Christian Matthews : Toronto, Leslieville and East York Real Estate Agent

Corktown is a residential neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. It is just south of Regent Park and north of the Gardiner Expressway, between Berkeley Street to the west and the Don River to the east, Shuter Street to Lake Shore Boulevard East. Corktown contains many vacated industrial buildings, some in use by production and movie studios.

The massive redevelopment of the West Donlands is contributing to a long-anticipated rebirth of this undervalued area, complete with a staggering number of new condo developments. A massive recreation park, the Corktown Common, is a major factor in the draw to the area: at 18 acres in size, it’s an urban oasis born out of fully remediated land, complete with playgrounds, athletic field space, a splash pad and level of picnic-friendliness not common in the downtown proper.

The neighbourhood's name derives from its origins in the early 19th century as an Irish ethnic enclave, particularly for Irish emigrants from County Cork, though some say the presence of a distilleries, breweries and cork-stopper manufacturers in the vicinity may have secured the nickname. In the early 19th century, most Corktown residents found employment at one of the local breweries or brickyards.