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“It’s a diverse project, so it’s going to have a diverse set of customers,” Cohen says, adding that more than 1,200 have already registered to receive floor plans and prices when they become available. “On the one hand, empty-nesters who sell their houses in the Beaches or Leslieville can move in with plenty of money in the ban.” On the other, he says, a young couple looking for a one-bedroom plus den might be drawn to the idea of moving into a “strong residential area that’s right on a streetcar line, close to the downtown core, and within easy walking distance of so many recreational opportunities on and around Lake Ontario.”
The latter are plentiful, ranging from Woodbine Bay Beach and the Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club to the Beaches Skateboard Park and the Martin Goodman Trail. Queen Street, meanwhile, is rife with restaurants, cafés, boutiques and craft breweries – trappings of the good life on a new east coast.
Pairing a plate of mango habanero chicken wings with a house-brewed Fanfaronade double dry-hopped IPA is one of many delicious options on Rorschach Brewing Co.’s pretty street-level patio at 1001 Eastern Ave.
History buffs will enjoy admiring the Ashbridge Estate at 1444 Queen St. E., owned by a founding family of Toronto. The two-acre property is home to lush gardens and the Regency-style Jesse Ashbridge House, which was built in 1854.
The two-year-old Beaches Disc Golf Course, one of the newest additions to Ashbridges Bay Park, offers nine beginner-friendly free-to-play holes.