Lawrence Heights, closer to the Allen Expressway, is a low-rise low-income neighbourhood managed by the Metro Toronto Housing Authority, which also has strong youth and seniors programs. Lawrence Manor, along the west side of Bathurst between Lawrence and the 401, is a family oriented neighbourhood with a predominantly Jewish Orthodox community. The community is also home to a well-regarded seniors centre, and the community-focused Lawrence Heights Health Centre. The community was dairy farmland from 1814, and was serviced by CHMC after World War II to be developed by a number of small builders over the 1950s.
Motorists can take Bathurst Street south into downtown (commute about 30 minutes), and north to Highway 401. TTC users can take the Lawrence and Wilson buses to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, or take the Bathurst Street south to the Bloor-Danforth subway.
This neighbourhood is services by 4 public elementary schools, 2 public Jewish schools, 2 public high schools and 1 public library. York University is to the NW a few miles, and University of Toronto and Ryerson University are accessible by subway.
Bathurst Street along the eastern boundary of this neighbourhood has Jewish restaurants & delis, shops, schools, synagogues and cultural centres. There is a vibrant retail community along Lawrence, and another cluster of plazas along Wilson at Bathurst. Lawrence Square (Lawrence & Allen Expressway) is the area's largest mall and is a centre of community festivals. Lawrence Plaza (Bathurst Street & Lawrence Avenue) has a number of discount outlets.
The community has some nice parks, and active community centre, and the Barbara Frum Public Library has a 150-seat auditorium, meeting rooms and a 10,000 square foot Recreation Centre.
Lawrence Heights has 6,000 residents living in public housing, with one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments in low-rise buildings, with rents geared to their incomes. One building is reserved as housing for senior citizens.
Most of Lawrence Manor's housing was built in the early 1950s, and are single-family detached brick 2-storey homes, split-level homes and bungalows, all on 30 foot wide lots with a driveway. Newer custom-built houses are replacing some older homes. Along Buthurst Street are low and high-rise apartment buildings catering to arrange of incomes. Housing in this neighbourhood is in the low to medium price range.