If your dream of living in The Beaches now seems like more of a pipe dream — then perhaps it’s time to consider Greenwood and Coxwell. Sure, it’s not The Beaches, but with affordable housing and Woodbine Beach within walking distance, Toronto condos for sale here have all the perks of The Beaches neighbourhood, without the high prices.
A landing spot for first-time home buyers and families — Greenwood and Coxwell has become quite popular in recent years. On tree-lined residential streets you’ll find a mix of world war II style homes, 2-storey houses, and semi-detached houses. For those who would prefer high-density living, there are Greenwood condos in the south-west portion of the neighbourhood.
Families will certainly feel at home here; there are several parks in the area, the largest being Monarch Park, which has a sports facility, an outdoor swimming pool, and an off leash dog park. Parents have schools in the public and catholic boards for their children, and Alliance Cinemas - The Beach is just east of the neighbourhood for family movie nights.
Most businesses are clustered around Queen Street, Gerrard, and Danforth; on Danforth you’ll find a variety of pubs and restaurants; you’ll find more of the same of Gerrard, plus a selection of specialty shops. On Queen Street there are a number of boutiques for fashion, technology, and everything in between.
Greenwood and Coxwell has a burgeoning condo scene, well, at least in the Greenwood portion of the neighbourhood, as there are only a handful of Coxwell condos.
Condos in this neighbourhood range from older more dated buildings to swanky new builds — prices fluctuate here as well, but are generally less expensive than those in downtown Toronto. Buildings such as Coxwell Place offer units which have generous floor plans at enticing prices, ideal for first time buyers.
More discerning buyers might be drawn to Greenwood condos such as Bakery Lofts of Leslieville, where finishes are luxurious, and units are quite exclusive. Most buildings in the area are mid-rise condos but there are some townhome developments as well.
Amenities vary, with mid-rises offering a reasonable list of extras and townhomes featuring far less. And because Greenwood condos make up the bulk of what’s found here, residents are as close to Woodbine Beach as possible within the neighbourhood borders.
Greenwood and Coxwell has a Walk Score of 88, making it easy for residents to run errands on foot. For those who require public transit, there are streetcars and buses on Queen, plus bus stops on Danforth, Coxwell, Gerrard, and Greenwood. And if you need to get downtown quickly, Greenwood Station is just north of the neighbourhood for subway service.
Drivers can get where they’re going in a hurry by heading south to Lake Shore Boulevard, or west on Dundas for the Don Valley Parkway.
The Locals: First-time home buyers, and young families with parents who are still cool enough to know who’s playing at the Danforth Music Hall.
Code of Conduct: Loving the small town vibe while checking out every new development in the area.
What You’ll Find: Quiet residential pockets carved up by busy roads.
What You Won’t Find: Love for the suburbs… unless you’re talking about the Arcade Fire album.
The Homes: Detached and semi-detached 2-storey houses, mid-rise condos and lofts.
Sealing the Deal: Commuting to downtown without relying on the 401.