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Editorial for the Yorkdale | Glen Park neighbourhood, Toronto

Welcome to Yorkdale | Glen Park

Shopping enthusiasts be warned — you’re going to need some serious restraint to survive in this neighbourhood.

Best known for the upscale shopping mall that resides within its boundaries — Yorkdale Shopping Centre, a place where money just seems to fall out of your pockets like a trail of breadcrumbs — Yorkdale and Glen Park is a family neighbourhood, offering extensive shopping and dining options as well as an easy commute for residents who work in downtown Toronto.

Yorkdale and Glen Park condos have a lot to offer in the way of convenience — in addition to Yorkdale Shopping Centre, which is packed full of boutiques, there’s a sizeable commercial area to the west of Dufferin; outside of the mall, there’s a reasonable selection of retail stores; big box stores, specialty shops, car dealerships, and also more boutiques for fashion and technology.

Residents will also encounter some great dining options here, from well known chains like Red Lobster and Swiss Chalet, to lesser known establishments such as Demetres Dufferin; additional dining options can be found on Marlee Avenue, including Chalkers Pub Billiards Bistro, where residents can relax with a drink.

The western half of Yorkdale is home to some unique entertainment options — Rinx Real Entertainment Centre, Playtime Bowl & Entertainment, BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and more. There’s industry in the area as well, with security firms, wholesalers, corporate offices, and repair shops.

The majority of residents live in single family homes, though there are semi detached houses, apartments, and condos. Parents have a few schools to choose from — private, public, and Catholic — with more in neighbouring areas. And for after school, there are arenas, sports fields, and athletic programs for youths.

Condo Life in Yorkdale | Glen Park

As the name suggests, this neighbourhood is actually 2 areas combined; Yorkdale in the north and Glen Park in the south. The Yorkdale portion of the neighbourhood is a blend of commercial spaces and residential streets —most residents live in large 2-storey houses, but there are a number of condos in this part of the neighbourhood. Glen Park on the other hand, is mostly residential, and the vast majority of residents in this part of the neighbourhood live in single-family homes.

Families make up the largest percentage of residents, and if you’re part of a growing family and have your eye on Yorkdale condos, you’ll find some excellent options here — there are at least 7 buildings in the area, with more in development; most are found in the Yorkdale portion of the neighbourhood.

The big draw for Yorkdale condos is the commuter friendly location and low price per square foot, as there are 1 bedroom units in buildings such as Treviso Condos, that have sold for less than 300k in recent years, which should be music to the ears of first time home buyers.

Yorkdale condos are great for those on a strict budget, but who still want desirable finishes; units in Dream Residences at Yorkdale are luxurious — granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and floor to ceiling windows. For those who really want a bargain and don’t mind putting some sweat equity into their new condo, units at Yorkdale Court Condos come with an enticingly low price per square foot.

If modern amenities are what you crave, Residenze Palazzo Treviso III was built in 2017, and has a pool on-site, to go with the usual extras. Most Yorkdale condos are located near Dufferin or Lawrence, placing residents within walking distance of transit lines, dining, shopping, and entertainment.

One major drawback to condo life in this neighbourhood are that green spaces are somewhat limited — Caledonia Park is the largest park in the area, and has playgrounds, and soccer fields. But beyond that one large green space, there are only a few small parkettes in the area. Should you need more nature in your life, you can venture west of the neighbourhood to North Park.

Transportation

Boasting a Walk Score of 72, the Yorkdale and Glen Park area is a very walkable, and most condo owners will be able to run errands on foot; those in more residential areas, specifically in the Glen Park section of the neighbourhood, will need public transit or a vehicle to get things done.

Proving itself to be a classic overachiever, this neighbourhood also has great public transit — there are bus routes on Lawrence and Dufferin, and several routes which criss-cross residential areas. Residents who have to make the trip downtown for work, will be pleased to know that Lawrence West and Yorkdale Station are in the neighbourhood for subway service.

Car owners have a great starting point for their commute, as diver’s can easily reach the 401 in minutes, which sits on the northern boundary for the neighbourhood, allowing for quick connections to major highways.

Yorkdale | Glen Park Overview

The Locals: Families and working age professionals, with a large Italian population.

Code of Conduct: Shop until you drop.

What You’ll Find: Residential, commercial, and industrial areas in one neighbourhood.

What You Won’t Find: A GO station.

The Homes: A blend of single family homes, and an equally diverse mix of condo buildings.

Sealing the Deal: Yorkdale Shopping Centre.