As housing prices continue to rise in Toronto, commuter neighbourhoods have become all the rage — and with the 401 sitting on its southern border and a wealth of green spaces in the area, Lansing and Armour Heights provides a comfortable community that’s steeped in nature, and immediate access to a major highway.
The neighbourhood hasn’t come through the housing crunch unscathed, and there has been an increase of tear downs and new homes built in recent years — however, most of the world war II homes and bungalows still remain, providing affordable options to those looking for a standalone residence. Likewise, condo buyers will find that Lansing condos are quite affordable; the mansions in Armour Heights on the other hand, are likely all but out of reach for most buyers.
If you’re a fan of outdoor recreation, you’ll be at home here; Lansing and Armour Heights offers something that you won’t find in any other GTA neighbourhood — a ski hill. Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard is a great spot for beginners or veterans who are looking for a relaxing ride down the slopes. Additionally, there’s a community centre, a splash pad, playgrounds, and walking trails.
Children have an abundance of recreational activities in the neighbourhood, and schools in the public and catholic boards. Businesses in the area are located on Bathurst, Yonge, and Sheppard; mostly service based on Sheppard — lawyers, financial services, and wellness centres — those found on Bathurst and Yonge are primarily comprised of retail stores and restaurants.
The condo scene in Lansing and Armour Heights is a tale of old meets new; buyers have a nice selection of high-rises built in the 80s such as Residences of the Madison Centre and modern condos constructed post-2000 such as Emerald Park Condos. In older buildings you’ll find floors plans to be quite generous, and it’s entirely possible to find a 1 bedroom + den that’s over 1200 square feet. Of course, older units have older finishes, so some condos could need upgrading.
If you’re interested in buying a condo here, you’ll have to focus on Lansing condos, as there are no buildings in Armour Heights, which is the southern portion of the neighbourhood. Modern condos in this neighbourhood are on par with those found in downtown Toronto — in terms of price, layouts, and amenities.
For those who are looking for a swanky building with all the extras, that can absolutely be found here, but prices will be consistent with condos elsewhere in the city; those who want a bargain should stick to the older buildings.
The majority of developments are clustered near Sheppard and Yonge, giving residents a walkable location for shopping, dining, and transit options.
With a Walk Score of 77, Lansing and Armour Heights can look down its nose at other residential areas, offering a far more pedestrian friendly atmosphere than most North York neighbourhoods. Residents have great public transit as well, with several bus routes throughout the neighbourhood, and Sheppard-Yonge for subway service.
Lansing condos are great for car owners; drivers can easily commute to downtown Toronto as the 401 sits on the neighbourhood’s southern boundary, making it easy to connect to Allen Road and the Don Valley Parkway.
The Locals: Wealthy families, and empty nesters who refuse to sell their houses for a tear down project.
Code of Conduct: If Louis Vuitton doesn’t make it, it’s not worth buying.
What You’ll Find: A picturesque neighbourhood shrouded by mature trees.
What You Won’t Find: Loft residences.
The Homes: Mansions, bungalows, world war II homes, and high-rise condos.
Sealing the Deal: There’s a ski hill in the neighbourhood… mic drop.