Toronto Loft Neighbourhood Spotlight: Riverside

Toronto Loft Neighbourhood Spotlight: Riverside

Dec 16, 2014
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Toronto Riverside lofts like the Sync Lofts are great for first-time buyers.

Riverside is a fabulous yet often overlooked Toronto neighbourhood that’s a great choice for young professionals looking for Toronto lofts for sale or Toronto lofts for rent. Residents enjoy easy access to downtown, a location steps to vibrant Queen East and reasonable housing prices despite being tucked in between three of Toronto’s hottest neighbourhoods–Riverdale, Leslieville and Corktown. Not to mention it’s home to some great Toronto lofts including Sync Lofts, the Riverside Lofts and the ever-popular Broadview Lofts.

Here are just some of the reasons why we think Riverside is perfect for young singles and couples looking for an authentic Toronto loft in a cool neighbourhood.

We Know Because We’ve Lived It

A former resident of Riverside, MrLOFT’s own Carl Langschmidt saw the growth potential of this dynamic neighbourhood early on.

“I purchased a Riverside loft for my wife and I back in 2006 when there was a wealth of Toronto lofts for sale. This was before the area had gentrified. At the time, friends and family thought we were crazy–their only associations of the gritty east-end ‘hood being Jilly’s and the Real Jerk.

But it had all the hallmarks of a neighbourhood in transition–developer investment, the beginnings of an influx of indie shops and cafés and a location that’s unparalleled, giving residents easy access to neighbourhoods both east and west of the Don.

Now, it’s a dynamic neighbourhood with all the conveniences buyers want plus an edgier aesthetic than you typically find in Toronto downtown condos.”

It’s Small but Mighty

Riverside is one of Toronto’s smallest neighborhoods which may seem like a negative at first blush. Quite the contrary. It’s packed with more bars, restaurants, shops and cafés per block than most Toronto neighbourhoods which makes it a walkers’ paradise. Riverside lofts are an excellent choice for buyers who prefer to leave their cars at home.

Its compact size also means residents enjoy the amenities and nightlife of neighbouring communities, all within walking distance. If you get bored of Riverside bars and restaurants (although we don’t imagine that will happen), you can walk to Leslieville and for those who don’t mind a longer stroll, the Distillery District is within reach. Residents also make use of Riverdale’s fantastic parks–Withrow Park and Riverdale Park.

Its Nightlife Rocks. And Two-Steps. And Saunters.

While small in footprint, Riverside is big on nightlife. Our favourite Toronto bars in Riverside include The Comrade with its inventive cocktail menu reminiscent of bygone eras, Prohibition Gastrohouse, no pretentious vibes here which we’re glad for (being naturally suspicious of anything “gastro”), and a more recent addition to the block, Boots & Bourbon Saloon which is great for a fun, group night. Plus, Riverside Toronto is home to The Opera House for all those serious about the Toronto music scene.

It May Just Be Toronto’s Brunch Capital

Riverside is one of Toronto’s best places to brunch which is handy because you’ll need a good power breakfast the morning after the night before. Our favourite Toronto brunch spots include Lady Marmalade and Bonjour Brioche but be prepared to line-up on weekends.

Any favourite Riverside haunts you want to share with our Toronto loft loving community?