Have you ever watched a movie set in a neighbourhood that seemed far removed from the 'bright lights, big city' life, but had an unassuming urban vibe, and where the characters lived in head-turning, edgy spaces that seemed unreal? Is it possible to find that one-of-a-kind space in real life? We say, 'Yes'!
If you seek a unique film-set-worthy urban space with the cool factor of a loft conversion in a neighbourhood where the past is melding into a stylish future, this offering in The Junction is a compelling offering worth considering.
Nestled in a landmark which has been part of the neighbourhood for over 120 years, the former Victoria Presbyterian Church held its first service in 1885 and has been a part of west Toronto’s history ever since. Featuring the rich details of red clay brick, a limestone façade, a high copper-covered spire, gothic arches and curved columns, this church conversion is truly spectacular.
Welcome to 152 Annette Street, Loft #305.
The Junction was originally a manufacturing community with working class housing dating from the late 19th century, geographically located where notable companies such as Canadian Cycle & Motor Co., Campbell Milling Company and the Heintzman Piano Company were situated. Before The Junction underwent a rebirth (its central location and reasonable price points appealed to an emerging youthful demographic including young families, urban professionals, artists and entrepreneurs) it was neighbourhood chocked full of history.
Today, The Junction has blossomed into a community-driven neighbourhood. It’s revolution is a testament to how neighbourhoods can retain their roots while enjoying a renewed celebration for urban life. These restaurants like Vesuvio are filled with local residents, serving up what many claim is the best pizza in the city, while eateries like Cool Hand of a Girl serve up wholesome, organic dishes perfect for the days when you just don’t have the time to make it yourself. The Raw Chemist Juice Bar serves up healthy smoothies and cold-pressed juices perfect for hot summer days, and Cut the Cheese satisfies the craving for comfort food. On the weekend, stop in at the Sweet Potato to stock up on organic goods for the week, or visit the Farmer’s Market for locally grown produce in High Park. The neighbourhood is also turning into something of a furniture and design destination with great shops like Mjolk, Smash and Post + Beam. You don’t have to go far for great design, whether your taste is contemporary, traditional or urban chic.
Located in 'Victoria Lofts' on Annette Street at Medland Street amidst century-old homes and mature trees, this historic church and Sunday school building conversion project built by Triumphal Developments Inc. in 2011 consists of 34 suites over four floors, with units ranging from 588 to over 2500 square feet. The architect, Paul Oberst - a Toronto loft conversion expert responsible for projects such as The Medland Lofts, The Bank Lofts, and Kensington Market Lofts - took enormous care in ensuring this stately church would remain a landmark for generations to come.
"The Victoria Lofts project is a residential conversion of the 1890 Victoria-Royce Presbyterian Church, designed by the architecture firm of Knox and Elliot. Character defining elements such as the “muscular” Romanesque Revival form and masonry exterior were preserved while adapting the interior for residential units. New glazing and mechanical openings were installed in recessed balcony areas placed within existing window openings. The masonry was restored with replacement bricks imported from England, while a mineral stain was used to eliminate patches from previous work throughout the exterior. Stained glass windows and the Casavant organ were donated to other churches, while oak pews were sold for reuse."
The unique modern loft-styled suites offer all the comforts of contemporary living while preserving the original features such as the church spire, period light fixtures, soaring ceilings, historic capitals, hammer beam trusses and exposed interior masonry, which ensure Victoria Lofts offers outstanding character and colourful charm.
Loft 305 is a two-bedroom two-storey space that holds unique appeal, which is an important element in keeping and growing your asset value in your investment. The soaring 12-foot ceilings and large expansive windows serve to draw the eye in and up, amplifying the sense of space, air, and light. The light hardwood floors throughout compliment the understated colour scheme ready for your personal design touch.
As you enter this generous 1246-square-foot space, an ample entry foyer greets you, offering plenty of room to hang your seasonal-wears as well as storage for your guests. The welcoming kitchen has all the essentials, from the stainless steel appliances to granite counters and ample storage, overlooks an expansive entertainment zone filled with natural light from the large east facing windows. Tucked off to the side is the second bedroom that takes full advantage of the ceiling height with an added loft space above.
On the second level, a romantic master retreat creates an area with an aura of calm and repose. The bedroom also offers a walk-out to a spectacular, 264-square-foot, east-facing private deck with views of the church tower and the city. Can you imagine sitting out here with a cozy blanket and a fabulous glass of wine? This will be your new favourite 'room'. This upper level dedicated as a private space for domestic bliss is truly the perfect room to get away from it all, refresh and recharge.
Including parking, locker and bike storage, this loft condominium has all the right ingredients of the perfect pad! So if loft living with historic flair in a fantastic location that's walkable to all things cool ticks all your boxes, this is a 'must see''!
Have a pet? This pet-friendly building is just a few blocks from the Baird Dog Park, a lush urban green space with a friendly off-leash zone for dogs. Not to mention, High Park is just a short walk away. Your puppy will love living here!
If you don't know this pocket community very well, here's our Neighbourhood Page on The Junction, including our flavour video, the city census data on the area, plus several past blogs on area amenities! And consider checking out our other Neighbourhood Pages!
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