About Lawrence Park South
Honestly, what’s not to love about this area? Tree-lined streets full of big houses with large backyards, and neighbours who take pride and interest in everything from street parties and public safety to school fundraisers and politics.
The elementary schools in Lawrence Park South are among the highest-rated in the public school board, which makes this a sought-after area for families with young children. Havergal Girls School is the only private school directly in the area, but the surrounding areas house schools like Bishop Strachan, Branksome (both girls-only), Upper Canada College, Crescent (boys only) and Toronto French School (co-ed).
The amount of greenspace is outstanding, with a park every few blocks, including Lytton Park, Chatsworth Ravine, Lawrence Park, Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens and Sherwood Park and ravine. Sherwood has two wading pools, great walking/running trails, public bathrooms, picnic tables, and a large playground. It also offers a fenced off-leash area for dogs.
Transportation is abundant with multiple busses (some even 24-hour routes) up and down Yonge and Avenue roads and a subway station at Lawrence and one at Eglinton—with an excellent park-and-ride not too far away at York Mills. Also, the old Eglinton bus route is being upgraded to the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which should open in 2022.
There are some truly excellent restaurants in the area that are regularly filled with locals and out-of-area peeps alike. Spas, hair and nail places are abundant and the shopping is nothing to sneeze at either. After a day of wandering up and down Yonge, you can grab a coffee and sweet treat from a range of cafes that are locally-run and Canadian-owned.
Shops and recreational facilities are located on its periphery, which keeps traffic on the residential streets to a minimum, except during school drop-off and pick-up times. Beware of driving near any of the public schools (Allenby, JRR, John Fisher, Glenview, Lawrence Park, and North Toronto) between 8:30am and 9:30am or 3pm and 4pm during the week. It’s not worth the headache.
With two public libraries in the area, a VR lounge, a mall with a large movie theatre (and a huge Sephora!) and a few gyms, the area seems to change, grow and metamorph based on what its population desires. Gone is the slightly musty vibe of Old Toronto. In its place is a vibrant, diverse community with lots to offer just about anyone.