Anyone considering Yorkdale and Glen Park condos for rent is likely well aware of the area’s magnum opus: Yorkdale Mall. Residents can often be found strolling through Yorkdale, the country’s busiest — and fourth largest — mall. This destination is especially lively in the winter, when window-shopping becomes a way to take refuge from Toronto’s bitter weather.
But there’s much more to Yorkdale and Glen Park than just this major shopping centre. With less density and larger plots comes opportunity for entertainment venues like Rinx Real Entertainment Centre and Playtime Bowl. Both are great for birthday parties, family reunions, and some regular old Sunday fun.
Wide open spaces also means there’s room for plenty of big-box stores in Yorkdale and Glen Park. Residents can stock up on everything they need (and things they don’t even know they need) at Costco, before or after picking up art supplies at Michaels, tools for DIY projects at Home Depot, or electronics at Best Buy. Just south of the plaza containing these stores are more specialty retailers like Party City, Kitchen Stuff Plus, and Fabricland.
Yorkdale condos for rent also benefit from their close proximity to some truly remarkable grocery stores. While typical provisions can be found at Lady York, the olives, cheeses, meats, and pasta imported from Europe are the real reason to visit this store. When home chefs have cravings for fish, there’s no better place to pick up some fresh fillets than at City Fish, conveniently located next door to Lady York.
It only makes sense that Lady York, which has been around since the 1950s, caters to European-Canadians living in the Yorkdale neighbourhood. Approximately 21 percent of Yorkdale residents listed Italian as their first language during the 2011 census. The Columbus Centre, located at Dufferin and Lawrence, is another hint as to the neighbourhood’s large Italian population: the centre puts on Italian-themed cultural programming year round.
Between its subway access and options for shopping, we’re never surprised when someone comes to us looking for a Yorkdale condo for rent. Thanks to the University-Spadina subway line, it’s even easy to work in downtown Toronto while living in the Yorkdale neighbourhood. With only nine buildings to choose from, though, renters need to be prepared to act fast once they find something they like.
Renters who are averse to the downtown lifestyle might want to steer clear of high-rise condos altogether. Thankfully this group can take their pick between two townhouse complexes in Yorkdale and Glen Park: the Midtowns on the Subway at 713 Lawrence West and Liberty Walk Townhomes at 760 Lawrence West.
While many of the buildings in the neighbourhood were constructed after the new millennium, there are a couple of older buildings that are worthy of note. For example, 50 Lotherton Condos at 940 Caledonia Road and 1-200 Lotherton Parkway has been around since 1972, and its amenities are quite impressive for a building of its age: residents living in 50 Lotherton’s 744 units have access to a gym, swimming pool, and tennis court.
As for the newest additions to Yorkdale and Glen Park, renters can check out the Residenze Palazzo Treviso III, which was completed in 2017. As the name implies, this building was the third phase of a complex that also includes the Treviso Condos and Treviso II Condos.
Some North York neighbourhoods are better suited to those who drive, however the proximity of Yorkdale and Glen Park to the University-Spadina subway line means residents can get around easily, even without cars of their own. Depending on where exactly one lives (or where one is heading), the starting point for a journey toward the city centre will be Yorkdale or Lawrence West Station. From the latter, a trip all the way down to Union Station takes just 23 minutes. When the temperature drops and it becomes too cold to walk, residents can also use buses along Lawrence, Caledonia, and Bridgeland to reach the subway.
Then there are the drivers living in Yorkdale, who benefit from residing so close to the 401 as well as the Allen Expressway. The 401 is ideal for anyone heading west toward the airport or east to the Don Valley Parkway, while the Allen makes it easy to head south into Midtown Toronto.
Those heading out of the city altogether also have a number of options. For one, a drive all the way to Pearson takes just 15 minutes when traffic is light. A GO Transit station is also situated in Yorkdale Mall, where travelers can catch buses heading into neighbouring cities.
The Locals: Stylish.
Code of Conduct: The sport of choice for many Yorkdale and Glen Park residents is mall walking.
What You’ll Find: Shopping, shopping, and more shopping.
What You Won’t Find: A lack of retail stores.
The Homes: 21st century condos, and the promise of more to come.
Sealing the Deal: The accessibility factor.