The Lowdown on Dufferin Grove

Your Typical Neighbour

There remains a strong though not exclusively Portuguese presence in the neighbourhood with close proximity to Little Portugal along Dundas. Families that stretch across a wide socio-economic demographic.

What We

Pizza in the park. Hugely successful community programming in the neighbourhood green space that happens to be across the street from a large mall. Urban community spirit at its finest.

What We Don't

How infrequently homes come up for sale here. Wal-Mart on a weekend.

It will come as no surprise given the benefits to living here that houses come onto the market with less frequency than some other places in the city. Built largely between 1890 and 1930, the semi-detached and detached homes here are significantly larger than average for downtown, with equally large front and back yards. Families who live here covet their neighbourhood and don’t like to leave.

Despite the size of homes in Dufferin Grove, prices are more moderate (given the size) as this is still a mixed and somewhat transitional neighbourhood; there are cheap rental-only buildings mixed with old mansion homes, new galleries on Bloor beside dollar stores, and the Dufferin Mall, while spruced up, is no Holt Renfrew. If you are looking for size and community on a tight(er) budget, and have open mind, this may be the right ‘hood for you.

There has been some recent townhome and condo development in the area, which is opening up the options somewhat for first time buyers. At time of writing, there are currently only 12 listings in the traditionally accepted borders of the neighbourhood, and just two of those are homes, the other 10 represent quite newly built condo spaces that range in price from the mid $400’s to well over a million dollars. Given the already existing broad economic demographic in the area, the variety of price point on offer not surprising, though the overall average price for semi and detached homes are higher than many areas of the city (in correlation to their above average size).

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $928,507 $1,027,319 $1,083,373
PRICE: Low-High $365,000-$1,900,000 $650,000-$2,800,000 $582,551-$2,400,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 16 19 19
# OF SALES 41 57 50

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015
AVERAGE PRICE $510,938 $409,485 $762,697
PRICE: Low-High $304,900-$705,000 $187,000-$745,000 $240,000-$1,229,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 29 31 31
# OF SALES 8 20 30

Area: 1km

Population: 11,450

Demographics

Kids: 11%

Youth: 11%

Seniors: 12%

Visible Minority: 37.2%

Average Family Income: $68,978

Education

Lower Education: 27.5%

Higher Education: 8.8%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 40%

Tenanted Homes: 60%

Lots of schools nearby will expose the kids to wide class structure from an expansive multicultural background.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Ossington Old Orchard Public School
Dewson Street Public School
St. Luke Catholic School

This neighbourhood is entirely walkable, and multiple transit options are easily accessed on foot. Dufferin is a quick option to get where you need to go by car.

About Dufferin Grove

Dufferin Grove is a niche community anchored by a beautiful 14-acre park that binds the local community in a way that rarely exists elsewhere in the city. Despite its large diversity in culture, class and wealth, Dufferin Grove represents an urban neighbourhood in perhaps its most desirable form.

The Denison family first settled the area in the late 1700’s. The family was active in early political and military activity in Toronto, and their wealth was evidenced in their many villas, with such familiar names as Dover Court and Rush Holme. Towards the mid 1800’s Toronto’s sprawl began to encroach on their land, and while farming brought increased wealth shortly after the land was cleared, it soon became obvious that the land’s true value lay in real estate development.

This neighbourhood is both family and community-oriented, and with the convenient amenities that come from being downtown. Locally there is a major shopping centre, YMCA and schools, as well as great retail and restaurant offerings along Bloor, College and Dundas. And then there’s Dufferin Grove Park: considered the community centre without walls, most locals lovingly refer to the park as “their big back yard”.

This park is truly a model for what a community park should be. Year round programming and staff. Ice rinks. Basketball courts. A Playground. There’s a resident theatre company that creates children-focused theatre in the summer months. The park is set up for wireless Internet usage. It hosts a hugely popular market. And finally, it has a brick pizza oven. A PIZZA OVEN! This kind of communal green space is invaluable to creating a sense of community, and it’s no wonder that this area is home to such a tight knit group of neighbours, who regularly socialize in this neighbourhood’s playground.


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