The Lowdown on The Junction

Your Typical Neighbour:  Your neighbour is very likely family-oriented. Artists priced out of other neighbourhoods are looking here, as well as young professionals who want more space than a ‘closer to downtown’ option affords them. Your neighbour also likely gets the value of a partial ‘income property’!

What We : The happening café, restaurant and furniture and design scene here is fantastic.   And the strong sense of community likely translates into neighbours you’ll either genuinely like, or who will fake it for the sake of the hood!

What We Don't: There’s a lingering grittiness in pockets of the area that have yet to transition. Not so pretty now, but likely to be popular conversion spaces in the not too distant future. Transit can also be somewhat less convenient than more central ‘hoods. If you’re considering a home close to the tracks, be sure to check it out while trains are moving - these are heavy freight lines, and the vibration and noise can be significant.

What's Nearby

The Real Estate Scoop*

This neighbourhood is lagging slightly behind when it comes to the increase in property values that is sweeping the most popular Toronto Neighbourhoods. That’s the good news. The bad news? It’s NOT going to last long.

The Junction rivals Roncy for the strong sense of community held by the locals. The relative proximity to High Park, the popularity of the local YMCA and (count ’em) four local parks, a well-programmed local library and a number of highly regarded schools are all contributors to the popularity of the neighbourhood.

Gorgeous, large century homes dominate the south part of the neighbourhood.  Many of the aesthetically pleasing Queen Anne and Arts and Craft style homes include second or third apartments, increasing accessibility for buyers. Smaller Victorians on narrow lots are more common in the north side of the neighbourhood, but are no less popular among buyers (and can be more affordable than their equivalents farther east).

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016
AVERAGE PRICE $690,081 $719,943 $900,039 $1,051,511
PRICE: Low-High $350,000-$1,350,000 $365,000-$1,430,000 $425,000-$2,300,000 $531,200-$1860,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 15 13 13 11
# OF SALES 79 61 57 64

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016
AVERAGE PRICE $468,000 $547,817 $481,129 $506,000
PRICE: Low-High $300,000-$1,129,000 $355,000-$765,000 $316,900-$658,500 $350,000-$650,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 14 22 28 19
# OF SALES 9 6 7 5



*Data from the Toronto Real Estate Board.

Who Lives Here*

Area: 3 km
Population: 14,015

Demographics

Kids: 14%
Visible Minority: 29%
Youth: 12%
Average Family Income: $81,422
Seniors: 9%

Education

Lower Education: 32.1%
High Education: 9.7%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 55%
Tenanted Homes: 45%



*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

Numerous, and most have excellent reputations.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

St. Cecilia Catholic School
Annette Street Public School
Indian Road Crescent Public School

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Lucy McCormick Sr. School

Transit & Commuting

Transit options abound and none are too far away from the Bloor Subway line. Options for drivers to downtown include both Dundas and Bloor, though neither is especially efficient during rush hour, which these days is, well… most hours.

About The Junction

The Junction is a testament to the saying: “Fall 10 times, get up 11.” An area of ‘the six’ formerly recognized as its own independent city, known simply as: ‘West End’, it has conquered the highs and lows, and booms and busts, of it’s time. From railway & manufacturing maven (Heintzman Piano Company, Canadian Cycle & Motor co; Canadian Pacific) to the deeply-felt depression of the late 1800s.

Culturally speaking, the area was first adopted by a number of Irish Catholics who found the overcrowded tenement housing in Cabbagetown and Brockton to be underwhelming. The burgeoning local meat industry also drew flocks of Italians, Polish, Macedonians, and Croatians. Today we continue to see this influence- particularly in ‘Little Malta’, the area found along Dundas and St.John’s Road.

A widely known part of The Junction’s history includes a nearly 100 year banning of alcohol. This heavily enforced prohibition was cast all the way until the year 2000. There were many reasons for this, all of which are extremely outdated, so we won’t put you to sleep with the details.

Today, on any given day, residents of the area can be found at a variety of cafes (Cool Hand of a Girl), taverns (Henderson Brewing, The Gaslight), restaurants (Vesuvio), boutiques (Mjolk), and parks. A reflection of it’s working class roots (and perhaps because of the end of prohibition) there are no shortage of pubs and unique start-ups in this entrepreneurial, and just down-right ‘awesome’, part of Toronto.

The Junction is the perfect place for you if you’re looking for a neighbourhood that avoids ‘cookie cutter’ and embraces the idiosyncratic. This off-the-cuff quality has attracted a variety of residents and created a strong sense of community and identity. Classic brick stone residential homes, revamped industrial-finished lofts, and new builds, are all available in the area – making the options as unique as the people who inhabit them.