East York Neighbourhood
The Township of East York was incorported on January 1, 1924. At the time East York was comprised mostly of market gardens, a handful of brick making yards and a racehorse track that was located in the area bound by Oak park, Lumsden, Chisholm and Danforth Avenue.
In its early years, East York's population consisted mostly of employees of the local market gardens and brickyards as well as returning World War One veterans and their families. East York's largest period of growth took place between 1946 and 1961 when the housing supply nearly doubled in size.
East York held the distinction of being Canada's only Borough until 1998 when it was amalgamated into the City of Toronto. The fact that East York chose to remain a Borough for so long rather than incorporate as a city speaks volumes for the small town friendliness that has been an East York trademark ever since its formation in 1924.
For many years East York has held the distinction of having the highest percentage of senior citizens in Metro Toronto. These demographics are changing, as many young families are now moving into this neighbourhood. Home buyers are finding East York attractive because the houses are relatively affordable and the location offers quick and easy access to downtown Toronto.
The majority of East York's housing stock was built in stages beginning in the 1890's and continuing right up until the early 1960's. With the houses having been built over such a wide period of time, a myriad of different housing styles is evident from one street to the next.
East York is comprised of two storey or one-and-a-half storey detached and semi-detached houses, as well as an abundance of bungalows, and some newer custom designed homes. There are also a large number of high rise rental apartment buildings concentrated along Cosburn Avenue between Broadview and Donlands Avenue.
The majority of shopping in East York is located on the main north-south arterial roadways including Pape, Donlands, Greenwood, Coxwell, and Woodbine.
At the south end of East York, Danforth Avenue provides shoppers with a colourful array of fruit markets, bakeries, coffee shops, clothing and accessory stores and Toronto's best selection of Greek restaurants.
East York residents are conveniently located within a ten to fifteen minute drive of Toronto's financial and entertainment districts.
Bus service on O'Conner Drive and Pape, Donlands, Coxwell, Mortimer, Cosburn and Lumsden Avenues, provide passengers with a quick connection to subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line.