Spectacular and Rare Church Beach Loft Conversion @ 21 Swanwick

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Spectacular and Rare Church Beach Loft Conversion @ 21 Swanwick

Every once in a while there is a truly unique home that becomes available for someone to call their own. Suite #1, the jewel of the church conversion at 21 Swanwick is one such home.

The present-day church was completed in 1893 as Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, under the direction of 19th century contractors McMillan and Costain and the 2009 conversion project was developed by Ziad Killu . It was a multi-year passion project for him; to this day he remains the building manager.

He helped ensure every aspect was perfect – including trying to match the colours of the original red brick, hand-chiselling to keep the majority of the original stucco, and ensuring to maintain or repair the original stain-glass pieces. The process involved so much meticulous work that upon completion he vowed to never do another conversion.

The space was designed to balance functionality and beauty; modern conveniences with gothic architecture.

Unit #1 is the crown jewel of the development, and the owner was able to secure everything they could dream of: a private driveway conveniently in front of the front door, a private porch entrance converting the original double-door entry of the church, 4 out of 5 front windows of the church, the largest stain-glass windows, the centerpiece 30+ ft. tower capped with wrap-around 10ft windows just to begin. A real estate agent once joked that it was basically 9 units in the building subsidizing the costs to create this main spectacular unit with most of the key church aspects.

Suffice to say, this home is completely unique and truly extraordinary. A few days ago before listing, the developer even Ziad recently visited the unit again to take pictures of his masterpiece.

A personal favourite of the current owner is that the master bathroom shower has glass on both sides, allowing light from a sunlight to flood the shower; and it’s fantastic to wake-up to so much natural light surrounding you, with the water cascading on you in the shower. The 3rd floor master also has two windows and two skylights, and a walk-in closet and gorgeous exposed brick walls.

The second floor is a mix of a guest bedroom & washroom – perfect for guests or as additional ample living space, also on the 2nd floor is an office with two massive floor-to-ceiling stain-glass windows, and exposure to the church tower with light flooding-in from the 10ft wrap-around capped windows at the top of the tower (technically the windows are in the ‘lantern’ of the tower, just below the ‘spire’).

The main floor has an incredible open concept layout with a modern kitchen, spacious dining area, and cozy living room with gas fireplace. The basement is a welcoming entertainment space with a home theatre and a corner space for a poker table. Finally, there is an outdoor retreat with beautifully manicured gardens and space to relax and restore after a long day.
After a long search where run of the mill condos seemed to blur together in their sameness, the owner wished for “A place that was truly extraordinary – a home so spectacular that it stands out from the mass ordinary.”

She was fortunate enough to find out about the conversion project prior to the plans being developed. When she saw the church she fell in love: especially with the quaint private porch entrance, original fifteen foot stain-glass windows, and the 10 foot wrap-around windows capping the soaring 30+ft church tower.
As to why this was the perfect home, the owner shared, “My home is a sanctuary for me. I wanted a 3-story private home, but needed the convenience of a turn-key condo. I’m busy and need a no-hassle solution – disposing garbage at any hour, not worrying about snowplows or cleaning gutters etc. I’m able to spend much of my winters in a warmer climate; simply lock my door, and not worry about my home for months. And the condo fees are extremely reasonable at only $330 for a very large unit.”

She continues, “Also, I wanted to be in the Beach. I love, love, love the water. I love the energy of the Beach: I wanted the energy of a fun area of the city with great cafes, walkability, etc., but I’ve always preferred the neighbourhood values here, as it’s more family-oriented, very open and welcoming, but a tight-knit sense of strong community.”

Here are details of the this spectacular home:

  • 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Over $150,000k in upgrades
  • Legal front pad parking – but the owner can easily fit two cars
  • Hardwood floors throughout and soaring 10 foot main floor ceilings
  • Modern, built-in millwork
  • 3rd floor master retreat with full ensuite and walk-in closet
  • 2nd bedroom with full ensuite
  • Eat-in kitchen with Quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances
  • Open concept main floor with soaring windows
  • Professionally landscaped outdoor retreat with walk-out
  • Exposed brick and original stonework through
  • Leaded windows, stained glass windows and skylights throughout
  • Dramatic office space with floor to ceiling stained glass windows
  • Spacious basement entertaining space
  • Very reasonable maintenance fees of $330/mth

Offered at $1,270,000

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Contact Mark Richards mark@markrichards.ca 416.728.2499 for more information or to book your private showing today.