Oakridge‎

OAKRIDGE, SCARBOROUGH

Overview

Oakridge is a Scarborough neighbourhood with an eclectic mix in the City of Toronto. It is bounded by Massey Creek (North), the CNR rail line (South), Warden and Mack Avenues (East), and Victoria Park Avenue (West).

Real Estate

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The real estate in Oakridge showcases a mix of older houses, a vibrant shopping district, plenty parkland and recreational facilities. The community is streamlined on the north by a ravine and park lands as well as the CN railway line and some industries.

Homes

Oakridge neighbourhood houses come in mixed sizes, shapes, and styles. A vast majority of these homes was built between the 1910s-50s. Most of the older dwellings were self-built and enhanced over time. There are many new home development presently taking place in the neighbourhood while some of the older homes are making way for custom-designed, modern buildings. Some of the public housing units available in Oakridge include Teesdale Place, and Cataraqui Crescent/Firvalley Court. Oakridge neighbourhood is diverse in ethnic composition, religion and houses and its residents are mostly working-class.

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History

The Oakridge area history is focused majorly around the Oakridge Public School, which started in 1913 on Danforth Road. In 1967, the school was replaced on Byng Road by a contemporary school and a date stone memorial. The expansion of the neighbourhood started along Danforth Road, as early as 1918, with its bus service. The development was more in the 1950s with the extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway line to Warden Avenue.

Shopping

The Oakridge real area has plenty of shopping opportunities and local amenities. Danforth Road is overflowing with surplus small, independently owned retail stores, bars, and restaurants that meet the needs of the surrounding neighbourhood. Among the shopping malls, the vast Shoppers World stands out with its many discount stores.

Entertainment

Entertainment attractions in Oakridge feature recreational facilities and parks. Along Pharmacy Road, The Oakridge Community Recreation Centre, features weight equipment, a health club, a sauna, a whirlpool, and meeting rooms. The City of Toronto extends yearly recreational programs to the Oakridge Public School (Byng Avenue). There are two indoor bocce courts at the Oakridge Seniors Bocce Club (Thora Road). The Oakridge Park is attractive with great picnic locations. It has a children’s playground, a baseball diamond, a sports field, and a spray pool.

Getting Around

As a resident of Oakridge, most errands can be accomplished on foot due to proximity to amenities. The neighbourhood is well catered for by public transit with the bus routes on Warden, and Victoria Park Avenues, and Danforth Road. The Danforth Go Train station (Main Street), shuttles commuters from south of the Danforth to downtown Toronto’s Union Station ~ in fifteen minutes. Danforth Road offers drivers and motorists an east-west arterial roadway straight into the core of downtown Toronto. It is a twenty-minute ride along this route to downtown Toronto.

Major Street Boundaries

 

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