Many of the oldest homes in the neighbourhood are some former market garden cottages and pre-subdivision houses near Mimico creek and Jeff Healey Park (formerly Woodford Park). The small frame houses located on the north side of the Queensway at the intersection of Tymall Avenue (entrance to Costco) were built for returning war veterans during the 1940’s. Most of the homes are 2 bedroom brick bungalows and 1.5 story houses built in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
In the late 1800’s, this area was a farming community. The population increased in the area until the 1960’s when the Queensway school (built in 1912) was closed in 1969. The school was torn down in the 1990’s, to make way for the Costco store. The Costco store has helped in the revitalization of the area with new condos (Islington and Queensway, Dalesford (QEW and Mimico Creek)), new townhomes (south of Queenway & east of Royal York Road).
The main shopping mall is the Queensway Kipling Mall (Zellers, Winner, Sobey’s, Ontario Driver License Centre, Restaurants: Swiss Chalet, Spoon & Fork, Mandarin Restaurant and the RBC). Nearby to the west of Kipling is IKEA.
Schools in the area include: Norseman Junior Public School (Public Elementary), Etobicoke School of the Arts (Public High School), St. Louis (Catholic Elemenary), St. Margueritte-d`Youville (French Catholic Elementary) and Bishop Allen Academy (Catholic High School).
Condo and townhome development along the Queensway is resulting in the formation of real neighbourhoods.
New developments like the IQ Condos by the Remington Group at Zorra Street east of Kipling bring hundreds of new residents to the area.
These newbcomers will join residents of several smaller, loft-style condos that have already been approved for the area, along with several new restaurants, giving the Queensway a new vitality and vibe, with more to come as new developments complete the streetscape over the next few years.
To view demographics on this area, visit the City of Toronto website: www.toronto.ca/demographics
Reference: Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods by David Dunkelman