Home of the Week: $1.5 million to live in a century-old church, steps from High Park

Home of the Week: $1.5 million to live in a century-old church, steps from High Park

The front facade and garden 

ADDRESS: 384 Sunnyside Ave., Suite 303
NEIGHBOURHOOD:
High Park-Swansea
AGENT:
Lynn Tribbling, Coldwell Banker Terrequity Realty
PRICE:
$1,500,000
THE PLACE:
This penthouse is the crown jewel of the Abbey Lofts, featuring the building’s most church-like details, such as leaded-glass windows and exposed limestone walls. Steps away from High Park, this church-turned-condo complex has a long history. Built in 1911 for a Methodist parish, the structure switched affiliations a few times—United in 1925, then evangelical in 1970—before turning into residences in 2008.
BRAGGING RIGHTS:
Beyond the obvious “we live in a bell tower” boast, new residents can show off their books in the many main-floor shelving units. Between the library vibe and the stone walls, the place has a heady, Halloween feel.
BIG SELLING POINT:
The rooftop terrace, complete with turrets, provides the perfect place to relive childhood games of King of the Castle.
POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER:
Those susceptible to heebie-jeebies when visiting churches should probably look elsewhere.

BY THE NUMBERS:

• 2,700 square feet
• $1,396 monthly maintenance fees
• 550 square-feet terrace
• 99 years old
• 4 levels
• 3 former religious denominations
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 1 media room