If you’re looking for a neighbourhood that’s dynomint!, then here’s an exceptional opportunity located in high demand Leslieville.
Revered as a beacon of the cutting edge, this central downtown east location is a destination of choice for the high-styled, but down-to-earth buyer. For those seeking a calibre property at a fair price, this stellar offering will do more than draw you in - it will give you reason to stay, live, and work!
Welcome to 245 Carlaw Avenue, Loft 404 B/C.
Located just north of Queen Street East on Carlaw Avenue, this vintage live/work loft is located in the heart of hip Leslieville. Up the street from the 24-hour Queen streetcar, daily shopping, café culture, and purveyors of the funky and fine, this romantic voluminous space is truly enhanced by a convenient urban village life.
This is the ideal location for nature, water and fitness lovers. It’s just a short stroll, bike, or blade away from the sanctuary of the Leslie Spit and the recreation of the Beach. Imagine, a location with accessible cardio cleansing, contemplation, and day dreaming just steps from your door! And for those who have to hit the road, Carlaw to Lake Shore Boulevard offers easy access to the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway. How amazing is that?
Located in Wrigley Lofts, this former chewing gum factory dates back to the early 1900s when the area surrounding Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue was largely made up of workers' cottages, smoke stacks and industrial buildings. In fact, this factory-friendly locale attracted a large working class English / Irish / Scottish immigrant labour force.
Fast forward to the 1990s, when the City of Toronto was economically transitioning from the old school needs of the Industrial Revolution to the rising desires of the Information Age, buildings like the Wrigley Factory were rezoned ‘Live/Work’ to accommodate the rising creative class as well as the arts. In 1998, the building was converted by Atria Development Corporation, who also converted Carlaw Avenue’s Izone Lofts and The Garment Factory.
Comprising 79 live/work lofts over five floors, unit sizes range from around 290 square feet to over 3000 square feet. The mandate of this conversion was to keep it simple, offering basic functional live/work spaces to artisans and creative professionals who could tailor their space to suit. The building was converted with minimal modifications and few amenity spaces to keep operating expenses low. The building has a definite industrial flavor and feel, including a large freight elevator for those who need to move large equipment.
Though this five-storey brick box isn’t ornate, it’s monolithic urban structure has a distinct charm that, as architecture critic Christopher Hume aptly put in his January 30th, 2004 column, “lives up to its civic responsibilities, contributes to the streetscape and helps establish a strong sense of place.”
Far from fancy, the building still retains its factory feel and, dare I say, offers a romantic industrial essence with its oversized vintage metal windows, refined masonry detailing (by today’s modernist standards at least), and an imposing symmetry frequently lacking in contemporary architecture.
Inside one is immediately transported into the factory environment, with its massive metal windows, concrete fluted columns, soaring 13.5 foot ceilings and a space so expansive one can imagine the machinery and workers of yesteryear making the Wrigley’s gum the world over has come to love.
Both nostalgic and romantic, Loft 404 B/C with its two separate entries offers the kind of space one is more apt to see in a blockbuster movie than in real life. Comprising about 1600 square feet, this sensational white cube of ethereal space has about forty feet of expansive windows with an unobstructed sun-drenched north exposure. Currently used as a photographer’s studio, the unit features a gorgeous three-piece washroom and stainless steel kitchen designed by 3rd Uncle. A large office with separate entrance could be used as additional sleeping quarters. Undoubtedly, this loft will be tailored to suit by the next fortunate buyer.
Zoned ‘live/work’, this breath-taking loft has a multitude of uses perfect for the entrepreneur seeking something a little different. Having one car parking and separately deeded locker, this loft is ready for occupancy as soon as 30 days!
Monthly Common Fee: $941.60 includes heat, water, building insurance, common elements
Annual 2011 Taxes: $3383.79
Annual Hydro: $1357.82