East Toronto refers to the neighbourhoods east of the Don River, including Riverdale and Danforth Village to the north and Riverside, Leslieville and the Beaches along Lake Ontario.
Riverdale is known for excellent shopping and its Victorian houses. Many homes have been renovated to create open concepts and third floors often have walkouts to a deck. Riverdale homes are surrounded by greenspace, including Riverdale Park which is a favourite for tobagganers. Riverdale offers high- ranked schools, making it a popular area for families. Houses in South Reverdale are generally smaller and less expensive than those in North Riverdale. Most have rear laneway parking and permits are available for street parking.
Danforth Village has a multicultural vibe. First-time home buyers and renovators are able to find more affordable homes in this area. It’s also a popular neighbourhood for artists and attracts visitors to a number of popular street festivals. Most Danforth homes were built in the 1920s and 1930s. To the north homebuyers can find semi-detached houses with lovely front porches. To the south, the neighourhood offers a variety of styles including Victorians, bungalows and new townhomes. Condo buildings are also starting to emerge. Danforth Village offers 5 subway stops, a GO station and bus and streetcar routes.
Riverside is a gentrified neighbourhood that boasts century-old buildings amongst an eclectic mix of businesses, shops and restaurants. Homes are more affordable in this neighbourhood compared to other parts of Toronto. Housing ranges from trendy condos to heritage homes. Older semi-detached and attached townhomes are narrow and generally don’t include off-street parking.
Leslieville offers a village atmosphere, complete with cottage-style homes, quaint stores and tree-lined streets. Homes in Leslieville along Queen Street and Eastern Avenue to the south, date back to the late 1800s including cottages, row houses and Victorian homes. North of Queen Street homes were built in the early 1900s and include detached and semi-detached homes as well as the smallest bungalows in Toronto.
The Beaches residents get easy access to the boardwalk along Lake Ontario, Martin Goodman Trail, Kew Gardens (a popular venue for annual events) and the many eclectic stores and restaurants along Queen Street. Most homes were built during the 1920s and 1930s and offer a range of architectural styles. The former Greenwood racetrack has been replaced by a new home development called The Beach. Buyers can purchase heritage inspired custom-built homes or condos within low-rise apartment buildings.