Spotlight on Corktown Lofts

Spotlight on Corktown Lofts

Jun 6, 2016
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Corktown is a vibrant little pocket north of the Distillery District and the Canary District that’s becoming one of the most sought-after communities for Toronto loft lovers. There are some stellar Corktown lofts that offer great value.

For real estate purposes, we think of Corktown as running south of Queen to Front, between Parliament and the DVP. But if you look at the historic definition of Corktown (before the two districts occupying its southern quadrants were carved out), it would be considered closer to what the Corktown Residents & Business Association covers in their mandate: Shuter Street south to the rail corridor (located just above the DVP), between the Don River to the east and and Berkeley Street to the west.

Modern map of Corktown, Toronto by SimonP, licensed under CC 3.0 via wikimedia.

While it has good name recognition (most Torontonians have heard of Corktown), it lacks some of the brand power of its neighbours like the Distillery and Riverside; most people can’tt tell you exactly where Corktown is or what’s there.

Part of the problem is that the Canary District has been carved out of Corktown as it’s own, separate little pocket. It’s been receiving the lion’s share of press thanks to the PanAM Games and the revitalization of the Don Lands through the multi-million dollar Waterfront Toronto initiative. As well, the Distillery District is such a well-known hotspot both for tourists and locals that it overshadows Corktown in the popular mindset.

We’d hate to see Corktown lose its individuality and start to blend with its neighbours to the south because there’s a lot of potential in this charming pocket. We’re going to take you through a little about Corktown today along with the loft buildings that fall within its borders.


Corktown Lofts

Next door you’ll find the Corktown Lofts at 21 River Street. This is a seriously inconsipicous loft building; the rather bland façade and diminuitive scale hides some stylish lofts.

With just eight units, lofts rarely become available for sale here but when they do, you’ll want to check them out. You’ll get a beautiful, authentic post-and-beam space, just minutes walk to some of the best neighbourhood revitalizations that Toronto’s ever seen - just across the bridge from vibrant Riverside, steps to the burgeoning community of the Canary District and a few blocks from rapidly transforming Regent Park.

Derby Lofts

Located at 393 King St E (King near Parliament), The Derby Lofts is a low-rise, soft loft development with just 26 units. The lofts here are two-storey units with open concept main living spaces with both one and two bedroom layouts. The best features are the soaring, 16’ ceilings and stunning, floor-to-ceiling windows that flood these lofts with light. And let’s not forget - private rooftop terraces.

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Carhart Lofts

Much like the Corktown Lofts, this is one of the most deceiving lofts in Toronto. At face value, this building doesn’t look appealing but there are a few truly stunning units featuring exposed wood beams, original brick and 12’ ceilings.

With just 11 units in total, the Carhart Lofts aren’t very well known by the public and listings don’t hit the market often. This is an old jean factory, converted into beautiful hard lofts in 1999. Units here are spacious and range from one bedrooms to two-bedrooms plus den. There’s also an expansive three-bedroom unit in the basement that spans the entire length of the building. It’s located just around the corner from the Vinegar Co. Lofts on Queen St E.

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Corktown District Lofts I & II

This is the development that first brought a massive influx of residential units to the area. Corktown District I & II are both mid-rise, soft loft developments offering 134 and 192 units respectively. This newer condo community is comprised of multiple soft loft buildings located at 52 Sumach, 510 King St E and 549 to 569 King St E.

Corktown District interiors feature polished concrete floors, 10’ ceilings and contemporary finishes. Most have a private balcony or terrace. They’re built by Streetcar Developments, known for their love (and transformation) of the east end.

River City I, II & III

Rendering of River City community © Urban Capital.

River City is the other major condo community in the area, this one by Urban Capital. It consists of multiple soft loft buildings stretching from 32-51 Trolley Crescent with River City III under development at 100 Lower River St E.

At the lower edge of Corktown near the Canary District, the River City developments are bringing close to a thousand new, soft loft units to the area offering a variety of layouts and sizes. Most feature 9’ exposed concrete ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies. Amenities are plentiful here (one of the benefits of going soft loft) including a great fitness facility, various lounges and outdoor courtyards.

More on River City I

More on River City II

More on River City III

There are a number of other condos and lofts for sale in Toronto just a few blocks outside of Corktown’s unofficial borders that many would still call Corktown. Buildings like the Canary District and Canary Park as well as the Trinity Lofts on Trinity Street are also worth a look if you’re interested in moving to this area.