Like many neighbourhoods in the GTA, Thistletown was once a village all its own. The village had a few names during its time — Coonats Corners, St. Andrew’s — and was eventually named Thistletown after a local doctor named Dr. William Thistle; it was basically the Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, and Sean Puffy Combs of its time… now Sean Diddy Combs? Moving on.
Today, this nature-filled neighbourhood is home to a diverse group of people and has become popular with first-time home buyers and growing families. When touring residential streets, you’ll encounter a mix of bungalows, split levels, and 2-storey houses — lots tend to be large, so you can know your neighbours without knowing everything about them.
For nature lovers, Toronto condos for sale provide residents with the perfect location to branch out and explore — the Humber River meanders its way around the neighbourhood, and borders much of Thistletown. The Humber River Recreational Trail winds through the community, providing riverside walking paths, and connecting to parks along the way. And for families, there are a few schools in the neighbourhood, and playgrounds and sports facilities to keep the young ones busy.
Most businesses can be found at the intersection of Albion Road and Islington; restaurants, retail stores, salons, and several service-based businesses. There isn’t a shopping centre in the neighbourhood, but The Albion Centre is just to the west. With all that this neighbourhood can offer, it’s obvious that Thistletown Condos are in demand, but there’s one minor issue…
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines dead as ‘deprived of life’, which is unfortunately a perfect description of the condo scene in this
Etobicoke neighbourhood. Condo developers have overlooked the area in favor of neighbouring communities, and while that is likely to change at some point, there are currently no Thistletown condos.
For renters, there are a few apartment buildings nearby which offer updated units with spacious layouts, but you won’t get much of a condo experience there, as amenities are limited. These buildings are located near Albion Road, which does at least place residents within walking distance of local businesses, but with no Thistletown condos, prospective buyers will need to look elsewhere.
Thistletown won’t blow anyone away with its walkability, and if you had received its Walk Score on a test — 54 — you would have probably hidden it from your parents. However, the neighbourhood does have great public transit — another reason why it’s a shame that there are no Thistletown condos — as bus routes are well plotted and provide service to most of the community.
Car owners make up the bulk of residents, and they have a very driver friendly neighbourhood — a short drive south on Islington can have you on the 401, 409, or 400 in minutes, allowing for residents to easily commute to downtown Toronto.