Alexandra Park Guide

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Welcome to Alexandra Park

They say everybody knows your name in Alexandra Park, a tight-knit neighbourhood that has long welcomed immigrants from around the world. The predominantly working-class area is currently undergoing an extraordinary new revitalization plan, which will see hundreds of old homes demolished to make way for mixed-income condominiums and supported housing, along with vibrant new community facilities, parks and streetscapes. The first of these townhomes opened in the fall of 2016, and by the mid-2020s this revitalization will be complete.

What you'll fall in love with

Alexandra Park is, arguably, one of the last not-yet-gentrified neighbourhoods in the heart of Toronto. It gives forward-looking buyers an opportunity to purchase more affordable property a heartbeat away from ultra-cool (and ultra-expensive) neighbourhoods like West Queen West and Kensington Market. The 15-year master plan to remake the community is just getting started in earnest, and patient homeowners could witness – and be part of – a remarkable transformation in the coming years. Optimism reigns in this diverse, transitional neighbourhood.

Neighbours

Alexandra Park runs from Bathurst Street on the west to Spadina Avenue on the east, and from Dundas Street West up north to Queen Street West down south. More than 60 percent of the folks who live here are immigrants, and the proximity to Toronto’s Chinatown means many of your neighbours will speak Cantonese and Mandarin. The average after-tax income here is just shy of $49,000 per year, below the $71,000 average city-wide. Most people live in condominiums and apartment buildings, but there are row houses and older single-family detached homes on offer, too.

House Prices

Most people live in condominiums and apartment buildings, but there are row houses and older single-family detached homes on offer, too. Condominium prices range from $400,000 to $550,000, while single-family homes average about $1.08M.

Local Schools

There is one elementary school in Alexandra Park, the Ryerson Community School, which ranked 5.7/10 in the Fraser Institute’s 2015-16 review of Canadian schools. There are no high schools in the community; the closest is Heydon Park Secondary School, in neighbouring Grange Park.

The commute

Alexandra Park is right downtown, and you can drive or cycle to Union Station in under 15 minutes. The TTC will get you there in about 20 minutes, or you can enjoy a nice 30 minute walk to work. A trip to Yonge and Bloor will take about the same amount of time by car, bike or transit, but walking takes about 40 minutes.

Highlights

Alexandra Park’s community garden and greenhouse, which offers space to locals for just $200 a year and provides hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to local food banks annually.

Downside?

None that we know of!

Lifestyle

The soul of this gritty urban neighbourhood is Alexandra Park, nearly seven acres of green space in the northwest corner of the community, which includes a playground and wading pool for kids, a volleyball court, a baseball diamond and a picnic area. In the winter, the Harry Gairey Outdoor Rink hosts neighbourhood hockey games and skating parties, while in the summer, the Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool gives local folks a place to cool off.

The park is also home to the Dunbat Skatepark, so named because it sits at the corner of Dundas and Bathurst Streets. Funded by local skaters, the spacious park offers smooth concrete and wood elements designed and built by those who use the park. It draws a crowd all summer, and is open until 11pm.

The Scadding Court Community Centre in the middle of the park has become an integral part of the community, running everything from kids’ day camps and athletic programs to tai chi and weightlifting programs for adults. The organization also helps new immigrants get settled in Canada, and provides recreational activities for people with disabilities.

The neighbourhood community garden offers residents 50 square feet of organic gardening space for just $20 per growing season, along with access to a community greenhouse where they can start seeds for their plots. The initiative gives back to the community as well: the garden donates over 1,500 pounds of produce to a local food bank each year. A community kitchen operates in tandem with the garden, offering an opportunity for residents to cook together and share food.

A little bit of History

The area now known as Alexandra Park was undeveloped until the mid-1800s, when Polish immigrant Sir Casimir Gzowski purchased it and built a home in 1858. He called his home “The Hall” – a rambling Victorian Gothic mansion that once stood near where the Scadding Court Community Centre now stands. A noted engineer, Gzowski helped found the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers and Canada’s first rifle association. He was a personal friend of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and he was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1890. The Hall was later sold and demolished, but the Gzowski clan continued to have great influence in Canada: His great-grandson, Peter, was the beloved host of CBC’s Morningside for 15 years, and was often affectionately called Captain Canada.

The Alexandra Park neighbourhood was home to Polish and Ukrainian immigrants for much of the early 20th century, later joined by new Canadians from Hungary, Greece, Portugal, Italy and Germany. In the 1960s, much of the community was razed to make room for a massive social housing project, drawing still more immigrants from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The community struggled with poverty, and in the early 1990s local activists worked to transform the government-run social housing projects into Canada’s first self-governing co-operative housing community. The area is now benefitting from a sweeping revitalization plan that will replace more than 300 old townhomes with brand new row houses and refurbish nearly 500 more. The plan also calls for a new public park with basketball courts, new retail spaces and a larger community centre.

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#1009 -152 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1009 -152 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 3J9

$2,400 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#503 -152 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#503 -152 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 3J9

$3,300 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#310 -152 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#310 -152 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 3J9

$2,450 Monthly

Apartment 2 1
#803 -120 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#803 -120 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2X7

$439,900

Apartment 1 1
#618 -80 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#618 -80 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2X6

$1,850 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#618 -80 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#618 -80 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2X6

$449,900

Apartment 1 1
#2ND REA -181 AUGUSTA AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#2nd Rea -181 Augusta Ave

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L4

$2,700 Monthly

1000 sqft Multi-Family 0 1
#902 -96 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#902 -96 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1V2

$2,500 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#602 -210 SIMCOE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#602 -210 Simcoe St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1T4

$2,200 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#LOWER -15 GLEN BAILLIE PL, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -15 Glen Baillie Pl

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1J6

$1,300 Monthly

Row / Townho 2 1
#931 -60 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#931 -60 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2X5

$2,000 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#802 -15 BEVERLEY ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#802 -15 Beverley St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1X8

$3,800 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#TH26 -78 CARR ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#th26 -78 Carr St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1B7

$2,850 Monthly

Row / Townho 2 2
#1101 -211 ST PATRICK ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#1101 -211 St Patrick St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2Y9

$1,169,000

Apartment 3 2
2 GLASGOW ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

2 Glasgow St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 2B9

$1,299,999

Row / Townho 4 1
#708 -297 COLLEGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#708 -297 College St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S2

$629,000

Apartment 2 1
#1808 -297 COLLEGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#1808 -297 College St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 0C2

$2,200 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
#201 -169 JOHN ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#201 -169 John St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1X3

$788,000

Apartment 2 2
#201 -169 JOHN ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#201 -169 John St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1X3

$3,500 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
253 COLLEGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

253 College St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R5

$1,500 Monthly

Other 1 1
#402 -11 SOHO ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#402 -11 Soho St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 3L7

$4,400 Monthly

Apartment 3 2
#623 -297 COLLEGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#623 -297 College St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S2

$3,000 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#623 -297 COLLEGE ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#623 -297 College St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S2

$3,400 Monthly

Apartment 2 2
#39 -78 CARR ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#39 -78 Carr St

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1B7

$449,900

Row / Townho 0 1