With a loft-style interior and townhouse exterior, the Earl Street Lofts combine the best of both worlds. The gated community is reminiscent of suburban townhouse developments, but the mezzanine architecture of the units evokes the feeling of factory converted lofts. Because it’s not a true conversion, the Earl Street Lofts fall under the “soft” category. They were designed to mimic “hard” lofts and they do a pretty good job. High ceilings, bright windows and bedrooms that overlook the living room recreate the “hard” loft style. The only thing missing is those trademark industrial touches like steel and brick.
Developed in 2004 by Aykler Real Estate, the “stick built” building contains 58 units on 4 floors. Sizes range from 324 sq. ft. studios to 923 sq. ft. one bedroom suites with a den. Many of the units feature hardwood floors, granite countertops, pot lights and stainless steel appliances. Some of the lofts have balconies. There are very few amenities at the Earl Street Lofts but that keeps the maintenance fees fairly low at 28¢ per square foot.
Earl Street is slightly east of Jarvis and south of Bloor, quite close to Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. It’s extremely close to subway lines, restaurants, cafes and shopping centres. Some of the local dining spots include Fuzion, a resto-lounge with a garden patio, and O.Noir, Canada’s first “dine in the dark” restaurant.
This quaint development, in a convenient location, is a great option for residents who like the look of lofts, the community of townhouses and the freedom of low maintenance fees. Because of the Steam Plant Lofts nearby, the popularity of the Earl Street Lofts has grown and will most likely continue to grow throughout the years.