Friday, 20 February 2015

GUEST BLOG - Neighbourhood Sketch: The Beaches

The Beaches is a charming waterfront neighbourhood in Toronto’s east end, just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core. Located on Queen Street East, between Coxwell and Victoria Park Avenue, the vibrancy of Queen Street blends with the relaxed shoreline, creating the unique atmosphere the Beaches is known for. The Queen Street East commercial district is home to a number of independent and family owned establishments, mixing vintage shops, restaurants, pubs and brand name stores.

Take a look at the 10 reasons why The Beaches is a great place to live!
1) The family-oriented community is home to nearly 22,000 residents; where 62% are from ages 25-64, pretty much all ages
2) The sandy shoreline is traced by a 3 km boardwalk, with bike and rollerblade paths perfect for summer strolls and workouts
3) Kew Gardens (in the Beaches) hosts the renowned International Jazz Festival, concerts, craft shows and exhibitions throughout the year
4) The beachfront features lush parks perfect for picnics, volleyball courts and a Olympic sized swimming pool free of charge
5) The neighbourhood is home to the acclaimed R.C. Harris Filtration plant, one of the best Art Deco architectural sites in Toronto
6) The close-knit community is kept in the loop with several local papers including the Beach-South Riverdale Town Crier and the Beach Metro Community News
7) Getting around the neighbourhood is convenient, both by foot and public transportation. The Beach has a walk score of 88 and has 6 bus lines and 3 light rail lines (including the Queen Streetcar line)
8) There are over 200 restaurants, bars, coffee shops in the neighbourhood for residents to enjoy, ranging from traditional Thai cuisine to English-style pub food
9) The beachfront enclave offers residents a break from the rush of city life, despite being a mere 25 minute streetcar ride from downtown Toronto
10) The Beach’s rich history is reflected by one of the four original Carnegie Libraries dating back to 1916
We’ve given you a brief snapshot of the charm and ease that The Beach is known for. Feel free to browse through TheRedPin’s resale listings and pre-construction condos in one of Toronto’s favourite summer spots.
Wondering about other Toronto beacheswe narrowed down the top 5 in the city.

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