Real Estate Guide: Wychwood

Homes in the heart of much-desired Hillcrest start at $1 million

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: C02
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $951,361
  • detached houses: $1,080,077
  • semi-detached houses: $1,135,500
  • townhomes: $495,000
  • apartments: $824,765
  • neighbourhood map: see map

Marmaduke Matthews, the visionary painter behind Wychwood Park’s transformation into an artist’s colony in the late 1800s, would be fond of the neighbourhood’s recent changes. The conversion of a streetcar repair barn into Artscape community centre in 2008 introduced art classes, a dog park, a beach volleyball court, a community greenhouse, artist live/work spaces, the Brewery market and a weekend farmer’s market. The fairytale Arts and Crafts homes in the private Wychwood Park zone rarely come up for sale; when they do, expect to fork out at least $2 million for a fixer-upper and upward of $4 million for a new designer build. Outside the Park, Portuguese and Italian couples have long inhabited neat early 20th century single-family homes, making for a high percentage of grey-haired citizens. But with the completion of the St. Clair transit line in 2010 and the abundant shops, young professionals snap up homes from grandparents eager to join their kids in the ‘burbs.

  • Davenport
    1246 Shaw Street, 393-7732
  • Winona Drive Senior Public School
    101 Winona Drive, 393-1680
  • McMurrich Junior Public School
    115 Winona Drive, 393-1770
  • Japanese School of Toronto Shokokai
    115 Winona Drive, 656-4822
  • St. Bruno
    402 Melita Crescent, 393-5376
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Eco-freak or green virgin, no matter: the staff at this lifestyle shop helps with decisions on organic cotton sheets and cleaning products. Face cream and body butter from Toronto’s Sigrid Naturals are highly coveted. 21 Vaughan Rd., 416-652-0808.

The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder
This narrow restaurant (more of a diner, mostly takeout) serves up mighty fine barbecue. Take a pulled pork sandwich and potato salad to the picnic tables at Artscape Wychwood Barns. 699 St. Clair W., 416-658-9666.