It’s interesting to look back at Toronto’s historical past to see how the city and real estate have evolved over the years. Many landmark buildings are still standing and neighbourhoods have transformed with accessible transportation, more retailers and increased housing. For just a few thousand dollars, you could buy a large detached three bedroom downtown or rent in Yorkville for a minimal monthly fee. Here’s a few vintage ads from the Toronto real estate market that will take you back in time.
In 1963, you could score a fully detached house at Finch and Leslie for $16K. All the bells and whistles included.
In this Globe and Mail ad from 1983, rentals were around $400/month or less for a fairly large space. A luxury two or three bedroom apartment near Dundas rented for $695/month.
In 2002, this Toronto Star ad has houses listed for around $350K. Own a three-bedroom townhouse at Christie and Dupont for just $205K.
Real estate listings from the early 1900s.
Photos by Pinterest, Globe Archives, Lost Toronto Blog, Toronto Star Archives February 2002