The Lowdown on Lawrence Park South

Your Typical Neighbour

While the neighbourhood boasts mainly well-established, large, double-income family homes, there are also condos and rental properties dotting the area, adding much-needed diversity. It’s currently chock full of families with children under the age of 16 with a dog happily ensconced in approximately one out of every three houses (not actual statistics). With some of the highest-rated public elementary schools around, Lawrence Park South is a haven for parents who still have faith in the public school system, or who want to live near some of the highest rated private schools in the country.

What We

Both public transportation in the area and the walkability of it are fantastic and you can always get wherever it is you’re going—easily. Along with the dichotomy of seemingly suburban living (quiet streets, small shops, dog parks and loads of kids) while not actually living far from downtown. The schools are highly rated, the amount of parks and green space is amazing and the shopping situation has definitely improved from back in the nineties, when all there was on Yonge in this area was Sporting Life. All this and easy access to the TTC and the 401/400? Sign us up!

What We Don't

Some of the same reasons we love this area could be considered its fallbacks. The schools are amazing but crowded (living in the catchment secures your child a spot), the peacefulness also means that shops and restaurants tend to close earlier than those a little further to the south. Also, unlike the suburbs, big shopping stores like grocery, drug and the LCBO are sparse, forcing you to drive if you’re picking up more than a small amount of sustenance.

Property Statistics in Lawrence Park South

All Properties - Statistics

Q3 2020

$2,760,896

Average Price

103

New Listings

48

Properties Sold

14

Average Days on Market

100.4 %

% of Asking Price

$132,523,000

$ Volume of Sales

Detached Houses - Statistics

Q3 2020

$2,760,896

Average Price

103

New Listings

48

Properties Sold

14

Average Days on Market

100.4 %

% of Asking Price

$132,523,000

$ Volume of Sales

Condos - Statistics

Q1 2020

$1,135,667

Average Price

10

New Listings

6

Properties Sold

20

Average Days on Market

104.4 %

% of Asking Price

$6,814,000

$ Volume of Sales

Source: TREB Statistics

Lawrence Park South's boundaries are Lawrence on the North, Yonge Street on the East, Eglinton to the South, and on the West, Avenue Road borders towards Lawrence, and further West between Avenue and Bathurst as you continue South towards Eglinton.

With streets lined with mature trees and houses that can range into the mid seven digits, this area can be a little intimidating—especially for a first-time buyer or renter. But, the people who live in those homes are warm, welcoming and it’s a fun area to live in. Halloween and Christmas are a big deal, with many houses going above and beyond with decor and interactive displays. Lawrence Park South is definitely a family-focused neighbourhood.

The houses include a variety of architectural styles including English Cottage, Tudor Revival, Georgian and Colonial style designs. Most of these homes were built between 1910 and the late 1940s. Over the last few years, smaller houses have been bought, torn down and replaced with larger homes, so it’s not uncommon to live next to a construction zone at one point or another. You’ll also find a few houses for sale now and then that are opportunities to tear down and start from scratch, or even a brand new build from owners or builders who have already been through the process. Lack of inventory in the area has also had an upward effect on the pricing, as popularity remains steady and availability low.

There is a smattering of rental-focused apartment buildings that will entice singles and couples (with and without kids) as well as many condos still being constructed at Yonge and Eglinton. The large single-family homes don’t stay on the market for long and usually go after a bidding war ensues. Top-rated schools, loads of green space and excellent proximity to both TTC and the highway mean this is a popular area in which to buy.

Area:

Population: 15,179

Demographics

Kids: 19%

Youth: 13%

Seniors: 14%

Visible Minority: 16.9%

Average Family Income: $212,500

Education

Lower Education: 10%

Higher Education: 89%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 70%

Tenanted Homes: 30%

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.


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