The Garden District is a true gem with many lush gardens, a dynamic urban university (Metropolitan University, formerly Ryerson University), stylish century homes and condos with excellent proximity to downtown. The name, the Garden District, was chosen in reference to the opulent Allan Gardens, located at the corner of Carlton and Jarvis, however, smaller parks and parkettes can be found hidden throughout. This busy and diverse community draws urbanites who love the easy access to sprawling parks and top-notch shopping.
It goes without saying that the crown jewel of the Garden District is the Allan Gardens Conservatory, a 16,000 square foot collection of seasonal flowers and exotic plants that bring colour and warmth to even the coldest Toronto winters. But the neighbourhood has many other notable highlights! The lively Metropolitan University campus anchors the Garden District community along its western edge. The former Maple Leaf Gardens building, is located in the Garden District. The expansive building is now home to Loblaws’ flagship Canadian store and a Ryerson University athletic facility that includes an NHL-sized arena. Steps to the iconic Eaton Centre, shopping downtown is easy.
With the many parks, as well as the university campus, and “commuters” from Cabbagetown and Regent Park to the East, this neighbourhood gets a lot of foot traffic. Locals tend to be young, on account of the university, but there are lots of boomers and some families in row houses and condominiums as well. For every Garden District couple that has children, there are three who do not.
The Garden District has two active residents’ associations – The Garden District Residents’ Association, and the smaller McGill Granby Residents’ Association. Both organizations are engaged in ongoing battles to rein in developers who want to build tall buildings.