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Buying a condo in Yonge and St. Clair

If the profusion of embassies in the neighbourhood isn’t a sign of just how posh Yonge and St. Clair is, we don’t know what is. While residents may not ever have a reason to visit the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, Antigua and Barbuda, or the Republic of Korea, their existence adds stature and value to the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood nonetheless.

In addition to these estates, Yonge and St. Clair is also filled with a number of beautifully landscaped parks, as well as some pretty magnificent single-family homes along the neighbourhood’s residential streets. And although Yonge and St. Clair is named for two of the major arterial roads that intersect it, the neighbourhood reaches as far north as Davisville, south down to Farnham Avenue, and covers the area between Yonge Street and David A. Balfour Park.

Speaking of parks, Toronto condos for sale in Yonge and St. Clair make it feel as though residents have access to multiple backyards. Residents might choose to spend a day strolling around the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, or cycling along the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. Those who opt for the latter can head northwest all the way to the Allen Road, north of Eglinton, or southwest down to the Evergreen Brick Works.

Condos for sale in Yonge and St. Clair are tempting as well, especially thanks to the peaceful, residential feel to the neighbourhood. That said, residents have plenty of options when it comes to shopping, dining out, or simply grabbing a coffee on the way out of the house. Some retail spaces have set up shop on St. Clair: the lobby of the Imperial Plaza Condos, for example, is home to the Market by Longo’s and an LCBO. Those who prefer Sobey’s Urban Fresh, on the other hand, can find this grocery store on St. Clair, just east of Yonge. And just in case those weren’t enough options, there’s also a Loblaws right at the corner of Yonge and St. Clair

Even more commercial businesses can be found on Yonge Street, both north and south of St. Clair. Sunday brunch needn’t include a trip to a restaurant when living in Yonge and St. Clair. Instead, residents can simply pick up a dozen, piping hot Montreal bagels from the Bagel House. In fact, these bagels aren’t just available to those hosting brunch: this bakery also happens to be open 24 hours a day. Upscale, contemporary dining options are also situated along Yonge, as are fashion stores like Roots, New Balance, and Walking on a Cloud.

Condo Life in Yonge and St. Clair

Some of the condos for sale in Yonge and St. Clair are quite contemporary — in fact new buildings are going up all the time in this neighbourhood — however others date as far back as the 1970s. These older, more established buildings have aged gracefully, and are just what some prospective buyers are looking for.

The Imperial Plaza has an even longer history than most of the condos in the neighbourhood, though. Built in 1957, this tower hasn’t always served a residential purpose. Once the offices for Imperial Oil, modern-day residents lucky enough to score a suite in the building get to live in a building clad in quite the regal material: limestone. Converted into condos in 2014, the building is also enviable thanks to the grocery store and LCBO located on its ground level.

As for those interested in condos for sale in Yonge and St. Clair on north side of neighbourhood, 97 Lawton Ave is a great option. Completed back in 1993, there are only 37 units, ensuring an intimate, quiet atmosphere for its residents. Suites in this boutique building are also outfitted with elegant features such as marble floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, and to top it all off it’s tucked away on a quiet residential street.

Transportation

Yonge and St. Clair is a convenient place to live, whether one has access to a car or not. Those who use the TTC to get around can simply hop onto the subway at St. Clair Station on the Yonge line. Alternatively, travelers can use the streetcar along St. Clair to reach destinations as far west as Jane Street.

Drivers living in the neighbourhood can use both Avenue Road and Yonge Street in order to reach the 401, while those heading south can do so quickly by hopping onto Mount Pleasant Road.

Yonge and St. Clair Overview

The Locals: They may not want to live right in the centre of downtown Toronto, but they also don’t want to give up any of the conveniences that come hand in hand with urban living.

Code of Conduct: Late night munchies results in a trip to Bagel House for Yonge and St. Clair residents, rather than McDonalds.

What You’ll Find: An atmosphere that’s both upscale and urban.

What You Won’t Find: A bustling nightlife scene.

The Homes: Condos dating back to the 1970s, set beside contemporary towers.

Sealing the Deal: Getting to live in midtown, while still having downtown within close reach.