Buying a Home in
TORONTO WEST, OR THE WEST END AS MANY LOCALS CALL IT, IS A VIBRANT, DESIRABLE AREA THAT HAS SEEN MUCH GENTRIFICATION IN THE LAST TWO DECADES.
Toronto West is bordered by Ossington Avenue in the east, St. Clair Avenue in the north, the Humber River to the west and Lake Ontario to the south. Located just west of the downtown core, it is east of Etobicoke.
Originally, the West End was home to many immigrants who settled and created neighbourhoods that are still there today, including Corso Italia, Little Portugal, Roncesvalles and Bloor West Village. These and other neighbourhoods give the region its unique flavor – both figuratively and literally, given the variety of artisan shops, including restaurants, butchers, fish mongers, cheese boutiques, bakeries and coffee houses.
If you own a home in Toronto West, you also have easy access to shopping, recreation and popular local events such as the annual Ukrainian and Polish festivals, as well as the cherry blossoms in the spring in High Park – Toronto’s version of New York’s Central Park. Given all of this, as well as good schools and proximity to downtown, it’s no wonder Toronto West neighbourhoods are highly sought after by professionals and families.
The real estate market has been good here, with housing prices in the last five years more than doubling in many Toronto West neighbourhoods. People love living in this area and pay a premium to do so. Houses in 2016 and 2017 were selling with anywhere from three to ten offers, which escalated prices. The increasing prices also have meant that many people who already own a home in Toronto West are engaging in renovations, putting a long wait time on good area contractors.
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