Moss Park

Real Estate Guide: Moss Park

Berkley Street’s proud gabled houses sport the area’s few professionally landscaped plots

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: C08
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $428,130
  • detached houses: $1,300,000
  • semi-detached houses: $719,750
  • townhomes: $448,895
  • apartments: $386,266
  • neighbourhood map: see map

Home to picturesque Allan Gardens and its lovely conservatories, Moss Park has potential, but it’s hampered by crime and gritty streets. There are signs of transformation, largely via construction cranes and projects outside the neighbourhood borders. More buyers are willing to take a chance on the region thanks to its proximity to the core and reasonable prices. Though there’s a strong social housing presence, condo towers are rapidly rising off Sherbourne and Richmond, and King Street East is seeing a condo boom among the old storefronts and heritage properties. Young professionals are turning from the chaos of the Entertainment District to Corktown, which has been poised to pop for years. One selling point is the proximity to the Distillery District (more of a destination than a standard community) and the foodie’s paradise St. Lawrence Market. To the southeast, grand plans to develop the West Don Lands could bring extra foot traffic. If the nearby Regent Park revamp introduces more middle- and high-income earners, the downtown east side might no longer be the down-and-out.

  • LIBRARY AND SCHOOLS
  • LIBRARIES
  • Parliament Street
    269 Gerrard Street East, 393-7663
  • SCHOOLS (PUBLIC)
  • Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School
    350 Parliament Street, 393-1760
  • SCHOOLS (PRIVATE)
  • TAIE International Institute
    296 Parliament Street, 368-2882
  • Afzal Islamic Montessori and Academy
    224 Parliament Street, #204, 286-0110
  • SCHOOLS (CATHOLIC)
  • St. Paul
    80 Sackville Street, 393-5204
  • Inglenook Community School
    19 Sackville Street
  • neighbourhood hot spots

The Aga Shop
This is the place to be if you’ve got a ton of money—say, $13,000 to $30,000—to drop on one of the most coveted kitchen appliances (four ovens in one!) in the world. 154 King St. E., 416-943-0242.

Kultura
In a lavishly restored Georgian building, this chic wine bar (there are some 50 wines on the list) serves upscale tapas—mushroom orecchiette with pinot noir–pear chutney, for example—to King East’s condo crowd. 169 King St. E., 416-363-9000.

The Patrician Grill
One of the best diners in the city, the Patrician is a hangout for many of the George Brown culinary students across the street. 219 King St. E., 416-366-4841.

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