About Wallace Emerson
Touted as the “Next West Queen West” Wallace Emerson is a neighbourhood that has evolved–and continues to evolve–from working-class roots to expensive tastes. It’s a formerly low-income neighbourhood with traditionally Portuguese, Italian, and Korean, influences. In recent years it has become home to more avant-garde establishments and an influx of first time home buyers who have supercharged the demand for real estate in the area by investing in modern upgrades and artistic, eye-catching finishes that make many homes in the Wallace Emerson neighbourhood stand out places for anyone to live.
Streets in the Wallace Emerson area are generally narrower than other areas of the city. The plethora of laneways offer quiet–or busy–passage from one ‘neck of these woods’ to the next – depending on which one you choose. A reflection of the area’s mixed-use landscape, Wallace Emerson combines grit with quiet, arty, glamour. Homes that look traditional on the outside are often filled with sleek new minimalist kitchen renovations, wide hardwood flooring, electric fireplaces and quirky finishes unique to the owner’s individual tastes. Local condos and loft conversions also mix old-with-new and offer a variety of options for people looking for funky alternatives.
The Wallace Emerson Community centre on Dufferin, South of Dupont (slated for redevelopment and expansion), provides an ideal outlet for the neighbourhood. Swimming facilities, gym, and games rooms are available for use year-round. Outside tennis courts and ice rinks are attractions for local families and house leagues. The pride of the community can be seen in its embrace of this centre and the locals who cherish it.
The overall vibe of Wallace Emerson is casual, artistic, culturally-rich, and hip. It is a neighbourhood that excels at the art of variety. Tattoo parlours, daycares, wig shops, greasy spoons, upscale pubs, and local specialty shops coexist in harmony. Busy Bloor street sits comfortably beside quiet parkettes and unassuming residential side streets. Gone are the days when the area was considered a ‘diamond in the rough’, but there are still ‘hidden gems’ to be found within this diverse and unique area of Toronto real estate.
Note that Wallace Emerson falls within the Toronto Real Estate Board’s larger neighbourhood of “Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction.”