Little Portugal

Real Estate Guide: Little Portugal

Rising prices in neighbouring Parkdale have buoyed interest in Little Portugal’s Victorian semis

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: C01
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $439,247
  • detached houses: $816,989
  • semi-detached houses: $687,513
  • townhomes: $433,988
  • apartments: $409,874
  • neighbourhood map: see map

The area has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years. Dundas is vying with Queen West for art gallery density (it’s home to The Department, loop Gallery, Meredith Keith Gallery and Jessica Bradley Art + Projects). While the bar scene can’t compete with Queen or Ossington just yet, there’s been an uptick in the watering hole quotient along “Duwest,” plus cafes and brunch spots—sure signs of long-deserved spit and polish. The gentrification kicked into high gear with the large condos filling the Queen West corridor and change began spreading beyond the borders of Beaconsfield Village. While Portuguese immigrants are still a strong presence, traditional familia are increasingly decamping for the suburbs. That means an influx of young parents itching to rip out their homes’ mid-century wrought iron accents and carting their kids to gymnastics class at Mary McCormick Community Centre.

  • City View Alternative Senior School
    38 Shirley Street, 393-8708
  • Shirley Street Public School
    38 Shirley Street, 393-9270
  • The Grove Community School
    108 Gladstone Avenue, 393-9150
  • Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School
    108 Gladstone Avenue
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Gladstone Hotel
A catalyst for the area’s cachet, the renovated former railway hotel attracts everyone from club kids who come for drinks to serious literati who come for book launches (and booze). Brunch and karaoke nights are also popular. 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4653.

The Beaver
The local gay-friendly rock-and-art bar predates most of the hipster hangouts in West Queen West. It has a soft edge on weeknights, but can get wild come Friday and Saturday. 1192 Queen St. W., 416-537-2768.

The Federal Reserve
A Dundas West brunch hot spot that’s been bringing in the weekend crowds since it opened in early 2012. 1438 Dundas St. W., 647-352-9120.