Located just north of the 401, this Scarborough neighbourhood is home to quiet residential streets lined by nearly identical houses, and large manicured parks.
If the idea of living in the suburbs makes your skin crawl, now would be a good time to click that red X in the top right corner of your screen, because even the suburbs think Malvern and White Haven is suburban… you can practically hear people in Mississauga chanting ‘one of us’.
Condos for rent in Malvern and White Haven are ideal for families — the neighbourhood is brimming with schools and playgrounds; there are recreation centres like Malvern Community Recreation Centre and parks such as Major Abbas Ali Park have soccer fields, and in some cases, playgrounds and additional athletic facilities.
In keeping with the suburban theme, there are big box stores clustered along the southern boundary of the neighbourhood, well known restaurant chains such as Boston Pizza, and kid-friendly entertainment options like Cineplex Odeon Morningside Cinemas, and the Toronto Zoo which is just east of the neighbourhood.
Malvern and White Haven are 2 areas joined to create one neighbourhood — White Haven is the smaller section of the neighbourhood located in the southwest corner, and is a mix of commercial and residential, while Malvern is a sprawling neighbourhood that’s considerably larger than its counterpart and is mostly residential, aside from a small commercial area.
Because of the layout of the neighbourhood, almost all condos for rent are in Malvern, with only a few buildings in the White Haven portion. There are roughly 30 buildings to choose from — traditional and modern high-rise towers, and townhouse developments. If you’re renting on a budget, there are some real opportunities here, as units in buildings like Sheppard Place Condominium go for prices that are far below the GTA average, and well below that of downtown Toronto condos.
Families who are looking to rent a condo in Malvern have an abundance of townhouse developments to check out, all of which offer very spacious suites. Or, if you crave modern amenities and aren’t opposed to a towering high-rise, then the 41-storey Solaris I Condos is sure to please.
There are a few pockets in this neighbourhood that are pedestrian friendly, but most residents will have trouble accomplishing errands on foot. Fortunately, the neighbourhood does have reasonable bus service, and there are routes which connect to Scarborough Centre Station for subway lines.
Car owners can easily access the 401 via a number of on-ramps in the southern portion of the neighbourhood.
The Locals: Diverse young families and first time home buyers, with a large percentage of East-Indian residents.
Code of Conduct: Luring friends and family to the suburbs.
What You’ll Find: Rows of identical houses.
What You Won’t Find: Anything trendy.
The Homes: Semi-detached and detached 2-storey houses, high-rises and townhouses.
Sealing the Deal: An affordable family-friendly neighbourhood.