The Upper Beach (or Upper Beaches) is a relatively new name given to a neighbourhood that previously had lacked somewhat in identity. As the name obviously suggests, The Upper Beach is located directly north of The Beach (or Beaches) and its boundaries are Coxwell Avenue to the west, Kingston Road to the south, Victoria Park Avenue to the east and the CN (Canadian National) Railway tracks to the north. Other neighbourhoods within close proximity include Riverdale and Danforth Village, which are both within walking distance to Upper Beach. Often given credit (or blame) for coining the moniker “Upper Beach” are real estate agents and developers in the early 2000s to help sell houses and real estate on redeveloped lands in the area.
Along with the redevelopment in recent years, the Upper Beach also has some very old and established areas between Gerrard Street and Kingston Road dating back to the late 1800s. When The Beach first became popular as a cottage and recreational area, it’s permanent well-to-do residents built some very grand mansions atop the hill, just north of Kingston Road along Lyall Avenue, Benlamond Avenue and Glen Oak Drive. Most of these incredible homes still exist today and have been protected and deemed historical properties under Toronto’s Heritage Act.
Further east and west from the centre of the Upper Beach real estate centre, the architectural style transitions into mostly 2 and 3 bedroom semi-detached houses that were originally built for the working class of a century ago. You will however, find some larger detached Upper Beach homes for sale, but the majority of the Upper Beach real estate caters to mobile young families who’ve chosen to settle in the area because of its proximity to The Beach and downtown, numerous great schools and main street feel that the Upper Beach stretch of Kingston Road has.
The Upper Beach is home to approximately 20,000 residents, the median household income is just slightly above average for The City of Toronto and the average price of Upper Beach homes for sale is $440,000.