Toronto Loft Conversions

Toronto Loft Conversions

I know classic brick and beam lofts! From warehouses to factories to churches, Laurin will help you find your perfect new loft.

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Modern Toronto Lofts

Not just converted lofts, I can help you find the latest cool and modern space. There are tons of new urban spaces across the city.

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Unique Toronto Homes

More than just lofts, I can also help you find that perfect house. From the latest architectural marvel to a piece of our Victorian past, the best and most creative spaces abound.

Condos in Toronto

Condos in Toronto

I started off selling mainly condos, helping first time buyers get a foothold in the Toronto real estate market. Now working with investors and helping empty nesters find that perfect luxury suite.

Toronto Real Estate

Toronto Real Estate

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Ask an Expert: Laurin Jeffrey, real estate agent

Toronto’s Laurin Jeffrey is real estate agent with a fondness for lofts. He’s worked with Century 21 for seven years. We asked him all about soft lofts, work/live zoning rules, and why finding cheap spaces to convert is becoming near-impossible.

Denise Balkissoon – The Grid

How did you start learning about lofts?

I’m an old-building geek. I love old factories and old houses—they have so much more character than a lot of the newer stuff. I’m also an avid photographer, and I’ve taken lots of photos of old and abandoned buildings.

How do you feel about new buildings billed as “soft lofts”?

I’m opposed to people portraying them as equal to a converted factory. They have their own niche. I like a lot of them; they’re modern and clean. But a condo with high concrete ceilings is not a loft.

Are Toronto lofts zoned for live/work use?

The vast majority are not, but that’s another misunderstanding. A true live/work space means it’s zoned so that you can operate a business without living in it if you like. But you don’t need special zoning to work in your dining room. It’s only if you have employees or clients coming in. True live/work zoning means paying part of your property taxes as a commercial enterprise, and that would be way higher.

Do some buyers have unrealistic expectations about lofts?

People think they’ll get 2,000 square feet of raw space in a grubby old building for $200,000 and finish it off themselves. Maybe 20 years ago. Anyone with the wherewithal to buy an old building and convert it has done so. There’s nothing to convert. Trust me, I’ve been looking.

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto Realtor with Century 21 Regal Realty. He did not
write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who are
interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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