Bounded by Massey Creek to the north, Oakridge is a quiet, family neighbourhood in the Scarborough area, offering affordable housing and expansive green spaces. And with reasonable commuter access and commercial spaces on Danforth Road, Oakridge is a step above the average residential neighbourhood.
On narrow side-streets you’ll encounter a blend of 2-storey houses, world war II homes, bungalows, and apartment buildings. While this neighbourhood is by no means packed with towering high-rises, there are some Oakridge condos as well, which represent the most affordable housing options in the area.
There are schools in the public and catholic boards, and plenty of activities to keep children entertained — playgrounds, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and recreation facilities. Additionally, there are daycares in the neighbourhood and several community centres, and an aquatic centre just north of the Oakride’s northern boundary.
The majority of businesses are located on Danforth Road; used car dealerships, financial services, and a variety of service based businesses. Dining options in the neighbourhood are limited, but you’ll find the usual chains like Swiss Chalet, Burger King, and Tim Hortons — and a few restaurants featuring international cuisine.
The biggest draw for residents here is the availability of nature; the Gus Harris Walking trail follows Massey Creek on the north side of the neighbourhood, providing riverside trails. Dentonia Park Golf Course is located in the area, and there are also off leash dog parks, and woodlands.
Buyers aren’t lining up for Oakridge condos, but the condo scene here has improved in recent years; there are 4 buildings in the neighbourhood, and buyers have their pick of townhomes, mid-rise, and high-rise condos.
Amenities are mostly consistent with what you’d expect to find — in properties like Terraces On Danforth Condos you’ll get the standard gym, party room, common rooftop deck combination, while townhomes offer larger suite sizes but less extras. In general, floor plans are large in this neighbourhood, even in condos.
Price is another draw for these units, as Oakridge condos are well below the prices of comparable units in downtown Toronto, making this a great opportunity for first time home buyers.
Oakridge has a Walk Score of 71 — residents of this neighbourhood can likely run errands on foot, especially those who live near Danforth Road. Those who require public transit have buses on Danforth and Warden; for longer trips, Victoria Park Station is on the western edge of the neighbourhood for subway service.
Car owners who commute to downtown have options for avoiding most city traffic — drivers can go west on St. Clair to O’Connor for the Don Valley Parkway, or south on Warden for Kingston Road and onto Lake Shore Boulevard.
The Locals: Diverse young families and professionals.
Code of Conduct: Residents spend weekends next door in Danforth Village.
What You’ll Find: A balance of quiet and convenience.
What You Won’t Find: Vibrant nightlife options.
The Homes: A blend of cozy bungalows and 2-storey houses, with some condos thrown into the mix.
Sealing the Deal: An abundance of nature.