Harbourfront is a highly prized and equally populated waterfront area in Toronto. Spanning across the Downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario, from Bathurst Street to the centre of Yonge/York extending to the “East Bayfront” neighbourhood boundary on Cherry Street. The Harbourfront is bound Northerly by the Gardiner Expressway and surrounded by popular neighbourhoods such as, Fort York and Cityplace. Home to Downtown Toronto’s only direct access to the lake, special planning has gone underway to include an underground PATH walkway and a major Waterfront Harbourfront Business and Civil Revitalization Plan.
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 on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Harbourfront is a neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, appealing for strolls and a myriad of recreational and amusement options. It runs along Queens Quay and extends from Bathurst Street in the west to either Yonge Street or York Street in the east with an ill-defined boundary. Harbourfront is bordered on the north by the Gardiner Expressway and is home to the Harbourfront Centre, which is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization. It provides an accessible and dynamic environment for events and activities that educate and entertain the public.
Alongside a beautiful location, the Harbourfront Centre, which is a 10-acre waterfront site, also boasts over 30 venues to explore. This includes Canada Square, the HTO Park, Boardwalk, Amsterdam BrewHouse and the Harbourfront Centre Theater. It was established in 1991 and attracts a huge number of tourists and locals because of its unique location.
In addition to the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto’s Harbourfront neighbourhood also offers many perks for a stylish urban living. The most notable attraction of the area is its unique blend of residential, cultural, recreational and commercial uses, all within the same community. In particular, come summer, Harbourfront becomes a playground with a plethora of exciting festivals, exhibits, events, and shows. The lifestyle here is dynamic and kid-friendly, a fact demonstrated to best effect by the hive of local amenities that Harbourfront offers including The Waterfront School, a shopping district along Queens Quay West and a giant Loblaws food and retail centre.
Harbourfront is also conveniently located within walking distance of the St. Lawrence Market while the attractions of the neighbouring communities including CityPlace, East Bayfront, the Fashion District, the Entertainment District and the Financial District lie in the immediate vicinity. Harbourfront is also well connected from a transport perspective with streetcar links to the Union, Spadina, and Bathurst subway stations. Additionally, the area is served by the Toronto Island Ferry, which operates from the City/Bay Street Docks and the Yonge Street slip.
If you are looking buy, residential accommodation in Harbourfront is steeply skewed in favour of high-rise condominiums due to a lack of space. From here, views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline are phenomenal. In fact, Harbourfront has the highest concentration of luxury condominium developments in the city, constructed for the most part in the 1980s. The communities here are designed for all-inclusive living boasting stunning building exteriors, impressive suite interiors and coveted building amenities for cosmopolitan living.