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Etobicoke undergoing massive redevelopment

Etobicoke undergoing massive redevelopment

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Etobicoke undergoing massive redevelopment

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.

Etobicoke is 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.

Southern surge

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.

The area could get another massive boost if a proposed redevelopment of the former Christie’s bakery site at Lake Shore and Park Lawn goes ahead. Owner First Capital Realty’s plan for the 28-acre site – known, at least temporarily, as 2150 Lake Shore – calls for 15 new residential and office towers, from 22 to 71 storeys, new parks and public spaces and employment.

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 Burnhamthorpe, appealing to those who prefer highway access over transit.

A little further west, the Cloverdale Mall neighbourhood may get a major facelift in the next few years, as QuadReal Property Group is proposing a comprehensive master-plan to redevelop the existing 32-acre mall property into an innovative and dynamic mixed-use urban community. The proposal involves transitioning Cloverdale with a re-envisioned retail offering, residences, parkland and greenspace, community uses and new streets.

Under construction

Indeed, construction will also be the order of the day in Etobicoke Centre. 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 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

Reina Condos by Urban Capital

2150 Lakeshore by First Capital Realty

Empire Phoenix by Empire Communities

IQ3 Condos by Remington Group

Queensway Park by Urban Capital

The Tailor by Marlin Spring

Thirty Six Zorra by Altree Developments

United Kingsway by Fieldgate Urban

Valhalla Town Square by Edilcan Development

Vita Two on the Lake by Mattamy Homes


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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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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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