Where Is It?
Eatonville runs from Etobicoke Creek in the west to Kipling Ave in the east and bounded by Dundas St. West in the south and popping up to Rathburn. The neighbourhood is bisected by Highway 427 and is mostly low density residential homes dating from the 1950s.
You’ll find the landmark avenues of Etobicoke in and around it, Dundas Street West, Rathburn Road, West Mall, East Mall and Burnhamthorpe Road. On those main streets you’ll find a mix of rental and high rise condominiums and townhouses.
What Is It Like?
There is one shopping mall in the neighbourhood, Cloverdale Mall, as well as community retail areas along Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West. It’s also where the Etobicoke Civic Centre is located.
The history of Eatonville dates to the late 1800s when a 400-acres farm was bought by the Eaton’s Department Store in 1890 to supply milk to the
store’s lunch room and drug store counter downtown in Toronto.
The Eaton family donated a chunk of land to build a school out there and it was named Eatonville School in honour of the gift.
Eaton’s sold off the farms for development in the 1950s and today the area is listed by the City of Toronto as being part of two other neighbourhoods, Etobicoke West Mall and Islington-City Centre West.
It’s home to about 50,000 people or so with some 13 to 16 per cent children under 14-years-old, about 11 to 13 per cent youth up to 24 and 53 to 57per cent working adults and 17 per cent retired seniors. As an established neighbourhood with older homes there are more seniors in the area than the average Toronto neighbourhood.
Languages spoken other than English which is predominant, are Polish, Serbian, Spanish. Ukranian, Tagalog and Korean with many other languages also found. There are about 11,000 apartments in Eatonville, with the vast majority in buildings 2 storeys or more.
There are about 6,000 single family detached homes and a smattering of townhouses, row houses and semi-detached homes. Most of the housing stock was built from the 1950s through 1970s with some in the1980s.
With many seniors who have been living in their original homes moving on to other residences, there’s lot of stock coming on the market. There’s also a good selection of homes which have been professionally renovated for sale.
Broadacres Junior School – A public elementary school located at 45 Crendon Drive, located north of Burnhamthorpe Road and west of The West Mall. It was opened on October 1959 in Broadacres Park, the site of the local Shaver family’s historic ‘Applewood’ farm house and across the street from Etobicoke’s former City Hall.
Bloorlea Middle School – A public middle school located at 4050 Bloor Street West, at the corner of Bloor Street and The East Mall. It opened its doors in 1957.
Eatonville Junior School – A public elementary school located south of Burnhamthorpe Road and west of The West Mall. Eatonville has been situated on its present site since 1827 and was first known as the “Swamp School.” The Eaton family donated the land for the original school site. The current school was built in 1955. In 1998, students of the school created a time capsule to be opened on the 200th anniversary of the school.
West Glen Junior School is a small inner-city junior school, located in the west end of Toronto that serves nearly 200 students, representing 30 different language groups which prides itself on being the “gateway to the world.”
Wedgewood Junior School– A public elementary school located at 5 Swan Avenue, south of Burnhamthorpe Road.
St. Elizabeth Catholic School has a full program as well as intermediate, Junior and Primary sports teams, Intramural teams, Chess club, Concerts, Scientist in School, Reading Buddies, Excursions, Life Skills programs, School Spirit and “Civvies” days, Fun Fair, Virtue of the Month Club, Play Days, Student Council, Me to We, Grrreen Machine (Environmental Club), Choir, Food Drives, Charitable Initiatives and many more. Also has an English Second Language class and Core French in grades 1-8.
Olivet School – A private elementary school located at 279 Burnhamthorpe Road, north of Burnhamthorpe Road and east of The East Mall. It was opened in September of 1959 and is still running today.
Other Institutions in the area include:
Etobicoke Civic Centre
Applewood Shaver House
Eatonville Library (founded 1964)
St James United Church
Bloordale United Church
Renforth Baptist Church & Cemetery