Islington-City Centre West

Real Estate Guide: Islington-City Centre West

The prevailing style in this kid-friendly ‘hood is the ’50s bungalow, sometimes one-and-a-half storeys, like this house on Elford Boulevard

  • toronto real estate board overview
  • located in sector: W08
  • average 2012 sale prices
  • all homes: $508,764
  • detached houses: $774,563
  • semi-detached houses: N/A
  • townhomes: $370,398
  • apartments: $322,780
  • neighbourhood map: see map

All of central Etobicoke south of the Westway and east of Highway 427 is being developed right now, but nowhere more so than here, where townhouses are overtaking industrial lands to the south and condo towers have squeezed into every empty spot near the subway stops. Mega-houses are emerging near Kipling and many of the post-war bungalows are being built up or torn down to add extra square-footage (and value). Families prefer the ’hood just the way it is (green lawns and reputable schools, such as Bloorlea Middle School, Wedgewood Junior School and Our Lady of Peace Catholic School), but the area’s convenience makes change—and rising prices—inevitable. Shopping is limited to malls, but the historic Village of Islington has cute boutiques.

  • Eatonville
    430 Burnhamthorpe Road, 394-5270
  • Etobicoke Year-Round Alternative Centre
    160 Silverhill Drive, 394-2120
  • Bloorlea Middle School
    4050 Bloor Street West, 394-7140
  • Wedgewood Junior School
    5 Swan Avenue, 394-7150
  • Islington Junior Middle School
    44 Cordova Avenue, 394-7870
  • West Glen Junior School
    47 Cowley Avenue, 394-7160
  • Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre
    500 The East Mall, 394-7130
  • Queen’s Collegiate
    2 Gibbs Road, 231-9899
  • Alderwood Toronto Private School
    26 Fieldway Road, 239-2100
  • Olivet New Church School
    279 Burnhamthorpe Road, 239-3054
  • Grade Learning—Etobicoke
    1243 Islington Avenue, 231-0333
  • Holy Angels
    65 Jutland Road, 393-5329
  • St. Elizabeth
    5 Redcar Avenue, 393-5278
  • Our Lady of Peace
    70 Mattice Avenue, 393-5253
  • neighbourhood hot spots

Artisano Bakery Café
Fresh bread and sandwiches hit the spot. 1020 Islington Ave., 416-207-9940.

Rocco’s Plum Tomato
Locals love Rocco’s for its simple and tasty traditional Italian food. 1068 Islington Ave., 416-234-5555.