The Distillery District is arguably Toronto’s hippest neighbourhood; a striking fusion of old and new. Okay, so maybe we’re a little biased because we choose to call this historic ‘hood our home; our MrLOFT offices are based here in an original Victorian era building at 51 Mill Street. You can read more about our offices here. But beyond our unbridled enthusiasm for the neighbourhood, there’s a reason why the Distillery District is such a popular tourist destination and a vibrant Toronto condo community.
The Distillery District truly is a small village within the big city. It’s highly walkable with amenities, bars and restaurants at your doorstep. Most streets are pedestrian-only cobbled walkways flanked by historic brick buildings making it feel reminiscent of old-world London; it’s certainly not the stereotypical downtown Toronto neighbourhood of concrete buildings and pavement. Most importantly, it has the largest and best-preserved collection of Victorian era industrial architecture in Canada.
As its name suggests, the Distillery District Toronto was originally The Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Most of the original Victorian building have been converted to lofts and commercial buildings including bars, restaurants, artisan shops and art galleries. It’s Toronto’s newest arts district and with its stunning backdrops, it’s also a popular destination for professional and amateur photographers.
The Distillery District may just be Toronto’s most ideally located neighbourhood for history buffs who still want to be close to the action. Not only is it minutes to downtown by car or the TTC with easy access to the DVP and Gardiner, it’s also situated between two of Toronto’s other hottest neighbourhoods–St. Lawrence Market and Corktown–and so residents can easily cheat on their neighborhood.
The Distillery District is runs from Mill Street south to the Gardiner Expressway, between Cherry Street and Parliament.
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The irony of this historic neighbourhood is that the majority of residential buildings are condominiums versus hard lofts; most of the Victorian beauties were transformed into commercial and event spaces. But the Distillery District is still a great neighbourhood for loft enthusiasts to consider because you’re surrounded by the character and charm that most loft enthusiasts crave.
There is one building with soft loft options–the Pure Spirit Lofts are a mixture of soft lofts and condos and the building has enviable amenities (something that’s much harder to find in hard Toronto lofts). Perhaps the best feature of the Pure Spirt Lofts is that it has one of the best rooftop decks in the city that might just win over even the “hardest” hard loft enthusiast to check out the area’s softer side.
Distillery District condos and soft lofts are best for buyers who want to be minutes from downtown but crave an historic setting (not a concrete jungle) as home base. It really is a refreshing step back in time, complete with all of today’s modern conveniences.