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Brand new lofts with ceilings heights up to 17 feet best describes Liberty Market Lofts. At one point, the building was rebranded with the catchy name, “17 ft high ceiling lofts” during preconstruction selling to help sagging sales. It worked, sales took off. 5 Hanna is an 8 storey live/work condominium in the heart of the vibrant Liberty Village community at King West and Atlantic Ave. With the metal and steel cladding and brick facade, the exterior of Liberty Market Lofts resembles the century old warehouses in Liberty Village like the Liberty Market Building.

Liberty Village was a former heavy industrial area that has undergone rapid gentrification since 2004 and is now home to many new and converted condos, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, art galleries, furniture stores, film studios and tech start ups. The area reminds me of the meatpacking district in New York.

These soft lofts are either one or two storeys with floor to ceiling windows and the two storey suites have 17 ft ceilings in the living and dining room. Suite sizes at Liberty Market Lofts range from 485 to 1,190 square feet. Features include hardwood flooring, 40-ounce broadloom or sisal carpeting; custom kitchen cabinetry and bathroom vanities by Chapman Design Group, quartz or granite kitchen countertops; and soaker tubs and separate glass showers. The finishes in the kitchen are outfitted with sleek modern cabinetry. Oversized balconies or terraces on the penthouse levels are other suite features. The south facing suites on higher floors are bright and offer panoramic views of the lake and city.

Just like the Toy Factory at 43 Hanna, Liberty Market Lofts is zoned as a live work space. Make sense, as Liberty Village is home to many small start ups and is Toronto’s dot com central. The spaces were designed to work as small loft studios with flexibility in mind. Instead of having a pokey den like most standard condos, the suites incorporate the desk/work space into the overall dining/living area space. A resident can separate the working/living zones by a translucent curtain or have the option of using the living as their work space. Kitchens are designed in the galley style so they don’t take centre stage of the suite.

What does take centre stage is the 17 ft ceiling height and windows in the living room. The two storey suites have main floor powder rooms so clients or employees don’t need to use the upstairs bathroom and invade on the residents space. Liberty Market nailed this concept, the lofts designs are ideal for a buyer that is creative and entrepreneurial and working from home with one or two employees. The concierge was designed much like a reception.

The amenities offered in the Liberty Market Lofts is trendsetting just like its residents: dog washing area, yoga studio, laundry lounge equipped with large laundry machines to handle larger loads, indoor basketball half court, art gallery and even a tool room.

There are multiple meeting rooms equipped with video conferencing to cover the residents that are using their condo as a live work space. They also cover the standard amenities like the fully equipped gym, party room equipped with a kitchen, lounge with bar, private courtyard and meeting room. All the amenities are equipped with wireless connection for a nice touch.

The developers, Lifetime Urban Development Group and Blvd Developments, a second generation of developers that have come from a long standing history of development in Toronto. They’ve used many innovating features to help make Liberty Market Lofts a unique building. Given the hub of small businesses in Liberty Village area it was wise to building this condo as a live/work condo.

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