The Lowdown on Swansea

Your Typical Neighbour

The area north of the Queensway provides a more focused cluster of single-family dwellings, and is decidedly residential and 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.

Property Statistics in Swansea

All Properties - Statistics

Q4 2019

$0.00

Average Price

1

New Listings

1

Properties Sold

0

Average Days on Market

NaN

% of Asking Price

$0.00

$ Volume of Sales

Detached Houses - Statistics

Q1 2020

$2,139,573

Average Price

43

New Listings

21

Properties Sold

9

Average Days on Market

107.1 %

% of Asking Price

$44,931,031

$ Volume of Sales

Condos - Statistics

Q1 2020

$675,829

Average Price

69

New Listings

59

Properties Sold

12

Average Days on Market

103.9 %

% of Asking Price

$39,873,905

$ Volume of Sales

Source: TREB Statistics

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 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 certainly 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 now line The Queensway and Lakeshore.

These older condos 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 became the site of newer construction, with still more activity (some being actively fought by the local residents association) on the horizon.

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 within the actual 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 its northern 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 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 High Park’s Grenadier Pond, while other (pricier) residences sit in the Brule Gardens enclave, in the north-west pocket of Swansea. These homes are easy to spot on a walk through High Park, as they often stand with an almost royal presence on the top of the hillside, or flank picturesque ponds and feature the docks of their owners. Not a bad place to rest your head, or have a drink, after a long day at the office…

Swansea is unique in that it is the only neighbourhood in Toronto that has its very own town hall; the hall 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 one park, but well…so many more: South Kingsway Parkette, Ormskirk Park, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, South Humber Park, Etienne Brule Park, Magwood Park and of course legendary 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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