The Foundry Lofts are located in Toronto's Central-west end and are another example of a successful conversion from a vintage 19th century warehouse into chic urban lofts.
This impressive structure was built in the early 1900's and was first used by the Canada Foundry Company in the building of electric locomotives that would supply railways across Canada, until the 1920's when Canada's General Electric took the location over and continued to use the building for the next 60+ years.
Fast forward today and we find the vast size and character lending itself to be an ideal Loft space that is perfectly suited for buyers seeking historic character combined with modern building materials and technology.
This unique layout allowed for the design of an interior Green Space, spanning approximately 16,000 square feet, meant to create a common community area. Residents are able to feel this connection while enjoying the interior landscaping that is designed with planted trees, park benches and cobblestone walkways while creating an interior urban oasis. This brilliant open space also includes a recreation room and art gallery that is fitted with a full kitchen. The exercise facilities, Theatre Centre and meeting room are added features to the building's amenities.
The Foundry Lofts are unique in offering a breathtaking Atrium that combines natural sunlight flooding into the interior gardens of planted greenery through large windows and skylights. The Foundry Lofts are home to 104 lofts, which include 1, 2 and 3 storey designs. Striking vintage features are incorporated throughout the suites including full warehouse styled windows, exposed original brick, 2 elevator cabs, and soaring ceiling heights of 9 to 14 feet all blending together with the contemporary design of modern kitchen and bathroom designs.
The surrounding neighbourhood is multi-cultural with influences of Italian, Portuguese, Latin American and Greek. North of Davenport is found the community known as "Corso Italia", which is another of Toronto's "Little Italy" hoods. It's popular for its vibrant Italian culture boasting mouth-watering cuisine, espresso bars and clothing boutiques. This strip of cafes and shops is a lower key area, without the hip "cocktail bar" scene found on College Street. Here the focus is found more around the great food from the surrounding eateries. Locals and foodies flood to such popular haunts as the "Big Ragu", "Marcello's Pizzeria" and "Pizza e Pazzi", where you almost expect to find a little Italian grandmother, tucked away in the back kitchen preparing her secret recipes.
Another boost for the area was the opening of the "Wychwood Barns" in 2008 which converted 60,000 square feet, from a TTC streetcar repair barn into a community for artists, environmental organizations, culture and agriculture, along with a Farmer's market that weekly draws crowds from across the city. From this market you'll find organic delicacies including hormone-free meats. It's an outing for the family with the kiddies loving the awesome onsite playground! The trendy Junction and Roncesvalles shopping districts are only minute's away, offering unique organic shopping choices and known for their expansive selection of great eateries. Bloordale Village is attracting a young creative group of hipsters with an influx of art galleries, cafe shops and restaurants.
All ages enjoy the close proximity of Earlscourt Park, which is found along St. Clair Avenue and down to Davenport Road boasting 36 acres of parkland, 4 tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and an outdoor ice rink.
For those driving or taking the Red Rocket, transportation is convenient with a number of fast choices and routes to downtown Toronto. Traffic going along Dupont Street or Davenport Road is usually quite smooth and public transportation offers both bus routes and the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Leaving your car at home and becoming more "green" has never been so easy!
The Foundry Lofts offer an authentic experience for those looking for the combination of old-world charm marrying modern technology and design.
The Chelsea Lofts are found just a short distance away, being another great choice for urban condo living.
This affordable mid-rise loft building is found in Toronto's Central-west end in the area of Dupont St. and Lansdowne Avenue. The location is also conveniently close to a number of trendy surrounding communities. The design of the Chelsea Lofts has a "Bauhaus" influence along with warehouse styled Industrial windows that portray an edgy and artsy cool.
This hip influence is attracting young urban professionals looking for a close-to-downtown pad without all the expense. Discerning buyers that are moving into up-and-coming neighbourhoods are finding themselves looking at great savings compared with the already "hot" revitalized hoods.
The Chelsea Lofts still feature some of the coveted bells and whistles that especially attract first-time buyers. Here you'll find floor to ceiling glass windows with 9 foot ceilings creating light and space. Suites will include rich hardwood flooring, sliding pocket doors, custom designed bathrooms, contemporary kitchens, exposed lofty ductwork as well as balconies or terraces.
This smaller scaled building with only 7 floors is home to 72 suites, as well as ground level retail shops. The Rooftop terrace includes an amenity room with a kitchen for entertaining and unobstructed Toronto city views.
Both the Foundry Lofts and Chelsea Lofts offer those wanting to live within urban Toronto, affordable options along with really creative spaces!