Pamela Vasiliu
Sales Representative
pvasiliu@remax.net

RE/MAX Professionals Inc.
Brokerage
Independently owned and operated.

Date: Tuesday September the 26th, 2017 
416-236-1241

 

   

Where to Buy Now 2015: three under-the-radar neighbourhoods that won’t bankrupt first-time buyers

April 7, 2015 - Updated: April 7, 2015

 

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Average Condo Price: $482,876

 

Average Detached Price: $719,735


Average Semi Price: $503,604


Average After-Tax Household Income: $73,364

 

Birch Cliff has a split personality. South of ­Kingston Road, it’s an affluent

community where buyers pay in excess of $1 million for two-storey detached

homes within walking distance of the Scarborough Bluffs and the Toronto Hunt

country club. North of Kingston, it’s still ­possible to snatch up post-war three-

bedroom bungalows with private drives for around $500,000. The area’s 30- and

40-foot lots leave plenty of room for growth; with the proper permits, buyers

could do a tear-down and rebuild, and add a couple of thousand extra square

feet of living space in the process. New condo and townhouse developments

are steadily changing the character of the area’s main streets, meaning the historically

Anglo-Canadian community may be in for a demographic shift.

 

What’s here

RESTAURANT
Vincent’s Spot
2496 Kingston Rd.,
416-267-2778
Their sautéed veal Villeroy—slathered in white wine cream sauce and mushrooms—is locally famous, the atmosphere is cozy, and the continental fare satisfies. If the veal doesn’t fill you up, get an order of frog legs grenobloise on the side.

HOME DECOR
The Salvage Shop
1492 Kingston Rd.,
416-469-2557
Bearing a sign that looks like a ransom note, this antique and knick-knack store is stuffed with classic kitsch (vintage Pepsi signs, Philco radios, cinema-style popcorn makers) and reclaimed household essentials (doors, windows, light fixtures).

TAKEOUT
Jatujak: Thai Style Street Food
1466 Kingston Rd.,
416-698-1466
This spot is named for a popular weekend market in Bangkok, hometown of chef Aon Sakoonpham. Her menu complements the usual curries with home-recipe specialties like khao soi and lemongrass chicken wings.

What’s Selling


108 Harding Blvd.
Detached, three bedrooms, two baths
Listed for $449,000
Sold for $422,200

1262 Kingston Rd.
Detached, four bedrooms, one bath
Listed for $449,900
Sold for $447,000

23 Birchmount Rd.
Detached, five bedrooms, three baths
Listed for $999,900
Sold for $975,000

 

 
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West Don Lands

Approximate number of residential units planned for West Don Lands:6,000
Approximate average price of a condo at River City: $390,000

The Pan Am Games are the best thing that ever happened to the West Don Lands. The Ontario government invested more than $500 million to turn the ex–industrial lands at the south end of Corktown into a functioning community—one suitable to serve, temporarily, as the athletes’ village. Without the cash infusion, new neighbourhood amenities like Corktown Common, Underpass Park and the Cooper Koo Family YMCA could have taken decades to materialize. Now, with the exception of the YMCA (set to open in 2016), all of those attractions are ready for new residents. Pre-construction condo prices in the area are affordable for first-time buyers: a young couple could get 700 to 800 square feet at the Canary Park development for about $430,000.

What’s here

Green Space
Corktown Common
Lawren Harris Square and Bayview Ave.
The most eye-catching development yet in West Don Lands, Corktown Common is both practical—it doubles as a berm that will protect downtown in a flood—and poetic. Paths meander between frog-filled marshes, wildflower groves and picnic-perfect swaths of grass.

Urban Playground
Underpass Park
33 St. Lawrence St.
This imaginative public space—tucked under the Eastern Avenue, Adelaide Street and Richmond Street overpasses just west of the DVP—turns a cold, dark, claustrophobic tract of land into an unexpectedly lively playground. The one-hectare area features a skate park, a basketball court and futuristic climbing structures.

Pampering
Body Blitz
497 King St. E.
416-364-0400
A trip to Body Blitz’s therapeutic waters is like a baptism, with a variety of soaks, steams and shvitzes to divest you of skin-related sins. First, you bathe in a warm Dead Sea salt pool to relax muscles. That’s followed by a series of ice-cold baths, aromatherapy sweat sessions and a plunge in the hot Epsom salt pool.

 

What’s Selling

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Canary District

Condo, two bedrooms, two bathsListed for $418,900

Occupancy date April 2016

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Canary ParkTownhome, two bedrooms, three baths

Listed for $731,900
Occupancy date April 2016

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River City
Condo, two bedrooms, two baths
Listed for $504,900
Occupancy date March–July 2015

 

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Rockcliffe-Smythe

Average Condo Price: $326,884
Average Semi Price: $488,208
Average After-Tax Household Income: $53,818

Rockcliffe-Smythe was born in the years following World War II, when Conn Smythe, the legendary one-time owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, transformed a gravel pit into housing for returning servicemen. Many of those houses still stand today. They’re still affordable, too, making the neighbourhood one of only a few in the city where it’s possible to find a decent detached home for under $500,000. A group of mostly working-class home­owners share the area with renters, who occupy the mid-century high-rises on Woolner Avenue. Relations between the two groups can be tense. “We had huge issues with prostitution and drugs,” says Marilia Janicas, a member of the Rockcliffe-Smythe Community Association. “In the last 10 years, though, there have been significant changes.” New retail development, like the Stockyards outdoor mall at the neighbourhood’s southeastern corner, has revived some formerly barren lots, and the Junction’s hot retail strip is just a short walk south. The latest sign of gentrification? Woolner Park is about to get an off-leash area.

What’s here

Green Space
Smythe Park
175 Scarlett Rd., north of St. Clair
Forming part of the Black Creek ravine, this 15.3-hectare park contrasts dramatically with the nearby autobody shops, and is a big selling point for house-hunters. Three baseball diamonds, a splash pad and an outdoor pool will keep the kids amused.

Community Hangout
Jane/Dundas Library
620 Jane St., 416-364-0400
This tiny branch is also one of the city’s most modern libraries—the place was renovated in 2006 and reopened in 2008, with a striking, modular, glass-box exterior. Inside, the large children’s section in the basement is a prime attraction for local families.

Sports
Lambton Golf and Country Club
100 Scarlett Rd., 416-767-2175
On the banks of the Humber lies one of Toronto’s most serene courses, founded in 1902 (back when this area was practically cottage country). In addition to its golf and tennis programs, the Lambton also hosts weddings and corporate events.

What’s Selling

99-foxwell-st99 Foxwell St.
Detached, three bedrooms, two baths
Listed for $524,900
Sold for $480,000
31-corbett-ave31 Corbett Ave.
Detached, three bedrooms, two baths
Listed for $469,900
Sold for $458,000
17-cayuga-ave17 Cayuga Ave.
Detached, two bedrooms, one bath
Listed for $269,000
Sold for $270,000

 


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