A family friendly neighbourhood in the area of North York, Englemount and Lawrence saw its first residents in the 1950s when the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation bought the land and began developing the modern neighbourhood. The area has a large Jewish population, reflected in many businesses along Bathurst which cater to the Jewish community.
This neighbourhood is comprised of 2 areas; Lawrence Manor in the north and Englemount in the south. While primarily residential, residents of this neighbourhood have great access to dining with a collection of restaurants on Bathurst — from kosher cuisine like Milk ‘N Honey and Ely's Fine Foods, to international eateries like La Mexicana and Tov-Li South. There are also a few options for nightlife such as Music Box for karaoke, and Chalkers Pub Billiards Bistro just west of the neighbourhood.
Most entertainment options are directed towards families — there’s bowling at Bathurst Bowlerama, community centres, athletic clubs, a hockey arena, and a multitude of playgrounds. Parents have several schools to choose from for their children, ranging from primary to senior. Green spaces are plentiful, with a slew of parks evenly spread-out throughout the area.
When driving down residential streets you’ll find a variety of detached homes, apartment buildings, and Toronto condos — Lawrence condos are a little more convenient, as they place residents closer to Yorkdale Shopping Centre, which is just west of the neighbourhood.
There’s a large hospital in the north and several churches and synagogues. Most businesses are retail or service driven, and there’s a reasonably sized shopping centre at Lawrence Plaza.
Toronto condo buyers tend to be drawn to high-rises downtown but for those who don’t mind a slower pace, Englemount and Lawrence condos are a great alternative. There are at least 15 buildings in the area — with more in development — most of which are high-rise towers. The majority of condos are clustered around Bathurst and Lawrence Ave W, giving residents easy access to dining and shopping.
Condos in this neighbourhood are generally cheaper than those found in downtown Toronto, but it varies depending on the building — condos like those at Cranbrooke Village are close to what you’d pay in Toronto with comparable amenities, where as units at 500 Glencairn Avenue Condos are considerably cheaper, with larger floor plans.
Englemount and Lawrence condos are great for residents who prefer to run errands on foot; this is especially true for condo owners near Bathurst. Residents who require public transit have bus routes on Bathurst and Lawrence, plus a number of routes which service residential streets. For trips downtown, Lawrence West Station sits on the western edge of the neighbourhood for subway service.
Drivers can avoid most city traffic thanks to Allen Road to the west and the 401 to the north, making it easy to connect to the Don Valley parkway.
The Locals: Families of all ages with a large percentage of Jewish residents.
Code of Conduct: Hitting up Bubby's Bagels for breakfast at least once a week.
What You’ll Find: A balance of peace and quiet and convenience.
What You Won’t Find: Vibrant Nightlife.
The Homes: Large 2-storey houses with a distinctly suburban look, and high-rise condos.
Sealing the Deal: An easy commute.