As housing prices continue to rise, so too does the value of commuter friendly neighbourhoods such as Pleasant View — bounded by the 404 to the west, residents of this green filled neighbourhood can enjoy a slower pace, while knowing that they can reach downtown Toronto in a hurry if needed.
Tucked away in North York, Pleasant View is a multicultural neighbourhood with a large population of Chinese and Italian residents. On wide residential streets you’ll encounter semi-detached and detached houses — bungalows, split levels, and some 2-storey homes — providing buyers with options at a range of price points.
Commuting was clearly at the forefront of condo developers’ minds, because most Pleasant View condos are located near on-ramps to the 404; also, Pleasant View Condos are situated near Sheppard or Finch, so public transit users can commute from this location as well.
Pleasantview Community Centre resides in the centre of the neighbourhood and houses a large sports complex; there’s a swimming pool, an arena, a playground and a splash pad. There are plenty of parks nearby, many of which have playgrounds and sports fields, and parents have several schools to choose from for their children.
Businesses in the neighbourhood can be found on Victoria Park and Sheppard Avenue; residents have a large selection of well known restaurants like Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Pizza Pizza, and Eggsmart. Additionally, there are grocery stores, employment agencies, salons, and auto repair shops in the area.
The condo scene in Pleasant View is somewhat dated — most buildings were built in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, which could be disappointing for some buyers. However, older condos tend to offer far more generous floor plans than modern units, and if you don’t mind putting in some sweat equity, Pleasant View condos can net you a great return on investment. Older buildings like Crossroads Condos and Crossroads II Condos provide the best bang for your buck.
Another plus for condos in Pleasant View, are that prices per square foot are far lower than those found in newer buildings; do you want a 1200 square foot condo for the price of a 500 square foot unit in downtown Toronto? That’s not only possible in Pleasant View, it’s actually the norm. Building amenities are generally limited here, but for buyers who don’t need all the flashy extras, that means lower maintenance fees.
Pleasant View has a Walk Score of 66 — residents can run some errands on foot, but may need a vehicle or public transit to get everything done. The neighbourhood has decent public transit, with bus stops on all major roads and some routes which connect to Don Mills Station for subway lines.
Drivers have an easy commute to downtown Toronto — the 404 is to the west, making it easy to connect to the 401 and Don Valley Parkway.