A Divine Loft In A Junction Church Conversion

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Have you ever watched a movie set in a neighbourhood that seemed far removed from the ‘bright lights, big city’ life, but had an unassuming urban vibe, and where the characters lived in head-turning, edgy spaces that seemed unreal? Is it possible to find that one-of-a-kind space in real life? We say, ‘Yes’!

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If you seek a unique urban space with the cool factor of a loft conversion in a neighbourhood where the past is melding into a stylish future, this offering in The Junction is a compelling offering worth considering.

Victoria Lofts encompass the former Victoria Presbyterian Church which has been a landmark building in the neighbourhood for over 120 years,; it held its first service in 1885 and has been a part of west Toronto’s history ever since. Featuring the rich details of red clay brick, a limestone façade, a high copper-covered spire, gothic arches, and curved columns, this church conversion is truly spectacular!

Welcome to 152 Annette Street, Loft #305.

Once upon a time, the Junction was strictly a manufacturing community with working class housing dating from the late 19th century, geographically located where notable companies such as Canadian Cycle & Motor Co., Campbell Milling Company and the Heintzman Piano Company were situated. Before The Junction underwent a rebirth (its central location and reasonable price points appealing to young families, urban professionals, artists and entrepreneurs alike) it was an area chocked full of history.

Today, The Junction has catapulted into a thriving, community-driven neighbourhood. It’s revolution is a testament to how neighbourhoods can retain their roots while enjoying a renewed celebration of urban amenities…. and the food scene here is particularly lively! At the helm, the Italian eatery Nodo brings throngs of foodies – local and otherwise – to partake in casual deliciousness, while just next door is the celebrated Playa Cabana Cantina with it’s spicy Mexican fare great for shares and crowds. Leela’s Indian Food Bar is a delicious destination not to be missed, nor is Honest Weight – a fish monger and restaurant that sets the stage for great stories and even better dishes. Time for a guilty pleasure? Dirty Food T.O will leave you satiated and satisfied! Organic, local, and independently run vendors dot the neighbourhood, with Cool Hand of a Girl serving up wholesome comfort, The Raw Chemist Co. mixing up one best smoothies in the city, and fresh and green on the scene The Rawlioness.  Coffee in hand, take a weekend stroll up to the iconic vegan bakery Bunners with their glutan-free baked sweets!  Or stop in at the Sweet Potato to stock up on organic goods for the week. (There’s also a Farmer’s Market for locally grown produce in High Park!. The neighbourhood is also turning into something of a furniture and design destination with great shops like Mjolk, Smash and Cornerstone. You don’t have to go far for great design, whether your taste is contemporary, traditional, or urban chic.

Located in ‘Victoria Lofts’ on Annette Street at Medland Street amidst century-old homes and mature trees, this historic church and Sunday school building conversion project built by Triumphal Developments Inc. in 2011 consists of 34 suites over four floors, with units ranging from 588 to over 2500 square feet. The architect, Paul Oberst – a Toronto loft conversion expert responsible for projects such as The Medland Lofts, The Bank Lofts, and Kensington Market Lofts – took enormous care in ensuring this stately church would remain a landmark for generations to come.

Here’s what the Heritage Toronto website says of this compelling property:

“The Victoria Lofts project is a residential conversion of the 1890 Victoria-Royce Presbyterian Church, designed by the architecture firm of Knox and Elliot. Character defining elements such as the “muscular” Romanesque Revival form and masonry exterior were preserved while adapting the interior for residential units. New glazing and mechanical openings were installed in recessed balcony areas placed within existing window openings. The masonry was restored with replacement bricks imported from England, while a mineral stain was used to eliminate patches from previous work throughout the exterior. Stained glass windows and the Casavant organ were donated to other churches, while oak pews were sold for reuse.”

The unique loft-styled suites offer all the modern comforts of contemporary living, while showing off original features such as the church spire, period light fixtures, soaring ceilings, historic capitals, hammer beam trusses and exposed interior masonry. The combination adds up to outstanding character and colourful charm!

Loft 305 is a two-bedroom two-storey space that holds unique appeal, which is an important element in growing the asset value of your investment. The soaring 12-foot ceilings and large expansive windows serve to draw the eye in and up, amplifying the sense of space, air, and light. The light hardwood floors throughout compliment the fresh yet understated colour scheme ready for your personal design touch.

As you enter this generous 1232-square-foot space, an ample entry foyer greets you, offering plenty of room to hang your seasonal-wears as well as storage for your guests. The welcoming kitchen has all the essentials, from stainless steel appliances to granite counters to ample storage. It overlooks an expansive entertainment zone that is filled with natural light from the large east facing windows. Tucked off to the side is the second bedroom that takes full advantage of the ceiling height with an added loft space above; this could also be the makings of the perfect home office – certainly a must-have given the current state of the world!

On the second level, a romantic master retreat exudes sweet serenity and encourages rest and repose, with a sparkling spa bath to boot. We adore the walk-out to a spectacular, 264-square-foot, east-facing private deck with views of the church tower and the city. Can you imagine sitting out here with a cozy blanket and a fabulous glass of wine? This might end up being your new favourite ‘room’! This upper level dedicated as a private space for domestic bliss is truly the perfect room to get away from it all, refresh and recharge.

Including parking, locker and bike storage, this loft condominium has all the right ingredients of the perfect pad! So if loft living with historic flair in a fantastic location that’s walkable to all things cool ticks all your boxes, this is a ‘must see”!

Have a pet? This pet-friendly building is just a few blocks from the Baird Dog Park, a lush urban green space with a friendly off-leash zone for dogs. Not to mention, High Park is just a short walk away. Your puppy will love living here!

If you don’t know this pocket community very well, here’s our Neighbourhood Page on The Junction, including our flavour video, the city census data on the area, plus several past blogs on area amenities! And consider checking out our other Neighbourhood Pages!

Want to know more? Contact cynthia@urbaneer.com for more information about this not-to-be-missed property.

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