St Lawrence

Home of the market that everyone loves

Most will know the St. Lawrence community for the St. Lawrence Market, one of the country's biggest indoor markets and named the world's best such destination by National Geographic in 2012. But around the market is a truly awesome, trendy and diverse neighbourhood of converted industrial warehouses that have been transformed into lofts next to apartments full of subsidized housing. And honestly, you'd probably have a hard time telling the one type from the other. It's a high-density, high-energy area with amazing shopping, a great location just east of downtown, west of the Distillery District and close to the Beaches, and boasting more transit options than you could hope for. Sure, the local park is kind of ugly in places, but at least it has a park – and good schools for the very few families who live here, for that matter. Oh, and the nightlife is unreal.

Who Lives Here

Kid-less working professionals and some low-income couples in subsidized units.

Perfect for…

Couples who work downtown and don't have kids.

Not-so-perfect for…

Families with children – sorry, but your babies won't have many friends nearby to play with. Seniors represent a miniscule fraction of the population too.

Life and Style

Hanging around at the St. Lawrence Market isn't just the ideal way to get fresh, local food to stock up the fridge, it's an awesome place to people watch and ogle tourists who flock here from out of town and around town. Picnics in the park are a big deal during the summer and people will start up a game of soccer, volleyball, frisbee or whatever else.

Housing Market

Living in the neighbourhood of St. Lawrence is really, really expensive if you're not a low-income renter. Market rents are definitely on the high side and many studios rent for more than a one-bedroom, due to the prestige of loft-style living. There are, however, tons of rentals available as long as you're looking for two bedrooms or less.

Avg. rent by housing type and size

Studio/Bachelor: $1,450
1-bedroom: $1,850
2-bedroom: $2,220
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
St. Lawrence is 21% higher than TO average

Typical housing type

Brick low-rise apartments


The St. Lawrence Market is more than just a market; it hosts cooking classes and other educational sessions, and celebrity chefs stop by from time to time, and it even helps host fundraisers and festivals that happen outside its walls. Market aside, the neighbourhood's park, David Crombie Park, has a basketball court and touches the St. Lawrence Recreation Centre, which has a gym, a pool and squash courts.