Real Estate

Rental of the Week: $3,200 for an art deco hard loft in North York with its own rooftop terrace

This 1,000-square-foot unit comes with two bedrooms, 13-foot ceilings, sneaky storage hacks and top-notch amenities

By Tara DeBoer| Photography by
The impressive building is located on the quiet Roselawn Avenue

Location: Briar Hill-Belgravia Price: $3,200 a month (utilities included) Size: 1,052 square feet Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Parking spots: 2 Agents: Callie Kinnear and Daaron Johnston

The place 

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom hard loft located on leafy Roselawn Avenue in Briar Hill-Belgravia. It comes with 13-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall windows and a private rooftop terrace—a rarity in this complex. The home is within walking distance of half a dozen parks as well as Eglinton West station, the Dufferin bus and the coming Eglinton Crosstown.

The history 

This five-storey art deco building was completed in the 1930s as a textile manufacturing warehouse. A developer purchased it in 2003, transforming it into 137 modern units while preserving some industrial elements, like exposed brick and ductwork.

The tour

The main entrance is defined by its elegant limestone façade, typical of its era. 

This Rental of the Week is an art deco hard loft in Briar Hill-Belgavia

Here’s the unit’s foyer. That’s a closet on the left and a bathroom on the right. 

The place comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms

Within the closet is a crawl space for more storage.  

The rental also has 13-foot ceilings and heritage flourishes

Just beyond the foyer is the dining area, which could be converted into an office or lounge. 

Rare for a unit of this size: a full dining room

Massive west-facing wall-to-wall windows illuminate the living area.

The living area is defined by massive wall-to-wall windows

This reverse angle shows off the original ceilings and ductwork.

The ceiling and ducts are also original

The kitchen has new appliances and a two-person breakfast bar. 

The kitchen saves space with its breakfast peninsula

Here’s a close-up of the kitchen. 

There's plenty of storage in the kitchen

The main bedroom shares a partial wall with the living space. 

The first bedroom overlooks the Roselawn Avenue

It also has a huge closet with storage above.

The huge closet also has storage space above

The bathroom is equipped with a marble vanity.

A look at the first bathroom with its marble vanity

These stairs lead to the second bedroom.

Here are the stairs

This bedroom overlooks the home and one giant concrete pillar. 

The second bedroom overlooks the unit in the shadow of the classic concrete pillar

And here’s that rooftop terrace, ideal for hosting dinner parties.

Only a handful of units of their own terrace

It looks out onto Walter Saunders Memorial Park.

This is the view of the neighbourhood

Here’s the shared the fitness centre.

The fitness centre comes with the requisite machinery

Finally, the party room, with a gas fireplace, an entertainment system and plenty of room to hang out.

This is the lounge.

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