Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood of Toronto
Map of Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood

In the 19th century the St. Clair and Victoria Park intersection was home to the village of Moffat’s Corners, surrounded by rural lands. They later named, Clairlea area was one of the first areas of present-day Scarborough to be developed as a Toronto suburb. As a result, it went through a transformation in the early 1950s. This middle income neighbourhood features affordable homes and mature streets. The neighbourhood’s landmark Warden Woods ravine offers some downtown nature.

Clairlea-Birchmount is a destination neighbourhood for young families, perhaps because of the family-friendly mix of population and has a low percentage of divorced (5%) and Separated (3%) families. Warden Woods Community Centre (a United Way member agency) provides support and programs for the community. There is also the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Centre founded in 1956 as the area boys and girls club which provides support to the residents.

The neighbourhood consists of 17% Children aged 0-14 (much more than the average for many other Toronto neighbourhoods) and 13% Seniors 65 and older (lower than many other Toronto neighbourhoods).

From 2001 to 2011, Clairlea-Birhmount’s official population grew 24% (from 19,960 to 24,575). Of special note, the largest growth came from the youth who increased 40%, from 2,265 to 3,170 indicating, followed by 25-64 year olds (up 30.1%) indicating a healthy demand for single-detached homes in the neighbourhood. Townhome developments have been built, mostly close to the Warden TTC Station on St. Clair.

The vast majority of the residents (15,096) speak English at home, or about 62% of those surveyed. English is the mother tongue for 50% of the residents with the remaining be accounted for by Bengali (6.4%), Tagalog-Filipino (5.6%), Urdu (3.1%), Chinese-Mandarin/Cantonese/n.o.s. (7.3%), Greek (2.4%), Tamil (2.2%), Italian  (1.9%), and Spanish (1.4%).

This up and coming neighbourhood with its many new builds is positioned for price increase as it is surrounded by more expensive properties to the south, west and north. In addition, according to City of Toronto’s Wellbeing tool, the neighbourhood is heavily weighted for ‘Approved New Dwellings’, further supporting potential development and price appreciation. The neighbourhood’s properties also score well in terms of ‘Home Repairs Needed’ scoring better than average and better than the surrounding indicating a pride of ownership and care. With the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line (announced by MetroLinx in 2015) with the stop at Birchmount Road and Eglinton Avenue and added public transit options for the local residents, it is likely that the construction will bring additional residential and mixed-use development to the area. The government investment is part of a 25-year, $50 billion dollar plan for coordinated, integrated transportation and transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

One of the largest employers in the Neighbourhood is the landmark Providence Healthcare, established in 1962. Its services include a hospital, specializing in rehabilitation and complex continuing care, Providence Community Centre (offering clinics and support programs for seniors and caregivers), and a nursing home (the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence).

Ideal for professional couples and families is one of the newer builds in the Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood newer build

Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood newer build

Neighbourhood, a wonderful detached, 2-storey, 2000+ S.F. home located at 199 Raleigh Avenue. This stunning custom built home has an open open concept on the main floor with a great Chef kitchen equipped with built-in appliances, custom cabinetry, as well as a living room and dining room with walkout to deck and yard. The Second floor has four bedrooms, laundry facility and walkout to balcony. The master bedroom comes with large walk-in closet and spa ensuite is a gorgeous space to relax and unwind at the end of the day. A finished basement with extra bedroom, high ceilings and separate entrance is a highly desired o the home, the interlocking driveway and front balcony sets the stage for your visitors. Around the bonus. As you drive up tc199_raleigh_avenue_MLS_HID1085735_ROOMlivingroomdiningroomback, a fenced yard provides great privacy for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors.


If you would like to view this or other homes in Toronto, contact Baldo Minaudo, MBA, Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage 416-698-2090, Dir: 416-564-0245.


Dorset Park Neighbourhood

Dorset Park Neighbourhood – another Toronto community in transition with potential upside appreciation in home value.

Dorset Park is a middle-income, family oriented neighbourhood that spans between Midland Avenue and Kennedy Road from highway 401 to just south of Lawrence Avenue.

Originally, in the 1800’s, it was part of a small farming hamlet surrounding the Kennedy and Ellesmere Road intersection, called the Village of Ellesmere.  During the early 1900’s the community’s focal point was the Ellesmere Arena, which served as home of the Maple Leaf Curling Club and the Ellesmere Maple Leaf Band. The Village was known for its sports clubs, such as the Maple Leaf Football Team which won the 1890 Ontario Championships. During the early 1950’s, Ellesmere Village’s dairy farms and market gardens were replaced by the Dorset Park housing subdivision.

Today, Dorset Park is a neighbourhood in transition with a culturally diversified population with the first generation of aging subdivision homeowners slowly being replaced by a new generation of young families with children. According to 2011 statistics, over 12% of the community’s residents claim Tamil as their mother tongue.

Dorset Park is home to one of only seven community hubs as part of Ontario’s Strategic Framework and Action Plan. Led by the United Way working together with donours and community partners, the hub is a one-stop centre where residents can access vital programs and services and where they can build community. The hub brings together resources to provide a place that supports the diverse growing needs of the community.

For those interested in affordable housing for raising a family without having to undergo renovations, the neighbourhood has a pocket of more recently built housing than the original subdivision.

For example, this home at 3 Kiriakou Street, presently listed by Real Estate Homeward at $499,000 is a beautiful, bright and spacious 3 bedroom townhouse with walkout to a private south facing, fenced yard. It even has up-graded laminated floors, a huge master bedroom with ensuite and entrance from garage. The lovely landscaped interlocking brick front entrance adds to the elegance. This great family home is ready for you to move in and enjoy in a fabulous location close to School, Parks, LRT, TTC, Go and all amenities. You can view this home at a public open house on Saturday, December 5th from 2-4pm or on Sunday, December 6th from 2-4pm. Offers, if any, being reviewed on Wednesday, December 9th.

Baldo Minaudo, Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage, 1858 Queen St. E., Toronto – 416-698-2090.

Dorset Park Neighbourhood Townhouse
Dorset Park Neighbourhood Townhouse