Some times a spectacular dwell isn't about size as much as proportion. This efficiently-designed substantially-upgraded picture- perfect 620 square foot concrete and glass cube has a spectacular 120 square foot cantilevered city vista balcony. Located at The Robert Watson Lofts in hip Roncesvalles Village, this loft is a celebration of style and design savvy. Welcome to Loft 408 at 369 Sorauren Avenue.
Centrally located, 369 Sorauren Avenue is a short drive to the QEW highway and only a block south of the Dundas West streetcar that connects to the Bloor subway line or travels east directly into the central core. It's a short stroll to magnificent High Park and only a few doors up from Sorauren Park. Across the street at the end of Grenadier you'll find all your daily needs on vibrant Roncesvalles Avenue with its charming mix of grocers, butchers and bakers, cafes, gift shops, and the celebrated revue cinema. While the immediate surroundings convey its industrial heritage, what's especially delightful is how this modern loft offers all the amenities of village life.
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 (including my own involvement in the first loft conversion at One Columbus Avenue), 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 on Mondays, 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 with a curtain wall of glass. The buildings share a lush landscaped courtyard, green roof garden, parking, storage lockers and a stylish amenity space.
Newly constructed three years ago, Loft 408 features ten-foot ceilings, a 17-foot wall of floor-to-ceiling glass, and a full-length 120 square foot deep-cantilevered open-air sun-drenched terrace with panoramic city view! Featuring quality upgrades like the white-lacquered kitchen cabinetry with granite counter and under mount sink, stainless steel appliances including a gas slide-in range and executive 5-burner gas barbecue with natural gas hook-up, a breathtaking caesarstone chef's dining island, upgraded jet tub and ethereal linen-drapery "wall", this dreamy bespoke boutique loft is amazing value.
With its poured concrete envelope and upgraded double layer of drywall with sounds mat (the seller is a musician), this unit has virtually no sound transmission between units beside, above or below! It's floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass provides an abundance of light and an amazing city vista! The proportions are perfect, the space plan thoughtful, and the upgrades are ideal.
This offering, which includes deeded parking and 3 x 6 foot locker, has reasonable common fees, and everything you might want in a loft. Having a flexible closing, this smart buy is a great opportunity for one fortunate buyer!