The Beaches (The Beach) Guide

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Welcome to The Beaches (The Beach):

A collection of four sandy beaches anchor this tight-knit community east of downtown, known for its outdoorsy spirit, varied architecture and a summer jazz festival that draws some of the best artists from all over the world. Locals bicker about whether to call it “The Beach” or “The Beaches,” but either way they all love the neighbourhood for its small-town feel and proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario.

Highlight:

The three-kilometre boardwalk that stretches the length of all four local beaches and draws locals in all four seasons. There’s nothing like it in all of Toronto.

Life Style:

This is a community of active folks. On any given day you’ll find locals jogging on the boardwalk, jumping in the lake or cycling into the downtown core for work. There are no less than four yoga studios along Queen Street, and SUPGirlz surfing offers stand up paddleboard classes all summer. The Balmy Beach Club, open since 1906, offers everything from beach volleyball to lawn bowling, plus an old timers’ hockey club. Locals are active in public service groups, too, with Rotary, Lions and four area residents’ associations working in the area. There’s also a strong Business Improvement Area association in The Beach, which hosts regular events like the Family Day Festival and the Beach-a-licious Winter Carnival. The BIA also advocates for more than 350 local businesses, which range from eclectic boutiques and independent art galleries to posh pet stores and chic clothing retailers. The shopping is great. No review of life on the beach would be complete without mention of the spectacular Beaches International Jazz Festival. It started in 1988 and has since become one of the biggest free jazz festivals in Canada, drawing nearly 1 million people to the area every summer. Streets close, the venues fill with people from all walks of life, and for 10 days in July the whole of The Beach sways to the soulful sounds of great jazz.

Neighbours:

The Beach runs from Kingston Road in the north to the lakeshore in the south, and from Coxwell Avenue in the west to Victoria Park Avenue in the east. There are lots of baby boomers here, but plenty of affluent 30-somethings, too. The Beaches is a family-friendly community, made up mainly of couples both with and without kids. Many come to the area looking for elegant century homes on tree-lined streets, and some say these are among the prettiest homes in the city. But there are lots of other housing options in The Beach, too, from colourful townhouses along the waterfront to dozens of new condominium developments. The varied architecture in the community is one of its charms.

House Style:

Single family homes, duplexes, townhomes and condominiums – a wide range of homes to suit all tastes.

Prices:

Last year the average single-family home in The Beach cost well over $1 million.

What you'll fall in love with:

A quiet stroll down the three-kilometre boardwalk that runs along the shoreline will be all it takes to make you fall in love with this historic neighbourhood. You’ll instantly feel like you’re a million miles away from the bustle and grind of city life. Add in five lovely public green spaces – Balmy Beach Park, Kew Garden, Glen Stewart Park, Pantry Park and Ashbridges Bay Park – and you’ve got a nature-lover’s paradise. Locals who like to get out on the water join the Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club; you can dock your boat there if you have one, join the Sailing Co-Op to access a fleet of club sailboats, or just bring your paddle board and dive in.

A little bit of history:

Torontonians have been flocking to the beaches since the late 1800s, when development started in earnest. Over time, developers and governments built a boardwalk, several amusement parks and clubs like the Balmy Beach Club, which sent many athletes to the Olympics and was home to a football team that won Canada’s Grey Cup twice in 1927 and 1930. Many famous Canadians have called the Beaches home, including the renowned pianist Glenn Gould, writer Robert Fulford, director Norman Jewison, Jeopardy host Alex Trebec, actor Keanu Reeves and singer Miley Cyrus.

Local Schools:

There are more than 15 schools serving The Beaches, including the high-ranking Kew Beach Junior Public School, which received an 8.4/10 in the Fraser Institute’s 2015-16 review. The local high school is Malvern Collegiate Institute, with also ranked well at 8.1/10. There are several Montessori Schools in the area and some locals send their children to the private Montcrest School in neighbouring Riverdale.

What you Won't find:

The Beaches is an active, family-friendly community. You won’t find underground clubs or throbbing discotheques here – you’ll have to hop in a cab and head downtown to get your party on.

The commute:

From the intersection of Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue, it will take you about 15 minutes to drive to Union Station, and about double that to take the TTC. Biking is a good option, too, and the trip will take you about 30 minutes. Tack on an extra five minutes if you’re heading up to Yonge and Bloor.

Downside:

We’re a little stuck to find a downside!

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1958 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1958 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4E 2B1

$799,000

Row / Townho 2 6
#LOWER -26 PINE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -26 Pine Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4E 1L8

$1,150 Monthly

House 0 1
37 LARK ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

37 Lark St

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3M5

$7,000 Monthly

House 4 4
7 CRAVEN RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

7 Craven Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Z4

$699,000

House 2 2
348 GLEN MANOR DR, toronto, Ontario
For sale

348 Glen Manor Dr

Toronto, Ontario M4E 2X8

$2,180,000

House 4 2
9 NORWAY AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

9 Norway Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1P7

$999,000

House 3 2
#B -720 KINGSTON RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#b -720 Kingston Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4E 1R7

$939,000

Row / Townho 3 2
39 WHISTLE POST ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

39 Whistle Post St

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3W7

$1,675,000

House 4 3
321 WILLOW AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

321 Willow Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3K6

$999,900

House 3 2
173 SCARBOROUGH RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

173 Scarborough Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3M7

$2,699,999

House 5 5
#101 -325 KINGSTON RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#101 -325 Kingston Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1T8

$598,888

Apartment 2 1
2353 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

2353 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4E 2E6

$1,190,000

House 5 2
980 EASTERN AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

980 Eastern Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1A6

$1,349,000

Row / Townho 2 2
147 SILVER BIRCH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

147 Silver Birch Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3L3

$1,299,999

House 4 2
#202 -214 MAIN ST, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#202 -214 Main St

Toronto, Ontario M4E 2W1

$759,000

Apartment 2 2
#LOWER -2353 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -2353 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4E 2E6

$1,900 Monthly

Other 2 1
16 CEDAR AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

16 Cedar Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4E 1K2

$1,479,000

House 4 2
1871 GERRARD ST EAST ST, toronto, Ontario
For rent

1871 Gerrard St East St

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2B8

$1,300 Monthly

Other 1 1
297 RHODES AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

297 Rhodes Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3A4

$2,500 Monthly

House 2 1
1518 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1518 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1E3

$899,999

Row / Townho 3 3
#205 -200 WOODBINE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#205 -200 Woodbine Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3P2

$689,000

Apartment 1 1
2063 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

2063 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4E 2B4

$998,800

House 4 2
56 BROOKMOUNT RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

56 Brookmount Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3N2

$1,199,000

House 4 3
390 WOODBINE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

390 Woodbine Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3P6

$799,000

House 3 3