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Condomonium: $1.6 million for a bell tower—yes, a bell tower—in the Junction

ADDRESS: 152 Annette Street, penthouse 402

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Junction Area

AGENT: Tim Bosworth, Brad J. Lamb Realty

PRICE: $1,562,000

THE PLACE: The largest penthouse in the Victory Lofts, a church-to-condo conversion in the Junction. The unit spans three levels, two of which are up in the bell tower and topped off with a turret.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: Historical cred. First built in 1885 as West Toronto Presbyterian Church, the building was rechristened the Victoria Presbyterian Church to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The conversion made use of inset balconies to ensure the exterior remained church-like, even if the inside is no longer.

BIG SELLING POINT: The bell tower provides a 360-degree view over the neighbourhood. (It’s also free of unwanted visitors—a nearby church regularly releases a falcon to scare off local pigeons.)

POSSIBLE DEAL BREAKER: The Quasimodo jokes write themselves…so you’d better expect them from every single person who comes over.

BY THE NUMBERS:
• $1,562,000
• 2540 square feet
• $1,239.38 in maintenance fees
• 127 years of history
• 3 levels
• 3 bathrooms
• 2 bedrooms
• 1 inset balcony
• 1 bell tower