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Cloverdale Mall

Cloverdale Mall area set for major community development

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Cloverdale Mall area set for major community development

Prospective homebuyers looking for new opportunities in the west end of Toronto might want to keep an eye out for developments around Cloverdale Mall in Etobicoke.

Property owner QuadReal Property Group of Vancouver has big plans for the area that extend well beyond a major redevelopment of the shopping mall itself, which dates back to 1956 when it first opened as an open-air plaza.

Following a year of community consultation, QuadReal plans to submit a rezoning application to the City of Toronto in December, proposing a comprehensive master plan to redevelop the existing 32-acre mall property into an innovative, dynamic and sustainable mixed-use urban community. The plan is to integrate the mall within the surrounding neighbourhoods, providing greenspace, as well as mixed residential, retail and community amenities.

Multi-generational residences

QuadReal says it plans to incorporate feedback from the community, including local residents, business owners and shoppers. To ensure the development is reflective of community values, the company has built a 4,000-sq.-ft. space called the Cloverdale Common within the existing Cloverdale space, which hosts arts and culture programming, events and open houses to discuss the proposed plans. The resulting feedback will be considered in developing the property to include shopping, but also multi-generational residences, all-season parkland, arts and culture programming, fitness and wellness facilities, restaurants and more.

“The new Cloverdale community will offer a diverse mix of residential types, to create housing for all stages of life – from young professionals to seniors, students to families,” Ben Gilbank, director of development at QuadReal, told HOMES Publishing. “A variety of residential types will be provided, including rental, condo and affordable units, enabling cross-generational opportunities for housing. Units will range in size from smaller to larger, family-style units.

Once the proposal is submitted to the City in December, the next few years will be dedicated toward obtaining planning approvals, prior to commencing the first phase of construction, Gilbank adds.

Infrastructure development

Cloverdale is located in the Etobicoke Centre, an area popular for its proximity to the QEW and Hwy 427, the Islington-City Centre West central business district and established neighbourhoods, and which itself is undergoing significant redevelopment. Several new housing developments are in the works along Dundas St. W. between Islington and 427, and more planned for south side of Dundas just west of Kipling subway. New condos are also springing up along the 427 near Burnhamthorpe.

The nearby Six Points intersection, a complicated interchange where Kipling, Bloor and Dundas all intersect, is seeing tens of millions of dollars spent by the City over the next two years to modernize the roads and surrounding infrastructure, to accommodate future development in the area.

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Thirty Six Zorra

Thirty Six Zorra – Altree Developments and EllisDon Capital come together to set a new standard

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Thirty Six Zorra – Altree Developments and EllisDon Capital come together to set a new standard

Thirty-six storeys of colourful and contemporary condominium living – that’s the vision for Altree Developments‘ latest project with EllisDon Capital, Thirty Six Zorra, set to make its debut to Toronto’s Queensway in Etobicoke this fall. Encompassing a series of modern condominium suites ranging from 440 to 1,306 sq. ft., Thirty Six Zorra promises to expand the condominium offerings currently available within this rich Toronto locale, all while bringing a splash of colour to residents looking for the same lifestyle they know and love in the city.

Thirty Six Zorra invites you to get your colour on. This dynamic residence is positioned to provide a robust offering of more than 9,500 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor amenities, giving residents more than enough opportunities to express themselves and explore entertainment and ingenuity in their on- and off-hours. For those who like to stay close to home, Thirty Six Zorra will act as more of a lifestyle destination than just a residence.

For its indoor amenities, residents can choose from a series of offerings catering to any type of pastime, including a bright and spacious rec room with games and tabletop sports that will keep them on their toes in friendly competition. For options to work from home or host friends, a robust co-working space and social club are perfect for solo lounging or group gatherings. Offered alongside the location’s TV lounge and hobby room, residents of Thirty Six Zorra can also entertain their families in play in a fun-filled kids club, conveniently groom their pets in the pet wash area, or engage in an invigorating workout in the expansive gym and weight room. With its full demo kitchen, residents can also host exciting dinner parties with friends and family, all while surrounded by options for group seating or one-on-one dates.

The outdoor amenities are equally as engaging, featuring a luxurious rooftop pool with sun loungers and cabanas primed for relaxation, cosy fire pits, quaint barbecue dining areas, a vibrant on-site park, and a robust pet run for animal lovers. When they’re done basking in the sun and taking a dip in the pool, residents can head to any of the local parks in the area to enjoy Etobicoke’s many greenspaces and trails.

When it’s time to get out into the city for work or errands, residents of Thirty Six Zorra will also enjoy the benefits of a direct shuttlebus service to Kipling station offered in the morning and evening, for convenient and exclusive access to those living at this one-of-a-kind address. Known as a main artery between the downtown core and Toronto west, The Queensway provides high connectivity to downtown Toronto via local bus routes, as well as Islington and Kipling TTC stations and GO Transit. Prefer to drive? Get to downtown Toronto in 15 minutes with quick hop on the Gardiner Expressway.

Beyond its multitude of transit options, The Queensway is home to popular retail destinations such as Sherway Gardens Mall, IKEA, HomeSense, as well as local cafes, restaurants, and entertainment. Mainstays such as the local Cineplex Theatre and Bouldlerz Climbing Club offer faithful weekend activities within six minutes of Thirty Six Zorra. Other community hot spots include Tom’s Dairy Freeze, Sanremo Bakery, and California Sandwiches. A beacon for cyclists, runners, and park enthusiasts, Toronto’s expansive waterfront and Humber Bay are 10 minutes away by car.

Seasoned Torontonians or newcomers to the city will appreciate the lifestyle opportunity growing in Etobicoke. Thirty Six Zorra invites buyers to live larger when it comes to the financial perks of purchasing a suite in this burgeoning west end neighbourhood. That’s right: Residents get more square footage than their downtown neighbours while still reaping the many benefits of living in “the 416.” Etobicoke boasts prices of $850 per sq. ft., making costs for this area comparatively low against $1,200 per sq. ft. in the downtown core.

Backed by two of Canada’s leading highrise residential builders, third-generation developer Altree Developments and the visionary team at EllisDon Capital, Thirty Six Zorra is sure to be an iconic project, poised to set a new standard for The Queensway and Etobicoke living alike.

Learn more about how you can get your colour on at Thirty Six Zorra. Register today.


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Etobicoke is development central, literally

Etobicoke is development central, literally

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Etobicoke is development central, literally

In real estate terms, an area in transition is a good thing, since it generally refers to progress, development and things being on the upswing.

Count Etobicoke as just one of those areas.

Really? Etobicoke, that large, narrow north-south swath that stretches from Lake Ontario up to Steeles Ave., and shouldered by Humber River on the east and Etobicoke Creek on the west? With large, well established and affluent neighbourhoods?

Yes, one and the same – the west end locale with the funny name people often mispronounce (FYI the K is silent) – that wasn’t exactly in need of an upgrade.

Blessed with a strong natural location due to its proximity to downtown Toronto, easy access to the QEW and Hwys. 401, 427 and 27, the Bloor subway line and several major TTC and GO Transit hubs, Etobicoke has long been a sought-after residential location.

North Etobicoke, for its easy highway access, plethora of commercial ventures and lower priced real estate. Etobicoke Centre, for its proximity to the Islington-City Centre West central business district, and exclusive neighbourhoods with large, treed properties such as the Kingsway. And South Etobicoke, or Etobicoke Lakeshore, for its prime lakefront location and areas such as Humber Bay and Mystic Pointe.

Do south

But when it comes to new condo development and buying opportunities, it’s all about the south. Well, mostly the south, until very recently.

Etobicoke Lakeshore was the first to transition, with the former motel strip at Lakeshore and Park Lawn giving way over the last several years to dozens of new projects. Today it is one of Toronto’s hottest new condo destinations. Your location here is right on Lake Ontario, with outstanding views of downtown Toronto, along the Martin Goodman Trail for cycling and running, and close to the Gardiner to commute into the city and to the QEW to head west. TTC bus and streetcar service is quite literally at your front door.

Now the condo boom is spreading north, into the central part of Etobicoke with new developments along Dundas St. W. between Islington and the 427, and several more planned for the south side of Dundas just west of Kipling subway. New condos are also springing up along the 427 near Burhamthorpe, appealing to those who prefer highway access over transit.

Under construction

Indeed, in Etobicoke Centre, construction will be the order of the day. For years. Six Points intersection, known locally as “Spaghetti Junction,” is a complicated interchange where Kipling, Bloor and Dundas all intersect. To support future development in the area, the City is spending tens of millions of dollars over the next two years to modernize the road and surrounding infrastructure. Plans include improved pedestrian and cycle access, wider sidewalks, more trees, street furniture and improved access to Kipling subway. The station itself is being expanded into a regional transit hub to link the TTC with GO Transit trains and buses, as well as Mississauga Mi-Way bus lines.

Location, location, location

Bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, on the east by the Humber River, on the west by Etobicoke Creek and Mississauga, and on the north by Steeles Ave. W.; population 365,143.

Key landmarks

• Centennial Park

• Etobicoke Waterfront

• Humber River

• Sherway Gardens

• The Old Mill

Select condo developments

293 The Kingsway by Benvenuto Group

300 The East Mall by KingSett Capital

327 Royal York Rd. by Vandyk Group

689 The Queensway by Parallax Development Corp.

1197 The Queensway by Marlin Spring

Empire Phoenix by Empire Communities

Parkland on Eglinton West by Shannex Inc.

Queensway Park by Urban Capital

Valhalla Town Square by Edilcan Development Corp.

Vita Two on the Lake by Mattamy Homes


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Parkland on Eglinton West

Parkland On Eglinton West is redefining retirement living

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Parkland On Eglinton West is redefining retirement living

Making the decision to move is never an easy one. And, choosing where to spend your retirement years can be one of the most emotionally charged times. If leaving the family home, we may experience added stressors and heightened feelings, as we connect that structure with a lifetime of memories. Once you’ve made this difficult decision, it then becomes a question of where you might want to live.

Taking the next step

When downsizing, a condo often seems like the next best step. For the most part, maintenance is taken care of, and you don’t have to shovel snow or cut the grass. You also have a smaller space to clean, and many buildings have common areas, fitness rooms and other amenities.

For some, it can make life feel smaller, not only in terms of space, but also with regard to lifestyle. Depending upon your personality, or if you have health-related issues, getting out and socializing might not come easy. However, it’s so important to connect with others for our physical and mental well-being.

The community

In early April, close to 400 members of the extended community attended information sessions at the Islington Golf Club to learn more about Parkland on Eglinton West – Etobicoke’s newest lifestyle residence. This 272-suite residence offers a complete range of lifestyle options – from independent apartments, to full supportive care. The philosophy of Parkland revolves around exceptional service and attention.

An enhanced lifestyle is supported by a plethora of state-of-the-art amenities, including a fitness centre, a spa and heated pool, as well as a golf simulator, entertainment centre and multiple onsite restaurants. All-day dining is offered without seating plans or restrictive hours, and chauffeur and concierge services are also available.

Each suite includes a washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances and private balconies. Small pets are welcome at Parkland, and there’s s dog-wash station on site to help keep them groomed and happy.

With a full calendar of wellness and social events to choose from, you can be as busy, or as relaxed, as you like.

The need is there

Because everyone’s needs are different, and those needs can change over time, Parkland on Eglinton West offers lifestyle apartments, all-inclusive lifestyle suites and supportive lifestyle suites that offer assisted living and specialized memory care service. Instilling dignity, respect and independence are paramount. Emergency response is also available 24/7, should you ever need it.

Parkland on Eglinton West is scheduled to open late summer, 2020. Family-owned and operated, this ‘residents first’ style of living is what Canadians want, and deserve. Bonus incentives are currently available for a limited time.

Now Leasing: Call 416.997.2647 or visit the website.


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Lakeshore Village

Lakeshore Village luxury townhomes in South Etobicoke

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Lakeshore Village luxury townhomes in South Etobicoke

Situated on the actual parcel of land where Degrassi High was filmed, the newest townhouse project by Dunpar Homes broke ground at the beginning of October. Located at 68 Daisy Avenue in South Etobicoke, this is the site of the original Vincent Massey Public School – well-known for the filming of the iconic television program. Now this location will become known for Lakeshore Village.

THE EVENT

The groundbreaking event took place on the grounds of the old school. When Dunpar Homes purchased the former public school property, it included an existing daycare facility. Instead of demolishing the building and moving the daycare facility, Dunpar worked closely with both the daycare operator, and the city, in order to preserve the heritage building, as well as the daycare. Vincent Massey Academy is a bustling facility that accommodates more than 200 children. Amber Halcovitch and Katie Cachia, who work for the academy, were on hand to participate in the groundbreaking event.

Dunpar COO, Michael DiPasquale, as well as other Dunpar employees, donned their hard hats and dug in their shovels, alongside David and Mary-Anne Popescu. The Popescus purchased their very first home from Dunpar in 1994 and raised their family there. Now that they are empty nesters, they are looking forward to moving into their brand new home next year at Lakeshore Village.

THE VILLAGE

Located close to Lake Ontario, and with miles of hiking and biking trails nearby, Lakeshore Village is a collection of 73 luxury townhomes. Each home features three bedrooms and includes two-car parking. For outdoor dining, the executive townhomes feature a large deck off of the kitchen, and the back-to-back townhomes come with a 240-square-foot rooftop deck. All townhomes range in size from 1,627 to 1,940 square feet. The community features lush landscaping and all the luxury finishes that Dunpar is known for.

Special touches include gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, lighting under the kitchen cabinets, granite countertops and double sinks. Entering the master bathroom is akin to stepping into your own private spa, which includes a soaker tub and marble vanity countertops.

THE OFFER

Dunpar is offering a generous financing option. Qualified purchasers of a new townhome receive an interest only mortgage at a rate of 2.49 per cent for a period of three years. Best known for quality construction, Dunpar has many repeat customers who move up to new communities based on their lifestyle requirements. Dunpar stands behind their motto – better by design.

416.236.9800

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Evermore: Grand Opening! Experience Tridel's Newest Etobicoke Condominium

Experience Tridel’s newest Etobicoke condominium – Evermore

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Experience Tridel’s newest Etobicoke condominium – Evermore

Condominium living should inspire ways for residents to live more, and that’s exactly what Tridel is offering at Evermore, its latest condominium in Etobicoke.

“When designing Evermore, we were driven by this ‘more is more’ concept, and designed flexible suite layouts that can be uniquely tailored to the needs of our homeowners,” says Jim Ritchie, Tridel’s executive vice-president, sales and marketing.

Empty nesters, families, and young professionals were among the potential purchasers whose lifestyle choices influenced and impacted the design decisions at Evermore. Some of the design considerations Tridel has incorporated into the suites at Evermore include larger suite entryways (perfect for avid cyclists, passionate luggage-toting travellers, or parents with strollers) and doubling the laundry area (for storage or extra space for linens).

“We really examined how one suite layout could be customized in many different ways, depending on the person living in it, whether that be for more closet space, an at-home office, a craft room or a nursery,” notes Ritchie.

The amenity offerings at Evermore were also carefully considered to allow for maximum versatility and usability by a diverse range of residents, and to help create a sense of community as a natural extension of the home.

Amenities include a sound-proofed music room, a youth hub for teens to hang out with friends or do homework, a kids’ zone for young children, along with more traditional amenities such as a party room for entertaining, a fitness centre for the young at heart, and a rooftop terrace.

While there are many reasons to stay at home, jet-setting or commuting residents will find getting to and from home a breeze. Located at Eva Road and Highway 427, Evermore is minutes from the TTC Kipling Station, Pearson Airport and has convenient access to major transit routes including the 427, 401, QEW and Gardiner Expressway. There are also a number of restaurants, cafes and shops, including Sherway Gardens and IKEA.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 3326 Bloor St. W.. The Presentation Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Friday.

416.620.1887

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Evermore

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Evermore

Introducing Tridel’s Newest Condominium Coming This Fall

More room to live. More room to play. More ways to celebrate with friends and family. More opportunities to connect.

Condominium living should inspire ways to live more, and that’s exactly what Tridel is offering at Evermore, its latest condominium in Etobicoke.

“Driven by this ‘more is more’ concept, Evermore offers larger suites with flexible designs that can be tailored to the needs of our homeowners,” says Tridel’s Jim Ritchie, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Today’s buyers have been conditioned to believe that to purchase the condo of their dreams, sacrifices have to be made. That they can’t have it all. That size, amenities and lifestyle must be compromised for affordability. But we don’t agree. We think today’s buyers deserve it all, plus a little more.”

The amenity offerings, location of suite-mix types, and the floorplan layout designs at Evermore have each been carefully considered to allow for maximum versatility and usability by a diverse range of residents. Empty nesters, young families, and millennials were among the potential purchasers whose lifestyle choices influenced and impacted the design decisions at Evermore.

“We really examined how one suite layout could be customized in many different ways, depending on the person living in it, whether that be for more closet space, an at-home office, a craft room or a nursery,” notes Ritchie.

Considering the residents, Tridel has made design decisions like allowing for larger suite entryways (perfect for avid cyclists, passionate luggage-toting travellers, or parents with strollers), doubling the laundry area (for storage or extra space for linens) and the creation of multiple amenity spaces that appeal to specific building demographics, including a sound-proofed music room, a youth hub for teens to hang out with friends or do homework, a kid’s zone for young children, a fitness centre for the young at heart, and a rooftop terrace for residents who prefer more reasons to stay at home.

“At Evermore, there is something for everyone and through the thoughtfully-designed suites and amenities, we’re really hoping to inspire our residents to live a little more,” says Ritchie.

Visit the Presentation Centre, located at 3326 Bloor Street West. The Presentation Centre is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.

416.620.1887

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EDITOR'S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

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EDITOR’S CHOICE: Cover Story: Mattamy Homes

For variety and location, Mattamy is right in your neighbourhood

Spring is a time of renewal. Nature is blooming. The sun is shining more often. The days are longer and warmer so it’s a perfect time to go searching for a new home. Where to begin?

Mattamy Homes is a great place to start. Whether you are searching for your very first home, or you need a larger home for a growing family, Mattamy can make the search very rewarding.

Since Mattamy built their first home in 1978, they have continuously brought innovation and architectural excellence to every home they build. Many of their communities are master-planned so families always have places to gather, playgrounds to visit and schools to attend within walking distance. Some communities also feature community centres, retail stores, ponds in the summer and skating rinks in the winter. Mattamy believes the community and your home should all be connected to create an enjoyable living experience.

A Mattamy community looks and feels different than other places. There are fewer homes per street so you don’t feel like you’re living in a cookie cutter environment. And the homes are offered in a variety of styles so each street has distinct character. Mattamy has always been an innovator in home design creating environments that simply make you feel right at home the instant you move in. They understand that open space allows for more fluid, free-flowing interaction.

Mattamy offers more choice in both exterior and interior finishes, so you can ensure the home you are buying is the home you always dreamed of. To personalize your home, Mattamy offers Architect’s Choice Options, which give homeowners an opportunity to make pre-approved structural changes before construction begins. These options are fully integrated into the home while under construction so you have the satisfaction of knowing that the home will be completely finished the way you want before you move in.

Mattamy’s state-of-the art Design Studios give their homeowners the choice to select every interior finish in your home. From granite countertops, backsplashes to trend-setting light fixtures, you will not be disappointed.

Mattamy Homes is the largest privately-owned homebuilder in North America with a 40-year history of operations across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps 7,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 10 markets – Charlotte, Raleigh- Durham, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its U.S. head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples and Southeast Florida. And in Canada, those communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

Mattamy has won numerous awards for community planning and home design including an unprecedented seven-time winner of the Homebuilder of the Year Award in the GTA.

No matter what you want from a new home, Mattamy has what you’re looking for from a stylish condo or townhome to a luxury detached home. A Mattamy home is a home you’ll value for a lifetime.

You’ll find a Mattamy community anywhere you want to live throughout the GTA.

Have a great spring and happy home hunting.

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Neighbourhood Watch: South Etobicoke

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: South Etobicoke

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: South Etobicoke

by Gale Beeby

Housing Options

Although most of Etobicoke consists of single-family homes – with many grand old mansions along Lake Shore Boulevard – many condo developments have been built along its lakefront near the mouth of the Humber River, especially in the area that used to be known as the “Motel Strip.”

South Etobicoke has many old communities, including Mimico, Long Branch, New Toronto, Islington Village, Markland Woods, Bloordale Gardens, Sunnylea, Alderwood and The Queensway.

Click here to see a list of all the developments in Etobicoke.

Leisure Pursuits

Within the boundaries of South Etobicoke, you will find three golf courses: St. George’s, Islington and Markland Woods. All are private and all are spectacular. But Etobicoke is also home to other exclusive courses, including Lambton and Weston, as well as public courses Royal Woodbine, Scarlett Woods, Centennial Park and Humber Valley.

There are lots of festivals and fairs, including the Etobicoke Lakeshore Mardi Gras in Colonel Samuel Smith Park. Taste of The Kingsway takes place on Bloor Street West every year, with over 30 restaurants serving up delicious food.

Pedestrian bridge over the Humber River.
Pedestrian bridge over the Humber River.

The Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery is dedicated to promoting local artists and also holds juried art shows by provincial and national organizations.

During the summer, you’ll find farmers’ markets dotted throughout Etobicoke, the two biggest held on Saturday at the Etobicoke Civic Centre and Friday at Sherway Gardens.

The skating trail at Colonel Samuel Smith Park.
The skating trail at Colonel Samuel Smith Park.

Parks & Rec

Etobicoke has numerous green spaces and large parks, the biggest of which are Centennial Park and the spectacular Colonel Samuel Smith Park, situated on the old asylum grounds and shared with Humber College. Here you will find a fantastic ice-skating trail in the winter that circles around in a figure eight. Here you will also be able to enjoy the scenic hiking trail along a peninsula on Lake Ontario, which provides access to the waterfront and several rocky beaches with views of the Toronto skyline. It’s also a great place for watching wildlife, including over 100 species of birds, waterfowl, turtles and beavers.

The Etobicoke Olympium, which opened in 1976, is a multi-purpose centre for sports and recreation and boasts a 50-metre competitive pool with diving boards, as well as basketball courts, ball hockey and volleyball courts, plus an indoor soccer facility.

Retail Therapy

There are great boutiques, shops, cafés, restaurants and services along all the main avenues, most impressively along Lake Shore Boulevard and Royal York Road. Sherway Gardens is one of the premiere malls in the GTA, which is home to over 200 shops and services, including Sporting Life, Tiffany & Co., Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. For more meagre budgets, Cloverdale Mall is sure to fit the bill.

Easy Access

Several highways bisect and surround Etobicoke, including Highways 427, 401, 409 and the QEW. The Bloor-Danforth subway has two stops – at Kipling and Islington – and the TTC has a number of bus and streetcar routes throughout the area. GO Transit also has stations at Mimico and Long Branch, making it easy for commuters to get into downtown.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 345,000

WALK SCORES

Mimico: 74

Long Branch: 72

New Toronto: 79

Islington Village: 92

Markland Woods: 69

Bloordale Gardens: 71

Sunnylea: 56

Alderwood: 70

The Queensway: 82

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Local Focus: Toronto

Local Focus: Toronto

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Local Focus: Toronto

by Gale Beeby

Considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto is a wonderful collection of neighbourhoods

HOUSING OPTIONS

In 1998, the six municipalities that comprised Metropolitan Toronto (East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York and the former city of Toronto) and the regional municipality of Metro Toronto were amalgamated into the City of Toronto. This has resulted in creation of a “megacity” with a population of about 2.81 million, and growing. More than 100,000 people move into the GTA every year, most of them settling in the City of Toronto proper.

Historic homes, like the quaint Victorian houses in Cabbagetown and the coveted cottages in the Beach, are just some of the city’s hallmarks. But the skyline is now dominated by the sleek highrise condos in the city’s core. Single-family homes dominate in the former suburbs, where you will also find a large array of new condos and townhouses.

Click here for a list of new homes for sale in Toronto.

LEISURE PURSUITS

Living in Toronto is an open door into a vast array of cultural, theatrical, musical and sporting events. The city is home to the National Ballet of Canada (along with another 50 or so dance companies), the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Aga Khan Museum
Aga Khan Museum

The Art Gallery of Ontario has a large collection of work by the Group of Seven, while the Royal Ontario Museum has a collection of world culture and natural history. The Gardiner Museum is the only museum in Canada devoted to ceramics and the collection contains more than 2,900 pieces from Asia, the Americas and Europe. Other museums include the Bata Shoe Museum, the Textile Museum of Canada, Museum of Inuit Art, Spadina House and the Aga Khan Museum.

If sports are more your thing, there are plenty of choices. Hockey? The Maple Leafs play out of the Air Canada Centre, as do the NBA’s Raptors. The Blue Jays call the Rogers Centre Home and Toronto FC play at BMO Field. A visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame should be mandatory for any hockey fan.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event celebrating the film industry and attracts many movie stars and a-list players. Caribana takes place in the summer and is primarily based on the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. Caribana now attracts over one million people, making it the second largest Caribbean festival in the world.

Other points of interest include the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Harbourfront, The Don Valley Brick Works, Fort York, the Distillery District, Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower and the Canadian National Exhibition.

PARKS & REC

Golf anyone? How about some tennis? Or lawn bowling? Or horse racing? Toronto has it all, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing and boating in the summer, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice skating, ice canoeing and snowshoeing in the winter.

A visit to the Scarborough Bluffs is a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon, as is a visit to Etobicoke’s waterfront, where there is a large marina and parkland. High Park is always a great place for a summer stroll or winter hike.

Toronto is called The City of Neighbourhoods, and each community has great parks, community centres, activity centres and libraries.

RETAIL THERAPY

Great shopping districts help define neighbourhoods, and there is none better than the St. Lawrence Market, considered one of the finest food markets in the world. Kensington Market is also a great spot to find unique food and interesting arts and crafts.

The Toronto Eaton Centre is the city’s largest mall, with 235 retail and service providers.

Trips to Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Little India and Greektown offer other wonderful treats for the senses.

Etobioke’s Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall in North York also offer a roster of A-list stores and products, as does the Scarborough Town Centre.

EASY ACCESS

The TTC moves over 1.6 million people throughout the city every day on its subway cars, buses, streetcars and LRT lines. The subway can get you from the west end to the east end of the city in less than an hour. GO Transit is Ontario’s only inter-regional transit system, linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the GTA. Highways include several four and sixlane routes (at points, Highway 401 is 16 lanes wide), including Highways 401, 403, 404, 407, 427, the DVP and the QEW.

BY THE NUMBERS

Population: 2.81 million

Average Walk Scores

  • Downtown Toronto: 97
  • East York: 78
  • Etobicoke: 75
  • North York: 72
  • Scarborough: 68
  • York: 88

Motto: Diversity Our Strength

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