A Massey Brick ‘N Beam Loft On King West

rented at $3600 / month

If you’ve been looking to rent an authentic ‘hard’ loft, you know how challenging it is to find, especially when you’re seeking a space which embraces the ‘location, location, location’ mantra of convenience. This King West loft, boasting proximity to urban amenities, a short stroll to green space, and easy access to public transportation offers the best of downtown living, with a brick and beam aesthetic rare to find in a rental.

Welcome to 915 King Street West, Loft 405!

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Despite Toronto’s turn-of-the-century industrial core being home to a number of century-old four and five-storey warehouses  – which were all but abandoned until they were rezoned ‘live/work’ in the 90s – very few of them became residential lofts for two reasons. The first reason was that the demand for loft living was in its infancy when the City embarked on revitalizing either side of the central business district – making it risky for developers to take the leap of faith. After all, were the buying public truly ready to live in marginalized ‘industrial’ areas with limited amenities and a lot of grit? The answer was a trepidatious “Yes”.

The second reason was that, just as development teams were gaining the confidence to embrace the live/work loft market, the economy began rebounding with the Information and Technology boom of the mid to late 90s. As creative companies began seeking commercial offices that were hip and loft-like, commercial developers snapped up the old warehouses to serve start-ups willing to pony up the high rents. The fact is, converting old warehouses into commercial spaces was less expensive; the buildings didn’t need to meet our more stringent residential building code for higher sound attenuation systems, nor did they necessitate the creation of multiple units with washrooms and kitchens which comes with a big price tag. Consequently, the residential conversion market was effectively shut out, which is why these rare authentic factory lofts are now so coveted in Toronto. Our own Steven Fudge experienced this time of transition first hand, as he launched his Innovative Space career during this era, and spearheaded a dozen of these conversions – including The Button Factory, The Movie House, and The Monarch Building, to name a few.

One of the King West neighbourhood’s well-regarded loft conversions is ‘The Massey Harris Lofts’ at 915 King Street West. Originally built in 1899 as the Massey Harris Farm Equipment head office, the building was converted in 2003 to create 46 unique loft units. This historical loft building – restored by Canderel Stoneridge – features 100+-year-old original brick walls and wood beams. First-floor units are partially below grade, and the penthouse units comprise an addition to the original structure, so if you’re really seeking a light-filled original brick and beam space, it’s the centre floors of this loft condo which you’ve got to set your sights on. This is a building where every single Massey Harris loft is unique – which is why it’s no wonder the units so rarely come available!

For those who celebrate a walking life, Massey Lofts is just steps to King West’s stellar restaurant and nightlife scene! Neighbourhood amenities include an abundance of home furnishing shops, art galleries and clothing retailers to please and entertain. Don’t miss nearby offerings like Edulis for unique ‘wild and foraged’ fare, Bibab Sushi for when you’re craving Korean deliciousness, Thai Room for standout curry spring rolls, and Nadege Patisserie to satisfy your sweet tooth! And, of course, Pizza Libretto maintains a stellar reputation as one of the area’s most well-loved eateries! This loft is steps to the famous West Queen West ‘hood, now the epicentre of creativity, collaboration and community. The many galleries are mixed in with unique boutiques, purveying decor, modern and antique furniture, vintage clothing, textiles, gifts, and food, each with character worthy of their creative surroundings.

If you enjoy quiet days outdoors, love open-air exercise, or simply occasionally need to escape the ‘bright lights, big city’ vibe to kick back amongst green things, lush and sprawling Trinity-Bellwoods Park is just a couple blocks north, with its community centre pool and home of the annual Queen West Art Crawl. And, of course, Massey Harris Park is right next door. How fantastic is that?! Alternatively, take a stroll toward the water where the expansive recreational and cultural activities of Harbourfront always hold adventure. Don’t feel like walking? With the King Streetcar line at your front door, it’s just a quick ride to the Financial District, the Entertainment District, and St. Lawrence Market – or to a subway hub where you’re connected to all points north, south, east and west! Plus, it’s mere moments to the Gardiner Expressway, which provides speedy access to the airport or to cottage country. This is truly living in the centre of it all!

We love Loft 405. Located on the fourth floor with a west exposure overlooking a park, this sun-drenched space features exposed brick walls, wood beams, and 11’9″ ceilings. From the front foyer, you’ll first pass a separate den on your left, with open shelving and sliding doors for privacy. This flex space makes an ideal home office, hobby room, or guest space! At the end of the entrance hall, the loft unfolds into a generous open-plan entertainment space that includes a galley kitchen – fitted with stainless steel appliances, stone counters, and floating shelves – a well-proportioned dining area with sunny treetop views of Massey Harris Park, and an expansive sitting area that is flooded with light. A set of sliding doors reveals the master bedroom with a walk-in closet as well as convenient stacking laundry. The warm tones of the exposed brick make this sleep sanctuary feel cozy and inviting! Rounding out this stylish urban pad is a recently-renovated luxe sunken washroom that feels like a high-end retreat! It’s truly an indulgent space, boasting an oversized shower, a soaking tub, quality appointments, and a barrel-vaulted ceiling!

As soon as you cross the threshold you can feel that this loft is special. There’s a sense of history infusing every brick and beam, which elevates and enriches the experience of residing in such a unique space! Offered for $3600 monthly + hydro and ready for occupancy on July 1st, this loft is available for a minimum one-year lease.

Whether for work or play, day or night, all the best of Downtown Toronto and urban living is at your fingertips when you live at Massey Lofts.

Want to learn more about this unique urban home? Contact james@urbaneer.com for more info!