Real Estate Guide: Rustic

In working class Rustic, single-family dwellings co-exist with apartment towers (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: W04
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $298,056
  • detached houses: $459,159
  • semi-detached houses: $380,000
  • townhomes: $240,000
  • apartments: $183,800.00
  • neighbourhood map: see map

Also known as Maple Leaf, Rustic’s main attraction is the Black Creek ravine running through it, which provides a much higher than average amount of green space. There’s a high concentration of social housing in the high rises near Jane and Falstaff, as well as a community centre that organizes homework study groups and yoga and taekwondo classes. Once a largely Italian neighbourhood, the commercial strip along Jane now leans toward Ghanaian, Caribbean and East Asian businesses. The streets tend to be short and winding, cut off on all sides by the ravine, Black Creek Drive or the 401, making this community a series of pockets joined by Jane.

  • Nelson A. Boylen Collegiate
    155 Falstaff Aveue, 395-3270
  • Maple Leaf Public School
    301 Culford Road, 395-2670
  • Amesbury Middle School
    201 Gracefield Avenue, 395-2000
  • Safe and Caring Schools–NW
    1780 Lawrence Avenue West
  • Gracefield Public School
    177 Gracefield Avenue, 395-2490
  • Faith Academy
    1901 Jane Street, 240-7111
  • P.T. Montessori
    280 Culford Road, 242-3725
  • Chaminade College
    490 Queens Drive, 393-5509
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Rustic Bakery
This family-owned traditional Italian bakery and food shop is the area’s go-to spot for everything from veal sandwiches to cannoli. 318 Rustic Rd., 416-245-1919.

SunRise Caribbean Restaurant
This fast-food chain conversion has $4.99 breakfast specials with ackee, mackerel and callaloo, and a drive-through that’s open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 2029 Jane St., 416-249-8943.