A Wrigley Loft On Carlaw Avenue In Leslieville

offered at $699,900

If you’re looking for a location that’s truly dyno-mint, then this vintage Wrigley Loft in high-demand Leslieville could be your ideal.

Revered as a beacon of the cutting edge, this central downtown east location is a destination of choice for the high-styled, but down-to-earth buyer. For those seeking a calibre property at a fair price, this stellar offering will do more than draw you in – it will give you reason to stay, live, and work!

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Welcome to 245 Carlaw Avenue, Loft 313.

Located just north of Queen Street East on Carlaw Avenue, this vintage live/work loft is located in the heart of hip Leslieville. Up the street from the 24-hour Queen streetcar, daily shopping, café culture, and purveyors of the funky and fine, this romantic voluminous space is truly enhanced by a convenient urban village life. Our fav’s include Te Aro Coffee RoastersLady Marmalade for Brunch, Leslieville’s newest boutique Good Neighbour, Delica Kitchen for delicious soups, salads and pret å manger sandwiches, and for those who crave something sweet, the always enticing Bobbette and Belle Bakery.

This is the ideal location for nature, water and fitness lovers. It’s just a short stroll, bike, or blade away from the sanctuary of the Leslie Spit and the recreation of the Beach. Imagine, a location with accessible cardio cleansing, contemplation, and day dreaming just steps from your door! And for those who have to hit the road, Carlaw to Lake Shore Boulevard offers easy access to the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. How amazing is that?

Located in Wrigley Lofts, this former chewing gum factory dates back to the early 1900s when the area surrounding Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue was largely made up of workers’ cottages, smoke stacks and industrial buildings. In fact, this factory-friendly locale attracted a large working class English / Irish / Scottish immigrant labour force.

Fast forward to the 1990s, when the City of Toronto was economically transitioning from the old school needs of the Industrial Revolution to the rising desires of the Information Age, buildings like the Wrigley Factory were rezoned ‘Live/Work’ to accommodate the rising creative class as well as the arts. In 1998, the building was converted by Atria Development Corporation, who also converted Carlaw Avenue’s Izone Lofts and The Garment Factory.

Comprising 79 live/work lofts over five floors, unit sizes range from around 290 square feet to over 3000 square feet. The mandate of this conversion was to keep it simple, offering basic functional live/work spaces to artisans and creative professionals who could tailor their space to suit. The building was converted with minimal modifications and few amenity spaces to keep operating expenses low. The building has a definite industrial flavor and feel, including a large freight elevator for those who need to move large equipment.

Though this five-storey brick box isn’t ornate, it’s monolithic urban structure has a distinct charm that, as Toronto architecture critic Christopher Hume aptly wrote, “lives up to its civic responsibilities, contributes to the streetscape and helps establish a strong sense of place.”

Far from fancy, the building still retains its factory feel and, dare I say, offers a romantic industrial essence with its oversized vintage metal windows, refined masonry detailing (by today’s modernist standards at least), and an imposing symmetry frequently lacking in contemporary architecture.

Inside one is immediately transported into the factory environment, with its massive metal windows, concrete fluted columns, soaring 13.5 foot ceilings, 8 foot solid core doors and a space so expansive one can imagine the machinery and workers of yesteryear making the Wrigley’s gum the world over has come to love.

Both nostalgic and romantic, Loft 313 offers the kind of space one is more apt to see in a blockbuster movie than in real life. Comprising nearly 1400 square feet, this brilliant and recently-renovated cube of ethereal space has about 20 feet of expansive windows with an original factory mews southern exposure and glorious original factory-height ceilings. With a generous and smartly laid-out entertaining space with original polished concrete floors and adjacent raised sleeping area with plentiful built-in storage, this sensational unit features a gorgeous spa-like five-piece washroom with contemporary hand sink situated on a gorgeous heavy wooden vanity, luxe vintage style subway tile bath area, and deep claw-foot slipper style soaking tub for those moments where we long for quiet repose. OMGolly!!!

The smartly designed kitchen with tons of functional storage features a chef-style slide-in range, European style double-door refrigerator/freezer, built-in dishwasher, and sleek high-quality custom-fitted European cabinetry featuring stylish poured concrete countertops. A terrific generously proportioned chef’s island with storage, featuring character reclaimed barn board finishing, is ideal for those friends and family who want to be centre to all the action. In addition, there’s an additional sleeping area that’s been created in the mezzanine which is perfect for guests to tuck in – how fantastic is that? Undoubtedly, this loft will be a stellar find for one very fortunate buyer.

Zoned ‘live/work’, this breath-taking loft has a multitude of uses perfect for the entrepreneur seeking something a little out of the ordinary. Having one car parking, this freshly re-imagined loft is move-in ready!

Want to learn more? Contact James for more info!

Are you familiar with the Leslieville? Have a look at our Leslieville/Riverside/South Riverdale Neighbourhood Page featuring our flavour video, city census data on the area plus past amenity blogs! And for more, here are our other Neighbourhood Pages in the City of Toronto! We adore Toronto real estate!

*Listed by Matt Casselman & Ben Ferguson, Sales Representatives, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage