Moving to Etobicoke?
Holding down the GTA’s west end, Etobicoke is known for its quiet streets full of leafy trees… and its rough looking industrial parks. Get the right neighbourhood and you’ll believe you’re in a gorgeous small town. Get the wrong one and you’ll be surrounded by rundown concrete buildings. If you can afford it, consider moving a bit off the subway line and getting a car. That’ll allow you to enjoy the best Etobicoke has to offer and easily get around the rest of the GTA.
Who lives in Etobicoke?
Families who want a small town vibe with big city amenities.
What’s Etobicoke’s culture?
Etobicoke may have a small town feel, but it functions like a suburb. Unless you’re right on the subway line, you’ll probably want a car to get around as everything is spread out. During the week, life is filled with school runs, work, after school activities, homework and other family demands. Weekends are reserved for kid-friendly adventures throughout the GTA. Basically, Etobicoke has a great life and style if you want your life to revolve around your work and raising kids. Just don’t move to the city thinking life will be like downtown Toronto… because it definitely won’t be.
What is Etobicoke’s housing market?
Toronto’s HOT housing market is slowly losing momentum. Just because things are slowing down doesn’t necessarily mean it's any easier. Home prices are still high, the average home price in Etobicoke right now is $570,000, and there is still a chance that you will end up in competing offers.
The rental market did take a dip at the beginning of the pandemic and is starting to heat up as people are coming back to the City for work.
Tips for apartment hunting in Etobicoke
The rental market is heating up again after over a year and a half of decline due to the pandemic and average rental rates are increasing by about 3% every month. What does this mean for potential tenants? Act fast to avoid higher rent! Rent isn’t cheap either, if you’re looking for a 2-3 bedroom apartment be prepared to pay $2,300-$3,000 a month!
Something you should know:
Etobicoke is the home to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ practice rink! The team hones their moves at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, which also plays host to Battle of the Blades. Drive by and take a peek at the facility before heading to SanRemo Bakery – an Etobicoke staple – for a doughnut or one of the best eclairs in the GTA!
Getting around in Etobicoke
Let’s start with SanRemo Bakery. It’s a must for anyone moving to the area. Aside from sweets, there are a variety of restaurants in the city, ranging from comfy pubs to high-end dining. There are also a ton of historic sites, including The Old Mill Inn, which is still functioning today. For family-friendly adventures, check out Woodbine Mall and Fantasy Fair. Head to the nearby Casino Woodbine for more grown up entertainment. Green spaces abound, as do golf courses. To get around, you’ve got several major highways in the area, including the 401 and the 427. Using public transit? Don’t worry, Etobicoke is on the TTC lines, so you’ll have the same complaints as everyone else in Toronto. If you’re going further afield, the airport in just outside the city’s western edge.
Etobicoke points of interest:
- The Shaver House
- Ward Farm
- Village of Murals
- Fantasy Fair
- Montgomery’s Inn
- Humber Arboretum
- Humber Bay Parks
- The Old Mill Inn
- Mercer Farm
- SanRemo Bakery