The Danforth Mosaic blog presents – in no particular order – “The Top 10 Reasons to Buy on Danforth East”.
I couldn't do a better job than this article by 'The Danforth Mosaic, so here it is reposted, reformatted, edited for size only. The links & italicized words are my own.
1) You can still get a detached house with parking and a separate-entrance basement apartment in a nice neighbourhood near public transportation for a reasonable price. You can see what's available in Danforth Village right now. On average, it's generally more expensive in the west end.
2) The area has been labeled up-and-coming by the Globe and Mail and is generally thought to be a hot neighbourhood in the real estate world. Young families are moving into the area with great frequency, fixing up houses and changing the face of the ‘hood. The Danforth Village Real Estate market has already started to fragment into 'micro-markets' based on the distance from downtown and/or the subway.
3) 5-minute drive to the Beach (or 10 minute bike ride, or 30 minute walk), 5-minute drive to the heart of Greektown, 5-minute drive to Little India, 5-minute drive to DVP, 10-minute drive to Lakeshore/Gardiner, 10-minute drive to Leslieville, 10-15 minute drive to the gorgeous Scarborough Bluffs. Basically, you’re in the middle of a lot of great stuff. ‘Nuff said.
4) East Lynn Farmer’s Market – set in a beautiful park just west of Danforth and Woodbine, this source of pride boasts local eats and has a splash pool for the kids. It’s also really close to Carter’s Ice Cream, Melanie’s Bistro and the new Circus Coffee house.
5) Less traffic congestion. You’ll be amazed how much more things breathe once you get out a bit further east. Also, parking right on the Danforth is free after 6 pm on many parts of Danforth Village / Danforth East (whereas you have to pay until 9 pm in most parts of the city, and even Midnight in some areas).
6) You’re on or near the subway line. You can hop on the Danforth line and be across the city in a flash. Woodbine station to Yonge and Bloor in 12 minutes, for example. No waiting for buses in the cold or sitting in rush hour traffic – it’s great how consistent it is going from A to B on the subway.
7) It still has a real, authentic feel to it. Charming delis, convenience stores and a quaint vibe with friendly neighbours. No pretention. Classic old-school pizza joints, neighbourhood staples, etc. are what help add to the character of the ‘hood.
8 ) Gorgeous natural environment. Stan Wadlow/Taylor Creek Park are all nearby. There are miles of beautiful biking and walking trails that can take you across the city, all the while surrounded by dense, beautiful trees and the creek itself splitting the trail up the middle. The fantastic Kiwanis swimming pool is nearby and offers a (free) chance to bring the family for a cool-down splash on those hot summer days. There are also about eight baseball diamonds, the East York Curling Club, an awesome skate park and East York Arena. Yeah, it’s really sweet.
9) The “boom” is yet to come. The nice restaurants and cafes (Relish, Melanie’s, Circus, etc.) have started to spring up, but it’s still “up-and-coming”, allowing current buyers to get in on the “ground floor”. If you search 'All East End Toronto Listings' you'll see there are more 'affordable' homes in Danforth East than elsewhere. With Carmelina Condos set to start construction soon at Woodbine and Danforth, there will likely be more of an acceleration. People moving in there and elsewhere in the ‘hood want great places to eat, drink and shop that are within a short walk’s distance.
10) You can head west and be downtown, head north and hit the highway, head south and hit the beaches, or head east and hit the more suburban-feeling Big Box stores when you need to rock that kinda thing. It’s a versatile area with access to many different cultures, lifestyles and “shopportunities”.
Like anything, there are challenges and obstacles that can stand in the way of any neighbourhood growing and flourishing, and nothing is ever for sure. But by all accounts, the word is that the Danforth East community is in the process of replenishing and refreshing itself, and is heading towards an exciting future. It’s fun to be a part of that process.
Well, that’s our Top 10. Until next time, we want to know: what are your fave reasons to live on Danforth East?
(the opinions and thoughts expressed are solely those of the author of the Danforth Mosaic blog, who is neither a real estate agent nor an urban planner or a psychic, just a happy resident of Danforth East who likes what’s goin’ on)
Couldn't have said it better! Thank you Danforth Mosaic.