This terrific Roncesvalles Loft is a brilliant example of how a great space plan can trump the quest for square footage.
This smartly designed cube of concrete and glass efficiency sports an incredible cantilevered bright-lights big-city-vista balcony of nearly 120 square feet. Located in The Robert Watson Lofts in sought-after Roncesvalles Village, this loft is an ideal marriage of style and design, all wrapped up with a bow in a fantastic 545 square foot package.
Welcome to 369 Sorauren Avenue, Loft 210.
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. Such synergy created the impetus for a residential rebirth, including the conversion of the warehouses and factories that line Sorauren Avenue (most notable being the conversion an old baseball glove factory just across the street at One Columbus Avenue where Urbaneer's own Steve Fudge was part of the development team), the transition of the brownfield site that would become Sorauren Park and an entrepreneurial spirit that revived the commercial strip.
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. Sorauren Park was 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 (each Monday from 3-7PM), and 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. After 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?
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, building gym and a stylish amenity space.
Newly constructed in 2007, Loft 210 features genuinely lofty ten-foot ceilings, a 17 foot wall of floor-to-ceiling glass, and a full-length 120 square foot deep-cantilevered covered sun-drenched terrace with panoramic city view! Featuring quality upgrades like custom mesh Sunshade window blinds, stainless steel appliances, gas range and granite countertops in the bistro-style eat-in kitchen with island, a luxe spa-like bath featuring mosaic tiles, vessel sink and deep soaker tub, natural gas BBQ hook-up on the balcony, and custom rustic barn-style bedroom door, this outstanding and unique loft is nothing less than a true find and amazing value. There's even ample space for a bijou study/office nook!
With its poured concrete envelope and polished concrete floors lending the space an authentic and industrial vibe, it's floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass provides an abundance of light and opens to an amazing city vista! The proportions are perfect, making this loft a rubiks cube of space-plan thoughtfulness and efficiency!
This offering, which includes a generously sized locker, has very reasonable common fees, and is everything you might desire in a loft. Rental parking for 1 vehicle is available for $120 monthly. Having a flexible closing, this smart buy is a truly great opportunity for one fortunate buyer!
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Want to learn more about the neighbourhood and its amenities? In need of a refreshing bite while you're out exploring? Give Hey! on Roncesvalles Avenue a try - it's long been one of our go-to spots in the neighbourhood! And for a quick read while you nosh, here's our Neighborhood Page on Roncesvalles Village including our flavour video, the city census data on the area, plus several past blogs on area amenities!SOLD