When hunting for the perfect residence, it begs considering what are the urban essentials when pursuing an idyllic city life? Stylish living? Quick access to public transportation? Being surrounded by amenities that elevate daily life through convenience? Certainly the criteria at the top of every Buyers search is the combination of value, location, and space that improves their quality of life while supporting and enhancing their personal style and taste.
So what if we told you we've found this perfect mix for you, in a converted church just steps from the Pape Subway Station?
Welcome to Loft 108 at 660 Pape Avenue!
For those seeking a city-centre residence in a village-like setting, Riverdale in the central east side of the city is a stellar location. The Chester and Pape subway stations offer easy public transport, while vast green spaces like Withrow and Riverdale Parks provide nature and recreation. As further support to that mantra, beyond the green space, like a good neighbour, lies a host of amenities steps away on The Danforth. Boutique shops, cafes and purveyors of fresh produce dot the streets in full support of a pedestrian lifestyle. There is colour and conversation on every corner. Riverdale is in proximity to a grocer, a liquor store, Shoppers Drug Mart and organic Carrot Common! Plus, with its origins as a Greek immigrant neighbourhood, there are plenty of amazing culinary destinations with excellent food. While not an greek menu, Allen's on the Danforth (just east of the Broadview subway station) is consistently superb.
Being steps from the Pape subway station, around the corner from Goodlife's well-equipped gym and comprehensive fitness classes, a jump away from a Starbucks, and just a stroll from a myriad of sundry, home furnishing, and fashion retailers, this dramatic lofty residence offers a top-notch pedestrian lifestyle in one of the city’s most coveted neighbourhood villages!
One of 32 suites in a vintage calibre conversion, this loft is a head-turner! Located in a former 1912 Presbyterian Church designed by J. Wilson Gray, it was constructed at the corner of Pape and Harcourt avenues in 1912 and expanded in 1920. Like many places of worship in Toronto, nearly a century later the congregation had dwindled and the church fallen into disrepair when a project to restore a portion of the property for the church's use with the balance converted into condominiums was begun in 2004 by loft developer Bob Mitchell. Today, the Glebe Lofts at 660 Pape Ave is one of the few hard authentic Toronto lofts buildings in the Riverdale neighbourhood.
Authentic lofts are unique living spaces by definition, but those in churches of architectural merit are even more exceptional. The historic landmark retains its brick façade and large arched windows, while the interior was divided up, for the most part, into one and two-storey lofts. Each residence was custom designed for the purchaser, to optimize the dramatic effects of light and spatial volume. Modern building technologies incorporated solid masonry demising walls, thermopane windows, superior thermal and acoustical insulation, all new electrical and mechanical systems, plus a host of luxury features tailored to each original Buyer.
Loft 108 is rife with eye-catching shapes and lines, unexpected volumes, and unique character, thanks to its blessed beginnings. Boasting around 1800 square feet of open concept living space that unfolds over three levels (plus two fabulous terraces!), this 1+1 bedroom loft is ideal for those who enjoy entertaining friends and fam! Over the threshold and past a functional hall closet and convenient two-piece powder room, one is greeted by the heart of the home - a contemporary kitchen, outfitted with stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, stone countertops, a pantry, and an chic tile backsplash! This culinary workspace would satisfy any level of chef! The dining room beyond is extremely spacious; our favourite feature are the tray ceilings, which add a certain elegance to the space.
Down a few steps will find you in a sunken Living Room with a gas fireplace and a patio walk-out, while taking a few steps up will bring you to a visually arresting landing. Before the stairs continue upward, this 12-foot walkway forms a 'mid-level' of sorts. It features a glass railing/ballustrades on one side while being backlit by a walk-out (to the second terrace!) on the other. While it's use is mostly pragmatice I think the cohesive visual of this landing serves to extend the volume of the space! Completing the upward trek, you'll find the Master suite, which overlooks the main level below. This sleeping sanctuary is complemented by a full walk-in closet and dreamy 4-piece ensuite bath. Finally, there is a flexible lower level space; it is currently being utilized as a Family Room, but could easily be turned into a second bedroom (and a cozy one, given the gas fireplace)!
Beautifully finished, with the perfect balance of historical character and modern sparkle, Loft 108 comes with two underground parking spaces and two lockers. Could this well-loved loft be the ideal opportunity for you?
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Have we piqued your interest in this neighbourhood? Check out our Riverdale Neighbourhood Page, which includes a flavour video, the city census profiles for this dwelling, plus several of our past blogs on local area amenities! Or consider checking out our other Neighbourhood Pages which reflect our love of Toronto's diversity and unique urban homes!
*Brought to you with the permission of our colleague at McCan Realty Group Lt.d, Brokerage. On MLS.Book Appointment