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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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St. George On Sheldrake is a rare historic church conversion
The award-winning Eglinton United Church was built in 1923 to a design by Toronto architects Horwood and White. The exterior is a replica of Keeble College at Oxford University and exhibits elaborate brickwork and limestone trim.
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 for 75 automobiles and 26 bicycles was carved out from beneath the converted church, which also includes 15 visitor and 5 handicapped parking spaces.
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.
Finishes are obviously high-end, with hardwood floors, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Ceilings start at 10 feet and some units have soaring cathedral spaces with 24-foot ceilings. Optional gas fireplaces warm those chilly winter nights.
In 1999 the congregation amalgamated with St. George’s United Church and moved to a new location. The retention and conversion of the sanctuary building is a key feature of the project and is a significant element in preserving and enhancing the residential streetscape on Sheldrake Boulevard.
Units were originally offered by the builder as low as $399,900, they now go for up to $2.8 million.
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