Waterfront Communities Real Estate and Neighbourhood:
Toronto's Waterfront Communities is a coming-together of residential, cultural, commercial and recreational all within the same neighbourhood. It is a magnetic point of interest for citizens of the city and tourists alike. Created from landfill in the beginning of the 1800's, the area was quickly built up with warehouses, shipping facilities, grain silos and factories lined along the shore. The development was so fast and unplanned that the area seemed to be cut-off from the rest of the city by industrial buildings. The federal government came to the rescue in the 1970's with the initiative that turned the waterfront in to 'Harbourfront', a public space that drew citizens down to the shore of Lake Ontario to enjoy themselves instead of cutting it off from them.
What was once merely land used for shipping has been growing quickly upward in spacious and elegant condominium buildings with many more being built every year. The Waterfront Communities is the largest concentration of luxury condos in the city of Toronto with the majority of them built in the 1980's. There is a variety of designs and sizes but one thing they all share: the view of the city and lake is spectacular and unparalleled from a condo balcony on Toronto's Waterfront.
One great example of the successful movement of the area from private to public is the Queen's Quay Terminal building. Opened in 1927, it was once one of the largest warehouses in North America and is now a point of interest in the area with its mix of retail space, restaurants, high-end condos and a dramatic theatre. The Waterfront has one Junior and Senior school in the area, the aptly named Waterfront Junior Senior School but there are many schools within a short distance inland such as Jarvis Collegiate and Central Technical, two high schools for example.
The main shopping street in the area is Queen's Quay West and its a mixed bag that caters to residents and tourists alike. The Harbourfront is close to the historic St. Lawrence Market which offers everything you could hope to eat and as fresh as it comes too, including dairy-fresh cheese, ripe organic produce, fresh eggs straight from the farm and organic free-range chicken. Finally, Toronto's Waterfront Communities is a perfect example of a historic part of the city's development that has developed and adapted to the growing needs of the people who call it home and has made itself a peaceful and important place to remember that the city is not all concrete buildings and busy streets but rather sits next to one of the Great Lakes, a place to gather and enjoy the city.