If access to nature is atop your list of priorities — then this is the neighbourhood for you; if not, then you might get a little stir crazy in the green-filled community. More than just a long name, Eringate, Centennial, and West Deane is a charming neighbourhood in Etobicoke, that casts a wide net, drawing in residents of all ages.
The most notable feature of the neighbourhood is Centennial Park; constructed in 1967 for Canada’s 100th birthday, this expansive green space is home to a variety of recreation facilities — swimming pools, baseball diamonds, volleyball nets, a skating rink, a BMX track, bowling, and golf. There are also walking paths, a garden, a greenhouse, and the park is regularly host to events.
Eglinton Avenue functions as main street for the area, here you’ll find an assortment of restaurants from fast food chains like McDonald's to sit-down experiences such as Palmyra Mediterranean House, FiAMMA Restaurant, and Prince Japanese Steak House. Businesses in the neighbourhood tend to be service based — consultants, financial services, and tech support.
The neighbourhood is comprised of 3 areas; West Deane in the east — confusing, we know — Eringate in the middle, and Centennial in the west. As a family-friendly neighbourhood, there are many schools in the area, and additional pools and recreation centres beyond those in Centennial Park. Those looking for nightlife options might be disappointed, as pubs and bars are in short supply. However, nature lovers will be thrilled, especially with Centennial condos, which are just minutes from the park.
Toronto condos for sale in Eringate, Centennial, and West Deane are a great opportunity for first-time home buyers — units here have great value per square foot, with floor plans that are far more generous than those found in downtown Toronto. Want a 1200 square foot 2 bedroom condo for half the price of most 1 bedrooms in the city? Of course, you do — and you can have that in this neighbourhood.
As of now, there are at least 6 buildings that call this neighbourhood home, and most are in the Centennial portion of the neighbourhood; prospective buyers have their choice of traditional high-rises or townhomes. Many of the buildings were built in the 80s and 90s, such as The Buckingham Condos and Burnham Glen Condos, so buyers and renters should expect that most units could be in need of an upgrade or two.
Centennial condos have competitive amenities; you’ll find the usual gym, rooftop deck, and party room combination in most properties, while Toronto townhouses in the area offer very little. Buyers looking for an urban location will find these buildings lacking, but those who end up with Centennial condos in the southern end of the neighbourhood will find a limited selection of restaurants on Burnhamthorpe.
The Eringate, Centennial and West Deane area has a Walk Score of 57 — that’s a pass, right? Residents will likely need a vehicle or public transit to run errands, unless you have some really great walking shoes.
Public transit might also leave some residents feeling unsatisfied; bus routes are found on major roads but there are large swaths of the community that have no service.
Car owners are by far the best off of any residents, with the 401 to the north, the 427 running through the neighbourhood, and the Gardiner Expressway just to the south, drivers have their pick of major highways.
The Locals: A multicultural population of young families, professionals, and empty nesters.
Code of Conduct: Getting too involved in your children’s athletic endeavors.
What You’ll Find: Nature around every turn.
What You Won’t Find: Trendy bars.
The Homes: Bungalows, back-splits, and world war II homes, with a sprinkling of high-rise condos and townhomes.
Sealing the Deal: Centennial Park.