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Dufferin Grove A trendy, earthy and tight-knit family neighbourhood

For young couples and young-ish families, Dufferin Grove is a cool and arguably trendy neighbourhood. It's armed with an impressive cultural diversity, good schools, eclectic shops, independent bakeries and cafes and awesome restaurants, the homes are well-kept and very attractive, but aren't paired with high rents and the incomes of families here are pretty much average. Community gardens are big, as is organic produce and fabulous coffee. For commuters, Dufferin Grove is about 15 minutes from downtown when traffic isn't too terrible and takers of transit have the option of using Dufferin and Ossington Stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line, a few buses and the streetcars to get into the city from home.

Who Lives Here

Hip, young families with or without kids. There's a huge Portuguese population in Dufferin Grove, too, being that the southwest corner is attached to the neighbourhood called Little Portugal.

Perfect for…

Middle-income families with kids who will appreciate the independent and sometimes quirky small businesses in the area, who want a relatively easy commute to work downtown and are seeking good schools for the kids.

Not-so-perfect for…

Suit-and-tie types. Parts of Dufferin Grove are rather alternative and don't really suit the concrete jungle lifestyle. Residents of Dufferin Grove tend to love their gardens and parks more than their Mercedes-Benzes.

Life and Style

Residents of Dufferin Grove are middle-income in general, but they're also young and trendy. The nightlife in the neighbourhood is pretty great and rather varied, and the people who file into these haunts are a unique and diverse mix of stylish and often down-to-earth folks. Live music is a big deal and the large Portuguese population means soccer games can kick up some rowdy gatherings in the streets.

Housing Market

The housing stock in Dufferin Grove is as diverse as the population, serving up cute detached homes built in the early 1900s, as well as apartment buildings, condos and townhouses. The rents here aren't far off from average and might be on the rise due to the neighbourhood being seen as an increasingly desirable place to live, thanks to its trendiness. So averages aside, there are some great opportunities to be found in the community, especially with two- or three-bedroom units that are perfect for families and could run you less than $1,500 per month.

Avg. rent by housing type and size

Studio/Bachelor: $1,200
1-bedroom: $1,350
2-bedroom: $1,980
3-bedroom: $2,380
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
Dufferin Grove is 4% lower than TO average

Typical housing type

Low-rise apartment buildings and small detached homes


Dufferin Grove Park is one of the most unique in the city because of the services it offers to residents of the community. Of note, the community oven, the community garden, a campfire and its music programs. There's a farmer's market during the summer that sells mostly organic produce, much of which is grown right in the neighbourhood, located across from Dufferin Mall, the biggest shopping centre in the community. The nightlife is concentrated along Bloor – check out Disgraceland or Drift Bar – and on Dundas, plus a few more along College, especially the Caledonian.