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Oh, Yes! Two Concrete N Cool Lofts In Toronto’s Iconic Merchandise Building

Oh, Yes! Two Concrete N Cool Lofts In Toronto’s Iconic Merchandise Building

Offered at: $624,700

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In one of the most iconic and memorable 1960's era songs, singer Petula Clark summed it up best when she sang: "Things will be great when you're downtown. Everything is waiting for you, downtown.” In housing terms, what this means is that for some, being nearby the action isn't enough - there are those of us who crave total immersion in the quintessential urban experience. For your listening pleasure, click here to enjoy her hit while reading our feature!



Located at the veritable beating heart of the city, steps from Yonge & Dundas Square, Ryerson University, and the Eaton Centre, an industrial loft at the Merchandise Building is the perfect pad for the urbanite who seeks to combine a coveted location with an inspirational living space. Living here means embracing the quintessential urban experience, with a myriad of convenient amenities at your doorstep: shops and cafes, public transport, a host of eateries, and scores of entertainment choices!



The Merchandise Building At 155 Dalhousie Street

Originally a warehouse for retailers Simpsons and Sears, this circa 1910 building - characterized as a classic example of 20th Century Industrial Style which marries its traditional architectural façade with contemporary industrial interiors - was redeveloped in the 1990s as this landmark loft conversion. Developed by Cresford Developments, the project - which was converted in five phases, each being their own condominium corporation with shared amenity agreements - is one of the largest warehouse loft conversions in Toronto. Upon its completion in 2000, this notable building won a number of awards, including accolades from Heritage Toronto and the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association.

Rising to 13 storeys, The Merchandise Lofts house 526 units, each ranging between approximately 450 square feet up to 2600 square feet, and bost common features such as either concrete or hardwood flooring, open concept living spaces and kitchens, exposed ductwork and 12-foot ceilings. Even more special are the early 20th-century industrial elements, which include mushroom columns and 8-foot wide sliding barn doors. (The largest unit in the building in at the penthouse level, owned by EDM artist Deadmaus, who combined two of the 2-storey penthouse lofts to create a sprawling luxe abode! )

In addition to having a sweeping four storey interior lobby and indoor half-basketball court, there are a host of amenities that will quickly elevate the quality of life for the lucky buyer, including a fully equipped gym, a meeting room, games room, sauna and spa. The rooftop offers a swimming pool, a party room, an expansive patio with a BBQ area featuring a stunning 'bright-lights big-city' vista and even an area for you to walk your dog!



Is there anything easier or more brilliant than having a grocer as a neighbour? With Metro Grocer on the lower level of this building, you'll likely never have to rush to the neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar! And there's more! Within a five-minute walk is the amazing Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, notable craft beer brewer - Dominion - on Queen, and the Jazz Bistro, a long-time hot spot for Toronto's finest live jazz.

In the mood for some comfort food? One of the city's classic diners, the Senator Cafe, is also within a five-minute walk - you'll find its outstanding menu and refined service and elegant sensibility the perfect destination for gathering with friends or professional colleagues. If you're entertaining friends or colleagues and are finding yourselves in the mood for a smart and stylish evening cocktail, be sure to give Carbon Bar on Queen Street East a try - it's one of Urbaneer's go-to spots in the neighbourhood, and it's only a few short steps from your door.  

We love Strolling The Streets Of Historic Cabbagetown, just minutes to the northeast - it's one of our favourite 'hoods! On a mission to source the ideal hostess gift? Stop in at Spruce on Parliament Street to assess their brilliant and beautiful array of gifts and home accessories. Looking for a satisfying lunch or pick-me-up brunch the morning after taking clients out on the town? You'll feel perfectly satiated at House On Parliament. Or, if you're looking for a more pastoral pastime for your Sunday afternoon, as a break from Toronto's hectic pace and bright lights, you can always find serene, Country Charm At Riverdale Farm.

Featuring open spaces with soaring ceilings, and sweeping volumes with light and air flowing freely, either of these two luxe lofts for sale could be the perfect pad for professional urbanites who love the verve and vibe of downtown living!



LOFT 832 - Offered For Sale For $624,700

This rare-to-market unit that features a balcony overlooking the atrium has been freshly renovated and offers over 600 square feet of interior living space! Well-appointed, it's perfectly suited to a busy professional or couple that enjoys being ensconced in the bustle of downtown. Marrying the grit of its past with a chic redux, the polished concrete floors flow through the space like water and reflect the morning light, while the 12-foot white-washed ceilings bring a sense of movement and volume. The open modern kitchen features a sparkling stainless-steel appliance suite, stone counters, and high-quality finishes, all organized and outfitted to make efficient use of the space. The adjacent dining area is perfect for gathering loved ones for dinner and drinks, then migrating to the living space to lounge and chat the night away! Natural light floods in from the balcony walk-out, which leads to an ample outdoor oasis, perfect for sipping your morning coffee or catching up with a friend over a bottle of wine!  We particularly adore the expansive master sanctuary, which immediately extends an invitation for respite and repose. This calming space is uniquely (and smartly!) designed, with direct access to a spacious walk-in closet, as well as separate shower and washroom areas that boast quality fixtures and finishes.

Sleek and chic, this upgraded suite is one we'd love to own ourselves!!

Want to learn more? Contact Nadia at for more information or a private showing!

*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our colleagues at Right At Home Realty Inc. All photos courtesy of the Multiple Listing Service.*



LOFT 552 - Offered For Sale For $1,059,000

Upon entering this very inviting 1200-square-foot loft suite, you’ll be greeted with soaring 12-foot white-washed ceilings, exposed metal ductwork, hardwood floors, and a dramatic hallway dais! Traverse the hall and step down into a large kitchen, with a dramatic black and cream marble countertop, black backsplash, and black stone floors, which are all set against warm, honey-maple wooden cabinetry. A bevvy of counterspace and the sparkling stainless-steel kitchen appliances allow for smart functionality, while adding to the beautiful aesthetic of this culinary space. Beyond the kitchen awaits a massive, light-infused living and dining area, anchored with concrete pillars in each far corner and a bank of south-facing windows stretching from end-to-end in between. Natural zoning delineates these large spaces, which are a consummate entertainer's dream! Behind another set of wood-framed frosted glass sliding barn doors you’ll find the master bedroom respite, featuring double closets and a charming ensuite bathroom. Tucked away, you’ll find an additional 3-piece bathroom - with a convenient stacked laundry ensuite - as well as a large secondary bedroom, leading into a cozy corner den... or home office... or walk-in closet... whatever you wish it to be!  This sensational loft comes with two storage lockers, a parking space and all-day, dreams do come true panache!

Want to learn more? Contact Nadia at for more information or a private showing!

*Urbaneer brings this property to your attention with the kind permission of our colleagues at Inc. All photos courtesy of the Multiple Listing Service.*

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