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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148 SOUDAN AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

148 Soudan Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 1H1

$385,000

Apartment 1 1
55 BLOOMFIELD AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

55 Bloomfield Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2G2

$1,349,000

House 6 2
571 CRAVEN RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

571 Craven Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Z6

$1,599,000

House 3 4
1835 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

1835 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2B6

$879,000

House 3 3
231 ASHDALE AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

231 Ashdale Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Y8

$799,000

Row / Townho 3 1
80 SCARBOROUGH RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

80 Scarborough Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3M5

$2,799,000

House 4 5
599 CRAVEN RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

599 Craven Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2Z6

$699,000

House 3 2
84 KENILWORTH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

84 Kenilworth Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3S5

$1,998,888

House 5 4
320 HIGHFIELD RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

320 Highfield Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2V5

$899,000

House 2 1
27 SPRUCE HILL RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

27 Spruce Hill Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3G2

$2,795 Monthly

House 2 1
#406 -1829 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For sale

#406 -1829 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3X6

$649,900

Apartment 2 1
1641 GERRARD ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

1641 Gerrard St E

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2A7

$2,990 Monthly

House 3 3
23 CONNAUGHT AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

23 Connaught Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2V8

$1,135,000

House 3 2
231 KINGSWOOD RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

231 Kingswood Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3N6

$2,250,000

House 5 4
423 RHODES AVE, toronto, Ontario
For sale

423 Rhodes Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3A6

$769,000

House 2 2
#LOWER -416 COXWELL AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#lower -416 Coxwell Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3B7

$1,350 Monthly

House 1 1
56 HIAWATHA RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

56 Hiawatha Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2X8

$1,149,900

House 4 2
160 BOARDWALK DR, toronto, Ontario
For sale

160 Boardwalk Dr

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3X4

$2,289,000

House 3 3
#MAIN -89 HAMMERSMITH AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#main -89 Hammersmith Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4E 2W3

$3,100 Monthly

Other 2 1
#-LOWER -19 BOWMORE RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#-Lower -19 Bowmore Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3H6

$1,295 Monthly

House 0 1
U A 240 HIGHFIELD RD, toronto, Ontario
For rent

U A 240 Highfield Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 2V5

$1,995 Monthly

Other 2 1
#PH5 -2 BELLEFAIR AVE, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#ph5 -2 Bellefair Ave

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3T8

$2,275 Monthly

Apartment 1 1
118 RAINSFORD RD, toronto, Ontario
For sale

118 Rainsford Rd

Toronto, Ontario M4L 3N9

$1,399,000

House 4 2
#4 -2277 QUEEN ST E, toronto, Ontario
For rent

#4 -2277 Queen St E

Toronto, Ontario M4E 1G5

$2,500 Monthly

Other 2 1