A west-end loft unlike any other
When you think “condo” in Toronto, you might think “cramped,” “confined” and “costly.” That’s not what designer and intern architect David Peterson and developer Triumph Developments were thinking when they built Roncesvalles Lofts. Spacious, stylish and simply sumptuous in every way, this jewel in the city certainly is a rare find and a must-see for prospective purchasers who want it all.
Situated in the heart of trendy Roncesvalles Village, on Ritchie Avenue at Dundas Street, location is a key factor in the rapidly rising popularity of Roncesvalles Lofts. Roncesvalles Avenue is a vibrant, commercial strip where tantalizing aromas waft from bakeries, European smokehouses and delis, cafes and restaurants. Fruit and vegetable markets and grocery stores bring fresh foods to your dinner table every night.
Services and amenities line the streets. It’s all steps from your front door, while a few steps more will bring you to Bloor West Village – a hot-spot for locals and visitors alike.
This choice community also offers accessible transportation routes, with Queen Street, King Street, Lakeshore and the Gardiner to the south, and the TTC right outside your door, so getting around town couldn’t be easier.
Because this is a well-established part of the city, Roncesvalles Village offers a defined “personality.” Another rarity is the combination of urban conveniences and nature, all within this great community. The streets are green with centuries-old trees and colourful gardens. Parks abound at every turn, with High Park, one of the GTA’s largest parks, just a short walk away. Or, hop on your bike and take a spin along the sparkling Lake Ontario shore, just to the south.
And nestled in the centre of it all, you’ll find Roncesvalles Lofts – truly a loft unlike any other. Given the high demand for condos and lofts in the GTA, and the high-density developments that focus more on quantity than quality, Roncesvalles Lofts offers a welcome change. Here, it’s not just about “living,” it’s about the total lifestyle.
Comprised of only 37 loft residences with large private walkout terraces, balconies and garden patios, the five-storey building offers one-, two- and three-storey type lofts, ranging from 685 to 1,950 sq. ft. One-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-bedroom plus den and three-bedroom plus den layouts offer something for everyone.
The facade features expansive glazing, custom folded metal cladding and stucco. The main entrance, located off Ritchie Avenue, leads into an expansive garden courtyard, offering a quiet entrance to your home that’s still literally steps from the hustle and bustle of the main street. Peterson calls it an “introverted design” with views of the interior garden as opposed to the street. There’s much more to this professionally landscaped garden than meets the eye. This serene oasis, complete with ponds and central to the building’s design, acts as a natural storm water management and irrigation system, says Peterson, which is just the beginning of the “sequence of experiences as residents come and go from their suites.”
This “sequence of experiences,” says Peterson, is possible through the building’s unique C-shape. Carving away from the C, the resident moves from the street to the unit – enter the garden, and make your way through the exterior corridors that are open to the sky and filled with natural light. The three-storey clerestory windows (first seen in churches, it’s a type of window that is made high in the wall) in the corridors offer a surprise around every turn, with different views in each corridor before your get to your front door.
Inside, all designs boast thoughtful layouts and luxurious features. Nine- and 18-ft. ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows really enhance the feeling of spaciousness. And due to the building’s C-shape, many suites offer offer windows on multiple sides. Engineered hardwood graces floors in main living areas, while plush carpet pampers your feet on the second level and in all bedrooms. Walk-in closets offer storage space – hard to come by, as condo and loft-shoppers know well.
Kitchens feature open-concept designs with an optional island. The stainless-steel sink, chrome-finish deck-mounted contemporary faucet, and four premium stainless-steel appliances are functional and fashionable. The modern lighting, under-cabinet ballast lighting and overhead lighting brighten the space. Quartz countertops and walnut cabinets are standard. The glass backsplash is a gleaming finishing touch, back-painted white, but available in a variety of colours to suite your personal style. Ceramic or porcelain tile on the kitchen floors and in bathrooms are classic, never to go out of style.
Spa-inspired designer bathrooms are subway-tiled throughout. The deep soaker tub is the ideal place to unwind after a long day. The shower, with a full-height glass partition and rain shower feature, is invigorating – a feature you’ll appreciate. The above-counter vessel sink and contemporary chrome faucet are simple yet elegant. A glass shelf and custom-designed glass-mirrored medicine cabinetry offer out-of-the-way storage, while the built-in spa lighting feature ensures proper illumination when you’re primping for a night on the town. A sliding door on a track offers access to linen shelving and a washer-dryer.
Entertaining is taken beyond the walls of your home. Enjoy time with family and friends in the glass-enclosed, furnished urban lounge, complete with a fully equipped kitchen and washrooms. Or, bring the party outside to the trellised seating area and barbecue facilities. One look at everything Roncesvalles Lofts has to offer and you’ll be the envy of friends.
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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