Not to be confused with the city centre of Toronto proper, Islington and City Centre West are situated approximately 14 kilometres to the west, in Etobicoke. This area is, however, one of the city’s four central business districts in addition to the one in Downtown Toronto.
Unlike Downtown, Islington and City Centre West covers a massive amount of land. This large neighbourhood is situated east of the 427 and north of the Gardiner Expressway, reaching north to Rathburn Road and east to Islington. What’s particularly interesting about Islington is the fact that it’s a late bloomer, as far as Toronto — and even Etobicoke — neighbourhoods go. This area didn’t experience urbanization until the second half of the 20th century.
Yet residents of Islington are proud of the neighbourhood’s past. Murals along Dundas Street West between Islington and Kipling showcase the area’s history, and highlight some of its most prominent former residents. Local artist John Kuna created the vast majority of these murals, and an exploration of them all makes for a great self-guided walking tour of the neighbourhood.
Those interested in condos for sale in Islington can also be sure that all of one’s shopping needs can be satisfied without leaving the neighbourhood. Between IKEA, the hundreds of stores at Sherway Gardens, the big-box stores at SmartCentres Etobicoke, and the Costco just east of Islington, residents can find everything they’re looking for here. As for groceries, many options are spread out throughout Islington and City Centre West, such as the Metro in Cloverdale Mall at Dundas West and the 427, and the Loblaws on Burmanthorpe Road.
Unlike some other Etobicoke neighbourhoods, more residents of Islington and City Centre West live in high-density buildings than single-family homes. Although that fact becomes far less surprising once one learns that there are nearly 50 condos in the neighbourhood, and dozens of Toronto condos for sale here at any given time.
Shopaholics may opt for condos for sale in Islington close to Sherway Gardens. This group will want to keep an eye out for listings in One Sherway I Condos, or the 3 phases that followed its completion, all of which are within walking distance of this enormous shopping centre.
Condos for sale in Islington also tend to be concentrated along Dundas and Bloor West, due to both commercial activity and transportation infrastructure along these major arterial roads. Westwood Condos, Vivid Condos, and Evolution Condos are all great options for those who want access to shops, streetcars, and even the subway. Last but not least, forthcoming condos for sale in Islington will bring even more density to the neighbourhood, such as Valhalla Town Square, which will contain around 1,500 units upon its completion in 2020.
Islington and City Centre West’s distance from the downtown core is no problem for residents, thanks to the fact that Bloor Street West cuts across the neighbourhood. Islington and Kipling Stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line can be used to reach central neighbourhoods like the Annex and Bloor and Yonge in no time. A trip all the way to Union Station takes around 40 minutes via TTC, or just over 30 minutes when using a combination of the subway and the UP Express.
As for those with cars, it’s quite clear that this is a neighbourhood that’s well suited to drivers. The 427 and the Gardiner Expressway comprise the western and southern borders of the neighbourhood, respectively. The 427 is useful for anyone heading up to the 401 or Pearson International Airport, while the Gardiner is a great route for those traveling into the downtown core.
The Locals: Enthused by the prospect of convenience.
Code of Conduct: When there’s simply no time to cook, Costco and IKEA food courts are always a good idea.
What You’ll Find: Shopping malls and big-box stores.
What You Won’t Find: An abundance of single-family homes.
The Homes: Condos, condos, and more condos.
Sealing the Deal: Not having to travel for ages in order to reach IKEA and Costco.