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The GTA’s top neighbourhoods

The No. 1 ‘hood has homes going for $200K cheaper than surrounding areas


 
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    A seller’s market

    While governments, banks and even some realtors openly express concern about Toronto’s housing market, home prices continue to set new records.

    In 2015, roughly one in four homes in the GTA was priced under $500,000. A year later, less than 10% of neighbourhoods are below the half million mark. That doesn’t mean there still aren’t deals to be had, but you need to do your homework.

    For the best deals in Toronto, look north. Eight of the top 10 neighbourhoods in the GTA reside in York region including our No. 1: North Richvale in Richmond Hill. Homes are selling for $1 million, and that’s about $200,000 below the average price in Richmond Hill. It’s also in a choice school district so prices may catch up to its neighbours.

    Photo gallery: Top 25 Toronto neighbourhoods

    If you’re on a tight budget but have your heart set on owning a house, you’ll want to start your search in Durham where $400,000 will still buy you something respectable. Our top 25 neighbourhoods saw prices rise by 26%, outpacing the broader GTA by three percentage points. Notably, seven of last year’s top 25 are back again this year, led by Aurora Grove which slipped to No. 4, from first overall in 2016. If you’re hoping for something closer to downtown, focus on where Highway 401 meets the Don Valley Parkway. There you’ll find a few pockets where prices are playing catch-up to the neighbourhoods around them.

    Scroll down to see the full ranking of neighbourhoods and to learn more.

    Greater Toronto Area at a glance…


    City Top 25
    Average Neighbourhood Price $861,859 $871,192
    Median $774,000 $933,800
    Max $3,006,200 $1,146,800
    Min $273,700 $355,300
    Below $500K 9% 8%
    Average 1-year return 22.7% 30.3%
    Average 3-year return 49.1% 67.3%
    Average 5-year return 67.9% 90.3%
    Realtor grade (out of 5) ★★★★ ★★★★

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      Top 25 neighbourhoods in the GTA

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