September 4, 2011

Our New 'Hood

We drove up to Toronto for the day on Friday to officially sign off on our new condo apartment. We arrived early enough so we could explore our new neighbouhood, Liberty Village.

According to Toronto Life, "with sexy new storefronts, high-gloss condos and plans to build a canopied walkway modelled after a Milanese arcade, the former factory blocks are poised to become the next Chelsea Market". Interestingly, this is exactly what Mark said as we were walking around the narrow streets between the repurposed 19th-century red brick buildings.

The area began as an industrial area, and was home to a prison and then a reformatory. The CNE began in the neighbourhood too. Today, Liberty Village is home to film companies, arts and design companies and dozens of cafes, restaurants, and quirky stores, such as For the Love of Cake, the Village Cheesemonger, and Beer Boutique, the newsest retail experience from the stodgy The Beer Store. The neighbourhood pub is called Brazen Head and there is a wicked lounge bar called Locus 144.

We also took a tour of King West Fitness, an awesome 18,000 sq ft gym club inside a warehouse. Mark is likely going to join for a few months, until our condo's gym and indoor pool are completed.

Suffice it to say, we are getting pretty darn excited! More to come...


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