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The site has been closed to prospective buyers for months now, but it seems that is because they were refinishing some of the units, changing prices and hiring new sales staff.
The builder has at least 9 units left for sale, though someone told me that there might be as many as 12 units left for sale. Prices have been lowered and they now start at $449,900.
As for the units themselves, apparently they were making some changes as recently as last week, so the details are not as firm. All I know is that they will range from around 1,200 square feet up to around 2,200 and tha parking and locker and the little details are included.
For those not familiar with this project, The Abbey Lofts are located in a period neo-Gothic church situated between Roncesvalles Avenue and High Park in a high-demand community with great shopping, restaurants and nightlife, and lots of room for recreation in Toronto’s most beautiful downtown park. Public transportation, a five-minute walk to the Bloor subway line, is excellent, and there are three streetcars nearby, running along College, Dundas, and King.
Each loft is one of only 24 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 90-foot church tower, built with the same limestone quarried in St. Mary, is a square campanile with pseudo ‘battlements’ on top.
The medieval Revival style is also referred to as Tudor, as in English architecture from the early 16th century. Some aspects of the Tudor style were borrowed from late Medieval castles or palaces, which often had overlapping gables, parapets, and patterned brick or stonework. Medieval churches were often fortified places of sanctuary and the Sunnyside church has some of the features of a fortification, but with a huge arched stained glass window to let light into the vaulted structure.
The church itself has changed names and congregations several times. In 1925, the Methodists merged with other Protestant denominations, and set up the Howard Park United Church. Then in 1970, the United Church congregation left the building and it was acquired by a group of Italian evangelicals. In 2003, they in turn moved from their Howard Street Pentecostal Church to a new building in Vaughan. The church on Sunnyside Avenue, in the High Park-Bloor area, was acquired by the current developers.
P.S. If this particular loft conversion is more than your budget allows, be sure to ask us about the various other converted churches around Toronto – you might be surprised at what is out there!
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