02.2.2023 | Toronto Lofts

Is Wallace Emerson the Loft-Capital of Toronto?

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You know by now, we love lofts–like really love them. The loft lifestyle truly embodies the urban coolness of city living. Plus, the city is rich with incredible architecture, industrial factories, and vintage warehouses that create the perfect canvas for some of the coolest lofts you’ll see anywhere, not just in Toronto. 

But is there a Toronto neighbourhood that has embraced lofts as much as Wallace Emerson? In our opinion, no. Wallace Emerson is loaded with lofts. The neighbourhood is home to so many amazing, and sometimes hidden, Toronto lofts. 

Plus, Wallace Emerson just so happens to be an ultra-cool, up-and-coming ‘hood. And we’re not just saying that because it’s the neighbourhood where we live. Wallace Emerson has sometimes been compared to “the second coming of Queen West.” With tons of character, amazing history, and immaculate vibes, it’s a neighbourhood that is only going to get better as it matures. 

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What Makes Wallace Emerson So Darn Great? 

Yes, Wallace Emerson is practically the Fort Knox of lofts in Toronto, but it’s also a great neighbourhood for many other reasons. For one, it’s the perfect blend of urban and suburban living. 

You get easy access to the subway, plenty of green spaces and parks, local shops, trendy boutiques, amazing cafes, and new restaurants popping up every other day. Wallace Emerson is the perfect neighbourhood for city dwellers who want to live in a charming neighbourhood with plenty of character. 

Now, let’s talk lofts! Here are our top Wallace Emerson lofts: 

Wallace Station Lofts

371 Wallace Ave. 

Comprised of 32 low-rise units, this factory loft conversion was originally built for an adhesive company in the late 1920s. The units are so unique and amazing, that it’s no wonder this Wallace Station Lofts is stuck right at the top of our top loft list. 

Located in the heart of Wallace Emerson Dovercourt Junction, the building is also part of the train tracks that ran through the neighbourhood in the early 1900s. As a result, the ceilings in this building are sky high and in our opinion make this building the epitome of hard lofts in Toronto.

With all original finishes, including wood beams and brick facade, this loft conversion has been perfectly preserved (make sure you check out the eye-catching stairwell!) In addition to these awesome features, Wallace Station Lofts is close to some of our fave coffee shops like Neon and Wallace Espresso.

Lofts in Toronto are a fascinating part of our cityscape and history. Learn more about lofts in Toronto right here: 

Foundry Lofts

1100 Lansdowne Ave.

This loft wins our hearts as one of the most unique loft conversions in the city. Originally this loft building was the Canadian Foundry Company that manufactured things like train tracks and fire hydrants, this building takes its visual cues from its history and basically looks like a massive train station. 

One of the most unique features of this loft has to be the 16,000-square-foot atrium that residents use as a common space for events and just hanging out. The building is also unique in that there are also many building amenities. Not typically seen in hard loft conversions, Foundry Lofts features a gym, party room, and visitor parking. Not to mention that most of the utilities are included in the maintenance fees. 

Sound familiar? Foundry Lofts also made our list of the Top 5 Affordable Lofts in Toronto. Read that blog right here.

Chelsea Lofts 

1375 Dupont St.

Won’t you be my neighbour? Located just up the street from us, Chelsea Lofts is another amazing Wallace Emerson loft building. This one is a soft loft, making it a lot like a condo with high ceilings and exposed ductwork, but it’s still a gem. 

Constructed in 2005, Chelsea Lofts is located in an area that has seen incredible growth over the past decade. Today, the area is totally worth it and the building itself has amazing amenities including a meeting room, party room, and rooftop terrace, and it’s pet friendly! Located close to parks and new, hip restos, Chelsea Lofts are a must-see! 

Not sure about the difference between a hard loft and a soft loft? Check out our Loft Lingo Blog here to learn everything you need to know about lofts in Toronto.

Urban Church Lofts 

1183 Dufferin St. 

We love a church loft conversion and Urban Church Lofts is no exception! This former Presbyterian church is over 100 years old. It was converted into 14 amazing lofts, each 2-3 levels high. Church lofts are extremely sought after, and this one is high on many people’s lists. 

Unlike buildings like Foundry Lofts, the maintenance fees at Urban Church Lofts do not cover all of the utilities, but in our opinion, it’s worth it because of how unique the lofts are and how amazing the neighbourhood is. 

We love Toronto church lofts so much that we did an entire post about them! Read about our Top 7 Church Lofts We Can’t Help But Worship, right here! 

Ironwork Lofts 

99 Chandos Ave.

This small, boutique-style loft consists of 15 units that were converted from two warehouses. With amazing 11-foot ceilings, embedded skylights, metal, brick, and all the exposed ductwork you’re looking for, this loft is a classic. 

Close to Geary Ave., Ironwork Lofts is moments away from some of the best breweries, restaurants, shops, and more. If you take transit, you are close to Bloor subway station, and if you drive, you are close to the Gardiner. Win-win! 

If you’re thinking about buying a loft in Toronto, or you’re thinking about leaving the loft life behind, we’d be happy to help you reach your goals! Call or text us at 647-973-8392 today or sign up for our newsletter right here to stay in touch! 

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