Condo of the Week: $620,000 for a converted loft on Sorauren Park
The place: A big, open loft with 14-foot ceilings. The unit faces south, onto Sorauren Park.
The history: The unit is on the ground level of a century-old ball-bearing factory that was converted into condos in 1999. The owner, Barr Gilmore, an artist and designer, updated the interiors a few years ago. (His work includes the living room sculpture that looks like a peace sign, which he says is actually a self-portrait/cocktail bar entitled The Colour Barr.) Barr placed lights to highlight his art collection and added quartz countertops, new flooring and modern cabinets.
Big selling point: Factory conversions usually have a few drawbacks: noise from neighbours walking above, a lack of parking and no private outdoor spaces. This one has none of those problems. No one lives above it, it comes with one of the building’s few deeded parking spaces and there’s a 160-square-foot private patio attached.
Possible deal breaker: Not everyone appreciates having their bedroom open for all to see, but there’s nothing stopping the next owner from closing it off with a wall.
By the numbers:
• 880 square feet
• $426 in monthly fees
• 160-square-foot terrace (approximately)
• 14-foot ceilings
• 2 light fixtures by local artists
• 1 parking space
• 1 built-in bedroom closet
• 1 bathroom
• 1 bedroom
The unit is in a converted ball bearing factory.
The current owner is Barr Gilmore, an artist and designer.
The unit has 14-foot ceilings and massive windows left over from its factory days. (If you read Condo of the Week with your children, you may want to avert their eyes from the sculpture to the right.)
This rabbit-like sculpture is called The Colour Barr. Barr says it’s a self-portrait, and it also folds open into a cocktail bar.
The kitchen has quartz countertops. It’s combined with the living area.
A view back through the unit.
The macrame light sculpture is a piece by Lisa Neighbour. The bedroom is currently separated from the rest of the unit by a low wall that doesn’t go all the way to the ceiling, but the buyer could easily close the room off for privacy.
And here’s the bathroom.
There’s even a patio. It faces Sorauren Park.