Condo of the week: 81A Front Street East
A new suite in the historic St. Lawrence Market Lofts is the largest unit in the building at 1,300 square feet and recently listed for $799,000. Located on Front Street and adjacent to the city's best indoor market,, the one-plus-den features an open concept layout over two levels, walls of exposed brick and one really awesome jacuzzi bathtub.
A pre-confederation warehouse converted in 2003, the Market Lofts are situated in a row of vintage buildings along the brick-lined street, dating back to the 1860s. Representing classic architecture of the time period, the red brick facade makes you feel like you've travelled back in time - that is, if you overlook the Starbucks on the main level.
The unit is as authentic as modern-day lofts come. A stylish industrial space with wood beams and high vaulted ceilings jazzes up the place, and the open living room and stainless steel kitchen is great for entertaining.
This stretch of Front Street features low-rise buildings, galleries and shops, and it's a bit quieter in terms of mass developments rising only a block over. Still a high density area and a popular tourist attraction (especially with the market), St. Lawrence is a high energy neighbourhood accessible by transit.
Aspiring chefs and/or food lovers. The market, a purveyor of the best local produce, bakeries, fresh fish and meats, is literally just steps away. The area has been redeveloped in recent years with a trendy strip of new restaurants added to Market Street and the current revitalization of the north market.
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It's not an ideal space for more than two people with only one large bedroom and no parking. While nearby rental spots are available, street parking for visitors is limited, so you'll want to take transit. Also watch out for that stylish but open floating staircase, you'll need to invest in a proper handrail.
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