East York boundary is separated by the Don River from the former City of Toronto. Traditional East York is southeast of the river, and the neighbourhoods of Leaside, Bennington Heights and densely-populated Thorncliffe Park are northwest of the river. The heart of East York is filled with middle-class and working-class homes, with extensive high-rise developments along peripheral major streets and in Crescent Town and Thorncliffe Park.
Neighbourhoods of East York
The Bulldog was chosen as the official symbol of East York due to the Bulldog's tenacity and spirit
Broadview North- East York Homes
Broadview North is a neighbourhood in the East York region of the city of Toronto. Broadview North is bordered to by Pape Avenue to the East, Chesterhill to the South and the DVP to the West and North.
The Don Valley provides a physical barrier to the neighbourhood, however, Todmorden Mills Park located at the West End of the neighbourhood is a large park area that makes the highway less of an intrusion.
The area has significant Greek and Serbian populations.
The area is dominated by renters and high rise buildings. There are numerous low income buildings in the area, however, renting (at over 70%) is certainly the norm in this area howerver at the very north the area is compriesed of many bungallows many of which are being redone into 2-storey houses because of the decent area and the considerably low housing price.
Crescent Town - East York Homes
Crescent Town is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the former borough of East York. It is located near Victoria Park Avenue and Danforth Avenue. It mainly consists of high-rise apartment complexes, built originally to take advantage of the opening of the adjacent Victoria Park subway station, which connects to the central quadrangle via a partially covered walkway.
Danforth Village -East York Homes
Danforth Village is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada focused around Danforth Avenue. The neighbourhood boundaries as recognized by the City of Toronto are Victoria Park Avenue to the east and Westlake Avenue to the west. This vibrant neighbourhood is within walking distance to Victoria Park and Main Street stations, bus routes along the Danforth and the Danforth GO Station.
This area is very multicultural as is seen with the different varieties of specialty shops, restaurants and bakeries. Danforth Village serves a market area of close to 100,000 households within a short drive. Of these households 3000 - 4000 live within a 5 minute walk of Danforth Village.
East End Danforth -East York Homes
The Upper Beaches is a rather recently coined name for the neighbourhood directly north of the Beaches area in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It stretches from Coxwell Avenue in the west to Victoria Park in the east. The southern border is Kingston Road, while the northern boundary is generally considered to be the CN tracks between Gerrard Street and Danforth Avenue. The city's official name for this area is East End Danforth, though that is rarely used. The city also includes the buildings along and just north of Danforth Avenue in the neighbourhood.
Until recent years the neighbourhood was largely working class, with lower prices than the Beaches to the south. In the last two years a marked rise in housing costs has forced many of the lower class earners to move east of the area. The area was also home to a number of industrial sites alongside the rail line, which runs just north of Gerrard. Today almost all of the industry has been forced out, and replaced by shoddy and tightly packed large housing developments. It is one of a group of neighbourhoods, such as the South Annex and South Riverdale that have been snapped up quickly by lower-middle-class recent immigrants as the older downtown neighbourhoods have become dramatically more expensive.
Residents in the neighbourhood are primarily lower-middle to upper-class earners, although there is yet a healthy mix across the spectrum. The housing types range from squat apartment buildings to particle-board-based single detached brick construction housing Gerrard and Danforth, in addition to the nearby Woodbine and Main Street stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line and the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Road streetcar routes. Since there are limited links to the Danforth due to the local rail line to the north, the nearest main commercial strip in the area is much further south at Kingston Road, which is home to an eclectic mix of small shops and restaurants, though it is not yet as exclusive as Queen Street to the south.
Leaside -East York Homes
Leaside is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The area takes its name from William Lea and the Lea family, who settled there in the early years of the nineteenth century. The area first developed as farmland along with Toronto through the nineteenth century. It was incorporated as a town in 1913. In 1967 it was amalgamated with the township of East York to form the borough of East York. In 1998 it became part of the city of Toronto.
O'Connor - Parkview - East York Homes
O'Connor-Parkview is a neighbourhood in the former East York area of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). While the name O'Connor Parkview is taken from the definition used by the city of Toronto, local residents are more familiar with the niche areas that define the larger neighbourhood. It is a very diverse neighbourhood that includes Greeks in the West to the Tamil speakers in the East. It includes low-income highrises, to huge property lots. The smaller areas included inside the neighbourhood are Topham Park, Woodbine Gardens and Parkview Hills.
Located south-east of the Don Valley, the neighbourhood is bordered on the South by Taylor Creek (which flows west into the Don), to the east by Victoria Park Avenue and to the north by Holland Avenue.
Topham Park - East York Homes
Topham Park represents the upper East side of this neighbourhood and could well be described as quaint. A quick trip through the neighbourhood (which is all it takes) and you will see Topham Park, many residents enjoying their front parks and a very consistent feel. The rising tide in Toronto real estate fortunes over the years does not seem to have affected the style of this neighbourhood.
Woodbine Gardens - East York Homes
Woodbine Gardens, located south of Topham Park (they border on St.Clair) is bordered to the South by Taylor Creek. The houses range from bungalows, two story houses all the way to high-rise affordable housing units. The high rise units which oversee the former golf course give onlookers a view at the relatively large properties in the area.
Parkview Hills - East York Homes
Parkview Hills while not an extension of the Danforth boasts a large Greek community. Parkview Hills like most of O'Connor Parkview has a large mix of ethnicity, income levels and housing types. While the property values in this niche area continue to far surpass (on average) those in the rest of the neighbourhood. Again, property sizes are quite large and more recent work on these homes have boosted their value over the past 10 years.
Old East York -East York Homes
Old East York is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto located in the former East York. While East York was a much larger area, the name has been kept as a reminder to the days before the mega city. Old East York is situated at the northern edge of the former East York and is bordered to the north by Massey Creek (just north of the DVP), to the east by Woodbine, to the west by Pape and to the south by Cosburn ave.
The area is primarily made up of single detached homes and ownership is well above average (at over 65). The area is upper middle class primarily and while once dominated by seniors, many are moving on and younger families are finding an affordable neighbourhood within fairly close proximity to the city centre.
The people in the area are predominantly of British and Irish descent, and Greek.
Todmorden Village- East York Homes
Todmorden Village To the north of O'Connor (which splices down the middle of the neighbourhood) is Todmorden village. Much of the village lies atop the Don Valley Ravine which is lined with forest. Mature trees are a big presence in this area of the neighbourhood and create an extremely peaceful and natural area, rarely found this close to downtown Toronto. Where Pape and the Donlands head North past O'Connor is a gorgeous area consisting of very few streets and beautiful homes.
Woodbine Heights - East York Homes
Woodbine Heights This section of Old East York is bounded by Coxwell on the West, Woodbine on the East, the Don Valley Ravine on the north and Mortimer on the south. As with much of the Old East York neighbourhoods, this area is primarily based on single dwelling homes owned by older residents or retirees. Recent demographic changes have brought in many new young middle-class residents to the area.
Pape Village -East York Homes
Pape Village is a commercial district in Toronto, Canada. It is a mixed-use shopping street, consisting mainly of small-scale retail, restaurant and personal service uses.
Thorncliffe Park -East York Homes
Thorncliffe Park is a densely populated, multicultural neighbourhood in central east Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the former Borough of East York. East York merged with five other municipalities and a regional government in 1998 to form the new "City of Toronto".
It is commonly considered to be bounded on the east by the Don River, on the west by Millwood Road, on the north by Wicksteed Avenue and Research Road, and on the northwest by a railway track between Millwood and Wicksteed. However, the official Community Planning Area named Thorncliffe Park includes the neighbourhood to the north of the railway tracks, east of Laird Avenue, south of Eglinton Avenue, and east of the Don River.
Thorncliffe Park has both an industrial and a residential section. The residential section is in the south, and consists chiefly of 34 high-rise and low-rise apartment buildings grouped in and around a rough oval with Overlea Boulevard dividing Thorncliffe Park Drive. Some condominiums (in a converted office building) and townhouses have recently been added on Overlea.
Overlea Boulevard used to be the dividing line between the industrial and residential sections, but the decline of the industrial sector in Toronto has led to the appearance of retail establishments and service organizations in the former factories on the north side of Overlea.
The residential section of Thorncliffe Park was originally designed as a planned community for 12,500 residents, but now houses 30,000. The neighbourhood is heavily served by 24 hour public transit provided by the Toronto Transit Commission.
Although the neighbourhood is known for its low income and high unemployment, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper reported in 2004 that it had a low crime rate