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Real Estate and Neighbourhood:

For current listings in and around the Parkdale area; Click here.

Parkdale’s boundaries are different depending on which source you chose to read. As some neighbourhoods in Toronto are not clear and distinct in terms of boundaries, one has to allow leeway for differing opinions. Mine is based on the Toronto Star’s determination of Parkdale’s neighbourhood boundaries. Here is a google map to help you visualise the area.

Originally in the earlier to mid part of the 1900’s, Parkdale was a high income neighbourhood with direct access to the Lakeshore. However this all changed when the Gardiner Expressway was built and between 1955 and the 1970’s most of the higher income residents moved out. Access to the lakeshore was also reduced due to the Gardiner. The demographics in the neighbourhood changed very quickly and many of the grand Victorian mansions were turned into rooming houses or split up into multi unit homes. Spencer Avenue and Jameson Avenue have many high rise condo apartment towers. Today, the demographics are quiet diverse. Younger families have moved back into the area and many artists have flocked to the area as well. There are many outreach centers for people as well such as the Parkdale Association and Recreation Centre.

Much of the housing in the area comprise of the large grand mansions, which were left by many of the residents in the 1960’s, and although many have fallen into disrepair, this allows many opportunities for buyers and renovators to bring some of these great Victorian homes back to life in one of the greatest neighbourhoods in Toronto. One can get a good idea for tehse homes if you pass down Cowan, Dunn or King Street. Standard sized Victorian and Edwardian semidetached and detached homes exist also. Check out the Victorian row homes at Melbourne Place.

Also Parkdale has a few Loft Condominium buildings such as those on Noble Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

For more information on Parkdale, check out their webpage.

Parks and Recreation:

The CNE grounds are at the base of Dufferin and Lakehore. Now home also to the Toronto FC home grounds.

Sorauren Park has a very active community who organise fund raisers every year known as the Totstock. There are many programs through the centre here. Check out all that the park has to offer you J


The 29 Dufferin Bus runs north and south on Dufferin.

The 47 Landsdowne Bus runs North and south on Lansdowne and goes south as far as Queen St W.

The 501 Queen Streetcar runs east west along Queen St.

The 501 Queen Streetcar runs east west along King St.

Shopping and Restaurants:

Many new shops such as galleries, bakeries, cafes and restaurants have opened up in the area as well and old and new have come together forming the Parkdale Village BIA ( Business Improvement Assoc). Head north on Roncesvalles Ave into Roncesvalles Village and you’ll find a multitude of little stores and restaurants.

Price Ranges for Homes in the Parkdale Neighbourhood:

DETACHED $650,000 - $1,000,000

SEMI DETACHED $450,000 - $850,000

ATTACHED ROWHOUSES $400,000 - $550,000

CONDOMINIUMS / LOFTS $300,000 - $550,000

For more listings in and around the Parkdale area; Click here.

aSchools in Parkdale and neighbouring areas:

Elementary Schools:

Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School (Gr JK – 8)

Secondary Schools:

Parkdale Collegiate institute (Gr 9 – 12)West Toronto Collegiate

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