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New in Toronto Real Estate: The TownLofts

Posted by Dylan Giuliano / August 8, 2013

TownLofts TorontoAre you an amateur Interior Designer or someone who wants to put their years of playing the Sims to good use? Got a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket? Well this just might be the place you've been looking for. The Townlofts on Strachan Ave. at the foot of Trinity Bellwoods Park offers the ability to almost entirely design one's dream loft space from the ground up.

Besides the exteriors, these three storey lofts will be just about empty at the point of sale. Minus some basic concrete floors, these units will sit ready and waiting for everything from plumbing to your indoor pool (available on any level mind you) or your private elevator (you lazy bugger). Although the interiors may be your domain, the exteriors will be relatively uniform. Considering the renderings, when complete, these lofts may at worst end up looking like some of the dated buildings in Alexandra Park and at best be a nice modern addition to the area.

Unless you're willing to spend a great deal of time and money renovating an existing downtown home, the kind of flexibility available with these empty shells is mostly unheard of. Here, the developers have gone to great lengths to make it so you can customize just about every inch of these massive 7,500 square foot units to suit your most unusual whims. Ever wanted to host your own rave or learn to play the drums? Well the Townlofts also features state of the art sound insulation to ensure you never have to listen to your neighbour's sub-woofer all night. These lofts also come with a two spot carport, as well as a two car garage. The need for both downtown is really unclear, but if you're an automobile aficionado or want to start your own repair shop, the option is there.

The only finished part of these units will be the apartment sized 1,300 square foot rooftop terrace, which will feature relatively panoramic views of the downtown skyline, and with a beefed up floor load capacity enough stability to hold everything from a hot tub to perhaps a grand piano.

TownLofts TorontoSPECS

Storeys: 3
Number of Units: 4
Ceiling Heights in Feet: 12, 14
Total Square Feet: 7,500
Terrace Sizes in Square Feet: 1,300, 200
Cost of Pool: $50,000
Cost of Private Elevator: $30,000-$40,000
Maintenance Fees: $200-300 per month
Notable Customization Options: Private Elevator, Pool on any Level 19 ft. long, 8 ft. wide and 4 ft. deep or 45 ft long on the second floor, Front Terrace can be sunken 4 feet with mezzanine above, Parking can accommodate either storage racks or parking stacks, Optional staggered glass walls, Indented Terraces, or a fireplace in a glass wall.

TownLofts TorontoTHE GOOD

The ability to design your dream home from the ground up is simply staggering. Also if you love Trinity Bellwoods and are discouraged about the recent crackdown on dinking in the park, your new pad is just steps away, where you can consume your drink of choice on your massive terrace ticket-free! The building aside, this is really one of downtown's coolest neighborhoods, whether it be the excellent restaurants and caf├ęs, the non imposing human scale of its buildings or the mix of families and mild mannered young urbanites, this area is always fun.

TownLofts TorontoTHE BAD

There's going to be a lot of work heading your way, whether it be hiring construction crews or working out just how you are going to fit that floor-to-ceiling shark tank in your new place. If you don't have time to be playing architect, developer and accountant, you should look elsewhere.


Flexibility is everything here. If you are a flexible person willing to be patient with the hiccups of undertaking a project of this size, this is definitely a great place to live.

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Writing by Dylan Giuliano



john / August 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm
Some confusion in the details:
7,500 sq ft per unit? Is that living space or includes the garage? 7,500 is quite a large space.
Terrace Sizes per sq ft = 1,300,200... are you kidding me?
Hilarious / August 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm
"recent crackdown on dinking"

Well, that just seems wrong!!!
Steve / August 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm
What's the actual price of these 'shells'? Did I miss it somewhere?

One Sim player in that rendering has the right idea of enclosing the terrace. We're in Toronto, you'll be lucky if you can use that as functional space for 6 months of the year.
bjws / August 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm
I inquired about these places in May or so. I was thinking "wow, what a great and unique opportunity". That was until I found out these are going for around $1.5M or $2M which I think is extremely steep given you probably have to put another $500,000 in to put walls up and furnish the place.

That said, man what a space it could be. These places are massive.

Personally, I don't see anyone paying that much to live in that area.
welllllll..... replying to a comment from bjws / August 8, 2013 at 01:06 pm
well, if you check the actual site, you will notice one is already sold....or so they say.

I live in the area and truly cant wait for these to be finished, definitely a great addition to the neighbourhood.
sw / August 8, 2013 at 02:44 pm
I would love to have a wall the folds open to the patio - that would be amazing for the summer months! However.... There are far more wintery cold months than summer, so I guess I'll save the foldy doors for my future retirement in Florida.
sw / August 8, 2013 at 02:44 pm
*that folds open
Yordl / August 8, 2013 at 02:56 pm
Nice, except why would anyone want to live at Strachan and Trinity Bellwoods (Queen W)? Utterly viewless for townhouses except for house rooftops and middle class backyards. No subway for miles, traffic to anywhere is slow (its not st.clair and keele, but still), cycling and transit is sludgy most times of day, and the locals are either pretentious or low-brow. Patios are blocks away and Queen W is boutique-y and yip-ish in this area, but that gets old after your 5th weekend. Its not even walking distance to any type of $200k a year professional-type job building. weird.
asdgsdg replying to a comment from Yordl / August 8, 2013 at 03:15 pm
@yordl stop being bitter jsut because you cant afford to buy into the Bellwoods / beaconsfield area...
y replying to a comment from asdgsdg / August 8, 2013 at 05:52 pm
Yordls right though.

Its the worst possible point on Queen West where one would want to live.

Its ground zero for everything that is wrong about that part of town.
n / August 8, 2013 at 08:17 pm
ah, kind of like what we call rohbau or just a shell. but not for that price tag!
good thing is maintenance fee for a gigantic space, but the bad thing is the price tag. would be good if more of these types of places were built (more affordable though) where one can just select the interior, appliances - I am 100% positive one would get ahead of the builders markup (if they offered in the same building 1 place rohbau and 1 place with appliances+flooring/tiling...)
Fannie Oliver / August 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm
Overall, a very good place to live with awesome architecture and plush interior. What more could you ask for? The downside to it though is that the other adjacent lofts have the same designs. Nevertheless, the whole place looks very comfortable which is the most important consideration.
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fixappliances / March 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm
"Flexibility is everything here. If you are a flexible person willing to be patient with the hiccups of undertaking a project of this size, this is definitely a great place to live."

Great valid points. Building a new home offers more flexibility.
Plateau Natura / March 28, 2015 at 01:14 am
this is way cool if you have the finances for it - designing my own loft would be a dream
GTA Residential and Commercial Mortgages / April 13, 2015 at 10:56 pm
Those townhouses look amazing. I like the stone cladding, which seems a modern take on the rowhouses of Chicago and Montreal.
Jazz / October 2, 2015 at 12:10 am
Those townhouses look amazing. I like the stone cladding, which seems a modern take on the rowhouses of Chicago and Montreal.
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