House of the Week: $2 million for a Junction loft with a design pedigree (and secret rooms)
The Place: Industrial designer Marco Pecota’s west-end loft takes up the second and third floors of a Dundas West building. (His showroom, Pekota, currently occupies the main-floor commercial space.)
Bragging Rights: Where to begin? Pecota’s eye for layout and décor separates this place from Toronto’s endless supply of rectangular, glassy modern housing stock. But if a design pedigree isn’t enough, let’s go with the actual airplane wing that floats between the master bedroom and living room, or the “secret office” that hides behind a pair of sliding doors at the back of a closet on the second floor. Potential buyers can see more of Pecota’s work at The Passenger, a nearby restaurant where he handled the interior design.
Big Selling Point: There are many here—the spiral staircase leading to a reading loft, the 600 square feet of deck—but for our money, the secret Moroccan-type room off the reading loft is the winner. It’s the perfect place to cozy up with a book, or a perfect playroom for little ones.
Possible Deal Breaker: Fans of white-walled minimalism will probably not see the appeal, but potential buyers with similarly eccentric sensibilities will find something (or some things) to pull out the chequebook for.
By the Numbers:
• 600-square-foot deck
• 3 storeys
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 washrooms
• 2 parking spaces
• 1 airplane wing
• 1 “secret office”