Distillery District & St. Lawrence Neighbourhood History: Both neighbourhoods are former industrial sites which were built on reclaimed land. The shoreline of old York used to be at Front St and both these neighbourhoods are south of Front St. The Distillery District has been designated a heritage site with about 40 heritage buildings and 10 streets approximately covering 13 acres. The buildings are built in the style of the Victorian Era. One of the most notable buildings is the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, which was at one time the largest distillery in the world.
The focal point of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood is the St. Lawrence market, which is housed in an impressive building at Jarvis St. and Front St. East. To the north of the street is the location of the weekly farmers market and in the building in the south are many food shops open all week round. The majority of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood was redeveloped in the 1970’s by the city in an attempt to revitalise the then mostly industrial landscape.
St. Lawrence has its heritage sites also; the St. Lawrence Hall was built in 1850 after a fire in 1849 burnt down many of the buildings in the market area. This building is built in a Renaissance Revival style.
Who’s Buying in St. Lawrence & Distillery District Neighbourhoods: Everyone! From the investors to the student’s families buying their kids a place while they attend college or university downtown. The condominium prices tend to be a little higher in these areas due to less densification or inability for densification more likely. Of course access to the finance districts proves that property in these neighbourhoods are prime for people working in the financial industry. A few of the newer and more popular condominium buildings about to be constructed in the neighbourhoods are Backstage on The Esplanade and the Gooderham Condominiums in the Distillery.
Parks and Recreation: Steps from the Distillery District is the site for the 2015 Pan American Games. The city of Toronto has started development of the site. This development will house sports facilities to cater to 8500 Athletes and parks as well, which will be located to the east of the Distillery District. Also accessible in this part of the city are many bike trails and walk paths in the Don Valley
Here are some of the other attractions also in the downtown waterfront communities:
Shopping and Restaurants: Here is a website with a retail directory for the Distillery District and of course check out the St. Lawrence Market. I will however mention one restaurant, which I frequent and love! Biff’s Bistro at Front and Yonge on the north side of Front.
Price Ranges for Homes in the St. Lawrence & Distillery District Neighbourhood:
TOWNHOUSES $320,000 - $650,000
CONDOMINIUMS $270,000 - $650,000 +
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Schools in St. Lawrence, Distillery District and neighbouring areas: