Printing Factory Lofts: A Rich History
Toronto is home to a plethora of residential buildings, each with its own story to tell. Printing Factory Lofts are a bit different. The building is rich with local history and authenticity since it blends the old and the new in a landmark location. When it opened in 2013 in South Riverdale, Leslieville East End, it generated considerable interest for the way it juxtaposed heritage preservation to the latest in transparent geometric design. It was part of the transformation of an area from aging to edgy, from shabby to chic. In this Queen East location, the up-and-coming community of Leslieville was already emerging as an attractive place to live, where residents have it all and where Beaverbrook Homes and Montgomery Sisam Architects were eager to design an unbelievable loft condominium. It is not surprising that an exemplar of fusion architecture was awarded the Paul Oberman Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Architecture and Design at the 2011 Pug Awards – the 7th Annual People’s Choice Awards for Architecture.
The Printing Factory Lofts and Towns are located on Carlaw between Queen and Dundas, the site of the original printing factory building. It was perfect for a conversion project of townhomes paired with new construction, embracing – not replacing - the original building, reminding Toronto denizens of the city’s industrial formation. The plan was to preserve three facades and incorporate considerable portions of the printing factory into the condominium complex. This is evident in the wonderful old-world classical main entrance portico that opens to a grand wooden staircase below vaulted ceilings. One of the most sought-after features of this community is the new release of quaint urban flats that front onto tree-lined Boston Avenue. These towns provide homeowners with all the prestige of living in this outstanding development, while offering a more traditional living environment.
The location resonates with commuters - just north of Lakeshore Boulevard and the entrance to the Gardiner Expressway. Plus, it offers easy access to the DVP and beyond, with the nearby Queen streetcar offering the easiest way into the downtown core. Exploring the neighborhood on foot—with the colorful shops and restaurants--is an adventure that urban denizens covet.
Lofts start at 577 sq. ft. and the collection of urban towns starts at 653 sq. ft. One-bedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites populate the glass structure. Most suites have balconies and/or spacious terraces. There are 256 units in all, all divine spaces with ceilings soaring up to 24 ft. high. Exposed concrete columns, exposed ceilings and floors, and exposed metal duct work are just some of the vanguard features. Top-grade appliances, stone countertops, custom-designed islands and cabinetry make the kitchens the epitome of culinary excellence. Bathrooms have porcelain tile floors, soaker tubs, and spa-like amenities. With all this, the Printing Factory Lofts are sure to be your "type" of place!