A Guide To The Re-Vamped Yonge & Eglinton
A bustling midtown intersection with an abundance of independent boutiques, familiar box stores and numerous restaurants, Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, also known as Yonge-Eglinton or “Yonge & Eg” is a neighbourhood in Toronto that has undergone a swathe of new investments, including a series of luxury residential developments. The neighbourhood has a unique and attractive reputation characterized by the ‘rush’ of downtown but also the ‘calm’ of uptown so that this area is a city within a city and a community that pulsates with life at every corner.
Indeed, once overlooked, Yonge and Eglinton is seeing a surge of office and condo construction. A big part of the appeal of this neighbourhood is its excellent transport links to the neighbouring districts, the downtown core and beyond. Did you know that by 2020, four light rail transit lines will run from Black Creek Drive to Kennedy Station representing an investment of $8.4 billion? The impact of this change will be substantial attracting many condo developers and residents to the area. Additionally, the neighbourhood’s offices are undergoing a revitalization, in line with the housing stock.
Alongside an excellent location nestled between Lawrence Park South, Mount Pleasant West, Deer Park and Forest Hill South, Yonge and Eglinton also boasts a hive of local, national, and international chain stores that residents can enjoy. In essence, from antiques to hardware, and from baked goods to designer fashions, the neighbourhood has it all. And if shopping is not high on your list of hobbies, Yonge and Eglinton is also home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and bars. Notable names include Aroma Espresso Bar where you can treat yourself to things like chocolate croissants and What a Bagel, which is a popular lunch destination with excellent bagels, sandwiches, soups, baked goods and salads.
Other local amenities in the area include a selection of stores from BMV Books and Indigo to replenish your library to Degrees and Sporting Life for kitchen gadgets and sporting equipment respectively. For leisure and recreation, the neighbourhood also offers facilities from boxing clubs and gyms to yoga studios while Eglinton Park is a popular venue for multipurpose sports fields, tennis courts and artificial ice rinks. Eglinton Park also features a wading pool.
In terms of residential accommodation, Yonge and Eglinton has grown to become one of Toronto’s hottest development nodes. For example, RioCan, Bazis and Metropia’s eCondo is a true landmark at Yonge and Eglinton. It features two distinctive black, white and grey glass towers built around a public piazza. In truth, if you’re in the market for a new residence then the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood provides many options and is an area worthy of consideration.