Globe & Mail Done Deals: Stained glass and stonework sold buyers on this home in a converted church

The Action: 

As one of the only church conversions in High Park, Abbey Lofts had just a handful of units for sale in the past few years. So this two-bedroom-plus-den corner unit had an offer on day one and was purchased by the second day in early February.

What They Got:

In 2009, a century-old Methodist church was converted into a residential building with 24 lofts of varying shapes and sizes, such as this 1,250-square-foot space with original 17-foot, wood-vaulted ceilings, exposed limestone walls and restored stained glass windows and doors to a rare balcony off the fireside living room.

Modern appointments range from built-in shelving in the den to newly installed wood floors and granite counters in the kitchen and two bathrooms, including the master en suite.

Laundry facilities and parking complete the loft, which owes $660 in monthly fees for water and upkeep of common media and party rooms.

The Agent's Take:

"What’s really special about this building is it’s a condo loft building in the heart of an actual neighbourhood, which is a good thing because most are on a busy street, but this is in a quiet, family neighbourhood,"

agent Julie Kinnear said.

"Being a small building, you’re on the second floor so you don’t have to use the elevator and there’s underground bike lockup as well as underground parking, which is rare in church conversions."

The marriage of Medieval-style architecture and modern luxuries also swayed buyers.

"One of the nicest features is you get this old charm and character of the old building, plus it had a gas fireplace, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and they just renovated the two bathrooms, so it’s in impeccable condition,"

Ms. Kinnear adds.

"It has double doors walking out to its own private balcony and another benefit of this building is they allow barbecues on the balcony."

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Published in Globe and Mail, April 2nd, 2014


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