The Etobicoke neighbourhood of Sunnylea sits on the south side of Bloor Street from Islington to the Humber River. The exact boundaries are hard to define, but it would run south to the Norseman neighbourhood and encompasses the streets along Prince Edward Drive down to Berry Rd. The first few streets south of Bloor are also given the name Thompson Orchard, in recognition of the Alexander Thompson who had purchased 200 acres of land here in 1803. By the late 1800’s, his son sold lots to families to have their own small farm properties. A number of these farm homes can still be found in the neighbourhood.
The area really developed in the 1930’s and 1940’s, with Toronto’s urban development spreading westward. The farm properties were subdivided into the configuration of streets we find today. Sunnylea became the more modest version of the Kingsway style homes being built on the north-side of Bloor Street. One finds a mixture of bungalows and two story homes here. Renovations are common in this neighbourhood, with people improving their homes with additions or even to rebuild on existing lots.
It is a quiet leafy community that many would call an ideal family friendly place. The easy proximity to the subway system makes getting to work downtown without need for a car an easy choice for the many professionals who call this neighbourhood home. A shopping district along Bloor street at Royal York provides an eclectic mix of fruit stores, convenience shopping and most importantly a wide selection of restaurants. Sunnylea Public school is considered one of the very best primary schools in the whole city.
Real estate prices in this neighbourhood range from $500,000 to $1,500,000.
If this is an area that interests you, be sure to request a tour of some the area homes currently for sale, or ask for a list of homes that have recently sold here to give you a sense of value for the neighbourhood.