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Historic, Trendy, and Popular: Life in The Distillery District

As a National Historic Site, the Distillery District is one of Toronto’s oldest and most distinguished neighbourhoods, but it’s also one of the most trendy. Combining current modern aesthetics with old-world charm, the Distillery District is the perfect example of what makes Toronto a truly unique city. 

As a hub of activity in the city, the Distillery District attracts locals and tourists alike thanks to its chic and trendy amenities and exceptional ambiance. Close proximity to many of Toronto’s best features also certainly helps the Distillery District become one of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods for living, working, and playing.  

The Properties

Although The Distillery District encompasses a rather small geographical area, its stunning architecture packs a big punch. The neighbourhood was created as a result of a 180-year old whiskey distillery renovation, and as the centrepiece of the community, the district perfectly combines new and old with fantastic modern condos and stylish futuristic buildings. 

Designed by celebrated architects like Peter Clewes, homes in The Distillery District feature high-end modern finishes, large open floor plans, and stunning views of Lake Ontario. Standard condos in the area could be found for under $1 million, however, The Distillery District is also an excellent neighbourhood to find larger luxury suites and penthouses that are priced quite a bit higher for more discerning budgets. 

The Neighbours

As the area is dominated by condos, the majority of residents are young professional singles and couples. However, there is a significant portion of the local population that has kids as well. With its proximity to other areas like The Entertainment District, The Distillery District is popular for people who love to explore and take advantage of everything the city has to offer. 

Neighbourhood Stats

$735,254

Average Price

23

Average Days on Market

994

Properties Sold

*Source: TREBB

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The Distillery District: Exceptional Living for Those with Exceptional Taste

If you’re craving a neighbourhood that perfectly combines charm, modernity, convenience, and class, look no further than The Distillery District. With fantastic amenities, unique architecture, and beautiful lakeside vistas, this is truly a neighbourhood for anyone looking to capture the essence of downtown Toronto.

The Amenities

  • Schools
  • Convenience
  • Transportation
  • Safety
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Entertainment

Schools

Although the majority of residents in The Distillery District, are young professionals, there are numerous families and children of all ages. The area is well-served by several schools including local public, private, french, and specialty schools. 

The local Distillery District schools include:


Convenience

One of the main benefits of living in a downtown community is the proximity to amenities and convenience. This is especially true in The Distillery District. All you need to do is take a quick stroll down any of the cobblestone streets and you’ll find everything you need from chic coffee shops to convenience stores, groceries, and more. 

Nearby convenient amenities include:

  • Coffee
  • Gym
  • Grocery
  • Gas Station

Transportation

Although many residents in The Distillery District choose to walk as much as possible, the area has great access to public transportation. Union Station is about a 10 min drive away, and there is excellent opportunity to walk or bike along the Lakeshore. Drivers also have easy access to major roadways like The Gardiner Expressway, Don Valley Parkway, and Lakeshore Boulevard. 

The nearest public transit stops are:


Safety

As an upscale neighbourhood with a dense population of young professionals and families, The Distillery District is quite safe despite its proximity to popular nightlife neighbourhoods like The Entertainment District. However, safety amenities such as hospitals, a fire station, and a police station are quite close. 

The nearest safety facilities include:


Outdoor Recreation

Although The Distillery District is more well-known for upscale dining, shopping, and traditionally more urban activities, there is also significant green space to appease nature lovers. Local parks provide a great backdrop for enjoying the fresh air. And within a 20-minute walk of the neighbourhood you will find pool facilities, fitness rooms, basketball courts, playgrounds, sports fields, and more.

Local parks and green spaces include:


Entertainment

The Distillery District as we know it today was born in 1830 when William Gooderham and James Worts built a flourishing flour mill on the shores of Lake Ontario. Many years later, Gooderham joined up with his former business partner’s son to turn the mill into a whiskey distillery and Gooderham & Worts Distillery became the largest whiskey producer at the time. 

Fast forward through many years, wars, and the Ontario Temperance Act, and you’ll arrive at The Distillery District we know today. It’s a dynamic and exciting neighbourhood that perfectly combines history and old-world charm with a modern sensibility, excellent taste, and amazing amenities. 

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Dining

The Distillery District is a foodies dream with countless amazing restaurants, breweries, and cafes. Whether you’re in the mood to try a brew at the iconic Mill Street Brewery or you prefer a more understated, upscale vibe at eateries like Madrina Bar Y Tapas or Boku Japanese Eats and Drinks, there’s something here for you. Chocolate lovers can rejoice at Cacao 70, Tartistry, or Soma Chocolate Maker for dessert. 

Nightlife

Come for the food but stay for the nightlife. The Distillery District would do a disservice to its namesake without some top-notch bars and drinking holes. Whether you prefer a glass of wine or consider yourself a whiskey connoisseur, there’s a bar in The Distillery District ready to serve. From The Spirit of York Distillery to El Catrin Distileria and Pure Spirits Oyster House, there’s something to satisfy your thirst. The area is also home to Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, which is North America’s first sake brewery on the east coast. 

Arts and Culture

The Distillery District is almost known as much for its community events and commitment to promoting arts and culture as it is for its rich history. With countless annual events and beautiful galleries, there’s always something to see and do here. Highly-regarded dance companies like Dancemakers are located here along with performing arts centres like Soulpepper. Visual artists are also well-represented by the many galleries including All in the Wild, Beauchamp Art Gallery, Corkin Gallery, and more. 

Shopping

In addition to the numerous unique furniture, homeware, and clothing stores, The Distillery District is famous for hosting the annual Toronto Christmas Market. Bringing together countless artisans and makers every year for a sensational shopping experience. Leslieville Flea also sets up in The Distillery District each month for the chance for shoppers to browse their unique vintage wares, artisanal items, and more.

 


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