Tip Top Lofts
Located on Lake Shore Boulevard West near Bathurst Street, the historic Tip Top Tailor building is hard to miss with its huge bright red ‘Tip Top Tailors’ sign perched above the roof.
Originally constructed in 1929 by Bishop & Miller, the Art Deco building was a warehouse and office facility for the Toronto clothing retailer. Then, in 2005, the 11-storey property was converted into 256 tastefully refinished Toronto lofts, aptly named Tip Top Lofts. The new residence features classic hard loft styles on the lower floors, while the new upper floors host modern soft lofts.
Candy Factory Lofts
The Candy Factory Lofts are quite simply a work of art. Dating back to 1917, 993 Queen St. West was a candy manufacturer who, amongst other candies, produced "Rockets, Pixie Sticks and Sweet Tarts". Today, it is one of Toronto’s most popular and iconic loft buildings.
Retrofitted by the Metrontario Group who tastefully melded historic with modern, resulting in the Brick 'n Beam character along with high ceilings and open concept layouts that define contemporary hard lofts. Completed in 1999, the six-storey post and beam building houses 121 gorgeous loft conversions. Suites are very large and quite spectacular, with 12-14 ft ceilings, sand blasted exposed brick, plank hardwood floors, beams and columns, kitchen islands, high quality appliances, gas fireplaces and sleek finishes.
Brock Lofts can be found on Brock Avenue just north of Queen Street West in the Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood. The building is a modest two-storey warehouse conversion with a red brick façade that is rustically urban and should appeal to young professionals.
An intimate residence, there are only 24 Toronto lofts available here in a wide range of sizes and layouts including some multi-level suites. They are all open-concept hard loft conversions with authentic finishes such as 12 to 18-foot exposed wood ceilings, beautiful hardwood flooring, exposed brick and ductwork, and wood beam accents. With large windows and skylights in some units, the lofts enjoy a lot of natural lighting, creating a fully open and inspiring atmosphere that invites the live/work lifestyle.
Located in the city’s energetic Queen West Fashion and Entertainment District, this red brick building with loads of square pane windows looks like a modern warehouse but is actually home to 55 one- and two-storey loft units. Camden Lofts were among the first to introduce the "new loft" concept in downtown Toronto condos. The unique, spacious suites featuring 10’ concrete ceilings, concrete floors and walls, industrial hardware and lots of natural light instantly became a popular choice among buyers looking for an edgy alternative to traditional condos. Residents also enjoy the benefits of a few quality amenities that range from the practical, like lockers, a security system and parking, to a stylin' entertainment room with a dining space, prep kitchen and outdoor patio complete with BBQ. Though the views from the suites may be limited, its enduring popularity and stellar location make Camden Lofts a solid investment.
Found at the north end of Charlotte Street near Adelaide Street, Charlotte Lofts is a ten-storey building of redbrick, concrete and glass with 63 lofts in the King West neighbourhood. Suites range from one-bedroom to two-bedrooms plus den, with two-level lofts on the upper floors. You can expect spacious, nine-foot ceilings of exposed concrete in single level units, 17-foot ceilings in upper levels, very bright and large windows, modern kitchens, and balconies or terraces in the upper suites. A functional list of amenities compliments the building’s downtown location, creating a versatile live and work atmosphere. Nestled in Toronto’s Entertainment District, you’re nearby to the Rogers Centre stadium, the CN Tower, and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as well as all the shops, restaurants, bars and clubs of King West.