Our City Spotlight series explores the neighbourhoods that make up Toronto and the GTA. We take a look at what makes these areas unique for visitors and residents alike, and what we love most about them!

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This month’s City Spotlight is Liberty Village, a trendy west-end community with a fascinating history, and one of the hottest condo neighbourhoods in city! It features a unique mix of old and new, with many exciting upcoming developments that are sure to strengthen the area’s identity and make it an even better place to live or visit.


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History of Liberty Village

Located on the grounds of one of the city’s oldest settlements, Liberty Village has a long and interesting history. 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), and served as an important base for the Canadian militia.

The area became a major industrial centre when railway tracks were laid across the community in the 1850s, attracting all types of industry. Numerous warehouses and factories were built at this time, many of which are now enjoying a new purpose as stylish lofts, cool live/work spaces and studio offices.

Another fascinating historical fact about Liberty Village is that it was once home to several institutions including the Toronto Central Prison and a reformatory for women, and “Liberty Street” was the first street on which prisoners would walk once they were freed, lending the neighbourhood its name of Liberty Village!

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Developments and Future Plans

Efforts to transform the area into a master-planned community combining residential, commercial and retail uses have led to phenomenal growth since 2004. The development of new condos and lofts, work spaces, shops, restaurants and a new park, has attracted many young professionals and artists who want to live and work in the urban core.

In fact, Liberty Village’s location is considered one of its best assets – it’s a 15-minute walk to the Lakeshore, a 20-minute streetcar ride to the financial core and a 20-minute walk from the entertainment/fashion/gallery districts of King St W.

Today the neighbourhood is home to some really unique and attractive hard lofts in restored, red-brick Victorian industrial buildings which have some really cool features such as soaring ceilings, huge windows & exposed brick. The Toy Factory conversion and other original buildings feature true post-and-beam and exposed-duct spaces. There are also many modern concrete & glass condo towers that are an interesting contrast to the older buildings in the area.

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Our favourite things about Liberty Village

  • The interesting mix of old and new, and efforts to revitalize or re-purpose rather than tear down and build new
  • The area’s location is definitely one of its best assets – close to downtown, the shops of King West, and the Lakeshore…
  • …But you never have to commute to work if you own one of the many cool live-work lofts in the neighbourhood!
  • Balzac’sLouie Craft Coffee and The Roastery are great local cafes
  • There are lots of fantastic design stores in the neighbourhood to suite every style
  • Some of our favourite bars and restaurants in the area include William’s Landing,Bar Vespa and Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
  • The fantastic brunch at Mildred’s and School
  • Maizal’s corn flour quesadillas…yum!
  • The countless patios to choose from throughout the neighbourhood
  • Many parks and public spaces to enjoy!

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There’s a lot to love about this neighbourhood, from its cool shops, restaurants & cafes to its many historic buildings and plenty of green space. If you're looking to make Liberty Village your home, we can help - let's chat!