St. Clair West

 

One of the most overlooked pieces of Toronto real estate is St. Clair West. Spanning from just east of Yonge in Midtown Toronto, to Keele Street in the west, it is home to numerous shops, restaurants, condos, bars and almost everything in between.

 

 

 

The first thing you will notice about St. Clair West is the streetcar right of way. Toronto’s iconic streetcars make this street one of the easiest to travel by transit on, even during the heaviest rush hours and the worst weather. It also boasts time-based transfers which allow you to get off and explore, even if you don’t want to commit to a weekly or monthly Metropass. This makes it easy to live in or visit, even for condo dwellers without cars! The streetcar also conveniently connects to the subway at Yonge, providing easy access uptown and downtown, and also at St. Clair West Station between Spadina and Bathurst, providing direct access to Yorkdale, or an easier way downtown. These connections allow you to cover a lot of Toronto real estate quickly.

 

Starting at Yonge, there is already a lot to explore. At the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair, you will find branches of all of the big 5 banks in one block of real estate, as well as a Loblaws and a Sobey’s. Bagel lovers take note- Kiva’s and The Bagel House both serve up awesome bagels.

 

Going farther west takes you to ultra-trendy Forest Hill. If multi-million dollar estates are a little (or a lot) out of your price range, don’t despair, as there are many cool condo options. Just east of Avenue Road is Imperial Plaza. This condo is located in the former Imperial Oil building, and renovated into a modern living space. The late fifties accents remain, and add a lot of character- think Mad Men- and unparalleled views.

 

Accessible to almost any resident of St. Clair West is a massive Loblaws located directly atop St. Clair Station, and is one of the best in the chain.

 

Right at the intersection of Bathurst, you will find 530 Condos, a convenient and accessible piece of Toronto real estate.

 

At Christie, you will find The Stockyards, a tiny joint that serves up some of Toronto’s best barbecue- get there early before they run out!

 

Going farther west, the streetscape takes on a decidedly Italian flair. You could write a book about all of the little spots, but there are a few that really stand out. La Paloma, just west of Lansdowne serves up every flavour of gelato you can think of- and some you haven’t! Tre Mari Bakery, between Dufferin and Lansdowne serves up traditional breads and pastries, including a ciabatta that will have you coming back again and again!

 

St. Clair West is a vibrant and dynamic piece of Toronto real estate, and there is a house or condo waiting for you there!

 

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