Real Estate Guide: Parkwoods-Donalda

A bungalow in a neighbourhood that has long been overlooked and underpriced (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: C13
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $621,817
  • detached houses: $1,264,234
  • semi-detached houses: $445,800
  • townhomes: $289,250
  • apartments: $335,235
  • neighbourhood map: see map

Orchids in clay pots wink at the quiet street from the front window of a classic Don Mills bungalow. Here in the centre of Parkwoods–Donalda, streets wind around ravines and the Donalda Golf and Country Club, while bird chirps fill the air, as do the sounds of the nearby 401 and DVP. Brady Bunch–era backsplits and bungalows with carports line streets with names like Coral Cove and Rialto. Townhouses and apartments on the fringes attract first-time buyers, while renters and new immigrants add to the area’s growing South and East Asian communities. With price tags sometimes a quarter cheaper than in Don Mills or Leaside, this neighbourhood has long been overlooked and underpriced. However, that’s starting to change: bidding wars and construction on supersize mansions have begun—so much for the dream of affordable suburbia.

  • Brookbanks
    210 Brookbanks Drive, 395-5480
  • Broadlands Public School
    106 Broadlands Boulevard, 395-2090
  • Milne Valley Middle School
    100 Underhill Drive, 395-2700
  • Cassandra Public School
    45 Cassandra Boulevard, 395-2150
  • Three Valleys Public School
    76 Three Valleys Drive, 395-2930
  • Ranchdale Public School
    60 Ranchdale Crescent, 395-2800
  • Victoria Park Collegiate Institute
    15 Wallingford Road, 395-3310
  • Rene Gordon Elementary School
    20 Karen Road, 395-2790
  • George S. Henry Academy
    200 Graydon Hall Drive, 395-3240
  • Roywood Public School
    11 Roywood Drive, 395-2830
  • Donview Middle School
    20 Evermede Drive, 395-2330
  • Fenside Public School
    131 Fenside Drive, 395-2400
  • Crestwood Preparatory College
    217 Brookbanks Drive, 391-1441
  • St. Catherine
    30 Roanoke Road, 393-5316
  • Anunciation
    65 Avonwick Gate, 393-5299
  • St. Isaac Jogues
    1330 York Mills Road, 393-5315
  • Senator O’Connor College
    60 Rowena Drive, 393-5505
  • neighbourhood hot spots

The David Duncan House
This Toronto landmark offers facilities for racquet sports, curling and swimming, as well as an 18-hole golf course. 125 Moatfield Dr., 416-447-5575.

Gonoe Sushi
The cozy spot has a perimeter of curtain-enclosed tables, where diners enjoy fresh sashimi and a good selection of lunch specials. 1310 Don Mills Rd., 416-386-0801.

High Street Fish and Chips
These Scots serve their fish and chips the right way, with mushy peas and Irn-Bru. Take home the traditional Melton Mowbray pork pie or buttery shortbread. 55 Underhill Dr., 416-510-8905.

Sunnybrook Park
Couples cozy up under trees, and picnicking families bust out the blankets and sandwiches in summer months. 755 Law­rence Ave. E., 416-397-1340.