Riverside, one of Toronto’s newest communities in terms of its current definition, has become a magnet for young professionals looking for trendy lofts at affordable prices in a vibrant neighbourhood, within a short commute to downtown Toronto. In other words, the dream wish list.
Riverside Toronto is often lumped in with Leslieville but it is in fact a distinct neighbourhood. Riverside has completely transformed over the last decade to include a pretty stellar array of restaurants, indie cafés, bars and shopping along bustling Queen East.
It’s a great neighbourhood to call home if you want to be able to play where you live but not feel surrounded by a concrete jungle–the vibe here is completely different than downtown Toronto lofts. Think stylish meets edgy with a little pinch of grit for good measure.
Riverside also has a very active BIA, one of the oldest in Toronto. They’ve led various streetscape improvement projects and host a variety of community events and neighbourhood walks throughout the year. It’s also Toronto’s unofficial brunch capital. Just be prepared for line-ups on the weekends.
Riverside is also within walking distance to both Corktown and Leslieville so you can easily explore other ‘hoods. Riverside is one of Toronto’s smallest neighbourhoods; it spans just ten blocks from the DVP to the famous Degrassi Street between Dundas and Eastern.
Riverside, like Leslieville, is a loft-lovers heaven. Almost all of the builds here are authentic loft conversions or soft lofts with hard-edge aesthetics. There are no cookie-cutter condos here.
There are a few areas of loft concentration in Riverside. The first area of where you’ll find a handful of Riverside lofts is directly along Queen East. The Riverside Lofts, known for its large private balconies, was the early forerunner, opening up while the neighbourhood was still transitioning. There’s also the QB lofts on the western edge of the Riverside Queen East strip just minutes to downtown and the Edge Lofts and Sync Lofts, coveted for their stunning cityscape views.
The second area where you’ll find a concentration of Riverside lofts is along Broadview. One of our favourite Toronto lofts is located here–the Broadview Lofts. This is brick-and-beam character at its best for very reasonable average square footage costs, making this building well worth a look.
You’ll also find the newer soft loft building The Ninety here, a warehouse style soft loft with exposed concrete and considerable expanses of glass ensuring light-filled interiors. Nearby, just north of Queen, is another great building, the Vinegar Company Lofts–a character-filled, authentic hard loft conversion.
And finally, the latest addition to the Riverside lofts scene, the Lofts on Degrassi Park. This is actually a collection of loft townhomes perfect for young families or buyers who want a little more space and room separation than a typical Toronto loft provides but with the same soaring ceilings and industrial-inspired aesthetics.