loft forty five What do you call the boundary between The Beaches and Leslieville? Loft Forty Five, a new boutique building by Berkshire Axis Development, will rise at 45 Connaught Ave., just south of Queen Street East, and be smack-dab in the middle of the best of the east end.

A super-desirable and uber-liveable part of town, the area neighbouring the 18-unit condo earned an impressive 92 walk score and is considered a “walker’s paradise.”

If you’re not familiar with all that will be at your doorstep when you call the exclusive, 4-storey building home, have a look at our shortlist of neighbourhood hot spots.

Woodbine Park
(Eastern Avenue and Coxwell Avenue)

This one might be a no-brainer. After all, the sandy beach is a favourite among Torontonians who periodically flock there when the mercury rises. One of the few blue flag beaches in the city, the water’s clean and officially okay for swimming. The boardwalks team with strolling residents year round and you can also bike along the Martin Goodman Trail. But the beach isn’t just for outdoorsy types. Foodie festivals regular take over the park, from craft beer fairs and barbeques to soup samplings, the city’s best chefs frequently congregate in the park. For music lovers, the beach also plays host to the blues and jazz festivals too.

Queen Margharita
(Greenwood Avenue and Queen Street East)

Serving authentic Neopolitan fare, this popular pizzeria is behind the thin-crust takeover of Toronto. Frequently name dropped on “Best of” lists in the city, the restaurant has proven such a hit that it’s launched a sister restaurant in Bloor West Village and is planning to open a new place on Dundas West soon. It’s the perfect place to carbo-load and brag about eating at the the pizza place that launched countless imitators.

 Leslieville Flea
(Leslie Street and Queen Street East)

The just-launched outdoor market is home to some the hippest tchotchkes in town. On the third Sunday of every month, a variety of vendors will offer up everything from household items to fashion finds. The merch tends to have serious artisan-cred with many of the local sellers specializing in salvage, hand-made or vintage goods. It’s the perfect place for browsing and one-of-a-kind buys.

(Greenwood Avenue and Queen Street East)

There’s something to be said about a butcher with a pedigree. Olliffe has been in business in the city for nearly 35 years. Specializing in top-notch meats, lamb, poultry and game from across Ontario and around the world, the food empire operates at what they describe as the “farmgate level.” They know their suppliers and farmers intimately and stock meats exclusive to their store such as TamShire Pork, sourced from Perth County, and Whey Fed Hampshire Pork, of Peterborough County. Plus they cater too!

The project is scheduled for completion in 2014. Available condos start at $219,990.

For more information contact 416 694 2499.

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