Living in Toronto’s Liberty Village condo neighbourhood means the chance to enjoy the city’s storied past. Today home to funky Liberty Village condominiums and lofts, and to film and web companies, in the late 1700s and early 1800s the area was part of the Garrison Common — a military fortification for the Town of York (which would later become Toronto). Historic Fort York served as the base for the Canadian militia in the Battle of York against the Americans in 1813.
Even more interestingly, Liberty Village got its name from the fact that it was home to the Central Prison and the Mercer Reformatory for Women in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The story goes that Liberty Street — the neighbourhood’s main east-west thoroughfare — is so named because it was the first ground on which prisoners set foot upon their release.
Today the area is bounded on the north by King Street West, the west by Dufferin Street, the south by the Gardiner Expressway, the east by Strachan Avenue and the northeast by the CP railway tracks. The amount of Liberty Village Condos for sale is overwhelming with some many properties on the market to choose from.
Successful art and design studios, as well as media and technology companies, have a strong presence in the community. Many Canadian and US design and technology firms have located to Liberty Village, creating a booming mini-metropolis for the young and tech-savvy citizens who have moved into the growing neighbourhood. The dramatic development of this area has created a flux of Liberty Village Condos for sale and rent.
Liberty Village Condos Social Profile
Liberty Village is a hotspot for Web 2.0 start-ups, film and television production companies and a growing residential community settling into former factories-turned-lofts. This brings in many people to the area, hence the new developments and the many Liberty Village Condos for Sale or rent on the market. For active residents, soccer and ultimate frisbee teams fill Lamport Stadium while avid rock climbers tackle the walls at Joe Rockhead’s. The revitalized Liberty Market Building is quickly becoming a local landmark, home to a growing mix of restaurants and shops.
The neighbourhood is also just steps away from the West Queen West area, home to much of Toronto’s alternative music and arts scene. The Gladstone Hotel — the heart of that scene — is always an interesting place to stop into for a drink or a look at an unexpected performance or art exhibit.
History and Social Profile
As well as its past as a military centre and battleground, and as the home of penal institutions, Liberty Village was also an industrial centre in the 1850s. The arrival of the railway to the area attracted industry, which led to the building of warehouses and factories. Many of these are now enjoying a new purpose as stylish lofts, hip live/work spaces and studio offices.
- School Bakery & Cafe
- Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
- Island Foods
- Brazen Head Irish Pub
- For The Love of Cake Custom Creations
Streetcar lines on near-by Queen and King streets provide quick and easy access to the downtown financial and entertainment districts. Go Transit’s Exhibition Station is within walking distance.
- Givins/Shaw, 49 Givins St., 416-393-1240
- Alexander Muir/Gladstone Jr. & Sr., 108 Gladstone Ave., 416-393-9140
Public High Schools
- Parkdale Collegiate Institute, 209 Jameson Ave., 416-393-9000
- West Toronto Collegiate Institute, 330 Lansdowne Ave., 416-393-1500