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Islington-City Centre West is a large, diverse community with bustling commercial and business districts, some light industry and residential neighbourhoods, comprised mainly of detached homes on nice size lots and multi-residential buildings. In fact, more than twice the number of homeowners reside in apartments, including condominiums, than those living in detached, semi-detached, row houses and duplex homes combined.
The land around Kipling station has seen significant condominium development in recent times and is poised for more as the Six Points area (where Bloor and Dundas streets and Kipling Avenue meet) is reconfigured, unlocking a significant amount of land for residential construction. To the south, there are some condo projects that offer new homeowners more affordable entrance into the community. One of the most closely watched is the multi-building development by the Cineplex Cinemas on The Queensway. The developer recently reached an agreement on the revised proposal, which calls for two towers at the corner of The Queensway and Islington Avenue, with significant space for retail that could replace the existing restaurants and bank currently on-site, and two more midrise buildings just to the west.
Close to 44,000 live in Islington-City Centre West, a population increase of 15% in just five years. The community is comprised predominantly of working age residents (25 to 64), though a number of seniors call it home, 40% of which live alone. There’s a large contingent of families with children, and approximately one-third of adults between 20-34 years old reside with their parents. The median family income is $91,179. Homeownership in the area is fairly high; 58% of residents own their property compared to 42% who rent.
There are plenty of parks and playgrounds in Islington-City Centre West, but the community is better known for its commercial and retail offerings, specifically Sherway Gardens, which underwent a massive redevelopment a few years ago, and nearby big-box stores like Ikea and recently expanded HomeSense (considered one of the best locations in the city). Long-time residents also associate Cloverdale Mall with the area, though the shopping centre suffers from bad site planning, dated decor and a large anchor tenant vacancy at its north end, left by Target in 2015 when the retailer pulled out of Canada. There is talk about, and preliminary proposals for, redevelopment to create a vibrant mixed-use, complete community, but the mall’s exact future is still unclear.
Islington-City Centre West is bordered by Highway 427, which leads to Highway 401 when taken north and connects to the Gardiner Expressway/QEW if travelling south. Kipling station is the main public transit hub, serving as the western terminus of the Bloor-Danforth subway line. A multitude of bus routes operate out of the station, including the 900 Airport Express that provides frequent all-day service to and from Pearson Airport. Construction on a new 14-bay inter-regional bus terminal is currently underway. Upon completion, Go Transit buses will use the facility as well as Mississauga transit (MiWay) buses, which will terminate at Kipling station instead of the community’s Islington station to the east. The project also includes a renovated Go Transit railway station that provides train travel to downtown Toronto and west to Milton, among other upgrades to improve passenger services. Islington-City Centre West has a transit score of 84 out of 100, just six ‘points’ shy of making it a rider’s paradise.
The community of Islington-City Centre West is home to a combined total of eight Catholic and public schools, one of which is a high school (Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute). Three other schools’ designated attendance boundaries fall within the area.
Bloorlea Middle School (Grade 6 – 8)*
Castlebar Junior School (JK – Grade 3)**
Holy Angels Catholic School (JK – Grade 8)*
Islington Junior Middle School (JK – Grade 8)*
Norseman Junior Middle School (JK – Grade 8)
Our Lady of Peace Catholic School (JK – Grade 8)*
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School (JK – Grade 8)
St. Ambrose Catholic School (JK – Grade 8)
St. Elizabeth Catholic School (JK – Grade 8)*
St. Gregory Catholic School (JK – Grade 8)
Wedgewood Junior School (JK – Grade 5)*
West Glen Junior School (JK – Grade 5)*
*Schools located in Islington-City Centre West.
**Castlebar Junior School opened in September 2019, offering JK – Grade 3. The school will expand to Grade 4 effective September 2020, and Grade 5 in September 2021.
NOTE: Designated attendance boundaries for 2019/2020 school year.
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Average home prices are based on sold prices for Q4 2019. Freehold prices are for all home types. Prices for one-bedroom and one-bedroom plus den condos include one bathroom only. Prices for two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den condos include two bathrooms only. Community information based on data collected by Statistics Canada for its 2016 census study. Accuracy is of upmost importance and every effort is made to verify the information displayed. However, it should be used for reference only as details are subject to change without notice.