Over the years The Beach has emerged as one of Toronto’s most popular neighborhoods, with Beach Homes for sale in high demand.
The Beach looks and feels more like a lakeside resort town, than a big city neighbourhood. In the summertime, thousands of Torontonians and tourists flock to The Beach to walk on The Boardwalk, use the Martin Goodman Trail, relax by the Lake, or shop and dine at on colourful Queen Street East.
A long standing debate has ensued over the proper name for this neighbourhood. Some refer to it as The Beach, others as the Beaches. Recent semi-official polling has termed it “The Beach”
The Beach was first settled by the Ashbridge family who came to Canada from Philadelphia in 1793. In the late 1800’s the land was subdivided & set aside for local parks. Woodbine, Kew Gardens, Scarborough, Balmy Beach and Victoria Park collectively became Toronto’s playgrounds by the lake, attracting many summer cottagers to the area.
Many of the original cottages been modernized and are still standing today, yet the majority of Beach homes were built during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The Beach has the greatest variety of architectural house styles of any Toronto neighbourhood. The charm of these homes is accentuated by the tree-lined streets that wind their way down to the lake, making Beach Real Estate constantly in demand.
The former Greenwood racetrack site is now the site of a large new home development. These handsome, heritage inspired homes include a mix of townhomes, detached and semi-detached houses and a handful of low-rise condominium apartment buildings.
The social centre of The Beach neighbourhood is Kew Gardens, which hosts many annual events including a Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting festival, and the Beaches Jazz Festival. Other popular Beach events include the charming Easter parade, Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay and Canada Day festivities at Woodbine Park.
Queen Street East features a great selection of stores and restaurants, many of which have a beach motif that caters to the tourist trade. The Upper Beach shops on Kingston Road attract a more local clientele than the stores on Queen Street.
Perhaps the most famous landmark is The Boardwalk, bordering Lake Ontario. Alongside the Boardwalk are several large, sandy, supervised beaches which are popular throughout the summer months, including Ashbridge’s Bay – a favourite spot for family picnics, windsurfing and beach volleyball. Nearby Donald Summerville Pool overlooks the lake at the foot of Woodbine Avenue and houses an Olympic size pool, and diving pools. Further east, the Glen Stewart Park has a picturesque ravine and nature trail. Kew Gardens has one of Toronto’s most active tennis programs with 10 floodlit courts. Kew Gardens also has a baseball diamond, outdoor ice rink, children’s playground, a wading pool, concert bandstand and lawn bowling club.