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If you cringe at the mere mention of cul-de-sacs, shudder at the thought of living in a subdivision (especially in a home surrounded by a white picket fence), have we got a Toronto neighbourhood for you. Especially if you swoon over the thought of a city view and being within walking distance of your favorite watering hole, get to the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood in downtown Toronto.
Her roots are decidedly industrial and her architecture varied and so unique that architectural students study the heritage buildings.
Ready to learn more about this Old Town Toronto wonderland? Read on.
Dine, shop and be entertained in St. Lawrence
Ask most residents of St. Lawrence what they love most about where they live and they’ll mention the convenience factor, first. Here, you can walk to local eateries, shopping and entertainment venues. So, yes, a central location is certainly one of the community’s most cherished amenities.
Speaking of eateries, foodies will find that they’ll rarely use the chef’s kitchen in that new condo. The Esplanade offers up a variety of tempting cuisines, including French, Italian, Moroccan and others. Steak houses, burger joints and brewpubs round out the ways you can fill your stomach at The Esplanade.
Rather stay in? Take a stroll to St. Lawrence Market, chosen by National Geographic as the number one food market in the world. Open for business since 1803, it offers more than 120 retailers who sell everything from wine to organic food and seafood.
If it’s entertainment you crave, that, too, is nearby. In fact, outdoor festivals are a big deal here and as a resident you’ll have a front-row seat.
Movie buffs head for the Imagine Cinemas Market Square for first-run movies at a reasonable price.
Then, there’s the live entertainment to be had at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and the Alumnae Theatre.
Recreation in St. Lawrence
Although there are some among us who consider shopping a sport, fitness buffs would beg to differ. And they’ll be happy to know that they’re within a bike or jog away from the popular Cooper Koo YMCA.
OK, so it’s not officially located within the neighbourhood, but it’s close enough that it should be. Here, you can swim, take a fitness class, play sports and more.
Outdoorsy types can head to David Crombie Park, with 1.6 hectares in which to immerse yourself in activity. Shoot some hoops, play ball or watch the kids release all that pent-up energy on the playground. Oh, do bring the dog – the park offers an off-leash area.
St. Lawrence Schools
Yes, St. Lawrence is located in a bustling downtown area, but it does offer residents several schools for their children. These include:
- Market Lane Public School – located on the Esplanade
- Michael Catholic School – serves students in grades JK through 8
- George Brown College, St. James Campus
Homes in St. Lawrence
“Cookie cutter” is not a word in the housing lexicon in St. Lawrence. Sure, there are condos galore, but the variety (in age, size and architecture) is astounding.
The lowest-priced condos are typically located in communities that offer few amenities – keeping your monthly fee to a minimum. Think lofts in heritage buildings and you’ll have an idea. These are lovely homes, right in the midst of the hustle and hum of the city.
Higher-end homes offer high-end amenities, such as valet and concierge service, resident lounges, guest suites, pools and spas and more.
Some to consider include L Tower (8 The Esplanade), The Berczy (55 Front St. East) and London on the Esplanade (1 Scott Street and 38 The Esplanade).
The St. Lawrence neighbourhood is located between Parliament and Yonge Streets, north of the raid corridor and south of Queen St. East.
Please feel free to contact me to view any available condos for sale in St. Lawrence.