Barrett Lane Condo Ottawa | 215 St Patrick St
This award winning building is not only beautifully designed but ideally located in Lower Town right on the edge of the Byward Market. Built by Charlesfort Developments with architecture by Barry Hobin & Associates, 215 St-Patrick is peaceful and serene, yet still close to the excitement of the market. This building offers lifestyle at its best with shopping, n... Read More
This award winning building is not only beautifully designed but ideally located in Lower Town right on the edge of the Byward Market. Built by Charlesfort Developments with architecture by Barry Hobin & Associates, 215 St-Patrick is peaceful and serene, yet still close to the excitement of the market. This building offers lifestyle at its best with shopping, nightlife, restaurants, bars, the Rideau Canal, the Hill, the National Gallery, and more right outside its door. The upscale New York style lofts offer 2 story units with sky lights, gleaming hardwood floors, wood staircases, large windows for natural light, 16 ft ceilings, and an open-concept feel. Barrett Lane Condo Ottawa is a perfect living space for urbanites.
Barrett Lane Condo Ottawa Neighbourhood Guide
Barrett Lane Condo Ottawa is located in Lower Town. Lower Town is bordered by the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River. Near Sandy Hill, New Edinburgh and Lindenlea communities, the residential area is mostly found in Lower Town’s North Eastern section. Lower Town will not disappoint you with its wide selection of international restaurants that can be found on Murray Street.
Other Hard Lofts in Ottawa
Hard Lofts in Ottawa
Barrett Lane Condo Ottawa is a hard loft. An authentic Hard Loft is a rare beast. Lofts in Ottawa are in short supply due to the nature of their origin. In order to fit this category, a former industrial or commercial use space must be converted into a residential living space. Out of this formula, some common elements arise. Old, often exposed brick, visible mechanical elements of the building such as pipes and beams, large windows and vaulted ceilings. The latter is the element from which a loft derives its name. A lofted ceiling that allows a living space to feel much larger than the square footage of the floor plan. Ceiling heights from 11 to16 ft are common.
There are no rules regarding whether or not a loft includes separate bedrooms. There may be no separation at all. Partition walls at less than ceiling height may be present or a second floor with partial walls or overlooks can be found. These are usually seen in units where the ceiling height is generous enough to allow room for a partial second floor.
The conversion of these commercial buildings are one-off. Often what makes them stand out are the singular elements associated with that particular building. Some will feature 100 yr old flooring, the wide beams and large nails that made up the factory floors of the day. Others may be touted for the uniqueness of the brick used to construct the building or the shape and style of the stonework. Window style will also be particular to each building, with original glass and frames, shape and size all contributing to the style of the lofts in Ottawa.
Of special interest, will be the history of the building. The story that these conversions tell is almost as important as the design in conveying the style of the home. The original use, any subsequent commercial conversions and the date of the original construction, all contribute to setting the buildings apart. All of these factors naturally limit the height of the buildings, but not necessarily the amenities. There are Hard Lofts that also include common areas, fitness rooms and shared rooftop spaces. Of particular interest are buildings that have been reclaimed from the public domain such as schools and churches.
The other criteria that must be filled is location. While this applies to every home and business, the trick with Hard Lofts is there must be underutilized or vacant industrial space near to an urban centre. Simply converting a vacant factory in the middle of nowhere, doesn’t have much appeal. Look for office, commercial and retail conversion as live work spaces to fill the gap in demand. It is also important to note the distinction between living spaces and those designated for mixed use, as this adds volume to the available Hard Loft category. Those with dual zoning are sometimes listed as artists spaces, or live work units. Both styles are more likely to be found in urban centres with high foot traffic.
The price tag associated with these one of a kind lofts in Ottawa, is not often congruent with the artists label they may receive. In some cities this was born of the use of buildings that could house projects, but were not necessarily converted to living spaces. In the past, inexpensive, unused industrial space was a great fit for artists. Necessities like plumbing and heat, were ignored in favour of the affordability. City zoning and housing laws will play a large part in determining what’s on offer for Hard Lofts today. Each city will determine what constitutes a space fit for living, and where inhabitants are allowed to offer commercial services from their residence.
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Barrett Lane Condo Ottawa | 215 St Patrick St - Amenities
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- Underground Parking