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Blake-Jones is a section of the Riverdale neighbourhood east of downtown Toronto. The neighbourhood features tree-lined streets and residences built between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its main street is Jones Avenue, bordered by Pape and Greenwood on either side, and Danforth and Riverdale at its north and south.
Close to most of east end Toronto’s most popular haunts, Blake-Jones is an ideal spot for those who want to remove themselves from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto while still enjoying top-notch entertainment, dining, transit and shopping options. In addition to the local amenities, residents are also near some of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city, including Greektown and Leslieville.
The area is home to a diverse range of families, making it a great place to set down roots. Whether it’s your starter apartment or permanent home, Blake-Jones is a friendly neighbourhood waiting to be discovered.
Take a look at what this up-and-coming area has to offer, and check out available condos before the rest of the city discovers what a gem Blake-Jones is.
Who lives in Blake-Jones?
Blake-Jones contains a lot of older detached houses, but it's getting an influx of apartments and condos. These dwellings are attracting a more youthful type of demographic who are taking advantage of the transit routes to commute downtown.
The following data was obtained from the 2016 Blake-Jones neighbourhood census profile, and the City of Toronto Ward 30 profile. Average prices are determined by the realestatecondos.ca listings.
Population growth: -0.5%
Rent/Own: 42% / 58%
Median Age: 39
Average household income: 105,059
Average condo sale price: $874,950
Average condo rent price: $1,800
Average family size: 2
Population density: 8,134 people per square km
The Blake-Jones area is a popular residential zone along the Danforth, touching Greektown at its northern reaches, and extending nearly to Gerrard at its southern end. Venturing on errands along Danforth Ave makes navigating the neighbourhood easy and accessible, which is why Blake-Jones records an impressive Walk Score of 89/100.
Blake-Jones also benefits from quick public transit access along the Bloor-Danforth subway line. With three subways stations to choose from – Pape, Donlands and Greenwood – getting anywhere in the city is relatively easy. The 506 College/Carlton and 501 Queen streetcars are not too far from the southern edge of the neighbourhood either, resulting in the Blake-Jones Transit Score matching its Walk Score at 89/100.
Both Greenwood Ave. and Jones Ave. have assigned bike lanes. Taking either of these routes southbound will connect you to nearby bike lanes on Dundas St. E or down to the Waterfront Trail with a little maneuvering.
For the drivers, Don Valley Parkway is accessible by taking Danforth Ave. westbound, which will connect you to the Gardiner Expressway. Lakeshore Blvd. E. is reachable by driving south for less than 10 minutes.
As a result of the neighbourhood’s northern border at Danforth Avenue, Blake-Jones comes with easy access to some of the east end's best amenities. Everything from health food stores to fitness centres, dentists, banks, drugstores, and hardware…the list goes on and on. No one in this self-sustaining neighbourhood has to travel far to get what they need.
Blake-Jones is rather residential, so besides the local grocers on Danforth and Jones Ave, you’ll find a No Frills, Fu Yao, Freshco, Loblaws and Walmart to the south of this neighbourhood. There's the usual complement of drugstores and specialty shops as well. For the most part, the smaller independent places are along the Danforth, but the neighbourhood's other borders present some solid offerings of their own.
Well-know restaurants and cafes
Just because we’re in Greektown doesn’t mean that the food scene is strictly Greek; there are restaurants serving up diverse culinary options, hoping to take advantage of the bustling Danforth audience.
Plus, East Chinatown and Little India are both within walking distance southward. There, you’ll find popular Asian and Southeast Asian dining and grocery options.
But, do you want to know what any local will say is the best part about living in Blake-Jones, so close to Greektown? It’s the Taste of the Danforth Festival! An annual food and entertainment event extravaganza showcasing and celebrating all the diversity of Toronto every August.
The Danforth Music Hall is a stone’s throw away from Blake-Jones, which is something many concert-goers envy residents for. Why? Because the Danforth Music Hall is one of the best concert venues in Toronto! Major musicians perform here, so it’s likely that one of your concerts will take place right in your backyard. It’s only a five-to-ten-minute walk from Blake-Jones.
One of the more notable bars on the east side of Blake-Jones near Donlands is a humble spot called The Only Cafe. For over 30 years, this Danforth staple has amassed 230+ bottles and cans of beer available to taste and explore, plus 25 local craft brews on tap, ensuring there’s something for everybody. Couple that with free board games and a wicked back-patio, and you’ve got an excellent afternoon that will probably take you into the night.
Schools in Blake-Jones
Blake-Jones has three local elementary schools in the area: Blake Street Junior P.S., Earl Grey Senior P.S., and Pape Avenue Junior P.S.
Riverdale Collegiate Institute is the closest high school in the neighbourhood, located down Jones Street at Gerrard, while Monarch Park Collegiate Institute is a few blocks east.
Blake-Jones is a short commute from the downtown campuses of Ryerson University, George Brown College and University of Toronto.
Parks in Blake-Jones
One of the prized possessions of Toronto, Riverdale Park is about six blocks west of the Blake-Jones neighbourhood. Spanning 104 acres, the park is split by the Don River which is crossable via footbridge. Park features include large soccer, baseball and tennis facilities, as well as a swimming pool, an outdoor hockey rink and running track. The view of the cityscape from the Broadview side of the park is breathtaking, functioning as the backdrop to several Hollywood films.
Other parks nearby include Withrow Park, which hosts a farmer’s market in the summertime; Monarch Park with an outdoor pool and dog park; Evergreen Brickworks, a converted industrial site turned sustainable event space; and, Woodbine Beach, the city’s premiere beachfront.