The Lowdown on Birch Cliff

Your Typical Neighbour

This is a family-centric area in a pocket of the city that was first to feel the effect of urban sprawl resulting from expensive downtown homes. It’s a mix of blue and white collar, spread amongst long time residents and new urban professionals who value space that downtown homes don’t offer.

What We

The trendiness found in the Kingston road corridor immediately east of Victoria Park is spreading. And the huge recreational offering is amazing for families.

What We Don't

The tattoo parlor and shabby-chic convenience store aesthetic still lingers along parts of Kingston Road, but change is in full effect.

Single-family dwellings dominate this neighbourhood. And there is no longer the major gap in price that used to exist once you crossed over the Victoria Park Divide! Everything from the most typical two-storey and Storey-and-a-half houses to smaller pre-war cottage style bungalows can be found here. Much of the housing stock that was built between 1910 and 1950 show Tudor, Edwardian and Cape Cod design, though there is also a number of more modern 80’s and 90’s built homes.

The ‘Fallingbrook’ pocket of the neighbourhood lays claim to some of the most sought after homes in the eastern side of the city. There is a ravine in the landscape here, and homes that back onto it, the scenic Toronto Hunt Club and those overlooking Lake Ontario are more rarely offered and most always have stiff price tags attached.

Abundant green space in the area contributes to the affinity that families have for this area. And proximity to the downtown is certainly a factor high on the list of considerations for people who look for a home here. Depending on where in the neighbourhood you happen to be looking, an automobile may or may not factor into your day to day.

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $592,830 $701,213 $733,077
PRICE: Low-High $290,000-$2,000,000 $325,000-$2,183,000 $354,000-$2,830,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 20 17 15
# OF SALES 144 76 307

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $588,073 $499,426 $592,519
PRICE: Low-High $350,000-$1,450,000 $265,040-$1,069,800 $318,000-$1,629,900
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 29 9 18
# OF SALES 11 55 25

Area: 6km

Population: 12,266

Demographics

Kids: 15%

Youth: 12%

Seniors: 15%

Visible Minority: 20.70%

Average Family Income: $93,229

Education

Lower Education: 41.70%

Higher Education: 8.10%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 6170

Tenanted Homes: 3025

Schools are plentiful on both the public and separate fronts. A need for a private education will find you looking outside the borders.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Birch Cliff Heights Public School
Birch Cliff Public School
Courcelette Public School
Blantyre Public School

SENIOR SCHOOLS

Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute

The Danforth Go Train Station is a boon to those needing to get downtown for work, and bus options can get you there, as well as to the subway line with ease. Kingston road offers the driver access to a number of major highways.

About Birch Cliff

Decided that you would never move farther east than the Beach(es)?! After seeing the Birch Cliff area you might rethink that decision. Birch Cliff is an amazing place to raise a family and one of the city’s best-kept secrets. After all, who wouldn’t want to own a house overlooking the water?

 Located in the southwestern part of the old city of Scarborough, Birch Cliff borders the shores of lake Ontario and sits on the western part of the Scarborough bluffs. Its bounded by Victoria Park Avenue to the west, Danforth Road to the north, and Lake Ontario to the east and south.

Birch Cliff gains its name from one of the first cottages built in the region – just outside of the Toronto Hunt Club. The neighbourhood exists in the state it does today because of the Toronto Hunt Club – built in 1895. The natural ravines, forests, streams, and wide open green space, running along the shores of lake Ontario, made for the perfect golf club setting. But, after World War 1 the golf club had to sell off a large chunk of its land. This created a prime real estate opportunity, not to mention an idyllic setting to raise a family. Today, residents appreciate the area’s scenic views, prime location not far from the Scarborough bluffs, and tree-lined streets.

Two distinct areas within Birch Cliff include the “Fallingbrook” community, located west of the Toronto Hunt Club and to the south of Kingston Road, and the “Birch Cliff Heights” community, situated on the north side of Kingston Road, between Birchmount and Kennedy Roads.The ‘Fallingbrook’ pocket of Birch Cliff has some of the most sought-after homes in the eastern side of the city. Homes in the Fallingbrook pocket often back onto a lush ravine landscape and catch scenic window views of Toronto Hunt Club.

Homes in the Birch Cliff neighbourhood are mainly bungalows (often referred to as “Birch Cliff bungalows”) and new builds. But there are still character homes, such as original cottage builds, that become available. Evidence of increasing affluence can also be seen in many bungalows that have been topped-up, to make 2 story homes.

Winding tree-lined streets and perfectly manicured lawns make Birch Cliff the perfect place for children to run, play, and explore, in this family-oriented area.

 


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