Birch Cliff (sometimes referred to as “Birch Cliff Village”) is a neighbourhood located in the very southwest corner of Scarbourough, Toronto’s eastern-most district. Birch Cliff’s boundaries are Victoria Park Avenue to the west, Danforth Road to the north, and Lake Ontario to the east and south. Birch Cliff sits perched high atop the Scarborough Bluffs, and many Birch Cliff homes have incredible year-round views of Lake Ontario, making Birch Cliff real estate incredibly desirable.
In the late 1800s much of Birch Cliff real estate was developed as part of, or around The Toronto Hunt Club. Natural ravines, streams and mature forests straddling Lake Ontario made for a perfect setting for the club, which still remains today as a private golf club. After WW1, The Toronto Hunt Club sold off much of its land for development – this is when Birch Cliff started to take on much of its character that we still see today. Closely associated with The Beach, The Upper Beach and Cliffside because of their proximity, Birch Cliff became the first part of Scarborough to be developed as a suburb for the City of Toronto. The main thoroughfare in Birch Cliff is Kingston Road, which at one time was also its main commercial district. However, with explosion of suburbs further east many of the shops and stores disappeared as Kingston Road became busier with cars and much less foot traffic.
Architecturally, Birch Cliff real estate is not as diverse as many neighbourhoods in the city, simply because much of it was built at the same time on two different occasions. Looking down any street in Birch Cliff, one will usually see the same mix of bungalows and original cottages that tend to look fairly similar to one another – Birch Cliff bungalows is often a term you will hear real estate agents use. This relative uniformity of Birch Cliff homes does not for a second take away from the desirability of the area – wide winding streets with mature trees and manicured lawns on wide lots give Birch Cliff homes a very distinct look and feel.
As with many Toronto neighbourhoods, more and more affluent buyers have been consistently moving into the area, as evidenced by the many old bungalows that have been “topped up” and turned into large 2 storey homes. Birch Cliff is home to approximately 13,000 residents and their median household income is above that of the City of Toronto. The average price of Birch Cliff homes for sale is approximately $485,000.