Standing at 637 Lake Shore Boulevard West is one of Toronto’s true tributes to innovation, renovation, and high-class living. The Tip Top Lofts are not just a testament to the luxury of high class living, but also to the innovation and ingenuity that keep the city of Toronto in the limelight as one of the most cutting edge cities in North America. It is one of the historic buildings in the city that enjoys a place in the cultural and commercial mosaic of the city.
The Art Deco building, constructed in 1929 by contracting company Bishop and Miller for the Tip Top Tailor clothing company, was used both for office and warehouse purposes. At a time when highways and super freeways did not cross the landscape as they do today, access to the waters and ports of the Great Lakes was a huge commercial advantage, thus the location of the building proved to be invaluable. With the Great Depression, Tip Top Tailors and others fell on hard times, and were forced to sell to Dylex, who were interested in the chain and its potential, rather than any of the buildings the chain owned. The result was a rejuvenation of the corporate side, but this did not extend to the real estate holdings, and buildings like the warehouse were allowed to degenerate.
The move to conserve space, the appeal for the modern individual of a manageable living area, as well as skyrocketing real estate prices would all combine, bringing new life for the building, which was sold to Context Development Inc. in 2002. The company renovated the historic structure into the high-end condominium building it is today, registering the complex in 2006. Today, these condos (including the additional three floors of two storey units) are some of the most in demand pieces of real estate in Toronto.
The exclusive lofts that are part of this building’s appeal are unique in several aspects in comparison to other Toronto condominiums: they are located right on Lake Ontario within local proximity to the Martin Goodman Waterfront Park and trail system, as well as all of the excitement that makes up the atmosphere of the Toronto waterfront. The building is within walking distance to Ontario Place, Harbourfront, and a quick ferry ride to Toronto Island. Nearby neighbourhoods like the Fashion District, Entertainment District, and Theatre District all provide great options for restaurants, bars, and artistic and cultural centres.
▪ barbcues allowed
▪ meeting room
▪ recreation room
▪ rooftop deck & garden
▪ security guard
▪ security system
▪ visitor parking
Just eleven stories tall, the Tip Top Lofts feature 256 unique units, most of which are two stories high. Hard lofts compose the lower floors, while soft lofts are housed in the newer upper floors of the building.
Spacious and timeless in design, these suites are well appointed and vividly bright with generous windows. Many lofts have been updated, and can feature exposed concrete pillars, walls, and ductwork, or softer toned hardwood floors and European-inspired kitchens. Unobstructed views of Lake Ontario and Coronation Park are also a draw.