Average Home Price: $639,417  (2008) 

Most common housing type: Detached, 2 storey 3 bedroom 

The elusive detached: 40.3% 

Keeping up with the Joneses? Balmy Beach Jr is ranked #121 out of 2742 Ontario elementary schools.  Parents’ average income is $130,500. 

 

Houseflies around the city answer  our questions…

My average neighbour is: 30-40’s with two kids and a golden retriever or “doodle” mix 

The famous lifeguard station at Kew Beach. Photo by Benson Kua

What do you love about your neighborhood?  Affectionately nicknamed Tor-couver by the many ex-pat Vancouverites that now call the Beach home, this neighborhood is a truly unique lakeside village within the big city.  Unlike the west end, you don’t need to cross a web of busy streets to hit the lake and there is a diverse range of green space options.   Winter surfing and parasailing are not uncommon at Ashbridge’s Bay, Kew Beach and Balmy Beach have a great wooden boardwalk for feet or bike path for wheels, Kew Park is vast and leafy, and the Glen Stewart ravine is a great spot for getting lost in the woods or playing shinny on the natural ice rink maintained by Beach neighbours.  Living here feels like a real escape from downtown and it is a great place for kids, adults, and canines to relax and play.   

What do you like least about your neighborhood?  Let’s just say that people don’t move to the Beach for a fast, easy commute downtown.  Also, if you’re looking for “family friendly” restaurants, the Beach has lots of them.   If you’re not… you’re basically out of luck. 

What do you wish you knew before you bought in the area?  The general tendency for houses in the beach to leak, flood, or have foundation issues.  The closer you are to the coveted lake-side properties, the greater chances of a basement flood and floods are sometimes not covered by home insurance.  

Best street / worst street and why? 

 

Typical Beach fat daddy

Best Street:  Kenilworth Avenue.  This beautiful street splits in two allowing stunning views from “upper” Kenilworth.  The location of the street offers great proximity to Kew Park and the best of Queen St shopping but most importantly, a fast getaway to downtown.  Woodbine is only two blocks away for Lakeshore Blvd and DVP access and Kingston Rd to the north connects to Dundas which provides a reasonably quick drive across the city. 

Worst Street:  Southwood Drive.  Since there are traffic lights at Kingston Rd, many cars cut down Southwood to get to Queen.  The biggest issue is the Main Street bus which chugs down Southwood from 5:50am to 1:30am.  As one of the only viable ways in and out of the Beach, it is a very busy bus line.  

Desperate addicts line up for their fix

Best places to dine?  Sauvignon, Yumei Sushi, Sunset Grill, Brick Street Bread café, Ed’s Real Scoop for dessert 

Best places to caffeinate?  Cafe Florentine, The Remarkable Bean 
Best places to get boozy?  Murphy’s Law, Lion on the Beach 

Best places to shop?  Brick Street Bakery, Rowe Farms, Beach Fish Market, Car Load on the Beach, Meat on the Beach 

Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999 - Dogs live it up in the Kew Beach off leash zone

Best places to toss a frisbee?  Kew Beach, Balmy Beach, Ashbridge’s Bay, Kew Park, Woodbine Park, Glen Stewart ravine

Must drive or TTC friendly?  The 501 Queen streetcar is notoriously slow and unreliable.  Count on a 45 minute commute from Lee to Yonge in rush hour.  Best bet is the 143 Beach Express bus which goes directly from Yonge/Adelaide and takes around 20 minutes in rush hour but is a TTC cash grab at two tokens a ride.    
 

Recent Nabe Sales:

Queen St E/Lee, Detached, 3+1 bedroom with 2 baths, 2 parking spots  

List price: $729,000  

S0ld price: $762,500 (105% of ask, Feb 2010)  

The Deets: Turnkey Home In Prime Beach! Light Filled & Spacious 2.5 Stry Detached W/Rare 2 Car Pkg. Attractive, Reno’d & Stylish Beach Home In One Of Toronto’s Most Popular Neighbourhoods. Classic Charm W/ Luxurious Modern Upgrades! Great Home For Entertaining Or Family Life. Incredible Spa Bath. Huge Walkin Closet. Newly Finished Bsmt. Wine Cellar W/ Refrigeration. Prof Landscaped West Facing Private Yard To Catch Sun On Party Deck. Child Friendly Street, Walk To Queen 

Queen St E/Silver Birch, Semi-Detached, 4 bedroom with 3 baths, no parking 

Listed: $799,000 

Sold: $775,000 (Oct 2009) 

The Deets: Steps From The Boardwalk, This Renovated 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home Combines Classic Beach Charm With Contemporary Design. It Features An Open Concept First Floor, Hardwood Floors Throughout, 2 Wood- Burning Fireplaces, Original Stained Glass Windows, A Modern Kitchen, Finished Basement And An Incredible Rooftop Patio With Lake Views.

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