Any house hunter will tell you that finding a home that will be 'the one' has as much to do with where it is as with what it is. That’s because your life extends far beyond your four walls, engaging the community that surrounds you. Which is just one reason this lofty dwell is so appealing; who wouldn't want to stroll down a tree-lined allée to their own private sanctuary in prime Cabbagetown?
Welcome to 289 Sumach Street, Loft 8!
Situated on quiet Sumach Street, this heart-grabbing college-to-lofts conversion is the perfect refuge for the Buyer who prefers an open concept space that feels modern but is drenched in history and character. That same Buyer will also enjoy the the prestige of living in leafy, highly-coveted Cabbagetown. Nestled amongst North America's largest collection of preserved Victorian residences, this church conversion is a hop, skip and a jump to Cabbagetown's village shoppes on Parliament, with its dynamic collection of retail, grocers, cafes, liquor store, and even a convenient Starbucks! Some of our favourite destinations include Jet Fuel, The House on Parliament, St. Jamestown Steak and Chops and Spruce for unique designer home furnishings.
It's a short stroll to peaceful Riverdale Farm, where you can admire the animals, shop their farmer's market, or enjoy outdoor movies in the park during the summer months. Allan Gardens at Gerrard and Sherbourne, one of the oldest parks in the city, has a magical conservatory, a playground and two fenced off-leash areas for dogs - it's a truly fantastic outdoor amenity.
The property is also just steps from the Carlton streetcar which will whisk you to the Yonge Street subway, or the Parliament bus which will take you north or south to Bloor or Front Streets. Without question this is a super-central location for the pro-urbanite. How amazing is that?
The Sumach Lofts at 289 Sumach Street have a long, rich history. The brick structure dates back to 1890, and spent a couple decades as the Ontario Medical College For Women. After 1907, it was taken over by Apec Packaging and was home to various other industrial pursuits over the years. It was purchased in 1983 by Bob Mitchell, who restored the facade was restored according to photographs from a 1898 medical calendar discovered behind the original baseboards. Robert Mitchell Associates then converted the historic building into a self-managed community of 10 unique lofts that range from single-storey to multi-storey lofts, and are variously sized from 800 square feet to 2,000 square feet. Only a lucky few units enjoy their own private balconies or feature skylights.
Loft 8 is a modest but proud 1bed, 1bath multi-level space of about 850 square feet. Boasting a dramatic open plan with high ceilings, this divine dwell features wood floors, exposed beams, raw brick, wall-to-wall windows, private balcony, fireplace, and even a skylight! We love when historical character mixes with modern sensibility!
The efficient, open concept, dine-in kitchen is outfitted with a white appliance suite, custom cabinetry, granite counters, and plenty of space for both creating culinary masterpieces and sitting down to enjoy them with your friends and family! As a bonus, the laundry/utility closet conveniently hidden away where it is easily accessible. Across the room, the bright living space is the perfect place to entertain, boasting a large window, arresting fireplace, and stunning exposed brick. There's also a large storage closet hidden beneth the stairs!
The second level provides space for more intimate domesticity. There's a open concept bedroom, modern bathroom, cathedral ceiling, and a wall of windows overlooking a sun-soaked outdoor space. You'll find bliss lying in bed beneath the skylight, relaxing in the bright ensuite bath, or catching evening rays on the private treetop balcony with your favourite glass of Pinot in hand!
This 'pinch me perfect' refuge offers all the benefits of low-maintenance (and low fee!) living in an exceptional location. Well-positioned in the heart of the downtown core, it also offers all the charms of a village neighbourhood.
If you're looking for heart-grabbing, this very well may be it!
Want to learn more? Here's our Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Page, or, if you'd like to learn more about Toronto, check out our other Neighbourhood Pages! And here's one of our most popular posts called 'Why The East Side Has Historically Been Cheaper' which we consider an essential read.
Contact Steve@urbaneer.com for more info!
*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our colleague Trevor Bond with Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage.