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A Heavenly Sanctuary In A Converted Riverdale Church

A Heavenly Sanctuary In A Converted Riverdale Church


Offered at: $949,000


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Are you losing faith you might never find your Dream Home?

Are you literally praying to the universe to manifest a place you can purchase and occupy in the next thirty plus days?

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 and ground your soul - plus elevate your quality of life, this divine sanctuary just a block from the Pape Subway Station, and mere steps to The Danforth, is heaven-sent!

Welcome to Loft 305 - 660 Pape Avenue in Prime Riverdale's Glebe Lofts!

 

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660 Pape Avenue is well-situated in Prime Riverdale, located just steps from its intersection with Danforth Avenue - which I consider one of The Danforth's sweet spots. Located in what was 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.

Completed in 2005, 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.

Living in boutique loft conversion - and being on a first name basis with your 31 neighbours - is a rare neighbourly experience in a metropolis like Toronto. If you needed proof that Loft 305 is truly something special, this residence has never come to market for sale before, having been occupied by a family member of Bob Mitchell - the original developer - since its completion! Stylish, well-appointed, and recently-renovated, this breezy urban oasis offers around 1225 square feet of interior living space, as well as 66 square foot south-facing recessed terrace framed by an original arch of carved stone. The charming neighbourhood vista of colourful homes, gardens and mature treescapes found in Prime Riverdale is crowned with peak-a-views of Lake Ontario, the city's skyscrapers and the glittering spire of the CN Tower in the distance.

From the moment you cross the threshold of Loft 305, you can see how refreshingly unique this volume of articulated space is. Far from the ubiquitous crackerjack boxes synonymous with downtown high-rise living, this airy tranquil respite features an intelligent design, custom features, and a voluminous sense of space! The generous foyer sets the stage, with coat closet, 3-piece washroom, and entrance to the second bedroom with clerestory windows. I adore this optional guest room, perfect as a study with pull-out couch, or as a nursery or child's room. Stepping into the heart of the loft, The Great Room - finished in warm cherry wood floors -  spans the full width of the top floor! This expansive space is the first complete impression of how much heart this home has, with a unique expanse of windows and a recessed terrace which follow the shape of the church's original arched stonework. This, along with four operable skylights, floods the space in natural light.

To the right, the welcoming kitchen has all the essentials and more, from pristine black appliances and shaker cabinetry to granite counters, ample storage, and recessed LED lighting. Pendulum lights sparkle above the large waterfall centre island, which provides oodles of prep space, and is the perfect perch for friends to observe your culinary prowess! I especially appreciate the sunny breakfast nook that whispers of quiet mornings with a latte and news. The adjacent dining space, beautifully framed by the windows of the terrace walk-out, is ideal for gathering loved ones for Uber Eats, Games Night or the resident chef's creations. Just beyond, the living area beckons with vaulted ceilings, exposed steel trusses, and sun-drenched skylights soaring two-storeys above. A stunning slate feature wall frames the gas fireplace, grounding this warm gathering space.

Climbing the new plush broadloom steps to the level above, you'll discover a quiet sunlit sanctuary, where calm and serenity awaits! Half of this open mezzanine accommodates the master bedroom, with its wall of mirrored closets with storage alcove above. There's a renovated spa washroom with soaking tub which is both indulgent and gorgeous, and the stacking washer/dryer is tucked away just next to it. To the right of the landing is an area perfect for a large chest of drawers, with additional space for your furry best friends (Yes, this condo is pet-friendly!). My favourite space? I'm enchanted by the two-step down 'Crow's Nest' office perch which overlooks the living room below. Flooded with natural light, who wouldn't find this mezzanine dreamy?

Fusing the rare-to-find loft ambiance with historic character and top-notch creature comforts, this sunny home includes parking (2 spots optional - see schedule) and locker. Currently configured as one car parking with enormous storage room, the Seller is willing to reconfigure it into two tandem parking spaces with a Storage Wall.

Unparalleled and impossible to replicate, this special residence will become the next Dream 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!

 

Are you familiar with Riverdale, The Danforth, and other nearby 'hoods? Check out our Riverdale Neighbourhood Page + Danforth Neighbourhood Page - which includes flavour videos, the city census data on the areas, plus several past blogs on area amenities - or peruse any of our other Neighbourhood Pages! We love Toronto's diversity!

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