Locals to Corktown love the convenience of having close access to the financial district from this neighbourhood, which offers some of the more affordable ousing options in the downtown core.
Bordered by Queen Street East to the north, Front Street/Eastern Avenue to the south, the Don River to the east, and Jarvis Street to the west, Corktown has been revitalized over the years and has attracted a variety of residents, including families and young professionals. First-time homebuyers are also surging into Corktown thanks to the rise of trendy affordable units. The area continues to see new development projects, which will help to keep up the influx of buyers into the neighbourhood.
Some of the city's oldest Victorian row-houses are located right here in Corktown and have been instrumental in defining the architectural landscape of Toronto. Many of these homes were erected way back in the 1850's and 1860's located on narrow laneways. These properties are some of the smallest in Toronto, with some as little as 12 feet in width.
Corktown is currently seeing a number of building conversions take place. Former industrial and commercial buildings are now being converted into residential lofts and studio apartments outfitted with modern features. Many of these are work/live buildings that skillfully combine residential and commercial uses.
The trend of development in Corktown - as well as in neighbouring communities - isn't showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. It will be interesting to see what the neighbourhood of Corktown will look like in the near future as developers continue to set their sights on this downtown community.
Lifestyle & Recreation
Residents can find plenty of shopping experiences along nearby Queen Street and Parliament Street. There are plenty of delectable eateries, cafes, boutiques, and art galleries within walking distance from Corktown.
There is also the world-renowned St. Lawrence Market within walking distance, a centre that features over 200 food vendors to tempt the palate.
The city's historic Distillery District is also close by. This is one of the most sought-after destinations in the city for both residents and tourists alike and is known for its unique architecture, boutiques, restaurants, artisan studios, galleries, culture, and entertainment.
Recreational opportunities are plentiful in Corktown, with the John Innes Community Recreation Centre nearby featuring an indoor pool, gym, weight room, running track, games room, craft room, and woodworking shop. There's also an indoor hockey area right next door to the rec centre. The St. Lawrence Community Centre on The Esplanade offers a pool, gym, weight room, and squash courts.
On King Street West is Sackville playground which offers the youngsters a wading pool, tot park, and basketball court.
There are some schools close by, though they are not plentiful. Parents can choose to send their kids to school at nearby Nelson Mandela Park Public School, Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School, and St. Paul Catholic School.
Public transit is right outside the door in Corktown. Streetcars along Queen and King Streets connect passengers to subway stations along the Yonge-University-Spadina line, and the Parliament streetcar takes travellers to the Castle Frank subway station along the Bloor-Danforth line.
Those travelling by vehicle are within minutes from the Don Valley Parkway, the Gardiner Expressway, and Lakeshore Boulevard.