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Lawrence Park South (Lytton Park) Neighbourhood Guide

Welcome to Lawrence Park South (Lytton Park):

This elegant neighbourhood has a wonderful old-world charm, with handsome brick Georgian and Tudor homes set on expansive, leafy lots. Wealthy Torontonians love this neighbourhood for its vibrant community life and top-notch schools, including the renowned Havergal College for girls. With the untamed Chatsworth Ravine in the north-east corner of the neighbourhood and the manicured Lytton Park at the centre, residents enjoy stunning natural retreats just steps from the bustling high-end shops of Yonge Street. An exceptional option for families who can afford the very best.

What you'll fall in love with:

The Chatsworth Ravine provides access to some of Toronto’s most beautiful parks and unspoiled urban wilderness areas. Slip into the ravine and follow Burke Brook through Duplex Park and Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, all the way down to Blythwood Ravine and into the Sherwood Park Ravine – one of the largest remaining protected natural areas in Toronto. The walk is so pretty that the city has designated it as one of its Discovery Walks, the Northern Ravines and Gardens self-guided walk. Keep going, and the paths will take you all the way to the Don River Valley.

Neighbours:

The boundary of Lytton Park reaches from Lawrence Avenue in the north down to Briar Hill Avenue in the south. On the west, the border runs down Avenue Road, across Strathallen Boulevard and down again on Mona Drive. On the east, the edge of the community runs down Yonge Street, through Blythwood Ravine Park and down again at Mount Pleasant Road. This is a community of older families, with lots of tweens and teens and parents in their 40s and up. The vast majority of folks live in those beautiful single-family homes, and most couples have children, though there are plenty without as well. Average after-tax household income is nearly $175,000, more than double the city average. Detached homes in Lytton Park cost an average of $2.3 million; condominiums start around $405,000, and run all the way up to $1.5 million for the most elite suites. The average price for a condominium, however, settles around the $900,000 mark.

Local Schools:

Many families come to Lytton Park for the schools. John Ross Robertson is among the best public schools in the province, earning an 8.9/10 in the Fraser Institute’s 2015-16 ranking of Canadian schools (in the past decade, it has ranked as high as 9.6). This is due in part to the fact the local families top up the public school spending with more than $250,000 of annual fundraising contributions, according to the Toronto Star. The local high school is Glenview Senior Public School, it has not been ranked by the Fraser Institute. The Lytton Park community is also home to the private Havergal College, an elite, ivy-covered all-girls school that educates girls from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Prices:

Single-family detached homes in Lytton Park cost an average of $2.3 million. Condominiums run from $405,000 all the way up to $1.5 million, averaging about $900,000.

House Style:

Exceptionally restored Georgian or Tudor style homes on wide lots lining leafy, pristine streets. Some pockets offer luxury condominiums as well.

Life Style:

This stunning community is perfect for active families who like to get outside in all seasons. In addition to the Chatsworth Ravine, the community is home to Lytton Park, a four-acre green space with a playground for kids, a clubhouse for adults, three outdoor tennis courts and two lawn bowling greens – all with lights for evening games that stretch into long summer nights. The 85-year-old North Toronto Tennis Club operates out of the Lytton Park club house, as do the North Toronto Croquet and Lawn Bowling Clubs – two great options for getting out and meeting your neighbours. Local children can take also part in a host of activities offered by the Lytton Sports Camp, ranging from Ultimate Frisbee to tennis, basketball and soccer. The camps also offer individual and group activities like crafting, games and art classes. Area shopping is excellent, with the exceptional Pusateri’s Fine Foods located right in the north west corner of the neighbourhood. A Toronto culinary institution, the family-run Pusateri’s offers some of the finest grocery shopping in the city, and also provides catering, floral services and takeout. The Summerhill Market is also right here, on the east end of the community. There are good independent clothing stores in the commercial district along Yonge Street, including the Hatley Boutique for upmarket kids clothes and a store dedicated entirely to socks, called Floorplay. There are a host of big-brand stores here, too, like Roots, Club Monaco and the Running Room. For meals, locals love Uncle Betty’s, a high-end diner with a retro look, and Roberto’s for homestyle Italian cooking. The Good Bite has been pouring milkshakes and serving them alongside clubhouse sandwiches since 1969. The posh North 44 gets excellent reviews for innovative cuisine, while Dufflet, a café and bakery, gets high marks for neighbourhood sweets. If you run out of new restaurants to try, just head south on Yonge Street and enjoy the limitless dining options closer to downtown.

A little bit of history:

On Sept. 12, 1777, Martin Snider, then 23, was doing a little Loyalist rabble-rousing with his three brothers in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. They were apprehended by authorities, tried by a judge in October and, because they had weapons, they were convicted of high treason and sentenced to hang before Christmas. After spending several days in fetid prisons, the governor took mercy on them and they were released; eventually they escaped from the United States and Martin was granted 200 acres in New Brunswick, owing to his loyalty. He and his wife, Sarah, farmed there until 1811 when he purchased a farm in what is now Lytton Park (he bought it from William Allen, who established Toronto’s Moss Park [link]). The family moved into the existing log cabin and started working to establish their farm. Martin Snider died in 1827, and the following year his son, William, built the first brick home in the neighbourhood that would become Lytton Park. That home still stands today at 744 Duplex Avenue; it was was granted multiple heritage designations in the 1970s and has been meticulously restored, and most recently sold for more than $4 million. It is considered to be one of the oldest homes in Toronto. Like Rosedale, Summerville and Deer Park, the current Lytton Park started to develop after the construction of the Metropolitan Street Railway in 1886. When the city annexed the area in 1912, many of the current homes were constructed, and by 1921 the local public school – John Ross Robertson – had been constructed, and it is still in use today.

The commute:

Getting to the downtown core takes under 30 minutes if you hop on the subway at Eglinton; taking a car will get you there just five minutes faster. Cycling is certainly an option from this midtown neigbourhood, and you’ll get to the office in about 45 minutes. Getting to Yonge and Bloor will take about 15 minutes by car or 20 minutes on the TTC and 25 minutes by bike. If you’re heading out of town, you can get to Highway 401 in about five minutes, straight up Yonge Street.

Highlight:

The lovely Chatsworth Ravine gives locals easy access to they city’s most beautiful urban wilderness – all the way to the Don Valley trails.

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