In today’s Toronto real estate market where demand and price is driven by location, it can be challenging to find a character property in a dynamite neighbourhood that defines your personal style. We live in a world of trends, but more and more we seek authenticity and distinctiveness in many aspect of our lives including real estate. If you’re seeking an urban space rich in history and character located in an exceptional neighbourhood, this chic Roncesvalles Loft is a brilliant example of how a great space plan and location can feel like it was design specifically for your lifestyle.
Welcome to 363 Sorauren Avenue, Loft 413
Known for its European ambiance and small-town feel, Roncesvalles Village is a wonderful amenity-laden neighbourhood. Originally developed in the late 1880's for the Scottish and Irish merchant class, the neighbourhood transitioned into the cultural centre for the Polish community through the 1940's. By the 1990's, the aging population resulted in the decline of commercial activity catering to this particular community, which in turn created the opportunity for a new cycle of revitalization 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, a downtown location that wasn't 'too urban', and proximity to the lake and green space, the rapid influx of new homeowners fueled gentrification and lead to the conversions of warehouses and factories that line Sorauren Avenue.
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. While Roncesvalles Village still retains the cultural stamp of authentic Polish butchers, bakeries and restaurants, they’re thriving among a growing number of trendy restaurants, boutiques and indie coffee houses. Taking care of your errands feels like a breeze and not a chore - visit the butcher, fishmonger and the veggie market all on the same stroll. Feel like spending a causal night out? Savour a pizza at Pizzeria Defina and catch a film at the Revue Cinema. No plans for lunch? You must try La Cubana, one of our faves! If you enjoy quiet days in the park or taking a stroll with the dog you will not be disappointed. Green space is nearby with the expansive High Park to the west, and kid-friendly Sorauren Park just down the street. The park, which opened in 1995, also hosts several sporting fields, a farmer's market and it contains a fieldhouse 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 dogs 'off-leash' area. This area is also well served by transit, including all streetcars, the new UP Express service to the airport, a GO train to Union Station (just 11 minutes to Union Station!), and Dundas West subway station.
The Robert Watson Lofts 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 and red brick with a curtain wall of glass. The buildings share a lush landscaped courtyard, green roof garden, parking, storage lockers, bike storage, building gym and a stylish amenity space.
This smartly designed one bedroom and one bath loft is an ideal marriage of style and charm. Featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors and generous windows, this space imbues that hard-to-find authentic industrial vibe, along with an amazing city view. With no wasted space and abundance of storage, this loft’s space-plan is an exercise in efficiency and thoughtfulness. The open concept layout features an entertainment area that accommodates both lounging and dining, and the kitchen features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and wall to wall cabinets. The spa-inspired bath features a vessel sink with a granite counter and a soaker tub that will be calling your name after a long day at the office. And I love the urban cocoon of a master bedroom, with its exposed brick wall and impressive wall-to-wall closet.
Boasting parking and locker, plus very reasonable common fees, this loft has everything you desire. Outstanding and unique, this true gem of a loft is the ideal urban pad for those who appreciate vintage urban spaces in a vibrant location. Offered for $449,000, this terrific space will soon be “home” for one very fortunate buyer!
Want to learn more about the neighbourhood and its amenities? f you don't know this area very well, here's our Neighbourhood Page on Roncesvalles Village including our flavour video, the city census data on the area, plus several past blogs on area amenities! And consider checking out our other Neighbourhood Pages!
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