North Central Toronto has several distinct neighourhoods.
Here is a brief history and overview of each area.

  Allenby/Sherwood Park
  St. Clair/Summerhill
  Cricket Club
  Hogg's Hollow
  Lawrence Park
  Lytton Park
  North Toronto/Wanless

Lawrence Park

History

The assembly of Lawrence Park began in 1907 by the Dovercourt Land Building and Saving Company. They acquired the north parcel of the park from John Lawrence, after whom this neighbourhood is named.
The president of the Dovercourt Land Company was Wilfred Servington Dinnick. It was under Dinnick’s direction that Lawrence Park was developed as a suburb for the “well to do”.
The first advertisement for Lawrence Park trumpeted it as an “aristocratic neighbourhood”, “four hundred feet above Lake Ontario, and Far from the Lake Winds in Winter”. However, Lawrence Park’s development was sporadic. The building of houses was interrupted by two world wars, a recession and a depression. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that this neighbourhood was completed.

Community

Lawrence Park is one of Toronto’s most exclusive residential neighbourhoods. It is located in a very peaceful and tranquil setting that includes gently rolling hills, several parks, a ravine, winding roads, many that don’t have sidewalks and a lush topography.

Lawrence Park’s shops, schools and recreational facilities are located on its periphery, which keeps traffic on the residential streets to a minimum.

The high profile shops and restaurants in the Yonge and Lawrence area, are well patronized by Lawrence Park residents. This shopping district includes fashion stores, children’s stores, sporting goods stores, gift shops, bakeries, gourmet dining, casual restaurants plus the ever popular coffee shops.
Many of the residents belong to the prestigious Granite Club which has an abundance of sports and recreational activities, excellent dining and is conveniently located at Bayview and Lawrence.

Homes

Lawrence Park’s whimsical houses include a variety of architectural styles including English Cottage, Tudor Revival, Georgian and Colonial style designs. Most of these homes were built between 1910 and the late 1940’s.
Lawrence Park is a good place to find a house that blends the old with the new. For the last few years parts of Lawrence Park have been redeveloped with magnificent new homes architecturally complimenting the old, including leaded glass windows, high ceilings and substantial wood mouldings along with rich hardwood floors. Timeless and elegant with all the amenities for the 21st century these magnificent homes now adorn the winding streets of Lawrence Park.

Schools

Blythwood Jr. 2 Strathgowan Crescent (416) 393-9105 (public)
Sunny View Jr. & Sr. 450 Blythwood Road (416) 393-9275 (public)
Bedford Park Public School 81 Ranleigh Avenue (416) 393-9424 (public)
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute 125 Chatsworth Drive (416) 393-9500 (public HS)
North Toronto Collegiate Institute 70 Roehampton Ave. (416) 393-9180 (public HS)
Northern Secondary School 851 Mt. Pleasant Road (416) 393-0270 (public HS)
St. Clements School 21 St. Clements Avenue (416) 483-4835 (private)
Havergal College 1451 Avenue Road (416) 483-3519 (private)
The Toronto French School 296 Lawrence Avenue E (416) 484-6522 (private)
Crescent School 2365 Bayview Ave. (416) 449-2556 (private)
Crestwood School 411 Lawrence Ave. E (416) 444-5858 (private)
Crestwood College 411 Lawrence Ave. E (416) 391-1441 (private HS)
Loretto Abbey 101 Mason Blvd. (416) 393-5510 (public HS)
Blessed Sacrament 24 Bedford Park Ave. (416) 393-5226 (separate)

Transportation

Most Lawrence Park residents are within walking distance of bus routes that run along Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant Road, Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue. The Lawrence subway station, located at the intersection of Yonge and Lawrence, is part of Toronto’s main subway line.

Both Bayview and Yonge Street connect to Highway 401 within a five to ten minute drive from Lawrence Park.


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