Etobicoke is the western portion of the City of Toronto. The area was previously known as one of Toronto’s borough’s before being amalgamated into Metropolitain Toronto in 2000. Etobicoke represents about 20% of the land area of Toronto and about 13% of the city’s population.
Being a part of the City of Toronto, means that residents of Etobicoke have direct access to Toronto’s transit system, the TTC. The three western most stops on the Bloor Subway line are located in Etobicoke, Royal York, Islington and Kipling stations. From each of these stations a network of TTC bus routes cover all of Etobicoke. Having easy access to the TTC allows residents to move throughout the City easily and at a low cost. It is easy to work downtown and commute from Etobicoke. Subway services run every few minutes.
There are four GO-Train stops in Etobicoke: Kipling on the Milton Line, Etobicoke North on the Georgetown Line, Long Branch and Mimico on the Lakeshore Line. If you live close to one of these stations, it can be a great way to get downtown to Union Station rapidly. GO Train service is more commonly used by commuters from beyond the city to get downtown. For most Etobicoke residents, they are more likely to travel by TTC.
The Pearson International Airport is on the edge of Etobicoke, making it convenient for frequent travellers to get to and from the Airport rapidly. Even if you need to get there at rush-hour, if you are in Etobicoke it is possible to get there on local streets! Flights depart from here for destinations around the world.
Etobicoke, being on the western side of the city makes it easy for people needing access to the main east/west highways – being the QEW to the south, as well as Highway 401 and Highway 407 to the north. Highway 427 runs north/south through the western part of Etobicoke. With all these highways servicing Etobicoke, it is easy to get where you want to go quickly! Sometimes people choose to live in Etobicoke when one person works downtown and their spouse works in Mississauga or even Hamilton.
Farmers markets, shopping districts, big box retail and shopping centres. Etobicoke has it all! There is a Farmers’ market at the former Etobicoke City Hall on Sturday mornings, another one in the north parking lot of Sherway Gardens on Friday’s. There’s one at the Stonegate Mall Tuesday’s from 4-7 in the evening.
Sherway Gardens is the major regional shopping mall with The Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew and Sporting Life as the anchor tenants. Mississauga’s Square One would be the next closest major mall. Smaller community malls and plazas can be found throughout Etobicoke. Big box retailers in Etobicoke include IKEA, Costco, WalMart, Home Depot, Best Buy, FutureShop, Golf Town and more.
Street shopping districts of local businesses can be found along Bloor near Royal York – “The Kingsway”, Royal York south of the QEW – “Mimico”, Along Lake Shore Blvd in New Toronto.
Why buy a home in Etobicoke
People come to Etobicoke for its sense of community within the larger city. Yes, there is the close proximity to the rest of Toronto, the shopping and the highways. But people really choose to live here for the lifestyle of living in an established and developed community. While the Kingsway area dates back to the 1930’s, much of central Etobicoke was developed in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Typical properties will come with 40 to 50 foot frontages, a front and back lawn as well as a private driveway and a garage. Streets have mature trees and often sidewalks. Homes are just a little bit more suburban-like than one finds closer into the centre of Toronto, where many houses lack proper parking spaces and are on narrower lots. Etobicoke contains many sought after neighbourhoods in a variety of price points. For people looking for something newer, some of the older homes are being replaced with up-to-date structures.
There is door-to-door delivery of the mail from Canada Post, no schlepping to the Super-mailbox. The city provides weekly garbage pick-up and clears the snow from the streets. The water is clean and safe to drink, the electrical grid is reliable, waste water is removed by sewers. There is police, fire, ambulance, hospitals, doctors offices all nearby.
The community is safe to walk in or to drive through. Although crime lurks everywhere, most of Etobicoke would be considered to be amongst the safest parts of the city.
If you are thinking of making Etobicoke home, get the assistance and experience of Ralph Evans to help you find the right home for you!