July 23rd, 2014 
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Cultivated Taste in Lawrence Park

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In 1907, Wilfrid Servington Dinnick, president of the Standard Loan Co. of Toronto, envisioned a new type of real estate development for Toronto’s expanding middle class: a garden suburb. He saw a residential community not for the wealthy few, but a place where "the man of moderate means can build his home amongst hundreds of others of like cultivated tastes." His board of directors agreed, and by 1910 the first homes in Lawrence Park had been designed and built.

Unlike the housing developments of today, Lawrence Park was built piecemeal. To ensure his Garden Suburb vision lost little in translation, Dinnick held gardening competitions to promote the new community. Trees and shrubs were made available at cost to homeowners, encouraging a higher standard of landscaping around each new house. In keeping with the vision, parkland separated Yonge Street from the first of the houses. Dinnick also mandated the houses have garages as he saw a future in which the automobile would be a part of the middle class lifestyle.

Lawrence Park properties

A typical Lawrence Park house could have been built anytime from 1910 to the 1950s. The generous (50’ x 150’) lot sizes have allowed some Buyers to tear down the original property and replace it with a modern structure. Still, most homes have their original facades, and retain their old-fashioned character. Current prices attest to the neighbourhood’s value. Detached houses sold in a range of under $1 million to over $5 million in 2013, with the average price above $2 million.

Lawrence Park is located east of Yonge Street and south of Lawrence Avenue East. It is bordered on the east by Bayview Avenue and on the south by the Blythwood Ravine and Sherwood Park. Motorists find Bayview Avenue to be an ideal route north to HWY 401, or south to Toronto’s downtown and financial district. The Lawrence subway station is located at Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue and is easily accessible.

Map of Lawrence Park

Lawrence Park is served by Blythwood Junior Public School, Glenview Senior Public School and Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute. The Toronto French School, (a bilingual, co-ed private school), is located at 306 Lawrence Avenue East, just opposite York University’s Glendon Campus.

Lawrence Park’s southern and western borders consist of parkland. The Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens, located at 2901 Yonge Street, provide an oasis of calm to the neighbourhood.  In the summertime they are often used as the background for wedding pictures. Sherwood Park, at 190 Sherwood Avenue, has an off-leash dog area, a ball diamond, a splash pad and a wading pool. Tennis players will appreciate the proximity to the Lawrence Park Tennis Club, at 51 Alexander Muir Road. In 2012, the club celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Entrance to Sherwood Park

The two shopping areas close to the neighbourhood are at Yonge and Lawrence and Yonge and Eglinton. Between them, Yonge Street is bustling with specialty boutiques, sporting goods stores, restaurants and cafes.

Yonge Street shopping

From an out of town suburb, Lawrence Park has become an established neighbourhood, prized for its gracious atmosphere and solid housing stock. The former refuge from the city is now located within the city. Lawrence Park homeowners can enjoy the best of midtown and country life – truly a neighbourhood for those of cultivated taste.

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Lawrence Park Real Estate Sales Report Q1 2014

Name Street Area List Price Style Bed
Chudleigh Ave Lawrence Park $1,198,000 2-Storey 4
Mount Plea Rd Lawrence Park $1,250,000 3-Storey 6
Dinnick Cres Lawrence Park $1,298,000 2-Storey 4
Cheritan Ave Lawrence Park $1,469,000 2-Storey 4
Glencairn Ave Lawrence Park $1,596,000 2.5-Storey 5
Dawlish Ave Lawrence Park $1,850,000 2-Storey 3
Glengowan Rd Lawrence Park $1,875,000 2-Storey 5
St Leonard Ave Lawrence Park $1,995,000 2-Storey 4
Glengowan Rd Lawrence Park $2,195,000 2.5-Storey 5
Lytton Blvd Lawrence Park $2,279,000 3-Storey 5
Glengowan Rd Lawrence Park $2,350,000 2-Storey 4
Lawrence Cres Lawrence Park $2,450,000 2.5-Storey 5
Glencairn Ave Lawrence Park $2,499,000 3-Storey 4
Glenallan Rd Lawrence Park $2,595,000 2-Storey 6
Stratheden Rd Lawrence Park $2,688,000 2-Storey 4
Buckingham Ave Lawrence Park $2,795,000 2-Storey 5
Stratford Cres Lawrence Park $2,795,000 2-Storey 4
Glengowan Rd Lawrence Park $2,945,000 2.5-Storey 6
St Leonard Ave Lawrence Park $3,295,000 2-Storey 4
Dawlish Ave Lawrence Park $3,350,000 2-Storey 4
Sunnydene Cres Lawrence Park $3,495,000 2-Storey 5
Glengowan Rd Lawrence Park $3,588,000 2-Storey 4
Rochester Ave Lawrence Park $3,599,000 2-Storey 5
Wood Ave Lawrence Park $3,600,000 2-Storey 5
Glengowan Rd Lawrence Park $3,795,000 2-Storey 4
Dawlish Ave Lawrence Park $3,895,000 2-Storey 4
St Leonard Ave Lawrence Park $3,995,000 2-Storey 4
Glenallan Rd Lawrence Park $3,998,000 2-Storey 5
St Leonard Cres Lawrence Park $4,099,000 2-Storey 5
Glengowan Rd Lawrence Park $4,350,000 3-Storey 4


The Toronto neighbourhood map displayed on this website was published in “Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods”, is copyright Maple Tree Publishing and has been reproduced by the Toronto Real Estate Board under license.

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