East York, Cabbagetown and The Beaches are three primarily residential areas within the city of Toronto. Though all three are more traditionally associated with single-family residential dwellings of varying sizes, apartments and more recently modern condominiums can also be had in these areas.
East York used to be the only borough in Canada before it was amalgamated into the Greater Toronto Area in 1998. Toronto now includes five different boroughs including Scarborough and Newmarket homes. It was incorporated as a township in 1924 and later joined with the town of Leaside to form a borough in 1967.
Housing in East York comes in a variety of forms. Originally East York was established by immigrants from northern England. Their houses were small, sometimes attached ones with front and back gardens, many of which still exist today. In the late 1940s, the Topham Park area became a major destination for returning veterans and their families, and later on, the baby boomers. The house plans in this area were primarily small, inexpensive, single story bungalows and still are, though some were upgraded in later years.
Major condominium developments and high-rises have sprung up in Crescent Town and Thorncliffe Park like those you'll see at the Montage Condo Toronto, to coincide with the major arteries. These developments have become popular with immigrants from Asian countries in recent years, though East York is still generally regarded as a senior citizens enclave due to the number of people who moved there in the 40s and 50s and remain there to this day.
Cabbagetown, a name that derives from the poor Irish immigrants of the 1840s who supposedly grew cabbage in their yards, is another eastern Toronto neighborhood. It is the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing anywhere in North America.
Though originally home to poor immigrants, Cabbagetown underwent partial gentrification in the 1970s and now exists as an eclectic mixture of poverty and affluence. Restored Victorian row houses with wrought-iron fences around their carefully tended gardens abound in some parts of the neighborhood while other parts are home to run-down public housing projects. Area businesses range from vintage clothing stores and gourmet restaurants to discount supermarkets and community health clinics. Cabbagetown residents occupy the two ends of the economic spectrum: wealthy professionals who spend their days doing things like using Accpac, Vancouver business trips included and the destitute who stick to Toronto streets.
The Beaches or simply The Beach depending on who you ask is a third easternly Toronto neighborhood. The neighborhood takes its name from the uninterrupted stretch of sandy Lake Ontario shoreline that runs from Woodbine Park to the R.C. Harris Waste Treatment Plant, which seeks to keep the waters clean with the help of nutrient management services. Although it is one long stretch of beach was arbitrarily subdivided into four beaches, Balmy, Scarboro, Kew and Woodbine. This distinction leads to the controversy among residents as to whether the neighborhood's name ought to have an "s" on the end or not.
The Beaches is known for its large numbers of specialty stores along Queen Street East. There are a range of housing options in the area, though primarily it is known for low-rise apartment buildings and row-houses on the main streets and larger Victorian, Edwardian and modern houses spaced out along the side streets.
If you enjoyed our article, you may also be interested in reading this article entitled Streetsville is Connecting You From Mississauga to Newmarket Homes