The story of Malvern and White Haven begins in 1856 when David Brown’s general store opened a post office in the area — naming it Malvern Post Office, after a town in England. The village had hopes of becoming a prosperous railway town like so many others, unfortunately the Grand Trunk Railway passed them over, choosing Agincourt instead. It remained as a quiet rural community until the modern-day neighbourhood was formed in the 60s and 70s.
Today, Malvern and White Haven is an incredibly diverse neighbourhood, offering affordable housing, ample green spaces, and quick access to major highways. On residential streets you’ll encounter a mix of semi-detached and detached 2-storey houses, plus a large selection of Malvern condos. Residents have a wealth of parks in the area, evenly distributed throughout the neighbourhood.
Malvern and White Haven are 2 distinct areas — White Haven is the smaller sub-section of the neighbourhood found in the south west corner, while Malvern is a sprawling area, and roughly four times the size of White Haven. Both areas strike a balance between commercial and residential, but Malvern is where most Toronto condos are found.
Entertainment options are family focused — there are soccer pitches, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, playgrounds and walking trails. Malvern Community Recreation Centre sits in the middle of the neighbourhood, providing recreational programs for children, and housing a large sports complex. Parents have many schools to choose from for their children, from primary to senior high.
Malvern has several commercial spaces within the area; Malvern Town Centre is home to retail stores, restaurants, and government offices. Walmart Scarborough East Supercentre is located on the southern end of the neighbourhood, offering additional shopping options and a nearby Cineplex for movies. There are also business located on Sheppard and Finch — restaurants, financial services, wellness centres, and a variety of speciality shops.
Prospective buyers have many buildings to consider in Malvern and White Haven — with 20 completed and more in development — ranging from townhomes to high-rise condos. Prices here are generally less expensive than those found in downtown Toronto, and floor plans are consistent with what you’d find in most modern condos.
If you’re keen on White Haven condos, you have only 4 properties to check out — the most affordable option here is 1701, 1703, 1705 Mccowan Condos, a 5-storey low-rise building with limited amenities. 4725 Sheppard Condos is only slightly more expensive, and has larger floor plans and plenty of desirable extras.
For the best selection, you’ll want to focus on Malvern condos; for something spacious and contemporary, there are luxurious townhomes like Orchid Place Condos, or if you want all the bells and whistles, Markham Place offers all the usual extras. The majority of properties are clustered either in the middle of the neighbourhood or on the western edge — placing residents near bus routes, shopping, and dining.
Malvern condos vary quite a bit when it comes to amenities; there are several townhome complexes which provide few extras, older condos that offer a reasonable list of amenities, and modern condos which have extensive lists of amenities — competitive with any building in the city.
Malvern has a Walk Score of 61 — residents will be able to run some errands on foot but may need a vehicle or public transit to accomplish all of their tasks; White Haven is more pedestrian friendly, particularly for condo owners. Public transit fares a little better, with bus routes on all major roads and some residential streets.
Car owners have it the easiest of all residents — the neighbourhood is bounded by the 401 to the south, making it easy for drivers to connect to the Don Valley Parkway or the 404.
The Locals: Families of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds.
Code of Conduct: Dads in Malvern and White Haven have been known to rock a pair of New Balance sneakers.
What You’ll Find: A large suburban neighbourhood.
What You Won’t Find: Trendy things.
The Homes: Semi-detached a detached 2-storey houses of similar design, and high-rise condos and townhomes.
Sealing the Deal: Affordable and family friendly.