Saturday, September 2, 2017

Exploring Toronto Neighbourhoods: Willowdale

Looking for a thriving, diverse neighbourhood centrally located that offers either an urban or suburban vibe? Look not further than North York’s Willowdale.

Where is Willowdale?  Comprised of three villages: Newtonbrook, Willowdale and Lansing, Willowdale runs on either side of the Yonge corridor north of Finch Avenue up to Steeles Avenue.  To the east, it is border by Bayview Village and to the west, by Bathurst Manor.

This area has changed significantly in the last few years.  Cadmium, business and retail development has increased along the Yonge corridor.  Comparing pictures taken in 1980 versus 2010 show demonstrate the impressive growth and ever-growing skyline. Single-family homes built prior to the 1960s are being redeveloped as much larger homes.  Landmarks in this area include: North Central Library, Mel Lastman Square, Toronto Center for the Arts, Gibson House, John Mckenzie House and the Holocaust Museum.

This area is becoming a transportation hub, linking to Toronto in the south via subway and cities and towns to the north, west and east via bus. TTC Subway Line 1, the Yonge-University line, runs in a north-south direction through the neighbourhood with Finch Station to the north and Sheppard station to the south.  Line 4, the Sheppard line, runs in an east-west direction from Sheppard station to the west and Don Mills Station to the east.  The 401 can be accessed from the neighbourhood via Bayview and Yonge exits.
I encourage you to catch out further what this fine Toronto neighbourhood has to offer you.

David Gharat

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