The Toronto real estate market has experienced substantial changes over recent years. Factors including robust economic activity, heavy migration, investment in real estate, and low rental vacancy have put upward pressure on home prices. According to a report from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), the average home buyer would need to pay $256,055 more for a home in July 2019 compared to 2014, an increase of 46% and a price of $806,755.
Additionally, despite federal policies put in place to cool the market, recent data from Zoocasa shows that dramatic price increases have persisted in segments throughout the city.
The study, which determined the difference in average home prices for condos and houses in 35 districts in Toronto, shows that prices have more than doubled in many neighbourhoods, especially in the condo market and areas with prices are lower than the city average.
Here’s a graph of how prices have increased across the City of Toronto during the five-year time span:
Condo Prices Prompt Concentration in the East and Northwest
Condos have taken the lead with Toronto real estate listings in terms of price growth, with a greater percentage of local neighborhoods experiencing substantial upswings from 2015 – 2019.
Though the overall average condo price increased by 66% to $627,927 over the five years, eight of the assessed neighbourhoods have experienced growth of 100% or greater, while 30 of 35 have seen at least a 50% increase. All markets experienced a minimum uptick of 25%.
Neighbourhoods with condos priced below the city average saw the most substantial increase over the five years. Considering the neighbourhoods that doubled, seven of eight remain priced below the $500,000-mark in 2019, and were well below the $250,000-mark in 2014. However, these neighbourhoods also have an overall lower inventory with sales that are much lower than in more central neighbourhoods, which can contribute to rising prices.
It’s no surprise that units located within the downtown area or close to transit systems saw the greatest volume of sales. This included City Place, Cabbagetown, and Mimico, despite being at a higher price range between $520,000 – $711,000.
While this highlights the importance of location to condo buyers, it also demonstrates how affordability has been limited for prospective homeowners, who could have purchased a single-family home in 2014 with the same budget, and have since seen affordability cut by the nationally mandated stress test.
Neighbourhoods Where Prices Doubled – Condos
E10 – West Hill, Centennial Scarborough: +147%
July 2019 Average condo price: $340,750
Sales: 4 New Listings: 9
E08 – Scarborough Village, Guildwood: +140%
July 2019 Average condo price: $424,344
Sales: 16 New Listings: 27
E11 – Malvern, Rouge: +128%
July 2019 Average condo price: $377,295
Sales: 20 New Listings: 29
W09 – Willowridge – Martingrove – Richview: +127%
July 2019 Average condo price: $418,168
Sales: 11 New Listings: 20
E06 – Birchcliff: +121%
July 2019 Average condo price: $661,700
Sales: 5 New Listings: 16
W04 – Yorkdale, Glen Park, Weston: +120%
July 2019 Average condo price: $466,390
Sales: 26 New Listings: 37
W05 – Black Creek, York University Heights: +115%
July 2019 Average condo price: $389,516
Sales: 25 New Listings: 40
W10 – Rexdale-Kipling, West Humber-Claireville: +101%
July 2019 Average condo price: $389,196
Sales: 28 New Listings: 62
Houses Experience Moderate Price Increases
Price growth was less dramatic for Toronto houses, though still robust. The average price of detached and semi-detached houses boosted by 42% over the five-year period to $1,167,968. 15 neighbourhoods experienced a 25 – 49% uptick in prices, while 13 neighborhoods saw a 50 – 74% increase in prices. Only four reported an increase between 18 – 24%, while just three saw increases above the 75% mark.
Of those three, two districts saw prices double – C03, which includes Oakwood and Forest Hill, and C08, which includes Regent Park, Corktown, and St. James Town. However, there are differing elements affecting each area. Conditions are relatively brisk in C03, with 30 sales and 44 listings during the month of July, setting the stage for a thriving sellers’ market at a high point of $2,031,545.
On the other hand, detached and semi-detached houses are in down supply in C08, with just four sales and five listings over the course of the month. That puts immense upward pressure on prices, which land at $1,789,032, despite it being a very small market for single-family housing.
However, home buyers continue to favour cheaper neighborhoods as affordability remains a high concern. The greatest concentration of sales happened in districts where average home prices have remained below the $1-million mark. This includes East York – Danforth Village, Morningside, and Black Creek – York University Heights, respectively.
Neighbourhoods Where House Prices Doubled
C03 – Forest Hill, Oakwood: +121%
July 2019 Average condo price: $2,031,545
Sales: 30 New Listings: 44
C08 – Regent Park, St. James Town, Corktown: +101%
July 2019 Average condo price: $1,785,032
Sales: 4 New Listings: 5
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