North York Real Estate Blog

Bathurst Manor Neighbourhood

Michael Pasternack - Friday, October 07, 2011


This quiet North York neighbourhood used to be a well-kept secret. Homeowners loved the generous lots and quiet, leafy-green streets, and snapped up post-war bungalows at bargain prices. However, in recent years Bathurst Manor has achieved up-and-comer status, with bungalows now starting in the low $500,000s. The majority of residents are middle class, with a hodgepodge of Italian, Russian, Polish and Filipino families. Area landmarks include synagogues, strip malls and the sprawling 338-acre G. Ross Lord Park.

HOUSING STOCK: The classic Bathurst Manor residence is a bungalow or a sidesplit set on a wide lot on a quiet street, but there are small multi-family dwellings as well. While the majority of homes date back to the 1950s, many properties are being renovated and modernized, and developer interest has resulted in the occasional mansion. Some ’70s-era high-rises dot the landscape, though they tend to be rental units rather than condos.

BARGAIN ZONES: The key is to look for an unrenovated bungalow, then put in some sweat equity. These untouched gems used to be found on most streets, but they are increasingly rare. Fixes can be as simple as kitchen and bathroom upgrades, but for the more ambitious, there’s plenty of room for additional living space, as the majority of residences sit on generous lots.

THE VERDICT: House prices are still a steal in comparison to other central areas—particularly given the number of potential tear-downs. There’s plenty of green space and easy access to both the Allen and Highway 401. However, shopping is sparse and one of the principal strip malls—Wilmington Plaza, at the centre of the neighbourhood—is long overdue for a facelift and an injection of new stores. An overhaul is in the planning stages.

Bagel Plus This bakery offers kosher carbs galore: challah, rugalach, danishes, rye loaves and, of course, freshly baked bagels with cream cheese. 634 Sheppard Ave. W., 416-635-9988.
King David Pizza and Boureka Kosher comfort food at its best. Fresh pitas are filled to order, falafel is authentic and bourekas are flaky heaven. 219 Wilmington Ave., 416-636-3456.
The Koffler Centre of the Arts The cultural hub of Toronto’s Jewish community is home to an art gallery, the Leah Posluns Theatre and visual arts studios. 4588 Bathurst St., 416-636-1880.

401 and 400:
7.9 km
King and Bay:
15.1 km
Gardiner and 427:
19.0 km
Downsview Station 2.5 km
Finch Station 3.6 km
North York Centre Station 3.6 km

Commuting and subway distances measured from neighbourhood centre.

To  see the full article and map of area click here.

The Finch Hydro Corridor in North York connects to Toronto Bikeway Network

Michael Pasternack - Thursday, August 25, 2011

The City is developing a 1,000 km Bikeway Network that will ultimately link cyclists with neighbourhoods and destinations across the city. The network will serve both commuter and recreational cycling. It will be comprised of connected bicycle lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use pathways in parklands and hydro and rail corridors. When completed, all Toronto residents will be within a five-minute bicycle ride to the Bikeway Network.

The Bikeway Network will include various street-scape features such as benches, pedestrian-scale lighting, and bike parking. The current projects under construction include the Gatineau Hydro Corridor in Scarborough, The Finch Hydro Corridor in North York and the CN Leaside in East York. These projects are highlighted in red below while existing bike trails are highlighted in green.

View the full map here.