Top 5 Toronto Church Conversion Lofts

Glebe Lofts – 660 Pape Ave

A former 1912 Presbyterian Church and a design by J. Wilson Gray, the Glebe Lofts at 660 Pape Ave is a hard authentic Toronto lofts building graciously converted by Bob Mitchell.. Conveniently located just south of Danforth on Pape Avenue at the Riverdale area and close to the Subway, numerous cafes, fitness centers and shopping. Features 14 ft vaulted ceilings, thermopane windows, reveals original church structural trusses, underground parking, balcony and open concept design.

Hepbourne Lofts – 110 Hepbourne

Originally a collegiate gothic-style extension belonging to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Dovercourt, this structure has enjoyed many uses since its construction including everything from Sunday School lessons to the off-season training facility for the 1940’s Maple Leafs.  Nowadays, this building houses 21 truly original Toronto lofts.  Though converted in 1990, this structure brilliantly engages its lengthy history; several units feature the original (albeit cleaned, sanded and relaid) maple gym flooring, while stone turrets and gothic arched leaded windows and frames have enjoyed restoration and are showcased throughout the building.  Lofts range from one storey to three storeys, and from “mini” at 575 square feet to spacious at 2,200 square feet.  Some of these unique units feature raised floors under the bedroom or den, or sunken living rooms, while other suites offer the luxury of private walk-out terraces.  Whichever you choose, your loft’s construction is not the only original aspect of your address; located in the Bloorcourt neighborhood, you will enjoy all that this community on the rise has to offer.  As several new restaurants, stores and cafes move in to this area, your culinary and retail options are endless.  With Dufferin Grove Park only steps away, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful green space in the heart of the city, especially on Thursdays when you can taste local organic honey, purchase fresh bread baked right in the Park’s wood-fired oven, or contemplate your next culinary triumph as you discover the fresh fruits and vegetables of the Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market.

Abbey Lofts – 384 Sunnyside Ave

Abbey Lofts at 384  Sunnyside Ave is a gorgeous 24-unit building dating back to 1910, when it was  built to be the Howard Park Methodist church.  As a church conversion, many  lofts feature original stained glass windows or brick walls, while others  highlight the building’s exposed wood and steel trusses.  Many of these  exquisite units offer the opportunity to enjoy a breath of fresh air as you step  out on to your balcony, terrace, or outdoor patio.  But why stay on the patio  when you have a vibrant and trendy neighborhood within steps? Roncesvalles  Avenue, or “Roncy,” as it is affectionately nicknamed by locals, features hip  cafes, restaurants, and specialty shops amongst “Little Portugal’s” bakeries and  other delights.  But if natural beauty is more to your taste than retail  indulgence, High Park is only a few minutes stroll away.  Pack a picnic, head to  the zoo, play tennis, or wander around Lake Grenadier – all are easily  accessible and found within the Park’s 399 acres.  In the summer you can even  catch “Dream” in High Park, the annual open-air Shakespeare production.  Abbey  Lofts, a beautiful example of Toronto lofts in the heart of Roncesvalles, puts  all of this and so much more at your fingertips

Robinson Church Residences – 111 Robinson

The buzz word is exclusivity for this gorgeous church-loft conversion; featuring only two loft units at close to 5000 square feet each, the units that comprise Church Lofts at 111 Robinson St. have only been offered for sale once since they were converted in the mid-1990’s.  The former church was bought by two men who divided the building down the middle and then renovated each half to their  own preference.  Highlighting 25 foot ceilings, original hardwood floors, a private rooftop deck and windows that allow in enough sun to light every nook and cranny, this Toronto lofts building is ideally situated in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighborhood of West Queen West.  Meander through some of the finest art galleries the city has to offer; after all, this region of Toronto is famously the most concentrated area of art galleries and museums in Canada.  Browse through specialty shops and boutiques as you discover the local fashion designers that call this area their retail home.  Nearby nightlife options include the Drake  and the Gladstone Hotels, with many other trendy nightclubs only steps away.  If you prefer natural beauty over the glitz and glamour of city living, Trinity Bellwoods Park is not far.  With a community recreation centre, tennis courts and an ice skating rink as well as a weekly Farmers Market that operates from May to October, you will not be wanting for things to see and do in this vibrant community if you are among the (very) few who are fortunate enough to call the Church Lofts home.

Church Lofts – 701 Dovercourt Rd

The Church at 701 Dovercourt Rd is a prime example of a church conversion; stained-glass windows, original brick and steel trusses, cornice and vaulted ceilings – such features evoke images of stately Neo-Gothic churches and…Toronto lofts?  Circa 1906, this building has undergone indulgent restorations including masonry, limestone, wood doors, and period-inspired light fixtures.  Take a deep breath as you step into the central atria focused around a gorgeous restored stained-glass skylight, or enjoy the fresh air as you lounge on your balcony, terrace, or rooftop deck.  Enjoy one of your own culinary creations as you breakfast in your European kitchen with stainless steel appliances, or explore the community of Bloorcourt Village and stop in at one of the many new restaurants in this emerging neighborhood.  Take a short stroll to Dufferin Grove Park on a Thursday afternoon and sample local honey, inhale the fragrance of freshly baked organic bread, and breathe in the hunger-inducing scents of locally-grown organic fruits and vegetables.  Meet a friend over coffee at one of the many independent local cafes or learn a new language as you explore the family-owned shops that are the heart of this area known as Toronto’s “Little Portugal.”  When you call The Church your home, everything from seventeen-foot soaring ceilings to organic apples are within your reach 

 

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