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Empire Communities and Fovare Capital Management are proud to announce the introduction of The Schoolhouse Lofts in the Annex.
Set in the former Loretto College (at Bloor and Spadina in Toronto), a private girl’s school in the prestigious Annex neighbourhood, The Schoolhouse Lofts offers a whole new school of thought in truly intelligent loft living.
This limited collection of exceptional residences, designed by Canada’s 2005 Designer of the Year, 3rd Uncle, have been created with brilliant luxurious features intelligently selected for inspired living.
Each of The Schoolhouse Lofts has been designed with the maximum living experience in mind. Features include ten foot ceilings, full height windows, open concept design, all completed with the latest in design finishes including granite, “Silestone” or stainless steel counter tops, 7 1/4? baseboards and frameless shower doors.
Add to this underground parking and locker, top of the line security and a delightfully landscaped courtyard at the rear and you have an award winning loft conversion that will not be on the market for long.
If you are in the market for a loft of higher learning, consider The Schoolhouse Lofts where you’ll graduate from ordinary to extraordinary.
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Deirdre Kelly – Globe and Mail
When Ken Zuckerman, owner of Zinc Construction, completed a new, boutique-hotel-inspired loft conversion in downtown Toronto last year, he decided to keep the best loft for himself. Located at 113-115 Dupont, this old commercial warehouse is now home to seven massive multi-million dollar luxury lofts.
Measuring 4,000 square feet with 12-1/2-foot ceilings, the loft was custom-made to showcase art, a passion of Mr. Zuckerman’s since he was a small boy going to galleries with his art-collecting parents.
Art, in fact, is the hallmark of a converted loft building whose lobby is decorated with original contemporary work by such artists as Canada’s Michael Awad and South Africa’s Brett Murray, and whose residents include Sandra Ainsley, owner of Toronto’s Sandra Ainsley Gallery, and Steven Levy, overseer of the Toronto International Art Fair.
Mr. Zuckerman is no stranger to the art world himself, having created over the years a substantial contemporary collection.
Artists whose work he collects include Radcliffe Bailey, Ke-Sook Lee and Hank Willis Thomas.
Their work is large-scale, but easily accommodated inside Mr. Zuckerman’s loft, which he built with an abundance of wall space and gallery-style track lighting.
“I built the place for art,” says Mr. Zuckerman, a brash fortysomething who builds shopping malls and award-winning residences in addition to stylish condos.
“I thought that the people who would live here would be big into art, and so far that’s been true of everybody who lives here. All the suites are full of art. It’s an inspiring place to live.”
And no wonder, when the lofts themselves were made to be as much an aesthetic experience as comfortable and convenient places to live.
From the random-sized-plank wood flooring imported from Germany through Toronto’s Floorworks to the sculpted modernist vanities by Italy’s Antonio Lupi bathroom design company, every detail inside the three-storey building was chosen for flair as well as function.
Inside his own loft, Mr. Zuckerman calls the all-white, contemporary Italian kitchen “sculptural” before noting that with two dishwashers, three fridges and a 14-foot-long centre island topped with Carrera marble it’s practical, as well.
Other everyday objects that intersect the subjective world of beauty include the egg-shaped Agape bathtub in the master ensuite, and the large brushed-metal doors that close off the large walk-in closet from a master bedroom so commodious it houses a small home gym in addition to a king-sized bed and library.
While the main living area is open-concept, the loft splinters off into a series of rooms that are smaller – although no less grand in scale – where Mr. Zuckerman has been able to create a sense of seclusion.
One of these rooms is a home office with a walkout to a screened terrace. This is where Mr. Zuckerman conducts most of the affairs of Zinc Construction, recently handed an Ontario Association of Architects award for a private residence on nearby Bishop Street. The table is littered with papers, signs of a mind in full development mode.
“I’m going to build another building, and likely live there,” he says, explaining why he is leaving the one that so fully bears his imprint.
“I seem to like the process more than the end. I like being involved in the creative process.”
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The Madison Avenue Lofts are finally reselling! It took a while for the condo corporation to be registered, but now that it is, some original buyers are selling their units. I know a lot of you have waited a long time for this, so now is the time for the best choice. Ranging from bachelor units for $250,000 up to 2-bed/2-bath lofts for almost $470,000, here are some of the lofts that are currently for sale.
1) An authentic designer loft with 14-foot ceilings in a prime location at the foot of Casa Loma. This loft comes with parking and locker and features an upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and mosaic tile backsplash. On the main floor, the solarium has a walk-out for private direct access – perfect for dog owners.
2) Floor to ceiling windows highlight the towering ceilings in this converted loft. Luxury features include granite countertop, 2 full marble baths and california closets. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a hidden dishwasher and built-in stainless microwave. Other extras include stacked washer/dryer and custom blinds with remote. Included is a locker right beside the unit, as well as a prime parking space next to the elevator. West view of the courtyard and Casa Loma.
3) This executive loft in the annex leaves an impression that will last & last. There are 14-foot ceiling heights in the principal living area, with south-facing floor to ceiling windows. Stainless appliances, granite counter tops, mosaic tile backsplash, pull out spray faucet. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms make this spacious enough for most everyone.
The Madison Avenue Lofts, located at the foot of Casa Loma at Madison and MacPherson Avenues, this loft conversion project is unique to Toronto. The original historic brick building, built in 1951, once stored wire bundles for Toronto Hydro. Now The Burnac Group, and renowned architect Paul Northgrave, converted it into a stunning New York-style loft residence. The six-storey building incorporates elements of industrial architecture and Art Deco design for a stunning one-of-a-kind residence, featuring 211 lofts.
Ceiling heights in the lofts range from 10 to over 14 feet, with interiors by II BY IV Design Associates, who bring their own urban flair to both the common and private spaces. The building features a dramatic lobby ideal for welcoming in guests, with a contemporary design, and expansive windows. There is also a beautiful rooftop terrace with gas barbecues and fabulous views, as well as a fitness centre with an exercise room, change rooms, showers, and steam rooms. In addition, there is a home theatre, a multi-purpose room with a large kitchen, a meeting room, and a 24-hour concierge.
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