Toronto Real Estate: Neighbourhood in focus: the Beach

iStock_000000540603XSmallBeach, The Beaches or The Beach?

To locals in the Queen and Woodbine area, it is The Beach. Only the uninitiated call it The Beaches. And that is only a part of the east-end snobbery that other Torontonians can only dream of.

Among locals, one MUST live west of Woodbine. And God forbid if you live north of Gerrard.

Shorts and T-shirts on fabulous bodies abound but so do beer bellies and strollers. The old watering holes and pubs are being replaced by chic bakeries, Starbucks, all-day breakfasts and Laura Ashley-like gift stores.

Negatives: During the hot summer weather, your space will be taken over by throngs of tourists; while in winter, breezes off Lake Ontario are merciless.
Positives: No need to travel to beach destinations, you will be living there.
Imperatives: Dogs are a must, especially ones that can read signs — leash, no leash, leash, no leash.

If you are not exhausted or intimidated by all this posturing and want to live in a great area that feels like another country, one that has access to loads of parks, beaches, restaurants, bluffs, boating, swimming, canoeing, a thriving outdoor lifestyle at a casual pace, then The Beach is for you. However, be prepared to pay top dollar to be able to enjoy this carefree but simultaneously somewhat structured lifestyle.

5 Responses

  1. LINSEE TOWER

    Hey Richard and Beniot guess what LAST NIGHT EPISODE OF THE SHOW FLASHPOINT was the one where they showed the front of your house.. The long awaited episode….
    Just thought I would let you know..!! FRIDAY NIGHT..
    A WHOLE DAY OF WORK FOR 10 MINUTES…Where do you find the Laura Ashley type gift shops..

  2. Tim

    WRONG!!

    “The Beaches” had been called that ever since I was a kid – we used to live there. I don’t like the new name – “The Beach”. So please don’t lord over other people (“Only the uninitiated call it The Beaches.”) who’ve known it as such.

  3. Richard Silver Post author

    Actually Tim, I agree with you. The discussion that revolves around the name is pretty silly, however…it was my intention to point that out…

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