High Ceilings & Flooded With Light: We Love A Soft Loft!

Architecture, Leslieville/Riverside


When buying a place where you’ll live for many years, you must purchase a property that feels just right – one with an emotional resonance that says “Hey, you belong here!

Beyond the location parameters, spatial criteria, and functional needs with which most buyers limit themselves, it’s important to take a moment to visualize your perfect home. (If you need help, refer to our popular Online Housing Profile.)

Our current 2-bed 2-bath soft loft offering at Showcase Lofts in the heart of Leslieville puts a bit of a flutter in my heart every time I visit. It has all the qualities I love in a living space – high ceilings, massive south-facing windows, and a generous terrace with private street entry  – and reminds me that places like this didn’t exist in Toronto until 1999. In the early 90s, I had completed my Graduate Degree called Planning Housing Environments and was working with development teams in the concept, sales & marketing of adaptive reuse conversions into loft condominiums. In 1996, the City of Toronto rezoned the enormous swath of industrial land that currently comprises our Financial and Entertainment Districts to allow ‘Live/Work’ uses which paved the way for more Hard Loft Conversions and newly constructed Soft Lofts. I sold the first hard loft conversion completed under the new Live Work zoning – The Monarch Building at 436 Wellington West – and the first Soft Loft completed was concrete ‘n cool 20 Niagara Street located between Bathurst and Portland Streets.

A quarter of a century later, I’m grateful to have been engaged in this form of city-building. In my opinion, loft living is an ideal contemporary environment to complement a  “bright lights big city” lifestyle.



Consider this opportunity to secure a spot in a fab Leslieville with our newest listing!

So Sweet Ya Gotta Brush Yer Teeth – On Colgate Avenue In Leslieville – listed for $1,075,000, with offers welcome anytime!

This sun-kissed ground floor unit – one of only two 2-bed units on this level – has a premium patio with south exposure. Seriously, whether you’re in the bloom of youth, baby-making, giving your boss the Freedom 55 finger – or just YOU being YOU – when you live here life will be more dynamic, people will be more engaging, and everything that matters will be within walking distance!



If you have questions or want to book a private viewing, contact Steven Fudge at steve@urbaneer.com


Hey, you belong here!

I knew my destiny included a life in Toronto when I arrived from Victoria, BC, late one night in 1986 to go to university. I can vividly recall my cosmopolitan excitement whizzing in on the elevated Gardiner Expressway from the airport into the glittering nightscape of skyscrapers and the soaring CN Tower that, at the time, was the tallest structure in the world. Walking into my pal’s father’s penthouse with a panoramic view of the CN Tower – like a real-time postcard –  I instantly knew I had found my future.

I’ve had a love affair with the CN Tower ever since. Little did I know that 9 years later my primary bedroom in the Button Factory would be My Room With A Peek-A-Boo View of the CN Tower. I instantly noticed our Soft Loft listing does too, from the terrace, which awakened my deeply embedded near-forgotten love for living in a place where you get to experience a private moment with that pointy edifice. After all, only those who live in Toronto get the privilege.

If you’ve never been in a Soft Loft, you should come to view our listing. Along with having the sun kiss your face when lounging on its terrace, being able to skip rope without fear of ripping out a ceiling fixture, and feeling your larger than life personality fitting perfectly in its scale and proportions, the walk-to-everything lickety-split location is dynamite.

After all, isn’t where you Live & Love what it’s all about?




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Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
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Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage – (416) 322-800


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