It’s no secret that Yorkdale Mall is the main attraction of the Yorkdale and Glen Park neighbourhood. While it only comes in fourth place in the rankings of largest shopping malls in the country, Yorkdale is still Canada’s busiest. For those who want proof of Yorkdale’s popularity, just talk to anyone who’s tried to park there during the month leading up to Christmas.
Thanks to its wide roads and larger-than-average plots of land, big-box stores have also set up shop in Yorkdale and Glen Park. Costco is technically just north of the neighbourhood’s border, but there’s also a Kitchen Stuff Plus, Staples, and Party City in the area, to name a few.
Stores aren’t the only things that are larger-than-life here. The intimate concert venues of downtown Toronto are swapped for large, sports-themed entertainment complexes. Rinx Real Entertainment Centre, for example, boasts inline skating, laser tag, bowling (and cosmic bowling), mini golf, and more. Bowling at Playtime Bowl is also a great way to spend an afternoon, while the Glen Long Rink is available for practicing one’s skating skills year round.
Where demographics are concerned, the Yorkdale neighbourhood is home to a huge Italian population: according to 2011 census nearly 21% of residents spoke Italian as a first language. Italian residents often gather at the Columbus Centre, where they can find arts and cultural programming related to their Italian heritage. The Columbus Centre also hosts summer camps for children as well as classes in everything from culinary arts to theatre.
Even stocking up on groceries is enjoyable when living in Yorkdale and Glen Park. Lady York Foods has been around since 1959, and is the go-to spot for European imports like olives, cheese, and pasta. And right next door is City Fish, a shop that’s constantly ranked amongst the top fishmongers in the city. More big-box stores can also be found in Lawrence Square, as well as a sizeable Fortino’s.
Yorkdale is also home to lots of Portuguese residents, and in general the population of the neighbourhood has been growing rapidly in recent years. As more and more prospective buyers learn just how liveable the neighbourhood is, demand — and therefore competition — for Toronto condos for sale in Yorkdale will only increase.
With a subway line running right through it, Yorkdale makes a great home for those who want to live in a more affordable area, while still being able to commute downtown. The neighbourhood is home to just nine condos, many of which were constructed in the 21st century. Thanks to its affordability compared to downtown Toronto condos, more condos for sale in Yorkdale are sure to crop up in the near future as well.
The Residenze Palazzo Treviso III, located at Dufferin and Lawrence, is one of the neighbourhood’s newest builds. Constructed in 2017, it contains almost 400 units, the largest of which spans just under 1,000 square feet. The building is also proof of the high demand for homes in the neighbourhood: the Residenze Palazzo at Treviso 3 and Treviso II Condos were both constructed following the success of the original Treviso Condos.
As for townhouses, prospective buyers have their choice between Liberty Walk Townhomes at 760 Lawrence West and the Midtowns on the Subway at 713 Lawrence West. Older buildings like 50 Lotherton Condos at 940 Caledonia Road and 1-200 Lotherton Parkway is also a great option for those who prefer something tried and true. Built in 1972, the building contains 744 units, as well as a gym swimming pool, and tennis court. And last but not least, shopaholics will swoon over the Dream Residences at Yorkdale, both for its location and its boutique appeal.
Condos for sale in Yorkdale are convenient for buyers who drive, as well as those who plan to commute via public transit. Unlike some North York neighbourhoods, living here means having access to the University-Spadina subway line. Those living in the northernmost part of the neighbourhood will frequent Yorkdale Station; Lawrence West Station is situated in the centre of the area; and Glencairn services the Glen Park area.
Drivers, on the other hand, will learn the ins and outs of the 401 in no time. This major highway, which also happens to be Canada’s busiest, runs east and west along the northern edge of the Yorkdale neighbourhood. Another great route for those heading south by car is the Allen Expressway, a fast-paced route that lands drivers as far south as Eglinton Avenue West.
As for those heading out of town, a drive over to Pearson International Airport takes anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. Another option for those without cars — or anyone who doesn’t want to pay hefty airport parking fees — is the GO bus that departs from the Yorkdale GO Station.
The Locals: Well dressed.
Code of Conduct: Yorkdale residents know just when to avoid the mall parking lot, and when to use local streets instead of the 401.
What You’ll Find: Canada’s busiest mall.
What You Won’t Find: Density.
The Homes: Strategically-located condos.
Sealing the Deal: The ability to hop on the 401 and drive into the countryside on a whim.