A Divine Sanctuary Of Domestic Bliss In Riverdale, Steps To The Danforth

offered at $875,000

For those seeking the trifecta of a Triple AAA location, fresh styling, and architectural uniqueness, this perfect lofty respite in a converted Riverdale Church is your urban essential solution for an idyllic urban life. Satisfying most Buyer’s quest for tremendous value, intelligent design, and generous proportions – which will lift your spirits, ground your soul, and elevate your quality of life – this divine sanctuary, just steps to The Danforth, is heaven-sent!

Welcome to Loft 104 in the Glebe Lofts at 660 Pape Avenue!

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A Neighbourhood Like No Other!

If you’ve been on a dwell hunt for an innovative space in a superb urban village setting, I highly recommend you consider this crisp contemporary loft in The Glebe, a boutique conversion located at 660 Pape Avenue. Well-situated in Prime Riverdale, located just steps from its intersection with Danforth Avenue (and the Pape subway station) – I consider this location one of The Danforth’s sweet spots. Originally Toronto’s GreekTown Neighbourhood (with much of this urban fabric still present), this area has exploded in popularity to all types of urbanites over the past two decades. It boasts a wide variety of everyday amenities, with boutique shops, cafes and purveyors of fresh produce dotting the streets in full support of a pedestrian lifestyle. This is the kind of urban village where there are colours and conversations on every corner. As a Riverdale resident myself, I can attest to how friendly and dynamic this location is.

This is a neighbourhood chock full of independent grocers, along with butchers, bakers, cheese shops and fishmongers. You’re near a liquor store, drug store, hardware shop, and the amazing organic Carrot Common! Want to head out for drinks on date night? The Only Café with a wide selection of microbrews is a 10-minute walk away. Greek restaurant Mezes near Logan just west of this property has solidified its reputation as a quality spot for great food. Il Fornello On The Danforth with Italian fare, vegan options, and a kid’s menu is even closer! And while pizza places are a dime a dozen, it’s the truly stellar ones – like Pizza Libretto at Danforth and Carlaw – which truly offer excellence! Love ice cream like I do? You’ll find me enjoying one and people-watching on a summer’s eve at the ‘Alexander The Great Parkette’ fountain at Danforth and Logan Avenues!

Love to engage with the community? The Pape/Danforth Branch of the library – recently renovated – is right across the street. Thousands of books, comfy corners, snacks, movie screenings, internet access… it’s the perfect place to go on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Do you love live music? The Danforth Music Hall is a short stroll west at 147 Danforth Avenue, and if you like stand-up and improv like I do, The Social Capital at 154 Danforth has an on-going roster of laugh-out-loud shows.

Who doesn’t love an afternoon in a great park? Just at the end of the block is the lush and engaging 21-acre Withrow Park, featuring two ball diamonds, a multipurpose sports field, two outdoor tennis courts, a volleyball court, a dog off-leash area, a wading pool, and a children’s playground. And, in the middle of the park is the Withrow Park Outdoor Artificial Ice Rink, perfect for outdoor family outings in the winter. About a 5-minute drive west, located south of The Danforth on Broadview Avenue, is the expansive Riverdale Park East, with a host of additional outdoor amenities including tennis courts, an amazing outdoor swimming pool with water slides, a sports fields, a hockey rink, playground, and phenomenal tobogganing area!

Auto free? There’s an Enterprise AutoShare at Eaton & Danforth, to the east of the dwelling, and a ZipCar just south on Pape at Riverdale Avenue. Plus the Pape Subway and Bus Station is just a hop, skip and a jump away.

In need of a quality public school? Even if you don’t right now, proximity to some of the most well-regarded public schools will go far to preserve and boost the asset value of this property. 660 Pape Avenue is a short stroll to Frankland Community School for JK-6 (or Withrow Junior Public School for French Immersion) and Earl Grey Senior Public School for Grades 7-8 (focusing on athletics, academics and leadership opportunities). For High School, there is Holy Name Catholic High School (about a 5-minute drive away) and Riverdale Collegiate Institute.

 

The Glebe Lofts By Bob Mitchell

Completed in 2005 by the preeminent developer of adaptive reuse conversions – Bob Mitchell, Glebe Lofts is one of only a handful of church conversions in the city proper. Located in the 1920 portion of the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, the 32 multi-level lofts were creatively carved within this original structure! Unique, and individually one-of-a-kind custom suites, these lofts offer all the comforts of contemporary living while preserving many of the original features. Period stone detailing, soaring ceilings, exposed steel trusses, stained glass, and interior masonry, all ensure The Glebe Lofts offers outstanding character and colourful charm. I adore how these private sanctuaries of domesticity retain a certain ethereal quality; which honour the building’s history while contrasting with the hustle and bustle of its urbane location. It results in an atmosphere that feels at once both invigorating and peaceful.

 

Loft 104

Loft 104 is a superb sun-splashed space featuring a westerly exposure, soaring ceilings, quality upgrades and around 1450 square feet on two levels plus a 60 square foot private patio. Crossing the threshold into the foyer with double closet and elegant powder room, one is instantly embraced by the drama of this visually arresting open concept space. Featuring a super-functional linear chef’s kitchen with warm wood cabinets, granite counters, gas cooking and luxe stainless steel appliances (including wine fridge), the current owner opted to forgo a kitchen island in order to accommodate a harvest table for dining. I really like this choice, as I believe a long banquette table is the perfect place to gather round with friends or family and solve the world’s most pressing problems, or not!

Featuring solid wood flooring throughout, this expansive zone for culinary creations and conviviality transitions to the well-proportioned lounge which features a gas fireplace, soaring vaulted ceilings, and a sun-kissed two-storey wall of west-facing fenestration! I love the ziggurat wood steps and metal railings with floating glass panels that infuse a design flourish without being too heavy-handed. In fact, I like how these design cues reconcile the changing levels and frame the lounge with transparent continuity while effortlessly leading everyone to the hidden private patio with cafe table and propane barbecue.

The upper level is a spacious zone of domestic bliss complete with a work-from-home-office space overlooking the lounge below, in addition to a private sleeping sanctuary tucked behind sliding privacy panels. I adore the tasteful spa washroom with calibre fittings and finishes, and I appreciate the abundance of storage, including a custom desk and bookshelves in the den, a full wall of intelligent built-in cabinets and drawers flanking the bed, in addition to an expansive walk-in closet, This is a dreamy refuge to escape from the ravages of everyday living.

Fusing the rare-to-find loft ambiance with historic character and top-notch creature comforts, this sunny home includes parking and locker. Unparalleled and impossible to replicate, this special residence will become the next Home Sweet Home for only one fortunate buyer.

Might it be you?

Have Questions? Want to learn more, or book a private viewing? Contact Steve@urbaneer.com!

 

*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our colleagues at Keller Williams Co-Elevation Realty, Brokerage. All photos courtesy of the Multiple Listing Service.*

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