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LIBERTY VILLAGE

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This neighbourhood is coveted by the young professional interested in a unique area that offers a mix of concrete, glass and brick residential living space. The 43-acre community is an eclectic mix of new condos and old industrial buildings converted into lofts and commercial space. Due to the number of businesses that have made the converted industrial buildings their workspace, professionals in media, high-tech and design make up a majority of the residents in this neighbourhood. Liberty Village is bordered to the north by King Street West, to the south by the Gardiner Expressway, to the east by Strachan Avenue, and Dufferin Street on the west.

The contrast between old and new is what sets this neighbourhood apart. The arrival of the railway, in 1850, led to the development of industrial warehouses and factories, which have since been turned into lofts, hip workspaces, and studio offices. Some of the exterior of the original red brick buildings, part of the Victorian industrial architecture, are still visible, as are the tall chimney smoke stacks atop some of the old factory buildings.

Homes here are urban and are usually new townhomes, condos and lofts in restored industrial buildings. The lofts are particularly well known in Liberty Village, as the soaring, high ceilings, huge windows and exposed brick are a hot commodity for those looking for something different. This bohemian enclave is the perfect fit for those who appreciate character and detail when it comes to their urban home.

Since 2004, Liberty Village has experienced phenomenal growth. The area offers convenience to its residents with a grocery store and a handful of local coffee shops. It has also become a hot spot for those seeking unique furniture, design stores, art galleries and urban fusion restaurants. It’s minutes away from the waterfront trail, and is host to a farmer’s market during the summer.

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