Average home price : $517,715  (2008)

Most common housing type: Semi-Detached or Attached, 2 story with 3 bedrooms

The elusive detached: 13.3% of houses

Keeping up with the Joneses? Givens/Shaw Jr is ranked #964 out of 2742 Ontario elementary schools.  Parents’ average income is $78,300.

Houseflies around the city answer  our questions…

My average neighbour is: Very diverse.  My neighbours have been hipsters of all ages, 20-something struggling actors, non-struggling actors, 40-something gay couples, 40-something non-hipsters with dogs, young families, large Chinese and Portuguese families.

What do you love about your neighborhood? Being so central to everything and being able to bike everywhere in the spring, summer and fall.  People are very friendly and open to having a casual conversation on the corner.  Love the yearly ‘zombie-walk’ into Trinity Bellwoods Park and great galleries further West on Queen.  Love it or hate it The Drake is a beacon for cool events, bands and parties.  The Gladstone is also the host of many fun literary and art events.  And Karaoke!

What do you like least about your neighborhood? Lack of green space.  This is a complaint about Toronto in general.

What do you wish you knew before you bought in the area? I lived in the area as a renter before buying, so there isn’t really anything I wish I knew.  I love this hood!

Best street / worst street and why?

1889 Victorian jewel in Crawford's crown, listed for a cool 2,195,000 in March 2010

Best street: Crawford just West of Trinity Bellwoods Park. The most sought-after street in the hood. It has great houses and is basically INSIDE the park.  Often you must pay a premium to be on this street.

Worst street: The closer you get to Bathhurst, the grittier it gets.  Markham is known for having a bit too much of this ‘Bathurst residue’.  Also a street that is often less expensive to buy on is Claremont… it is a wider street and one of the few two-way north-south connectors, so often car will use it to cut through the hood.

Best places to dine? Terroni, Fressen, Oyster Boy, Niagara Café, Foxley, Saving Grace, Hoof Café, Musa

Best places to caffeinate? Clafouti. The White Squirrel, Ella’s Uncle, Ezra’s Pound, Niche

Best places to get boozy? Squirrely’s, The Done Right Inn, Magpie, Musa, Black Hoof, The Paddock, Czehoski upper patio deck, Baby Huey, Sweaty Betty’s, Communist Daughter, The Dakota Tavern, Reposado

Best places to shop? Square Fruit, The Healthy Butcher, Kensington Market, Provenance Regional Cuisine (currently offering home delivery but bricks and mortar store coming soon to Palmerston/Dundas)

Best places to toss a frisbee? Trinity Bellwoods Park. The best-used, most-loved park in the city! If you want more space, and fewer hipsters, ride your bike up to Christie Pitts Park at Bloor.

Must drive or TTC friendly? As mentioned, biking is the must-do way to get around in this hood, but it is very TTC friendly as well, having streetcars on Queen, King, Bathurst and Dundas and a bus up Ossington. I rarely use car or transit, as I walk or bike everywhere.

Trinity Bellwoods Extended Mix

Recent Nabe Sales:

Queen/Bathhurst, Attached 3 bedroom with 2 baths, 2 parking spots.

List price: $865, 400

S0ld price: $850,000 (98% of list, Feb 2010)

The Deets: Wow! Renovated Back To The Studs. Excellent Location! Home Offers New Wiring, Plumbing, Hvac, Stucco, Windows, Doors+++ Quality Craftmanship In The Custom Mill Work (Kitchen, Baths, Shelving, Doors, Cabinetry, Trim). Hardwood And Ceramics Throughout, Huge Gourmet Kitchen With Centre Island, Granite Countertops In Kitchen & Baths, Master With Ensuite, Double Sinks In Both Baths, 100 Year -Old Refaced Brick On Interior Walls, C-Vac, Cac, Media Room

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