They say the rents are cheaper in the Junction which, when paired with a quaint, village-like atmosphere, has conspired to bring some of the hippest Torontonians to this little corner west of downtown. The Junction’s former heydays are long gone, and following a dark century of prohibition that ended as recently as 2001, the neighbourhood has come back to life. Now, its commercial areas are bursting at the seams with vintage and antique shops, indie cafes, music stores and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that serve up incredible fare. Tons of transit options make it simple to commute to downtown and for families, there are several schools nearby. The neighbourhood extends from St. Clair to Annette and from Runnymeade to the West Toronto Diamond, where two main rail lines cross.
A young population of creative professionals and downtown warriors. There are about as many couples without kids as there are with, but seniors are a rarity in the Junction.
Self-employed or people who work downtown and don’t want to pay insane rents for the privilege of living close to the city’s core.
Anyone who really needs that downtown beat to feel at home – the Junction definitely has a small village feel where everyone knows everyone’s business.
On the weekends, residents of the Junction hang out along Dundas, aka Little Malta, which is lined with shops, bars and cafes. There is a growing number of patios, making for awesome places to watch the day and the crowds go by. Housing in the Junction is mixed, and some of the non-detached homes are now live-work spaces that have been converted into cool galleries and workshops. During the summer, there’s the Junction Summer Solstice Festival, celebrating DIY culture and local food, and the Junction Music Festival of solely indie bands.
For renters and buyers, the Junction has managed to hold on to relatively low prices – for now. With the Junction being recognized as a trendy neighbourhood close to downtown Toronto, more and more people are moving in, and prices are driving upward. Still, some might find a studio apartment or basement suite for under $600, and a three-bedroom house for less than $2,000.
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
The Junction is 2% lower than TO average
Small detached houses built at the turn of the century and low-rise apartments
If you’re in the Junction and you’re hungry, you’re in luck. The whole strip along Dundas is lined with awesome restaurants, many of which are dirt-cheap. Take Locomotive, which serves unreal sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, or there’s the Hole in the Wall in the Junction gastropub. Then there’s Humble Beginnings, Gabby’s or Jumbo Burger, plus a number of sushi, Thai and Indian places. There’s just one park in town and three public schools, with many more close by, within a short drive, plus St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School.