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Liberty Market Lofts offer a contemporary twist on older industrial-style architecture.

Lofts offer live and work space

May 8, 2008

Three hundred new lofts are coming to market in the booming Liberty Village neighbourhood.

Liberty Market Lofts will be brand new construction, "in red brick, reminiscent of factory-style brick, with a glassy, light section and metal panels. It's a contemporary take on an old, industrial-style building," says Michael Pearl, principal, BLVD Developments.

Designed and zoned as live/work lofts, these units will be marketed for young, urban couples and professionals, says Amanda Milborne, sales and marketing manager for Milborne Real Estate which will be responsible for selling the lofts.

Pearl expects future residents to have start-up businesses. He also anticipates entrepreneurs and computing and marketing professionals.

To meet the needs of owners who work from home as well as the rest of the residents, there will be a receptionist to greet clients and guests, meeting rooms, gallery space and a lounge. Other amenities will include a yoga room, hoops half court, fitness facility, laundry room and pet spa. The building will overlook a private courtyard.

"This is sort of a new genre within condos," Milborne says. "All the lofts will be two storeys, with the second storey covering half the space, so there will be lots of light coming in. The staircase will be open and a 17-foot-high glass window in the living/dining area will offer great views."

Interior finishes include hardwood flooring throughout, 40-ounce broadloom or sisal floor covering in the bedrooms, Chapman Design Group custom kitchen cabinetry, the choice of quartz or granite kitchen counters, six appliances, soaker tub and separate glass shower.

Every loft will also be pre-wired for cable TV and high-speed Internet and will feature a large balcony or terrace.

A Dominion store, LCBO, restaurants, shops and a fitness centre are steps away in the neighbourhood. Nearby transportation includes the street car, GO train and Gardiner Expressway.

"Liberty Market Lofts will be in the heart of Liberty Village," Milborne says. "This is an emerging neighbourhood. Residents will have great views of the lake and the city, and it will be affordable for investors and end users."

"The great thing about the area is it's a residential pocket right beside the city yet it feels like a quiet residential area," Pearl adds.

Sizes will range from 545 square feet to just over 1,000 square feet, with prices starting in the low $200,000s to the low $500,000s. Maintenance fees will be approximately 46 cents a square foot, parking will be extra and the first occupancies are expected for 2011.

A sales office and 890-square-foot model is located at 171 Liberty St. East (southeast corner of Hanna Ave. and Liberty). Call 416-849-3798, or visit

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This building is in a really bad location. It's wedged down at the end of Hannah next to the Gardiner and a massive police structure where they also keep horses. I looked into them last year until I realized the location of where they were putting it. To help people understand it's orientation the render above would be the view you would get of it from below the Gardiner.
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