Downtowners venturing up to Yonge and Lawrence may feel like they’re pretty far north, but calling this neighbourhood north couldn’t be less than accurate. Rather, the geographic centre of Toronto is situated within Yonge and Lawrence, at 33 Wanless Crescent.
However, being the geographic core of Toronto doesn’t mean it’s the cultural hub, nor is it the preeminent nightlife zone. Yonge and Lawrence is instead tremendously serene, with tree-lined residential streets and plenty of green space.
Yonge Street may be the longest street in the world, but Yonge and Lawrence only intersects with a small portion of this busy roadway, from Lawrence to just north of Teddington Park. The rest of the neighbourhood’s streets can be found east of Yonge, stretching as far as Braeside Road.
Nevertheless, Yonge Street is where Yonge and Lawrence residents gather to eat, drink, and be merry. Yonge has tons of options for eating out, from fast food to fine dining, and of course a Tim Hortons and a Starbucks — because Canadian coffee drinkers tend to be loyal to one or the other. There’s also a Metro just south of Bedford Park Avenue, while some residents prefer to get their shopping done at the Loblaws at Yonge and Yonge Boulevard.
While there simply isn’t space for a golf course in downtown Toronto, renters don’t have to move out to the suburbs to live within close reach of one. In the northeast corner of Yonge and Lawrence sits the Rosedale Golf Club, a private club that’s been operating in the area since 1893. Those interested in tennis also have access to the five outdoor courts in Wanless Park. The Wanless Park Tennis Club also operates out of this park from April through October, offering everything from clinics to camps and even private instruction.
For the most part, residential offerings in Yonge and Lawrence consist of detached, single-family homes built in the first half of the 20th century. Ranging from sizeable to enormous, these homes showcase Georgian, Colonial, and Tudor Revival styles. Yonge and Lawrence condos for rent, on the other hand, are few and far between: there are only two buildings in the entire neighbourhood.
Both of the multi-residential offerings in Yonge and Lawrence were built just after the new millennium, after which developers seemed to leave the neighbourhood alone. To start, there’s 217 Roslin, a townhouse complex built in 2004, and made up of just 10 homes. The other option for those seeking out Yonge and Lawrence condos for rent is The Residences of Wanless Park, a 7-storey edifice containing 65 suites.
With its location just east of Yonge Street, residents living in Toronto condos for rent in Yonge and Lawrence can certainly get around the city with ease. Drivers don’t have to deal with the intensity of traffic that exists in the downtown core, however Yonge Street can become congested as drivers head north toward the 401 — especially during rush hour. Once on the highway, though, residents can zoom off toward surrounding neighbourhoods like Bayview Village or Downsview. And a drive all the way over to Pearson International Airport takes just around 25 minutes via the 401.
As for those without cars of their own, living so close to Yonge Street has its perks. The 97 Yonge bus carries passengers north and south along the arterial road, but those hoping to move a little faster can also hop onto the subway at Lawrence Station. From here, it takes just over 20 minutes to reach Union Station.
The Locals: Families and families-to-be.
Code of Conduct: Taking up golf isn’t only for retired folk, and Yonge and Lawrence residents are proof of that.
What You’ll Find: Picturesque residential streets.
What You Won’t Find: An abundance of condos.
The Homes: Impressive single family homes, and a couple of condos for those who manage to get their hands on them.
Sealing the Deal: The subway access.