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Are you after style, glamour, and comfort? Then Lawrence Park is the place for you, and it’s as good as it gets! This neighbourhood is ranked among the most prosperous in Canada. Lawrence Park lies warmly nestled between Bedford Park, Lytton Park, and the Bridle Path, making it one of the city’s most sought-after and desirable neighbourhoods! With its serene, calm, and picturesque landscapes, buzzing with schools, local entertainment, great transport options, and shopping links, it’s no wonder this upmarket neighbourhood was voted in 2010 by Canadian Business magazine the wealthiest postal code in Canada.
History: The suburb of the well-to-do
Though quite modern, this neighbourhood also carries an attention-grabbing past. Created as Toronto’s first garden suburb in the earlier part of the twentieth century, Lawrence Park came to be developed as a suburb for the well-to-do, with an aristocratic flair. However, its development had been intermittent, owing to two world wars, a recession, and the great depression — this neighbourhood has seen it all. Nevertheless, it was the 1950s that witnessed a revival and saw the neighbourhood come into its own. Even today, this wealthy area still maintains its forefathers’ founding principles: charm and affluence.
Built between 1910 and the late 1940s, the alluring architectural flair of Lawrence Park homes retains a quintessentially English touch, with an English Cottage, Tudor revival, and Colonial style. The homes infuse old with contemporary to produce dreamy sweetheart effects like leaded glass windows, wood trims surrounding the door and window frames, ornate fireplace mantles, and rich, luxuriant hardwood floors.
Lawrence Park by Wikimedia Commons
Recreational Facilities & Parks
If you love nature, you’ll love what Lawrence Park has to offer! It’s bursting with several parks for those long summer strolls and jogs.
- Sherwood Park: With its extensive terrain, Sherwood Park is one of the principal green attractions of the neighbourhood, where you are free to run wild and indulge in the little relaxing pleasures such as biking, walking the dogs, or picnics on warm, summery days.
- Lawrence Park: Notably, the majority of the neighbourhood’s recreational facilities can be found in Lawrence Park, situated east of Yonge Street and south of Lawrence Avenue. The park is popular among fitness enthusiasts and not only provides access to the Lawrence Park Ravine footpath, but also boasts three clay-surface tennis courts, a lawn bowling club, and the Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, an award-winning, multi-level strolling garden.
- Rosedale Golf Club: Situated a few kilometres to the north, it is perfect for local tee time and relaxing down time. Fascinatingly, the club has hosted several tournaments, including the Canadian open in 1912 and 1928.
Granite Club by Wikimedia Commons
- Granite Club: Resting in Bayview, the Granite Club offers the most exclusive fitness amenities, with superb, first-class facilities, including a spa and childcare facilities.
- George Locke Public Library : Northwest of Lawrence Park, the library offers a wealth of activities for adults through to children.
Lawrence Park Schools
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute by Wikimedia Commons
A top-class family neighbourhood, Lawrence Park comes with top-class education! Lawrence Park houses a number of first-class and exceptional educational establishments, including three prominent public high schools, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, Northern Secondary School, and North Toronto Collegiate Institute.
Subsequently, there are a number of noteworthy independent schools:
- Havergal College is outstanding and one of the best independent girls’ boarding and day schools. Grades run from junior kindergarten to twelfth grade.
- Crescent is an independent and elementary all boys’ school and is reputed with being a leader in boys’ education, offering a well rounded curriculum.
- Toronto French School is the city’s finest French private school, offering education from pre-kindergarten to high school.
- Blythwood Jr and Bedford Park offer a high-ranking public elementary school system within the locality.
Shopping in Lawrence Park: Indulge in your inner diva
Lawrence Park is residence to an electric array of boutiques, gourmet coffee houses, bakeries, shops, and restaurants — creating a truly distinctive and priceless shopping experience.
- Canopy Blue is the store through which to unleash that inner goddess and find that much needed denim or cocktail dress. Since opening its doors in 2008, the store has become a fashion haven for savvy fashionistas of all ages. Just to add to its glamour, complementary tea is served while trendsetters browse the latest season’s collections.
- Sabon is a natural and beauty bath products store best known for its out-of-this-world skin scrubs that leave your skin feeling soft and silky. The mouth-watering smell alone is an incentive to pay a visit!
- Hatley is a cute children’s boutique, always a season stop for parents seeking a snazzy bargain. From adorable pyjama sets to cute rain boots and swimwear, Hatley’s also offers an adorable array of kitchenware.
- Robyn’s Cookies – If you want indulge that sweet tooth or catch up with friends, why not head off to Robyn’s Cookies, the best cookie shop Toronto has to offer? It’s located on Yonge Street north of Lawrence. Her tantalizing chocolate chip cookies will have you coming back for more — just don’t forget to buy enough for the kids!
Encounter a one-of-a-kind, magical dining experience in Lawrence Park. From romantic dinners for two to afternoon family get-togethers, Lawrence Park restaurants are guaranteed to tantalize those taste buds!
- Bistro On Avenue (1678 Avenue Road)
A great, cosy diner beaming with energy, it has been one of the favourite take-out joints with locals since 1985.
- Mezza Misto (3185 Yonge Street)
Good quality food, wine, and service are an assured package deal at Mezza Misto. This Mediterranean restaurant offers many beloved dishes from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece! With much acclaimed recommendations such as the braised beef short ribs and the veal chops, you will definitely be coming back for more.
- Steak Pit Restaurant is a small, family-owned business and one of Toronto’s oldest steak and rib houses. Since 1948, Steak Pit has opened its doors to hungry Torontonians, and it never disappoints.
TTC Car by Peter Broster
Lawrence Park offers great transport links and is served by buses and subways. The majority of Lawrence Park residents reside within easy reach of bus routes that run along Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant Road, Bayview Avenue, and Lawrence Avenue.
Lawrence Subway Station, situated in the intersection of Yonge and Lawrence, forms part of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Subways run from 6:00 A.M. to 1:30 A.M Mondays through to Saturdays and 9:00 A.M to 1:20 A.M. on Sundays.
Night bus services: Bus 320 Yonge Blue night services, provides late night services when the subway is not in operation.
Highway: Both Bayview and Yonge Street connect to Highway 401 within a five to ten minute drive from Lawrence Park.
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