The Lowdown on East York

Your Typical Neighbour

Residents of East York are generally newer Canadians or young families embracing a realistic entry point into homeownership. There remains a chance that once you join the hood, the senior holdouts a couple of doors down will reward your kids at Christmas for some help shovelling over the winter!

What We

For those with starter-home budgets, Toronto's East York neighbourhood is one of the best areas to look in. Finding this kind of variety in one neighbourhood is hard to do in the city.

What We Don't

This is not the most pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood in Toronto, but the prices reflect it. The neighbourhood has a bike score of 78, so investing in a bike might be worth while.

Property Statistics in East York

All Properties - Statistics

Q4 2021


Average Price


New Listings


Properties Sold


Average Days on Market

108.3 %

% of Asking Price


$ Volume of Sales

Detached Houses - Statistics

Q4 2021


Average Price


New Listings


Properties Sold


Average Days on Market

108.5 %

% of Asking Price


$ Volume of Sales

Condos - Statistics

Q4 2021


Average Price


New Listings


Properties Sold


Average Days on Market

96.4 %

% of Asking Price


$ Volume of Sales

Source: TREB Statistics

Post-war bungalows with large front yards, relatively lengthy driveways and room for a garden out back were the preference of the day when the building boom was happening in East York. Occurring in stages between the 1890’s right through to the early ’60s, the breadth of real estate offering in this neighbourhood is unusually widespread. Generally speaking, the farther north you get away from the Danforth, the smaller the houses are.

Various styles of house occur here, and the gap in price point is wide. Older apartment sales here can find you looking at a two-bedroom listed below $200k. Stop rubbing your eyes. Yes. BELOW $200k. The condo fees will likely be higher than you’re expecting in what is likely an older build, but these prices are attractive to first-timers who will still likely see modest growth over a couple of years of living here.

More common detached bungalows, and detached or semi-detached story-and-a-half or two-story houses can be found in varying states of repair from less than half a million dollars to well into the 7 figure range for rebuilds that have replaced older dilapidated homes. The lower price point that exists in this neighbourhood has made it attractive to renovators, and that is translating into beautiful turn-key opportunities for people looking for their second or perhaps forever home relatively close to the Downtown...but without Riverdale or Cabbagetown budgets.

If you’re a flipper or handy first-time buyer, this is one of the city’s renovating hotspots. Drive around the neighbourhood and you’re struck by the contrasts, with a string of bungalows a row, projects under various stages of construction, and then the occasional large new-build where the original house was torn down. Moving forward, expect these rebuilds to become the norm rather than the exception.

Area: 2km

Population: 16,710


Kids: 16%

Youth: 9%

Seniors: 14%

Visible Minority: 27.6%

Average Family Income: $77,821


Lower Education: 38.6%

Higher Education: 6.2%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 51%

Tenanted Homes: 49%

East York is a 15-minute drive to the downtown core (traffic depending), and almost all of the North-South arterials offer bus service to connect you to the Bloor-Danforth Subway.

About East York

Welcome to Toronto’s East York neighbourhood!

Before Toronto became a “megacity”, in 1998, East York was known as Canada’s only borough. Located just near the mouth of the Don River, East York borders Scarborough to the east, Old Toronto to the west, and North York to the north.

Money Sense voted East York as #21 of Toronto’s ’25 Best Neighbourhoods to Invest in’ in their feature ‘Best Deals in Real Estate 2016: Toronto’. Its proximity to open green space, local tourist attractions like the Ontario Science Centre, pastoral residential streets, and positioning close to local schools, make East York a natural selection when looking for a new home.

Real estate  in the East York neighbourhood, like most Toronto neighbourhoods, have seen a steady rise in pricing. The clear attraction to the neighbourhood can be seen in its abundant selection of post world war 2 bungalow-builds – which offer an excellent opportunity to get into the market and glimmers of hope for renovation-favourers. It’s hard not to be drawn to the quiet, community-oriented, feeling of this eastern area of the city. The rare ‘town-like’ feeling of East York brings together a diverse and tight-knit community – bound by their mutual appreciation of peace and quiet.


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