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Culture & Lifestyle
Heaven for lovers of outdoorsy pursuits, patios and summer breezes, the neighborhood has a small-town feel and laid-back vibe, with very few buildings taller than five storeys. The main drag along Queen Street East is full of indie shops and cafes, and the four city-run beaches score high on water cleanliness and offer ample opportunities for kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, kite-surfing, and lounging by the waves. Running alongside the boardwalk, the Martin Goodman multi-use trail stretches 56 km along the entire Toronto waterfront.
Schools & Rankings
The Beaches is as gifted with good schools as it is with amenities. Four public elementary schools (Kew Beach Junior Public School, Williamson Road Junior Public School, Balmy Beach Community Public School, and St. Denis Catholic School) score well above average in the Fraser Institute rankings, with Balmy Beach in the top 3 percent in the province.
Detached and semi-detached houses make up three-quarters of the real estate inventory here, with the average home price at $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, up 10 percent from the same period the year before. Properties stay on the market an average of 13 days.
The Richards Group Team