Fort York is one of the areas that is most underrated and quietly kept in Toronto. A neighbourhood with a historical past dating back to the late 18th century that is easily missed. Few developers have made use of the historic neighbourhood to nestle high-end condominiums with great lake and city views. With a amazingly affordable prices and a short walk to King West, Queen West and Harbourfront, Fort York is sandwiched between two completely different neighbourhoods and demographics that it is often left as a bridge from the two popular areas. In essence, Fort York is a bridge from Bathurst and Front to Lake Shore and is entirely used for that purpose to cross over Railroad tracks and cars merging onto Lake Shore Blvd. The location is in the centre of Harbourfront, King West, CityPlace and Liberty Village.
We track years of completed developments, we then look at potential new developments and take in consideration things like appeal (demand) and infrastructure (updates).
Located west of Toronto’s Harbourfront neighbourhood, Fort York is a vibrant new hub for urban living immediately east and south of the historic Fort York site where Toronto began in 1793. Residential development in the area began in 2005 when a 38-storey residential tower was constructed atop a 7-12 storey podium at the corner of Fleet Street and Fort York Boulevard. In recent years, the neighbourhood has seen an explosion of condominium developments including Garrison at 169 Fort York Blvd, Library District Condominiums at 170 Fort York Blvd and The Yards At Fort York by Onni.
Perhaps the most notable attraction of Fort York is its convenient location with quick and easy access to some of Toronto’s liveliest neighbourhoods including King West, Queen West, the Entertainment District and the Liberty District. Queen West, in particular, is a stylish and upscale destination known for its array of bars and restaurants while the Entertainment District is home to many of Canada’s cultural landmarks.
Alongside its enviable location in close proximity to everything, Fort York is also a beautiful neighbourhood with a number of parks and green spaces dominating the area. Take the Martin Goodman Lakeside Trail, for example. It offers limitless walking, running and biking pleasure with a host of streams, parks, and attractions along the way. Fort York is also home to Coronation Park with good access to Stanley Park, Little Norway Park, Victoria Memorial Park and Canoe Landing Park.
The other attraction of the neighbourhood is Fort York itself, after which the neighbourhood is named. Fort York is a 32-acre national historic site built by the British Army and Canadian militia troops in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Today the site offers a visitor centre opened in September 2014 with a visually stunning space for exhibits and other educational activities amidst lush gardens and pedestrian corridors.
Fort York is also well connected from a transport perspective with two dedicated TTC streetcar lines connecting Fort York to Union Station and Bathurst Subway Station. The neighbourhood also has great connections to a number of highways including Lakeshore Blvd and the Gardiner Expressway for easy commute to the downtown core of the city and beyond.
The other amenities of Fort York include an eclectic mix of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars that residents can enjoy including a Starbucks (which according to some studies is an indicator of a neighbourhood’s desirability) and a two-storey branch of the Toronto Public Library to serve the community’s intellectual needs.