Abbey Lofts

Talk about divine design. This 2,700-square-foot penthouse sits inside the bell tower of a historic Toronto church, a 100-year-old Medieval Revival masterpiece that was converted into the Abbey Lofts in 2008.

The penthouse is the crown jewel of the Abbey Lofts, as it is the building’s most church-like one, with features such as leaded-glass windows and exposed limestone walls. Steps away from High Park, this church-turned-condo complex has a long history. Built in 1911 for a Methodist parish, the structure switched affiliations a few times—United in 1925, then evangelical in 1970—before turning into residences in 2008.

Outside, the 90-foot-high square campanile (bell tower) is clad in light-grey limestone. Inside, many of the original elements of the 1911 Edwardian interior have been retained, like exposed limestone walls, stained-glass cathedral windows and 25-foot ceilings in places.

Beyond the obvious “we live in a bell tower” boast, new residents can show off their books in the many main-floor shelving units. Between the library vibe and the stone walls, the place has a heady, Halloween feel. The rooftop terrace, complete with turrets, provides the perfect place to relive childhood games of King of the Castle.

“He’s got a lot of wit in the decor, which you rarely see,” says listing agent Lynn Tribbling – as the loft is currently for sale. “A lot of these listings … they are so serious. You feel like you’ve been to a museum. This one, you walk in and you see these little surprises everywhere.” Like whimsical “wall spirits” – half sculptures protruding from the walls – and visual puns including a “holy cow” and a “sacred lamb.”

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  2. Brittany Mar 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I too have an obsession with church conversion and dream of one day living in one. This one is done so well!

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