Address: 880A Queen Street West
Agent: Djanka and Edward Gajdel (for lease by owners)
Price: $3,300 per month (plus HST, taxes and utilities)
THE PLACE: Fittingly, this space—situated on the second and third floors of a historic building just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park on trendy Queen Street West—is nothing if not cool vintage chic. The retro furniture, much of it sourced from France, comes with the office, and the glassed-in boardroom includes shelving and an armoire that once belonged to the French Foreign Legion army. Despite the sleek digs, however, in summer months previous tenants have been known to ditch their desks for the outdoor patio. Dubbed “the cottage on Queen,” the office’s deck is rigged with Wi-Fi to enable employees to “work” with a view of the park.
THE STORY: One of the last remnants of Trinity College, the building was built in the 1870s. The space underwent a restoration overseen by architect Baruch Zone, and the old-school cooling set-up was also restored—open windows now fill the studio with refreshing cross-breezes. The windows are also big enough to flood the space with sunshine, making turning on the lights a second thought.
THE IDEAL TENANT: Its Queen West location and historic pedigree makes the spot appealing to architects, designers, advertisers or software firms. With a view of Trinity Bellwoods, the space would suit anyone that has ever dreamed of setting up an office in the park.
• $3,300 per month
• 1,250 square feet (fits eight workstations)
• 300-square-foot deck
• 2 vintage operating lamps
• 1 boardroom
• 1 retractable projection screen
• 1 stereo system per floor
• 1 kitchen
• 1 bathroom (with shower)