Sunnylea ($650k-$1million++) W07
Like many west end neighbourhoods and beyond, this hood has undergone it's own renaissance. Generally, this area is very family friendly, you wouldn't even know that you live in a bustling city. It is located south of The Kingsway, meaning south of Bloor Street West. It begins south of the intersection of Bloor Street West and Prince Edward Drive and extends further south to Berry Road and portions of this hood extend east of Prince Edward toward Riverwood Parkway which is a hop and a skip to the Humber River. As far as history, the area in the 30's and 40's was dominated primarily by fruit farms (plums, apple, cherry, pear) that later gave way to the area being subdivided into housing lots. In the early 1800's, a fellow named Alexander Thompson bought out 200 acres of land that later gave way to the latter. That's why today there's a pocket west of Royal York, north of Leland Avenue and south of Bloor Street West referred to as Thompson Orchard. Many of the area homes still have fruit trees that grow in the back.
This cozy enclave is the cheaper yet equally picturesque cousin of The Kingsway. Over the last 10 years many younger families (Gen X'ers) have been moving in and crushing the once quaint bungalows, sometimes 1 1/2 storeys and upsizing them. Some have done a pretty awesome job. Generally the further south you are, the further you have to walk to the main street, Bloor Street West with it's shops and restos (Kingsway merchants). The nearest subway stop is Royal York. If you're travelling by car, you'll be close to Park Lawn Road that will take you to the Queensway and travelling south you'll reach the QEW west ramp.
This area still retains the quaintness and cozyness that parts of Swansea and The Old Mill still have however the lots tend to be wider (35 to 50 feet or so). If you're looking for a family-friendly area that's close to shops, schools and transportation and are looking for a bit more breathing room, Sunnylea is the place for you.
Sunnylea's northern border is Bloor Street, the stretch of Bloor Street that is referred to as "The Kingsway" as shown below. This stretch begins around Prince Edward Drive and ends near Montgomery Road.
Park Lawn Junior Middle School (JK- Gr.8), 71 Ballacaine Dr, M8Y 4B6, 416-394-7120 rank
Sunnylea Junior School (JK- Gr.5),35 Glenroy Ave, M8Y 2M2, 416-394-3850 rank n/a
Etobicoke Collegiate Institute (Gr.9-12), 86 Montgomery Rd, M9A 3N5
(416) 394-7840 rank
Norseman Junior Middle School (JK- Gr.8), 105 Norseman Street, M8Z 2R1, 416-394-7880 rank
Bishop Allen Academy (French Immersion & Extended) (Gr. 9-12), 721 Royal York Road, M8Y 2T3, (416) 393-5549 rank
Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Rd, M8Y 2T1, 416-394-6910 rank
Our Lady of Sorrows, 32 Montgomery Road, M8X 1Z4, 416-393-5031 rank n/a
Sainte-Margueritte d'Youville, 755 Royal York Road, M8Y2T3 416-393-5418 rank