Condo of the Week: $620,000 for a converted loft on Sorauren Park
Address: 347 Sorauren Avenue, Unit 120
Agents: Chaba Tamasi, Royal LePage Your Community Realty Inc., Brokerage
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.
12 thoughts on “Condo of the Week: $620,000 for a converted loft on Sorauren Park”
Beautiful space. Whoever buys this will undoubtedly shit it all up.
I love the bones of the place…. But I need to watch TV.
No place for tv; not for me.
Is the sculpture a homage to A Clockwork Orange?
$620 for less than 900 square feet? Wow.
this was featured like 2 yrs ago
obviously the owner wasn’t really happy with it, he’ll be at least be returning what he put into in and make some more out of those $100k
They are different units
no they are not different units, its unit 120. you are free to ask the realtor
geez – i need my eyes checked — i saw the number on the door in your link and thought it was 128… looks super different than it did a few years ago.
there is no 128, they go up to 124 and then start w 2 on the second floor :D I live nearby and passed by w my dog lots of times while they were doing redecorations. I love the building and was inside once for an open house.
it looks much much better than 2 yrs ago. I hated the yellow red and brown design. there are much nicer units inside but this one is nice because of the patio and park access and it has so much light too.
Haha I can’t believe you remembered it. Nice one. This person did better with the decor but the bathroom is not good and the patio is not much to write home about. There is nothing remarkable about this space. How is it that it made condo of the week twice?
Books organized by colour and sculptural self-portrait in his own house makes me think this guy is insufferable.
no idea I like this building a lot although this unit is one of the less impressive ones although it looks out to the park. I guess it depends from person to person, I don’t mind the patio or the bathroom. Of course I remember it since I live nearby and pass almost every week :) I was inside the building too.
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