Here is my analysis of the Toronto burger craze/real estate relationship, in point form:
I have taken the perspective of comparing the Toronto Life Magazine (TL) ratings of burgers to my professional and undoubtedly biased opinion of the quality of a few of the burger's respective neighbourhoods.
For TL references, see:http://www.torontolife.com/daily/daily-dish/from-the-print-edition-daily-dish/2012/05/16/25-best-burgers/
Beach Neighbourhood: only has one Top 25 burger - Burger's Priest in 6th place. In many burger eaters' opinion 6th place may be an Olympic-esque judging mis-cue but alas, as a Beach resident myself, I will be very Canadian and gracefully accept the solid 6th place finish of our only birth into the Top 25. We're also very laid back in the Beach (ha!) so that helps too.
The comparison of the extremely tasty, somewhat expensive ($8+) Burger's Priest burgers to its extremely high demand, somewhat expensive Beach neighbourhood may be the most balanced burger/real estate match of the bunch. Take for example general public opinion of The Beach vs the general public opinion of The Burger's Priest: Some people say The Beach is hands down the BEST neighbourhood in the city to live in, and more people than not, once they've tried a BP burger, say "hands down the best burgers in the city". However, still others might rank the Beach neighbourhood as say, oh I don't know, 6th because they prefer the posh environs of Forest Hill or Yorkville, the party atmosphere of The Entertainment/Fashion District (Marben(2nd), Crush(19th) and Note Bene(4th) or Liberty Village (Mildred's(17th) or the higher standard of cuisine now found in Leslieville and Ronces Village. Although Leslieville has no TL rated top 25 burger yet, they may be vying for best overall restaurants/food in the city - along with the revampad Ronces which does have 1 burger at Blue Plate(14th).
Let's talk about #1. TL rated the Harbord Room's $16 burger #1, which I have not yet tried. Does laying claim to the #1 Burger also mean that the University of Toronto neighbourhood can also be rated #1? Maybe. I did go to U of T for 2 degrees and 5 years and while it cost a lot more than $16 to live in the classrooms and hallways there, I don't recall feeling like I could afford a $16 burger for lunch at the time. Papa Ceo's was the extent of the budget. But affordability is not part of my burger/neighbourhood equation so I will just say that to live near the University of Toronto would be very much like I would assume the burger to be: very comforting: lots of quality parkland(toppings), transit(nice bun), bike lanes(exceptional seasoning, but certainly not overly so), etc. And the topper: living in the neighbourhood is as expensive as a $16 hamburger!
Of course it is even more expensive to live near Bymark (home of the 7th place $35 masterpiece) but is it's neighbourhood more than double the price of The Harbord Room's? Certainly makes the Beach look very affordable ;)
I could go on, but I'd rather hear your commentary, augmentations and more likely: disagreements with all of my subjective rambling! Cheers.