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Le Corbu Lofts – 194 Merton Street

194 Merton is Le Corbu – an intimate Art Deco-inspired 34 unit complex of converted lofts in Midtown Toronto. Spacious open concept living areas with 10-foot ceilings. Some of the lofts have gas fireplace. Practical wood laminate flooring warms these centrally located lofts. Up-to-date kitchens feature stainless steel appliances in this intimate loft building. The ceilings are high, as one would expect, and floor plans are generous.

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Le Corbu Custom Lofts, the architecturally funky loft conversion on Merton Street

The Le Corbu Lofts at 194 Merton Street is the result of the conversion of a five floor office building into lofts. The types of lofts Le Corbu include one bedroom / one bath, two bed / two bath, as well as two bedrooms plus a den with two full bathrooms. The sizes of the lofts range from around 700 square feet up to just under 1,400 square feet, with most in the 1,000-1,200sf range. The maintenance fees at Le Corbu cover most things (central air, gas heating, water, common elements, building insurance and parking), but the owners at Le Corbu Lofts pay for their own electricity – plus phone, internet and cable.

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High ceilings and 20-30 feet of windows in the Le Corbu Lofts

From what I can dig up, it was last owned by Green Forest Lumber Limited who put the building up for sale in 2000. They are a lumber and construction company founded around 1957. I wonder if they built the building, or just moved in at some point. I could see the 1950s as being an appropriate time for the building to have been built, it certainly has a mid-century feel to it. But they had tenants at that time, they were not the sole occupant of the building.

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The lobby of Le Corbu Lofts remains much the same as when it was an office building

It was sold to, and developed by, Palm Beach developer Bill Elias. He was much better known in Florida than Toronto, he passed away in 2008. Interestingly, he renovated a Florida house that Steve Stavro used to own. But there is little out there concerning his involvement with Le Corbu Lofts, except for the numbered formed for the project – 664215 Ontario Limited. And nor is there anything out there about the name… It is an odd name for a loft building, that is for sure.

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Clean modern lines define the lofts of Le Corbu Lofts

Mind you, Le Corbu seems to be the nick name for Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier (shortened to Le Corbu). He was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. Seeing as the Corbu Lofts building is certainly modern in style, one could see how the connection could be made. Were Mr. Elias a fan of Jeanneret-Gris, he could have named the building in his honour. I find Jeanneret-Gris’s work to be more Brutalist, whereas Le Corbu is more early International in style, but that might just be me.

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The Le Corbu Lofts as it appeared in the 1990s, as well as today

They started selling the units in 2001 from floor plans. The lofts were completed and ready for occupancy in 2002, with registration of the condo corporation coming in 2003.

There are a couple of private roof top terraces, but no balconies on lower levels… office buildings did not have balconies unfortunately. The roof top common area has a garden, exercise room and squash court – leftover luxuries from the boss’s private penthouse office!

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Large units – some with dens – at Le Corbu Lofts at 194 Merton Street

Since it is an office conversion, the lofts can be a little boring – no exposed brick or wood beams. But it does have high 10-foot concrete ceilings and large spaces with big windows. Hardwood or laminate floors, combined with sliding barn doors, do add to the loft look.

The Midtown location is obviously a huge selling feature. Yonge Street is literally 500 feet away, with the Davisville subway station just to the north. The Beltline Trail is across the street and there is tons of green space in the area. Prices are good for such a posh neighbourhood, especially compared to the $1-million-plus townhouses on either side!

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Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write every article, some are reproduced here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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