Considering moving to Toronto’s East End but can’t settle on a neighbourhood? There are certainly some great options to choose from, depending on what you’re looking for. Here are some highlights you’ll find in the Danforth and Birch Cliff neighbourhoods to help you compare location, amenities, schools and more, so you can decide where your next home should be. Check back soon as we’ll be sharing more East End neighbourhood guides on the blog!
Did you know the Danforth is the largest Greek neighbourhood in North America? Aside from the annual Taste of the Danforth festival, this lively area stretches from Greenwood to Victoria Park Avenues, and is highly walkable with the convenience of many shops, cafés, restaurants, and small businesses. There’s also excellent access to public transportation, and the many TTC stations along the Bloor-Danforth subway line make commuting into Toronto’s downtown core easy.
You’ll notice this family-friendly neighbourhood features semi-detached style homes characterized by distinct front porches, perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee. Residents also enjoy access to recreation complexes and green spaces nearby, like Monarch Park’s outdoor swimming pool, artificial ice rink, and off-leash dog area.
There are also many schools in the area, including Earl Beatty Junior and Senior Public School, Greenwood Secondary School, and if you’re interested in French immersion, consider École élémentaire La Mosaïque.
Birch Cliff Neighbourhood
If you’re looking for a Toronto neighbourhood with access to nature not too far from the city, check out Birch Cliff (named for its abundance of birch trees), found east of Victoria Park Avenue and right on Lake Ontario. It offers proximity to the water, the picturesque Scarborough Bluffs, and the prestigious Toronto Hunt Club, and the quiet streets boast a range of architectural styles from well-kept bungalows to modern detached homes.
Kingston Road, the major artery running through Birch Cliff, hosts shops and cafés with more popping up all the time in this growing neighbourhood. The road is also a convenient way to access both the Lakeshore and highway 401 for those commuting out of the city. If you’re seeking lots of fresh air, this neighbourhood is perfect for walking, biking, and exploring the many green spaces, like Crescentwood Park and Rosetta McClain Gardens.
Are you a sports lover? Recreation is a major appeal for this area—there’s Birchmount Community Centre’s indoor pool, and Scarborough Gardens Arena is right next door. Plus, Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute has a history of producing high-performance athletes, and offers the Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program (BEAP) for high school students interested in pursuing academics and athletics.
We’ve called Toronto’s East End our home for generations. When you’re ready to explore Toronto homes for sale in these neighbourhoods, reach out to us for help.