Lawrence Park was one of Toronto’s first planned garden suburbs. It didn’t fully develop until after the Second World War, and was ranked the wealthiest neighbourhood in all of Canada in 2011. This exclusive neighbourhood treats its prominent residents to a peaceful and tranquil setting that includes rolling hills, winding roads and lush foliage from trees, vines and shrubbery. It has extremely attractive curb appeal and a majestic gated atmosphere.
Lawrence Park’s subdivision began in 1907, but the full development of it was quite sporadic. Wilfred Servington Dinnick was the president of the Dovercourt Land Company, and it was under his direction that Lawrence Park would be developed as an aristocratic neighbourhood. In the 1950’s Lawrence Park was completely developed with whimsical homes of English Cottage, Tudor Revival, Georgian and Colonial styles. Today, buyers will be met with a mix of the old and the new to suit their taste. Although many of the homes have undergone renovations or have been demolished and replaced by mansions, there has been some preservation of charm in the earlier homes, including leaded glass windows, wood trimming, stunning decorative fireplace mantels and dramatic hardwood floors. The neighbourhood has become an upper class status, as most of the homes start at around $2 million and can easily exceed $4 million.
Families will value the great private and public schools in the area and the quiet nature of the streets. Institutions like The Granite Club, Toronto French School and Crescent School are part of the neighbourhood. Surrounded by Lawrence Avenue., Bayview Avenue. and Yonge Street most of the traffic in the neighbourhood is light. Should you decide to do some shopping or dinning, there are high-fashion boutiques at the Lawrence Shopping Centre and many fine dining restaurants in the area.