The Lowdown on Guildwood

Your Typical Neighbour

The area has become a lot more popular in recent years as skyrocketing downtown prices have forced buyers to look further outside the core. Younger families are finding their roots here, as are moneyed buyers looking for unique, turnkey water view properties relatively close to the city.

What We

Split-level homes are common here, and there are some unique homes unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere in the city. And if mature neighbourhoods are your thing, you'd be hard pressed to find ones nicer than here (for non-Bridlepath dollars).

What We Don't

While the commute downtown via the GO offering is pretty painless, we suspect a car will become your friend here if it wasn’t already!

As this neighbourhood began its life in the 50’s, the homes here represent a change in thinking and a broad range of styles. Everything from detached two-storey and split-level homes, to bungalows and even grand custom designed homes can be found. Relative proximity to downtown has made this and surrounding neighbourhoods popular with those seeking refuge from the spike in downtown home prices. Unfortunately, that same upward pressure has started to show itself here given the relatively easy commute downtown.

The front porch features prominently here -- no surprise, really, given the trees here are commonly much older than the neighbourhoods; extensive tree protection has preserved much of the older canopy that hallmarks the neighbourhood. Well-manicured gardens are a common sight, and many of these beautiful homes situated on the waterside of the Guildwood parkway have been designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views of Lake Ontario that can be found in the area.

Evidence of demand for higher density exists as well: Guildwood Parkway to the west of Livingston Road is home to a mix of low-rise apartments, townhomes, and some multiplex buildings. True urbanists and long-time residents no longer wanting to deal with the maintenance of homes have spurred demand for a luxury condominium that at the ‘entrance’ to the neighbourhood, also leverages scenic views of the lakefront.

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $578,738 $605,767 $643,645 $762,110 $893,615 /td>

PRICE: Low-High $355,000-$980,000 $405,000-$1,150,000 $395,000-$1,060,000 $489,000-$1,505,000 $543,000-$1,995,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 17 17 17 13 13
# OF SALES 29 30 86 117 70

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $343,404 $358,057 $397,809 $467,202 $554,516
PRICE: Low-High $206,000-$495,000 $192,000-$537,000 $225,000-$719,000 $248,000-$805,000 $288,000-$850,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 19 18 18 13 19
# OF SALES 13 49 45 50 32

Area: 4km

Population: 9,815

Demographics

Kids: 13%

Youth: 11%

Seniors: 26%

Visible Minority: 22.50%

Average Family Income: $96,180

Education

Lower Education: 36.2%

Higher Education: 10.80%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 3090

Tenanted Homes: 860

The public system reigns supreme here, though there are a couple of separate offerings. If you’re looking for a more private option, you’ll have to look outside the neighbourhood.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Guildwood Jr Public School
Elizabeth Simcoe Jr Public School
St Ursula Catholic School
Jack Miner Sr Public School

Guildwood GO Station provides a short 25-minute commute via Go Train to the heart of the financial district. This is largely responsible for the upturn in popularity of this neighbourhood. Local bus routes offer connection to TTC Subways, and Kingston road provides the motorist access to downtown and the 401.

About Guildwood

Guildwood Village, or ‘The Guild’, is a pastoral neighbourhood located along the Scarborough Bluffs, south of Kingston Road,from Grey Abbey Trail in the east, to the end of Sylvan Avenue – in the West. The entrance to this exclusive community is marked by grand stone gates, ‘The Guildwood Gates’, once salvaged from Toronto’s Stanley Barracks (today’s Fort York).

The Guildwood neighbourhood has a novel history, deeply enriched by the arts-and-crafts movement, The Clark family, the formation of “The Guild of All Arts”, The Guild Inn, and purchase of over 500 acres (and then post-WW2 sale of 400 acres) of personal property…but we don’t want to bore you.

Needless to say, Guildwood is a reflection of its creative roots, as seen in the innovative details specifically planned for an area that combined beauty and function. The neighbourhood motto, “Dulce misceatur utili” literally means, “let us mingle the beautiful with the useful”.

Mature tree-lined streets, burried/hidden cable lines (rather than visibly hanging as a potential ‘eye sore’ on telephone poles), deep lots, cul-de-sacs and winding roads (planned to reduce residential traffic), are all a part of the eye for detail that went into creating this beautiful neighbourhood.

The city of Toronto & Dynamic Hospitality Group plan to re-launch The Guild Inn Estate (formerly ‘The Guild of All Arts’ artist residency and sanctuary) as a restaurant and event space – set to launch this May 2017. Renowned for its beauty,local stomping grounds ‘Guild Park’ is still open to the public and remains a tourist attraction for its stately landscape and strategically scattered, decorative, facades of demolished historic Toronto buildings. Today’s ‘Guildwood Village’ continues to pay tribute to its reputation as a sanctuary, and retreat, offering a family-oriented, tree-lined, residential escape, from the hectic pace of the city’s downtown core.


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