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Editorial for the Willowdale neighbourhood, Toronto

Welcome to Willowdale

The first settlers of Willowdale moved into the area in the 1797. The town received its first post office in 1851 with the help of David Gibson — a land surveyor who had fled to the U.S after being branded a traitor for his role in the 1837 upper Canada rebellion, but in true Canadian fashion, he was forgiven and allowed to move back.

In modern day, the neighborhood of Willowdale is formed from 3 former postal communities; Newtonbrook, Willowdale, and Lansing. Popular with families of all sizes, Willowdale is a commuter friendly neighbourhood, home to quiet residential streets with large 2 storey houses. Yonge Street runs north to south in the neighbourhood and is lined with Willowdale condos — 70 in total — in an assortment of different styles.

With Yonge Street serving as the neighbourhood’s main street, residents have a wealth of convenient options nearby for dining, shopping and entertainment, plus a variety of service based businesses. For food, you’ll find a range of restaurants from large chains like McDonald’s to international flavors such as Sushi Moto. Yonge Sheppard Centre is on the south side, and there’s a Cineplex on Yonge, and several pubs as well.

Parents have a plenty of schools in Willowdale for their children, with more in neighbouring areas. There are recreational facilities at Mitchell Field Park, and Bayview Arena is on the northern end of the neighbourhood. Nature lovers have walking trails at Glendora Park, Hinder Property, West Don Parkland, and Willowdale Park.

Condo Life in Willowdale

If you’re looking for a condo in the GTA and you haven’t looked at Willowdale condos— are you really looking for a condo? With so many buildings in the area and more on the way, buyers and renters alike have an abundance of choice in this North York neighbourhood. The vast majority of condos are located on Yonge Street, which places residents within walking distance of dining, shopping, entertainment, and public transit — what more could you want?

There are some great options here for first time home buyers — many buildings offer studios and 1 bedroom units for very affordable prices, and even if you want a 2 bedroom, you can still find one for much cheaper than in downtown Toronto. For buyers who want all the extras and aren’t looking for a steal, Mona Lisa Residences and Hullmark Centre Condos have well appointed suites and all of the extras you could desire.

Families who are seeking Willowdale condos might see the appeal of townhomes in the area — properties like The Residences of Dempsey Park have massive suite sizes and luxurious finishes, as well as enhanced privacy compared to large condo buildings.

Transportation

Boasting a Walk Score of 84, Willowdale condos are great for people who love to get things done on foot. There’s also great public transit, with bus routes throughout the neighbourhood and 3 nearby subway stations — Finch Station, North York Centre Station, and York Mills Station.

Car owners shouldn’t feel left out, because the 401 is just south of Willowdale, making it easy to connect to the Don Valley Parkway, 400, and 407.

Willowdale Overview

The Locals: A diverse population of trendy young professionals, growing families, and empty nesters.

Code of Conduct: Residents don’t need to go downtown for dining, nightlife and shopping — because Willowdale has it all.

What You’ll Find: North York’s answer to downtown Toronto.

What You Won’t Find: Affordable detached houses.

The Homes: Large 2-storey houses that are almost to big for their lots, older bungalows and world war II homes, and high-rise condos with a sprinkling of townhouses tossed into the mix.

Sealing the Deal: A self-contained neighbourhood.