Once upon a time, Yonge St. north of the 401 was a two-lane road in the country, flanked by block after block of lowrise commercial and residential buildings. Today, North York has evolved into a city that resembles a smaller version of Toronto’s downtown. The area of North York centring around Yonge and Sheppard encompasses the communities of Lansing and Willowdale. Here, you’ll enjoy many of the benefits that living in a city offers – such as access to government services, cultural amenities, work opportunities and transportation networks, without the same congestion and density of downtown.
Yonge and Sheppard offers much to enjoy in the way of recreation and entertainment. The Toronto Centre for the Arts is a major entertainment venue offering an exciting lineup of shows and events. The Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, situated just to the north of the North York Civic Centre at 5100 Yonge St. is a multi-purpose community centre featuring a large public pool with a fabulous waterslide. During the winter you can skate on the frozen reflecting pool in front of Mel Lastman Square. The adjacent North York Central Library is the largest full-service Toronto Public Library building, second to the Metro Reference Library in square footage. There are movie theatres located just to the south at Yonge and Sheppard, and more in Empress Walk. There are a multitude of restaurants serving foods of all ethnicities from Thai to Japanese, Italian, Greek and French, plus pub fare, fast food and fine dining lining Yonge St. throughout the neighbourhood. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the proximity to the Don Valley Golf Course, just south of the 401 on Yonge St., and Earl Bales Park at Bathurst and Sheppard with its many kilometers of scenic trails and downhill skiing and snowboarding in the winter. There’s even a public lawn bowling court on Beecroft Rd., directly behind the Civic Centre complex.
The two major shopping malls in the area, the Sheppard Centre and Empress Walk, have underground access to the TTC, while the Sheppard subway line has spurred additional development along Sheppard Ave. E. Empress Walk is built around a large multi-storey cathedral-like hall and features a grocery, a business centre, liquor store and many additional businesses and professional services. The Sheppard Centre Mall at Yonge and Sheppard has more than 75 stores, shops, services and eateries, including popular chains, brand names and all the major banks. Living in the Area At Yonge and Sheppard there are numerous lifestyle options for singles, couples and families of all sizes. Choose from luxurious highrises with spectacular views, condo-style amenities, fitness facilities, games and party rooms. There is a group of highrise buildings with direct access into the subway, so you can do your shopping, meet friends for lunch, and avoid any inclement weather. You can opt for a spacious low-rise in a park-like setting. The area is ideal for urban living, providing access to the highway and the ease of traveling across the GTA, but will appreciate the new construction and the reduced congestion and access to numerous suburban amenities.
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