Toronto West and Etobicoke Neighbourhoods
What a privilege and pleasure it is living in the Toronto West and Etobicoke area! Having been born and raised here, I’ve seen many charming neighbourhoods evolve over the years. Some of these in what was once known as the “Lakeshore Communities” offer the very best in Toronto West and Etobicoke living and represent outstanding real estate values!
Talk about a neighbourhood that has changed! Beginning as farming country in the 19th century, then a thriving industrial corridor, then a practically abandoned industrial corridor, New Toronto is now one of the hot spots for young professionals looking for a small-town environment, a vital waterfront and a charm all its own. The local public high school Lakeshore Collegiate Institute is recognized as one of the top in the Toronto district and is next-door to the newly opened MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, a $34-million four-pad complex. Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School is the designated Regional Arts Centre for the Toronto Catholic District School Board and just a few years ago, Humber College opened their Lakeshore Campus among the collection of stunning late Victorian buildings which once housed an insane asylum! Didn’t I say this neighbourhood had changed?
New Toronto borders Lake Ontario with a western boundary of 23rd St, the Canadian National Railways mainline to the north and Dwight Avenue to the east.
The oldest of the former Lakeshore Communities, Mimico began as a little sawmill settlement at the mouth of Mimico Creek. Today, its scenic lakefront and low real estate prices make it a true bargain for those looking for small-town living a short distance from the city. It’s even on the Queen streetcar line! Housing options run the gamut from quaint bungalows on large lots to stately Victorians to ultra-modern high-rise condominiums. There really is something for everyone in this unique village and with several development initiatives underway, a Mimico home can be a shrewd investment!
The boundaries of Mimico are Evans Ave., Algoma St. and Manitoba St. to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, a line midway between Fleeceline Rd. and Louisa St. to the east, with the western boundary along a line through Dwight Avee and St.George St.
Beginning its life as “Sea Breeze Park” a summer resort for the affluent, Long Branch still boasts some of the prettiest shoreline to be found in the Toronto West and Etobicoke area. Once home to the historical Long Branch munitions factory, Long Branch is now a true “bedroom” community of detached bungalows, multi-million-dollar waterfront mansions and economical condominiums, as residents enjoy the idyllic small-town “resort” environment, wetland habitat trail and a vibrant shopping district, all within an easy commute of the bustling city. In addition to the 24-hour streetcar line, there’s also a GO station here and you’re never more than a 10-minute walk from the lake!
Boundaries of Long Branch are Lake Ontario on the south, Etobicoke Creek to the west, the Canadian National Railway mainline to the north, and 23rd St. to the east
First developed in 1920 as “New Toronto Heights” Alderwood is a long-established residential community characterized by single family homes, many of which were constructed at the end of the second world war. The recent opening of the beautiful Sir Adam Beck Centre, a multi-use recreational facility featuring a primary school, a public library, a day care centre and fitness facilities connected to the newly renovated Alderwood Pool, is evidence this is a neighbourhood on the rise and may be the perfect place for you to find your home!
Alderwood’s boundaries are Etobicoke Creek to the west, the Gardiner Expressway to the north, CPR railway to the east and CNR railway to the south.
Remember Eaton’s department stores? They were once the largest retailer in Canada. In the 1890s, they opened a 400-acre farm west of Toronto to provide a reliable supply of milk, eggs, poultry, and vegetables for their stores. They also donated a little parcel of that farm to the local community on which to build a school. The school was named “Eatonville School” in their honor and the name stuck on that neighbourhood of Etobicoke. Today, Eatonville is home to a wide diversity of cultures and incomes. There are plenty of wonderful first-time buyer opportunities and such amenities as the acclaimed Eatonville branch of the Toronto Public Library and the Etobicoke Civic Centre make it an excellent choice for your new home search!
Eatonville is south of Rathburn Rd., north of Dundas St., east of Renforth Dr., and west of Kipling Ave
Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information about these Toronto West and Etobicoke neighbourhoods or any others in which you might be interested. For nearly half-a-century the Cizmar name has been synonymous with Toronto West and Etobicoke real estate. How may I help you?