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Finding luxury in a riverfront townhome

Guelph has thrived along the banks of the Speed and Eramosa River since its establishment in 1827. Guelph’s river rront has seen redevelopment numerous times over the years, Agrarian life turned into industrial use which has given way to residential uses in the past years. Living on the water’s edge started as a necessity and has transformed over the years, but until now there has never been living options like this in Guelph.

Today in Guelph there are 2 riverfront options for luxury living that are well worth discussion; The MetalWorks River Loft’s and OneEighty. This article will focus on comparison of these two exciting options.


180 Gordon St. is situated on the south bank at the confluence of the Eramosa and Speed Rivers. The complex is made up of 10 similarly designed suites. The designs are centred around multi-level living and highlighted by a 4th level roof top patio overlooking the river. Steps from the downtown core shopping and entertainment, with close proximity to Guelph’s public transit and rail station. Whether you work in town or out you can leave your car at home.

Beautiful colonial style red brick looks with modern conveniences make this project truly unique.

Beautifully designed, open concept living space with 10’ ceiling greet you on the main floor. The kitchen features beautiful custom cabinetry topped off with quartz countertops. The second floor provides some flexibility with a few options to fit your life style; 1 or 2 bedroom with fully customizable laundry, bath and finish options. The third floor is a self contained master suite with walk in closet and exclusive ensuite featuring stand alone shower and soaker tub. Finally the show stopper, a forth level 250+ sqft roof top patio overlooking the river.

The particulars:

  • Starting at $489,900.
  • Starting price at $330/ square foot, pretty tough to argue with these finishings
  • Condo fee based at $0.17 / square foot


  • Building Insurance, Common Elements, Parking, Property Maintenance Fee


  • One parking space included in purchase price.
  • Additional parking space available for purchase
  • Storage unit included in purchase price

The MetalWorks River Loft’s

The River Lofts are 6 Suites of the multi-unit, multi-phase gem that is The Metalworks. The highly anticipated project by Fusion homes is a true gem and will be the leader in re-shaping the downtown landscape. The first phase is about to hit construction and occupancy is slated for late summer – mid autumn of 2016. In my professional opinion, the River Lofts are flagship design being offered in the whole Metalworks project.

Spread out over 8 acres of revitalized factory land, the MetalWorks is nestled along the speed river in the Heart of downtown Guelph. Inclusive is 2 acres of green space, featuring maintained walking trails and pollinator friendly gardens. Mere steps from your door, the original factory building will feature 30,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment space that is sure to rival Toronto’s famed Distillery District.

Brownstone charm meets modern lines

Each River Loft suite is spacious and luxuriously finished featuring a raised mainfloor with walk out patio and Third floor Terrace that overlooks a cobblestone walkway, well appointed gardens and the picturesque speed river with cityscape behind.

The entertaining main floor has an unimpeded view of the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the board walk and river, 9 ½’ ceilings open up to floor above to allow even more light and sights in. The Kitchen is nothing short of amazing with a 36” gas range, built in wall oven, custom cabinetry topped with designer hardware and your choice of granite or quartz countertops. The second floor hosts the second bedroom with den or optional third bedroom. The third floor houses the Master retreat; A bedroom with 2 walk-in closets and sitting area overlooking the river. An ensuite bath with stand alone shower and extra deep soaker tub, all wrapped in imported ceramics and designer finishes. Last but certainly not least is the third floor terrace overlooking the river.

The particulars:

  • Starting at $599,900.
  • Starting price at $286 / square foot
  • Condo fee’s based at $0.27 / square foot


  • Building Insurance, Common Elements, Parking, Property Maintenance Fee, Water, Gas (Heat)

Parking and Storage:

  • Two underground parking spaces included in purchase price.
  • Heated and unheated Storage available for purchase

To sum it all up, there are some pretty cool new options in Guelph that are helping to revitalize the landscape around our waterfront. It’s unclear if any new projects will get this close to the water’s edge again, so if I were you I would be jumping all over one of these two amazing and unique townhome projects. Townhomes certainly aren’t what they used to be …

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