Eatonville is a neighbourhood located in the western part of Etobicoke. For much of its history, the region was farmland, but it was sold and subdivided in the 1950’s for residential purposes. This neighbourhood has an excellent sense of community, and its shown through their local actions such as their volunteer operated non-profit community arts centre. Despite being on the other side of Etobicoke, this neighbourhood is incredibly accessible.
Peter Shaver originally acquired the land as farmland sometime around the 1850’s. The land was sold to the Eatons (of Eaton Centre fame) in the 1890’s so they could gain a reliable source of dairy for their businesses’ lunchrooms. Eaton’s donated a small portion of the farmland so a local elementary school could be built, and the Eatonville School was named for its benefactor. This school would turn out to be this neighborhood's eponymous source as the region was called Eatonville once it was sold and divided in the 1950’s. Peter Shaver’s house was preserved, and today it stands as a historical site museum.
This region has the qualities of a suburb with 50% of homes sales in the last twelve months dedicated to detached homes. There could be change in the wind however, because condos were the second most frequently sold homes during the same time with 38%. The average home price during that same period was $889,704, which was a 22% increase from the previous year. This average price can be broken down into an average condo price of $396,008, and an average freehold price of $1,313,854.
Community is a very important notion to this neighbourhood, and it becomes evident upon examination of their Neilson Park Creative Centre. This establishment is a not-for-profit volunteer run organization that promotes creativity and artistry in their community. It houses groups like the Etobicoke Art Group, the Humber Valley Art Club, the Heritage Rugcrafters of Etobicoke, the Etobicoke Quilters Guild, and the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinner Guild. It also hosts multiple events and gallery showings throughout the year.
This neighbourhood also features an impressive parks system. Its four major parks - West Mall Park, East Mall Park, Wedgewood Park, and Cloverdale Park all have tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and children’s playgrounds. The parks are evenly spaced across the neighbourhood, so no matter where you live in Eatonville, you’ll have access to fantastic sporting venues.
Speaking of access - this region is also a surprising transit hub. The Highway 427 cuts through the neighbourhood, and it provides direct entry to Queen Elizabeth Way, the Gardiner Expressway, and the 401 Expressway. This makes the entire GTA directly at your fingertips. The subway is also accessible at the southeast corner of the neighbourhood by either Kipling or Islington Stations. It’s a deceptively accessible area.
With all these qualities, it should be no surprise that this is a great place to raise a family. It has plenty of schools to choose from, as well as Etobicoke’s branch of the Toronto Public Library. It also boasts the Cloverdale Mall, a shopping centre that contains all of the staple department stores, a Metro grocery store, and 100 other retail stores.
This is a neighbourhood that boasts the name of one of the most influential members of Toronto’s History, so it’s natural that it’s going to be one of the communities that shapes Toronto’s future. Traditionally regarded as a suburb of Toronto, Eatonville is finding itself increasingly entwined with the fate of the GTA. Its shared sense of community is inspiring to all other Toronto neighbourhoods, and its surprising accessibility puts it in acute focus. As more businesses relocate to places like Mississauga, it could prove to be a great jumping off point for residents - and investors.
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