Named after John Lawrence who originally owned the land, this midtown Toronto neighbourhood was founded in 1907, when Dovercourt Land Building and Saving Company purchased the land and began constructing the subdivision.
Unlike most neighbourhoods in the GTA which were once farmlands, Lawrence Park was designed from conception to completion — the development of the Yonge subway line in 1954 which passes right through the neighbourhood, made it one of the more desirable in the city. Today, Lawrence Park is among the most affluent areas in Toronto, providing the perfect blend of residential living and urban convenience.
On residential streets you’ll find large stately homes, many of which are on deep lots with lengthy backyards. Lanes on side streets are divided by stretches of grass, lined by mature trees. There are 2 major thoroughfares in the neighbourhood; Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue E. Most businesses are located on Yonge Street — here you’ll find a selection of restaurants, pubs, and retail stores.
Parents have a variety of schools to choose from for their children in the public and Catholic boards. As a family area, there are plenty of nearby playgrounds, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and athletic clubs; for this reason, Lawrence Park condos are best suited to families.
Nobody will describe the condo scene in Lawrence Park as bustling, however, prospective buyers have a dozen buildings in the area to consider — provided that they can afford them; units at Sherwood at Huntington Condos easily fetch 7 figure prices tags. Lawrence Park condos generally go for high prices, and most units are on par with those found in desirable neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. Floor plans tend to be a little more generous here, with many 1 bedroom units that exceed 600 square feet — slightly larger than most Toronto condos.
Amenities are consistent with what you’d expect elsewhere — townhomes have few extras but offer enhanced privacy, while condos provide gyms, party rooms, and rooftop decks. Most Lawrence Park condos are located near Yonge Street, granting residents access to dining, nightlife, and transit options.
With Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue in the neighbourhood, residents have an abundance of nearby shops for running daily errands. For longer trips, there are east and westbound buses on Lawrence, north and southbound buses on Yonge, and Lawrence Station sits on the southern edge of the neighbourhood for subway lines.
Lawrence condos are excellent for car owners; drivers can head north on Yonge and reach the 401 in mere minutes, making it easy to connect to the Don Valley Parkway, 400, and 404.
The Locals: Successful professionals and families.
Code of Conduct: Owning a European made car is all but mandatory.
What You’ll Find: A neighbourhood that’s surrounded by green spaces.
What You Won’t Find: Affordable houses and condos.
The Homes: Mansions and luxury condos.
Sealing the Deal: Feeling tucked away without being far away from the action.