Sometimes a spectacular dwell isn't about size as much as proportion. This intelligently-designed, stylishly-upgraded, 890-square-foot concrete, glass and steel cube has a spectacular south-east sun-drenched terrace. Located at The Robert Watson Lofts in hip Roncesvalles Village, this picture-perfect loft is a celebration of design savvy.
Welcome to 363 Sorauren Avenue, Loft 402.
The Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood was originally developed in the late 1880's for the Scottish and Irish merchant class, although, by the 1940s, the neighbourhood had transitioned into the cultural centre for the Polish community. In the 1990's, thanks to the decline of commercial activity by the aging population, an opportunity arose for the cycle of revitalization to begin in the neighbourhood. As the long-time residents sold their homes, a younger creative community moved in, attracted to the well-constructed, well-proportioned, affordable housing stock. The location was deemed 'downtown', but not too 'urban', boasting proximity to the lake and plenty of green space. The rapid influx of new homeowners fueled gentrification; it created the impetus for a housing rebirth, including the conversion of the warehouses and factories (many on Sorauren Avenue) to lofts with a fashionable urban vibe.
Today, Roncesvalles Village has blossomed into a liberal progressive family-friendly neighbourhood. It's evolution is a testament to how neighbourhoods can retain their roots while enjoying a renewed celebration for urban life. On vibrant Roncesvalles Avenue you'll find a charming mix of grocers, butchers and bakers, cafes, gift shops, and the celebrated revue cinema. Be sure to stop in for a bite at one of the many fantastic eateries; the retro-fabulous La Cubana is one of our favorites! Are you a lover of nature? Consider heading to nearby High Park for a refreshing stroll or run followed by lunch at the Grenadier Cafe!
Sorauren Park was itself created after the local community objected to City of Toronto plans to convert a former bus garage into a facility for storing City vehicles. The park, which opened in 1995, now hosts several sporting fields, a farmer's market on Mondays, and contains a field house for community gatherings. There are two mini-soccer fields for youth soccer, two tennis courts and one baseball diamond. Open space is set aside for a dog 'off-leash' area. At Halloween the park becomes a festival of lit pumpkins and in the wintertime ice rinks are set up on the field. How remarkable is that?
Centrally located, 363 Sorauren Avenue is a short drive to the QEW highway and only a block south of the Dundas West streetcar that connects to the Bloor subway line or travels east directly into the central core. While the immediate surroundings convey industrial heritage, what's especially delightful is how The Robert Watson Lofts offer all the amenities of village life. The building is a former confectioners manufacturing plant dating from the 1900's that was converted to hard lofts in 2007, with a second newly constructed concrete and glass loft mid rise constructed behind the original factory. Totaling 153 units, the complex is a mix of authentic lofts in its 5-storey original portion - which feature exposed brick and soaring wood ceilings - and the modern 6-storey annex constructed of poured concrete with a curtain wall of glass. The buildings share a lush landscaped courtyard, green roof garden, parking, storage lockers and a stylish amenity space.
Loft 402 is part of the original Robert Watson factory warehouse. Featuring ten-foot ceilings, original brick walls, and concrete floors, this beautifully proportioned 810 square feet of living space is complimented by a sun-drenched 80 square foot terrace with enchanting views! The dreamy chef's kitchen and the flexible living zone offer the right balance of urban edge and domestic bliss. This dreamy boutique loft, which includes deeded parking, serves up serious 'WOW' factor; it's everything you'd want in a loft, and a fantastic opportunity for one fortunate buyer!
Is Roncesvalles Village the neighbourhood for you? Check out our Neighbouhood Page on Roncesvalles Village including a great flavour video, the city census profiles, plus several of our blogs on local amenities! Or check out our other Neighbourhood Pages!
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