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You've heard this real estate story before… artists searching for cheap rents, move to an undesirable area which then turns bohemian. Affluent buyers searching for the "urban" lifestyle adopt the area and subsequently the artists are driven out as real estate prices go up. It was Yorkville in the 60's, Queen St W and Spadina in the 1980's, Queen and Dovercourt in the 1990's, and Liberty Village in 2000. Sterling Rd is the next area set for major revitalization.

Most people haven't heard of Sterling Road except for a couple of artists looking for cheap rents in 2010. Sterling Road is located in the "Junction Triangle", an area located just south of Boor, between Dundas and Landsdowne. Sterling Road consists of patches of industrial land and abandoned factories that overnight transformed into artist studios and busy art galleries. After its redevelopment in 2015, Sterling Road is set to have 700 condos, townhouses, a park and just under 800,000 commercial spaces spanning 158, 164, 181 and 200 Sterling Rd.

The area has a lot going for it, very accessible to the TTC, there's Dundas St W and Landsdowne Subway, there's the Go Train as well. The area is just north of trendy Roncesvalles Avenue and east of quickly gentrifying Bloordale.

158 Sterling Road is the iconic building in the area, a former "tower automotive” building before it was acquired in 2005 by Castle Point. The building dates back to 1910 and was originally constructed as an aluminum factory for kitchen utensils. Sterling Lofts is 10 storeys high and features100 suites. There's three stories of commercial space at the bottom of the building and a 1920's architectural inspired art deco canopy to the entrance of the residential part.

Suites range in size from 426 to 1153 sq ft and all suites share the features of a hard loft. Suites have high ceilings, 13 feet, which is very rare, Broadview Lofts only has 10 foot ceilings. Other loft features include concrete fluted columns, sealed concrete floors, 4" baseboards and 2.5” inch casings. The suites feature "Juliet balconies" as the developers needed to preserve the shell of the historical building. I wish the suites had balconies, but unfortunately that is one of the few downsides of living in a converted historical building.

The kitchens are very European in style. Seamless cabinetry integrates with all the appliances and the open concept space, horizontal pulls, tile or glass tile backsplash. The developer has included white roller blinds on all windows, this is a nice contribution I haven’t seen included before.

There's an extensive amount of amenities for a small building, 3,000 sq ft of dedicated space with 13 ft ceilings. The amenities include cinema room with a media lounge, a "wellness area" which is the gym, men's and ladies change area and sauna, yoga studio, party room with a fully equipped kitchen, bar, meeting table. Copyright BigGuideToCondos.com
 

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