Regent Park

Real Estate Guide: Regent Park

Regent Park is a neighbourhood in transition, with its recently razed public housing blocks being replaced over a 12-year period

  • 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

Nestled between the scenic Don and Cabbagetown, Regent Park has been weighted with the rap of being one of downtown’s truly downtrodden areas. With its ill-conceived ’50s-era housing projects and a conglomeration of aid agencies concentrated within a few sombre, troubled blocks, the area has historically been avoided by nervous potential buyers. Today it’s a neighbourhood in progress. Over a 15-year period, the colossal revitalization plan will attempt to attract different income brackets to the area. Public housing blocks are being razed and rebuilt as rental buildings, resulting in low-cost housing (Dundas-Sackville, Oak-Parliament), townhouses (along Shuter) and a burst of new condos peppered throughout (Paintbox, One Cole and One Park West). Some new amenities have already set up shop, including a bank and a grocery store (the neighbourhood’s first in 40 years). The $1-billion undertaking is planning for office, park and cultural space, and the podiums of many of the new towers have been marked for new retail space. In the meantime, clusters of shops, restaurants and bars are found north on Parliament, east of the valley or west of Parliament along Queen.

  • Nelson Mandela Park Public School
    440 Shuter Street
  • Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School
    20 Regent Street
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Island Grill
The tiny Jamaican place does mostly takeout, but has room to sit if it’s cold outside or you want to talk ackee futures with the cook. 119 River St., 416-368-8362.

Peter’s Cajun Creole Pizza
Wings and slices are the focus at Peter’s, a Serbian place with a NOLA fixation. 415 Parliament St., 416-368-8099.