380 Macpherson Ave, Toronto
About this loft
While authentic loft conversions aren't so rare in Toronto anymore, art-deco architecture certainly is. Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian-style designs are common for homes, while loft conversions tend to maintain the classic, functional aesthetics of 19th- and 20th-century industrial structures. Technically, the Madison Avenue Lofts could even be called “art-deco revival,” since they were built in 1951, about 30 years after the style’s initial conception.
It’s hard to believe it today, but the area surrounding 380 Macpherson Avenue was once an industrial hotbed. Today, however, the area around the Madison Avenue Lofts is known as Casa Loma neighbourhood, and is home to George Brown College, and numerous charming tree-lined residential streets.
Originally a warehouse for Toronto Hydro, 380 Macpherson became the Madison Avenue Lofts in 2009, thanks to Burnac Corporation. In the process, 211 residential units were created, along with a stellar lineup of amenities. Residents have access to a movie theatre, meeting room, and common rooftop terrace, as well as a gym and sauna, although those living at the Madison Lofts are also encouraged to take a step outside every now and then.
While homes in the downtown core require ample height to offer a good view of the city, these lofts are strategically placed. At only 6 storeys tall, it’s the building’s placement atop a hill that allows south-facing units those sweeping vistas of the cityscape.
As with the façade, the interiors at 380 Macpherson continue to march to the beat of their own drum. Instead of relying on a singular aesthetic, multiple styles are juxtaposed to distinguish these hard lofts from the typical, cookie-cutter condo. Exposed concrete, for example, is a prevalent reminder of the building’s former life, while 14-foot ceilings once built for ample storage space now offers contemporary residents with bright and airy living spaces. Then, ultra-modern kitchens and bathrooms, plus sleek hardwood flooring, add a much-needed hint of modernity.
While the expansive amount of glass might have been there to begin with, the developers behind the residential conversion of 380 Macpherson clearly embraced this material. One unit boasts a solarium — a room made entirely of windows — as well as an outdoor patio. Corner units are also especially bright, with panes reaching from floor to ceiling on multiple walls.
Rare for an authentic conversion, many of the homes at the Madison Avenue Lofts afford their owners with private outdoor spaces. For those units without, a shared rooftop terrace is always available to use.
In terms of size, these lofts range to suit the needs of a variety of buyers. Cozier lofts begin at 550 square feet, with grander homes reaching to almost 2,000, exceeding the largest suite sizes of most Toronto condos for sale.
The Madison Avenue Lofts may be set in a residential neighbourhood, however this doesn’t mean that everything a resident could need is too far off. For quick grocery trips, Food Depot at Dupont and Davenport will do, while an LCBO is also just down the street. Numerous restaurants and cafés are similarly just a short walk away on Dupont Street.
From 380 Macpherson, The Annex and Yorkville are both within close reach. Dynamically different from one another, either of these areas are ideal spots for a quick bite, or for meandering on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The Annex, the more laid-back of the two, feels scholastic thanks to its location nearby the University of Toronto. As a result, inexpensive restaurants, book stores, specialty shops, and markets can be found here. Entertainment is also abundant in the Annex: between catching a documentary at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema or a live show at Lee’s Palace, it really is difficult to become bored here.
Yorkville, on the other hand, is ritzy as can be. Celebrity sightings are frequent here, especially during the Toronto International Film Festival. Special occasions can be celebrated at any of the upscale restaurants and bars in this area, while window-shopping is another ideal way to spend the day.
Thankfully, there’s no need for a vehicle of one’s own when living at the Madison Avenue Lofts. Dupont Station, on the University-Spadina line, can be reached in a three-minute walk. Alternatively, Spadina Station is a short walk away as well, ideal for those looking for quick access to the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
For those that do own cars, they're ideally situated just north of the true downtown traffic. While rush hour driving still becomes hectic here, Dupont and Davenport are fast-paced routes for travel east and west. Residents are also ideally situated in between all four of Toronto’s major highways: the 401, the 427, the Don Valley Parkway, and the Gardiner Expressway.
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