As is the case with many neighbourhoods in the GTA, Oakwood and Vaughan owes its growth to its location on a streetcar line, which provided convenient transit for residents.
Today, this midtown Toronto neighbourhood functions very much the same, as a commuter friendly area centered around convenient transit service. Oakwood and Vaughan is home to a diverse population — Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, and Caribbean — most of whom are established working age professionals.
This neighbourhood has long been a desirable landing spot for families, and as such, housing prices for a detached home are generally high — likely too high for most first time home buyers. Those who are looking to buy here, have their choice of 2-storey houses, bungalows, world war II homes, and Oakwood and Vaughan condos.
While primarily a residential neighbourhood, there are many businesses in the area. Being bounded to the north by Eglinton and to the south by St. Clair, provides residents with dining options and retail stores on either end. As well, Oakwood Avenue runs through the middle of the neighbourhood and is lined with restaurants, cafes, pubs, and some service based businesses.
Parents have several schools to choose from for their children, and for after school; there are martial arts academies, recreation facilities, playgrounds, and an outdoor swimming pool at Fairbank Memorial Park — which happens to be the largest park in the neighbourhood.
With such a commuter friendly location and so many nearby restaurants, pubs, and cafes, it goes without saying that the condo scene is lively here… oh what’s that? It’s not. For reasons unknown, developers have largely overlooked the Oakwood and Vaughan area — there is only one building completed in the neighbourhood, however, there are a few Oakwood and Vaughan condos in development.
If you’re looking for Oakwood and Vaughan condos, Empire Midtown is the only building to check out; fortunately, there’s a lot to love about this condo. Offering an extensive list of amenities — including some rare extras like a yoga studio and a cinema — and with a convenient location on Eglinton Avenue, Empire Midtown has everything you could want from a modern condo.
Prices and floor plans here are on par with most Toronto condos for sale buildings in the GTA — which makes this a great choice for anyone who wants an urban location with a slightly slower pace.
This neighbourhood is extremely walkable — 82 Walk Score — and with all of the nearby shops and businesses, residents should have no trouble running errands on foot.
There’s also great public transit in the area; east and westbound streetcars and buses on St. Clair, east and westbound buses on Eglinton, north and southbound buses on Oakwood Avenue, and St. Clair West subway station is just east of the neighbourhood.
Drivers can get where they’re going in a hurry by going north on Allen Road for the 401.