The Lowdown on High Park

Your Typical Neighbour:  The cost of real estate here means well-established families, often with two incomes and school age children. Newer condos are bringing a wave of young families and some lifestyle-focused singles and couples attracted by the wealth of retail, entertainment and recreation. People here really like to get outside!

What We : High Park is largely self-explanatory, but the easily accessible outdoor recreation plus transit outside your door make it easy to avoid the car. Cyclists can cut through the park to the waterfront Martin Goodman trail and head downtown street-free. Summer events like Shakespeare in High Park and the Cherry Blossom festival are fun Toronto traditions.

What We Don't: Money. If you want to own a home here, you’re going to need a lot of it.

What's Nearby

The Real Estate Scoop*

Mature trees shade streets primarily lined with with large single-family homes; beautiful Tudor, Edwardian and Victorian style homes from the late 1800 and early 1900’s remain, some of which have been converted into multiple family dwellings. Many retain the leaded glass, hardwood trim and flooring and fireplaces that give them the much sought after character.

There are a handful of high-rise rental-focused apartment buildings, appealing to singles and couples who have long since wanted to move into the area; some newer condominium development along Bloor has also broadened the owner demographic. Stunning views overlooking the park and a maintenance-free lifestyle make these popular with downsizers as well.

Single-family freehold homes here rarely leave the market for less than 7 figures and bidding wars are the norm. Hugely popular schools, Toronto’s largest park and proximity to the Bloor subway line mean you need to do your homework and lay down your best cards at the outset if you’re hoping to call High Park home.

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $962,707 $1,066,827 $1,116,952
PRICE: Low-High $500,000-$1,825,000 $640,000-$2,200,500 $525,000-$2,750,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 16 15 12
# OF SALES 119 193 182

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $487,975 $514,965 $470,611
PRICE: Low-High $194,000-$1,250,000 $195,000-$1,240,053 $258,900-$1,000,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 18 22 30
# OF SALES 65 64 80



*Data from the Toronto Real Estate Board.

Who Lives Here*

Area: 5km
Population: 21,750

Demographics

Kids: 15%
Visible Minority: 13.4%
Youth: 9%
Average Family Income: $133,796
Seniors: 16%

Education

Lower Education: 33.6%
High Education: 13.2%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 62%
Tenanted Homes: 38%



*Statistics compiled from the City of Toronto Well Being Toronto website. Neighbourhood boundaries may not correlate exactly to the boundaries used in this site.

Schools

This is a haven for community-engaged families. The schools are respected, in demand, and the families whose children attend them tend to be actively involved.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Runnymede Junior & Senior Public School
Annette Street Public School
Garden Avenue Public School
Howard Public School
Keele Street Public School

Transit & Commuting

A number of subway stops service the area, as well as buses on Dundas and streetcars in the part of the neighbourhood that jogs south to the Queensway. Quick access to the highway via Parkside Drive keeps those who can’t let go of the auto smiling.

About High Park

Ask anyone about High Park and the reaction is positive. What’s not to like? Winding, tree-lined streets, heritage homes, a strong sense of community, family-oriented, and locally-inclined, this is a place for anyone who has ever wanted ‘it all’.

A hop-skip-and-jump from residential streets and locals land at Toronto’s municipal High Park – 400 acres of untouched, oak savannah, landscape. A popular spot during the Cherry Blossom ‘season’ for visitors across the globe, High Park offers year-round natural beauty and just about anything a park planner (or nature enthusiast) could dream-up. Feel like taking a mental vacation and staring at birds as they flutter across a placid pond? You can do that! You can do that at High Park! Feeling the urge to go on a nature hike, take-in the changing autumnal leaves, and sip on some apple cider while you ponder the meaning of life!? It’s all there! At High Park!

A natural masterpiece, High Park offers nearby residents nature trails, fountains, botany, bird watching, and escape. A place to breath in fresh air, get some needed exercise, and maybe even a little clarity.When you live in the High Park neighbourhood, the park is your extended (and expansive) backyard that’s just a short walk away.

Mirroring this beauty, High Park’s residential streets offer a community atmosphere and heritage homes. Houses in the area were typically built in the Victorian, Edwardian, and Tudor-style. Each house displays a variety of beautiful architectural details – stained glass windows, hardwood floors, lush wood trimmings, french doors, and dramatic fireplaces. The area is predominantly rich in larger (older) homes, but modern upgrades and new builds can also be found scattered throughout – a reflection of the diversity of styles and interests of its community.

And, although life in High Park is complete with family-oriented activities – nature walks, bike rides, and walkable local living – it is also an neighbourhood that continually strives to provide top-notch cosmopolitan offerings. Nearby Bloor West Village displays a quality array of gourmet bakeries, cafes, restaurants, libraries, clothing shops, vintage stores, juicers, and specialty boutiques, that thoughtfully cater to their local clientele. Understandably, with all of this awaiting residents just ‘outside the front door’, it is no surprise that houses in the High Park neighbourhood continue to be highly sought-after, prime pieces of Toronto real estate.