A year ago, my family appeared in Toronto Life for their feature story “The Condo Generation”. We are still happily living in our downtown condo but have recently started exploring other family-friendly neighbourhoods that are just outside the core but still in the city.
When Streetcar Developments reached out to me a few weeks ago, I jumped at the opportunity to go on their media tour.
Our tour began at The Southwood presentation centre where Alie Warren, VP Corporate Development spoke briefly about Streetcar’s latest project: The Ravine Collection. A contemporary 6-storey condo at 646 Kingston Road, just north of the water known as the Upper Beach. For a diehard city girl that sure sounded far, but it was actually only a 20 mins drive from the CN Tower and boasts a walk score of 86!
During our tour, we hit up local hot spots along Kingston Road and Queen Street East. The Art of Cheese where you can drop in with friends for a wine tasting, Close to the Bone is a butcher that has been serving up meats and deli to residents for the past 40+ years, and Collected Joy is your cute go-to store for unique curated gifts and small-batch artisan goods.
We passed by Toronto’s longest-running cinema, Fox Theatre, and stopped in for a quick meal at The Beech Tree, a favourite dining destination for date night. This restaurant offers Ontario-centric interpretations of Italian peasant food, the occasional French classic as well as twists on dishes from North Africa and Spain. They also make a wickedly delicious lavender lychee martini!
Our tour ended at Ed’s Real Scoop, where there always seems to be a mad lineup! One lick of their mango raspberry sorbet or chili chocolate gelato and you’ll deem it’s worth the wait.
I get the sense that the Upper Beach is a small but vibrant community. A familial streetscape of mom and pop shops, gourmet boutiques, and restaurants and bars where the patrons are on a first name basis.
Row houses pepper the tree lined streets but turn a corner, and you’ll think you are in Rosedale surrounded by charming older homes backing onto the Glen Stewart Ravine.
I have no doubt that with the addition of The Southwood’s Lakeview and Ravine condo developments, this neighbourhood will get a refreshing modern face-lift and draw in the younger professional crowd and families with small children like myself who are looking to upsize and get bigger bang for their buck.
The Ravine Collection start at $249,900 and range from 500 sqft one bedrooms to 1,720 sqft three bedroom suites.
For now, I’m just not ready to leave my beloved King West neighbourhood but the abundance of green spaces and nature trails, the Balmy Beach Club and Beaches Recreation Centre plus the waterfront boardwalk and the East Toronto Athletic Field Park certainly makes this neighbourhood appealing.
I could see myself revisiting the Upper Beach community in a few years and possibly raising my family in this urban oasis.