Of all Toronto’s neighbourhoods, East York has seen some of the more amazing transformations in its time. From demographics to home styles, change is here to stay
Many residents are likely drawn to East York due to a strong sense of community, great facilities, amenities and shopping, excellent real estate value, and close proximity to Downtown Toronto. From a neighbourhood home to mainly local workers and returning war veterans and their families from the 1920s to 1960s, to having a predominantly elderly residential makeup through to the 1990s, East York is now home to a vibrant mix of young families and professionals, as well as retirees.
This nostalgic neck of the woods has retained much of its small town charm because its residents and leaders saw the value in keeping East York designated as a Borough right up to 1998, when it finally became part of the megacity of Toronto. Its neighbourhood feel though, is still in full effect.
Homes on Homes
East York’s homes are full of traditional, old-world character: rowed houses and brick bungalows are two of the most frequent types you’ll see. As in the rest of the city, many homeowners are expanding pre-war bungalows into 2-storey homes. You can bet that more modern, flipped creations will be popping up as East York continues to attract buyers looking for a break from the bank.
A Walker's Paradise
The area is rich in recreational park space: Dieppe Park, Monarch Park, and Coxwell Ravine Park, itself a part of the Don River Parklands, are a few of the great outdoor spaces available to families, dog-walkers and those just looking to stretch their legs and take in some fresh air! East York’s streetscapes are clean and well-maintained, and shopping is all small-town fun: local and independent retailers offer up specialty food, coffee, and dining along Pape, Coxwell and Donlands Avenues. There are also lots of great events, sales, shows, and community walks happening in and around East York: check out the upcoming schedule!
French, Family & Friendly
East York is a fantastic neighbourhood for families to settle down, for a number of reasons, not least of which are its great schools: William Burgess Elementary, East York C.I. and R. H. McGregor’s leading French Immersion program are attractive school options for families looking for quality education. East York also features many fun community events. The East York Farmers' Market at the East York Civic Centre on Coxwell runs every Tuesday from 8 am until 2 pm from mid May through to the end of October. Additionally, the performance group East Side Players hold several theatrical productions every year. Check them out at the Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills.
East York’s inherent safety in its quiet streets and large lots, vibrant community life, convenient access to downtown Toronto, and above all its friendly, close-knit “big family” feel, make it a wonderful area to buy into. For living or investing, real estate opportunities in East York are in no short supply.
This fantastic gourmet food shop on Donlands is a treat to shop. It has you covered for all your fine food needs. From preserves and olive oil, to free range and local meats, to the fabulous selection of specialty cheeses! Plus you can feel good about shopping local.
The vibrant mural on the side of Marvel Coffee Co. heralds a (metaphorically) colourful trip for your tastebuds: take it from me, Marvel serves up some of the best joe in Toronto. The cozy space is chic and cool but the service is small-town friendly and warm—and their scrumptious baked goods further help to start, or save the day!
Looking for comfort food done right? Seek no further than this restaurant in the far west of East York. With an A+ Urbanspoon rating and many loyal gotta-have-it-again customers, the British-expat, family run establishment boasts some of Toronto’s best, and most appetite-banishing fare of the traditional fish and chips experience.
Real Estate Overview: 2014 Average Home Prices*
All homes: $707,374
Detached 2-Storey: $839,802
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