About Distillery District
The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was once the largest distillery in the world and the largest corporate taxpayer in Canada. Today, the Distillery District, or “Hollywood North”, serves as a popular attraction for tourists and Torontonians. The once whisky-producing distillery building is now home to specialty shops, small businesses, gourmet cafes, galleries, artisan’s workshops, popular restaurants, and has housed the acts of many well-heeled performers – Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Halle Berry, and Liam Neeson..to name a few.
In fact, you just may have seen the Distillery District in many of your favourite movies. That Victorian-era scene in London where the fog lifted to reveal pick-pocketers and well-dressed walkers? Hate to break it to you, but it’s likely that wasn’t really London (ahem, or the Victorian-era *sorry) and was, in fact, Toronto’s very own, very Canadian, Distillery District. The area has masqueraded as Antebellum Virginia, Prohibition-era Chicago, Victorian-era London, Jazz-era Harlem, Depression-era New York, turn-of-the-century PEI, post-war Montreal, and many (many) more scenes. If we want to be specific, the Distillery District has played backdrop to over 800 films since 1990.
Beyond the curtain-call, there are countless benefits to living in the distillery district area. As home to the largest, and best-preserved, collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America it is a display of old-world charm and beauty at each turn. It’s distinct location – behind wrought-iron gates, just shy of city skyscrapers – hides residents from the everyday ‘hustle’ of modern city living. Likewise, condo life is beautifully balanced by the traditional, minimalist, brick stone of the area.
On any given day coffee-cup holding couples, quietly strolling families, tourists, arts & culture focused businesses, date-night seekers, photographers, and fashionistas seek refuge in the calm and quaint that can be found in the area. Greeted by cobblestone walkways, European-style shopping and patios, art installations, sculptures (and the odd festival) and it’s no wonder why.
The Distillery District is truly a feather in Toronto’s real estate cap! And, although we can’t guarantee celebrity sightings we can assure you this neighbourhood is a star.