Lawrence Park South Real Estate and Neighbourhood:
One of Toronto's first planned garden suburbs, Lawrence Park South is also one of Canada's wealthiest neighbourhoods. Started in 1907 by the Dovercourt Land Building and Saving Company; a parcel of land in the north was acquired from John Lawrence, who lent his name to the area. It was under the direction of Wilfred Servington Dinnick, Dovercourt's head, that Lawrence Park was to be developed as a suburb for the 'well to do'. The first advertisement for Lawrence Park billed it as an 'aristocratic neighbourhood', 'four hundred feet above Lake Ontario, and far from the lake winds in winter'. Lawrence Park South's progression was in fact, quite sporadic, being interrupted by two world wars and a depression, it was not until the 1950s that this neighbourhood was completed.
Partly bordered by Blythwood ravine and Sherwood Park, Lawrence Park South has retained a space of green in a peaceful setting with gentle hills and winding streets. Traffic on the residential streets is kept to a minimum because most of the shops, schools and recreational facilities are located on the periphery, making the area one of the more family-friendly and accessible of Toronto's affluent neighbourhoods.
Lawrence Park South homes comprise a wide variety of architectural styles, including Tudor Revival, Georgian, Colonial and English Cottage, with the majority of the homes built between 1910 and the late 1940s. In the early part of this year, the average resale house price in the neighbourhood was $2,421,036, second only to the Bridle Path. Leaded windows, high ceilings, and rich hardwood floors are common features of homes in Lawrence Park, and the lots are narrow but deep providing ample space for lush lawns and landscaping.
West of Yonge, homes in this pocket are predominantly in the Georgian or Tudor architectural styles and the lot frontages vary 30 foot to 50 foot, depending on the street. The large mature trees near Lytton Park create a canopy on many of the neighbourhood streets, providing a canopy effect with shade during summer months and picturesque setting in the fall when the leaves change colours.
Situated between Bayview Avenue and Yonge Street, Lawrence Park South has no shortage of shopping possibilities, all within a short car trip; from gourmet dining to casual restaurants, fashion stores to coffee shops, art galleries to bistros and sports equipment, the two 'high' streets on either side have it all.
Crescent School and Toronto French School are two well-respected private schools in the area, and there are also two public elementary schools: Bedford Park and Sunny View. North Toronto and Northern are public high schools that sit on either side of Mount Pleasant and Lawrence Park Collegiate is at the corner of Lawrence and Avenue Road. West of Yonge, the public school options are John Ross Robertson Elementary Public School and Glenview Senior Public School. Two of the top private girl schools are located in the neighbourhood with Havergal College Girls School and St. Clement's Girls School.
Chatsworth Ravine is located between Glenview Ave and Chatsworth Ave and houses backing onto Chatsworth Ravine have exceptional privacy and views. Lytton Park, which is located off Lytton Ave has 3 tennis courts and is also where the North Toronto Lawn Bowling Club is situated. In the winter months, Otter Creek’s outdoor skating rink is home to free public skates and recreational hockey for all ages.
The nearby Granite Club offers a host of activities in the sports and recreation area, not to mention an excellent dining room. Every member of the family can find something to do whether it be five-pin bowling or enrolling in a ballet class. One can also join one of the many societies that appreciate classic art or classic wines. The aforementioned Blythwood ravine's variety of native trees cast cooling shade on the footpaths, picnic tables and it runs conveniently into Sherwood Park and in turn connects to main artery Bayview Avenue. It's a reminder that just off the busy Toronto streets, can be found a greenhaven of a peaceful neighbourhood known as Lawrence Park South.