We think this is one of the better real estate bets in the city. Sitting on a subway line makes any neighbourhood a safer wager in a transit-stretched city, and when you look at some of the neighbouring affluent areas bursting at the seams with frustrated buyers (Seaton Village, Little Italy), it’s easy to see where the next expansion is likely to spill over to.

This neighbourhood no longer sees the turnover it once did in years past. It has become an established, mature area unto itself, and the gentrification push west is lending upward pressure to the cost of houses in this neighbourhood. This is also a relatively low density neighbourhood given it’s comprised almost exclusively of semi and detached homes.

Houses here were built mainly in the early 1900’s. Most of the semi and detached homes are of a moderate size having been designed for the largely working class residents up until the mid 1930’s. These moderately-sized homes remain attractive to prospective first-time home buyers looking for something close to the core. This is also one of those aesthetically pleasing communities that benefits from the bulk of garages being located off of rear laneways, leaving nothing but front porches and mature trees as the visual backdrop.

Be careful when looking to purchase here to check the state of the foundation of the house. Walking north on Shaw recently there remain some homes that have suffered over time from the soft sand and gravel native to the area. Some of this street is known for the leaning houses that grow closer to one another as you look further up the roof line. I know we’ve said it before, but get an inspection!


2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
AVERAGE PRICE $732,749 $749,284 $828,277 $1,017,030 $1,196,609 $1,066,498
PRICE: Low-High $429,000-$1,220,000 $570,000-$1,070,000 $600,000-$1,575,000 $600,000-$1,633,000 $825,000-$1,644,000 $649,900-$1,430,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 13 12 20 14 16 8
# OF SALES 40 37 47 61 42 36


2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
PRICE: Low-High N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
# OF SALES 0 0 0 0 0 0

Area: 4km

Population: 34,635


Kids: 13%

Youth: 13%

Seniors: 12%

Visible Minority: 37.1%

Average Family Income: $60,650


Lower Education: 37.5%

Higher Education: 61%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 53%

Tenanted Homes: 47%

<p style="text-align: justify;">This is a family oriented neighbourhood, and consequently schools nearby are popular and well supported.</p>

<h3 class="dark-bg">ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS</h3>
<a href="http://www.hawthorne2bilingual.com//" target="blank">Hawthorne II Alternative Bilingual School</a>
<a href="https://www.tcdsb.org/schools/straymond/Pages/default.aspx" target="blank">St. Raymond Catholic School</a>
<a href="http://essexpublicschool.com/" target="blank">Essex Junior and Senior Public School</a>

<h3 class="dark-bg">SENIOR SCHOOLS</h3>
<a href="http://essexpublicschool.com/" target="blank">Essex Junior and Senior Public School</a>

The subway is right outside your door, with bus options down Ossington. Drivers have Bloor Street handy for an inter city commute, though it can be busy at rush hour and time-consuming to get out of the city core.

About Christie Pits

The Christie Sand Pits were operated until the 1900s. The pits were a primary source of gravel, sand, and clay, used in the construction of many of Toronto’s earliest roads and municipal buildings. As the reserves were depleted, the quarry was abandoned.

Today what was once a gravel pit is now a sprawling park. A place filled with natural beauty, social activities, and bursting with life. Formerly known as ‘Willowvale Park’ it is a social sanctuary for locals. In warmer months, Christie Pits residents gather with Green Beanery take-away lattes in-hand, strollers pushing, chatting, dogs running freely, and planning for the months ahead. A storybook baseball diamond flanks the park, and it serves as the stomping grounds for the Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball team. There is an outdoor pool and splash pad, basketball courts and a soccer field, and in winter there’s a skating rink, plus the park’s steep sides are popular tobogganing spots. There’s no shortage of things to do in this ‘communal back yard’.

Residential streets in the Christie Pits area are lined with trees and offer a variety of detached, and semi-detached, homes built on smaller lots. The diversity and multiculturalism, of the area is evident in the varying styles of homes from traditional, to european-inspired, to modern new builds. With easy access to public transportation, shopping, schools, theatres, restaurants, cafes, and green space, this is a pretty solid neighbourhood for real estate investment.

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