There's plenty we all miss about the Before Times, and there's no shame in admitting that even the small stuff -- like browsing shoe stores at the mall -- calls forth major cravings these days.

Perhaps it was this hankering for a taste of the pre-COVID life that inspired a recent buy in the east end, wherein a one-bed loft with a dedicated "shoe wall" went for just under 900K.

Listed for $749,000, 107 - 68 Broadview Avenue sold for $883,000 -- another chapter for the "over asking" books that, lately, permeate ever-louder through the world of Toronto real estate.

Although, with its: sunsoaked interior; proximity to downtown and the east end's finest; and its unique design feature that leans into both mall-vibes and provides a home for the day's most important accessory, some could argue that snagging this loft space for under $900K is noteworthy, regardless of the ask price.

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Whether an open-concept loft is your style or not, nobody can deny this buyer hit the jackpot on location. Tucked just north of Eastern Avenue, this suite stands a stone's throw from the DVP, with all the delights of Queen Street East just steps from the building's front door.

Access to the downtown core is a breeze thanks to the 501 streetcar route, while even the GO is not too far west, offering easy transport into the GTA at large.

Takeout (and, eventually, dine-in) opportunities are also aplenty in this area, as Impact Kitchen, Saulter Street Brewery, Gusto 501, and sukhoTHAI all wait within just a few minute's walk.

Screen shot 2021 04 20 at 1268 Broadview Avenue (Google Maps)

In terms of the design of the suite itself, we'd say the spot is a true urbanite's dream. For an individual -- or even a couple who don't mind particularly close quarters -- the +700 square-foot space is airy, modern, and features industrial touches that ooze "cool."

Beyond the aforementioned shoe wall, organization-oriented elements of the space include ample kitchen cupboard space and built-in shelving throughout. A full-size bathtub and in-suite washer-dryer combo serve as added bonuses, making the unit that much more homey.

While the loft doesn't come complete with a private balcony, 68 Broadview does have a shared rooftop area, where this spot's new owner will be able to soak up some summer sun. If a grassier vibe is preferred, Corktown Common is just around the corner.


  • Address: 107 - 68 Broadview Avenue
  • Size: 700 - 799 sq. ft.
  • List: $749,000
  • Sold: $883,000
  • Taxes: $2,699
  • Maintenance fees: $513 / mo

If you're keen on fully embracing urban living, and purchasing a hard-loft style space has been on your wishlist as of late, take a gander through this recent buy's virtual gallery below. The images may help you decide how you'd decorate your own suite... Footlocker wall vibes and all.