Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa | 255 Argyle Av
Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa was built in 2000 by Domicile Developments. This unique low rise building contains 40 units spread out on 4 storeys. Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa is an eye-catching building with its prominent red brick and cream accents. Located in between Ottawa’s popular and well-known streets, Elgin Street and Bank Street, this building is in the heart of Ottawa’s Centretown. Enjoy a Sunday stroll down the Rideau Canal, or go afternoon shopping in the Glebe. Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa allows you easy access to Ottawa’s economic and social neighbourhoods. Perfect for the artsy modern student, professional or retiree these units are unique and stand out with their distinctive architecture. The lofts here are dramatic, pipe and/or brick exposed units with a feel you won’t find anywhere in Ottawa. Fireplaces in living areas, expansive outdoor terraces and gas in the kitchen and balconies make this building truly unique. Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa features a beautiful lobby with accent art pieces, elevator, underground and surfaced parking and private storage lockers.
Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa Neighbourhood Guide
Studio Argyle is located in Centretown. The majority of Ottawa’s downtown vicinity is located in the business sector, just outside of the Byward Market. Condos in this district are located in Canada’s political core, with many units boasting views of the Parliament buildings and other government structures. This area is conveniently nestled between Bronson St. and Elgin St. and is in close proximity to the Hwy 417. The downtown sector is 15 minutes from Ottawa International Airport, 10 minutes from the VIA Rail train station and 5 minutes from Ottawa’s Greyhound Station. The hustle and bustle of business during the day is complemented by calm evenings. Nightlife isn’t far, however, as Elgin Street and the Byward Market feature a wide array of restaurants and bars open late. Fine dining is prevalent in the area, including some of Ottawa’s best steakhouses and seafood eateries. Cultured palettes will find thrill knowing Ottawa’s Chinatown and Little Italy are also nearby. This area also is home to many international grocery stores as well as local names. Shopping enthusiasts are close to The Rideau Centre and many boutiques. Centretown features Canadian culture as one of its main highlights. The National Arts Centre is home to some of the best performances, seminars, and exhibitions in Ottawa.
If gazing at Monet’s is something you fancy, the National Gallery of Canada is within walking distance. Other museums in the area include the Museum of Nature, the Canadian War Museum and the Museum of Civilization. Living in the heart of downtown Ottawa doesn’t limit those recreational enthusiasts. The Ottawa River borders the Northern area of Centretown, with Quebec just a short drive across the Portage Bridge. The Gatineau Hills, a 10-minute drive onto the Quebec side, features a wide array of hiking paths, biking trails, and ski hills. One of Ottawa’s most well-known attractions, the Rideau Canal, runs through Centretown. The Canal is the longest skating rink in the world, attracting skaters not only for its length but with its many “Beavertail” stands. Many main transit lines run through the downtown center, facilitating transportation around Ottawa.
Other Hard Lofts in Ottawa
Hard Lofts in Ottawa
Studio Argyle 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-offs. 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 the 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 workspaces 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 artist’s 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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Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa | 255 Argyle Av - Floorplans
Studio Argyle Condo Ottawa | 255 Argyle Av - Amenities
- Storage Locker
- Underground Parking