Once upon a time, Sunnyside was a popular vacation spot for Torontonians and home to Sunnyside Amusement Park — this was long before you could lose your lunch on the Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. Unfortunately, the city needed a major roadway to alleviate traffic, and thus the Gardiner Expressway was built, and the amusement park was demolished.
Today, Sunnyside is a west end Toronto neighbourhood with a commuter friendly location and an abundance of green spaces; High Park is just beyond the western boundary for walking trails, playgrounds, a swimming pool, a zoo, and so much more; Sunnyside Park is just south of the Gardiner, as is the Martin Goodman Trail which extends for kilometres to the east and west, connecting to lakeside parks along the way.
Most residents live in semi-detached and detached houses — some of which are quite large — but there are Sunnyside condos as well, though they’re few and far between; residents will find a much larger selection in neighbouring areas like Parkdale and Roncesvalles.
Roncesvalles Ave serves as main street for the neighbourhood — hosting a number specialized boutiques, cleaners, salons, and also unique restaurants like Lambretta Pizzeria, cozy cafes such as Cherry Bomb Coffee, and there’s even a few watering holes like Sangria Lounge. For additional dining, shopping, and nightlife, residents can go east on Queen St W.
If you’re interested in Sunnyside condos, then you have 2 buildings to check out — and they happen to be polar opposites of each other; 53 High Park Condos is a low-rise residence with only 4 units, all of which are in excess of 2000 square feet and have luxurious finishes. Of course, because this property is so small, it doesn’t include amenities.
Houses in the neighbourhood might not be great for first time buyers, but Sunnyside condos at Park Lake Residences come with one of the lowest price per square foot of all west end Toronto condos; completed in 2010, Park Lake Residences is 19 storeys tall and houses 278 suites — sizes range from 575 square feet to 2044.
The walkability of this neighbourhood is a tale of two areas — condos owners at 53 High Park Condos have a pedestrian friendly location; those at Park Lake Residences aren’t as fortunate.
Sunnyside definitely delivers when it comes to public transit — there are multiple bus routes servicing the area, streetcars on Roncesvalles Ave, Queen, and The Queensway; streetcars on Roncesvalles connect to Dundas West Station for subway lines.
Sunnyside condos are great for car owners — with the Gardiner Expressway running through the southern portion of the neighbourhood, drivers have no excuse to be late for work.
The Locals: Young families, professionals, and empty nesters who can still remember the amusement park.
Code of Conduct: Residents support local shops and businesses on Roncesvalles Ave.
What You’ll Find: A charming residential pocket shrouded by mature trees — that’s been separated from the lake by the Gardiner Expressway.
What You Won’t Find: An adoration for the Gardiner Expressway.
The Homes: Large semi-detached and detached houses, boutique and high-rise condos.
Sealing the Deal: A quiet neighbourhood that’s minutes from the action.