If high prices in Toronto have crushed your dreams of owning a condo in Queen West or Trinity Bellwoods, then it might be time to consider some less talked about neighbourhoods — namely, Carleton Village and Pelham Park. Sure, you won’t see as many fedoras, pumpkin spiced lattes, and brewpubs, but if you’re looking for a detached home or a condo within the city limits, and for an affordable price — it’s probably time to forget about Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods.
Situated in Toronto’s west end, Carleton Village and Pelham Park condos are a great choice for families and first time home buyers. The neighbourhood is comprised to two areas; Pelham Park is a small sub-section in the south, and Carleton Village is a larger portion of the neighbourhood in the north. Carleton Park condos are more conveniently located than Pelham Park condos, but it’s a difference of a few blocks, and the living experience is largely the same in both areas.
Much like Bellwoods or Queen West, this neighbourhood has quiet residential streets sitting between busy thoroughfares — St. Clair and Dupont. On residential streets you’ll find semi-detached and detached 2-storey houses, with parks sprinkled throughout the area. As a family neighbourhood, there are schools, recreation facilities, parks, playgrounds, soccer fields, and multiple sports complexes just beyond the neighbourhood borders.
Dining and nightlife options are never far away; on Dupont you’ll encounter a unique selection of restaurants and cafes; the same is true for St. Clair, along with an assortment of salons, service-based businesses, and retail stores. For entertainment, there are pubs throughout the neighbourhood, and several art galleries and theatres.
While many buyers only look to areas like Carleton Village and Pelham Park for detached houses, condo buyers would be wise to consider this neighbourhood as well; buyers have a few buildings to choose from, with more in development
The best aspect of owning a condo in Carleton Village and Pelham Park is the value you receive — unit sizes are generally on par with other Toronto condos for sale, but what you’ll pay is considerably less. Buyers who want the loft experience but can’t afford it in other neighbourhoods, might be able to land a unit at Stockyard Lofts and get all the industrial features they desire, at a fraction of the cost.
Families who are searching for an affordable townhome would be wise to consider Carleton Village and Pelham Park condos — spacious suites at Jane Parker Square II Condos are over 1100 square feet, and won’t put as sizeable of a dent into your bank account as units in other areas. Amenities tend to light in this neighbourhood — which could be a deal breaker for some, but if you don’t mind sacrificing some extras, you’ll get more bang for your buck.
Boasting a Walk Score of 75 and with many cozy cafes and restaurants, residents of this neighbourhood can enjoy all the perks of living in Toronto, without the soaring price tags. Public transit is also excellent; there are streetcars on St. Clair, and many bus routes servicing the area.
Drivers may want to leave the car at home if travelling within the city, but if you’re feeling brave — and have a lot of patience — you can head south on Keele Street for the Gardiner Expressway.