The Lowdown on Corso Italia

Your Typical Neighbour

In Corso Italia you’ll find Italian, Portuguese and Latin communities that have managed to seamlessly keep their identities while fully embracing each other. As the quieter Italian community in the city, the older generation is happy to stay here, while young families move in to start fresh in a neighbourhood that is still somewhat affordable.

What We

The multicultural community is lively and kind, and the culture that comes with it is divine. There is no greater place to be if you live for biscotti and espresso on a patio. Corso Italia provides some of the best food and drinks in the city, a safe and welcoming ambiance, family-run shops and businesses, and a spirited sports culture. Easy transit access makes for a quick commute downtown for those working a 9 to 5, and affordable (for Toronto) real estate pricing leaves room for a thriving arts culture--allowing younger generations to move and thrive here.

What We Don't

The traffic congestion. If your car is your main source of transportation, the one-lane reduction on St. Clair can be frustrating during a daily commute. And you can forget you even have a car during the World Cup season because you won’t be able to use it. If you’re not a sports fan, the high energy culture here might not be the best fit for you.

Property Statistics in Corso Italia

All Properties - Statistics

Q3 2020

$983,619

Average Price

69

New Listings

42

Properties Sold

7

Average Days on Market

107.6 %

% of Asking Price

$41,311,999

$ Volume of Sales

Detached Houses - Statistics

Q3 2020

$983,619

Average Price

69

New Listings

42

Properties Sold

7

Average Days on Market

107.6 %

% of Asking Price

$41,311,999

$ Volume of Sales

Source: TREB Statistics

The most common type of home here is the low-rise detached home, followed closely by townhouses. While condos are not commonly seen here at all, renting is as common in Corso Italia as buying. Most homes here were built pre-1980s allowing for historic architecture to prevail. The neighbourhood boasts a fairly even split between families, singles and couples with a slightly larger family population than you might find downtown. The average home here is currently selling for $1.1 million. Homes tend to move fast, selling within 14 days. If you’re looking to escape the concrete jungle of downtown condos, Corso Italia is an ideal place to start home hunting.

Area:

Population: 14,133

Demographics

Kids: 14%

Youth: 11%

Seniors: 14%

Visible Minority: 25%

Average Family Income: $90,076

Education

Lower Education: 28%

Higher Education: 53%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 63%

Tenanted Homes: 37%

With a variety of schools for every age group nearby, there is no shortage of options no matter your preference. Both public, private and catholic schools are in the area--including Hudson College, St Clare Catholic School, and Humber Institute,

 

The 512 St. Clair streetcar created havoc in the community during the five years it took to build, but its completion has allowed easy transit access to anyone looking to live in the neighbourhood car-free. That said, if you love your car, you might not love the traffic congestion on certain parts of St. Clair where cars are reduced to just one lane.

About Corso Italia

Corso Italia may be known to some as “the other Little Italy” but it has maintained its historic roots even more than Little Italy has over the years. Situated between Lansdowne Avenue and Westmount Avenue on St. Clair West, the community here is rooted in both Italian and Latin American culture. Close to downtown but still far enough away from the hustle and bustle, it’s beloved by families looking for a quieter neighbourhood that still provides easy access to everything Toronto has to offer. Its multicultural heritage mean there is no shortage of delicious fresh markets, restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and gelato shops on every corner.

Stop into the famous La Paloma for the best gelato in the city, or take a trip to Tre Mari Bakery for the pastries—both family run businesses have flourished in the neighbourhood for over 50 years. When it comes to entertainment, newer businesses like the Spielhaus boardgame café are bringing trendier downtown concepts to the area. Because of the strong Portuguese community and Latin influence, Corso Italia absolutely comes alive during the World Cup. Celebrate at beloved Brazilian eatery Rio 40 during the games to experience all the excitement you’ll need until the next World Cup games.

When it comes to recreation, Corso Italia is known for the Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre in Earlscourt Park—one of the largest recreation facilities in Toronto—providing activities for every generation from toddlers to seniors. Ice skating, swimming, tennis, recreational sports leagues, a full gym, and arts activities are all available here throughout the year.

Nearby school options include St. Clare Catholic Elementary School, Hudson College (private elementary and high school), Unchetta Academy (high school) and Humber Institute for continuing studies.

The architecture here has a more European feel than the rest of the city, which contributes to the community ambiance that has kept families in place since the wave of Italian immigrants made their home here after World War II. In the warmer months, the sidewalk cafés come alive with multiple generations sipping the finest espresso in the city. If you’re looking for a friendlier hub of Toronto with a welcoming atmosphere, this might be the neighbourhood for you.


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