Throughout the 80s and 90s, the majority of buildings that could be converted were made into lofts, satiating the new desire for these unique living spaces. Once the majority of possible spaces had been converted, developers were left with no choice but to build condos that would emulate the traditional loft aesthetic. These are now commonly referred to as ‘soft lofts.’
On the other hand, soft lofts are shaped like lofts but have a modern, progressive feel. The ceilings are typically higher than those in a standard condo, and the developer may have used poured concrete floors and walls to replicate an industrial look. The windows are often floor-to-ceiling, giving the unit a unique downtown, urban feel. Soft lofts were first seen near advertising and design agencies on King Street West, mimicking the appeal of SoHo living here in Toronto. This is another great option for buyers seeking a distinctive urban lifestyle.
The most desired type of loft in Toronto is the hard loft conversion. However, since there aren't many industrial buildings left to convert into condo lofts, this market is finite. As a result, there is always demand from Toronto condo buyers. Hard lofts usually feature exposed wood and brick, high ceilings, and a few walls dividing the space. Some of the larger units have been modified to include additional rooms, making them suitable for families seeking a SoHo-like lifestyle.
LIST OF SOME POPULAR SOFT LOFTS IN TORONTO
Built in 2009 and features 112 units across 11 storeys. Building amenities include a gym, party/meeting room, security system, visitor parking, rooftop deck, and pet-friendly accommodations. The bright and spacious suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, open-concept kitchen and living areas, large bedrooms, and private balconies.
Zed Lofts, situated at 38 Niagara Street in the King West neighborhood
In the King West neighborhood, these soft lofts were built in 2006 and feature 128 units across 11 storeys. Building amenities include a gym, party/meeting room, security system, and concierge. The building was designed with young urbanites in mind, offering essential home-living amenities to support their live-work lifestyle.
Quad Lofts, located at 19 & 23 Brant Street
In Toronto’s Liberty Village neighborhood, these 2-storey soft lofts were built in 2013 and feature 295 units across 8 storeys. Building amenities include a gym/exercise room, concierge, visitor parking, Beanfield Fibre, and a party room. The building combines classic soft-loft styles with modern urban convenience, and each unit boasts 17ft. ceilings.
Liberty Market Lofts, at 5 Hanna Avenue
In the King West neighborhood, this condo was built in 2010 and features 211 units across 11 storeys. Building amenities include a gym, party/meeting room, and concierge. The building's interior design was done by renowned design guru Philippe Starck, making it a mecca for Toronto-based design enthusiasts.
SEVENTY5 Portland, located at 75 Portland St in the King West neighborhood
Built in 2002 and features 146 units across 8 storeys. Building amenities include a gym, sauna, party/meeting room, security system, visitor parking, and rooftop deck. All of the suites are two levels, with sizes ranging from a spacious 614 square feet to 2 bedroom penthouses with floor-to-ceiling 18-foot windows, 2 1/2 baths, and huge terraces from 1400-2450 square feet. Each suite also includes a terrace or balcony and at least 10-foot high ceilings.
District Lofts, located at 388 Richmond Street West
These lofts were built in 2013 and feature 173 units across 10 storeys. Building amenities include a gym, party/meeting room, security system, pool, concierge, and guest parking. The building's horizontal design of concrete, glass, and steel is complemented by a small garden courtyard at the back.
Lofts 399, located at 399 Adelaide St. West
On King West, these were built in 2014 and consists of 333 units spread over 12 storeys. The building boasts an array of amenities, including a gym, party/meeting room, concierge, pool, cinema, and rooftop deck. The sleek glass exterior and a variety of suite sizes and layouts make Fashion House Lofts an attractive option for many demographics. The building also features a phenomenal rooftop terrace with an infinity pool, surrounded by restaurants and entertainment, making it one of the premier luxury living options in downtown Toronto.
Fashion House Lofts, located at 560 King St. West
The Abbey Lane Lofts are a boutique loft building of only 6 storeys and 26 lofts ranging in size from 600 square feet to 2,200 square feet. Abbey Lane Lofts is an attractive building with a façade that steps back from King East to provide many terraces and blend seamlessly with its historic surroundings. The lofts have generous room sizes, with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Impressive 2 storey lofts on the upper levels have oversized terraces with gas BBQ hookups that have spectacular views facing either north or south.
Abbey Lane Lofts – 261 King Street East
The Bloor West Lofts are 64 New York-style multi-level lofts in the heart of Toronto’s west end. The Bloor West Lofts are a hybrid of two very popular housing styles, the urban loft and city townhome. By designing from the ground up, the architect had the flexibility to design the perfect unit. The lofts are multi-level, have 10-foot ceilings on the main floor, and have at least two bedrooms – and each loft offers a full roof deck. It’s a townhome that looks like a loft. Located in Toronto’s newly vibrant west end, we have offered our clients an affordable home just minutes from the subway. This project was completed in 2003.
Bloor West Lofts – 1396 Bloor Street West
Fast becoming a major new fixture in the West Queen West neighbourhood, the Bohemian Embassy Lofts were completed in 2011. It is a massive structure containing 345 units in a nine-storey mid-rise building and a 19-storey tower. Amenities include an executive concierge, underground parking, and a co-ed fitness centre. Bohemian Embassy offers 345 suites, including a number of attractive flats and two-storey lofts. Every unit has a patio, balcony, or terrace, some up to 20 feet long and five feet deep. Suites range from 475-square-foot one-bedrooms to one-bedroom-plus-dens, two-bedrooms, and expansive two-storey two-bedroom-plus-den lofts.
Bohemian Embassy Lofts – 1169-1171 Queen Street West
Considered one of the top soft lofts in Toronto, looks just like a conversion, my favourite soft loft. The Camden Lofts were created with the traditional style of loft in mind featuring heights of 10 feet with exposed concrete walls and sealed concrete floors. There are 59 units all with huge industrial-style windows and suspended spiral ducts. Suites have concrete floors, concrete ceilings, and concrete walls for soundproofing. Industrial hardware serving as lights and door handles is a common interior finish. Floors 2 to 6 have one and two-bedroom suites ranging from 683 square feet to 1,200 square feet. Floors 7 and 8 have terraces.
Camden Lofts – 29 Camden Street
Charlotte Lofts – 36 Charlotte Street The Charlotte Lofts is an intimate 13-storey, 63-unit, loft-style condominium building located among downtown Toronto’s best restaurants, theatres, and nightspots in the vibrant King and Spadina district. Designed by Core Architects, one of Toronto’s leading architectural firms, each suite features huge floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and high ceilings. The first through sixth floors offer single-level lofts, while the seventh floor and up are two-level lofts. Along with private underground parking, a rooftop common room, and spectacular outdoor patio space, the Charlotte Lofts is a truly unique building.
Charlotte Lofts 36 Charlotte Street
Experience a modern take on loft-style living at Corktown District Lofts, a collection of boutique mid-rises located at King East, between Sumach and River. Designed by Quadrangle Architects Inc., these 6-8 storey buildings boast elegant rooflines, stylish architectural profiles, and a fusion of concrete, steel, glass, and brick. Inside, units feature soaring 10-foot ceilings, oversized warehouse-style windows, and ultra-hip polished concrete floors.
Corktown District Lofts - 510, 549 & 569 King E. & 52 Sumach Street
Breaking away from generic towers, Cube Lofts stands out with its unique "Art-chitecture" design. This boutique soft loft located in the vibrant Little Italy neighbourhood offers impressive finishes such as hardwood flooring, Caesarstone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and designer high-gloss finish cabinetry. After years of stalling, this development is finally complete and ready to be admired.
Cube Lofts - 799 College Street
Located in the King West Neighborhood, DNA Lofts feature limestone detailing that pays homage to turn-of-the-century King West architecture. The suites boast tinted and sandblasted glass and steel, offering urban zen styles and ample natural light. Expansive windows, open-concept layouts, and big spaces make these lofts perfect for those seeking signature urban living.
DNA Lofts - 1 Shaw Street & 1005 King West
Completed in 2014 and developed by Aragon, Showcase Lofts has become one of the most sought-after buildings in Leslieville. You are in for a treat at this boutique building offering a full array of amenities with an outdoor courtyard, guest suites, a party room and fitness centre among others. Conveniently located right at the intersection of Carlaw Ave and Colgate Ave, this 7-storey building contains about 230 units ranging from 400 to approximately 2,000 sq ft in size.
Showcase Lofts - 88 Colgate Avenue
Built in 2015, The Carlaw and The Taylor Lofts are located at Carlaw Ave & Dundas St East, in the East End's South Riverdale | Leslieville neighborhood. The Carlaw, 12 stories tall, and suites range in size from 347 to 1815 sqft. With 311 condo units, The Carlaw focuses on providing a Gym / Exercise Room, Common Rooftop Deck, Concierge, Party Room, BBQs, Elevator, Guest Suites, Media Room / Cinema, Meeting / Function Room, Outdoor Patio / Garden, Parking Garage and Security Guard as amenities. The Taylor, with 96 units dispersed over 5 floors. Ranging from 1 bedroom lofts to 4 tier urban townhomes, which range from 444 to 1839 sqft, the lofts in this building located at 1238 Dundas Street East are complete with 9ft exposed concrete ceilings, hardwood floors, quartz kitchen countertops, porcelain backsplashes as well as stainless steel appliances and soak tubs with showers.
The Carlaw and The Taylor Lofts - 1190 & 1238 Dundas St. East
Located at the southeast corner of Queen Street East and the East Don Roadway. Once a used-car dealership, this inspired, fresh take on contemporary urban living is at the core of the revitalized Riverside neighbourhood. This 66-unit soft loft building offers fantastic views of downtown, with some west-facing units providing unobstructed city views and higher units offering a view of the lake. The building features an indoor and outdoor rooftop amenity room for owners to enjoy.
Edge Lofts - 625 Queen St. East
As one of the first buildings to initiate Toronto's hip loft living trend, the Electra Lofts at 954 King Street West continue to maintain their early appeal. The two-story open-concept suites with a mezzanine below and exposed concrete come with an open balcony and hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flood the units. Electra Lofts II features urban-style two-story open-concept suites with glass railings and exposed concrete. Units offer 17-foot ceilings and 16-foot windows that provide ample natural light. The iconic yellow loft building is steps away from the entertainment and shopping district, with TTC access right at the doorstep.
Electra Lofts I & II - 954-1029 King St. West
Formerly known as the Fashion District Lofts at 455 Adelaide Street West, the building has been rebranded and now has an address of 10 Morrison Street. Developed by Freed Developments and Lash Development Corp, the L-shaped building stretches towards Morrison Street and offers innovative spaces, including townhouses on the ground level and 102 loft units above. 102 spread over 20 storeys.
Fashion District Lofts, 10 Morrison Street