This is one of the most colourful and vibrant regions in the entire GTA. Two of Toronto’s most iconic streets meet at these crossroads, and that has attracted a number of stores, restaurants, and other local amenities to the area. It is also sandwiched in between two of Toronto’s most recognizable neighbourhoods.
This is one of the most sought after locations in the city, and developers are taking notice, which means there are going to be plenty of new condos in the area.
It’s unsurprising that this corner enjoys a perfect Walkscore with 100/100. This indicates that a car is not needed to do daily errands. It also has a perfect Transit Score with 100/100, which makes perfect sense. One of the first things that you notice when approaching this intersection is the overhanging web of streetcar lines. This is because both of these roads have dedicated streetcar routes that can take you anywhere in the city. It is also only a short walk away from St. Andrew Station, which connects to the Yonge/University line.
This intersection is outfitted with some tremendous local amenities. The shopping choices are seemingly endless with an LCBO, Winners, Noah’s Natural Foods, Dollarama Warehouse Store, Homesense, SOMA Chocolate Makers, and a Fresh and Wild Food Market all being located directly in the vicinity. These shopping choices are certainly enough to sustain your day to day needs. There are also tons of restaurants that offer food from all over the world. Two highlights are Patria and Rodney’s Oyster House. Rodney’s is an oyster broker, meaning they get their supply from their own shipyard. This allows them to get the oysters a day earlier than other places, making them the freshest in the city. They also offer king crab on season. If you’re looking for a night on the town, SPiN Toronto is located here. This is a rec-room inspired bar that is known for its ping pong tables. Another popular bar in the area is Bar Hop, which serves various craft beers and upscale pub food.
Despite being in the centre of urbanity, this intersection is surrounded by green space in the forms of Clarence Square Park, Victoria Memorial Square Park, St. Andrew’s Playground, and David Pecaut Square. The presence of these parks means residents are able to take a momentary break from the hectic urban life. David Pecaut Square is a particular treat as it sits in the foot of the beautiful of Roy Thompson Hall.
There are other cultural institutions in the area too. The Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Canadian Walk of Fame, The Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox are all located within a two block radius of this corner.
The surrounding neighbourhoods are culturally significant as well. To the north is the city’s Chinatown. As the name would suggest, this is the home for many of the Chinese immigrants who have, and they’ve transformed the region into a bustling marketplace where you can get exotic spices, reasonably priced home needs, and peking ducks. To the south is the Entertainment District. This is the home to most to most of the city’s professional sports teams. The Rogers Centre is only a nine minute walk away. This is the home field for the Toronto Blue Jays, and it also sits at the foot of the CN Tower. The Air Canada Centre is slightly farther away, being 20 minutes away on foot. This is a large facility that hosts both the Raptors and Maple Leafs. In many ways, these neighbourhood culminate into what Toronto is all about.
This intersection is one of the most dynamic place is town because of its rich cultural significance, in addition to its central location. Thanks to the wealth of transit, you can get anywhere from here – not that you’d want to. You could have a nice Spanish inspired meal at Patria, head to the Jay’s Game, and then finish the night off at SPiN – all without ever needing to take a car or transit. This is a complete urban neighbourhood that can satisfy all your needs, so if you find condos here, don’t pass up the opportunity to invest in this location.