Rental of the Week: $4,850 per month to live in a former church near Roncesvalles

Rental of the Week: $4,850 per month to live in a former church near Roncesvalles

Address: 384 Sunnyside Avenue, Unit 309
Neighbourhood: Roncesvalles
Agent: Heidi Kurien, Pangea Private Realty Services, Brokerage
Price: $4,850 per month, plus utilities

The place

A two-bedroom apartment in the Abbey Lofts.

Here’s the kitchen:


The second bedroom is a little narrow:


The master bedroom has a few exposed beams:


Also a private balcony:


And an ensuite bathroom:


The history

The unit is in a former church, originally built in 1910 for a Methodist parish. In the mid-2000s, a developer carved it up into 24 units, taking care to preserve much of the church’s original architecture, including stained glass, limestone walls, wooden beams and steel trusses. The current owners lived here for a year and a half, until they had their first child and moved to Etobicoke. They’ve had a few tenants since then, and now they’re looking to either rent the place again, or sell it.

Major perk

This unit includes a piece of the church’s bell tower. With 360-degree views of the city, it’s a perfect place to watch the sun rise and set:


Possible deal breaker

The sloped ceiling in the living area could make it awkward to fit larger furniture, like long dining tables or sectional couches:


By the numbers

• $4,850 per month, plus utilities
• 2,200 square feet
• 2 bedrooms
• 2 bathrooms
• 2 balconies
• 1 bell tower

The Hunt