St. Lawrence & Church Neighbourhood


The St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood is a family-friendly area with residents from mixed incomes and many different cultural backgrounds. This former industrial area is bounded by Yonge, Front, and Parliament Streets, and the Canadian National Railway embankment. The Esplanade off Yonge St., lined with restaurants, cafés and hotels runs through the middle of the area and is a destination for both locals and tourists visiting Toronto.

Living in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood

Some of the most interesting architecture in the city can be found in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. One notable landmark is the Flatiron building, known for its distinct narrow, wedge shape where Wellington St. merges with Front. Built in 1892, it was the first of this type of building constructed in North America. If viewed from the east, the wedge can be seen in the foreground with the financial skyscrapers and the CN tower rising in the background.

Front Street is lined on both sides with restaurants. At the intersection of Front and Yonge are two performing arts houses, the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto’s “centennial” project and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

The St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood is as old as Toronto itself. In fact, the Town of York – the forerunner to the City of Toronto – spanned 10 city blocks that now comprise part of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. The architecturally significant 19th-century Georgian style red and yellow brick buildings that line Front Street harken back to this earlier period.

The newer part of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood situated around The Esplanade was constructed in the 1970s. The real estate in the area contains a nice mix of low rent and subsidized rental accommodation together with co-ops, condominiums and privately-owned homes

St. Lawrence residents have the luxury of being able to walk to the famous St. Lawrence Market, a food emporium with over 200 vendors again attracting shoppers from near and far. Stroll through this Toronto landmark and be entertained by live performers, enjoy a vast variety of prepared foods, and purchase everything from fresh seafood to farm fresh eggs and organic chicken. Shopping at this market dubbed the best food market in the world by National Geographic is an experience not to be missed.

St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood Real Estate

The St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood has been critically acclaimed as a major success story in urban real estate planning. It has become a model for the design and planning of new neighbourhoods across North America.

The apartment buildings and townhouses in the St. Lawrence Market area were designed by some of Toronto’s most accomplished architects. The one consistent feature in these designs is the use of red brick exteriors on all the homes. Private and non-profit housing, market rental buildings, all co-exist here.

While many of the old industrial buildings along Front Street east of Jarvis have been demolished since the 1950s, several old industrial buildings remain, including old meat-packing plants from the 1800s. Several have been converted into beautiful lofts or commercial space.

In the last few years, the St. Lawrence Market real estate scene has seen the addition of new luxury glass and steel condo apartment buildings that proliferate throughout Toronto’s downtown core.

The London on the Esplanade

A sleek and flashy downtown skyscraper, London on the Esplanade has a variety of suites options, and a host of amenities to keep your lifestyle energized. A sophisticated Toronto condo tucked away between Front Street and the waterfront at 38 The Esplanade, London on the Esplanade consists of two condo buildings, a glass and steel tower that offers one and two-bedroom suites, floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, and an adjoining brown-brick podium that features lofts with 18-foot ceilings.

If you want to experience the bustle and buzz of downtown business and entertainment and also enjoy the aged quaintness of the St. Lawrence Market area, London on the Esplanade is ideally located. Swim in the sun: Among an impressive list of amenities, London on the Esplanade residents can enjoy an outdoor rooftop swimming pool. As a member of Club London, you have access to a variety of fitness and spa features right at home.

75 On the Esplanade

Good pre-construction opportunities still exist in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, and 75 On the Esplanade is one of them. Although sold out through the developer, assignment sales are popping up and should be noted. With a total of 308 units, this new condo development by Carttera Private Equities and Harhay Developments is currently under construction.

Suites will feature large windows with beautiful views of the city, indulgent amenities and retail shops on the ground floor for your convenience. The 2nd Floor will feature a swimming pool and other outdoor amenities on the west side of the building as well as an outdoor dining area with approximately 5,000 sq.ft. of outdoor and 3,500 sq.ft. of indoor amenity space.