Prior to the amalgamation of the City of Toronto in 1998, East York was the only borough in town — and in the entire country. In fact, a vote was held to decide whether East York should amalgamate with Toronto back in the 1920s, with the vast majority of residents preferring to instead become the Township of East York. It wasn’t until 1967 that the area would achieve its status as a borough, when the township joined forces with a neighbouring town called Leaside.
East York is a massive area that’s home to over 100,000 residents. Toronto condos for sale in East York can be found north of Eglinton Avenue and as far south as Bloor Street East, with the area reaching from Bayview all the way east to Victoria Park Avenue.
Gentrification is a touchy subject — especially in an ever-changing city like Toronto. Thankfully, though East York condos for sale are surrounded by a good mix of longstanding institutions, like Oak Park Deli and Donlands Diner, and hipster newbies such as Adamson Barbecue and Toronto Knife Throwing. Prospective buyers hoping to move their families into East York can also rest assured knowing there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions throughout the area.
Rainy days, for example, may be spent exploring the Ontario Science Centre’s latest exhibits, or hopping around at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. When the sun comes out, however, residents are encouraged to visit the Evergreen Brickworks. Located on the site of the former Don Valley Brick Works, Evergreen has transformed the disused industrial facilities into a cultural hub focused on the environment and sustainability. Saturdays are always a great time to visit, as the Brick Works hosts a weekly farmer’s market, while the wintertime outdoor skating rink is also picture-perfect.
The existing houses in East York began appearing in the area as early as the 1890s, however the residential offerings really expanded after the end of World War II. As for the condos, there are just over 30 to choose from — not a large number considering how much area East York covers.
Prospective buyers interested in strolling boutique-lined streets will want to opt for East York condos for sale near the intersection of Bayview and Eglinton. While the major intersection contains a Metro, a gas station, a Canada Post, and a Beer Store, a stroll south along Bayview leads residents toward local, independently-run shops selling everything from upscale housewares to organic meat and produce. Bayview Walk at 1818 Bayview and The Bayview at 1801 Bayview are both great options for anyone attracted to the scene we’ve just described.
As for buyers hoping to live as far south as possible, there are a number of great options to choose from. Not only is 1 Massey Square Condos is in within close reach of Victoria Park Station on the Bloor-Danforth line, but it’s also a short walk away from all the gyros and spanikopita that Greektown has to offer. The Minto Skyy at 1048 Broadview also offers the best of both worlds for residents who can’t decide between convenience and peace and quiet: it’s within walking distance of the Danforth, yet also set right beside the picturesque Todmorden Mills Park.
No matter what part of East York one lives in, it’s easy to get around the area by both car and public transit. Those who prefer not to drive can use the Bloor-Danforth subway line to get around. Some condos in East York are situated within walking distance of Victoria Park, Main Street, Woodbine, Greenwood, Donlands, Pape, Chester, and Broadview Stations, while other residents may have to hop on a bus or streetcar in order to reach one of these stations.
As for those planning to travel by car, the Don Valley Parkway certainly comes in handy. This major highway can be used to reach the 401 to the north or the Gardiner Expressway to the south in no time.
The Locals: More interested in green space and tranquillity than hectic city life.
Code of Conduct: Hiking the trails along the Don River should always be rewarded with a massive, hearty meal in Greektown.
What You’ll Find: The perfect balance of gentrification and preservation.
What You Won’t Find: An enormous array of condos.
The Homes: Single-family homes are the norm here, but condos are becoming increasingly popular.
Sealing the Deal: The parks, the family-friendly attractions, and the food.