Long Branch, Etobicoke
Friday Jul 14th, 2023
A little article on Long Branch, which in my opinion, is one of the most prospective areas of west Toronto.
In the late 1800s, the Long Branch Summer Resort was built on the shores of Lake Ontario for Toronto's elite.
Here you will find houses with character, history, and charm. Homes built in the 1920s-1950s and even some from the late 1800s have retained their original charm!
Along with the old, there are plenty of modern buildings and the construction of new houses. Renovation /reconstruction of old houses is also popular in this area.
Housing prices are steadily rising, but the houses and apartments here are still cheaper than in the core of Toronto.
One of the advantages of this area is the ease of access to the city center. With the Lakeshore GO Train, TTC Light Rail, and the Gardiner Expressway right within easy access, there are plenty of options for traveling downtown. And if traveling north, the 427 is right nearby.
It is close to the airport, but not close enough to hear. It will take you less than 10 minutes to get to Sherway Gardens Mall and all the major stores on Queensway, as well as Farm Boy, where the locals love to shop for organic groceries.
Many Long Branch residents live with a view of Lake Ontario from their homes or street, and some are within walking distance of the water.
Long Branch is home to Marie Curtis Park, the only park in South Etobicoke with a sandy beach where you can swim or at least get your feet wet in the lake on hot summer days. It is equipped with everything necessary for a fun family weekend.
Long Branch Park, located right on the shore of the lake, is a lovely place for going on walks with children. Riding a bike or walking along the waterfront trail to Port Credit is possible. The trail runs along Lake Ontario.
On the edge of Long Branch, you'll find Samuel Smith Park in New Toronto, home to Toronto's first open-air ice skating rink.
Long Branch also has quite a few spots to grab a bite, like Woody's burgers or grab a coffee at Fair Grounds Organic Cafe, just to name a few.
Long Branch also has a good selection of schools for the kids.
Here are three good schools in Long Branch:
• Ecole élémentaire Micheline-Saint-Cyr
• James S Bell Junior Middle School
• St. Josaphat Catholic School
Here is what some residents / my clients say about this area:
- A nice place to live near the water, and it's not as crowded as in Mimico.
- Rental prices are lower than in Mimico and, at the same time, just as close to the city center.
- Close and easy access to the airport.
- Lots of places to go with kids.
- The area’s overall environment is friendly