The history of Toronto starts in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. It’s first government, and centres of industry and commercial enterprise were located here. Many historically significant buildings are still standing, including the South St. Lawrence Market, which served as Toronto’s first City Hall; the iconic Gooderham Flat Iron Building, which was the headquarters for the Gooderham financial empire; the King Edward Hotel, designed by E.J. Lennox, the architect of Casa Loma, St. James Cathedral (which has the tallest spire in Canada); and St. Lawrence Hall, which was the cultural and social centre of early Toronto.
Much of this neighbourhood was created from landfill in the early 1800s, as it was originally intended to serve as a public promenade with a grand esplanade along the waterfront; however, the city gave the land to the railways, which in turn, attracted industry to the St. Lawrence Market area.
Housing and Accommodation
Red brick is a architectural design element that you will notice is the area’s one consistent feature, and the apartment buildings and townhouses in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood were designed by some of Toronto’s most accomplished architects. Private and non-profit housing, market rental buildings, all co-exist here, but in the last few years, it has seen the addition of luxurious and new glass and steel condominium buildings that proliferate throughout the downtown core.
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The St. Lawrence Market is a landmark in old downtown Toronto and houses over 200 food vendors frequented by tourists and locals alike. This market founded in 1803 and was recently ranked by National Geographic magazine as the best food market in the world.
A family-friendly neighbourhood with residents from mixed incomes and many different cultural backgrounds. The popular St. Lawrence Community Centre shares its space with Market Lane Public School and the St Lawrence Community Day Care and offers a full range of programming for families, children, adults, and seniors. And David Crombie Park, which runs alongside The Esplanade, provides residents with plenty of green and recreation space.
Today, the St. Lawrence Market area is an understated, European-style, neighbourhood smack-dab in the heart of the city. Lined with financial towers, specialty shops, restaurants, piano bars, cafes, clothing shops, and furniture design stores, St. Lawrence Market is an upscale and rich in enterprise. The pedestrian-friendly walkways, unique architecture, and proximity to public transit, make St. Lawrence Market a great place to live.
This area is all about condo living and because it’s so condo-driven, there is something suitable that will appeal to everyone. It’s important to note that the older condos in this neighbourhood have some of the largest units available in the downtown core; however, the older the building, the higher the condo fees. But don’t fret: with lots of additional condos on the rise, purchasing a new property may be more suitable for first-time buyers. Condos make up 95% of this neighbourhood with the remainder made up of condo townhouses.
This neighbourhood is mix of demographics: professionals, retirees, artists, and families.
Located just east of downtown, you are close to all things transit, including easy access to the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard.
With its proximity to Union Station, you’re connected to city’s main Subway Line heading east up Yonge or West up University. Also from Union you are connected to the 510 Spadina Streetcar and to GO Transit’s various commuter bus and train lines.
Area: 8km Population: 43,365
Kids: 6% Visible Minority: 36.8%
Youth: 11% Average Family Income: $110,684
Lower Education: 16.1% High Education: 28.8%
Owned Homes: 51% Tenanted Homes: 49%
- Plenty of boutique stores, unique restaurants, and THE world’s best farmers’ market.
- Historically beautiful architecture.
- Short commute to the downtown core.
- A favourite spot for tourists and their selfie sticks.
- Congestion getting out of the city.
- Packed on weekends, traffic can be a nightmare.