Junction Area

Real Estate Guide: Junction Area

Walking distance to High Park but without its posh prices, the Junction Area attracts downtowners in exile with its charming, well-preserved early-20th-century homes

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: W02
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $465,191
  • detached houses: $620,634
  • semi-detached houses: $513,500
  • townhomes: $369,515
  • apartments: $351,654
  • neighbourhood map: see map

So named for its location among four rail lines built in the late 1800s, The Junction has shed its reputation as a ’hood from the wrong side of the tracks. Thanks to cheaper rents and real estate values, it’s home to burgeoning numbers of families and transplanted downtowners who have been priced out of the core. Close to High Park and Bloor West Village, The Junction offers the same easy access to transit and reliably good schools and its late 19th and early 20th century homes are more affordable than its sister neighbourhoods (though the gap is shrinking). The commercial strip was beleaguered by empty storefronts in the early aughts, but Dundas has seen a boom in new businesses (if there’s any doubt as to which direction the district is heading, a Starbucks recently opened in the area). The northern corner is seeing the development of big-box stores on the site of the former stockyards at St. Clair Avenue and Weston Road, but the neighbourhood still retains a small-village feel. West of Keele and Dundas, the streetscape is teeming with new restaurants, independent shops and a conglomeration of stores specializing in vintage interiors.

  • Annette Street
    145 Annette Street, 393-7692
  • Indian Road Crescent Junior Public School
    285 Indian Road Crescent, 393-9025
  • Lucky McCormick Senior School
    2717 Dundas Street West, 397-2713
  • The Great Lakes College of Toronto
    323 Keele Street, 763-4121
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Axis Gallery and Grill
Live music, a large patio and great beers on tap make this the best of the local pubs. 3048 Dundas St. W., 416-604-3333.

Crema Coffee Co.
One sure sign the Junction is headed upward is this now-beloed café with a $12,000 coffee maker. 3079 Dundas St. W., 416-767-3131.

Post and Beam Reclamation
So overwhelming is Post and Beam’s trove of reclaimed and salvaged home finds, stylists hyperventilate when they enter. 2869 Dundas St. W., 416-913-4243.

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