A Timeless Two-Bedroom City Sanctuary On Gloucester Street

offered at $719,900


Do you crave the stellar combination of reputed, secure condominium living with hard-to-find generous proportions in a location that promotes the very best of urban living and easy access to all corners of the city? Ideal for a buyer who’s considering up-sizing or down-sizing, and available for immediate occupancy, this two-bedroom gracious spacious home may be just the spot for you!

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Welcome to Suite 308 at 86 Gloucester Street!

If you ask most Torontonians to pick the center axis of the city, they’d probably respond “Yonge and Bloor Streets”. Serving as the gateway to chic Bloor Street retailers, as well as the central pivot point of the Yonge and Bloor subway lines, no location in the city stands out as being the center point by which all else radiates. Is this really true? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’  This is one of the greatest benefits of living on Gloucester Street, just 3 blocks from Yonge & Bloor. In proximity to so many fantastic neighbourhoods, it allows you a walking life where you can sample the best of each: including the designer flagships on Mink Mile, the galleries and boutiques of chic Yorkville, the parks and village shops of Cabbagetown, or even the fitness clubs, clothiers and nightlife of The Village.

In addition to the synergistic ‘Bright Lights Big City’ vibe that embraces residents with a cool hip hug, this location is also amenity-rich – truly a nexus of convenience! The Manulife Centre just a couple blocks west an is one of my favourite Cineplex movie theatres with its large screens and plush seats; plus there’s an Indigo Bookshop, a liquor store, and a grocer! Amidst the specialty shops and clothing retailers that dot Yonge Street, and tucked away on the tree-lined avenues between Yonge and Church Street, you’ll find a whole slew of cute cafes like 7 West and unique restaurants like WISH and O.Noir. You also can’t beat offerings like Blu on Yorkville Avenue if you’re craving Italian, or Constantine on Charles Street in the Andore House hotel for a diverse selection of Mediterranean cuisine. Basically, this is the kind of neighbourhood where, if you’ve had a long day at work and you’re too tired to cook, a short stroll from this quiet city street will find you picking up some quality take-away or a seat for a decadent multi-course meal.

Love Toronto culture and sports? Living on Gloucester you’re also steps from the city’s premier cultural activities like The Royal Ontario Museum, The Royal Conservatory of Music or the Varsity Stadium which in the past has hosted Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. It’s a short subway ride to the Canadian Opera Company on University Avenue, and for those with children pursuing higher education, it’s a short stroll to the University of Toronto, ranked as one of the best globally.

A must-have for any urbanite is the proximity of public transportation. Nearby is the Yonge & Bloor Subway Station which takes you all points north, south, east and west. It’s also steps to the frequent and 24-hour bus routes along Yonge and Bloor. And for those who commute by car, access to the major highways is easy, given Church Street connects you to Rosedale Valley Road which will whisk you to Bayview Avenue, the Don Valley Parkway north, or south to the Gardiner Expressway. Flying Porter Airlines from the Island Airport? It’s a quick cab ride outside rush hour!

Most urbanites rate access to leisure and green space fairly high on their must-have lists and Gloucester boasts convenient access to numerous locations. Stroll through the bucolic streets of tony Rosedale, or go for a bike ride through historic Cabbagetown – home to one of the largest collections of Victorian houses in North America and charming Riverdale Farm! Bloor Walk is also near our comprehensive ravine system that connects to the Don Valley and Evergreen Brick Works. Regardless of which direction you go, you’re certain to arrive at any number of perfect neighbourhood spots for fresh air, a cafe snack or retail therapy.

Located on Gloucester Avenue near the intersection of Church and Wellesley, the Shoreham Apartments building is nestled on a well-tended property under a canopy of mature trees. It stands 13-storeys tall, offering 106 well-established Church Street Corridor condos for sale and for rent. With a bright and welcoming lobby, the building has a comfortable tone with character details that give a nod to its heritage. After all, Shoreham Apartments was built in 1978, making it one of the first condo towers erected in the area! It has the reputation of being extremely well kept and cared for. Shoreham offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites that range in size from about 650 square feet to around 1300 square feet. While some units have been elevated by substantial renovations, all units have been collectively upgraded over the years, with some now boasting finishes like wood or laminate floors, upgraded kitchens, and bright floor-to-ceiling balcony walk-outs. Moreover, these units have 9-foot ceilings, breakfast nooks, and spacious balconies that are perfect for entertaining, lounging, or dining al-fresco – how fabulous is that?

With a high number of residents owning their suites, there is a lot of building pride and many communal gatherings – like the annual Christmas Party and Summer Garden Party! This is a great place for people who like to know their neighbours and create a sense of community. Shoreham Apartments at 86 Gloucester is outfitted with great amenities for residents to take advantage of, including an exercise room & sauna, a jogging track, a regulation squash court, and a sizable outdoor pool located on the rooftop deck! Visitor parking, a sundeck, a meeting room, a party room with a wet bar, and friendly 24-hour security round out the list.

Suite 308 is a unique third floor 2-bedroom, 2-bath suite, featuring almost 1000 square feet of well-planned living space. This isn’t the cramped glass & concrete ‘box-in-the-sky’ that is ubiquitous these days; this suite has the spaciousness typical of older buildings and the character details to match!

From the entry foyer – featuring a double coat closet for daily or seasonal storage and convenient access to the main 4-piece bath – one enters the spacious entertainment zone, complete with a double glass-door walk out to the balcony; it’s an ideal spot for a relaxing morning cuppa while being nicely sheltered from the higher winds often experienced on higher floors. The well-lit living/dining zone is amply sized, offers plenty of flexibility for furniture configuration, and boasts easy-to-maintain laminate flooring.

The handsome adjacent kitchen, offers a modern appliance suite, custom wood cabinetry with brass hardware, ample storage, and plenty of prep space; it’s a winning combination for any level of culinary enthusiast! The kitchen is elevated even further by a bright breakfast area with a second walk-out to the balcony. We appreciate when a kitchen is separate from the open concept living and dining space; when entertaining or throwing a dinner party, all the dishes and messes remain out of sight and out of mind!

Down the hall, past the foyer, the master suite boasts two double closets with plenty of storage, as well as a renovated 3-piece ensuite bath with walk-in soaking tub! And how great is that beautiful bay window?! The sunny second bedroom features bright windows, custom built-ins, and would make a perfect den, home office, or guest bedroom for friends and fam!

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If you’ve been seeking a steps-to-everything residence in a well-managed, well-maintained, and well-presented downtown condominium, this timeless two-bed condo – inclusive of exclusive use of one underground parking space and one storage locker – could be the perfect fit!

Have questions? Want to book a private viewing? Contact Jim@urbaneer.com for more info!

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