The neighbourhood of Humber Heights and Westmount — or Humbervale as it is often called — is a residential community in the Etobicoke area.
Located in the Humber River Valley, this neighbourhood boasts a wealth of natural beauty, with picturesque walking trails giving unimpeded views of the Humber River. In fact, views from this neighbourhood are so nice, that this area was once called ‘Rich View’ — no doubt someone pushed their creativity to the max for that name.
Housing options in the neighbourhood are quite diverse — you’ll find everything from sprawling mansions to humble bungalows; for those who are interested, there are Westmount condos as well. Residential streets are lined with mature trees and carved up by sizeable green spaces; there’s an outdoor pool at Westmount Park, plenty of playgrounds throughout the area, and a reasonable sports complex to the east at Weston Lions Park.
Parents have a variety of schools and daycares for their children — and enough recreational activities to exhaust the little ones. The neighbourhood doesn’t have much of a main street; Fort York Boulevard has a few restaurants and limited retail options, but residents will need to venture outside their neighbourhood for more substantial shopping centres.
The one major drawback to this neighbourhood is that it doesn’t have much to offer for young professionals — nightlife is nonexistent, and residents will feel like they’re on an epic quest when looking for the nearest nightclub or trendy bar.
The condo scene in Humber Heights and Westmount is alive and well — at least for Westmount condos, as there are no buildings in the Humber Heights portion of the neighbourhood; there are several buildings to choose from, and prospective buyers have their choice of Toronto condos for sale in high-rise and mid-rise buildings, and townhome developments.
Floor plans are quite generous here, even for 1 bedroom units — most 1 bedrooms in the area range between 900 and 1200 square feet. Westmount Condos offer exceptional value, especially when you consider the fact that 1200 square feet would be considered generous for most 3 bedroom units.
The big draw for buyers here is price — condos found in this neighbourhood are well below the price per square foot of those in more urban areas; families who are looking for 3 bedroom condos will find that some units in this neighbourhood go for the price of 1 bedroom condos in downtown Toronto.
There’s also variety in terms of building age and amenities — investment minded buyers may be drawn to affordable units and amenities at an older building like Humber Hill Towers Condos, while other buyers may opt for a new town home with limited amenities at Silverbrook Homes.
The Humber Heights and Westmount neighbourhood isn’t known as a pedestrian-friendly area, and with a Walk Score of 58, residents will likely need a vehicle or public transit to run errands.
Fortunately, there’s great transit options in the area; there are bus routes on all major roads and several stops on residential streets. For longer journeys, Weston Station is just east of the neighbourhood for GO Transit.
Drivers can avoid city traffic by heading north to the 401, making it easy to connect to the Don Valley Parkway, 427, and Gardiner Expressway.
The Locals: Diverse families, with a sizeable percentage of empty nesters who are finally free.
Code of Conduct: Residents stay active on The Humber River Recreational Trail.
What You’ll Find: A quiet neighbourhood with an abundance of green spaces.
What You Won’t Find: Nightlife.
The Homes: Mansions, 2-storey houses and bungalows from the 50s and 60s, some of which have been restored while others show their age, and high-rise and mid-rise condos.
Sealing the Deal: Natural scenery along the Humber River.