Among busy professionals and down-scaling Zoomers, there is a yearning for amenities and convenience that urban living provides. There is a subtext to that urbanite desire, where a select group seeks an additional dimension in their urban lives - an undefinable quality that lends an extra layer of coolness. After all, who doesn't want to be current?
Plus, for those seeking a unique urban home, there's always that cool vibe that emerges when you repurpose space and fuse the domestic with the industrial. It becomes not just about where you live - but how you live - and how the undercurrents of your daily experiences combine to enhance overall health and lifestyle. If you're ready to live the loft life in a breathtaking industrial conversion, this is a stellar contender!
Welcome to Loft 530 in The Toy Factory Lofts at 43 Hanna Avenue!
Liberty Village is located in one of Toronto's oldest sections of the original city settlements. Originally an industrial area, it flourished in the 1920s thanks to proximity to the railway tracks as well as a plentiful labour force from nearby Parkdale. In the late 1970s and early 1980s manufacturing operations within Liberty Village began to decline and the decreased industrial activity along with lower property values caused many buildings to fall into neglect. As the factories moved out, condo developers moved in. And as the ongoing gentrification of downtown Toronto pushed farther outwards from the core, Liberty Village has become one of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods for young professionals, artists, and creative types.
The neighbourhood combines high-rise condominiums, mid-rise buildings, and townhomes with retail spaces for cafes, restaurants, shops and cultural places such as art galleries and offices, while still maintaining its historic roots with the preserved tall chimney smoke stacks projecting from the old buildings now serving as the neighbourhood landmarks. The gritty and urban feel to the area remains. The old warehouses were converted into cool offices attracting many know tech and film production companies, and the former factories were turned into lofts settled by a growing residential community.
One of the finest assets of this community is its location. Downtown Toronto is just a 15-minute ride away on the King Streetcar, and a 10-minute walk will land you on the Waterfront Trail or in the trendy Queen West neighbourhood, including the much-loved Trinity Bellwoods Park with a community recreation centre (including a swimming pool!), dog walking zone, weekly organic market, tennis courts, meandering hillocks, and loads of community events including the Queen West Art Crawl. This park is all you desire in an urban environment!
Liberty Village has a bit of the "suburb-in-the-city” flavour and with conveniences like a 24-hour Metro grocer, LCBO and Beer Store, a 24-hour Goodlife Fitness, as well as many other shops, restaurants, and bars nearby, residents don't even have to go far to get the conveniences of city living. Get your morning coffee from Balzac's, spend the afternoon tackling the walls at Joe Rockheads or stretch at Liberty Life Yoga, pick up some East Indian take out at Maurya, or spend an evening enjoying drinks and bites at Local Public Eatery. And, of course, it's a quick bike ride to the Martin Goodman Trail.... have you read the Urbaneer post called The Benefits Of Living Near Water?
The Toy Factory Lofts
The Toy Factory Lofts reside within what was once the Irwin Toy Factory. Originally built in 1910, this seven-storey conversion was completed in 2008 and it's probably one of the first places people think of when they want to find a loft. Redeveloped and converted by Lanterra Developments and designed by the highly acclaimed Quadrangle Architects, a lot of the original structure’s most impressive characteristics were left intact including the thick brick walls, steel ceiling beams, and Douglas fir posts. The building is a genuine mixed-use, live-work complex containing 215 originally designed lofts with over 20,000 square feet of commercial space. The development gets tons of bragging rights as in 2005, the Toy Factory won the coveted Project of the Year award from the Greater Toronto Homebuilder’s Association and won in total an unprecedented 7 awards.
The suites range in size from under 700 square feet to over 2000 square feet, with finishes ranging from fairly basic to multi-million-dollar cool. The building offers great amenities including a concierge, shared outdoor terrace with hot tub, fitness centre, business zone and guest suite. The lobby’s been hooked up with Wi-Fi where freelancing tenants have been known to congregate to make working from home more social. For all the amazing amenities, the maintenance fees are surprisingly reasonable. In fact, the fees were greatly reduced in 2012 thanks to some energy efficiency initiatives.
Ready to see one of the most fab spaces that are tucked away in this metaphorical toy chest?
This 1490-square-foot two-storey loft features sky-high 17-foot concrete ceilings in the living room, with hardwood floors and exposed metal ductwork throughout. Enjoy coffee on the oversized walk-out terrace, as you rise with the Eastern sun flowing through the heavenly floor-to-ceiling windows. Don't you love the dark framing? Rich and intense, the kitchen gleams with polished ebony cabinetry, built-in appliances, and a chic backsplash. The stone counters are the perfect backdrop for culinary experimentation or a take-out extravaganza - whatever your heart desires!
The main floor is completed by a large bedroom (or home office) and 4-piece bathroom with a clever pocket door for you to enjoy a delightful soak in the tub in total privacy! A trip up the dramatic glass and steel staircase reveals a wall of closet space, an expansive primary bedroom and a decadent 5-piece bath ensuite.
This loft includes a storage locker and an extra-large parking spot that fits two cars, wow! The fact that one gets all this smartly designed space paired with some of the lowest maintenance fees in the city will make for one very happy buyer! Offered at $1,680,000, this urban treasure could be yours!
Are you seeking stylish loft living with a sense of Toronto history in a spectacular location that's an easy walk to all your needs?
Is Liberty Village your dream destination? Check out our Neighbourhood Page on King West/Niagara/Liberty 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 and see why we embrace Toronto's diversity!
Want to learn more about this loft? Contact Nadia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or a private showing!
*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our colleagues at Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd. All photos courtesy of the Multiple Listing Service.*Book Appointment