Located in the south-western part of the city, Alderwood is a well-establish and family-concentrated neighborhood. Originally referred to as New Toronto Park or New Toronto Heights, Alderwood was originally agricultural space that was converted and subdivided into residential dwelling spaces. Over the years, it has become an increasingly popular neighborhood due to its relative affordability, proximity to Go trains, and ample park space.
Alderwood is largely characterized by an overt presence of single-family and detached homes. The majority of homes were constructed shortly after the Second World War, due to increased immigration and the subsequent urbanization of the area. Most properties in the area are well maintained, featuring nicely manicured lawns, private driveways and most of the homes also have a private garage. A variety of building structures are available in the area, although, most of the original housing consists of bungalows and story-and-a-half houses. A number of the older structures have been renovated or replaced, allowing for a higher presence of more modern semi-detached and detached homes.
The relative closeness to the waterfront, alongside its proximity to Etobicoke Valley Park and the Etobicoke Creek Interpretive Trail, have made Alderwood an ideal spot for outdoor recreation. the Etobicoke Creek Interpretive Trail is a 2.5 kilometer trail which begins at just off the shore of Lake Ontario. The trail runs along the natural border between Mississauga and Toronto, going through both natural and urban settings. Another prominent park is Alderwood Memorial Park, which is located in the center of this neighborhood. It is a wide, open green-space, primarily used by schools and sports leagues.
There are several elementary, and secondary schooling options in Alderwood.
The neighborhood offers a number of transportation options for both motorists and transit-goers. Long Branch Go station is the closest train station, linking up to Union subway station and the Yonge-University line. Bus routes along Browns Line, Evans and Horner Avenues all connect up to the Long Branch Go Station. Various driving options are also available from the neighborhood. In roughly a 20 minute drive, motorists can get downtown using either Lake Shore Blvd or the Gardiner Expressway. Highway 427 is also very easily accessed from both Browns Line and Evans Ave.