Lawrence Park North Real Estate and Neighbourhood:
The neighbourhood now known as Lawrence Park North began as a farming hamlet just north of Toronto and was a popular stopover for farmers on their way to the city and its market. The former Bedford Park, as a neighbourhood, was amalgamated with the hamlets of Davisville and Eglinton and incorporated as the new City of North Toronto. In that same year, the Metropolitan Street Railway of Toronto linked to the area, encouraging further residential development.
Many of the original bungalows have been replaced by more modern and customized houses. The original detached and semi-detached homes built in the period between 1890 and 1940 still stand but extensive renovations are becoming more commonplace. Lawrence Park North has quiet streets shaded with many mature and tall trees; it can be easy to forget how close the neighbourhood is to Highway 401 and the Lawrence subway station.
With five floodlit tennis-courts, a basketball-court, baseball diamond, playground and wading pool, Wanless Park is the largest park in the area and it's only steps from the Bedford Park Community Centre which has a gymnasium and indoor pool; for the smaller kids, the Woburn Parkette has a toddler's playground and wading pool. Year round programs for adults, children and preschoolers can be found at the George Locke Public Library right at the corner of Yonge and Lawrence.
Lawrence Park North also lends its name to a public elementary school in the neighbourhood and the same Wanless family name that graces the park mentioned before also titles a Junior Elementary School. The neighbourhood has two high schools in Loretto Abbey and Lawrence Park Collegiate which are Catholic and public respectively.
Usually lacking in food finds, Avenue Road along the west side, has recently seen some fine eateries pop up. It also has many larger chain stores, fast-food and finer gourmet eateries. Take a stroll to popular Yonge Lawrence Village and you'll find coffeeshops, bakeries and all sorts of shops and restaurants. Both strips are popular and frequented by the residents of Lawrence Park North.