If you're looking for a mature neighbourhood close to the pulse of the city yet with a natural "Muskoka" setting, then you might want to consider moving to Sunnylea.
This highly sought after neighbourhood sits just south of Bloor Street West and The Kingsway area. It's nestled amongst mature treed streets without sidewalks and surrounded with lush gardens and dramatic displays of nature. The Mimico creek meanders along the centre of this area, with The Humber River bordering to the east.
The residents of this pocket can easily stroll to The Kingsway shopping district found along Bloor Street. This quaint and picturesque Village with wrought iron park benches, coach lanterns and flower gardens offer some of the area's most outstanding restaurants. Often you will see a lineup waiting for delicious desserts found at Caffé Demetre. You can also find, art galleries, bakeries, butchers, dance studio, flower shops, boutiques, cafés, bars, coffee shops, fruit and vegetable markets and for a blast from the past is the Kingsway Theatre. The Bloor West Village is just a few minutes drive away for more great shopping and along the Queensway is found Cinemas, big box retailers and additional eateries.
Sunnylea is especially popular with young families. This area is known for having exceptional and specialized schools like the Etobicoke School of the Arts, the more recently opened Karen Kain School of the Arts and French school Sainte-Margureite.
The original homes in Sunnylea were built in the 1940's and early 1950's. They included two storey, storey-and-a half and bungalows on some beautiful large lots with private driveways. Some of the typical styles of these homes include Tudor, cottage and storybook, with leaded windows, hardwood flooring, fireplaces, river stone fronts, bay windows, wrought iron railings and stone chimneys.
This neighbourhood is known for its generous sized yards and character from the surrounding landscape to the homes. Keeping all of the charm in tact is a blending of these original built properties with new contemporary custom built homes featuring all of the modern bells and whistles. Now you can have your choice between a smaller home that has been renovated and an upscale new property with even more space. As you wander along these streets you will be drawn to admiring the number of front gardens popular within Sunnylea. These gorgeous homes and gardens are the hallmark of this neighbourhood!
For being such a small pocket, Sunnylea is also unique in being surrounded with many parks. Another reason this area is so loved by families, sports enthusiasts and dog lovers are the ravines and winding trails perfect for walking or biking. A short stroll takes you to the King's Mill Park with the Toronto Humber Yacht Club. You can store your canoe or boat there and have a picnic. The natural beauty of the Humber Bay Waterfront Park is also a close distance and offers nature trails and cycling along the Martin Goodman lakefront as well as sailing and boating clubs.
Being surrounded by dramatic displays of nature and such a peaceful setting make you almost forget how close you are to the hub of downtown Toronto.
The Royal York subway station on the Bloor and Danforth line is close by for the area residents who often choose this easy convenience when they're working downtown Toronto, as well as the Mimico Go-Station found off Royal York, just south of The Queensway. This area also enables easy access for motorists being only minutes away from the Gardiner Expressway, QEW and Lake Shore Boulevard. It's incredibly quick and easy to travel either to the downtown core of Toronto or west to Pearson International Airport. Many urbanites are also enjoying the convenience of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport.