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Etobicoke

Welcome to the Town and Country Condo!  This is a modestly upscale building in a terrific location.  These two buildings located at 1 Lomond Dr and 2 Aberfoyle are tucked in directly behind the Sun Life Centre at Islington and Bloor St in the west-end of Toronto, known as Etobicoke.  The first building was completed in 1999 and the second one in 2001.  It has a relatively high number of owner-occupied suites, resulting in a strong pride of ownership, which is immediately evident as you walk into the building.

At 12-stories each, the two buildings are modest in size and keeps with their gentle and unassuming charm.  With the onsite management and a the watchful eyes of the 24-hour concierge, these buildings are kept in top condition.

From this location, you have immediate access to the offices and stores of the Sun Life Centre, previously known as the Shipp Centre and it is located right by the Islington Subway system, giving residents quick access to the TTC network.  This makes it an ideal location to get downtown easily!  The shops of the Kingsway are a short walk to the east, along Bloor St.  And generally the many services of Etobicoke are all nearby.

Suites on the east side of the building are most coveted, for their tremendous views of the valley and parkland below.

The Town and Country condo is one of the many Etobicoke Condos Ralph Evans is familiar with and would be pleased to help you with.  If you are thinking of buying a suite here, and want to find out more about the area, he’d be happy to give you a tour of some of the suites currently for sale.  If you currently own a suite at 1 Lomond or 2 Aberfoyle and are considering a move, Ralph would be happy to meet with you to explain how he assists condo owners to sell their suites.

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Burnhamthorpe Gardens is known as one of the in-demand neighbourhoods of central Etobicoke! This part of Etobicoke was populated with simple bungalows and story-and-a-half homes in the mid 1950’s. The original, post second world war homes were modest in size and appearance. Built on what was at the time the edge of Toronto during the height of the baby-boom. Jump forward 60-years Toronto has grown and expanded! The land these homes are sitting on has become more valuable than the structures. Typically, we find detached homes on 40 and 50 foot wide lots with depths ranging from 110 feet to 140 feet. Walking distance to the Kipling subway station and surrounded by upscale shopping and services, this area is in-demand by homeowners and developers.

Who Will the Buyer Be?
Given the generous lot sizes, this is a very favourable area to replace the original homes with larger modern homes. If the home has been really well maintained and is considered “up-to-date”, it will more likely be purchased by a homeowner to move in to. Still, they need to be able to adapt their lifestyle to fit into these homes. The closet space is limited, the rooms are small and the walls may not be insulated. Home that have not been modernized will more likely be snatched-up by a builder. These small builders generally work on spec. They purchase the property and will spend an additional $300,000 to $500,000 to substantially renovate or to rebuild and then market the finished product.  Regardless of the condition of the home, all homes sell rapidly in this neighbourhood, as long as they are properly priced.

Prices
In the past year many of the original homes on 50-foot lots have sold in the $600,000 range while the newly rebuilt homes have sold for $1.1-Million to $1.4-Million – depending on location, size, features and the quality of workmanship and materials.

Increasing Affluence
While it is sad to see the history of the neighbourhood taken away, there is really no significant architectural qualities that would warrant saving the older homes. The new homes are built to match the needs of today’s families, larger master bedrooms with walk-in closets and ensuite bathrooms, family rooms and large kitchens. Built to today’s building standards they are properly insulated and have the modern conveniences buyers are looking for. This renewed housing stock is leading to an increasing affluence in the area.

Boundaries
The borders of the neighbourhood are Burnhamthorpe at the top, Bloor Street at the bottom, Kipling Ave on the east and The East Mall to the west. Streets closer to Kipling and particularly with closer access to the Kipling subway are most coveted.

Streets
Streets east of Shaver Ave are Fairlin Dr, Mervyn Ave, Charleston Rd, Burnelm Dr, Botfield Ave, Jopling Ave, Prennan Ave, Goswell Rd, Burnhamhall Court, Lochway Court, Mattice Ave, Wedgewood Dr, Martin Grove Rd, Ashbourne Ave, Tonwell Court, Swan Ave, Wedgewood Dr, Rockfield Dr, Gaylord Ave, Leagate Rd and Tyre Rd.

On the west side of Shaver Ave we find Belgrove Dr, Smithwood Dr, Lorene Dr, Maydolph Rd, Northampton Dr, Laurel Ave, Hamlyn Cres, Cronin Dr, Laurel Gate, Bloorlea Cres, Nipissing Dr, Oregon Trail, Lomar Dr, Blaketon Rd, and Friendly Dr. There is also an attractive neighbourhood of townhomes at 385 The East Mall, originally built by Tridel.

Around the Area
There are four schools in the area – Wedgewood Junior Public School (JK to grade-5) and Bloorlea Middle School (Grades 6 to 8), Our Lady of Peace Catholic School and Olivet Day School. There is a major Loblaws store at Burnhamthorpe and The East Mall. Numerous bus routes pass by the area as they converge on the Kipling subway station to the south. There is the Eatonville Public Library, and outdoor tennis, swimming and skating rink at Wedgewood Park. A Shoppers Drug Mart, Starbucks and an excellent fruit and vegetable store can be found at nearby Six Points Plaza, along with a number of other local retail businesses.

Favourite restaurants of the area include Apache Burger, Milano’s Pizza, Bloor Street Diner, Mcnies Fish and Chips and a Tim Horton’s at Dundas and Auckland Rd, with more elegant dining a few blocks away.

The closest area mall is Cloverdale Mall on The East Mall, with a 24-hour Metro store, a Winners store and a soon to arrive Target store. Sherway is the closest major regional mall with The Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew, Apple and Sporting Life as the major anchor tenants.

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Spring is such a wonderful time to get out and enjoy nature in the city. Ralph visits James Gardens in Etobicoke on a sunny spring morning in May. This is one of the few formal manicured parks of the city, with beautifully maintained floral displays. Naturally, this makes it a favourite spot for brides to come for their wedding day photography. Sunday’s in June are a great time to come and see all the wedding parties battling for the best photo spots.

James Gardens is located on Edenbridge Drive, just off of Royal York Rd, south of Eglinton – in the heart of central Etobicoke. It is one of a chain of parks that follow the Humber River towards Lake Ontario. It is a great place for a walk, bicycle ride or a picnic.

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There sure is a lot of in-fill building activity happening in Etobicoke! Why is that? What’s this all about?

Much of the existing housing stock in Etobicoke was built between 1950 and 1965. That would be a direct response to the post WW-II baby-boom and Etobicoke was the new suburbs of the day! The popular home style was modest 3-bedroom bungalows on fairly generously sized lots. Simple homes with 10-foot x 12-foot bedrooms, small closets, wood paneled basement rec-rooms with a bar in the corner and no insulation in the walls. The subway was extended out to Islington and then to Kipling, along with GO train lines, making it a short commute to get to the downtown core.

People really enjoyed these family friendly neighbourhoods. Many people stayed put after the kids grew-up and moved out, becoming empty nesters and widowed seniors. The homes grew older too!

Now, 60 years later, the new suburbs are much further out on the fringes of the City, places like Milton and Clarington are the new boom communities. But what about Etobicoke? Suddenly those modest bungalows with their big lots are attractive to builders. These are small businesses that may rebuild a single house at a time, or they may have a handful on the go. The original homes didn’t have any particular architectural qualities that demands preservation. So, they get redeveloped.

The economics are right to support this rebuilding. Builders will purchase a home in the $500K to 700K price range, spend a further $300K to $400K building a new home and then be able to resell it in the $1.1-Million to $1.3-Million price range. This same activity is playing out in some of the more exclusive neighbourhoods like Chestnut Hills, Humber Valley, Thorncrest and Islington Village but at slightly higher price points.

While it is difficult for the long-time residents to accept these changes in their neighbourhoods, it is revitalizing the housing stock with newer homes, built to more modern standards. Homes that match the needs of today’s modern home buyers – large kitchens, main-floor family rooms, expansive master bedrooms with walk-in closets and full ensuite bathrooms. Along with these modern homes comes a more affluent owner, good for local businesses.

If this wasn’t happening, the existing homes would simply be getting older and older and the area more run down. Fortunately it is not! We see so many great opportunities for people to live in wonderful homes in Etobicoke!

Home buyers in Etobicoke have such an enormous range to pick from. The can continue to enjoy the modest original homes, or have a larger home filled with all the modern luxuries.

In some cases, the builder retains about 20% of the original structure. Perhaps they keep the basement foundation and a couple of outside walls, and rebuild and expand from there. Others will choose to completely demolish and rebuild an entirely new home. If the builder is retaining part of the original home, they are defining their work as a “renovation” and are avoiding some City development charges, and TARION new home warranty charges. Knowing what you are buying is really important. Either way, they need building permits and must meet or exceed the building code. I do see a range of quality. Not all newly constructed homes are good ones!

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Lying south of Eglinton and east of Highway-427 to Rathburn, we find the Etobicoke subdivision of West Deane Park. Originally farmland up to the early 1960’s when this area was sold to developer Edmund Peachey, He subdivided the land into the layout of the present day neighbourhood. The subdivision West Deane Park, gets its name from Peachey’s wife whose maiden name was Deane. The area includes the park land along the Etobicoke Creek on the West side of Martin Grove.

Having been built in the 1960’s, homes here are slightly more recent than many of the other Etobicoke neighbourhoods built in the 1950’s. The West Deane Park homes have more of a suburban feel to them, with generous lot sizes and larger driveways. Typical home styles of West Deane Park includes a mixture of bungalows, two story, back-split and front-split homes.  Almost exclusively detached homes with private driveways and attached garages. 

The West Deane Park area offers easy access to highways 401 and 427, as well as to the airport.  The subway is still accessable from here, but will require a bus ride to get there. 

Being from the 1960’s we find the streets have been laid-out in a twisty “planned community” fashion that was just starting to take hold at this time, instead of the straight grid-like street alignment of earlier times.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the West Deane neighbourhood of Etobicoke, be sure to consult with Ralph Evans.

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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.

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One of Toronto’s prized neighbourhoods, The Kingsway is full of classic homes.  Built from the early 1900’s through to 1930’s we find mostly large detached homes and placed on substantial lots.  The home styles are of the Arts and Crafts style, popular at the time, with a mixture of Tudor and stone facades.  This look evokes memories of homes in the English country side and thus the neighbourhood is particularly popular with people who identify with that culture as part of their heritage.

Leaded glass windows, large fireplaces and big chimneys are common features.  The streets were laid out according to a master plan devised by Robert Home Smith who purchased the old King’s Mill property and created what we know today as the Old Mill Inn.  Private ownership of automobiles was spreading at the time, and this being the edge of town the plan included tree lined streets and private driveways for all the properties.  The residents are very involved in the upkeep of the exterior look of their homes and the preservation of the unique historical appearance of the area as a whole.  This is not a tear-down and start again neighbourhood!

Inside the home one will find many homes that are completely modern, up-to-date electrical wiring, central vacuums, dream kitchens, swimming pools in the backyard.  However, a few homes will still contain much of the original components – buyers need to be on the lookout for asbestos insulation around heating pipes, knob-and-tube wiring, and outdated windows.  Buying a home like that would only be suitable for the buyer prepared to undertake a major renovation project!

The Kingway neighbourhood occupies the land immediately west of the Humber River between Bloor Street on the south and Dundas Street on the north.  This was originally a part of Etobicoke, until Etobicoke became a part of the Toronto in the 1999 amalgamation of the former boroughs into one municipal entity. The main streets running through the neighbourhood are Royal York Rd and The Kingsway.  While the main neighbourhood ends at Dundas to the north, their is another area known as North Kingsway that continues north of Dundas with the street “The Kingsway” running through it.  At that point the neighbourhoods of Humber Valley and Chestnut Hills start to take over.

The area is well served by transit, located walking distance from the Royal York TTC subway station, as well as the bus routes heading into there.  A modest shopping district can be found along Bloor Street with a number of specialty stores and upscale restaurants.

Real Estate
Given the popularity of the neighbourhood, homes that are for sale don’t’ tend to linger on the real estate market for long.  If they are priced right, receiving multiple offers and bidding wars are not uncommon occurrences.  Home prices here (as of September 2010) range from $900,000 to $3-million, depending on the size of the property and condition of the home.

Ralph Evans is familiar with many of the homes in The Kingsway and can assist buyers and sellers with their real estate needs.

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Map of Etobicoke showing neighbourhoods

Etobicoke Map

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. 

Public Transit
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.

Airport Access
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.

Highways
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.

Shopping
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!

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Includes Kingsway, Edenbridge, North Drive, Thorncrest Village, Princess Margaret Gardens, Humber Valley, Chestnut Hills, Islington Village, Burnhamthorpe Gardens, Markland Wood, Norseman, Sunnylea, Humber Bay, Mimico, New Toronto, Long Branch, Alderwood, St. Phillips and more!

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A modern downtown style loft right here in Etobicoke – Sweet!

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This is a conversion of what was previously a Bell Canada building into residential lofts.  It is an intimate building, not too big, not too small.

The condo building was registered in the spring of 2010. Having previously been a commercial building, this is a true “Hard Loft”.  It has high ceilings, exposed elements and the option of polished concrete floors. 

Very conveniently located, the Network Lofts building is just steps to the Islington Subway station. From here you can take the subway downtown in about 20-minutes.  The Network Lofts condo building has become a popular spot for people wanting  to live in a modern downtown style loft building, for less than downtown prices with access to both the west side of Toronto as well as rapid access to the subway system. It is located at 2 Fieldway Road on the edge of a residential area and more commercial area.  If you’d like to receive an up-to-date list of the suites currently for sale at the Network Lofts – 2 Fieldway, just complete the form below.

The Toronto Star published this article, praising the building check out their article here!

Selling Your Network Lofts Suite
Do you currently live at the Network Lofts and are thinking about selling your suite?  I have strong knowledge of this building and real estate generally throughout the Etobicoke area. I’d be happy to meet with you to explain my services and how I can assist you, in the sale of your Network Loft suite.

Suites Available for Sale at Network Lofts
If you are thinking of buying a suite here, let me arrange a tour of some of the Network Lofts suites for you.  I am a modern professional Etobicoke RE/MAX Agent with a wealth of knowledge about buildings like this.

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Etobicoke REMAX Market Share Here is a look at the market share for the various real estate companies operating in the Greater Toronto area.

Each firm offers a different approach to real estate. Ralph Evans provides a professional full service approach, suitable for people looking for quality representation in buying, selling and investing in real estate.

RE/MAX continues to be the brand of choice for the most consumers.

But wait, every RE/MAX agent is not the same!  Ralph has been with RE/MAX since 2004 and offers you a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience.

If you are thinking of  Etobicoke real estate you need to be talking to Ralph Evans.

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The Etobicoke section of the Real Estate Help Desk is your starting point for getting acquainted with Etobicoke. Here you will find rich and detailed neighbouhood data and lots of helpful real estate price trend information.

Etobicoke at a glance

A few quick facts and information about Etobicoke, who lives here and how home values have changed over time.

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