Davenport is a quiet centrally located neighbourhood that features modest single family houses, convenient public transit and a close proximity to downtown Toronto.
Davenport won't be the next Ossington -- please don't think that. But, it is changing for the better. The street level presence of Workshop Architecture, a firm that's been instrumental with Green Line proposals, is indicative of the future here. This is a community oriented business that literally invites those passing by to come inside and chat.
The four blocks from Christie Street to Shaw Street, immediately south of Davenport Road, are part of the Frankel Lambert housing co-operative which contains private homes as well as Cityhome rental units and senior citizen accommodations.
Homes in Davenport
Davenport's rows of attached late Victorian style houses were built between 1900 and 1929. Some of these houses have been replaced with newer semi-detached homes.
The Frankel Lambert townhouses, built in the early 1980's, include brick and wood exteriors, front porches, and private backyards. Some low and medium rise apartment buildings for seniors are located along Christie Street and Shaw Street.
Lifestyle in Davenport
The south side of Davenport Road contains a small selection of convenience-type stores that are within walking distance of this neighbourhood.
The shops spread out along Dupont Street include the Galleria Mall, a major grocery store, a hardware centre and a variety of restaurants.
Recreation in Davenport
The Forest Hill neighbourhood is one of Toronto's most prestigious districts. The mansions in Lower Forest Hill are rivalled only by those found in Rosedale. Forest Hill's schools are among the best in the country. They include two of Canada's most revered private schools: Upper Canada College for boys, and Bishop Strachan School for girls.
Forest Hill is one of Toronto's prettier districts. Its topography is very diverse with gently sloping hills, winding roads, and numerous little parkettes all adding charm to the neighbourhood.
Lifestyle in Forest Hill
The Forest Hill Village shopping district is centred around the intersection of Spadina Road and Lonsdale Road. The ambience of this private enclave of stores is that of a small town rather than a big city.
The Village's boutiques and shops cater to the specific needs of Forest Hill's affluent residents.
The Eglinton West Village shopping district has a large variety of stores to suit every taste and budget. This street also contains many fine restaurants and food stores.
Recreation in Forest Hill
The Belt Line fitness and nature trail follows the route of the former Belt Line railway, which was Toronto's first commuter train. This fourteen and one-half kilometre track passes through Forest Hill on its way down to Rosedale. The Belt Line Path is enjoyed by both nature and fitness enthusiasts.
Forest Hill's Public Library has a myriad of programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
Transportation in Forest Hill
Forest Hill is conveniently located within walking distance of numerous bus routes that connect passengers to Toronto's rapid transit subway lines.
For motorists commuting in and out of the city, the Allen Expressway is easily accessed from Eglinton Avenue West.
Fly on over to Hillcrest Village, an established neighbourhood just minutes west of downtown. Lush tree-lined streets, older homes and a close-knit community make this enclave feel like a small and vibrant village. Residents love it because it allows them to escape the bustle of the city – without ever having to leave town.
Friendly people, wonderful restaurants, excellent shopping, big green spaces and a hopping (but not intrusive) nightlife make this the neighbourhood Torontonians are “discovering” in droves.
This neck of the woods is comfortably removed from the hectic pace of downtown – without being too far away from the places you love to play. It’s an easy walk or TTC ride to some of the city’s best neighbourhoods.
A mature neighbourhood that dates back to the 1800s, Hillcrest is populated with large turn-of-the-century homes with original character and plenty of charm. Originally a large estate known as Bracondale Village, the area was divided up into an exclusive subdivision called Bracondale Hill Park in 1909. These days, it’s an undiscovered gem filled withindependent shops, great restaurants and excellent green spaces. The St. Clair streetcar expansion has brought exciting new businesses to the area, and people are flocking to this urban village.
Leaside is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Toronto. In light of its high profile, it is not surprising that Leaside is also one of the more expensive real estate districts in Toronto.
Leaside is in especially high demand with upper middle income families who value this neighbourhood as an ideal place to raise children. Leaside has abundant greenspace and parkland, a fine selection of schools, one of Toronto's best shopping districts on Bayview Avenue, and excellent access to public transit.
Homes in Leaside
The typical Leaside house is situated on a generous size lot with a private drive and a garage. Most of the houses contain beautiful wood trim, hardwood floors and a working fireplace.
Leaside's Tudor-style houses were built largely in the 1930's and 1940's. There is a good mix of two-storey detached homes, bungalows and semi-detached houses. A growing number of Leaside bungalows have had second storey additions, while others have been replaced by new custom designed homes.
Lifestyle in Leaside
Bayview Avenue features a great shops and restaurants. Many of these stores are geared towards children reflecting the demographics of this neighbourhood. Bayview Avenue is also known for its antique shops, specialty stores, and neighbourhood pubs, that attract a clientele from all over the city.
Leaside residents also shop at the local stores along Eglinton Avenue. This shopping district is anchored by the Sunnybrook Plaza located at the north-east corner of Bayview and Eglinton. There are also some small shops and services located in the interior of the Leaside neighbourhood on both McRae Drive and Millwood Road.
Recreation in Leaside
Liberty Village is a 43-acre master-planned community,combining residential,commercial and retail uses.This neighbourhood is attracting young professionals in media, high-tech and design businesses who live and work in the urban core.
There is a gritty, urban feel and a unique vibrancy to Liberty Village, which emanates from the red brick Victorian industrial architecture that dominates the streetscape. The tall chimney smoke stacks that project from some of these old buildings serve as neighbourhood landmarks.
Lifestyle in Liberty Village
Liberty Village has gained a reputation as a destination spot for those seeking unique furniture and design stores,as well as art galleries, hip coffee shops and urban fusion restaurants.
The Dominion supermarket anchors a shopping strip that includes a video store, a pet supply store, a dry cleaner and a bank.
Recreation in Liberty Village
Liberty Village residents can take advantage of the nearby waterfront trail that is used by walkers, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters.
This neighbourhood is just minutes away from Toronto's Entertainment District and world-class sporting venues such as Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.
Transportation in Liberty Village
Streetcar lines on Queen and King streets provide quick and easy access to the downtown financial and entertainment districts. Go Transit's Exhibition Station is within walking distance of this neighbourhood.
Motorists can scoot downtown in minutes or quickly access the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard,which provide access toa network of highways leading out of the downtown core.
The North York region of Toronto is noted on the real estate map below. North York has the boundaries of Steeles Avenue on the north, Victoria Park to the east, Eglinton & Lawrence to the south & Humber River to the west.
The Township of North York was formed on June 13, 1922 out of the rural part of the Township of York. The rapidly urbanizing parts of the township remained in that township. As North York became more urbanized, it became the Borough of North Yorkin 1967, and then on February 14, 1979, the City of North York. To commemorate receiving its city charter on St. Valentine's Day, the city's corporate slogan was "The City with Heart". It now forms the largest part of the area served by the "North York Community Council", a committee of Toronto City Council.
North York is a place where I have my office (Yonge & Sheppard) and spent most of time in this area because most of my clients are living here.
North York is one of the most diverse areas of Toronto, as it contains some of the most affluent areas of the city (The Bridle Path, Hogg's Hollow, York Mills, Willowdale, Bayview Village) and some of the poorest (Jane and Finch, Flemingdon Park, Lawrence Heights).
For over one hundred years Rosedale has held the distinction of being Toronto's most fashionable address. Many of Toronto's wealthiest and most prominent citizens reside in the Rosedale neighbourhood.
Rosedale is unique in that it is surrounded by beautiful ravines and parkland that make you feel as if you are far away from the city, while in reality Rosedale is just a few minutes from Toronto's major business, entertainment, and shopping districts.
Homes in Rosedale
Rosedale's Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, and Edwardian style mansions were built between 1860 and 1930. Many Rosedale homes are listed on the Toronto Historical Board's Inventory of Heritage Properties.
South Rosedale also contains a number of condominium, co-operative, and co-ownership apartment buildings. These apartments are surprisingly affordable and provide a good entry into the neighbourhood.
Lifestyle in Rosedale
Rosedale residents living west of Mount Pleasant Road are within walking distance of the upscale shops and restaurants, located on Yonge Street, in the Summerhill area.
North Rosedale residents, east of Mount Pleasant Road, can obtain all of their household needs within a small commercial block on Summerhill Avenue, at the very north end of Rosedale.
Recreation in Rosedale
Rosedale is traversed by a network of ancient ravines, including the Vale of Avoca, Moore Park, Park Drive and Rosedale Valley ravines. The beautiful trails in these ravines are enjoyed by nature, and fitness enthusiasts alike. Access points to Rosedale's ravine trails are located at designated spots throughout the neighbourhood.
Rosedale Park, located off Schofield Avenue, has eight tennis courts, a sports field, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. Ramsden Park, off Yonge Street, features four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool.
Mooredale House, at 146 Crescent Road, is a community centre run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident associations. There is a small annual fee to join Mooredale, which offers sports, fitness, arts, and music programs for adults and children.
Willowdale is a vibrant and cosmopolitan urban centre filled with luxury condominiums, custom built homes, shining office towers, a newly renovated shopping mall and theatre complex, an ultra modern civic centre, a world-class aquatic centre and a highly acclaimed Centre for the Performing Arts which hosts local and world class entertainment.
Willowdale is also the home of the newly rebuilt Earl Haig Secondary School which has an outstanding academic reputation. Earl Haig is also highly regarded for its Claude Watson Arts program where students can major in either dance, drama, music or visual arts.