If you like lattes, antiquing and walking to work then the east end of Toronto might be for you. With the downtown core and west end becoming too pricey for young professionals, many are finding value in the east end real estate market. The popular neighbourhoods east of the DVP, Riverside (South Riverdale) and Leslieville, have plenty to offer a 20-something like myself looking to get into the real estate market. New bars and coffee shops pop up frequently and interesting boutiques can fill many Saturday afternoons.
So what can one expect when searching for a place to call your own in the east end? If you are a first time buyer, a $800 000 semi-detached house is likely out of reach, so let’s start by focusing on the most affordable housing Toronto has to offer – a condo. If a condo in a modern glass and concrete skyscraper does not attract you, then look to the east end. There you will find low-rise, unique, true-loft spaces with lots of character and artistic appeal. And, if the brick and beam style isn’t your cup of tea, there are also some buildings that offer the loft-style without the saw dust.