The area of St. Lawrence literally is as old as the city of Toronto itself.
The modern day St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood was actually part of the 10-block span that was once known as the Town of York, which preceded the City of Toronto. The 19th century Georgian-style brick buildings that line Front St are an echo to this historic time period in Toronto’s history. Today, the newer part of the area sits around The Esplanade, which was developed in the 1970’s.
The St. Lawrence neighbourhood has been touted as a huge success in urban planning, and has subsequently become a model against which North American design and planning departments emulate when developing new neighbourhoods.
Residential dwellings in St. Lawrence Market are predominantly apartments, condos and townhouses, most of which were designed by some of the most accomplished architects in Toronto. One trait is consistent throughout all the architecture in this area: the red brick exteriors.
Life is good when you can call the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood home. With so many eclectic and infamous spots to fill your day, it’s no wonder why this area is so highly sought after by Toronto residents.
The Esplanade, which runs right through the centre of the area, features a number of retail shops and services that meet the every-day needs of the St. Lawrence locals. In addition, this strip’s plentitude of restaurants and bars appeals to visitors as well as residents from other nearby neighbourhoods.
Residents of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood are lucky enough to be able to stroll over to the world famous St. Lawrence Market, a food bazaar with over 200 vendors appeasing to shoppers from all over the city and beyond. In addition to enjoying a wide array of prepared foods, fresh seafood, and farm-fresh organics, shoppers can be entertained by live performers.
Residents of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood can easily enjoy an active life outdoors with the likes of the David Crombie Park in the area. This is multi-faceted park offers lovely pathways and sitting gardens, a waterfall, a handball court, and a basketball court.
Market Lane Junior Public School
Jarvis Collegiate Institute
With Union Station within walking distance of all residences in the St. Lawrence Market area, getting around is incredibly easy. The TTC, Go Transit, and Via Rail all operate out of this busy station, taking travellers around, in and out of the city. Motorists can access the Gardiner Expressway, Lakeshore Blvd and Don Valley Parkway within minutes of the St. Lawrence area.