The Lofts at 90 Sumach (originally The Brewery Lofts) is a seven-storey former CBC warehouse that was transformed into a 100-unit hard-loft residential condo in 1998. The building dates back to 1956, when it was built to hold props and studio sets and archive material, and was also used as backup rehearsal space. When the Corporation moved to 250 Front Street in 1992, the Sumach warehouse was vacated and sold--but did they leave a ghost behind? There are multiple stories of people experiencing otherworldly coldness, creepy sensations, and even some actual spooky sightings. Haunted or no, it's a high-demand building, and residents rave about its location and the sense of community they feel there (they have a very active Facebook page). Let's have a look at two very different one-bedroom lofts that have come on the market in the last year.
↑ Unit 702, 1,618 sq. ft.; sold for $929,000 in March 2013
This south-facing one-bedroom penthouse sold for nearly a million dollars in March of 2013, when it was featured as blogTO's Condo of the Week. The place is huge at over 1,600 sq.ft., not including the enormous (642 sq.ft.) rooftop terrace with hot tub. It has great views of the skyline and Lake Ontario, as well as the somewhat less-inspiring PanAm village construction site directly down the street. The kitchen's got loads of storage space and a huge professional-grade gas stove. It's a perfect spot for entertaining, too, since the terrace means parties can spread out over both floors, but with only one bathroom there's going to be a lot of guest traffic on those tight spiral stairs.
↑ Unit 319, 1,145 sq.ft.; on the market now for $619,000
This third-storey one-bedroom loft faces north, and comes in at 1,145 sq. ft.. Its current owners wanted to break up the layout a little; they raised the bedroom and bathroom up a couple of feet, so there's more of a division of private vs. open space. Overall the unit is open and bright, with lighter finishes than the penthouse--a good thing, when you're working with a northern exposure. Love the rolling ladder attached to the bookshelves.
· Great set of old CBC site photos [Flickr]
· (Re)Introducing Corktown [UrbanToronto]
· Condo of the Week: $620,000 for a Regent Park loft in a former CBC warehouse [Toronto Life]