Think of Birch Cliffe and Cliffside as the slightly less desirable younger sibling of The Beaches neighbourhood — it’s not quite the Beaches but you can see it from there. This charming neighbourhood has lakeside parks, a small beach, a busy road packed with boutiques and restaurants, and housing prices which are more affordable than those next door.
That’s not to say that houses are cheap here, because prices are most likely too high for first-time home buyers. What you get in this community, is peace and quiet. Along winding residential roads you’ll find large single-family homes set on reasonably sized lots — with ample green spaces to break up the visual monotony. Birch Cliff and Cliffside condos are evenly distributed throughout the area, and often have great views.
Most businesses are located on Kingston Road — which serves as the major thoroughfare for the neighbourhood — ranging from cozy restaurants and pubs, to specialized shops and fashion boutiques. There are a few schools in the area, and a slew out recreation activities for children or adults; rowing, yachting, hiking trails, and splash pads.
One of the most notable parks in the area is Scarborough Bluffs Park Beach, which offers breathtaking natural scenery and excellent spaces for family picnics.
Up until recently, there hasn’t been much of a condo scene in the neighbourhood — now the area is booming, as an array of condos, lofts, and townhomes are cropping up all over the community. The majority of condos are centered around the area of Kingston Road, giving residents the best possible access to food, fun, and shopping.
Birch Cliff and Cliffside condos tend to go for high prices and there aren’t many buildings in the area which cater to first time buyers; Upper Beach Condo is one of the most affordable options, but don’t be fooled by the name, as these units are absolutely Cliffside condos — and not located in the Upper Beaches.
You can expect to find the usual amenities here — gym, party room, sauna, parking garage, etc. — although some buildings offer less extras in favour of a more private living experience; Fallingbrook Lofts is a prime example, as the building is home to just 44 suites, all of which have spacious floor plans, some featuring 2 floors of living space, but amenities are modest.
Buyers who crave convenient dining and shopping options close to home, may be drawn to residences like Henley Gardens Condos, which enjoys a great location in the neighbourhood and has retail space on the ground floor; including the holy grail of condo convenience — a Tim Hortons on the ground floor.
With a neighbourhood that’s as eye-pleasing as Birch Cliff and Cliffside, you’ll want to walk as much as possible; running errands on foot is definitely achievable for those who are interested.
Transit options are slightly limited in the neighbourhood — there’s east and westbound buses on Kingston Road and Danforth Avenue, and north and southbound buses on Midland and Kennedy. For longer trips, Scarborough GO is just north of the neighbourhood for Go transit.
Car owners with a long commute might not be as thrilled with Birch Cliff and Cliffside condos as drivers will need to endure some city traffic, but can take Kingston to Lake Shore Boulevard for the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley parkway.