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Welcome to the ever-expanding Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood in Toronto, affectionately known as the epicentre of Midtown.
This intersection is right in the middle of one of four major business blocks outside of downtown, and has been nicknamed ‘Yonge & Eligible’ after the young professionals that either live, work or do both here.
But Yonge-Eglinton is also a family’s paradise. The area features a diverse range of schools for every demographic, great shopping options, prime entertainment destinations and top-rated restaurants to keep you amused year-round. It has in fact become so amenity laden that many Torontonians are coming to view it as a second downtown.
Just tilt your head skyward to understand how in demand the area is. With cranes towering above, and partially built condos stretching up on almost every corner, it's apparent that Yonge-Eglinton has only just started to come into its own.
Why is the area so popular? When you look at the local economic infastructure, transit lines and food scene, it's pretty easy to comprehend.
Who lives in Yonge-Eglinton?
The Yonge and Eligible moniker reflects the neighbourhood's general youth. As more condos go up, more businesses are moving in, making it even more attractive to young workers. Even so, the area retains a fair number of families who live on the side streets, just removed from the crowded chaos of the Yonge-Eglinton intersection. Overall, the demographics of Yonge-Eglinton are diverse.
The following data was obtained from the 2016 Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood census profile, and the City of Toronto Ward 22 profile. Average prices are determined by the realestatecondos.ca listings.
Population growth: 11.7%
Rent/Own: 61% / 39%
Median Age: 40
Average household income: 167,159
Average condo sale price: $1,176,725
Average condo rent price: $3,058.65
Average family size: 2
Population density: 7,162 people per square km
Yonge-Eglinton is anchored by the Eglinton subway station and receives a Transit Score of 93/100 because of its access to the Yonge line (Line 1). There are also several bus lines that are routed out of this transit hub. And, since most errands can be accomplished on foot, the area gets a Walk Score of 89/100.
The Eglinton Crosstown LRT, a new underground transit line, is scheduled for completion in September, 2021. With 15 underground stops expected, the new line is sure to increase the area’s Transit Score to near-perfect numbers.
Thousands of workers commute to this pillar of business each morning, with many major offices headquartered in the area. Main streets include Yonge and Eglinton, which connect to Allen Road if you head westbound, Highway 401 if you head north, or the Don Valley Parkway if you head east. These vehicular arteries shepherd drivers in and out of the region, but get quite congested in rush hour.
No one is in danger of perishing from bordem in Yonge-Eglinton. There's tons to do, some incredible food, and spectacular shopping at both the mall and up Yonge Street. The place certainly gets busy, but there's more than enough amenities for both residents and the Torontonians that flock there evenings and weekends to soak up the local culture.
Right at the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton you’ll find the Yonge-Eglinton Centre. This mall has a variety of shops that provide services in technology, health and wellness, finances, printing, pharmacy, beauty (namely, the largest Sephora in North America), fashion and jewelry. For many in the neighbourhood this centre is a one-stop shop. Did we mention that it has a Winners and is directly connected to the Eglinton subway station?
There’s also a number of specialty shops up and down Yonge Street, so if you’re searching for something a little more niche, you can avoid the crowds at the mall.
Well-known restaurants and cafes
Yonge-Eglinton has some awesome places to eat, and more seem to be moving in every month. Grazie is a great place for pizza, while Banjara, just east on Eglinton, offers some pretty tasty curry dishes. Little Sister, and Indonesian joint with inventive cocktails is another one worth trying.
Of course, this is to mention but a few. There are tons of fantastic options all over the neighbourhood. If you’re passionate about food, Yonge-Eglinton is great...and a little dangerous. The same is true for cafes and patisseries - if that’s your thing, willpower is going to matter a lot.
The area has two movie theatres, a Snakes & Lattes and a micro brewery. It’s also seen some trendy bars open up over the past couple years, replacing the old dive bars (though you’ll still find a place to shoot some pool if you look). If you’re looking to laugh, Absolute Comedy club is worth a try.
Schools in Yonge-Eglinton
Yonge-Eglinton boasts some of the oldest and most esteemed public high schools in the city. North Toronto Collegiate Institute and Northern Secondary School remain close rivals located only a few blocks apart. Both schools have some of the best athletic programs in town, with state-of-the-art facilities and unique course offerings.
Eglinton Junior Public School will take care of your young ones, and Hodgson Senior Public School is a popular middle school educating grades six through eight.
Private schools in the area include Greenwood College School, Toronto Prep School and OAT Education. Upper Canada College and The Bishop Strachan School are not too far either.
Specialty post-secondary schools in the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood include the Canadian Beauty College and the Toronto Film School, Davisville Campus.
The area also hosts a number of specialization programs, for children and adults alike. From culinary classes, to pottery to language, any resident can grow their intellect.
Parks in Yonge-Eglinton
Though the Yonge-Eglinton intersection is defined by big buildings and glitzy screens, heading either way down a side-street will get you a greenspace reprieve.
You can find Oriole Park a few blocks southwest, a quiet space that’s fun for recreational baseball.
The nine-hectare Eglinton Park can be found a bit west of Yonge Street and features five multipurpose sports fields, four tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, a playground, skating rink and wading pool.
Sherwood Park is a gorgeous place for hiking, running or biking. You can escape into a valley of picturesque wooded parkland, just a few blocks northeast of Yonge-Eglinton. Here you’ll find ponds, amazing flora, playgrounds, picnic tables and dedicated dog areas.