Located on Lake Shore Boulevard West near Bathurst Street, the historic Tip Top Tailor building is hard to miss with its huge bright red ‘Tip Top Tailors’ sign perched above the roof.
Originally constructed in 1929 by Bishop & Miller, the Art Deco building was a warehouse and office facility for the Toronto clothing retailer. Then, in 2005, the 11-storey property was converted into 256 tastefully refinished Toronto lofts, aptly named Tip Top Lofts. The new residence features classic hard loft styles on the lower floors, while the new upper floors host modern soft lofts.
Beyond the scope of the building, homeowners here will find themselves immersed in the growing and historically enriched Fort York neighbourhood, a mix of lush outdoor green spaces and well-known cultural attractions such as the Harbourfront Centre, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, and the Canadian National Exhibition or CNE.
Most Notable Features
Historical charm: Deemed a heritage building in 1972, the Tip Top Lofts building has been a Toronto property since the 1920’s when it was the factory and office of Tip Top Tailors Ltd, Polish immigrant David Dunkelman’s menswear fashion retail company. That’s nearly 100 years of history wrapped up inside one little building on Toronto’s waterfront. So the question is: what will you add to the story?
Hard and soft lofts: When the building was converted into lofts in the early 2000’s, Context Developments was smart-thinking to create both hard and soft lofts. What that means is that Tip Top Lofts offers both the classic, exposed brick and woodbeam ‘hard loft’ style, as well as more modern ‘soft loft’ styles that will feel like a contemporary condo. You get to choose.
Holiday parties:Downtown Toronto condos can sometimes feel cold and impersonal, but Tip Top Lofts tries hard to create a fun and friendly sense of community, with meet your neighbour summer BBQs and annual Holiday parties for Christmas and New Years.
With an iconic loft at 637 Lake Shore Boulevard West, residents will experience the new and growing Fort York community situated between Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue, next door to the Fort York National Historic Site. Sometimes called the ‘Garrison,’ it’s a fresh community coming up among green spaces like Garrison Common and Coronation Park, but with many condo towers and new townhouse developments you’ll feel right at home as a condo owner. And there is a blooming culture of retail shops and restaurants, not far from the excitement of Toronto’s Entertainment District, Liberty Village, and Queen Street West.
Some fun local gems to check out include Amsterdam BrewHouse on Queens Quay West for a beer-pairing restaurant and retail outlet, Wilbur Mexicana on King Street West for delicious lunch-time tacos and burritos, and Raaw Japanese Cuisine on East Liberty Street for sushi and traditional Japanese small plates in a hip setting.
For nearby groceries and other household needs you can find Sobeys at Fork York Boulevard and Spadina, Metro on Lynn Williams Street, and Harbour Green Farms on Queens Quay West.
Local green spaces surround you, with Garrison Common a short walk north and Coronation Park right next door. Plus you can enjoy Toronto’s Martin Goodman promenade along Lake Ontario for bicycling and roller-blading, picnic benches for an afternoon in the sun, baseball diamonds, soccer-fields, and more.
The Fort York neighbourhood enjoys many smooth and easy travel options, with an 85 Walk Score for those who prefer to get around on foot. There are two nearby streetcar lines heading north along Bathurst and east to Union Station where you can connect to Toronto’s subway system. For car owners, the area is designed to accommodate with wide streets and easy access to the Gardiner Expressway East and West via Spadina Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard.
What Residents Are Saying
“This building is ideal for professionals who are looking for a building with character and who enjoys downtown lifestyle, yet want a "suburbian-feel" with amenities in a great waterfront location…”