A Concrete N Cool Loft In Toronto’s Iconic Merchandise Building

offered at $899,900

In one of the most iconic and memorable 1960’s era songs, singer Petula Clark summed it up best when she sang: “Things will be great when you’re downtown. Everything is waiting for you, downtown.” In housing terms, what this means is that for some, being nearby the action isn’t enough – there are those of us who crave total immersion in the quintessential urban experience. For your listening pleasure, click here to enjoy her hit while reading our feature!

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Located at the veritable beating heart of the city, steps from Yonge & Dundas Square, Ryerson University, and the Eaton Centre, an industrial loft at the Merchandise Building is the perfect pad for the urbanite who seeks to combine a coveted location with an inspirational living space. Living here means embracing the quintessential urban experience, with a myriad of convenient amenities at your doorstep: shops and cafes, public transport, a host of eateries, and scores of entertainment choices!

 

 

The Merchandise Building At 155 Dalhousie Street

Originally a warehouse for retailers Simpsons and Sears, this circa 1910 building – characterized as a classic example of 20th Century Industrial Style which marries its traditional architectural façade with contemporary industrial interiors – was redeveloped in the 1990s as this landmark loft conversion. Developed by Cresford Developments, the project – which was converted in five phases, each being their own condominium corporation with shared amenity agreements – is one of the largest warehouse loft conversions in Toronto. Upon its completion in 2000, this notable building won a number of awards, including accolades from Heritage Toronto and the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association.

Rising to 13 storeys, The Merchandise Lofts house 526 units, each ranging between approximately 450 square feet up to 2600 square feet, and bost common features such as either concrete or hardwood flooring, open concept living spaces and kitchens, exposed ductwork and 12-foot ceilings. Even more special are the early 20th-century industrial elements, which include mushroom columns and 8-foot wide sliding barn doors. (The largest unit in the building is on the penthouse level, owned by EDM artist Deadmaus, who combined two of the 2-storey penthouse lofts to create a sprawling luxe abode! )

In addition to having a sweeping four storey interior lobby and indoor half-basketball court, there are a host of amenities that will quickly elevate the quality of life for the lucky buyer, including a fully equipped gym, a meeting room, games room, sauna and spa. The rooftop offers a swimming pool, a party room, an expansive patio with a BBQ area featuring a stunning ‘bright-lights big-city’ vista and even an area for you to walk your dog!

Is there anything easier or more brilliant than having a grocer as a neighbour? With Metro Grocer on the lower level of this building, you’ll likely never have to rush to the neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! And there’s more! Within a five-minute walk is the amazing Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, notable craft beer brewer – Dominion – on Queen, and the Jazz Bistro, a long-time hot spot for Toronto’s finest live jazz.

In the mood for some comfort food? One of the city’s classic diners, the Senator Cafe, is also within a five-minute walk – you’ll find its outstanding menu and refined service and elegant sensibility the perfect destination for gathering with friends or professional colleagues. If you’re entertaining friends or colleagues and are finding yourselves in the mood for a smart and stylish evening cocktail, be sure to give Carbon Bar on Queen Street East a try – it’s one of Urbaneer’s go-to spots in the neighbourhood, and it’s only a few short steps from your door.

We love Strolling The Streets Of Historic Cabbagetown, just minutes to the northeast – it’s one of our favourite ‘hoods! On a mission to source the ideal hostess gift? Stop in at Spruce on Parliament Street to assess their brilliant and beautiful array of gifts and home accessories. Looking for a satisfying lunch or pick-me-up brunch the morning after taking clients out on the town? You’ll feel perfectly satiated at House On Parliament. Or, if you’re looking for a more pastoral pastime for your Sunday afternoon, as a break from Toronto’s hectic pace and bright lights, you can always find serene, Country Charm At Riverdale Farm.

Featuring open spaces with soaring ceilings, and sweeping volumes with light and air flowing freely, this luxe loft could be the perfect pad for professional urbanites who love the verve and vibe of downtown living!

 

LOFT 547 – Offered For Sale For $899,900

This rare-to-market unit features over 1000 square feet of interior living space! Smartly updated and well-appointed, it’s perfectly suited to a busy professional or couple that enjoys being ensconced in the energy and bustle of downtown. Marrying the grit of its industrial past with a chic redux, the approximately 12-foot ceilings bring a wonderful sense of movement, volume and natural play-of-light from the large factory-style windows. The open modern kitchen features a sparkling stainless-steel appliance suite set against a handsome retro-feel tile backsplash, stone countertop, and gleaming white cabinetry – all organized and outfitted to make the most of the space! The adjacent dining area is perfect for gathering loved ones for dinner and drinks, then migrating to the living space to lounge and chat the night away by the built-in gas fireplace!  We particularly adore the master sanctuary with 5 piece ensuite bath with claw-foot soaker tub, which immediately extends an invitation for respite and repose. This calming space is uniquely and intelligently designed, with generous storage in two separate closets. With two underground parking spaces and reasonable monthly maintenance fees, what’s not to love?!

Sleek and chic, this upgraded suite is one we’d love to own ourselves!!

For more information or to book a private viewing, contact James Ormston – james@urbaneer.com

 

*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our colleagues at Remax Rouge River. All photos courtesy of the Multiple Listing Service.*

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