THE BIG PICTURE Inspired, award-winning architecture. Smart, creative interiors. Expansive green spaces. And all just minutes from the downtown core. Winner of BILD’s Best Design Award, River City is designed for excellent liveability and maximum sustainability: it is the neighbourhood for the 21st century
River City is a four-phase, LEED Gold community of over 1,100 loft-style condominiums and family-friendly town homes with street-level restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Spanning the area from King Street East to the new Don River Park, and from the Don River to River Street,
it’s the first stage of the carefully planned West Don Lands neighbourhood, and a key starting point for Toronto’s much-anticipated waterfront redevelopment. It will tie Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest communities, to the Distillery District, and complete the collection of vibrant neighbourhoods that connect the east end of the city to the downtown core.
View of River City across from the Don River
TORONTO'S LOWER EAST SIDE
Minutes from the downtown core, River City is at the centre of some of Toronto’s most eclectic historic districts.
Corktown is one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods, its name derived from its origins in the early 1800s as an ethnic Irish enclave. Two churches dominate the area: the Italianate St Paul’s Basilica, built in 1889 and the home of Toronto’s oldest Catholic congregation, and Little Trinity Church, built in 1843. Today Corktown is a thriving neighbourhood, with new boutiques and restaurants appearing amidst the area’s original cottages and row-houses.
Home to Toronto’s film and media industry, Leslieville is today a highly sought after urban neighbourhood to the east of River City across the Don River, Leslieville has numerous restaurants, boutiques, galleries and antique shops, all centred on historic Queen Street East.
To the west of River City is the Distillery District, one of Toronto’s premier historic and entertainment districts, located in the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. A collection of over 40 heritage buildings in a ten-block precinct, the Distillery is the largest collection of Victorian era industrial buildings in North America. Today it houses a unique collection of theatres, restaurants, stores and galleries.
O’Connor Gallery - 145 Berkeley Street
290 ION - 380 Queen St East
Space Furniture - 479 Queen St East
Sauvory - 481 Queen St East
Fusilli Restaurant - 531 Queen St East
Dark Horse Espresso Bar - 682 Queen St East
Prohibition Gastro Pub & Oyster Bar – 696 Queen East
Dangerous Dan’s – 714 Queen East
Loic Gourmet – 722 Queen East
The Opera House – 735 Queen East
Bergstrom – 750B Queen East
Lift Salon and Spa – 90 Adelaide East
World Salon – 132 Adelaide Street East
Craig Scott Gallery – 95 Berkeley Street
Aveda Institute of Toronto – 125 King Street
Filter – 75 Jarvis Street
Le Petit Dejeuner – 192 King E.
Langston Spa – 201 King East
EQ3 – 222 King East
David Michell – 241 King East
Veritas – 236 King East
Italinteriors – 359 King East
UpCountry – 310 King East
Studio B – 334 King East
Weezies – 354 King East
Morning Glory - 457 King St. E.
Optic Zone – 33 Jarivis Street
Sobeys – 197 Queen Street East
Fresh Home and Garden – 15 Eastern Ave.
Artemide – 5 Mill Street
The Boiler House – 55 Mill Street, Building 45-46
Balzac’s Coffee – 55 Mill Street, Building 60
Mill Street Brew Pub – 55 Mill Street, Building 63
Bergo Designs – 55 Mill Street, Building 47A
Hastens – 55 Mill Street, Building 8
Lileo – 55 Mill Street, Building 35
Tenacious – 55 Mill Street, Building 74
WEST DON LANDS
Six thousand residences. Restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores. Offices, schools and child care centres. Artful public spaces and acres of green parkland. There's a beautiful neighbourhood rising from the empty fields of the West Don Lands’ industrial past. But it has taken tremendous vision to break ground on this underused parcel of land.
In 2006 things changed. The province put the West Don Lands into the hands of Waterfront Toronto. They developed definitive plans, public funds were set, and development began. Now the area is experiencing an exciting renaissance, and massive steps towards redevelopment have been made. A flood protection landform has been built to protect the area from Don River flooding. Don River Park and the highly innovative Underpass Park are complete.
It’s an exciting time to be living in Toronto - a whole new section of the city is opening up. And it’s going to be amazing.
Imagine being able to walk out your front door and into the city’s most spectacular urban park. The 18-acre Don River Park is a lush urban retreat of rolling hills, native woodlands and open lawns – and River City is situated right beside it. Perfect for running, walking, cycling and just hanging out, it’s a beautiful setting for city living.
It was once a dark empty scar running through the north leg of Toronto’s West Don Lands district, but today Waterfront Toronto’s “Underpass Park” is an urban gem under the Richmond Adelaide ramps. Connecting the north and south portions of River City (and the bulk of the West Don Lands with the Corktown community to the north), this $5 million urban park by Vancouver-based Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg with Planning Partnership of Toronto is the most extensive park ever built under an overpass in Canada, and the first ever in Toronto.