What exactly is a Loft?
Builders are quick to jump on the Loft bandwagon calling their generic condos, "Lofts", hoping to reel in potential unsuspecting buyers.
Traditionally a Loft, in it's former life, would probably have been an old warehouse, factory or industrial space that has been converted into residential units maintaining it's original structure. Features like exposed original brick or concrete walls, wood or concrete columns and beams, large warehouse windows, exposed duct work and best of all, high ceilings (usually between 10-16 feet), are found in a true Loft.
A true Loft or Hard Loft maintains the integrity of the buildings originality, making these buildings sought after real estate in Toronto's Loft market and many other major cities.
A Soft Loft is a new construction development that has Loft like features. Large windows, open concept design and high ceilings (9-11 feet). These Soft Lofts tend to be Boutique style buildings, no more than 11 stories high, and are increasing in popularity. They are considered the refined version of Hard Lofts.
There are some new developments in Toronto that are using the Loft craze to their advantage by calling anything with an open concept design and 9 foot ceilings a Loft. Loft dwellers know better!
Here are some of Toronto's most popular Hard and Soft Lofts:
|1) Candy Factory Lofts||7) Abbey Lane Lofts|
|2) Chocolate Factory Lofts||8) Liberty Lofts|
|3) Massey Harris Lofts||9) Toy Factory Lofts|
|4) Wrigley Lofts||10) Brock Lofts|
|5) The Merchandise Building||11) Industrial Revolution 1 & 2|
|6) The Movie House||12) Tip Top Lofts|
|1) 32 Stewart||7) 169 John|
|2) 66 Portland||8) Camden Lofts|
|3) 20 Stewart||9) Electra Lofts|
|4) 20 Niagara||10) District Lofts|
|5) Ideal Lofts||11) The Sylvia|
|6) Trinity Park Lofts||12) Zen Lofts|
For more information regarding these Toronto Lofts and others, contact Steve Arruda and Raynu Khaneja