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How much a home will cost you at each TTC subway stop: Map

This somewhat depressing map breaks prices for nearby three-bedroom plus homes and condos

The same company recently did a map with average rental prices by subway station.

Courtesy of Sky View Suites

The same company recently did a map with average rental prices by subway station.

If you want to raise your family in a home or condo along a Toronto subway line, be prepared to fork over at least a million dollars.

That’s the takeaway from a data project by Sky View Suites. For a higher resolution version of the map click here.

The company, which manages short term rentals and furnished apartments, used a variety of real estate websites and print ads for to map average home selling prices within 1 kilometer of every subway stop.

Steven Argyris, a partner at Skyview, called the finished product “pretty alarming” and talked to Metro about some of most interesting points.

York Mills

This north Toronto neighbourhood’s average price tag of $3.5 million “stuck out like a sore thumb” for Argyris.

He suspects there are one or two pricey neighbourhoods that are skewing the figure so high. It’s a good example of why moving outside the core doesn’t always mean saving money, he said.

Around Union

Along the southern end of the Yonge-University line, the Sky View team used data on condos with three or more bedrooms since there aren’t very many houses, Argyris said.

For the other stops, they looked at data for homes, so the Union loop skews cheaper.

Wellesley

Downtown Wellesley couldn’t be more central, but is still slightly cheaper than homes around many stops — one of the few coming in at under a million.

It’s a far cry from nearby Bay Station, where the average price is almost $2.5 million.

“There are just different neighbourhoods there. Wellesley is closer to Sherbourne and lower-income areas,” Argyris explained. “Even walking a block in Toronto the entire neighbourhood can change.”

The burbs

Argyris isn’t surprised average prices for stops in Etobicoke are over the million-dollar mark, despite a subway commute to downtown that can easily run 45 minutes.

It’s an area with a lot of wealth, so, of course, homes are likely to sell for more.

But stops stretching east into Scarborough are home to some of the cheapest properties.

For Argyris, it’s a reflection that the neighbourhood still suffers from a bad rap. Because of that, people might steer clear despite savings, he said.

So you can you afford it?

The answer is probably not.

Argyris and his team crunched the numbers to figure out how much money you would need to earn to afford a “modest” home of $1.4 million with a 20 per cent down payment. They came up with $250,000 a year.

Only 0.8 per cent of Canadians made that amount of money or more in 2014, according to Statistics Canada.

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