I’ve chosen 289 Sumach Street, aka the Medical College Lofts, because they are authentic conversions by an award-winning architect. Since 1982, Bob Mitchell has been expertly turning historic factories, churches, warehouse and institutional buildings into stunning hard loft residences. Some of his other work includes the Hepbourne Hall Lofts, the Industrial Revolution Lofts and The Glebe.
The original structure of this loft conversion dates back to 1898. At that time, it was the Ontario Medical College for Women. After it was purchased in 1983, a medical calendar was discovered behind the original baseboards. Photographs from the calendar were used to restore the building’s façade back to its turn-of-the-century Romanesque Revival aesthetic.
Located north of Gerrard Street and west of Parliament, the Medical College Lofts are a Cabbagetown landmark. This neighbourhood, full of beautiful restored Victorian buildings, is known for its friendly local establishments and the Riverdale Farmer’s Market, one of the best markets in the entire city.
Living in the Medical College Lofts is an exclusive opportunity because there are only 10 suites. The sizes range between 800 to 2000 sq. ft. and some are multi-storey. They feature skylights, wood ceilings, beams and exposed brick. The ceilings go up to 15” and many of the units have private terraces.
Another perk of this building is that the maintenance fees are low due to a lack of facilities. There’s indoor parking, but that’s all. In a neighbourhood that’s growing as rapidly as Cabbagetown is, you certainly won’t miss out on those condo-style amenities.