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New in Toronto real estate: The Taylor Lofts

Posted by Staff / May 2, 2014

Taylor LoftsThe Taylor Lofts are a new addition to the corner of Carlaw Ave. and Dundas St. E. This shouldn't come as a surprise since Carlaw Ave. has been in the midst of some major condo-facelifting for the past four years as Leslieville becomes an evertrendier neighbourhood. Case in point, The Taylor will be sharing the glory with another condo currently under construction, The Carlaw, with each of them acting as sister projects (both projects were conceived by the same developer).

With only seven storeys that transform into four storey townhouses on the eastern end of the development, this building seems to respect its neighbours by also integrating hints of the industrial past in the area. You have your brown cladding made of Öko Skin (a low-maintenance concrete slats system) and uneven framed-balcony façades, which if you think about it, kind of resemble scaffolding from afar. There will be 96 units ranging from 530 to 870 sq. ft. featuring loft-like 9 ft. exposed-concrete ceilings.

The Taylor LoftsSPECS

Taylor Lofts LeslievilleFEATURES

  • 9 ft. high exposed-concrete ceiling units.
  • Engineered hardwood flooring.
  • Quartz kitchen countertops and porcelain backsplash.
  • Integrated stainless steel appliances and under cabinet lighting.
  • Soaker tubs and fully tiled shower stalls.

Taylor Lofts LeslievilleTHE VERDICT

The Taylor achieves a smooth integration with the existing neighbourhood, respecting heights, and materials with a design that's understated and modern. So much thought on the exterior, however, seems to have left out the interior.

There are few and rather small unit options for an emerging neighbourhood, with the largest one at 870 sq. ft. for two bedrooms. Units typically feature poor kitchen counter space, and what's with the small closet in the "master" bedroom? And while on-site amenities won't win any awards here, that's becoming more typical for developments in neighbourhoods with rich retail and dining scenes.

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Writing by Cathy Esaa



bm / May 2, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Beware of Streetcar. Crappy builder.
jennsanerd / May 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm
I always love to see the property mock-ups in these posts. The top photo almost looks post-apocalyptic.
KevinN replying to a comment from jennsanerd / May 2, 2014 at 01:13 pm
I said the same thing to myself.
Joe replying to a comment from bm / May 2, 2014 at 03:23 pm
I disagree. Streetcar has some nice projects. Maybe you just had a bad experience, but my experience with them has been quite the opposite.
Adam replying to a comment from bm / May 2, 2014 at 04:22 pm
BM? What do you mean? I know back in 2011/12 they were a little slow responding to customers. That's about the only bad thing I've heard. Their build quality and fit and finish is very good. A reputable developer in my books
Jen C / May 2, 2014 at 09:33 pm
Have owned a Streetcar condo in the past, absolutely appalling fit and finish. Owners still continue to experience heating, plumbing and flooding issues. Perhaps they've built better buildings since then, but I'd say buyer beware.
Moray / May 3, 2014 at 08:25 am
I live in a Streetcar condo now - it looks great but the finishing is appalling, incessant problems. However the worst part is the noise insulation, there is none. We are kept awake by minimal noise that shouldn't be a disruption. Overall they look good but don't let that fool you, they're badly designed, badly put together and have very poor attention to detail. My advice, beware of Streetcar!
Yo / May 29, 2014 at 11:12 am
Anyone have a perspective on this building so far? Is it a building worth looking at to buy in?
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