In 1912, Toronto Suburbs Ltd. registered a plan to subdivide land at Mt. Pleasant Rd. & Lawrence Ave. East. They named the subdivision Waverley Park, after the farm that stood there. Development then stalled due to World War I and the Great Depression.
In 1931, the City of Toronto created a public park in the middle of the subdivision. The park and surrounding streets were named after Toronto alderman and jewelry store owner John Wanless. The community bears the name of Wanless Park to this day.
A typical Wanless Park property is a 2 storey detached home set on a 25 x 100’ lot. While internal renovations have taken place over the years, most houses have kept their original redbrick exteriors. The neighbourhood today looks much the same as it did when it was first built in the 1930s and 40s. Home sale prices from July, 2014 to July, 2015 spanned the $1 - $2 million range, with an average of over $1.5 million. The area's popularity is proved by the average number of days on market a house took to sell; five. At the same time period, nearby condominiums sold in the range of $1 million after 20 days on the market.
The neighbourhood is defined by Ronan Avenue on the west, the Riverview Drive ravine to the east, Mildenhall Road on the north and by Lawrence Avenue East to the south. The Lawrence subway station is a pleasant walk or bus ride away. Bayview Avenue provides easy motoring access to the 401 or to the downtown.
The park serves as the hub of the community. Contained within its approximately 5 acres, there is a baseball diamond, a sports field, a playground and a wading pool. It is home to The Wanless Park Tennis Club, which has 5 outdoor tennis courts and a clubhouse. Further afield, the private Granite Club and the public Bedford Park Community Centre offer sport and social facilities. Riverview Drive ravine and the members-only Rosedale Golf Club provide recreational space and opportunities for walking.
George Locke Public Library and the Lawrence Subway station anchor the corner of Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue. Along Yonge Street, the Yonge-Lawrence Village shopping district stretches north to Donwoods Drive. This shopping stroll has most of the products and services wanted by today’s consumer. The restaurants and cafes provide many opportunities for refreshment along the way.
Wanless Park was once a farmer’s field. Now it is an established, family-friendly community. Once outside of town, it is now centrally located and surrounded by great schools, shopping and green space. What more could one ask for of a great city neighbourhood?
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