Dating back to 1910 and coverted to residential lofts in 2008, the Abbey Lofts in Roncesvalles are one of the Toronto's finest examples of an historic loft conversion done right. With some of the finest finishes and design elements we've seen in a church conversion, the Abbey Lofts tops many a loft lovers' list for dream forever home.
Let's take a look at some of our favourite features in this coveted Toronto loft. All feature photos are from our current listing, Unit 206, a 2+1 bed, 2 bath, spacious 1,900 sqft unit asking $1,295,000.
The units here are massive in comparison to most new build lofts for sale in Toronto but the building itself is intimately scaled with just 24 units. It's a building where you get to know your neighbours but you're not on top of each other. Buy a loft here and it'll really feel like private oasis despite being part of a multi-residential building.
What they can't offer is a ton of private outdoor space but you do get a wide balcony with some units. And when your interiors look like this and you're walking distance to High Park, it's a trade off many buyers will gladly accept.
Every unit in the Abbey Lofts is unique and boasts a ton of character features like interior and exterior Gothic, arched windows, vaulted cathedral ceilings, exposed wood & steel trusses, stained glass and beautiful transoms that let the light pour through.
Exposed brick walls add the right balance of roughness to an otherwise sophisticated and elegant design.
Because these are "long-term" lofts for most buyers, many owners have invested in expensive upgrades over the years and pride of ownership really shows. In our feature unit, the owner has kept true to the era of the historic church with character upgrades including a custom headboard.
Often times in loft conversions, the contemporary kitchens and baths that buyers crave (and thus, builders build) seem at odds with the vintage of the original buildling. Sometimes that contrast in eras and features works brilliantly but we've also seen disasters where the design of a unit feels like one big contradiction, where spaces are fighting against one another.
In the Abbey Lofts, the high quality, modern but minimal kitchens and baths blend beautifully with the original character features of the Abbey Lofts. There a sort of gentleness to the design approach here that we love.
Most of the suites in the Abbey Lofts are large enough for family living. This is a loft you can grow into as your lifestyle and needs change. The generous living room and dining spaces are perfect for entertaining and the den would make a great office or nursery.
If you're interested in learning more about the Abbey Lofts or booking a viewing of Unit 206, give us a call at 416.583.1660.