Yonge and Sheppard

 

Yonge and Sheppard is, if not the geographical centre, the place where life in North York is centered. Home to shopping centres, schools, condos, movie theatres, restaurants and clubs, Yonge and Sheppard is one of the most desirable pieces of Toronto real estate in the north part of the city.

 

The Yonge and Sheppard intersection itself is occupied by the Sheppard Centre, a shopping mall that is home to not only shops, but several restaurants and Cineplex Sheppard Grande, one of Toronto’s largest movie theatres.

The other side of the Yonge and Sheppard intersection is occupied by Sheppard Station. The station provides direct express bus access to York University, and is the transfer point for the Yonge and Sheppard subways. The Yonge line will take you downtown in less than half an hour or north to Finch Station, the gateway for rapid transit north of Toronto. The Sheppard subway provides direct access to Fairview Mall at the corner of Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue. Along the way, its five stations provide access to IKEA, North York General Hospital and more.

Heading north on Yonge from the intersection of Sheppard leads residents of nearby condos and houses as well as visitors from across the city to some of Toronto’s best kept secrets. There is the Toronto Centre for the Arts, which offers everything from live theatre to performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Just north of here is the centre of the former Metropolitan Toronto city of North York. There is the Douglas Snow Aquatics Centre, which allows kids, adults and condo dwellers without pools to swim, and the North York Central Library, the second largest library in Toronto, and the largest that circulates books.

Across the street is another mall, Empress Walk, which is home to an Empire movie theatre (if the movie you want to see isn’t at Sheppard Grande, it will be here), and a large Loblaws on the lower level.

Farther up Yonge is a large Metro grocery store, tucked away on Church, and a huge assortment of Korean restaurants and karaoke bars.

It is not surprising that this neighbourhood at the top of Toronto is a huge node for development. There are many new condos for sale in this part of Toronto. Where there was once a strip mall on the southeast corner of Yonge and Sheppard, the Hullmark Centre is being constructed. This will feature a new condo tower, along with an eagerly anticipated Whole Foods. Right across the street, the stylish Emerald Park condo is being constructed.

Yonge and Sheppard is a truly unique and impressive Toronto neighbourhood that refuses to let itself be staged up by anything farther downtown!

 

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