stunning 10 storey tower of glass and steel rising from its core. Embrace your inner style with one of only 57 city authentic and modern lofts, complete with floor to ceiling glass and 9-foot ceilings throughout. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Masonic Hall Lofts
2 Gloucester Street
Masonic Hall Lofts are Toronto’s most central hard Lofts. Just converted in 2007, the developer kept the majority of the lofts as rental properties. Features and finishes differ from unit to unit – some units have original brick walls while others offers 20-foot ceilings with massive skylights. There are approx 20 units, though only one has come up for sale since completion. Right at the corner of Yonge and Gloucester, it is a heritage building that was protected by the city in 1973. Right between Bloor and Wellesley, you can’t get much more downtown than this. Literally steps the subway, all that Yonge and Church Streets have to offer, restaurants, shopping and more. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
27–31 Brock Street
Located at 27–31 Brock Street just north of Queen Street West and west of Dufferin Street, the Brock Lofts has a rustic urban appeal to it and contains only 23 loft units ranging from 350 to 1,600 square feet. These authentic loft conversions feature all the loft goodies, including exposed brick, hardwood floors, soaring 12’-18’ ceilings and some of the original wood columns and beams. There are no facilities and condo fees are a bit high, though all inclusive. The Brock Lofts is a wonderful little warehouse conversion that surprises many when they first walk in. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
St. Clarens Lofts
686–692 St. Clarens Avenue
The St. Clarens Lofts are the kind of loft most people only dream about. Only 10 units in this hidden loft convrsion in Dufferin Grove. Some of the big ones range up to approximately 2,000 square feet, with tons of light-filled space, soaring ceilings and dramatic sight lines. Rarely does a unit become available in this unique & eclectic live/work loft conversion. Converted from an old factory in 1990, there is not a lot of information available on these hard lofts. They are all multi-level lofts, with two or three bedrooms. Each loft provides for a unique living and working space set in the diverse neighbourhood of Lansdowne and Dupont. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
113–115 Dupont Street
The Annex Lofts are an amazing luxury loft conversion at 113–115 dupont street in a unique conversion from a commercial building. Intimate 7 suite building in a fantastic Annex location on Dupont between Bedford and Davenport. Stunning contemporary finishes contrast with the amazing original concrete loft structure. Extraordinary living spaces with great light, high ceilings and expansive wall spaces perfect for art. True loft living in a great neighbourhood setting. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Glebe Lofts
660 Pape Avenue
Very rarely does an opportunity come along to live in history. Designed by renowned period architect J. Wilson Gray, originally constructed for the trustees of the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, this imposing architectural building was retrofitted, entirely within the existing envelope, into only 32 astonishing multi-level loft residences. Erected in 1920 as an extension to the original 1912 Riverdale Presbyterian Church, this conversion pays homage to the soaring height of the original sanctuary in all of its two storey primary living spaces, featuring large open plans, expansive interconnected to flow with the building space. Each residence was custom designed to optimize the dramatic effects of light and spatial volume – incorporating solid masonry demising walls, thermopane windows, superior thermal and acoustical insulation, individual high efficiency heating systems, all new electrical and mechanical systems, and a host of luxury features. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Beach House Lofts
1842 Queen Street East
The Beach House Lofts were the much anticipated sequel to the Academy Lane Lofts, both by Streetcar Developments. Open space and light are all yours on the inside, while the Beaches Community and all it has to offer is literally right outside the lobby door. The Beach House Lofts boast 12–20″ ceilings, large outdoor spaces and gourmet kitchens including stone counters and stainless steel appliances. Exposed brick walls and wood ceilings are found in most of the units. Sensational views overlooking downtown and the lake are one of the many features that Beach House Lofts has to offer. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Madison Avenue Lofts
380 MacPherson Avenue
The conversion of an old Toronto Hydro office and storage building into an upscale, New York-style loft is generating a steady current of interest. The historic structure, built in 1951 at the foot of Casa Loma, houses the Madison Avenue Lofts, with 211 units featuring ceilings 10– to 14-feet high. The hydro facility, located at Madison and MacPherson avenues, was very costly to rebuild and refurbish, but it was the only way to keep its original columns, tall ceilings, stairwells and banisters. Architect Paul Northgrave added two storeys to the top, and combined industrial architecture with art deco designs. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
284 St. Helens Avenue
Each suite is different from the next with gigantic windows, brick walls, exposed ducts and beams, and wooden ceilings. It’s easy to get creative when decorating and turning the open spaces into something uniquely yours. Located in the heart of an established neighbourhood just a two-minute walk away from the Lansdowne subway station on the Bloor line, the Bloorline Lofts are just minutes from the eclectic shops and restaurants of Roncesvalles Village and Bloor West Village, and the tranquil beauty of High Park. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Toy Factory Lofts
43 Hanna Avenue
The Toy Factory Lofts transformed the old Irwin Toy Factory into 215 hard lofts. The oldest parts of the building were constructed around the turn of the 20th century and certain sections of the brick walls are several feet in thickness and steel ceiling beams combined with solid Douglas fir posts are not only rare, but also irreplaceable. The Toy Factory kept and rejuvenated everything by sandblasting until it all looks young and fresh again. The Toy Factory Lofts are the only loft conversions in in Liberty Village. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Tip Top Lofts
637 Lake Shore Boulevard
The Tip Top Lofts are housed in a Toronto landmark. Designed by Bishop and Miller architects in a classic Art Deco style, the building was completed in 1929 and housed the manufacturing, warehousing, retail and office operations of Tip Top Tailors Ltd. Converted to lofts in 2006 (including a 6 storey rooftop addition) the Tip Top lofts feature 256 lofts ranging in size from 600 to 2,580 square feet with over 50 unique floorplans. The building is walking distance to Ontario Place, a quick ferry ride to Toronto Island and only minutes to the entertainment district or financial core. The lofts themselves are also unique; two stories high on average, they are spacious and comfortable. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Gothic Heritage Estates
32 Gothic Avenue
Rather than warehouse chic, many current loft conversions offer luxurious settings and exceptional finishes and features, appealing to buyers who want both vintage style and modern conveniences. These days, loft conversions crop up in even the finest neighborhoods. A stately old High Park mansion that was built for the first mayor of West Toronto in 1889, designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, has been renovated to create seven custom-designed and upgraded loft residences. Each of the seven suites (six are 1,500 square feet each and one is 1,800 square feet) offers a private courtyard or terrace with views of High Park, graceful rooms and period details. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Chocolate Company Lofts
955 Queen Street West
Next door to the Candy Factory Lofts, the Chocolate Company Lofts are located at 955 Queen Street West. The Chocolate Company Lofts in Toronto offer a mix of original loft architecture and brand new industrial Bauhaus-style lofts, set in the desirable and eclectic Queen West neighbourhood. The old part of the building includes wood slate or corrugated steel barn-style ceilings, wooden posts, steel beams, exposed brick, huge windows and high ceilings. New construction offers barn style doors, concrete ceilings, steel beams and floor to ceiling windows. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Argyle Authentic Lofts
183 Dovercourt Road
Rising five stories, The Argyle Lofts was and remains the tallest structure in the immediate neighbourhood. The distinctive corner bakery entrance continued as the the converted loft’s front door, with the clock retained as a reminder of the building’s industrial past. The history and charm of this building sets it apart from other industrial loft conversions in Toronto making it truly one-of-a-kind. The Argyle Lofts converted the 1919 landmark Edwardian-style former bakery into 86 lofts. The two-storey penthouse lofts afford spectacular city views and have private roof decks. The penthouses are set back from the façade so not to detract from the architecture and are not visible from the street below. Ground-floor units facing the street have private front yards. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Robert Watson Lofts
363–369 Sorauren Avenue
The vintage building making up half of the loft conversion fronts on to Sorauren Avenue. It is the century-old Robert Watson warehouse (built in 1907) that was been restored and converted into vintage lofts, as one of the few authentic loft conversions in the city. With exposed century-old brick, wood ceilings/columns and 10– to 16-foot ceilings, the project stands out as one of Toronto’s finest loft conversions ever. It is loaded with spectacular raw finishes including granite and stainless steel appliances. The new loft building is a six-storey soft loft with high ceilings, polished concrete floors, concrete columns and expansive glass with spectacular views. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Abbey Lofts
384 Sunnyside Avenue
The Abbey Lofts is a 24 unit project created in a neo-Gothic church that was built in the Medieval Revival style in 1911. The light-grey solid limestone walls and stone cladding of architect William George Burns’ church, built for a Methodist congregation, are unchanged in nearly a century. The Abbey Lofts have open-concept living spaces, with galley-style kitchens and island eating areas. Some have stairs down to sunken living rooms, which can lead to a den or extra bedroom reached through double doors. The Abbey Lofts are located in a converted church situated between Roncesvalles Avenue and High Park in a high-demand community. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Westmoreland Lofts
40 Westmoreland Avenue
Standing proudly in Bloorcourt Village near Bloor and Ossington, this historical church is being transformed into huge luxurious lofts while preserving the integrity and beauty of the original structure. The loft residences of The Westmoreland have been creatively and sensitively designed to capitalize on the grandeur of the soaring cathedral ceilings and the rich detailing of stone columns, capitals, hammerhead wood trusses and majestic brick gothic arches and windows. 40 Westmoreland is located mere steps away from Bloor Street in Bloorcourt Village. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
St. George on Sheldrake
65 Sheldrake Boulevard
In 2001, the church sanctuary at 65 Sheldrake Boulevard, which had been vacant at the time, was converted into lofts for residential use. The church hall and Sunday School buildings, which had been used for private day school purposes, was demolished and rebuilt in substantially the same form. The existing detached house at 39 Sheldrake Boulevard was also demolished. Underground parking was carved out from beneath the converted church. Most of the units are well over 1,000 square feet, with some larger than many homes at over 4,000 square feet. Since only 33 units were converted into lofts from the original church space, the developer managed to make every loft a large alternative to a house. Most of the authentic loft units have private outdoor amenity space in the form of balconies or gardens. Indoor and outdoor common amenity space is also provided. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
20 Brockton Street
The Brockton Lofts is a loft conversion built and completed in the mid-1980s, with only 18 suites, all with separate entrances, situated off a back alley, east of Brock Street between Queen Street West and Dundas Street West. An old warehouse, 20 Brockton is located right on a 24-hour streetcar line. The Brockton Lofts are a converted warehouse with 12 foot ceilings consisting of two and three storey units. They have true loft details such as sandblasted wood ceilings and original maple plank floors. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Candy Factory Lofts
993 Queen Street West
This is the one that started the Toronto loft craze! The Candy Factory Lofts features lofts converted from a century-old candy factory. The lofts have 12-foot ceilings, exposed brick and timber, tastefully exposed ductwork, real hardwood floors, large window panes and top-of-the-line interior finishes. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge, live-in superintendent, a guest suite, party room, fitness room, and oversized hallways. The two storey penthouses have large terraces. Trinity-Bellwoods Park is at your front door and 24-hour streetcar access is at your front door. The Candy Factory Lofts range in size from 950 square feet to 2,500 square feet and larger. Prices start in the $500s and can easily hit double that. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Button Factory Lofts
200 Clinton Avenue
A former button factory converted to two and three storey authentic lofts with ceilings of 11 feet up to double that. Many of the original industrial features such as wood beams, exposed brick and authentic hardwood floors remain. There are only 13 lofts in this conversion, ranging in size from 1,300 to 2,400 square feet. Much of the original charm of the building has been preserved. No utilities are covered in the condos fees. This loft on Clinton is very close to Little Italy. Prices are high, due to the large sizes and great location. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
295 Davenport Road
Originally the Creed fur storage building, this conversion consists of 19 units that are art deco inspired, and roughly 800–1,200 square feet, with ceilings up to 13 feet. Accents include terraces, atriums, skylights, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, open concept kitchen. Some suites are multi-level and share an inside atrium. Steps from Yorkville this building is a favorite for many upscale professionals. Condo fees are reasonable (utilities extra) and once again due to its small size there are no facilities. The greatest appeal of these converted lofts is the location – at the edge of the Annex, and just steps to Yorkville. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
781 King Street West
781 King Street West was originally a commercial building, serving as the head office of The Adams Brothers Harness Manufacturing Company, Ltd. from 1917 to 1953. Located in the Toronto’s historic Fashion District, the building later functioned as the home for a number of textile-related business, and then later, business offices. The lofts have exposed brick, wooden post columns, and hardwood floors. Many lofts are two storey layouts ranging from 625 to 1,900 square feet. Underground parking is shared with the Cityshpere condo building next door located at 801 King Street West. The building was converted into residential lofts in 1996 and Gotham Vintage Lofts was born. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Hepbourne Hall Lofts
110 Hepbourne Street
Converted from a gothic church manse, the Hepbourne Hall Lofts consist of 20 units ranging from a 550 square foot studio to a 2,200+ square foot multi-level, multi-bedroom loft. Original hardwood floors (re-used from the old gynasium) and the 12-foot ceiling heights create a true loft feel. There are no amenities or concierge. Hepbourne Hall is located just west of Dovercourt and just south of Bloor Street West. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Industrial Revolution Lofts
676 Richmond Street West
Originally a knitting mill, the Industrial Revolution Lofts has a concrete wall separating each unit, making this one of the best loft conversions in the area. The lofts range from 750 square feet to 2,000+ square feet. Each unit has a fireplace, balcony, hardwood floors and high ceilings of 10 to 16 feet. Each loft also has one underground parking space. The Industrial Revolution Lofts are located just west of Bathurst street on Richmond. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Kensington Market Lofts
160 Baldwin Street & 21 Nassau Street
Located near Spadina and College, the two buildings that make up Kensington lofts were formerly owned by George Brown College. The original terrazzo floors remain throughout the hallways and stairways, accented with modern finishes. Interior finishes include cork, bamboo, or hardwood floors, large open concept gourmet kitchens, and mezzanine levels providing up to 20 foot ceiling height. Amenities include a party room and a meeting room. The lofts, which total over 140 units, range in size from one bedroom to multi-level two bedrooms plus den with spacious terraces. The Kensington Market Lofts are centrally located in the Kensington market, which bustles with some of the city’s best boutiques, specialty shops and international groceries. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Pop Factory Lofts
115 Manning Street
Completed in 1986, the Pop Factory Lofts on Manning are another of Toronto’s original loft conversions. This 6 unit converted low-rise pop factory loft has it all – it has the features of a loft and a townhouse – with a garden terrace at the back. The Manning Lofts are a very private and quiet loft conversion in the trendy Queen West area. Open concept with exposed ducts, and city vista from the rooftop terrace. Sizes range between 725 one bedroom to 1700 square feet two bedroom loft. Sliding glass doors offer a walkout to the garden patio. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Massey Harris Lofts
915 King Street West
The Massey Harris Lofts, constructed in 1883, were converted from the red brick office building that was designed by Edward James Lennox, one of Toronto’s leading architects (who would go on to design Old City Hall). For close to a century, it served the company as it evolved into Massey-Ferguson and eventually Varity Corp. In 1973, the building was listed as a heritage property. Located at 915 King Street West, the Massey Harris Lofts feature 11-foot ceilings and vintage brick walls. The lofts feature baths with all glass showers and radiant floor heating. A true loft conversion that is always highly desired. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Movie House Lofts
394 Euclid Avenue
Once an actual movie house, the original facade of this complex was saved in the renovation. Just 18 units exist in the building and there are no parking facilities. The Movie House Lofts are multi-storey lofts, with the top level units having roof terraces. The living room/dining areas usually have 16 foot ceilings with a mezzanine overlooking the area below. Loft sizes range from a 730 square foot one bedroom on one level, to a 1300 square foot two bedroom on three levels. Before movies, it was the Western District Orange Hall, built in 1913. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Noble Court Lofts
24 Noble Street
The lofts on Noble Street tend to be some of the most affordable hard lofts in all of Toronto. The Noble Court Lofts are located at Queen Street West at Dufferin. The building was converted from industrial offices to live and/or work spaces in 1989 featuring 10−1÷2 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, timber columns and beams, and large windows. 24 Noble Street offers authentic lofts at reasonable prices, with more charm and character than most of the rest. There are no amenities at The Noble Lofts, which are reflected in the relatively low monthly maintenance fees. Parking is available on a first come first serve basis. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
75 Markham Street
Located at 75 Markham Street in Toronto, and originally housing the Oxford Picture Frame Factory (which had recently relocated from Oxford Street) this 1930s industrial gem was converted in 1986 into 16 multi-level loft residences, retaining many of the original heavy timber and brick details from its previous use. Typical loft attributes include exposed brick, hardwood floors, fireplaces, timber columns, and steel joists. Ceiling heights range between 10–20 feet. Underground parking available. Lofts range from 1,000 to 1,900 square feet with one, two or three bedrooms. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
347 Sorauren Avenue
Initially a ball bearing factory, 347 Sorauren is actually a composite of the initial mill style warehouse with two new additions, featuring a combination of interesting industrial finishes. Features include 15 foot ceilings with massive timber columns and beams. Vintage meets contemporary at the 48-unit Sorauren Lofts building, one of the few true loft conversions. Dramatically high metal ceilings with open web steel joists and 6′ windows are among the loft’s unique characteristics. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
766 King Street West
The Tecumseth Lofts are a renovation from an existing commercial building with ceiling heights averaging 11′ but soaring to 28′ in some places. Suites range from 2 story two bedroom lofts of 1,600 sq ft with terrace to 750 sq ft open loft spaces. Skylights, gas fireplaces, granite counters, hardwood floors and Jacuzzi baths are some of the features in many of the lofts as well as open concept kitchens and maple shaker cabinets. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
West 833 Lofts
833 King Street West
West 833 is one of King West’s most distinctive lofts, a former perfume factory converted into 52 lofts, located in one of Toronto’s most happening neighbourhoods, King West Village. Situated west of Bathurst on the south side of King at Niagara, West 833 is located close to everything. This is one of King Street’s most unique buildings, comprised of two interconnected buildings – one a distinctive 1930′s perfume factory recognized by the Toronto Historical Board, the other a modern complement. Each of the lofts boast an open concept design with high ceilings along and expansive windows, making each unit feel bright and spacious. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
700 King Street West
The Westside Lofts is a successful renovation of a former office building, designed by world reknown Young and Wright Architects. Situated in the Northwest corner of Bathurst and King in one of Toronto’s most upcoming and trendy locations – King West. The Westside Lofts’ features are impressive and dramatic – 11–1/2″ ceilings, hallways are wide and the windows are oversized, and the suites are spacious. The suites have barnyard style doors, mirrored closets with lots of space and parking is underground. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Worx Lofts (Monarch Building)
436 Wellington Street West
Worx Lofts (Monarch Building)
436 Wellington Street West
Academy Lane Lofts
1852 Queen Street East
Originally an armory, the Academy Lane Lofts is one of the only loft conversions in the Beaches. Already rich with history, including a boxing club that acted as a training ground for the legendary Larry Holmes and a bowling alley that defined the block, this early 20th century building was redefined by Streetcar, bringing urban loft living to Toronto’s Beaches District. Lofty features include exposed beam construction on the 3rd floor mezzanine ceilings, solid wood entrance doors with polished chrome hardware, gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops and top of the line finishes. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
90 Sumach Street
A massive six story former CBC prop warehouse (it was never a brewery, oddly enough) located at Queen Street East and Sumach. Most of the Brewery Lofts feature concrete floors and ceilings with huge concrete mushroom columns with ceiling heights of 14 feet. Parking is located inside on the first and second floors. Facilities include a party room, fitness room, and conference areas. The building features a security system but no guard or concierge. The Brewery Lofts are all huge, generally in the 1,200–1,600 square foot range, with some even larger. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
6 Bartlett Lofts
6 Bartlett Avenue
6 Bartlett Avenue is one of the first Toronto loft conversions. Each loft typically provides three levels of open-concept living space. The Bartlett Lofts are an intimate 13-unit loft conversion with numerous lightwells and skylights. Lofty features include exposed brick, hardwood floors throughout, walk-out to a large private cedar roof top terrace, fireplaces, and high ceilings. Each of the lofts has access to parking in a separate exterior garage. The lofts of 6 Bartlett Avenue are just steps to the Bloor subway line and shopping. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
8 Bartlett Lofts
8 Bartlett Avenue
This loft conversion was completed in 2002 by Alice Street Holdings, and is located just east of Dufferin St. and north of Bloor St. The building was originally established in 1907 as a rope manufacturing facility. This intimate loft development contains 6 units ranging in size from 1,090 to 1,390 square feet. Loft features include: 2 level living space, exposed wood columns and beams, 13 foot ceilings, and skylights. Condo fees are low. A double parking space is included with one of the units, with others requiring street permit parking. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
326 Carlaw Avenue & 1159/1173 Dundas Street East
Located at Carlaw and Dundas, in Leslieville, this low rise building houses 76 of Toronto’s most industrial funky lofts. i-Zone’s units are all legal live/work spaces, and are especially popular with artists working in the Studio District. Some of the lofts have rooftop terraces, or at least the option to build outdoor space above the loft. The units were originally sold as raw loft space, with many owners choosing to upgrade the kithens and bathrooms. The i-Zone Lofts offer unique layouts with easy access to the Gardiner & DVP. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
365 Dundas Street East
The Century Lofts are an impressive south Cabbagetown Art Deco factory converted to lofts. The lofts have 11′ ceiling heights, concrete mushroom columns, large industrial windows and original terrazzo floors. Some lofts are ideal for work/live space since they have both street and building access. The lofts range in size from smaller 550 square foot units up to large 2 bedroom lofts at 1,100 square feet. Very Low maintenance fees since no amenities. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
393 King Street East
The Derby Lofts are located at the corner of King and Parliament Streets and was built in 1989 as investment suites for loft lovers but has now become fully owner occupied. It has 16′ 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, as it is located close to the trendy and happening Distillery District area. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
80 / 90 Sherbourne Street
The Imperial Lofts are located on the northwest corner of Sherbourne Street and Adelaide Street East. They consist of a 6-storey red brick loft building and a 3-storey yellow brick art deco structure. The 6-storey mill style structure features exposed wood beams and brick walls as well as 10−1÷2 foot ceilings. The art deco building has concrete columns and ceilings. Imperial Loft sizes vary from 780 square feet to 1,300 square feet. There is no concierge or facilities so it has decent maintenance fees. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Knitting Mill Lofts
426 Queen Street East
The Knitting Mill Lofts is a converted factory located on Queen Street East between River and Parliament Streets. These lofts are true open concept units with exposed brick walls, wood beams, hardwood floors and 11′ ceiling heights. There are only 28 units in the Knitting Mill Lofts, ranging from 600 square foot studios up to 1,200 square foot 2 bedroom lofts. Maintenance fees are low with utilities extra. Parking is outside with a very limited number of spots. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
383 Adelaide Street
The Liberty Lofts are located just east of Sherbourne street at Adelaide and are a conversion from the old Gillette Razor Factory. The Liberty Lofts are houed in a beautiful old style loft with enormous concrete columns and brick posts, and the original courtyard was maintained by installing a skylight. Now an atrium, the gorgeous courtyard can be seen as one rides up the elevator. Parking is at a premium as there are only spaces for the penthouse lofts. The Liberty Lofts are a great value in downtown Toronto. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Merchandise Building Lofts
155 Dalhousie Street
The Merchandise Lofts are located near Dundas and Church Streets. The Merchandise Building is Toronto’s largest loft conversion with over 500 suites ranging from 450 to 2,500 sq ft. The lofts features 12-foot ceilings, exposed concrete ceilings, polished concrete or hardwood floors, and massive mushroom columns. Glass-partitioned bathrooms, elevated bedrooms, granite, open-concept kitchens and huge solid maple sliding doors are some of the key features. The Merch has some of the best facilities of any loft building, including 24-hour concierge, outdoor pool, party room, basketball court, fitness facilities, guest suites and the best rooftop in Toronto! The Sears Merchandise Building showcased the demand for loft living in Toronto. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Peanut Factory Lofts
306 Sackville Street
The Peanut Factory Lofts are a converted peanut warehouse and processing plant located in the heart of Cabbagetown. It was redeveloped in 1988 and now contains 9 loft-style units ranging in size from 1,400 to 2,000 square feet with 12 foot ceilings. One of the earlier loft conversions, The Peanut Factory has had its two bedroom units filled since 1988. These townhouse–style lofts exude charm and grace as living spaces. All of the original maple floors were saved and reconditioned, plus each suite has a real fireplace. With only 9 units this loft conversion rarely has any units that come on the market so when they do they go very quickly. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Richmond Mews Lofts
287 Richmond Street East
A office to loft conversion located just east of Yonge street on Eglinton. The lofts are very bright with massive multipaned windows, 11′ foot ceiling heights and very sleek and modern finishes. The Soho has a complete fitness centre with professional trainers and rooftop patio. The developer, Bruce Greenberg, took this 1950s office building and added his own flare by adding large multipaned windows as well as hardwood or concrete floors. The Soho Lofts houses only 60 suites. Lofts range from around 600 square feet to 1,100 sq ft. The building includes such amenities as a fitness room and party room. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
188 Eglinton Avenue East
A office to loft conversion located just east of Yonge Street on Eglinton. The lofts are very bright with massive multipaned windows, 11′ foot ceiling heights and very sleek and modern finishes. The Soho Lofts has a complete fitness centre with professional trainers and a rooftop patio. Parking is available underground for a monthly fee. This is a young and professional area with many great restaurants and shops. One of the only loft conversions in the area, the prices are reasonable but the fees are brutally high. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
289 Sumach Street
The former Ontario Medical College for Women, most of the original 1890 facade has been maintained. These lofts on Sumach are located at Gerrard Street East and Parliament, in south Cabbagetown. In the Medical College Lofts (also called the Sumach Lofts), the ceilings are very high (up to 15 feet). Layouts range from single-storey to multi-storey lofts and sizes range from 800 – 2,000 square feet. Many Medical College Lofts units have private terrace/decks and some have skylights, exposed wood ceilings, beams and brick. 289 Sumach Street is a very affordable loft alternative in the downtown area. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
St. Lawrence Market Lofts
81A Front Street East
The St. Lawrence Market Lofts are located right next to the historic Saint Lawrence Market on Front Street. Converted from pre-confederation warehouses built in 1860, lofts in this 4-storey building have on average 10′ ceilings, 150-year-old exposed brick walls, exposed wood beam columns and hardwood flooring. Lofts range from 593 square feet to 1,290 square feet. But there is no parking at all in this building. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Boiler Factory Lofts
189 Queen Street East
The Boiler Factory Lofts, located on Queen Street East in downtown Toronto, has 11 units. Each loft has a private terrace, exposed brick, and post & beam ceilings up to 14′ high. Many of the units were custom designed by the purchasers themselves. The Boiler Factory Lofts were developed by HAASTOWN, a loft-only developer who has converted other loft projects like the Knitting Mill Lofts at 426 Queen East. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
68 Broadview Avenue
The Broadview Lofts are the product of a conversion of the turn-of-the-century Rexall drug warehouse. The development consists of the original 5 storey warehouse with 2 floors of new loft space addition on top. The Broadview Lofts contain 179 suites in total, and were completed in 2006 by Sorbara Group (of Brewery Lofts fame) with design by Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. Lofts range in size from around 800 to 1,600 square feet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Evening Telegram Lofts
264 Seaton Street
The Evening Telegram Lofts are in what was once home to the Toronto Evening Telegram, a newspaper that later became the Toronto Telegram. When The Tely folded in 1971, former staffers founded The Toronto Sun. This hard loft is located in south Cabbagetown on a lovely stretch of Seaton street. This boutique converted loft building has 10 units only. Some of the lofts have private roof terraces or ground level patios (rare to get outdoor space with hard lofts). There are large semi-circular windows in some units, but they all have high lofty ceilings. There is no onsite parking, but permits are available for the street. Definitely worth looking at when they come up for sale. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Richard Bigley Lofts
98 Queen Street East
This loft conversion was originally built in 1876 and is named after it’s builder. Over the years, it has seen a variety of industrial uses. In 1999, it was converted into 3 hard lofts, each on its own floor. The building has a large brick and tile lobby, indoor parking, very large windows and significant architectural details. City council voted it into the Toronto Heritage Building Inventory in June of 1973. The Richard Bigley Lofts are gorgeous and open spaces, though the maintenance fees are very high, at more than $700 for each loft, but the spaces are huge. Each loft has private elevator access. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
One Columbus Lofts
1 Columbus Avenue
Experience a true factory ambience in this intimate live/work ten unit, five storey, former Rawlings Baseball Glove Factory. Completed in 1996 by Jackson Goad Architects, these hard lofts feature 10-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, rustic wood ceilings, industrial steel beams as well as wood beams. Some lofts have direct elevator access and also have private rooftop patios. A mere ten loft units ranging from 1,300 square feet to more than 2,400 square feet are housed in this unique building. Located off Sorauren Avenue, south of Dundas Street West, One Columbus Avenue is truly an authentic loft. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Church Lofts
111 Robinson Street
This former church is located in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood, east of the park, north of Queen Street West. The appeal of this conversion has got to be the unique structure as well as the great location. The rarest of church conversions, the Church Lofts are both large and quite expensive. The church was converted into only 2 freehold hard lofts in the mid-1990s, both with huge underground parking spaces. Features include soaring 25′ ceiling, enormous windows, original hardwood floors, and private rooftop decks. With 5,0000+ square feet on multiple levels, expect to pay in the millions for one of these lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
477 Richmond Street West
These Soho Lofts (there are 3 in Toronto, all by the same developer) were originally constructed as an industrial / office condo called the Starwood Centre in the early 1990′s, then went into receivership & sold the remaining units as residential spaces. Loft sizes are big, with sizes in the 1,000–2,000 square foot range. Ceilings are 11 feet high allowing for great floor to ceiling windows. Nice finishes include granite counters in kitchen & bathrooms, sliding walls and marble showers. 477 Richmond Street West is sometimes called Soho South. This building features some of the most stunning lofts in Toronto. The views are spectacular with extra-high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows. There are five levels of underground parking but it is all rental. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
8–16 Croft Street
The Croft Lofts is part of a larger building that was converted into five freehold lofts. Prior to the renovation, it housed a Turkish rug cleaning business that had been in operation since the 1920s. Before that, the building was a munitions factory during the First World War. A group of people (all the end users), purchased the warehouse in 1987 with the intention of converting it to live/work lofts. The existing building had 10,000 square feet of open space on two floors, with windows on all four sides. The structural system is a combination of timber and steel beams, and mill-flooring decking throughout. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
468 Wellington Avenue
The pinnacle of Toronto loft living! The old Butterick Publishing Building, built in 1915 and converted to lofts in 2001. With only 10 hard lofts in the entire building, 2 to a floor, these are quite exclusve. Private elevator access and 5,000 square feet each, with 3 walls of windows. The lofts are all done to the nines with 14-foot ceilings, wood beams, exposed brick, and all the hard loft goodies. And they even have private elevators. If you to ask how much, then it is too much, generally a few million each. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Malthouse Loft Towns
35–39 Old Brewery Lane
The Malthouse Loft Towns is designated as heritage, an Italianate-inspired building designed by Victorian architects Smith & Gemmel. The building’s shell is actually an old restored brewery built in 1876. The exterior features buff brick pilasters, decorative corner corbelling, rounded arches, and oval cast-iron tie-rod plates. It also includes elements such as exposed red and buff brick walls from the original building, and many other one-of-a-kind architectural features from the Victorian industrial era. There are a variety of spacious, open concept designs available. Each loft townhome includes versatile home office/study areas, soundproofing for optimal privacy, unique trim finishes, and sliding barn doors in bedrooms (excluding master bedroom). Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Lofts on Frederick
180 Frederick Street
Converted from a former commercial building, these “softish” hard lofts are situated at King East and Frederick (east of Jarvis) in Toronto’s tremendously desirable St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. A small building, there are only 12 lofts occupying the top 2 floors of this 4-storey building. Even though it was converted in 1998, these lofts are very rarely available. The units feature lofty 11′ concrete ceilings, hardwood floors, open concept kitchens and large windows. Parking is only available on a rental basis, but the maintenace fees are not too high. There is no real outdoor space with these lofts, as only one has a terrace. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
245 Medland and 2924 Dundas Street West
Medland Lofts is a conversion of a 1920s Art Deco style building into ten creative urban living spaces. Nine of the lofts are two story spaces that face south and west. These lofts all open onto private, oversized roof terraces – perfect for outdoor entertaining and summer barbeques. One mainfloor loft offers street level access and a private entrance, and is perfect for someone seeking a live/work space. The Medland Lofts are located in the central Toronto neighborhood of The Junction named “one of the top ten places to invest in Canada” by the Globe and Mail in 2004. Home to artists, galleries, small businesses and resturants, the neighborhood enjoys a strong sense of urban community. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
SkyLofts at Mystic Pointe
200÷250÷300 Manitoba Street
The building at 250 & 300 Manitoba Street is an original loft conversion of the MacGuiness Distillery Plant with two separate entrances. This 8 story building has a variety of two storey lofts ranging from 1 bedroom to 2 bedroom plus den boasting impressively high 17′ ceilings. 200 Manitoba is a newer addition to Mystic Pointe, a purpose built soft loft with 1 to 2 bedroom plus den suites. Most lofts include jacuzzi tubs, gas fireplaces, breakfast bars, herringbone hardwood floors on the main floor with carpet on the second floor. Some lucky suites have a terrace overlooking the buildings impressive roof top garden. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
245 Carlaw Avenue
Converted from an old Wrigley gum factory, it is just north of the Garment Factory Lofts and Printing Factory Lofts, across from the i-Zone Lofts. Located in the studio district part of Leslieville, these true open concept loft spaces have 16-foot ceilings with concrete floors and ceilings. The Wrigley Lofts are huge open spaces with large fluted columns and warehouse windows, these are classic New York-style hard loft spaces. Some have mezzanine bedrooms, with a variety of different staircases. No outdoor space with any unit, though, and all of the parking is surface. One of the only loft buildings with 1,400 to 1,600 and 2,000 square foot lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
43 Britain Street
The Stonecutter Lofts were converted from a century old warehouse, located on a quiet side street behind the old Stonecutter Arms pub on Britain Street. They have the usual exposed brick, wood posts and beams and real hardwood floors. The finishes are all above grade, very high-end features. Converted recently, these lofts feature high ceilings, post beam construction and large open areas. These raw loft spaces can be quite large with wide living areas, some with private elevator. The finishes are all above grade, very high-end features. The Stonecutter Lofts offer commercial, live/work, and residential units. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Queen City Vinegar Co. Lofts
19 River Street
The Queen City Vinegar Co. Lofts is an authentic loft conversion of an over 100-year-old warehouse into 38 new and vintage lofts. The building was owned by the Queen City Vinegar Company and is located on River Street, in the always trendy Corktown area off Queen East. Queen City Vinegar Company Lofts is a new loft conversion building by Streetcar Developments. Built as a warehouse for Queen City Vinegar in 1908, the three-storey building had two new storeys added above in a new-construction glass addition. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Printing Factory Lofts
201 Carlaw Avenue
The Printing Factory Lofts is a rare incarnation of industrial eras past. Rolph Clarke Stone originally commissioned the building, which opened in 1913, to house his printing presses. Located at 201 Carlaw, it’s a huge property in Leslieville, which was at the heart of industry in Toronto at the turn of the 20th century. The Printing Factory Lofts give you the choice of how you want to live and what you need to be comfortable. The 254 lofts offer ceilings that soar up to 24 fee, exposed concrete or painted steel columns,exposed concrete or painted steel columns, exposed concrete ceilings and exposed metal ductwork. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Garment Factory Lofts
233 Carlaw Avenue
Recent on the scene in Toronto’s hip downtown east is Garment Factory Lofts – Atria Developments’ live/work industrial loft conversion that has won rave reviews. These lofts appeal to first-time buyers, empty nesters, creative individuals and business professionals seeking a live/work loft environment. Atria coverted a former garment factory in the Queen Street East neighbourhood into one of the city’s hottest loft conversions. The Garment Factory Lofts features 154 lofts comprised of studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den/workspace, two-bedroom, and two-bedroom plus den/workspace, plus penthouses with views of the lake. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Schoolhouse Lofts
391 Brunswick Avenue
The Schoolhouse Lofts is an intimate, boutique-style loft residence in a sought-after location within an established residential community surrounded by mature trees. The property, which was vacant for years, was built in the early 1950s and now houses only 19 exclusive lofts. Converted from a Catholic schoolhouse, this art deco inspired loft building is one of the hottest properties in the coveted Annex neighbourhood. The lofts range in size from 1,032 to 2,092 square feet – all with spacious terraces or balconies overlooking the quiet residential street on which it is located, The Schoolhouse Lofts are close to everything that makes the Annex hip. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Loretto Lofts
385 Brunswick Avenue
Located in the Annex and originally designed by architect Neil G. Beggs, the Loretto was completed in 1914. The heritage designated structure incorporates numerous Beaux-Arts Design principals popular at the time. The existing building was maintained and restored in keeping with its historic relevance and beauty. The overall complex is centred on an interior landscaped courtyard and amenities pavilion with most lofts and townhomes including private terraces and balconies. Completed in 2007 by Context Developments, this is one of the few lofts in The Annex. Next door to the Schoolhouse Lofts at 391 Brunswick, these are the only loft buildings in the area. There are a few scattered around Dupont and Davenport – but this is one part of Toronto that everyone wants a loft in, but that has very limited supply. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Modern Beach Lofts
952 Kingston Road
952 Kingston is a unique 24 unit building which marks the first loft conversion project in this area of the city. This property is steep with history beginning life as a movie theatre in the early 1940′s. When you look at the upper level of the building you can see the Art Deco influences in stone details and linear motifs. The residential entrance of the building recalls the sense of the original theatre grand entrance. Upper levels house distinctive curves, glass facades and terraces. The conversion of the 1940 movie theatre into the Modern Beach Lofts will be a landmark in the upscale north beach neighbourhood. Stainless steel appliances, 10-foot ceilings and polished concrete floors are some of the many features that 952 Kingston has to offer. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
525 Logan Avenue
The Printers Row Lofts is a conversion of a vintage architectural gem in Riverdale. One of the few loft conversions in the area, Printers Row was originally designed by the architect W.F. Carmichael in 1911 for the Bell Telephone Company world headquarters – and most recently used in the printing trade as ABSO Blueprints. The present loft conversion created a row of six double stacked two and three storey loft spaces, all facing south and all opening out into private roof gardens or terraces. Retained features of the massively overdesigned original structure include 18″ thick terracotta and concrete floors acoustically separating each loft. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
121 Prescott Avenue
Also known as the Studio One Lofts, this loft conversion (originaly a tannery and more recently a school) in Little Portugal is one of Toronto’s best hard loft deals. Large spaces for not too much money is always a good thing. The Prescott Studio lofts have exposed brick, spectacular distressed wood pillars and beams, suspended heating and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. Some have amazing open concept spiral staircases up through the 11-foot ceilings to rooftop decks. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Wallace Station Lofts
371 Wallace Avenue
Located near Dundas and Bloor, Wallace Station Lofts consists of a four-storey warehouse, built in 1929 for the Canadian Glue Stamp Factory, and a coach house from 1949. Each of the lofts within the restored buildings has a different design. Finishes have included burnt copper backsplashes, and floors made of various kinds and shades of old wood. The industrial red brick, art deco-style façade of the main Wallace Station Lofts structure has been preserved. Features include the original freight elevator, working sprinkler system, and two-foot-thick beams of Douglas fir held together with cast-iron fittings. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Foundry Lofts
1100 Lansdowne Avenue
In the early 1900s, Canada Foundry Co. Ltd. built and supplied locomotives for railways across Canada. The Foundry Lofts preserve the rich history of this company and the Great Canadian Railway, keeping it alive with the restoration and conversion of the warehouse into 104 hard lofts in Toronto. These lofts in Toronto are a rare find. Incorporating original exposed brick walls and large warehouse-style windows, the Foundry Lofts are the real deal. Some lofts offer outdoor patios and most lofts feature windows looking into the atrium in addition to original warehouse-style windows looking over the city. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
797 Don Mills Road
Tribeca Lofts is a trendy development at 797 Don Mills Road on the corner of Eglinton Avenue – across from the Ontario Science Centre. In a former life, it was the Mony Life office building. The 17-storey Mony office building became vacant in the early 1990s and was purchased by a developer for conversion into 180 residential condominium loft units. T.W.S. Developments Inc. marketed the project as Tribeca Lofts on the Upper East Side. The high ceilings are left over from the previous use, but 10-feet makes the lofts seem big and airy. Large lofts for low prices is the norm here, one of the best loft conversion deals in Toronto. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
243 Macdonell Avenue
This relatively small warehouse building located in Roncesvalles Village was converted into six hard lofts. It is one of earliest loft conversions in Toronto and was completed probably around 1986. Originally, all of the units were heated by electric baseboards, but by now many have been renovated and are heated by gas. The sizes of these authentic hard lofts vary, and some of the units have rooftop terraces. They rarely become available so keep your fingers crossed. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
99 Coleman Avenue
This small boutique warehouse conversion is hidden away just north of the Danforth. One of the best kept secrets of the Toronto loft market, this is a warehouse that was converted into only 16 hard lofts. It is one of Toronto’s older loft conversions and was likely completed sometime in the 1990s. These units generally have 2 levels and most come with fireplaces. A rarity in converted lofts, many also have balconies or terraces. This is a very rare building with units coming up maybe once a year, but they are truly stunning and often go for over list price. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
10 Sword Street
The cozy Sword Lofts houses eleven converted lofts with underground parking. Twelve foot ceilings grace these lofts which range from 725 square feet to a spacious 1,800 square feet. There are only 8 indoor parking spots, but this building makes up in charm anything it may be lacking. One of the only lofts in the Cabbagetown South Heritage Conservation District, 10 Sword was completed by Peachtree Properties in 1997. Traditional loft styling abounds with concrete columns and concrete ceilings. Enjoy additional loft style features with hardwood floors and fireplaces for a true warehouse feel. Patios and decks are available for some suites, other suites may share outdoor space. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Church Lofts
701 Dovercourt Road
The Church Lofts is a new development that just completed conversion in early 2010. This authentic hard loft church conversion created only 28 contemporatry heritage lofts, each one as unique as the next. Church Loft features include original stained glass windows, original brick, steel trusses, cornice mouldings and vaulted ceilings up to 17 feet. The units are one and two-storey authentic lofts ranging in size from 614 to 1,484 square feet. Modern interiors will comprise of european kitchens with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and contemporary fixtures. Balconies, terraces and rooftop decks are offered with some lofts and there are 23 parking spaces available. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
62 Claremont Street
The Claremont Lofts are one of those rare jaw-dropping loft coversions. A former banquet hall (Casa Do Benfica), these lofts were converted in 1999. Right in the heart of the Queen West Village, these 2 and 3-level lofts are like nothing else. Ceilings range up to 24 feet in the 2 and 3 bedroom units, some with libraries. They have private garages with their own entrances and there is even a separate guest suite. The Claremont Lofts are large, around 2,100–2,200 square feet each. They are not your standard hard loft conversion, as there is no brick or concrete or wood. But they have hardwood floors, skylights and rooftop terraces with around 700 square feet of outdoor space. With only 8 units, these come up very rarely and are priced out of many people’s reach. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
21 River Street
Once a slum for immigrant workers, Corktown is truly coming into its own. With the revitalization of Queen Street East ramping up ever faster, this area is one to keep your eye on. The Corktown Lofts were developed by Plazacorp (of Chocolate Company Lofts fame) and was completed in 1997 with only eight hard loft units. The Corktown Lofts have rather generous suites with 1,400 square-foot lofts being the norm, which makes them the right choice for a lot of east-end urbanites. The only issue is that the condo fees are quite high, even with no amenities. Prices are not too bad, for the size. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Claremont Hall Lofts
34 Claremont Street
Right next door to the uber-exclusive 3-unit Church Lofts (not to be confused with the new The Church Lofts project on Dovercourt) and just down the street from the Claremont Lofts at 62 Claremont, this boutique loft conversion was carved out of church hall. Originally constructed in 1950 as a secular extension to the St. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Episcopal Church, this very solid masonry structure was converted into 13 hard lofts in 1995. The adjoining Church and manse were severed and developed as three additional and very large authentic loft spaces. Yet another amazing loft conversion by Bob Mitchell. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
257 Euclid Avenue
Five contemporary lofts converted from what may have been some sort of church in 2003/2004 and ranging in size from 1,516 to 2,617 square feet. The lofts feature hardwood flooring, gas fireplaces, stainless steel countertops and 12.5 feet ceilings. The building was previously used by the Assemblies of the First Born Church, who some accuse of being a cult. Just south of the Movie House Lofts at 394 Euclid, it is one of few loft converions in the Little Italy or Annex area. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
2 Fieldway Road
The Network Lofts started life in 1971 as a Bell Canada office and was reborn as a loft conversion. It was built originally for hundreds of employees and visitors, and included many elevators, a parking garage, as well as industrial heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. While the character of the structure was maintained – from its original thick, industry-standard floors to columns with a radius of nearly 30 inches – it was modernized inside and out. The Network Lofts range in size from one bedroom to two bedrooms and a den. Ceilings are 10½ feet in standard units and up to 17 feet in two-storey suites on the 8th floor where the building’s mechanical room was originally located. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Eight Wellesley Lofts
8 Wellesley Street
In the present market, there just aren’t enough authentic lofts to choose from. But there are buildings that offer alternatives – with ceilings that are 9 or 10+ feet high, larger windows, semi-open concept layouts, hardwood floors, etc. Completed in 1997, this converted office building is one of downtown’s hidden gems. With huge suites and high ceilings, you would not believe the price per square foot. Second floor units have massive terraces with 300–400 square feet of outdoor space. One of only a handful of converted office buildings, Eight Wellesley Lofts joins Westside Lofts, the three Soho Lofts and Tribeca Lofts. The roof garden has amazing views of the city and the location could not be better with the TTC literally next door. Easily one of the best priced loft buildings in all of Toronto. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
St. John’s Place Lofts
1 St. Johns Road
Spectacular open concept lofts make these High Park Loft feel like a house, with all the conveniences of loft living! Conveniently located in a quiet & intimate 15-unit building converted from an office, set among residential homes in the prestigious High Park neighbourhood. Its streets are lined with towering oaks, reflecting its proximity to one of Toronto’s largest and most popular parks. This in-demand location is within walking distance of The Junction, a revitalized shopping district containing a huge variety of retail shops and restaurants west of Keele Street along Dundas St. W. Bloor West Village, a popular shopping district known for its European cafes, bakeries and specialty food shops, is also within walking distance. Walk to High Park or bus to Dundas West subway stations or drive five minutes to Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
152 Annette Street
A true west Toronto landmark, the church is located on Annette Street at Medland Street in the residential neighbourhood of High Park. Victoria Lofts is close to shops, great restaurants, schools and a library, within walking distance of High Park, the Bloor subway line and the Bloor West shopping district. The transformation will preserve and maintain the integrity of this elegant building. The soaring ceilings and original architectural detailing will combine with contemporary design to create these one-of-a-kind loft residences. Residences are one and two stories, ranging from approximately 600 to 1,800 square feet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
80 & 88 Charles Street
Located on Charles Street, between Church and Jarvis, these former hotels were converted into condos in the mid 1990′s, yet keep their New York City feeling. Steps to Yonge and Bloor, subways, shopping, and Yorkville, these buildings represent excellent value for lacation and size. These beautiful buildings are approximately 100 years old and were once The Waldorf Astoria Hotel before it was converted into an elegant and very cozy condominium. The condo building itself had just been renovated from top to bottom. While not lofts in the strictest sense of the word, these are commercial buildings converted to residential use. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
185 Carlton Street
The Carlton Lofts were converted from a beautiful old mansion, the William Jamieson House, built sometime around 1865, now designated a historical property. 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. 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. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Woodlawn Church Lofts
11 Woodlawn Avenue West
One of only a handful of church lofts in Toronto, these lofts are housed in a rare and hidden upscale converted church on the fringes of Rosedale, near Yonge and St. Clair. With only 6 hard lofts in the building, they tend to be quite large and range from 1,840 to 2,341 square feet. There are 2 spectacular penthouses with private elevators and all of the lofts feature hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, gas fireplaces, 3 bathrooms per suite, underground parking, lockers and terraces. With prices approaching $1 million, these lofts are not in everyone’s budget. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Graphic Arts Building
73 Richmond Street West
The Graphic Arts Building at 73 Richmond Street West is a historical building in the heart of downtown Toronto. A 5-storey loft conversion, the Graphic Arts Lofts are ideally situated in the downtown core in the Financial District, near the Fashion District and bustling Yonge Street. Also within walking distance to Chinatown and Kensington Market, this building offers a choice of 65 lofts all zoned for work and live. The lofts are airy with ceiling heights of 11−1÷2 to 13−1÷2 feet. Penthouse lofts offer terraces. Unforutnately, there are no amenities and no parking available. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
957 Broadview Lofts
957 Broadview Avenue
This is a mixed office/residential building on Broadview just north of the Danforth. Claimed to be a conversion, I cannot find out what it once was, though it seems to have been done previous to 1984. The lofts are townhouse-style with multi-levels, have roof terraces and range in size from 1,200 up to 1,500 square feet and have from one to three bedrooms. This is a mixed office/residential building on Broadview just north of the Danforth. Claimed to be a conversion, I cannot find out what it once was, though it seems to have been done previous to 1984. The lofts are townhouse-style with multi-levels, have roof terraces and range in size from 1,200 up to 1,500 square feet and have from one to three bedrooms. The front of the building contains main floor commercial/office space. Each has a separate and private garage. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Upper Beaches Lofts
214 Main Street
Converted around 2006, the Upper Beaches Lofts started out as a fish market, then became a banquet hall and finally ended up being converted into 16 lofts. Located on Main Street, at Gerrard, these lofts range in size from 795 to 1,268 square feet and offer one or two bedroom designs. There are only two floors and each loft has two levels, with ten different layouts in all. The Upper Beaches Lofts offer some underground and some surface parking and each has hardwood floors and a gas fireplace. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
535 Queen Street East
The Carhartt Lofts – at 535 Queen Street East – are converted from an original Corktown jeans factory. This small boutique building houses only 11 live/work units. Features classic loft characteristics such as post and beam construction details, exposed brick, concrete and wood floors, large windows and 12 feet ceilings. The Carhartt Lofts are large, around 1,500 square feet each. One of the 3 basement units still features original factory details such as ramps and stairs, with the kitchen built on the concrete stand where one of the jean presses used to be. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
33 Price Street
Located near Yonge and Summerhill the Nursing Lofts were converted from the Ontario Nursing Association Residences. Converted around 1995, there are 17 lovely open concept lofts ranging from 470 to 1,458 square feet in configurations from studio to two bedrooms + den. As one would expect from the location, these authentic lofts feature above average finishes such as limestone floors, french double door openings to juliette balconies and the beautiful Georgian facade. The Nursing Lofts are adjacent to the Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club, just a block from Yonge Street. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
High Park Garage Lofts
119 and 121 Fermanagh Avenue
The High Park Garage Lofts is a conversion of a century old building into only 3 freehold townhouse-style lofts. These authentic lofts feature exposed brick, steel beams, outdoor decks, heated floors and skylights. They are bright and spacious. The High Park Garage Lofts are tucked away on Fermanagh Avenue, off Roncesvalles, east of High Park. For sale since 1992, the garage was finally converted around 2004 and the only MLS sale is from that year and was for $720,000. Expect to pay a fair bit more today! Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Le Corbu Lofts
194 Merton Street
194 Merton is Le Corbu – an intimate art-deco inspired 34 unit complex of converted lofts in Midtown Toronto. Spacious open concept living with 10 foot ceilings. Some of the lofts have fireplace. The Le Corbu Lofts offer an exercise room, lockers, parking. Practical wood laminate flooring warms these centrally located lofts. Up-to-date kitchens feature stainless steel appliances in this intimate loft building. The ceilings are high, as one would expect, and floor plans are generous. The Le Corbu office conversion lofts boast a common rooftop deck with barbecue facilities. Take advantage of the fitness room and other shared facilities and get to know your neighbors. Parking and storage lockers are available. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Powell Mansion Lofts
212 St. George Street
Historic Powell Mansion was built in 1907 and coverted to lofts around 1986. Units range from studios to 2-bedrooms with sizes ranging from under 700 square feet to over 1,000 square feet with terraces up to 600 square feet! Thought contained within a 100-year-old mansion, the units themselves are essentially condos, with drywall and some modern features. Some have been updated, others are more dated and in need of some work. It is too bad that more of the original character could not be retained. The lobby is stunning though, like walking back 100 years when you enter. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Sloane Square Lofts
217 St. George Street
217 St. George Street and the three historic houses across the street typify the single family houses that once lined the grand streets of the Annex. The Annex, known as one of the City’s first “suburban” neighbourhoods, retains many of its historic houses, typically now home to professors, writers, and university students. Around 1996, the historic houses at 217 St. George have gone through a conversion to lofts by Urban Corp. Many units are on 2 levels, though some are single. Unfortunately, there are very few units in the original home, most are in the new part. The lofts range from around 500 square feet to over 1,500 square feet. Some have balconies, some have terraces and most have parking. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Lennox Mews Lofts
228−230−234 St. George Street
The three historic houses at 228, 230 and 234 St. George typify the single family houses that once lined the grand streets of the Annex. The Annex, known as one of the City’s first “suburban” neighbourhoods, retains many of its historic houses, typically now home to professors, writers, and university students. Around 1996, the historic houses at 217 and 230 have gone through a conversion to condominium housing units by Urban Corp. In the 1997 conversion project at 230 St. George, the developer links the three historic houses together with a new multi-housing unit to the rear to make one housing complex. Completed in 1996, the condominium complex retains the distinct appearance of the three original houses. The building at the south, 228 St. George, was designed in 1901 by Arts and Crafts architect, Eden Smith (1858–1949). Originally from England, Smith established an architectural practice in Toronto and went on to design over 2,000 houses in the city, the best known of which are in the historic district of Wychwood Park. At number 230, in the middle of the trio of houses, stands a house designed in 1909 by local architects, Edwards and Saunders. At the north, 234 St. George was constructed in 1903 as the home for Robert Watson, who commissioned one of Toronto’s most influential architects, E.J. Lennox (1855–1933), for the design. Lennox was architect of the west wing of the provincial Legislative Assembly building at Queen’s Park, the similarly styled Old City Hall (Queen and Bay streets), and Casa Loma (1910) at the top of Spadina Avenue. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
323 Queen Lofts
323 Queen Street East
Located in Toronto’s trendy Queen & Berkeley area, this building was fully renovated in 2004 in a very tasteful style. It features 3 luxury lofts, 2 with entrances off funky Berkeley Street. The lofts feature full birch kitchens, stainless steel/black appliances, washer/dryers, exposed brick, cherry floors and high ceilings. The lofts are composed of a 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom unit with 1,150 square feet, a 1 bedroom with 825 square feet and another 1 bedroom with 700 square feet. Rental parking is available and street parking is abundant. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Steam Plant Lofts
10 Wellesley Place
The Steam Plant Lofts is a conversion of a 1953 Wellesley Hospital power plant into a 29-suite loft conversion. The 61 meter (200 foot) high smokestack has been cleaned out allowing for 3 suites to have round bedrooms or dens with exposed brick – which all sold on opening day. Sure to be a conversation starter! The lofts are located in the Bloor/Jarvis corridor, a rapidly changing area undergoing revitalization. The Steam Plant Lofts range from 455 square feet up to 1,092 square feet with roof top terraces, high ceilings, hardwood flooring, large sliding barn doors, industrial style showerheads and stainless steel appliances. Amenities include a roof top terrace for BBQs and a party room to entertain friends. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
SoHo Bayview Lofts
562 Eglinton Avenue East
The third of the trio of SoHo Lofts in Toronto. Just east of the its sister building at 188 Eglinton East, this is another converted office building. More of a low-rise, with only four floors and 40 units, these lofts are a little more exclusive. Most people don’t even know it exists, never mind the fact that it is one of only a few loft conversions in the Yonge and Eglinton area. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Forest Hill Lofts
1001 Roselawn Avenue
The Forest Hill Lofts is a magnificent four-storey, L-shaped edifice that was built in 1932 and was the Canadian headquarters of Coats & Paton, a textile firm famous for its Beehive brand thread. Suites at Forest Hill Lots range in size up to 1,108 square feet and include one, two, and two-bedroom-plus-den layouts. Some lofts offer Juliet balconies, ground-floor exclusive-use patio terraces, or balconies with walkout from living room and master bedroom. As well, private rooftop terraces offer magnificent city views, unobstructed in all directions, with spectacular sightlines of the CN Tower and the downtown skyline. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Industrial Revolution II Lofts
670 Richmond Street West
The Industrial Revolution II Lofts are a boutique downtown loft conversion with low condo fees and a desirable funky location. These are some of the reasons the lofts sell fast in Industrial Revolution II. The second phase of Bob Mitchell’s loft conversion of the knitting mill at 676 Richmond, this loft was completed in 1997, carved from a former Decca Records Warehouse. There are only 12 suites in this building and all the lofts are multi-storey and range in size from 700 to 2,000 square feet. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Dominion Felt Works Lofts
41 Shanly Street
Located in the west end of Toronto, 41 Shanly Street was an existing felt manufacturing industrial building, embedded in a single family residential neighbourhood. Around 1983 it was converted and extended into 10 multi-level loft residences, with indoor parking and features such as private roof terraces and fireplaces included as a standard. Toronto’s original loft conversion, 41 Shanly offers suits ranging in size from 800 to 1,800 square feet, and is located just north of Bloor and Dovercourt. Each loft features a fireplace and private roof top terrace. Other features include exposed brick, 12′-30′ ceilings, atrium windows and skylights, private garage, and low maintenance fees. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
736 Dundas Street East
The Tannery Lofts is a hard-loft conversion of a hundred-year-old building that was formerly used for industrial purposes. In the early years, this was a soap factory, and it was later used for manufacture and storage by the Adam Beck Cigar Box Manufacturing Company. The Tannery Lofts is located at 736 Dundas Street East, just east of River Street near the Don Valley Parkway. These units are located in the old four-storey structure, built in 1905, and have the original 13-foot wood ceilings, brick walls and exposed posts and beams. Blending in with the old building is a new three-storey addition with a brick facade and warehouse-style windows. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
692 Queen Street East
All of the QB Loft designs are unique, innovative, and modern. Each loft was designed as a functional live and/or work space. The lofts have layouts with 1 or 2 bedrooms, sizes up to 2,000 square feet and one or two level designs. Some come with parking, all have low maintenance fees and no outdoor space. The QB Lofts are located just minutes from downtown at the intersection of two major streetcar routes. The lofts are also a short distance away from both the Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth subway lines. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Scarboro Beach Lofts
35–37 Scarboro Beach Boulevard
This restored home in the Beaches is split into four lofts, with each resident owning a quarter of the title to the entire property. Approval from other owners is required, as in a co-operative arrangement. As far as I know, this is the only co-ownership loft in all of Toronto. Units range up to 1,837 square feet and are only about 100 feet from the boardwalk along the lake. These lofts are either a single level on the ground floor or multi-level on the top two floors. The upper units have up to eight skylights in a cathedral ceiling that runs the length of the main living space, which includes the kitchen, and the living and dining areas. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Bleecker Street Lofts
50 Bleecker Street
These unique urban lofts are utterly ideal for people who crave creative space. A vintage loft building has been graciously converted into only four truly amazing and huge living spaces. Spread over 2 floors, there’s endless room for collectors, artists, musicians or for those who like to entertain in style. Rare is a space of such expanse, in the centre of the city. Imagine life in a space that suits your needs, with room to wander, create, imagine or just ponder. The vintage loft at 50 Bleecker Street retains many of its original charms – from diagonal hardwood and exposed brick, to exceptional 10 and 11 foot ceilings. A short stroll away is bustling Cabbagetown with its gourmet stores, weekly farmer’s market and beautiful neighbourhoods. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Macpherson Church Lofts
12 Macpherson Street
In the heart of the Toronto’s Summerhill community, this century-old, former Baptist church on Macpherson Avenue is revered by the handful of residents who live there. The developer took a large church and only made five massive lofts, as opposed to trying to cram in as many one-level units as possible. This building is one of the most unknown, yet coveted, church conversions in Toronto. Features of these lofts include spacious suite sizes, multiple levels of living space and unique floor plans that preserve the brick building’s grand architectural features. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
5 & 7 Millington Street
One of only three freehold loft conversions in Toronto, these stunning lofts are stunning examples of exciting world class design. Spectacular soaring atriums above circular metal stairs, unbelievable glassed-in ground floor courtyards, 1,000 square-foot roof gardens, you can’t ask for much more. Featured on the Cabbagetown Tour Of Homes, these incedible New York-style lofts were built in 1915 and once the stables to the Metcalfe Mansion (circa 1885). Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
The Swanwick Heritage Lofts
21 Swanwick Avenue
Located on Swanwick Ave. stands a century-old church that has a sense of historic Toronto East, in the Beach. Built in 1893 and recognized as a heritage building in 1984, this church today has been converted into a modern loft conversion. The Heritage Lofts has ten lofts featuring three, or even four levels, they offer finishes including high ceilings, original stain glass and wood details, and engineered hardwood floors. The Swanwick – Heritage Lofts on The Beach is an extraordinary church conversion into modern lofts that embrace the heritage and texture of the original 1893 Gothic Revival church. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
118–120 Bedford Road
These are high-end lofts in one of the most beautiful parts of the Annex. Converted from a century-old heritage mansion, these units range from around 1,250 square feet up to 1,500 square feet. For those wanting to live in a slice of Toronto’s Victorian history, but do not want the maintenance associated with owning a house, these are a perfect alternative. Completed in 2003, these lofts feature peerless design & finishes including distressed ash hardwood, limestone floors, granite backsplashes & countertops, ceiling medallions, stainless steel light fixtures and more. They have 2 bedrooms and most have 3 washrooms. They all have parking in private garages behind the home. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Hunt Club Residences
1111 Avenue Road
The Toronto Hunt Club, an address of distinction for over 100 years, is now an exclusive enclave of luxury townhomes and one and two-level loft-style condominiums. The handsome renovation provides an elegant streetscape, while protecting many graceful historic features, such as the sweeping staircase in the foyer and the Jacobean style of the original officer’s mess from the days when this was an RCAF training school. Today, the Hunt Club comprises 21 exclusive loft units, ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, so they are as much as home as anything. Ceilings range from 10 feet to a soaring 17 feet. All have 2 bedrooms, though some have dens, with 2 or 3 washrooms each. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
Feather Factory Lofts
2154 Dundas Street West
Carved from the early 20th century Toronto Feather and Down Company factory on Dundas Steet West, the Feather Factory Lofts is one of the newest additions to the Toronto loft conversion scene. Rising only 5 storeys above the intersection of Dundas and Ritchie, this boutique loft houses only 44 hard lofts. These lofts retain the original charm and workmanship of the wooden posts and beams. Large expanses of mullioned windows highlight the industrial nature of the lofts. Exposed brick seals the hard loft appeal. Ceilings range up to 14 1/2 feet in this converted factory. Topping it all off, stainless steel counter tops in the kitchen highlight the factory feel of the Feather Factory Lofts. Email or phone 416−388−1960 today if this building interests you.
With large open spaces and huge ceilings, loft conversions have long been popular among artists for the area they offer in which to work. Toronto and other major metropolitan centres are seeing an increased demand for loft developments due to the convenience offered by a do-it-yourself, unrestricted space. Keep in mind when looking for lofts in Toronto that they are much more in demand than ever before; combined with the natural real estate prices in the Toronto area this means that loft seekers can’t expect their space to come cheaply – most lofts are more expensive than standard condominiums.
The conversion of old warehouses to loft units is commonly called “hard” lofts (as opposed to “soft” lofts, which are new from the ground up). This hard loft style is what is offered in the Merchandise Building, on Dalhousie Street in downtown Toronto near Ryerson University and the Eaton Centre. The Merchandise building was built as a department store, and later became a Sears warehouse, before being converted to lofts in the 1990s under the guidance of the City of Toronto.
There are certain characteristics that are essential to loft living. Loft owners are typically inclined to create their own space while still maintaining easy access to important areas and amenities of the city. Toronto offers several developments that can meet the requirements of any potential loft owner.
Converted lofts have a certain allure. With high ceilings, open floor plans, rough-hewn floors and brick walls, they are a hip housing alternative for many urban professionals. Today’s loft dwellers embrace new-age urban living in all its glory. Those who buy these unique dwellings have shaken off long daily commutes, granting them more personal time, more cultural and entertainment possibilities and an active, city lifestyle. If you crave something eclectic, out of the ordinary and convenient to all the city has to offer, a loft may be for you! Select from newly constructed (soft) lofts, or restored historical building loft conversions (hard lofts).
One definition for a loft 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.” I like that concept, as it embraces the main concept behind a loft, to live in an extraordinary space.
The origin of the word loft comes from the Old Norse “lopt” which means upper room or air. In 19th Century English usage the word came to mean the upper stories of a warehouse or factory. The modern boom in the conversion of such spaces into living areas came in the 1940s in the SoHo District of New York City. By the 1970s so many of these conversions had been done that the city was forced to re-zone the area to make such conversions legal.
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.
Loft conversions 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 “hard” loft?
A true loft is a conversion of a vintage factory or warehouse. They have a harder edge as they are usually constructed of concrete or “mill” construction of exposed brick, original wood posts, beams and floors. Typically, these lofts have an open floorplan and unfinished ceilings that are at least 10′ high with exposed ducts, plumbing and electrical. Examples include the Merchandise Building, Liberty Lofts and the Toy Factory Lofts.
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 in 1982 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:
* Industrial buildings – The term loft began in New York and Chicago when renters and owners began converting old industrial buildings into living spaces. The original tenants were artists who craved the high ceilings, large windows and open floor plans typical of converted warehouses and factories.
* 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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