LIBERTY VILLAGE REAL ESTATE
WELCOME TO TORONTO'S LIBERTY VILLAGE
The fastest-growing Toronto neighbourhood, dotted with old factories and brick buildings, and a vibrant community made up of young professionals & artists. This is at the heart of what truly makes Liberty Village one of the best places to live in Toronto.
Real estate in Liberty Village is close to the lakeshore for long evenings walks or morning jogs, a short jaunt to the King Street west entertainment district, and a 20-minute streetcar ride from downtown; if this appeals to you, then Liberty Village is the place to find your dream home!
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A HISTORIC BACKGROUND
Liberty Village’s 43-acres master-planned, mixed-use community is built around early 20th century industrial architecture. Its plethora of residential, commercial and retail spaces have been brought to life from charming renovations of old factories and brick buildings, providing a gritty, yet modern atmosphere.
A thriving industrial area from the 1880s to 1970s, due in part to the proximity to train lines, the name ‘Liberty Village’ comes from the area being the former site of Toronto’s Central Prison. Upon being freed, the prisoners had their first taste of ‘liberty’, and the name became synonymous with the neighbourhood.
The Liberty Market Building is the namesake and cornerstone of the area. With a multi-million dollar renovation creating 300,000 sq.ft. of revitalized commercial space, the building is home to many creative professionals in design, media and technology. Another landmark, the Carpet Manufacturing Company, is the best-preserved example of Victorian architecture in the city of Toronto.
A documentary film on Liberty Village titled “Liberty Village – Somewhere in Heaven” was produced and directed by David Sloma for Rockin' Films. It features interviews with longtime Liberty Village residents Corky Laing, Taffi Rosen photographer/videographer, as well as other key artists, business owners and workers in the area.
LIBERTY VILLAGE: AN URBAN ARTISTIC COMMUNITY
As one of the most dynamic and innovative economic hubs in Canada, people come to Liberty Village for its boutique shopping, variety of restaurants and artistic community. It’s a destination for visitors seeking design stores, art galleries, hip coffee shops and urban fusion restaurants.
Liberty Village is the centre for technology and design businesses, including start-ups, film and TV productions, graphic designers, photographers and galleries. Not surprisingly, this vibrant live-work community is comprised of young artists and professionals, who give the area a vibrant, urban artistic and energetic feel.
In addition to innovative architectural renovations emphasized by public art and unique shops, the neighbourhood has many other services, including a large supermarket, video store, a pet supply store, a dry cleaner and a bank.
GETTING TO AND FROM LIBERTY VILLAGE
Whether you take transit, drive your car or plan to go for a walk, Liberty Village is an easy place to get to and from.
It’s a short walk to GO Train Exhibition and TTC bus routes. Streetcar lines on Queen and King streets provide quick and easy access to the downtown financial and entertainment districts.
If driving is your transportation of choice, you’ll find Liberty Village is accessible by the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard. You can then easily access a network of highways leading out of the downtown core.
LIBERTY VILLAGE'S MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS
1185 King Street West | Toronto, Ontario | 416-588-7695 | www.caffino.ca
A romantic and cozy Italian Restaurant in a rustic industrial setting, with patios in front of the restaurant and in its courtyard.
Price Range: $$
Must try: Pasta Caffino
134 Atlantic Avenue | Toronto, Ontario | 416-515-2002 | www.livefoodbar.com
An organic café serving wraps, salads and juice cleanses, Live Market’s entire menu is plant-based, gluten, wheat and refined sugar free. It also uses only the highest quality organic non-GMO ingredients.
Food: Organic, gluten-free
Price range: $$
Must try: Fresh homemade soups
School Bakery & Cafe
70 Fraser Avenue | Toronto, Ontario | 416-588-0005 | www.schooltoronto.com
If you’re a lover of the best brunches and patios in Toronto, then School Bakery & Cafe is definitely a must-try on your list!
Food: Brunch, baked goods
Price Range: $$
Must try: Spiced Eggs Benny
Mildred's Temple Kitchen
85 Hanna Avenue | Toronto, ON | 416-588-5695 | www.templekitchen.com
Mildred's Temple Kitchen opened with a heartfelt philosophy. They're here because they love food, people and the simple pleasures of life: their temple is the place where they practice their devotion. Here you'll find seasonal fare, prepared with reverence for its source, and served with pleasure.
Food: Breakfast, Brunch & Vegetarian
Price Range: $$
Must try: Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
120 Lynn Williams Street | Toronto, Ontario | 647-340-8008 | www.williamslanding.ca
With a large patio space overlooking East Liberty Street, Williams Landing is the hot spot to try amazing signature cocktails paired with fresh, organic food options.
Food: Globally inspired
Price range: $$$
Must try: Flatiron Steak Frites – house-cut frites with a truffle aioli.
LOCAL Public Eatery
Unit 100 - 171 E Liberty Street | Toronto, Ontario | 416-901-8351 | www.locallibertyvillage.com
Kind of like your living room, with better food and people to serve you beer! Come to Liberty Village's Local Public Eatery to check out their rotating taps of local craft beer, and scumptuous food!
Food: Pub Food & Burgers
Price range: $$$
Must try: Brooklyn Burger
SCHOOLS IN AND AROUND LIBERTY VILLAGE
Schools aren’t exactly super close to Liberty Village – but the designated schools for the area are actually excellent schools. The Toronto District School Board designates schools based on addresses and you can find our comprehensive list of schools in and around Liberty Village, with corresponding map numbers, below.
#1 | Queen Victoria Junior Public School | 100 Close Avenue Toronto, ON | 416-393-9200
#2 | Niagara Street Junior Public School | 222 Niagara Street ?Toronto, ON | 416-393-1371
#3 | Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School | 78 Seaforth Avenue Toronto, ON | 416-393-1280
#4 | The Grove Community School | 108 Gladstone Avenue? Toronto, ON | 416-393-9140
#5 | Givins/Shaw Junior Public School | 49 Givins Street | Toronto, ON | 416-393-1240
#6 | Charles G Fraser Junior Public School | 79 Manning Avenue | Toronto, ON | 416-393-1830
#7 | Parkdale Collegiate Institute | 209 Jameson Avenue Toronto, ON | 416-393-9000
#8 | City School | 635 Queens Quay West ?Toronto, ON | 416-393-1470
#9 | Holy Family | 141 Close Avenue Toronto, ON | 416-393-5212
#10 | Senhor Santo Cristo | 30 Humbert Street Toronto, ON | 416-393-5367
#11 | St. Mary | 20 Portugal Square Toronto, ON | 416-393-5205
RECREATION, ENTERTAINMENT & THINGS TO DO
Liberty Village is close to Toronto's Entertainment District and sporting venues such as Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre and BMO Village. So whether you’re a concert-goer, or sports enthusiast, you’ll find plenty to do around here.
Fitness buffs will appreciate the easy access to waterfront trails for walking, jogging, and biking, The Liberty Village Running Room facilitates weekly walks and runs for community members of all ages and running levels.
If you’re more into community events to enjoy with your neighbours or co-workers, the Village’s artists and artisans certainly don’t disappoint! There’s Caribana, now called the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, a Caribbean culture that’s known as North America’s largest street festival. Currently in its 47th year, the annual event runs the end of July into early August for four days.
Movie night in Liberty Village Park lets you enjoy outdoor movies and popcorn during the warm summer months, while the Liberty Village Farmers’ Market will get you hopping out of bed on Sunday mornings from spring through fall. Finally, the ‘Give Me Liberty’ After-Work party is thrown by the Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (LVBIA) as an outdoor street party every year.
DON'T-MISS POINTS OF INTEREST
Rounding out our list of things to do and places to see are some of Liberty Village’s key points of interest. Come check out Liberty Village Park, a beautiful urban park featuring a playground, public art installation and the former Roman Catholic Chapel building of the Toronto Central Prison.
Founded by a key figure in the Canadian television industry, the Moses Znaimer MZTV Museum of Televisionoffers original papers, discs, books, magazines, toys and other ephemera, along with approximately 10,000 other objects to scholars and students, as well as the general public.
The Liberty Village King Atlantic Gateway Feature is a stunning streetscape with raised planters, decorative screens, paving patterns and a sculpture designed by local Liberty Village artist, Michael Gollan. The BenchMark project was an LVBIA initiative that turned old benches into decorative art pieces throughout Liberty Village.
Finally, there are several murals throughout the village which enhance its eclectic industrial beauty. South of the Museum, on the east side of Jefferson, there's an alley lined with murals illustrating the evolution of this neighbourhood as an industrial hub. The Lakeshore Rail Corridor Mural is a 270 ft. depiction of the unique character of Liberty Village. As such, the mural includes the smoke stacks, patios, office workers, and feel of the urban area.
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer, downsizing, opening a business, or looking for an inviting community with arts and charm, Tony can help you find the places you are looking for. Browse some of the listings available in Liberty Village by clicking below.
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