Average Home Price: $403,051 (2008)

Most common housing type: Semi-Detached, 2 Storey, 3 beds

The elusive detached: 18.8%

Keeping up with the Joneses? Earl Haig PS is ranked #843 out of 2742 Ontario elementary schools.  Parents’ average income is $57,200.

My average neighbour is – Young professional couples, young families with children and retirees downsizing to the area.  Lots of friendly faces and kind “hellos” in passing.

Lovingly maintained homes line the avenues of Danforth Village

What do you love about your neighborhood? My husband and I purchased our  two bedroom, 1 bathroom bungalow in this pocket after a six month hunt throughout the city back in 2006.  We bought our place because the area looked nice, and we were told it was “up and coming”.  Oh yeah, and while it was overpriced compared to our previous country setting, it was a reasonable price for Toronto.  Four short years later and the area has grown tremendously both in the value of the neighbourhood as well as its appearance.  There’s a local business association which I think must be partially responsible for the newly acquired flower beds, pole decoration (Christmas), and attempt to revamp previously empty storefronts with new businesses.

What do you like least about your neighborhood? The area is still developing, so there aren’t a lot of local “hang outs”, and we generally meet friends elsewhere at night.  I think the fact there’s not a huge established “community” is likely my least favourite aspect of the neighbourhood.  I wouldn’t say it’s a huge inconvenience though as the transit links are so strong.  I’ve read newspaper articles and online blogs alluding to the safety issues with walking in the area after dark.  To be honest, I do it all the time, and I do not worry at all.  The areas closer to the subway stations are a little seedy at night, but I’ve never encountered anything which has actually scared me…  And really, aren’t subway stations seedy at the best of times?

Earl Haig PS is a sought-after school in the 'hood. The Degrassi franchise we all know and love was inspired by creator Linda Schuyler's experiences here as a junior high teacher. The students here must have been QUITE the handful.

What do you wish you knew before you bought in the area? There are a lot of shared driveways which are not wide enough to accommodate modern vehicles between the houses.  We didn’t even measure when we bought ours, how silly is that?  Street parking is therefore extremely common in the area for that reason.  However, it’s not that bad as you can always find street parking.

Best places to dine? Restaurants are still somewhat lacking in the area.  Further west near Greenwood you have delicious veggie Malaysian-Thai cuisine Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen and authentic Northern Mexican eats at El Sol.  However, unless you’re in the mood for Thai food (Basil Thai is yum at Oak Park & Danforth), Tapas (Relish), ice-cream (Carter’s) or fish & chips (Len Duckworth’s east of Main on Danforth) you’re going to have to travel a little to get a decent bite.

Len Duckworth's Fish n' Chips at Danforth/Main is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Jack Duckworth (no relation to Corrie Street) opened the shop in 1930 to serve fellow UK immigrants their beloved deep-fried goodies. Times have changed (deep-fried Oreo's anyone?) but grandson David Duckworth (above) is maintaining tradition with his house special - halibut, chips, coleslaw, bread and a pot of tea for $9.75. Photo by the National Post.

Best places to caffeinate? True Brew Cafe (Danforth just east of Woodbine).  Great coffee and baked goods, but the hours are limited (and closed on Sundays!).  I have a feeling once foot traffic picks up, the hours may extend.  Fingers crossed!

Best places to get boozy? As I mentioned above, we don’t really booze in the area.  Luckily, cab rides home are less than $30/way!  When we do, it’s drinks at our favourite tapas joint, Relish.  The one bar-like venue within walking distance is Wise Guys, on Danforth, south of Oak Park.  I’ve never been, but my husband says it’s a little “rough”, so I couldn’t say I would recommend it.

Best places to shop? If you’re looking for clothing, you’re in the wrong area.  Head south to the Beaches, or west down Danforth.  Anyone looking for a place to browse for used books is in luck – my favourite little store to pop into on my walk home from the Go Train is Books Plus.  Located between Main and Westlake on the North side of Danforth, this shop is great and used book prices are what they should be, less than $5/book.  There are also conveniently located shops like Shopper’s Drug Mart, Sobeys and lots of fruit/veggie stands as well.  The new farmer’s market at East Lynn Park is also a great addition to the neighborhood.  But if you’re looking to spend the day leisurely checking out cute little shops, you’ll have to wait a little longer as the area isn’t quite there yet.

Concerned about drug dealers hanging out in East Lynn Park, residents rallied together to create a popular summer farmer's market. Photo by Danforth East Community Association.

Best places to toss a frisbee? There are lots of parks in the neighborhood, including a splash pad for summer fun at Oakpark and Epsom/Burrell.  Monarch Park rivals Withrow for the leafiest grassy knolls in the East end and the dog off leash zone attracts a much spritelier group of owners and canines.

Where else in the city can you daydream on a log, give your dog a workout and do some train spotting? Photo by John Wunderlich.

Best street / worst street and why?

Best street: I am completely biased in answering this question because I’m pretty sure we live on one of the most desirable streets in our area.  Newmarket Avenue is not a major artery N/S or E/W so it’s very quiet.  Our street is wide and lined with gorgeous old trees.  Also, the houses on our street seem to sell within days for over asking price, while some of the houses just north or south of us can take a little while longer.  The west side of Newmarket is best as it’s almost completely owner occupied… the houses on the east contain a lot of tenants and there are more semi-detached so parking is more congested over there.  Is it okay to say your own street, or more specifically, half of it?

Worst street: The worst street I would say is Lumsden, which is a pretty major path for those traveling east/west and there aren’t many stop lights so traffic gets going at a quick pace.  I would definitely say I wouldn’t want to live on the street for the traffic reasons.

Must drive or TTC friendly? By far the greatest perk of the area are the fantastic transit links to the downtown core, as well as easy access to auto routes to get you out of the city fast.  The DVP is a short jaunt (we’re talking 5 minutes) down O’Connor, Woodbine becomes Lakeshore if you follow it south through to the end.  You’re a short 10-15 minute drive from Yonge & Bloor in no traffic. Work uptown?  There are subway links serving the area at Main Street or Woodbine.  Work downtown?  Do as I do, and hop on the Go Train, arriving in 11 minutes flat.

Away we Go. The Danforth Go platform captured from the cosy confines of the train.

Need more Danforth Village?  Check out:

Toronto Life Magazine puts Danforth Village at the top of the list of Toronto’s Next Hot Hoods

The controversial article that got residents talking –  Danforth’s decline – drugs, prostitutes now out in the open, Toronto Star

For up-to-the-minute news on all the happenings of the Village, see Danforth East Community Association‘s blog

Recent Nabe Sales:

Greenwood/Danforth, Detached, 3 beds, 2 baths

List: $499,900

Sold: $581,750 (116% of list, Jan 2010)

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2 Responses to “Danforth Village”

  1. […] take a deep breath and transport yourself to Danforth Village… You the, you the best. The best I ever had. Photo by Spacing […]

  2. We’re open on Sundays now, 10 – 4 and Friday nights until 9 pm. Thanks for the mention! We will also be having some live music some Fridays throughout the summer.

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