Westminster-Branson neighbourhood in Toronto. Popular communities include Bathurst Manor, Willowdale West, Willowdale East, Newtonbrook West, Newtonbrook East.
Westminster-Branson has 60 homes on the market. Of the 13645 total properties listed in Toronto, Westminster-Branson makes up just 0.4%. The average asking price of a property in Westminster-Branson is $647,354, with an estimated mortgage of $2,193 per month. That is 2.1 times less of the average asking price of $1,334,416 in Toronto. Properties listed in Westminster-Branson are an average of 1029 square feet, with 2.4 beds and 2.3 baths. Westminster-Branson has 58.3% apartments relative to all the other listings in this neighbourhood.
Westminster-Branson is situated at the north end of Toronto in North York. It is positioned between the east and west branches of the Don River Valley. Its location is ideal and serves as an attractive natural setting for this community. In addition, it provides residents with a copious amount of recreational opportunities to take advantage of.
Westminster-Branson is a neighbourhood in North York, Toronto that contains many children’s playgrounds and community parks for residents of the area. Quite a few of the parks feature fitness trails, tennis courts, sports fields and baseball diamonds. In addition, Westminster-Branson also has four indoor ice arenas and two community centres.
The area is family friendly and many of the previous homes reflected that, though it is a neighbourhood that is seeing some change. Older detached and semi-detached homes from the 1950s are either being converted into mixed use buildings (commercial and residential) or are being destroyed. After the rubble is removed, many townhouse complexes are taking the place of the former homes.
Increasingly as well, many new custom built homes are springing up in the neighbourhood. Furthermore, condos for sale in Westminster-Branson may be on the market since there is a new low-rise building on the North West corner of Drewry and Yonge.
Real estate in Westminster-Branson is occupied mainly by a considerable Russian, Jewish and Iranian population. The median income in the neighbourhood is above the average for Toronto and a greater part of residents live in and own single detached family homes or semi-detached houses.
Westminster-Branson’s original housing stock was built from the 1920s up until the 1960s. The collection of homes included bungalows, story-and-a-half houses as well as split-level styles. Though, times have changed and now there are also a large number of new custom houses for sale in Westminster-Branson.
This neighbourhood consists of a good combination of newer, luxury condo buildings that are typically positioned along Steeles Avenue. Bayview Avenue has conventionally been a popular place for modern townhouse and new home developments. Furthermore, Bathurst Street has a big number of high-rise rental buildings for people interested in home ownership but who still want to reside in this conveniently located community.
Westminster-Branson was first developed in the early 1800s. This village was encircled around saw and grist mills that functioned on the east and west branches of the Don River. The spiritual core of this hard working pioneer area was the Newton Brook Wesleyan Church which got its name after Reverend Robert Newton.
Lieutenant Colonel William S. Durie was one of Westminster-Branson’s initial settlers and was of the Queens Own Rifles. Durie divided part of his Newtonbrook estate in 1847 establishing what is now known as Drewry Avenue. The "Rueter House" (270 Drewry) is the only home still standing from this early Newtonbrook town.
In the 1950s most of the previous village landmarks were demolished for residential expansion. The two famous exceptions are the Newtonbrook Schoolhouse (43 Drewry Avenue), circa 1878, and the Newtonbrook General Store, circa 1907, situated on the north-west corner of Yonge Street and Drewry Avenue.
MLS listings might make note that only some errands can be accomplished on foot in Westminster-Branson. However, Westminster-Branson’s location offers residents expedient and simple access to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. This community is very well serviced by public transit.
Regular bus routes are available on Bathurst and Dufferin Streets as well as Bayview, Cummer, Drewry Finch and Steeles Avenues. Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue in addition to Bathurst and Dufferin Streets offer drivers immediate access to the Highway 401 on-ramps, south of Sheppard Avenue. These major roadways also lead commuters into the downtown core.
Westminster-Branson real estate agents admire the community because of its close proximity to shopping and other amenities. Within the neighbourhood there are about 43 restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Residents in Westminster-Branson can walk to an average of 1 restaurant, bar or coffee shop in about 5 minutes.
CentrePoint Mall is as its name entails is suitably situated in the middle of this neighbourhood on the south-west corner of Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue. This indoor shopping centre is flanked by two national department stores, a well-liked family style restaurant and a large grocery store.
Additionally, the nearby Newtonbrook community’s Yonge Street shopping zone is dotted with shopping plazas and new car dealerships. This portion of Yonge Street is also home to an overwhelming array of fast food restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores.
Westminster-Branson real estate listings might describe many things about the community, but one of the best aspects of this area is that it houses more than twenty neighbourhood parks and children's playgrounds. A lot of these recreational areas provide access to fitness trails, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and sports fields.
Cummer Park Fitness Centre (6000 Leslie Street) showcases squash and racquetball courts, an indoor jogging/walking track, two weight rooms, fitness classes, outdoor tennis courts, whirlpools and saunas. Furthermore, for other entertainment events, the Esther Shiner stadium (5720 Bathurst Street) consists of a 2,000 seat stadium that hosts numerous sport and track and field competitions.
Also within in the Westminster-Branson area is Toronto's largest discount warehouse district on Dufferin Street. A huge collection of home furnishing products, high-tech items and brand name clothing can be found here.