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Swansea neighbourhood is a hidden gem in Downtown Toronto. It is bordered by Bloor Street West to the north, High Park to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, and the Humber River to the west, making it the only Toronto neighbourhood with a river, lake, and pond as its natural boundaries. It also borders one of the most popular shopping districts in the city, making everything you need at your fingertips.
Being surrounded by water, it should be no surprise that there is plenty of green space in this neighbourhood. The entire eastern border is defined by High Park, which is the largest contiguous park in the City of Toronto, but if you’re looking for parks within this community, the highlight is Rennie Park. It’s not as big as High Park, but it also has its own pond, as well as a wading pool, picnic shelter, shuffleboard, indoor ice rink, and four outdoor tennis courts.
This is mostly a residential neighbourhood where condos are becoming the most prevalent type of housing as they accounted for 64% of total home sales in the past year. The next most common home sales were for detached houses, which accounted for 22% of sales. Condo townhouses were the third most commonly sold homes at 7%. The average price during that time was $734,532, which can be divided into an average price of $508,765 for condos and $1,630,589 for detached homes.
The Swansea Community Recreation Centre stands adjacent to Rennie Park. This community centre is outfitted with a fitness and weight room, gymnasium, indoor pool, and multipurpose room.
This is the go-to venue for community events and it also hosts multiple classes, programs, and camps.
Another amazing community space is Sunnyside Park, which stretches along Lake Ontario. There are plenty of pathways here, making it a great place to go for a stroll, jog, or bike ride. It also has stunning views of Downtown Toronto and the CN Tower.
While three of the borders are defined by water, the northern boundary is the iconic section of Bloor Street known as the Bloor West Village. This stretch is regarded as one of the premier shopping destinations in the GTA. It is outfitted with boutique stores, grocery stores, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. This is the perfect destination to grab a bite or pint after work.
Another nearby spot is Roncesvalles Village, which is on the other side of High Park. This is one of the most delightful regions in town. It’s main street is Roncesvalles Avenue, and it is frequently compared to a European boulevard with its wide sidewalks and tree lined atmosphere. Streetside fruit markets and vendors are a common sight here too, making it a great place to visit when you’re looking for something a little different in Toronto.
This is also a fantastic place for getting around. Jane and Runnymede Stations serve the area, and they both connect to the TTC’s Bloor/Danforth Line. From here, residents can easily travel across the entire city. It’s a good place for motorists too. The Gardiner Expressway lines the southern border of the neighbourhood, and this is one of the major roadways in Toronto. This highway is able to provide a direct connection to the rest of Downtown Toronto, as well as Mississauga and beyond.
This neighbourhood is on the fringes of Downtown Toronto, and it borders the district of Etobicoke. It is still in the central city, but it also has characteristics of suburbia. Despite this, or maybe because of it, this area is seeing an increase in condominiums. This is one of the final vestiges of Old Toronto, and it is an untapped market that is finally being recognized by developers. Many new projects are cropping up around the waterfront, which gives excellent opportunities to invest on the lakeshore.
The area is filled with parks, shops, restaurants, culture, and more. Showing a strong sense of community, there are many classes and activities at the Swansea Community Recreation Centre, as well and idyllic parks peppered throughout the region. This is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in the GTA, and we invite you to visit and discover its allure for yourself.