Christie Pits Properties and Neighbourhood Guide

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Christie Pits Properties and Neighbourhood Guide

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719 BLOOR ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

719 Bloor St

Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L5

$12,499,000

15000 sqft Multi-Family 0 0

Christie Pits Neighbourhood Guide

Welcome to Christie Pits:

With its neighbourly atmosphere, abundance of culinary and cultural hotspots, and its central location right on the Bloor subway line at Ossington or Christie Station, Christie Pits has a ton of advantages to offer any Toronto home-hunter. The bowl-shaped park that gives the area its name is a joy for dog-walkers, joggers, illicit beer sippers, baseball enthusiasts and fun-loving bathers adventurous enough to ride the water slide at the public pool. With its blend of middle-class families, hipsters and young professionals of all cultural backgrounds, the community’s friendliness and emphasis on openness may even catch you off-guard.

What you’ll fall in love with:

At Christie and Essex, you’ll find Fiesta Farms, an independently run grocery store that stocks specialty health foods and organics, amazing produce as well as staple items, and brands you won’t find elsewhere. Locals champion Fiesta Farms as a hub for great food that lies outside the world of big-chain grocers. While the prices are comparable to Loblaws (i.e. not the cheapest), the atmosphere and customer service there make the routine task of grocery shopping quite enjoyable. (If you want the bargains of a No Frills or FreshCo, however, you’ll need a car.)

 

The lifestyle:

Christie Pits is the perfect blend of chilled-out comfort and a simmering cultural scene. West of the park, Bloor Street is home to a wide variety of craft beer and cocktail bars, art galleries and boutique shops, as well as a few dive bars (Menalon, Bassline) that lend the strip a gritty flair. There are several good spots to grab coffee – Saving Gigi, Spark Café – as well as a small but well-stocked LCBO right on Bloor.
You’ll notice that people really make an effort to say hello to each other, and in warm weather you can count on finding several pickup sports games taking place in the park at once. In the summer, you can also enjoy the Christie Pits Film Festival, which screens awesome features paired with shorter works from local filmmakers. It’s one of the first and most successful outdoor film festivals in Toronto, so arrive early to get a good spot. Afterwards, you can chow down on authentic Indian food at Banjara at the southwest corner of the pa

A little bit of history:

The Christie Pits Riot occurred on August 16, 1933 during a baseball game between a team composed of Jewish and Italian players and a predominantly Anglo team. The Jewish and Italian players were responding to a rising sentiment of racism tied to Nazism (at one point during the game, a swastika was brandished). The riot wasis symbolic of the strength and perseverance of the more recently arrived immigrant population, and after all, weren’’t Anglo families the new freshly arrived immigrants a mere century earlier?

House style:

Most properties in Christie Pits are classic detached or semi-detached houses built between 1906 and 1930. Houses tend to be a bit smaller than those in nearby Dufferin Grove. The lots are quite narrow, and the streets are reasonably clear since back alleys snake through the neighbourhood, providing parking for residents. Whether you’re renting or buying, you will likely end up in a classic Victorian-style house.

Prices:

The average home in Christie Pits costs about $951,000, and because the neighbourhood is so vibrant, friendly and central, it’s hard to see prices going anywhere but up. The average home rental in Christie Pits is $3,235 per month.

The commute:

One of the best things about Christie Pits is that you’re right on the Bloor subway line, which means you won’t have to mess around with streetcars or buses to get downtown. If you live right by Christie Station, it will take 20 minutes to commute to Union Station. By bike, the same route is about 25 minutes. (While the bike lanes on Bloor will get you across to Yonge in a brisk 10 minutes, it’s a choose-your-own-adventure situation going south into the core.) Driving from Christie to Union would take 15 minutes under ideal circumstances, but you’ll always need to factor in traffic.

Neighbours:

While this area is populated predominantly by middle-class families, you’ll also find young professional couples and bachelors looking for both comfort and hip factor. As with most West End neighbourhoods, you can expect to see old-school Italian and Portuguese households with extravagant vegetable gardens that put your tomatoes to shame.

 

Local schools:

Hawthorne II Alternative Bilingual Junior School (junior kindergarten to Grade 6) is nestled right in the heart of the neighbourhood and accommodates 200 students, who spend a significant portion of each day speaking French. The West End Alternative School (Grades 10-12) on Bloor Street offers project-based package programs and emphasizes student involvement in shaping the school community and experience.

Downside:

We don’t see anything negative to add in this neighbourhood.

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