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Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

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Midtown Toronto – where exactly is that?

Mention the neighbourhood Midtown Toronto, and people generally react in one of two ways. “Where exactly is that?? – the inference being that in a growing city of this size, pinpointing where the centre is, well… difficult, to say the least.

And once realizing “Midtown” is roughly defined by Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west, people often think “Old Toronto.”

And in the context of real estate, that means high-priced.

Increasingly accessible

Indeed, with neighbourhoods such as Rosedale, Forest Hill, Deer Park, Summerhill and Yonge & Eglinton, Midtown is generally affluent and exclusive. Signature detached homes in any of these areas can easily run into the multi-million-dollar range.

However, new developments coming on the scene, particularly some landmark highrise condominiums, are making the area increasingly accessible to a variety of residents.

Once commonly known as “Yonge & Eligible,” due to its popularity among young single professionals, Yonge and Eglinton is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods, appealing to a variety of lifestyles.

Boasting five-star restaurants, boutiques, diverse retail services, schools and corporate head offices, residents have plenty of options for work and play right out their front door.

Crosstown traffic

If a great midtown location isn’t enough, proximity to transit is also a significant appeal of this area, being right on the Yonge Street subway line. And come 2021, moving about the city will get even easier, with the expected opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Slightly off the beaten trail, wander over to nearby Davisville Village, Mount Pleasant Village and Forest Hill Village for a taste of what that Old Toronto was like, still with small, independent shops and nice little parkettes.

Select condo projects

The Eglinton by Menkes Developments

Y&S Condos by Tribute Communities

625 Yonge St. by Edenshaw Developments

e2 Condos by RioCan Living

2128 Yonge St. by Reserve Properties

1 Eglinton East by Davpart Inc.

Line 5 South by Reserve Properties

Location, location, location

Bloor Street to the south, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Bayview Avenue to the east and around Dufferin Street to the west

Key landmarks

  • Yonge Eglinton Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Spadina Park
  • Forest Hill Village
  • Davisville Village
  • Mount Pleasant Village

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Neighbourhood Watch: Midtown Toronto

Neighbourhood Watch: Midtown Toronto

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Neighbourhood Watch: Midtown Toronto

by Gale Beeby

The neighbourhood is booming thanks to the condo craze and improved transit

Housing Options

Forest Hill, Deer Park, Casa Loma and Summerhill are some of the most upscale neighbourhoods in the city and boast some of the most exclusive residences, both new and historic. Davisville Village is a sought-after neighbourhood, home to many residential highrise apartments and boutique shops. Its many large Victorian and Tudor homes are among the most expensive residences in the city.

The centre of Midtown is Yonge and Eglinton, which has been undergoing a condo boom of late, which has resulted in a surge of commercial building and a massive influx of young urban professionals and families. In the next decade, there will be many new condos built in the neighbourhood. Click here for a full list of condos for sale.

Casa Loma
Casa Loma

Leisure Pursuits

The new Eglinton Crosstown LRT is making the area hot again after a decade or two of neglect, so expect to see new clubs, restos and area amenities boom in the next few years.

Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival-style house and gardens built as the residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt between 1911-1914, and designed by E.J. Lennox (Old City Hall and the King Edward Hotel). It is one of Toronto’s great landmarks and is always worth a visit. The Spadina Museum, a historic manor on Spadina Road, is now a museum that has preserved the house much as it existed in the 1860s.

Parks & Rec

There are many small parks in Midtown, but the largest swath of green space is the historic and pastoral Mount Pleasant Cemetery and the hidden St. Michael’s Cemetery. The cemeteries encourage visitors, walkers and hikers to use its many paths and benches.

Yonge & Eglinton
Yonge & Eglinton

Retail Therapy

The area is ripe with shopping areas, but only has one large mall, the Yonge Eglinton Centre, which boasts an enormous Chapters store as well as a multi-screen Cineplex. With all the new developments underway, major U.S. retailers are moving into the area, including Restoration Hardware and Urban Outfitters.

Davisville Village, Forest Hill and the strip of Bayview Avenue south of Eglinton boasts great boutique shopping, florists, bakeries and cafés, but it’s Yonge and Summerhill that’s famous for its gourmet food stores and the flagship LCBO outlet, built in an old train station — worth the visit if only to see the amazing architecture.

Easy Access

Subway, streetcars, all-night buses and soon the Crosstown LRT service the area. Union Station is just a short hop away on the subway, giving commuters access to GO Transit. Highway 401 is just to the north, the Allan Expressway to the west and the DVP is east, making commuting anywhere in the GTA easy.

BY THE NUMBERS

Walk Score: 96

Bike Score: 66

Ride Score: 92

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