The first thing visitors to Yonge and St. Clair may notice is the abundance of skyscrapers. Although the neighbourhood is situated in midtown Toronto, rather than downtown, it’s surprisingly developed and entirely bustling.
One high-rise in particular stands out, not for its architecture but for the art that adorns its façade. Completed in 2016 by street artist Phlegm, the mural at 1 St. Clair West was part of a project intended to beautify the commercial area at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue. Since then, the human body made up of various Toronto landmarks has become synonymous with the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood.
The main intersection in Yonge and St. Clair may have needed some TLC, but the charming residential streets in the neighbourhood are in no need of such beautification. The area’s single-family homes can be quite large, and most of them are picturesque enough to require a second look. These homes, many of which were built between the 1870s and the 1920s, are spread out from Davisville to Farnham Avenue, and from Yonge Street to the David A. Balfour Park.
Unsurprisingly, the parks that surround Yonge and St. Clair condos for rent are just as charming as the aforementioned estates. Residents can walk or cycle through the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail or the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, or they can pack up a picnic and relax in the David A. Balfour Park.
As for retail offerings, Yonge and St. Clair seems to have it all. The neighbourhood has been developed since as early as the 1950s when the creation of the subway attracted prospective business owners to areas north of the downtown core. Today Slate Asset Management, a successful real estate investment firm, owns all four corners of the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair — meaning the neighbourhood is most definitely in good hands.
Along Yonge street, residents can find everything from Montreal-style bagels to fashion brands like Roots and New Balance. A stroll along St. Clair, on the other hand, will land shoppers at Sobey’s Urban Fresh, the Market by Longo’s, LCBO, and plenty of other local shops.
Prospective renters interested in a combination of history and luxury should look no further than the Imperial Plaza. Originally the headquarters for Imperial Oil, the 21-storey building broke the record for Toronto’s tallest when constructed in 1957. The limestone-clad edifice was converted into condos in 2014 by Camrost-Felcorp, and has set the standards high for Yonge and St. Clair condos for rent ever since.
Renters hoping to live away from the busy intersection of Yonge and St. Clair can opt for a suite in Starrcoll, a 3-storey, boutique condo situated on the quiet Oriole Gardens. Another great option is the 105 Heath Street Condos, an 11-storey condo that’s been around since 1986.
When it first opened on March 30, 1954, the Yonge subway line only ran between Union Station and Eglinton. While Yonge and St. Clair residents have been spoiled with subway access for decades now, other parts of the city would have to wait: the University-Spadina portion of the subway wouldn’t be completed for another 10 years.
Thanks to the Yonge line, residents living in Toronto condos for rent in Yonge and St. Clair today can hop onto a southbound train and arrive at downtown destinations like the Eaton Centre in approximately 10 minutes. Streetcars along St. Clair also help residents travel west to neighbourhoods like Corso Italia and the Stockyards District.
Last but not least, drivers living in Yonge and St. Clair condos for rent can also get around the city with ease. Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant can be used to reach the downtown core, while the former also provides access to the 401 to the north. The Don Valley Parkway isn’t too far off either: drivers are able to reach this highway via Bayview Avenue in no time.
The Locals: Glamorous midtowners.
Code of Conduct: If you’re bothered by noise pollution, stick to condos tucked away on small residential roads.
What You’ll Find: A cemetery worth spending time in.
What You Won’t Find: Major museums within walking distance.
The Homes: Handsome single-family homes and luxury condos with subway access.
Sealing the Deal: Living on the Yonge subway line.