About North St. James Town
North St. James Town neighbourhood in Toronto. Popular communities include Waterfront Communities C08, Waterfront Communities C01, Regent Park, Moss Park, Rosedale-Moore Park.
North St. James Town has 38 homes on the market. Of the 14435 total properties listed in Toronto, North St. James Town makes up just 0.3%. The average asking price of a property in North St. James Town is $880,582, with an estimated mortgage of $2,983 per month. That is 1.5 times less of the average asking price of $1,339,866 in Toronto. Properties listed in North St. James Town are an average of 559 square feet, with 1.2 beds and 1.2 baths. North St. James Town has 26.3% apartments relative to all the other listings in this neighbourhood.
St. James Town is sometimes misspelled as St. Jamestown is located in downtown Toronto and is an area of just 32.1 acres. This residential community consists of nineteen high-rise apartment complexes that total almost seven thousand units. Within those apartments over fifteen thousand residents live making St. James Town the most densely populated census tract in Canada.
St. James Town is the biggest high-rise community in all of Canada and one of 13 economically deprived neighbourhoods in the city. It is situated in the northeast corner of the downtown area and is bordered by Bloor Street to the north, Parliament Street to the east, Wellesley Street East to the south and Sherbourne Street to the west. The nineteen high-rise buildings within the neighbourhood are made up of 14 to 32 stories and were built in the 1960s.
Real estate in North St. James Town was intended to house single, young, middle class residents, but the apartments lacked appeal; many prospective tenants instead moved to suburban houses in the areas that were developing in Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke.
In 2011, the St. Jamestown Community Cafe was launched. This establishment is a pay-what-you-can cafe that hopes to remain in the community permanently. It provides a place for members of the area to frequent while also helping out the local neighbourhood.
The North St. James Town community has a Youth Council that commonly meets to address issues in their neighbourhood. Presently, to feature the local youth’s abilities, “Urban Flair” is an annual talent show hosted by the Youth Council. This competition lets members of the area to support each other and opens up an opportunity for fresh and upcoming stars to take to the stage.
Condos for sale in North St. James Town might not be on the market, however, apartment buildings in this neighbourhood have ranging suite sizes from bachelor to three bedrooms. St. James Town includes fourteen privately owned buildings. A lot of these structures are named after large Canadian cities. The rent rates in these patriotically named buildings suggest standard marketplace rents.
This tightly packed community limits the amount of convenient shopping within the interior. However, every day errands can all be taken care of on main streets that border the area such as Parliament, Sherbourne and Wellesley Streets.
The other apartment complexes in St. James Town are held by the Metro Toronto Housing Authority. The rents offered in these building are more flexible and geared towards income.
The history of North St. James Town begins in the 1870s and was considered a desirable upper middle class area. It was overflowing with charming Victorian homes and stayed popular with Toronto home buyers until well into the 1900s.
Though a change of events took place, in 1953 the City of Toronto proclaimed that major zoning amendments would be taking place in the downtown core. It looked as though the private developers intentionally destroyed the housing stock in the area to make room for something new. By the time the 1950s came to an end, a syndicate of developers acquired the land and lots in St. James Town. There, they planned to build Toronto’s premiere high-rise residential apartment towers.
The St. James Town buildings were at first planned and designed as a place for young professional singles. However, St. James Town has been inhabited by families with low to moderate income almost from the start.
Within the interior of the St. James Town community, there are very few shopping opportunities. However, daily errands do not require a car in this neighbourhood. North St. James Town is the 10th most walkable area in Toronto with a Walk Score of 93. On the streets that border this neighbourhood like Wellesley, Parliament and Sherbourne, groceries and other conveniences can be found.
Public transit is an option to get around the various parts of the city and North St. James Town is well serviced by the TTC. There is bus service on all of the main streets bordering the area. A short walk will lead to access to the Sherbourne subway station, on the Bloor-Danforth line.
Drivers are only a few minutes away from the Don Valley Parkway on ramps off Bloor Street. North St. James Town has about 2 Zipcars in the community.
Within North St. James Town are banks, clothing stores, dry cleaners, grocery stores, three pharmacies and restaurants situated on the main roads including Wellesley Street, Sherbourne Street, and Parliament Street. There are at least six convenience stores, and the two major grocery stores are No Frills at Sherbourne and Earl Streets and Food Basics at Ontario Street and Wellesley Street East.
The amenities in the neighbourhood include close access to schools such as the Rose Avenue Public School. It is a Toronto Board of Education school for Kindergarten through grade 6 and is located on Ontario Street north of St. James Avenue. Furthermore, there is a community centre and branch of the Toronto Public Library right at the junction of Sherbourne Street and Wellesley Street East.
Lastly, there is a food bank at the back of the building on 275 Bleecker Street.
North St. James Town is conveniently located near entertainment and many city parks, including Riverdale Park West, Wellesley Park, Winchester Park, and Allan Gardens.
Additionally, there are children's playgrounds and swimming pools scattered throughout the St. James Town neighbourhood.
For recreational activities to take pleasure in, the Rose Avenue Community Centre which located in the Rose Avenue Public School is accessible to the public during the evening and on weekends. Their amenities include a gym, a games room, and meeting rooms.
The Parliament Street branch of the Toronto Public Library is positioned nearby at the south-west corner of Gerrard and Parliament Streets.