The Liberty Village neighbourhood has been deemed the hottest real estate area of Toronto what with its sexy storefronts, new glossy condos and its veritable burgeoning artist’s colony. Young creative types priced out of Queen Street West are flocking to buy homes in this community which encompasses King Street south to the Gardiner Expressway between Dufferin Street and Strachan Avenue. It’s a truly unique community that’s taken shape within the fabric of long-forgotten area of the city.
History Comes Alive With a Futuristic Flair
Liberty Village homes make use of the many historical buildings left over from the neighbourhood’s hey day as a heavy industrial area. Apartments, condos and townhomes utilize charming, long vacant factory buildings that have a distinctive “old Toronto” vibe that fits in nicely with the funky new community. Many of the buildings that are left over have their own fascinating stories – from manufacturing gentlemen’s shirt collars to the production of bowling alley floorboards – and community groups have endeavoured to keep the history alive while forging ahead into the future. Liberty Village real estate may be old-fashioned on the outside but at its heart it’s poised to become one of the most cutting edge neighbourhoods in Toronto as many of North America’s leading creative thinkers and companies dealing in high tech, arts, design, entertainment and media move into the area.
Become a Yoga-loving, Coffee-swilling Soccer Fan
Residents are never bored in the Liberty Village neighbourhood. The young professional-oriented community keep themselves busy with rooftop yoga in the summer time, indoor rock-climbing at Joe Rockhead’s and billiards at the world-famous Academy for Spherical Arts (keep your eyes peeled and you may just see the odd celebrity drop by for a game). There are also ample opportunities for taking up a hobby like salsa dancing at the local ballroom studio or get fit at the 17,000 square foot King West fitness club. For sports nuts, Lamport Stadium plays host to soccer and lacrosse year-round. Tired yet? For people who’d rather just sit back and take it all in with a snack or steaming cup of coffee, Liberty Village is also home to a handful of brand new coffeehouses and bakeries. Also vying for attention are outdoor attractions like Trinity Bellwoods Park and the Martin Goodman Trail which are both within walking distance, making Liberty Village real estate especially attractive for those who like a little bit of green space mixed with their urban landscapes. Liberty Village homes also offer easy access to TTC routes as well as the GO Train for when you just need to get the heck out of town. But why would you when everything you need is right here in Liberty Village?
The author: Kristal Cooper is a local freelance writer who loves movies and exploring Toronto's many diverse neighbourhoods.