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Welcome To High Park - Swansea

High Park -Swansea is one of Toronto’s most desirable neighbourhoods with its historic homes and close proximity to all of the amenities you could want or need. This is a popular neighbourhood for people of all ages, and has a wide variety of homes, condos and apartments. 

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Location of High Park - Swansea

High Park- Swansea is located West of Roncesvalles to the Humber River, South of Bloor and North of Lake Ontario. With the park in the middle of the area, the shops on Bloor and easy access to the Lakeshore, this area has something for everyone.

5 Reasons You'll LOVE it:

5 Reasons You'll HATE it:

REASON 1

The architecture.  The homes here are gorgeous. Most homes reflect Victorian, Edwardian and Tudor styles

REASON 1

Parking and garages are not common. If you do not like street parking (and shovelling out a spot), or are looking for a place to store bikes and camping gear it may be harder to find in this neighbourhood.

REASON 2

Proximity to the largest park in Toronto – High Park. There is a lot to do in the park – from swimming, biking, running, picnics, children’s parks, dog parks, baseball, soccer and the High Park Zoo.

REASON 2

The park is busy.  It is not easy to find an ideal time to enjoy the peace that the park can offer.  Locals learn when to avoid the park and when to take advantage of all it has to offer.

REASON 3

This neighbourhood is easily accessible by TTC (both subway and street car) and is very close to the Lakeshore for travel by car.

REASON 3

If you choose to cycle or drive, it can be a busy area to travel through. The city has added to the protected bike lane network here recently, which is helpful for cyclists along Bloor st.

REASON 4

It is walking distance to many shops, cafes and restaurants in Roncesvalles, and Bloor West and Village.

REASON 4

It is a very trendy area of Toronto. With the popularity of the park, the shops and the restaurants, a bit of a higher price tag is attached for owning and leasing in the area.

REASON 5

There is a wide variety of styles of homes to chose from.  Many of the grand homes have been subdivided into rental units.  There are also quite a few apartment buildings and condos in the area.  There are options for all family size requirements including single occupants.

REASON 5

The neighbourhood was constructed during a time that the luxuries we enjoy today such as closets and storage were not a priority.  Many homes that have been renovated have added closets and storage. If you are looking for ample closets you may have to do without or buy a higher priced property that has been renovated.

Home Styles In High Park-Swansea

From semi detached, to detached to the Grande Dames of the neighbourhood, you will not be disappointed in the styles you can find here.  Some of the larger homes also have expansive coach houses, which today are typically used as rental units and work spaces.

01.

Victorian

A large part of what makes High Park so special is the Grand Dame of homes that sit below a mature tree canopy. Large Victorian homes in the area are common, with large porches and interesting balconies.  While many were subdivided into apartments over the years, there are quite a few that have been converted back to single family and restored in keeping with the architecture of the area. These homes typically have bigger properties, including driveways, garages and coach houses.

02.

Tudor

With steep pitched roofs, intricate stained glass and custom wood trim, these houses catch your eye with their attention to detail.  Along with the Edwardian style built in the late 1800’s, these homes are also popular in the High Park area and are coveted for their beauty and historical charm.  

03.

Semi Detached

Semi detached homes are common in the area. The style in which 2 homes share a common wall was very popular with builders and catered to the emerging middle calls in the 1920’s.  Today some of these homes have been divided into multiple units or have been restored as gorgeous single family homes with touches such as exposed brick.

Schools

This neighbourhood is popular with families and there are quite a few schools in the area.  With the addition of condominium communities in recent years, some school boundaries have changed to accomodate the increase of school aged children.  It is best to confirm school boundaries  for school aged children. Here are just some of the schools in the area:

Howard offers French Immersion and serves students from Jk to Grade 6. It also has a daycare centre.

https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/howard

Garden Avenue Junior Public School is an elementary school fro grades JK-6. It serves approximately 200 students.https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Find-your/Schools/schno/5231

 

Swansea Junior and Senior Public School serves just under 1000 students and is for JK-Gr 8.https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/swansea/

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