The Old East York community is all about the greenery. You’re still steps to all of the action and amenities in Danforth Village, which has allowed this area to maintain a large percentage of parks and community centres without losing any of the culture. Most places are within walking distance and you’re a short bus ride to multiple subway stations and a few minutes from the DVP.
What Makes It Cool
The East York community might be one of the most community involved areas in Canada. It’s not uncommon to meet a neighbour that’s lived here their entire lives; it feels like a small town crammed in a large city–which may not be for people that don’t want to talk to their neighbours!
Might Not Be For You If...
You’re looking for a downtown lifestyle. As a primarily residential neighbourhood, The East York community is pretty quiet and best suits those who have traded in their late nights for kid’s play dates.
Meet Your Neighbours
The East York community has always been popular and that has kept a constant flow coming and going, so balance is always around with the ages and family types. There’s something for anyone here–it’s a perfect split of younger families and seniors.
The Real Estate Reality
In the East York community, semis and detached homes are pretty much neck and neck. The broad variety of styles, ranging from war time bungalows to new builds and top ups means there is no one type of housing here.
Stan Wadlow Park is a hub of local activity. This massive green space hosts one of the largest Canada Day events in the city, with a parade and fireworks that don't involve Queen Street East traffic.
Old's Cool General Store is the kind of business that perfectly reflects the community. Local artists sell their creations next to a coffee counter, convenience store classics, and baked goods. As a pillar in the community, they play host to pop-up shops, pride events, drum circles and tea parties. It really is a one of a kind place.
The Don Valley Trail System has hiking, biking, flora and fauna. This trail system runs through a few communities in Toronto, but ground zero of greatness goes to East York. Watch intense dads in spandex bike the trails, or get closer to the water and keep your eye out for deer.
Todmorden Mills is one of 10 historic museums in Toronto. This complex of historic buildings was once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden. If that’s not your cup of tea, it’s also located on a 9.2-hectare wildflower preserve with a walking trail that makes you forget you are in the city.
Holy Cross Elementary
St. Brigid Elementary
Canadian Martyrs Elementary
CLAC Secondary School
Frankland Community School
Jackman Avenue Junior Public School
Westwood Middle School
Chester Elementary School
William Burgess Elementary School