Bordering Bloordale are two once vacant churches that have been transformed into stunning condos. The Church Lofts, completed in 2010, is a historic, neo-gothic church that has been redeveloped into 28 unique units. These one of a kind condos feature restored stained glass windows, masonry, and steel trusses.
West40 is a church development on Westmoreland Avenue. This century old church is tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined, residential street just north of Bloor between Dufferin and Dovercourt Road. This conversion, which is now nearing completion, is designed to house 17 distinctive units that will feature soaring ceiling (up to 33 ft.), classic brick arches and original masonry. The condos range in size from two to three bedroom (plus den) units.
Both conversions have, and are continuing, to breath new life into two historic buildings. The churches offer local residents, and buyers looking to the west-end for condo alternatives, the opportunity to live and breathe a piece of Toronto’s history.
High ceilings, original masonry and classic archways highlight each buildings’ extraordinary character. This is the type of character buyers won’t find in a modern condo development. The unique qualities are certainly intrinsic to the historic make up of the buildings.
Construction of these buildings has also been considerate of the surrounding residential community and neighbourhood. Two and three bedroom units provide for family friendly space. Additionally, few units per building helps to create community within the building itself.
These conversions appear to be just this tipping point of reuse and development in this vibrant, up-and-coming neighbourhood. There has been movement abound to keep the neighbourhoods historic sites intact, be it churches, old factories, movie theatres or schools. This is a neighbourhood brimming with history and a community eager and committed to keeping it.
If you are interested in an unique condo alternative, these church conversions certainly provide an opportunity to live a part of Toronto’s history.
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