If you're a loft lover, you know how re-purposing a space can re-define your style parameters. Nothing holds promise like re-invention, where function gives way to form in the stylish context of a retrofit. In today's contemporary culture, the fusion of a vintage factory with modern living creates the opportunity to live a life where you can display material and space in a way that is both raw and sublime.
Welcome to 676 Richmond Street West, 209, offered at $2,800,000.
In a city of ubiquitous duplication this dwelling is unique, not just because of its character, but because of the fact that it is a true loft in the most direct translation. The 'loft' descriptor is often stretched to even the most mundane of condominiums, but it's only truly authentic when a former industrial space has been converted into a place of domesticity.
As city living continues to be coveted, where professional urbanites opt to live where they work in a contemporary work-life balance, it makes sense that downtown factories and warehouses have evolved into one of the premier shelter destinations for urban denizens. Having shifted their property bones but not their property souls, to move from the industrial to the inhabitable, living the loft lifestyle is the modern template for living a mise-en-scene life. And what better place to live it than Queen West, which incorporates a bohemian, entrepreneurial and eclectic mix, both in its inhabitants and with its properties.
Queen West epitomizes the colour of downtown Toronto. Featuring retailers and boutiques, and a diverse housing stock, including luxury mid-rise condominiums, working class cottages and merchant class Victorian manses, this area is characterized by its diversity. Featuring amazing amenities like Trinity Bellwoods Park (with its organic market, meandering paths, community centre and the epicentre of the annual Queen West Art Crawl - it's fast approaching - Sept 22 and 23!), galleries, cafes and restaurants, and plenty of shops, Queen West has the ambience of a village neighbourhood with an energy of unlimited possibility.
Situated in what was originally the National Knitting Mills Factory, this loft embraces its industrial past, and boasts a textured mesh of wood, stone and raw metal. Completed in 1997 by renowned loft conversion developer Bob Mitchell,who was among the first to do authentic loft conversions, this posh pad is 1 of only 19 in the building. In transitioning from working space to living space, Mitchell used spatial volume and light as his principal drivers behind design. Each loft is unique, with some being two or three storeys, ranging in size from 750 square feet to around 3000 square feet with soaring ceilings. Mitchell embraced the concept of working with the space in spirit and in structure to produce new results, rather than vice versa. The top floor and south-facing lofts at 676 Richmond St. West have rooftop terraces or private gardens that provide the perfect perch for expansive city views. The building has low common fees and offers the benefit of underground parking, storage locker, a bicycle storage room, and a closed circuit video surveillance system for the building.
The clean, contemporary lines of the 'Industrial Revolution Lofts' have made it a property celebrity in some respects, with various lofts in the development having been the subject of articles in publications and sites like Canadian House & Home, Design Lines, Apartment Therapy, and Precedent Magazine.
Loft 209, at over 2500 square feet plus a private terrace, is flanked with large north facing windows, bathing the area with natural light. The spectacular first level open concept living/dining area boasts vaulted 20+ foot ceilings that embrace and enhance the space. A contemporary kitchen featuring built-in appliances, gas cooking, and sleek quartz countertops invites cooks to create and delight. In addition to the wine fridge, there's even a keg fridge and tap! And in true authentic factory loft living, this divine dwelling boasts steel webbed rafters, exposed ductwork, wood plank ceilings, and white oak and octagonal mosaic tile flooring. Continuing up the custom skylit staircase, one finds the master suite, ideally configured for rest and repose with adjacent master ensuite with separate tub and shower (complete with body sprays!) and luxe two-way gas fireplace hearth which lends its' warmth and glow to both bath area and master bedroom, making for an ideal retreat for rest and rejuvenation. All this in addition to a generous guest bedroom and purposeful den/study providing lots of space and utility for additional friends and family.
For those who consider outdoor space a must-have, this authentic unique loft features a gorgeous city vista terrace with a gas barbecue hook-up, wood decking and a retractable sun-shade awning perfect for seeking shade on summer days and for gazing at the stars on summer nights. How amazing is that?
Are you driven by design? Fascinated in the purpose that lies inherent in all space? This luxe loft may be for you!
Offered for $2,800,000 with reasonable common fees of $724.98/mo, this dreamy pet-friendly original boutique loft has a serious WOW-factor! It includes exclusive use of one underground parking spot, and is truly everything you'd want in a loft. Might this be the next place for you to call home?
Is Queen West the neighbourhood for you? Check out our Neighbouhood Page on Queen West and West Queen West including a great flavour video, the city census profiles, plus several of our blogs on local amenities! Or check out our other Neighbourhood Pages!
*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our friends and colleagues at Royal LePage Signature Realty Ltd., Brokerage.*Book Appointment