Robert Watson Lofts
As the original home of the R&T Watson Co. confectioners, the address 363 Sorauren Avenue has been one of the sweetest in Toronto. Now this historic landmark is being transformed from sweet to suite as Rosebud Homes and Sky Development Group convert the former candy factory into fabulous loft residences.
The Robert Watson Lofts project, including the restoration of an existing vintage building and the construction of a new six-storey loft building, is well underway, with completion slated for early 2007.
With respect for heritage, Rosebud Homes and Sky Development Group have gone to great lengths to preserve the vintage building’s character by leaving the original painted lettering on the exterior, as well as the century-old brick, wood beams, columns, and soaring 10- to 16-foot ceilings inside the lofts.
The 1903 construction includes wooden ceilings, concrete floors and exposed spiral ductwork – providing an industrial aesthetic that begs dramatic decor. The four-storey original building will have a fifth floor added to it, with tremendous care being taken to reinforce the structure.
Both buildings include high ceilings and polished concrete floors. The new loft building will also feature expansive walls of windows offering stunning city views, gas ovens for cooking, and patios or balconies. The fusion of the new and vintage buildings is spectacular.
Amenity areas will add an air of distinction, and industrial-style elevator cabs will add to the vintage ambiance of the former factory. The buildings will surround a landscaped courtyard with a green roof garden recreation and barbecue area. Among the loft highlights are kitchens with granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances.
The Robert Watson Lofts will add a coveted residential component to the burgeoning Roncesvalles Village area, which offers a diverse culture and quaint mix of trendy restaurants, coffee shops, convenient stores, and furniture shops.
Choose from one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, and two-storey lofts and suites ranging in price from $182,900 to $419,900. The lofts are almost 100% sold, yet there are still a few exciting lofts and suites available.
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