West Toronto Junction began as a railway town in the 1870s with the convergence of railway lines that operated nearby. Stations and railyards opened, attracting manufacturers and their employers to the area. Many of the houses closest to Dundas Street housed the labourers who first settled here.
Fun fact: Excessive drinking and rowdiness led to a prohibition on alcohol being sold on Dundas Street West that lasted until 2000.
In the late 1880s the development of the area was underway with newspaper ads luring buyers by offering lots with commanding views of Lake Ontario and High Park. The Junction was incorporated as a village in 1891, but by 1909, in the interest of better roads and utilities, they annexed with the City of Toronto.
Housing and Accommodation
The Junction has some of the finest architecture in Toronto. If you take a stroll through the winding tree-lined streets north of Annette Street, you’ll find many rich, red brick Victorian houses on generously sized lots. Closer to Dundas Street these Victorian-style houses are smaller, narrower, and perhaps not as charming. You’ll also find that a fair number of the larger houses, particularly on the main streets, have apartments with 2 or more units, which makes this area a great location for income properties.
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The Junction has evolved from a railway and manufacturing haven, weathered the economic depressions of the late 1800s and the 1920s to become the appealing and convenient neighbourhood it is today.
Today, with its many cafes, taverns, restaurants, boutiques, and parks, a great energy and vibe permeates the Junction. Perhaps due to the not-too-long-ago prohibition, there has been a boost of craft breweries and gastropubs in the area, making it a great destination for beer hopping.
If you’re looking for a neighbourhood that avoids cookie cutter and embraces the idiosyncratic, then the Junction is the perfect place for you This off-the-cuff quality has attracted a diverse population and has created a strong sense of community and identity. Classic, brick residential homes, revamped industrial-finished lofts, and new builds, are all available in the area. The residential options in the Junction are as unique as the people who reside in them.
The Junction is on the ascendent, but for now it seems, the property values haven’t caught up to the rate of the rest of the city….YET. So if you’re thinking of buying, the Junction is a great place to start your search: Keep in mind, condos make up about 37% of sales here, semi-detached houses about 25%, and detached homes, just under 20%.
This area is very family-oriented, but this growing community has been drawing in more and more young professionals looking for housing that won’t break the bank.
Close to the Bloor Subway line, the Junction offers plenty of transit options and 3 subway stations: High Park, Keele, and Runnymede Station.
For drivers though, there is no quick access to highways and the roads can be particularly testing during rush hour.
Area: 3km Population: 14,015
Kids: 14% Visible Minority: 29%
Youth: 12% Average Family Income: $81,422
Lower Education: 32.1% Higher Education: 9.7%
Owned Homes: 55% Tenanted Homes: 45%
- Art festivities abound.
- Young, hip, and edgy.
- Lots of parks and recreational space.
- Pockets of undeveloped areas still exist.
- Upper Junction is a short commute to the TTC transit lines.
- Traffic congestion: the trains still running through the ‘hood are partly to blame.