With its coveted location by the lake, The Beach is a high-priced neighbourhood, offering everything from large, brick or stone residences on the winding, hilly streets around the Glen Manor and Fallingbrook ravines, and on the streets directly facing the lake, to small, wood-framed houses, to modern, low-rise condominium apartment complexes. The oldest homes date back to the late 19th Century, but most of the homes in The Beach were constructed in the early decades of the 20th Century.
As the name of this east-end neighbourhood implies, it is set along the shore of Lake Ontario. It was first settled in the late 1700s, by the Ashbridge family, whose name survives in the local Ashbridge’s Bay Park. By the end of the 19th Century, large parcels of land in the area had been set aside as the summer playgrounds for Torontonians, including Kew Gardens and Balmy Beach, which continue to be popular. Today, The Beach is a vibrant, family neighbourhood, and a destination for weekend tourists, to take in the pleasures of the lake front and lively Queen Street East. In Toronto, the question frequently debated is whether the area is “The Beach” or “The Beaches”.
The Beach offers the unusual combination of big-city living and a beach lifestyle. In summer, people from across Toronto flock to the large, sandy beach and the boardwalk and park that run alongside it. Even in winter, the lake front is busy with joggers and people walking their dogs. The neighbourhood schools are good and shopping and dining opportunities abound on Queen St. E., the commercial heart of the neighbourhood. Downtown Toronto is about 30 minutes away via the Queen St. streetcar or 10-15 minutes by car.
With material from Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, by David Dunkelman
|Market Trends||Q1 2017||Q1 2016|
|Average Price DETACHED||$1,755,538||$1,367,326|
|Average Price Semi||$1,130,556||$903,838|
|Average Price Townhouse||$1,145,600||$848,167|
|Average Price Condo||$751,349||$530,015|