Inside the Eastside: Local real estate report

GOODHOOD has partnered with The Richards Group Re/Max Hallmark to bring you a local real estate series with the hottest market news, the best resources for your home and inside info on buying and selling in Leslieville, Riverside and other neighbourhoods in Toronto’s east end.

Toronto’s east side continues to be one of the hottest areas of the GTA, with increasing prices fueled by high demand and lower inventory.

Although properties in Toronto’s east end have been on the market for longer than this time last year, they are still selling for more. The price of detached homes are up 11% as are condos by 8%, while semi-detached homes had the biggest boost — a 16% increase from last October.

Semi-detached homes are becoming a fast favourite for new families; they are selling 10% faster than they did in October 2017, and sold prices just keep climbing with no trajectory of slowing down. In fact, semi-detached homes account for 39% of sales, followed by condos at 28% and detached houses at 17% in the past year.

An emerging trend in the east end, and Toronto as a whole, is the investment in mid-rise condos. There has been a decline in investment proposals for the huge tower projects that populate the downtown core as the market continues to call for more family-friendly units in quiet neighbourhoods.

Development has gotten underway at the highly anticipated Wonder Condos. The eight-storey space will have 286 units with a mix of lofts and townhomes.

Stephen Price, chief executive of Graywood Developments, shared: “…a two-bed in Wonder is in the $600,000 range; you simply can’t buy a house in Leslieville for $600,000 … there are no real housing alternatives available in the community for under $1-million. There’s a huge appetite for medium density in Toronto. Many don’t want to live in the downtown core, this buyer is more interested in being in a community and there is a greater propensity to buy larger, more livable units.”

Toronto’s housing market showed ongoing signs of stability in October as prices for condos and semi-detached homes jumped, even as total unit sales were little changed. The housing market continues to recover after a slowdown earlier this year in which tougher mortgage qualifications took effect, in addition to a rise in mortgage costs. The beginning of the year had a rough start, as the rule changes made it more difficult to borrow for a home.

The 7,492 sales recorded in October 2018 represent a 6% year-over-year increase and a 1% decline when measured month-over-month to September 2018. The increase in demand bumped up price appreciation for this month, with average sale prices for resale homes up 3.5% year-over-year, now reaching $807,340.

If you have questions about the market and the neighbourhoods — whether you’re hoping to get into the community or make your next move — get in touch with The Richards Group at or call 416-699-0303 to get the conversation started. Search local listings in Toronto’s east end.

The Richards Group Re/Max Hallmark has the honour of being East Toronto’s agency of choice as a result of their ability to help so many clients move their lives forward. They have redefined real estate with an experience of total care, unlocking the true potential of your home while delivering industry leading results, so your next move brings you closer to your wealth and lifestyle goals.

Vegan holiday market on this Saturday at Ralph Thornton Centre

East End Holiday Market

The East End Holiday Market is taking place Saturday, Nov. 10 at Ralph Thornton Centre.

Some 30 local vendors will be on showcase with local, handmade and eco-friendly products, fashion, art and vegan food and product vendors.

In support of Toronto Street Cats, every donation at the door gets a raffle ticket for a prize with over $200 in goodies, including products, coupons and discounts from the market’s vendors.

Vendors at the East End Holiday Market include Animal Liberation Kitchen, Art and Music Den,
ChocoSol, Dogs of the Ganges Society, Faucher Illustration, Foresite Jewellery, Green vs Grey, Incense Republic, Lovely Life Lips, Pluma Temple and Vegan Gluten Free Nerds

Admission is free for the event, which runs from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m at 765 Queen St. E.

For more information, see the event page on Facebook.

The Unplugged Workshop is moving to Gerrard

Photo:  The Unplugged Workshop

Photo: The Unplugged Workshop

The Unplugged Woodshop is moving to a new east end location.

The hand tool-focused woodworking school, which has been operating near Dundas and Carlaw for nearly three years, is making its home in the heart of the rapidly changing Gerrard and Jones neighbourhood.

The new space will offer 1,100 sq. ft on the main floor with an additional 350 sq. feet downstairs.

Classes start in mid-October. Check out for more.

Coffee and Clothing launches cafe and vintage shop on Pape in Toronto's east end

Photo:  Dean Seguin

Photo: Dean Seguin

Coffee and Clothing is a new shop on Toronto’s east side for, well, just that — coffee and clothes.

With a straight-to-the-point name that leaves no room for interpretation, the space recently popped up on the short stretch of Pape north of Gerrard.

Equal parts cafe and vintage clothing store, the shop is a family-owned joint venture between Zoe’s Coffee Roasters and Wins Above Replacement

The coffee bar serves up the spectrum from drip to espresso drinks, pour overs to cold brew. A loyalty program gets you a bag of beans after 10 coffees. There are also a selection of salads and bowls, plus baked goods.

The selection of men’s and women’s clothing is small but very well curated with lines such as Vince, Gap and some old school Jays gear.

There’s also a housewares selection, made up mostly of vintage ceramics including mugs and dishes, plus textiles and throws.

The store has an expansive back patio — you’d never expect from the street — that’s larger than the shop space itself.

Coffee and Clothing is now open at 348 Pape Ave. or check them out online.

Tertulia brings life back to former bank building with opening of cafe

Tertulia brings life back to former bank building with opening of cafe

Earlier this year, David Kennedy garnered local attention appealing to the community for proposals to convert the Queen East landmark into something special. He found his match in the idea of building a community gathering place through Tertulia, a coffee shop with the ambition to become a local destination.  

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Fuss Hair Studio moves to Gerrard after 10 years on Queen East

Photo:  Dean Seguin

Photo: Dean Seguin

One of Leslieville’s original hair salons has up and moved into new digs.

Owner Kristin Rankin, and the rest of the team at Fuss Hair Studio, have closed up shop on Queen East and hiked north two blocks for a change of pace.

“Although Queen East has been our home for a successful 10 years, we are looking forward to spending the next 10 in the up-and-coming Leslieville neighbourhood located on Gerrard East,” states a note on the salon’s website.

The salon is now reopen at 1022 Gerrard St. E. Visit for more info.