Renting in Toronto’s Gay Village

Renting in Toronto's Gay VillageIt’s the kind of day photographers love. A soft, grey, late afternoon light gives the view of downtown Toronto from Sonja Scharf and Kelly Kyle’s south-facing, 20-by-20 foot deck a haunting glow reminiscent of photographer Bret Culp’s show, currently featured in the gallery at their year-old business, Akasha Art Projects, a framing and installation shop on Church St. at Wellesley St. that doubles as a gallery space.

“We’re going to have an herb garden here,” says Scharf as the couple steps through the sliding doors into their new apartment, a roughly 950-square-foot two-bedroom on the second and third floors of a heritage building in Cabbagetown. A skylight illuminates the newly-installed kitchen (built by Kyle’s sister, Kim, who is the building’s superintendent and lives in a nearby unit). A pitched roof means there’s a steeply slanted ceiling bisecting the living and dining rooms. A small staircase leads to a third floor nook that will soon be filled with books.

It’s a quirky place that perfectly suits the two women. If only they could find the time to unpack their belongings and get it set up.

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