Condo of the week: 1842 Queen Street East
This contemporary two bedroom loft in the Beaches neighbourhood is new to market, with an asking price of almost $1.6 million. The Beach House Lofts at 1842 Queen Street East was a project by Streetcar Developments, a high-profile Toronto developer known for a variety of urban buildings, and currently undertaking the old Broadview Hotel (a.k.a Jilly's strip club).
The Beach Loft blends into the neighbourhood with a grey facade and main floor retailers like the Starbucks on the corner. Built in 2005, the three-storey loft features only 12 residential units and earned accolades including a 2009 Toronto Urban Design Award. There's no elevator but plenty of outdoor space including a seriously fantastic three level patio overlooking the lake.
A funky layout with the bedrooms on the lower level, the main has an open living space and an upgraded kitchen. Walk upstairs and you'll find yourself on a very generous outdoor deck. The unit was renovated a couple years ago with a new kitchen, master ensuite and a refurbished metal staircase. The unit was listed in 2013 for $899,000.
There's only a handful of mid-rises in the area including another funky loft next door, converted from a 1920s bowling alley and few more contemporary low-rises further east. The Beach (or Beaches, if you prefer) is still like a small town community that thrives on its independent retailers, bakeries and instagrammable waterfront views.
An outdoor hot tub. Yes please! Who needs the beach when you have your own private outdoor oasis. The multi-tiered deck is 800 square feet and features different levels for lounging, dining and year-round soaking.
MOVE ON IF
You don't want a master bedroom on the lower level. It's an atypical floor plan for a traditional condo or loft, and even with multiple windows and an abundance of natural light, it could feel like you're living in a basement.
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