The Beach (also commonly referred to as “The Beaches”) is a quaint little neighbourhood located in the very south-east corner of the “old” City of Toronto, only minutes from the downtown core. Officially, the boundaries of The Beach run from Victoria Park Ave to the east, Kingston Rd & Eastern Ave to the north, Coxwell Ave to the west and Lake Ontario to the south. The neighbourhood is aptly named after the continuous stretch of sandy beach that comprises its southern border. Bordering neighbourhoods include Leslieville to the west, Birch Cliff to the east and Upper Beach to the north.
Through the years there has been a rather contentious debate between residents as to the proper name of the neighbourhood (“The Beach” or “The Beaches”) because that same stretch of beach is actually comprised of 4 different beaches in name: Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach, Kew Beach & Woodbine Beach. It has come to pass that both names are acceptable and widely used. In the summer months, The Beach becomes a hugely popular tourist destination because of the vast array of outdoor activities that due to the waterfront, beaches, marina, parks, trails and boardwalk; as well as numerous concerts, fairs and festivals. Combine all of this with a commercial district that sits literally steps from the water, full of independent specialty shops, great restaurants and funky bars, it’s easy to see why The Beach has become such a destination for Torontonians. The Beach is also a fantastic neighbourhood in which to raise a family and a good investment historically for real estate. A number of wonderful schools and the fact that the community seems to consist of many generations of families lend credence to the notion that The Beach is a wonderful place to put down roots. A commonly referred to joke is that there are more strollers and dogs in The Beach than there are cars! The Beach real estate is one of the most architecturally diverse of the city – everything from cottages to large scale Edwardian, Victorian and Modern homes, as well as low-rise apartment buildings. Maintaining much of The Beach’s character and charm is very important to its residents, as evidenced by numerous specially designated heritage streets and areas within the community. The Beach is home to approximately 20,000 residents, the median household income is well above the average for the City of Toronto and the average price of The Beach homes for sale is approximately $645,000.