The Lowdown on Swansea

Your Typical Neighbour

The area north of the Queensway provides a more focused cluster of single-family dwellings, and is more family-oriented. Older more established Eastern Europeans who have resided here a long time, with a mix of older money and some dual income white-collar professional mix. Condo and Townhouse developments along and south of the Queensway broaden the mix to single professionals and younger first time buying couples. Add to the mix some young families who take full advantage of proximity to High Park.

What We

The city’s grandest park and some of the nicest of Toronto’s waterfront are practically right outside your door. Pair that with the enviable conveniences of Bloor West and this is a great place to live.

What We Don't

It’s a bit of a stinky topic to bring up, but on a warm summer day the… aroma.. if you will, coming from the treatment plant adjacent to where the Humber River meets Lake Ontario can be, well…less than ideal.

Winding roads and majestic hilly terrain are the backdrop for the picturesque homes set in this mature and heavily treed neighbourhood. Much like Central Park in NYC has had a dramatic impact on the value of the surrounding real estate, so too has High Park influenced the value of its residential neighbours for blocks in every direction.

This is equally true here in Swansea, particularly for those higher-end properties that take full advantage of sweeping views of High Park and Grenadier Pond, or in the Brule Gardens area to the North West. More modest homes (by comparison only) in the form of semi-detached single-family houses and bungalows built primarily between 1905 and 1935 fill the centre of the neighbourhood. Towards the south end of Windermere we find clusters of older low and mid rise rental and condominium buildings that are now overshadowed by the newer Towers and Townhomes that have begun to line Queensway and Lakeshore.

These older condo’s provide larger suites for less money than you may think, but higher condo fees and building age can be barriers to financing. The former Stelco Swansea Works area has been reclaimed and is lending to the building of newer construction, with still more activity (some being actively fought by the local residents association) on the horizon.

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $1,018,285 $1,132,510 $1,202,709 $1,460,304 $1,670,324
PRICE: Low-High $483,000-$2580,000 $600,000-$3,525,000 $485,000-$3,250,000 $545,000-$3,280,000 $785,000-$3,625,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 18 14 12 13 21
# OF SALES 87 103 92 110 72

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $346,020 $353,526 $390,602 $401,821 $505,094
PRICE: Low-High $6,500-$1,125,101 $33,000-$1,225,000 $175,000-$1,620,000 $197,000-$1,600,000 $251,000-$1,975,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 34 34 30 27 18
# OF SALES 168 216 271 315 289

Area: 5km

Population: 21,750

Demographics

Kids: 13%

Youth: 13%

Seniors: 12%

Visible Minority: 13.4%

Average Family Income: $133,796

Education

Lower Education: 33.6%

Higher Education: 13.2%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 62%

Tenanted Homes: 38%

There is just one public school actually within the borders of Swansea, sharing facilities with a Rec Centre - a boon to the School. Other options are out there, not too far away.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Swansea Public School

This neighbourhood has relatively easy access to Transit on the North border in the Bloor Danforth Subway Line. Streetcars on the Queensway also access the downtown core. The northern half of neighbourood is more walkable, not so much closer to the Queensway. Car lovers access the Queensway/Lakeshore/Gardiner easily.

About Swansea

It is not hard to imagine yourself as a resident of (gorgeous) Swansea.

Swansea’s hilly terrain, winding roads, beautiful homes, and generously tree-lined streets, make it a storybook area to live in. Many of its higher-end homes line the Western edge of Grenadier pond, High Park. While other (pricier) residences sit at the Brule Gardens enclave in the north-west pocket of Swansea. These homes are easy to spot on a walk throughout High Park as they often stand with royal presence, on the top of the hillside, featuring the docks of their owners that flank these picturesque ponds in warmer months. Not a bad place to rest your head, or have a drink, after a long day at the office…

Swansea is also a unique neighbourhood. It is the only neighbourhood in Toronto that has its very own town hall. It plays host to local meetings, antique festivals and craft sales. It is also home of the Swansea Memorial Public Library – the smallest branch of the Toronto Public Library system. How cool is that!?

Lucky “Swaninians” (No!? Okay, we tried) have access to not 1 park, but well…so many more: South Kingsway Parkette, Ormskirk Park, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, South Humber Park,Etienne Brule Park, Magwood Park and is a short distance to High Park. Residents also have access to not 1, not 2, not even 3, schools but…so many more: Swansea School, Runnymede Jr. & Sr.School, Park Lawn Jr. & Md. School, Humbercrest Public School, Humberside Collegiate Institute, Runnymede Collegiate Institute, Etobicoke School of the Arts, and West Toronto Collegiate Institute. To add to the long list of bonuses that comes with living in this (gorgeous) pocket of the city ‘Swansea locals’ are also conveniently close to Bloor West Village shopping and all major bus routes.

No, it’s not hard to imagine yourself as a resident of Swansea at all…


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