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Street Profile: Skylark Rd

September 30th, 2015 Posted by Street Profile No Comment yet

The Lambton Baby Point area is somewhat famous for large, expensive homes, but there’s a great pocket just north of Baby Point. The ’50s era development consists of winding streets of brick semi-detached homes right on the Humber River Valley, which – if you didn’t already know – is a fabulous part of Toronto’s natural heritage (e.g. a main route for the annual salmon run). At the same time, it’s close to Bloor St W for great shopping and eating, and the subway for easy access downtown.

In there is a street called Skylark Rd. It’s another street where I have sold more than one house. Ten years ago one could get a decent house (needing a bit of updating) for under $300k. These days, partly because of the generational change there and a wave of renovations, houses often sell for over $600k. It’s an exciting area, and still quite affordable.

My client Sandra put it perfectly: “This is a neighbourhood where the first generation of buyers bought young, raised families and stayed late into their lives. Over the last 10 years couples and young families have steadily replaced those older owners. That pace of turnover has really picked up in the last few years. Now our neighbourhood park is teaming with tons of young families. It’s an easy place to make friends and a safe place for kids to play. For us, the valley is a great neigbourhood for us to raise our family without going to the ‘burbs and Skylark (in our opinion) is one of its best streets.

We love that we’re only a five minute drive from the great stores and restaurants in Bloor West Village, and just a five minute walk from the Humber river with its great parks and trails. There’s also a grocery store literally just around the corner and three good schools within easy walking distance.”

Toronto is full of great pockets and hidden gems, and this is one of them. If you’re looking west end, but High Park is a bit out of reach, try Magwood Park instead! šŸ˜‰

 

Street Profile: Bastedo Ave

March 2nd, 2015 Posted by Street Profile No Comment yet

Over the years I have completed five transactionsĀ on Bastedo Ave, near Coxwell/Danforth. That’s tied for the most I haveĀ sold on any street! Each sale had its own story: a first time buyer, an estate sale, and various move-up/move-on situations. Some of the buyers chose Bastedo because of the great value in those houses, the friendly nature of the neighbourhood, and the proximity to the Coxwell subway station, but whatever the reasons, everybody seems to have ended up very happy on Bastedo Ave.

Located just three blocks east of Coxwell Ave, and running south from Danforth, Bastedo Ave offers an eclectic mix of 2 and 3-bedroom semis (some with parking, many without), a smattering of fully detached houses, and some newer town homes at the bottom of the street.Ā Although the street lacks the nearly-complete tree canopy that we find on many streets just a few blocks further south, there are plenty of young-to-middle aged trees, meaning there’s a good chance of a thickening canopy over the coming years. (By the way, you can tap in to the City’s tree planting program. I posted a story about that earlier this year.)

One of the biggest draws to Bastedo Ave, and many of the streets around it, is ‘The Danforth’, well-known for theĀ great selection of restaurants, pubs, cafes and services available there – pretty much everything! (That stretch of the street is covered by the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area – check out their web site for a list of businesses and activities.) Having a walkable neighbourhood has always been important in Toronto, but seems to be getting even more so as the city increases in density. Danforth offers that local walking lifestyle, while offering quick access to the subway, which is always a huge advantage.

Walking distance to Monarch Park, Bastedo Ave is even closer to East Lynn Park, home to the local farmers’ market. The local public school is Earl Haig (JK to Gr.8); the high school is Monarch Park C.I. If you want to head down to the Beach you can hop on the Coxwell 22 bus and be there in minutes, and if you are driving, you have ready access to the DVP (straight up Coxwell to O’Connor, followed by a short drive over to Don Mills Ave) and the Lakeshore-Gardiner-QEW at the bottom of Coxwell. All in all, the location offers a few decent ‘escape routes’ from the city.

Here’s what one of my clients had to say about life on Bastedo Ave:

“I purchased my first home 10Ā years ago. I looked at many homes throughout Toronto but it was the cute, bright, semi on Bastedo that caught my eye. The house was affordable (I was single at the time), on a nice tree-lined street and close to the subway. In those 10Ā years, lots changed. The I became we. Then baby made three, and we had even more reasons to love Bastedo with the parks, drop-in centres andĀ libraryĀ just around the corner. However, with all that Bastedo has to offer, my favourite part has to be the neighbours. It’s a diverse group of individuals who really care about one another and have pride of ownership.”

From a Realtor’s perspective, Bastedo offers a great mix of affordability and lifestyle. It’s a great street (and area) for the first-time buyer, and perfect for those who want to live car-free. If you haven’t yet considered Bastedo Ave, you should! If you are in the market, contact me for more info and let’s go check it out.

 

Street Profile: Glenmore Road

February 25th, 2015 Posted by Street Profile No Comment yet

There are a few streets around the city where, for one reason or another, I have sold several houses – even if I haven’t sold another for aĀ kilometerĀ radius from the street! Maybe it’s coincidence, but maybe it’s because there’s something special about those streets. Glenmore Road (in the Woodbine/Gerrard area) is one such street. Just west and a touch north of The Beach, Glenmore nevertheless offers quick access to Queen St E, the boardwalk, etc., while also being closer to the Danforth for those wanting easy subway access. I’m also a big fan of the Gerrard streetcar – right at the top of the street – not because I love streetcars, per se, but because I like an alternate, mid-latitude route downtown.

In many ways, Glenmore Rd is a classic East-End Toronto street: hilly, with a fantastic tree canopy, and solidly built, brick semis and detached house. Most (but not all) of the houses have parking. Fairmount Park is just a few blocks away, and there’s a great ravine nearby for nature walks. After school kids playĀ and parents chat the evening away in the relaxed manner of a close-knit community. It’s really something to behold!

The local public school is Bowmore Rd (both Junior and Senior), which features a pool, two gyms, aĀ Parenting Centre, two daycare centres (Bowmore Community Daycare and Bowmore Child Enrichment Centre)*Ā and rather large grounds. Children may also attend Equinox Holistic Alternative School, which is just a few blocks away. The local secondary school is Monarch Park Collegiate. The neighbourhood is rich with community resources.

A few of my clients (and friends) on the street were kind enough to share their thoughts about living on Glenmore Rd. CarolineĀ had this to say: “My children and I have lived onĀ GlenmoreĀ for over 12 years. We love our home and we love living on this street. It would be a tough sell convincing us to move away. The street is beautiful the the trees that abound on Ā both sides. Children are everywhere playing football or hockey on the road. Neighbours can often be seen enjoying a glass of wine in front with each other. It is a friendly place. I can easily walk to the Danforth or Queen St. It is a five minute walk to school. With all of this, why would you want to live anywhere else?”

At present, I have 4 past clients living on Glenmore. That can’t be a coincidence!Ā It’s just a great street. šŸ™‚

 

 

 

*Source: TDSB web site