Converted from an historic school building, the Loretto Lofts is one of the only authentic hard lofts in the Annex. Now designated by the city of Toronto as a heritage building, the original structure was designed by architect Neil G. Beggs in 1914. When Context Development turned it into a residence, they restored the Edwardian Classicism elements and maintained the Beaux-Arts aesthetic.
Loretto Lofts is at the top of my list because of the work done by Context Development. The firm, who are also responsible for Spire and Tip Top Lofts, outfitted each loft with quality finishes and top of the line appliances. The lofts range in size from 600 to 2100 sq. ft. There are also townhomes behind the main building that reach up to 3000 sq. ft. On the east side of the building, new balconies were added to ensure that each loft has outdoor space.
This hard loft building, located at 385 Brunswick Avenue, is different from other conversions due to its lack of exposed brick or concrete. Instead, the finishes are brand new and include crown moulding, solid German steamed beech hardwood floors, halogen lighting and clawfoot bathtubs. The floorplans are typical open concept designs, however, and the ceilings soar at 11.5”.
Lofts in this trendy Toronto neighbourhood are in high demand and extraordinarily low supply. Residents lucky enough to live at 385 Brunswick Avenue will enjoy a unique home in a district with pubs, cafés and restaurants for any taste. Close to Bathurst and Bloor, walkable destinations include the Bathurst subway station, the University of Toronto and Yorkville.