The Lowdown on The Kingsway

Your Typical Neighbour

has some cash, a mix of both old and new money, and has come here with a family. The two combine for an unusually high number of 17 year olds driving Range Rovers.

What We

This is about as scenic as a mature neighbourhood gets, and there are stunning properties to be found here if your budget allows.

What We Don't

Neighbourly politics here are never going to be fun. Have more money than the neighbours? How showy of you. Making yourself poor to live here? How gauche. Good luck winning this battle.

Homes in this area have grown into some of the most valuable real estate in the city, largely a result of large lots laden with spacious ‘tastefully appointed traditional homes’ that Smith marketed on heavily treed and winding streets. Strict instructions were given to avoid damaging the majestic trees in the area, and the homes, largely Arts & Crafts or Tudor Styles, were fashioned often from locally sourced materials such as those found in local quarries in the Humber and Credit River areas.

The last decade has seen major change in the types of property offered here. More recently local Residents associations and BIA’s have been less successful in fighting the higher density developments that have flourished along the more major routes in the neighbourhood. While this has opened up opportunity for a broader demographic to call this area home, it has put upward pressure on the prized land that borders the Humber valley

HOUSE STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $1,175,451 $1,485,033 $1,517,105 $1,712,956 $1,886,062
PRICE: Low-High $773,000-$1,825,000 $670,000-$2,340,000 $610,000-$5,800,000 $765,000-$3,350,000 $1,020,000-$3,800,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 19 24 20 18 19
# OF SALES 26 30 95 78 80

CONDO STATS

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
AVERAGE PRICE $462,141 $491,967 $504,918 $554,568 $670,940
PRICE: Low-High $195,000-$615,000 $191,500-$2,225,000 $199,500-$1,650,000 $212,000-$985,000 $247,500-$1,250,000
AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET 30 33 31 27 13
# OF SALES 16 46 57 55 42

Area: 3km

Population: 9,175

Demographics

Kids: 19%

Youth: 11%

Seniors: 19%

Visible Minority: 8.50%

Average Family Income: $289,240

Education

Lower Education: 29.90%

Higher Education: 16.00%

Home Ownership

Owned Homes: 2960

Tenanted Homes: 535

Not surprisingly there are plenty of schools around, and they come in the public, separate and private variety!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Lambton Kingsway Jr Middle School
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School

SENIOR SCHOOLS

Etobicoke Collegiate Institute

The subway line is virtually right outside your door, for those days you’re headed to the Financial District on theatre night.

About The Kingsway

The Kingsway is one of Toronto’s most coveted pieces of property and one man’s dream realized.

The Kingsway area is situated with Bloor Street to the south, Dundas Street to the north, Mimico Creek to the west and the Humber River to the east. Its picturesque streets and beautiful homes are propped against a backdrop of greenery from the Humber River Valley. Stately houses stand bordered by towering maple and oak trees. While the area was first known as “Kingsway Park” popular language drifted to “The Kingsway”. ‘The Kingsway’ is also the name of the main road that winds through the thick of the area.

Built by the developer (and visionary) Robert Home Smith – of Home Smith & Company – many of the houses in the Kingsway feature historical finishings. These finishings include stone exteriors, intricate brick patterns, half-timbering designs, decorative wrought-iron railings, porch lamps, and oriel windows, that were typical of the late 1800s. The oldest homes are found along Government Road. Here you will find Edwardian and Victorian architecture, from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Kingsway Village shopping district, on Bloor street west, is also a natural extension of the neighbourhood. It offers painted wrought-iron street lamps, park benches along the street, local specialty shops, and friendly faces. Homes in the area are ideally positioned close to schools, restaurants, parks, fitness centers, churches, and libraries. In fact, Home Smith Park (accessed off of Dundas street) follows the Humber River and is part of a 10-kilometer paved trail that connects joggers, walkers, and cyclists, to Toronto’s waterfront. Residents of the Kingsway area can also be found swimming at the local Etobicoke Memorial Pool & Health Club, watching their kids play hockey at the Central arena, playing tennis (or lawn bowling) at the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club, watching a movie at the Kingsway theater, or having a spa day at the Old Mill Inn.

Robert Home Smith’s dream for an English-inspired garden suburb ‘of the highest integrity and beauty’ can be seen in the dream-like quality of the Kingsway area – winding roads, an abundance of trees, larger-than-usual lots, and pedestrian-friendly walkways.


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