North York Centre continues to develop its Condominium opportunities along Yonge Street and the surrounding streets of Leslie Street and Bayview Ave. Over 20,000 new units have been expected to soon be completed within the neighbourhood. Although condominium residences have been the majority of development in the area, North York Centre offers townhomes, and older, more traditional free style residences. The neighbourhood of North York Centre is surrounded by a high residential area and at its core is its life. It offers the unique capacity of giving residents a geographic blend of a bedroom community with downtown atmosphere at its doorstep. Convenience is offered within the new developments of the neighbourhood, offering stores and boutiques at the base of condo towers, such as the Tridel Hullmark Tower, located at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Sheppard Ave.
North York Centre attempts to gear itself more towards the pedestrian commute versus the driver’s commute even with its close location to the 401 highway. Nestled along the TTC public transit Subway line, all of the major shopping areas within this neighbourhood are accessible through underground. A balance of natural landscape and modern living are found throughout the neighbourhood.
A City within a Neighbourhood
The city of North York is spread across the Northern half of Toronto. Although a city within itself, North York amalgamated with the Metropolis of Toronto in 1998. Much of the area is suburban, however, there has been a significant push from the city to have North York to redevelop much of their core to incorporate a more modern landscape to support the growth in Toronto. At the heart of the city, resides the neighbourhood of North York Centre.
Located between Finch Ave. and Sheppard Ave., North York Centre neighbourhood was utilized to support the downtown core by offering an alternative business area and urban development. Built around the former City Hall (Now the North York Civic Centre), North York offers many amenities. Considered one of the most rapid growth areas in Toronto, the North York Centre, Empress Walk and the Sheppard Centre can be found there, as well as groceries stores, boutiques and 2 cinemas. A variety of different culturally based restaurants can be found throughout the neighbourhood, supporting the diversity of the area.
North York Centre neighbourhood offers the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as a vibrant skating rink resting by the North York Civic Centre. Both Toronto District Public School Board as well as Toronto Catholic District School Board have multiple schools within this neighbourhood, supported with a variety of prestigiously awarded private schools. The community offers multiple supports within the community as well, including language and immigration services. Parks and trails can be found throughout the neighbourhood, offering all-season outdoor activities. Many of the bedroom residents can easily access the local grocery stores, gyms and the vibrant life that is Yonge Street through these paths.