A Loft In A Converted Church In Riverdale

offered at $589,900

There are areas that promote the “location, location, location” mantra that is the cornerstone of real estate, and then there are those that embrace it, and incorporate it in its fibre. Riverdale does just that, with accessibility and convenience sliding in to every available point. The Chester and Pape subway stations offer easy public transport, vast green spaces like Withrow and Riverdale Parks provide nature and recreation. As further support to that mantra, beyond the green space, like a good neighbour, lies a host of amenities steps away on The Danforth. Boutique shops, cafes and purveyors of fresh produce dot the streets in full support of a pedestrian lifestyle. There is colour and conversation on every corner. Riverdale is in proximity to a grocer, a liquor store, Shoppers Drug Mart and organic Carrot Common! Plus, with its origins as a Greek immigrant neighbourhood, there are plenty of amazing culinary destinations with excellent food.

Located a block south of The Danforth on Pape Avenue, this exceptional lofty towne in a former church is situated in the heart of Prime Riverdale. Being steps from the Pape subway station, around the corner from Goodlife with its well-equipped gym and comprehensive fitness classes, a Starbucks (in fact two!) and a myriad of sundry, home furnishing and fashion retailers, this dramatic lofty residence offers a top-notch location in one of the city’s most coveted neighbourhood villages!

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Welcome to 660 Pape Avenue, Loft 306, offered at $589,900.

One of 32 suites in a vintage calibre conversion, this loft is a head-turner! Located in a former 1912 Presbyterian Church designed by J. Wilson Gray, it was constructed at the corner of Pape and Harcourt avenues in 1912 and expanded in 1920. Like many places of worship in Toronto, nearly a century later the congregation had dwindled and the church fallen into disrepair when a project to restore a portion of the property for the church’s use with the balance converted into condominiums was begun in 2004 by loft developer Bob Mitchell. Today, the Glebe Lofts at 660 Pape Ave is one of the few hard authentic Toronto lofts buildings in the Riverdale neighbourhood.

Authentic lofts are unique living spaces by definition, but those in churches of architectural merit are even more exceptional. The historic landmark retains its brick façade and large arched windows, while the interior was divided up, for the most part, into one and two-storey lofts. Each residence was custom designed for the purchaser, to optimize the dramatic effects of light and spatial volume. Modern building technologies incorporated solid masonry demising walls, thermopane windows, superior thermal and acoustical insulation, all new electrical and mechanical systems, plus a host of luxury features tailored to each original Buyer.

Loft 306 is a superb sun-splashed space featuring soaring ceilings, quality upgrades and around 1157 square feet on two levels. Crossing the threshold one is instantly embraced by the drama of this visually arresting open concept space. Featuring an open U-shaped functional kitchen with granite counters, gas cooking and stainless steel appliances, the peninsula connects to the well-proportioned entertainment area which features wood floors, a gas fireplace and soaring vaulted ceilings! We love the double banks of doors that connect to the expansive balcony. This level also contains a 2-piece, and an open concept den which lends itself to conversion into an optional second bedroom.

The upper level is a spacious master bedroom sanctuary. An over-sized landing is an ideal spot for your home office, which connects to the sleeping zone which features 2 generous skylights and a full ensuite spa-bath. Fitted with a soft broadloom, this is the perfect refuge from the day-to-day ravages of urban living.

Beautifully finished and in turn-key condition, this brilliant residence has its own independent forced air gas and central air conditioning systems. Fully-fitted and with underground parking and locker, this is is a great opportunity for those seeking a low-maintenance unique space.

Want to learn more about the neighbourhood and its amenities? Here’s our Neighborhood Page on Riverdale including our flavour video, the city census data on the area, plus several past blogs on area amenities!

Could this unique urban home be the ideal Toronto real estate opportunity for you?

Contact steve@urbaneer.com for more info!