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Old East York
—  Neighbourhood  —
Post-war bungalows are the most common type of house in Old East York
Position of Old East York
Coordinates: 43°41′26″N 79°19′35″W / 43.69056°N 79.32639°W / 43.69056; -79.32639
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community Toronto & East York
Changed Municipality 1924 East York from York
1998 Toronto fromEast York
 - MP Jack Layton (Toronto—Danforth) Maria Minna (Beaches-East York)
 - MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth) Michael Prue (Beaches-East York)
 - Councillor Case Ootes (Ward 29 Toronto—Danforth) Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York)

Old East York is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto located in the former East York. While East York was a much larger area, the name has been kept as a reminder to the days before the mega city. There are multiple definitions of its extent, but at its largest Old East York has covers the portion of the former city south of Taylor-Massey Creek and the Don Valley Parkway. It thus stretches from the Don River in the west to Victoria Park Avenue in the east. The southern border is the old boundary between East York and Toronto.

The area is primarily made up of single detached homes and ownership is well above average (at over 65). Most of the houses are small bungalows constructed in the post-war era, but today many are being torn down and replaced by larger houses. The area is middle class primarily and while once dominated by seniors, many are moving on and younger families are finding an affordable neighbourhood within fairly close proximity to the city centre.

The people in the area are predominantly of British, Irish and Greek descent.[1]


Neighborhood sections

Glebe land Much of the central section of what became East York was first set aside as 'Clergy Reserves', called 'Glebe land', a hotly debated feature of the original system of land granting in Ontario which retained land for the use of the church. Arguments over which church should have the use of this land led to the eventual sale of the clergy reserves, most of which had remained undeveloped for many years as surrounding areas were cleared and built on. The clergy lots between Donlands (originally a part of Leslie Street) and Woodbine only began to be developed after the construction of the Prince Edward Viaduct and Leslie Bridge and successful development of the old Todmorden postal village west of Donlands as Pape Village.

Todmorden Village To the north of O'Connor (which splices down the middle of the neighbourhood) is Todmorden village. Much of the village lies atop the Don Valley Ravine which is lined with forest. Mature trees are a big presence in this area of the neighbourhood and create an extremely peaceful and natural area, rarely found this close to downtown Toronto. Where Pape and the Donlands head North past O'Connor is a gorgeous area consisting of very few streets and beautiful homes.

Woodbine Heights This section of Old East York is bounded by Coxwell on the West, Woodbine on the East, the Don Valley Ravine on the north and Mortimer on the south. As with much of the Old East York neighbourhoods, this area is primarily based on single dwelling homes owned by older residents or retirees. Recent demographic changes have brought in many new young middle-class residents to the area.

Woodbine-Lumsden is a neighbourhood in the former East York area of the city of Toronto. Woodbine-Lumsden is bordered by Woodbine Avenue to the West, Strathmore Blvd to the South, Main street to the East and Taylor Bush Park to the North.

Over sixty five percent of homes are owned and most are single detached homes. The neighbourhood is middle income, although the spectrum is truly spanned with few very low and few very high income earners. The trend over the past decades however, has been more wealth and less lower income earners.

This area was known as being the original homestead of the Smith clan, starting with Reuben Smith in the 1920s, followed by his son Thomas and the remainder of his extended family.

Crescent Town to the far east is a collection of apartment towers that acts as an immigrant reception area, primarily for new immigrants from South Asia.

Broadview North is a neighbourhood is bordered to by Pape Avenue to the East, Chesterhill to the South and the DVP to the West and North. The area is dominated by renters and high rise buildings. There are numerous low income buildings in the area, however, renting (at over 70%) is certainly the norm in this area howerver at the very north the area is compriesed of many bungallows many of which are being redone into 2-storey houses because of the decent area and the considerably low housing price. The area has significant Greek and Serbian populations.

Riding Divisions

The area west of Coxwell Avenue is the federal and provincial riding of Toronto-Danforth and Ward 29, the area east of Coxwell is the federal and provincial riding of Beaches-East York and Ward 31.



  1. ^ City of Toronto. Old East York: Social Profile #2 Neighbourhoods Language and Ethnicity, 2008-07. Retrieved on 2009-01-17.


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