The Beaches neighbourhood is more like a resort in the big city
Because of its location along the lakefront, thousands of Torontonians and visitors congregate to The Beaches in the summer months to stroll along the boardwalk, bask in the sun, play a little beach volleyball, jog or inline skate along the Martin Goodman Trail, or shop and dine at one of the many vibrant stores and eateries along Queen St.
The widest variety of architectural property styles exist in The Beaches, more than any other community in Toronto. While most of the homes in this area were built in the early 1900’s, there are still plenty of beach cottages standing, which were constructed in the 1800’s. All the homes in The Beaches are highlighted by the beautiful tree-lined streets that find their way down to Lake Ontario.
A number of new homes have also been developed in the area, all of which are inspired by heritage design and include detached and semi-detached family homes, townhouses, and a few low-rise condominium buildings.
The Boardwalk along the lake truly is the heart of The Beaches. The deep sandy beaches along the lakefront where locals and tourists flock every summer line the Boardwalk, making this neighbourhood of downtown Toronto truly unique.
Ashbridge's Bay Park is a popular spot for picnics, windsurfing, and beach volleyball. Glen Stewart Park off of Queen St features a scenic ravine and nature trail, while the Donald Summerville Pool offers residents and visitors an Olympic size pool, diving pool and children's pool.
As far as shopping is concerned, the strip along Queen St is the most commercial of the shopping districts in The Beaches. Many of these shops and eateries have a beach feel to them to cater to tourism. The locals tend to flock more to Kingston Rd for their shopping.
Kew Gardens is considered the area’s active hub, which is home to tennis courts, a baseball diamond, ice rink, playground, and wading pool. It also features a concert bandstand, which is the site of many annual events, such as the Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting festival and Jazz festival.
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While residents can gain access to all the day-to-day amenities needed by foot, there is also bus and streetcar service along Queen St, Kingston Rd, Gerrard St, Victoria Park Ave, Main St, and Woodbine Ave, all of which connect commuters to subway stations.
Commuters travelling by car can access the Don Valley Expressway, Gardiner Expressway, and Lakeshore Blvd within minutes.
Bus Routes: 92 Woodbine South