If you’re looking for a neighbourhood with picturesque waterfront views, ample park space, and a ‘village on the lake’ vibe, Long Branch is the neighbourhood for you. This rapidly expanding neighbourhood is teeming with various new home, condo , and town house developments, being situated on Toronto’s south-western edge along the waterfront. Often referred to as “Toronto's Village by the Lake,” Long Branch provides a quaint, yet growing community, with beautiful waterfront parks, various shopping districts, a public library, and arena, and a Go station with convenient access to the downtown core.
The Long Branch neighbourhood houses many detached homes built from the 1920's up to the 1950’s. While it has predominantly been a residential area, largely comprised of single-family detached homes, it has recently and continues to undergo rapid transition, resulting in various new developments. These developments include a number detached-homes, townhouses, and condominiums, accommodating a variety of budgets, family sizes and living-styles.
Whether you’re looking for a detached home within walking distance to the waterfront, or a high-rise with gorgeous views of the lake, Long Branch offers ample opportunities for first-time buyers, seasoned home-owners, and investors, alike.
Lifestyle & Recreation
Long Branch’s title of a Village on the Lake is accredited not only through its proximity to the waterfront, but similarly through its accessible services and distinctive street design. The most obvious source of recreation in Long Branch is the waterfront, itself. Inhabiting the Etobicoke West section of Toronto’s waterfront, various trails run along the waterfront, providing scenic opportunities for walking, running, and cycling.
Various parks are accessible through the numerous waterfront trails. Most notably, Marie Curtis Park, which is located at the mouth of Etobicoke creek, provides various leisure opportunities, regardless of age. The park includes picnic areas, a sandy beach, as well as a children’s wading pool and playground. Other park spaces include Long Branch Park, Len Ford Park, and Colonel Samuel Smith Park, offering beautiful views of Lake Ontario.
Lake Shore Boulevard West similarly provides a hub of both recreation and accessibility. Lined with nautical blue lamp-posts that are seasonally decorated, paired with various planters and decorative brickwork makes for a distinctive and attractive street-front along Lake Shore. The street is the central hub for attractions and services in the neighbourhood. Approximately 125 shops, restaurants, and businesses are either directly on, or easily accessible from this route.
Undoubtedly, the Long Branch neighbourhood exudes the vibe of a quaint and tight-knit community. The Long Branch Business Improvement Association plays an active role in the community, constantly working on both street decoration and promoting neighbourhood gatherings. Most notably, these efforts are displayed around Christmas time. The distinctive lamp-posts are decorated with lights to resemble candy-canes, punctuated by the annual neighbourhood Santa Claus parade, which takes place the first Saturday in December along Lake Shore.
There are several public, catholic and private schooling options and educational facilities in the neighbourhood that children can attend. These notably include, Lakeshore Collegiate Institute, James S Bell Junior Middle School, and Christ the King Catholic School. Humber College also has a campus in Long Branch, located around Lake Shore Blvd and Kipling Ave.
The Gardiner Expressway, Highway 427, and Lake Shore Boulevard provide various options for motorists. Lakeshore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway can provide very easy driving access to the downtown core in just about 15 minutes!
There are ample transit options available as well. Long Branch houses its very own Go Station, located at the western edge of the neighbourhood, off of Lake Shore. Bus service is available from this station, going to Union station and the Yonge-University subway line.