Welcome to Life in Lawrence Park
Lawrence Park is a Toronto neighbourhood geographically defined by Yonge Street to the West, Bayview Avenue to the East, Blythwood Ravine along the South and Lawrence Avenue along the North. Lawrence Park was one of Toronto's first planned garden suburbs beginning in the early part of the 20th century but did not fully develop until after World War 2.
There are many retail businesses located close to the vibrant Yonge Street corridor. On occasion the area North of Lawrence Avenue is referred to North Lawrence Park.
Lawrence Park is an upscale neighborhood located in central Toronto in a setting that includes gently rolling hills, several parks, and a ravine. Lawrence Park’s shops, schools and recreational facilities are located on its periphery. Many of the residents belong to The Granite Club, or the Rosedale Golf and Country Club, both in the immediate area, as is the Lawrence Park Tennis Club.
The shops and restaurants in the Yonge and Lawrence area are well patronized by Lawrence Park residents. This shopping district includes fashion stores, children’s stores, sporting goods stores, gift shops, bakeries, gourmet dining, casual restaurants and coffee shops, which all contribute to the vibrance of the area.
Lawrence Park’s 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. For the last few years parts of Lawrence Park have been redeveloped with larger houses which do not match the scale of the original housing in the neighborhood.
In 2018, the average resale house price in the neighborhood was $3,589,088 (Toronto MLS stat). The Lawrence Park Ratepayers Association (LPRA) has been active for several decades. Its mandate is to promote all matters regarding the welfare of Lawrence Park and its preservation as a residential park. The LPRA serves the residents of the portion of Lawrence Park that falls within the old City of Toronto. Its annual newsletter and website provide information about activities and issues in the neighbourhood.
Recent Average Sales Price Comparison of Houses in Lawrence Park
The assembly of Lawrence Park began in 1907 by the Dovercourt Land Building and Savings Company, which acquired the north parcel of the park from John Lawrence, after whom this neighbourhood is named. The president of the Dovercourt Land Company was Wilfred Servington Dinnick. It was under Dinnick’s direction that Lawrence Park was developed as a suburb for the "well to do". In the early years Howard and Lorrie Dunington-Grubb, who later founded Sheridan Nurseries, undertook much of the landscape architecture for the boulevards and parks of the suburb. They also took commissions for garden design from the owners of the new homes.
Goads Map 1924
The first advertisement for Lawrence Park trumpeted it as an "“aristocratic neighbourhood", "four hundred feet above Lake Ontario, and Far from the Lake Winds in Winter". However, Lawrence Park’s development was sporadic. The building of houses was interrupted by two world wars, a recession and a depression. It wasn’t until the 1950s that this neighbourhood was completed. (some verbage courtesy of wikipedia)
Dovercourt Land Building and Savings Company Advertisement
Toronto French School French Immersion (summer programs available)
306 Lawrence Avenue East Toronto, Ontario M4N 1T7
John Fisher Junior Public School French Immersion (GR. SK-06)
40 Erskine Ave, Toronto, M4P 1Y2
John Wanless Junior Public School (Grades JK–06)
245 Fairlawn Ave, Toronto, ON, M5M1T2
Attendance Area for Regular Program
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School (Elementary)
24 Bedford Park Ave, Toronto, ON, M5M 1H9
Bedford Park Public School (Grades JK–08)
81 Ranleigh Ave, Toronto, ON, M4N1X2
Davisville / Metropolitan School for the Deaf PS, 43 Millwood Rd., 416-393-0570
Spectrum Sr. Alternative School, 223 Eglinton Ave. East, 416-393-9311
North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Ave., 416-393-9180
Northern Secondary School, 851 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-393-0270
Sunnybrook School, 469 Merton St., 416-487-5308.
Greenwood College School, 443 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-482-9811.
There is TTC bus service on Mount Pleasant Road, Yonge Street, Davisville Avenue and Eglinton Avenue. These bus routes connect passengers to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Lawrence Ave subway station is within walking distance of this neighbourhood. This area offers motorists quick access to downtown Toronto via either Bayview Ave, Mount Pleasant Road or Yonge Street. Toronto's highways and expressways are located within a very short drive of Lawrence Park.