Have you been ever been watching a movie where one of the settings is a cool vintage loft and said: “Wow, I want one of those!”? The space is phenomenal, with high wood-beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls and enormous factory-sized windows. You wonder, “Where could I possibly find a loft like that here in the City of Toronto?” Well, look no further! If you’re seeking a truly unparalleled space, then check out this sensational dreamy opportunity.
Welcome to the Monarch Building at 436 Wellington Street West!
An Amazing Central Location Away From The Fray
Located in the central west quadrant of the city centre, just south of King Street West and Spadina Avenue, 436 Wellington Street West is a quick streetcar ride to the financial core, or hop on the Spadina LRT to get to the University of Toronto. It's a short stroll to hip King and Queen Streets West, and moments to the Gardiner Expressway providing speedy access to the airport or cottage country. In proximity to the Fashion District (here's my piece about The History Of Toronto’s Fashion District And Its Art Deco Architecture), the Theatre District, Harbourfront, and the Rogers Centre, and around the corner from some of the City’s ﬁnest restaurants (and next door to the well-loved Le Select Bistro), this truly is living in the centre of it all.
With virtually everything only moments away, this calibre former factory is one of the most centrally located lofts in the City! The neighbourhood has a 95 Walk Score (check out Graffiti Alley nearby!) and a Transit Score of 100, plus Wellington West is a bicycle-friendly street! For car-owners who commute or head out of town on the weekends, you'll love the speedy access to the Gardiner Expressway via the Spadina Avenue on-ramp.
Looking for a night out with friends? It's easy-peasy with the vast selection of eateries and hip clubs of this King West neighbourhood. Are you a member of The Spoke Club? Do you love wine-tasting at Gusto101 on Portland? These are just two of our many favourite amazing destinations, which also include Buca, Jimmy’s Coffee, Alo & Aloette, Marben, 416 Snack Bar, and The Burger’s Priest. Staying in? At Spadina and King, you'll find Fresh and Wild, an organic grocery store full of healthy eats! Wander King and Queen West for a superb selection of purveyors including an organic butcher, Forno Cultura Bakery, and Loblaws, with an LCBO nearby on Spadina!
I LOVE The Monarch Building!
Set on a gracious tree-lined boulevard anchored by two elegant Squares, this intimate former belt factory was originally offered as a loft conversion back in the late 1990s. In fact, I was part of the original development team! Completed by Cityscape Developments and registered in 1999, The Monarch Building on Wellington Street West is a collection of 34 extraordinary live/work lofts.
To offer a range of options for buyers, as the housing conceptualist I recommended we configure the conversion so there would be a limited but select number of different layouts. There are 9 two-level ground floor units with their own private entrances, 8 wrapped-in-window corner units on floors two through five which have direct elevator access, 6 broad one-level lofts on the second and third floors, 4 two-storey lofts on the fourth floor, and five penthouse lofts with roof terraces on the fifth floor with a newly constructed sixth level of living space connecting to private terraces. Each loft offers its own unique personality, configuration, and level of custom ﬁnishes.
Loft 303 is over 1100 square feet of open plan living. Featuring ten-foot wood ceilings of Douglas Fir, exposed yellow brick walls, exposed metal ductwork, and steel beams, plus two factory-sized windows, this luxe loft with sundrenched west exposure was substantially renovated ten years ago to an extremely high calibre of finishes and fittings.
The front foyer is well-proportioned and features a coat closet and utility space with stacking laundry (which is out of the way making the spin cycle less distracting when cocooning on movie nights). With the front door tucked away from the living space (I personally don't favour delivery people being able to see into my home), the entry hall leads into an entertainment zone which is intelligently designed into a series of articulated spaces for living, dining and cooking. Generous in dimension, this volume of space centres around a generous island which is ideal for gathering friends around while the resident chef shows off their culinary prowess!
Boasting exceptional bespoke finishes and fittings, I adore the custom rosewood cabinetry, the extensive stainless steel and marble countertops (plus backsplash) and integrated appliances including gas cooking. I also value how this loft has great 'flow', with the seating and dining areas circulating around the island, while a generous double 'Work From Home office' is accessible but not 'centre stage'.
Another feature that dates from the original conversion is the raised sleeping sanctuary with walk-in closet. We incorporated this design trick to define this area without enclosing it entirely. After all, it's both alluring and more visually interesting. The washroom is super sexy with its frosted glass, enclosed shower/tub room with custom tiling, and abundance of mirrors. The designer of this knocked it out of the park, as far as I'm concerned.
Beautifully executed, this smartly-tailored custom-designed loft offers an exceptional authentic loft setting for those seeking a backdrop for either contemporary, classic, or eclectic furnishings and art. Having one car surface parking and locker, this one-of-a-kind live/work zoned loft is a rare offering indeed!
Want to learn more or book a private viewing? Contact Steven Fudge at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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