Serene, eclectic, vibrant Mimico

Charming and full of character, Mimico is a community with spirit.

Charming and full of character, Mimico is a community with spirit. Located at the south-eastern tip of Etobicoke, Mimico and its nearby Humber Bay Shores are famous for a sense of serenity.

Prior to its amalgamation into the all-encompassing City of Toronto in 1998, Mimico was Toronto’s oldest lakeshore neighbourhood. The area has a rich history, first as a farming village in the mid-1800s, then as a retreat for wealthy Torontonians in the late-1800s, and as a popular entry point for immigrants to Toronto in the 1950s. Today the region is host to a vibrant bedroom community for Torontonians looking for a home with personality, away from the daily grind.

The area abounds with an eclectic atmosphere infused by a wide variety of backgrounds and demographics. Almost half of all immigrants to Mimico were from Europe, a quarter came from different parts of Asia, while the rest hail from a mix of countries across the world.

Gorgeous little houses pepper the tree-lined streets that slink inwards from the major traffic routes and plenty of new condominium housing located on premium land has been popping up in the area as well.

Lake Shore Boulevard West spears through Mimico’s southern boundary, flanking the lake while Royal York Road heads through the area’s heart to Mimico Village where charming mom-and-pop stores still rule the roost.

The expansive Humber Bay Park in the northeast tops the long list of park spaces throughout the area while easy access to the Gardiner and a central GO train station means the area will continue to serve as an accessible retreat from megacity life.

The Lowdown:

• Average real estate values: $359,121 (Source: City of Toronto, Statistics Canada)

• Average gross rent: $899 (Source: City of Toronto, Statistics Canada)

• Gyms & Fitness: Mimico Arena (31 Drummond St.), Ambition Personal Training (63 Superior Ave.), Take Thirty Fitness Centres (2735 Lake Shore Blvd W.)

• Notable schools: John English JMS (95 Mimico Ave.), St. Leo School (165 Stanley Ave.), Second Street JMS (71 Second St.), David Hornell JS (32 Victoria St.), George R Gauld JS (200 Melrose St.)

• Condominium developments: Hearthstone by the Bay (3 Marine Parade Dr.), Beyond the Sea Star Tower (near Lake Shore and Legion Rd.), Aquaview (68 Marine Parade Dr.)

• Getting around: TTC bus routes along Royal York and Evans Ave. connecting to the Bloor-Danforth subway and streetcars along Lake Shore Blvd W., Gardiner Expressway to the north and the central Mimico GO Transit station.

• 1. Kipling-Queensway Mall (SE corner Kipling and Queensway)
• 2. Queensway Cinemas (1025 The Queensway)
• 3. Mimico Village (corner of Melrose and Royal York)
• 4. Mimico Arena (31 Drummond St.)
• 5. John English JMS - 95 Mimico Avenue (School)
• 6. St. Leo’s Catholic Church - 165 Stanley Avenue
• 7. GO Train station (315 Royal York)
• 8. George R Gauld JS - 200 Melrose St. (School)
• 9. Brownstone Lane - 325 Dalesford Rd. (Condo)
• 10. California Condos - Queensway & Park Lawn
• 11. South Beach Condos + Lofts - Lake Shore & Park Lawn
• 12. Beyond The Sea - Star Tower - Lake Shore Blvd & Park Lawn (Condo)
• 13. David Hornell JS - 32 Victoria Street (School)
• 14. Mimico Cruising Club
• 15. Nautilus & Waterscapes at Waterview - Lake Shore Blvd & Park Lawn (Condo)
• 16. Hearthstone By The Bay - Marine Parade & Lake Shore (Condo)
• 17. Humber Bay Park
• 18. Colonel Samuel Smith Park
• 19. Seventh Street JS - 101 Seventh Street (School)
• 20. Second Street JMS - 71 Second Street (School)

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