If you love cottage country and would live there year round if you could — this is the place for you. Named for the Scarborough bluffs that reside on its southern border, Cliffcrest is a residential neighbourhood, not so far removed from downtown Toronto that it’s inconvenient, but not so close that you feel like you’re in the city.
You know a neighbourhood has a relaxed pace when most residential streets don’t have sidewalks; throughout the neighbourhood you’ll find a mix of 2-storey houses and bungalows, spread out on large lots and surrounded by mature trees. Cliffcrest condos are similarly styled, on properties that are shrouded by tall trees.
Green spaces are plentiful here and some of them are downright beautiful — Cudia Park in particular, has lush green grass and forests, and is dissected by walking paths leading to the sandy bluffs along the lakefront.
Kingston Road runs through the center of the neighbourhood — providing a gathering place for businesses, most of which are in the food and beverage industry. There are also some repair shops, boutiques, and salons in the area. Parents have nearby schools to send their children to at the primary, middle, and senior levels.
There’s a variety of activities in the area; at the lakefront you’ll find water related activities like yachting, rowing, and fishing; move inland and you’ll encounter soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, playground, and dog parks.
Cliffcrest condos are somewhat of a rarity as there are only a few buildings in the area, ranging from mid-rise condos to spacious townhouses — and the word townhomes should be taken lightly here, as they are essentially detached houses.
Currently, Upper Beaches Condos is the largest building in the area, rising to a modest 6-storeys. Floor plans vary from 678 square feet for the smallest 1 bedroom unit to 1500 for 2 bedroom + den. This building offers a wealth of extras; gym, sauna, hot tub, party room, rooftop deck, concierge, and more.
Cliffcrest condos are quite affordable, and well below what you would pay for Toronto condos in more popular neighbourhoods — ideal for first-time homebuyers who don’t mind the commute.
Transportation is where this neighbourhood drops the ball; if you’re looking for a pedestrian friendly area then avert your eyes, because Cliffcrest has a Walk Score of 54. And if you’re thinking that it might at least have decent public transit — think again. There are only a couple of bus routes in the area, however, Eglinton GO is just north of the neighbourhood, which is at least a measure of convenience.
Cliffcrest condos were meant for drivers, but you’ll still have to stomach some city traffic to reach major highways; for travel into Toronto, residents can take Kingston Road to Lake Shore Boulevard.