Lawrence Park Properties and Neighbourhood Guide

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Lawrence Park Neighbourhood Guide

Welcome to Lawrence Park:

When Lawrence Park was originally being built in 1907, developers wanted to create a community for the upper class. Though this dream was put on hold during the two World Wars, the community finally came to fruition in 1950. Lawrence Park is conveniently located for those who’d like a short commute downtown, but prefer the slower-paced environment of a suburb. Many high income families live in the area, as well as retirees looking for a community-focused and pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is located between Yonge Street to the west and Bayview Avenue to the east; with Lawrence Avenue East to the north and Blythwood Ravine and Sherwood Park to the south. The uniqueness of the architecture of every home is definitely a huge selling point, but the area is also known for the Yonge-Lawrence Village, a hub for shopping and exceptional restaurants. It is also known for its enormous amount of green space and hills, convenient public transit, and its recreational activities. Lawrence Park is a peaceful neighbourhood mainly due to the fact that most points of interests such as shops, schools, and restaurants are located either right at the edge of the neighbourhood or in the surrounding areas. This means less traffic and less noise on the residential streets.

Neighbours:

The neighbourhood is home to three tennis courts (with clay surfaces); a magnificent multi-tiered garden, perfect for afternoon promenades; lawn bowling; and residents will gain easy access to the Lawrence Park Ravine walkway. Some other recreational activities in the surrounding areas that are popular with residents are the private membership Rosedale Golf Club and the very exclusive, invite-only country club, The Granite Club. The Toronto Public Library’s Locke Library is open to all and provides a variety of resources for children, teens, and adults.

House Style:

A lot of the older looking houses in Lawrence Park were built sometime during the 1910s to 1940s. Styles are rich and diverse. Homes are built in either a Georgian style, Colonial style, Tudor style (sometimes in the style of a Tudor revival), and English Cottage style. While many homeowners choose to keep the original look of the outside of their historic homes, many have renovated the inside. New developments in the Lawrence Park area has led to much larger houses being build that don’t always match the older homes in the community.

Prices:

Generally there are two price ranges in Lawrence Park. Homes can start at $2 million and cost well over $4 million. Here’s what you can expect to get in different price ranges: · 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom: $2 M, 4+1-bedroom, 5-bathroom: $3 M, 4+1-bedroom, 7-bathroom: $4 M, 5+1-bedroom, 6-bathroom: $7 million.

Local Schools:

If you’re looking for a school that is within walking distance of your house, Lawrence Park may not be the best choice. Though schools in surrounding neighbourhoods are relatively close, most of them are a 5 to 10-minute drive away or a 20 to 30-minute walk. There isn’t much to choose from that are actually within the limits of the neighbourhood except for the Lawrence Park School, which is a preschool for children 18 months to 6-years-old. The school offers a wide range of age appropriate learning programs as well as year-round care for your children. Within the neighbourhood limits you’ll also find the Sunny View Jr. and Sr. Public School on Blythwood Road. This school caters to children all over the city of Toronto who have physical disabilities. Other schools around the area include: Bedford Park Public School located on Ranleigh Avenue is known for their Lego and robotics club. Offered to all students grades one and up, the program focuses on learning the mechanics of building and making a robot come to life. The school is a 5-minute drive from the neighbourhood. The Crescent School on Bayview Avenue is an independent, all-boys school for grades three to twelve. The school focuses on providing their boys with the proper learning tools and strong role models to help grow and learn. The school is a 5-minute drive away. Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School is an all-girls catholic school located on Madison Boulevard. Rooted in tradition, this catholic school uses faith as a base for all learning and encourages students to be active in their community. It’s a 5-minute drive. Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute on Chatsworth Drive is also about a 5-minute drive. The school offers an incredible amount of extra-curricular activities with over 50 clubs and sports teams. Most notably, the school has won numerous awards for their music programs.

The commute:

Lawrence Park is situated right near Lawrence Station which runs on Line 1 Yonge-University. The subway is either accessible by foot or by the buses that run along Lawrence Avenue and Yonge Street. Expect a 5-minute drive by car. Workers commuting downtown by car can easily access Yonge Street and drive straight into the heart of the city or take Bayview Avenue to the Don Valley Parkway. This is about a 20 to 50-minute drive, depending on traffic. For those leaving town, the 401 can be accessed by the Yonge Street ramp, which is about a 10-minute drive. Union Station: Approximately 20 minutes by car, 20 minutes by subway from Lawrence Station, 36 minutes by bike Bloor-Yonge Station: Approximately 15 minutes by car, 22-minute bike ride, 12-minute subway ride from Lawrence Station.

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