In a word, Yorkville is posh and extremely charming. The homes are classy and expensive, the shops are ritzy (some border on snobbish) and the restaurants serve fine, artistic foods. Having a Yorkville address is a status symbol among Torontonians who, for the most part, will only ever dream of living on the neighbourhood's quiet, tree-lined streets. For residents, it's just far enough from downtown that you feel separated from the congestion, yet close enough that drivers can commute to work in just a few minutes. The neighbourhood is connected to two subway lines and several buses, and for families, there are several schools close by, including three private schools. Looking for rentals in Yorkville? Hope your pockets are well-lined: This is one of Toronto's most expensive neighbourhoods.
A mix of families, seniors and a few professional couples without kids, but you can bet that the common denominator between these demographic groups is their incomes, which are in the $100,000 range on the low side.
Seniors, empty-nesters and well-off families who want it all: parks, schools, shopping and an enviable address.
Anyone with a budget, as well as the earthy, live-within-your-means crowd who won't mesh with the ritz and glitz of Yorkville.
The style in Yorkville is dictated by its superior surroundings. The locals are well dressed in Hugo Boss suits or Chanel skirts, carrying Louis Vuitton bags as they shop for finely crafted home furnishings and decor at one of many local shops housed in the quaint and colourful boutiques on the neighbourhood’s streets. Restaurants and bars with sunny patios see action all day when it’s nice out, with locals mixing among a daily influx of tourists who pile in to Yorkville to explore its pretty streets and world-class shopping, and stay at one of dozens of five-star hotels located within the neighbourhood. While sipping on artisan cocktails, locals can play “spot the Kia,” which will stand out pretty starkly against the parade of Ferraris, Teslas and Aston Martins that rule the roads of Yorkville.
Yorkville's prestige makes it one of Toronto's most expensive neighbourhoods for renters. Renters seeking a studio apartment can expect to pay a minimum of $1,500 to live in Yorkville, but at least at that price you're getting a truly beautiful unit. Renting a two- or three-bedroom place often entails renting out a whole house, which has aided in driving rents to rates that are frankly unaffordable for most. Many two-bedroom rentals command prices of $4,000 or more, and where that doesn't mean a house, it's often a luxury penthouse suite in a prime location.
Avg. rent compared to other Toronto neighbourhoods
Yorkville is 46% higher than TO average
Victorian manors in pristine condition, and luxury condos and townhouses
The boutique shops of the neighbourhood, located inside pretty, repurposed Victorian homes, are mainly located on Yorkville and Cumberland, with a few more on Hazelton and Yonge. Bloor-Yorkville is the main shopping destination, with big-name designers and fabulous restaurants, as is the local mall, Hazelton Lanes. Top spots for killing a day with drinks and snacks are Sazzafrazz, Trattoria Nervosa, Hemingway’s and the bright red Oxley pub. Yorkville Park, located along Cumberland, is home to a huge rock transplanted from the Canadian Shield. The whole northwest of the community is lined with green space, starting with Ramsden Park that has trails which connect through to the Rosedale Ravine. For families with kids, Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior School is in the northern corner of Yorkville, as is Msgr. Fraser College Catholic Senior School, and the Rosedale Day School, Blyth Academy and McDonald International Academy are all private schools within minutes of Yorkville’s borders.