The home that gave Moss Park its name unfortunately no longer exists: the moss-covered house owned by the Allen family (one of the city’s most affluent) was razed in preparation for the neighbourhood’s redevelopment in the 1960s. Similarly, other homes were demolished at this time, many of which were built to house the industrial working class that once made up a large proportion of the area’s inhabitants.
The residential neighbourhood bound by Dundas, Richmond, Jarvis, and Parliament has traditionally been home to low-income individuals, and three government-housing buildings sit near the intersection of Parliament and Queen. While those who live in Moss Park condos have to exit the neighbourhood itself in order to shop or dine out, it’s filled with public facilities for all to enjoy.
The neighbourhood’s namesake park is home to a baseball diamond, as well as tennis and basketball courts. Residents can also enjoy the indoor amenities at the John Innes Community Recreation Centre, such as the swimming pool, gymnasium, craft room, lounge, and games room.
Although Toronto doesn’t have a strong military presence, those who claimed Toronto condos for sale in the neighbourhood might spot men and women in uniforms, as the Moss Park Armoury is located at 130 Queen East. And fans of the show will recognize the store where Kim’s Convenience is filmed, right on Queen East between Sherbourne and Seaton.
Unsurprisingly for a downtown Toronto neighbourhood, Moss Park Condos make up the majority of residences, and often come in the form of high-rise towers. Some are high-density condos like The Modern, which features 343 suites spread out over 17 storeys; others, like the Britain's Gate Residences, are traditional red brick townhouse complexes.
Thanks to its industrial past, some hard lofts also occupy the neighbourhood. The Century Lofts at 365 Dundas East was formerly home to the Imperial Optical Lens factory, the Boiler Factory Lofts at 189 Queen East occupies an 1880s-built boiler factory, and the Stonecutter Lofts at 43 Britain Street was a warehouse in its previous life.
In case Moss Park wasn’t dense enough, ONE Properties is planning a mega-residence for the corner of Queen and Sherbourne. Slated for completion in 2020, the building consists of 1,645 homes, and yet its developer has also ensured that the historic façades currently present on the site will be preserved. What’s more, the creation of the building will also result in a new park for all of Moss Park’s residents to use.
Thanks to its central downtown locale, residents living in Moss Park have no trouble getting around the city, even without a car. The Dundas and Queen streetcars come in handy for anyone heading east or west, while the Sherbourne and Parliament buses carry passengers south to the waterfront or north to the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Speaking of the subway, Moss Park is also just a short walk away from Queen Station, which runs along the Yonge line.
While Toronto’s congested roads means drivers will want to avoid short trips around the immediate area, a couple of highways are thankfully within close reach. Car owners can head south on Jarvis in order to connect onto the Gardiner Expressway, or east along Queen to reach an on-ramp for the Don Valley Parkway.
The Locals: Historically lower-income individuals, but diversifying more and more every day.
Code of Conduct: The neighbourhood may not be filled with boutiques and cafés, but nearly everything imaginable is a short walk away.
What You’ll Find: New residential buildings popping up left, right, and centre.
What You Won’t Find: Trendy restaurants and bars everywhere you turn.
The Homes: Contemporary Moss Park condos next to assisted housing.
Sealing the Deal: Living within walking distance of the Eaton Centre, the Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, and Lake Ontario.