Swansea became a village in 1926, and was considered a completely separate municipality from the city of Toronto. The town’s official seal celebrates its origins, and includes a First Nations member in recognition of the First Nations people who first inhabited the Swansea area hundreds of years ago. It also features explorer Etienne Brule, the first European to arrive in what is now Swansea in 1615. The neighbourhood’s name was inspired by Swansea, Wales, for its similar landscape of soft hills and lush greenery. In 1967, Swansea was one of the last municipalities – along with Forest Hill – to be amalgamated into Toronto.
The Real Estate
The Swansea neighbourhood has a balanced mixture of residential styles laid out on mature streets. Most homes in this area were built between 1905 and 1935, giving each one distinct character and charm. Most high-end homes are located at the edge of High Park near Grenadier Pond, or in the Brule Gardens pocket. A mix of rental apartment buildings, semi-detached houses, bungalows, and original worker’s cottages from the 1880’s offer a variety of styles to suit your preference.
Swansea is the perfect neighbourhood for those with active, outdoorsy lifestyles. Lake Ontario, the Humber River and Grenadier Pond surround the community, giving ample space to enjoy nature. A short distance away is High Park, where you can check out the small zoo, playgrounds, trails, and picnic areas. The popular Rennie Park offers even more reasons to get outside, with four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, wading pool, soccer field, and baseball diamond. You can easily head down to Lakeshore for great biking, rollerblading, and running trails, or check out Swansea Community Recreation Centre, part of Swansea Public School, which has a gym and a pool. There’s also Swansea Memorial Public Library, the smallest Toronto branch, which has a focus on children’s and senior’s material.
Swansea is heavily influenced by Bloor West Village and High Park, which are the closest neighbourhoods with convenient shopping and dining options. Bloor West Village offers unique European bakeries and delis to enjoy, with a mixture of independent shops, chain stores and services along the strip.
Swansea is a popular commuter neighbourhood with easy access to highways and public transit. Motorists are only minutes away from the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, and most houses in the neighbourhood are within walking distance of Runnymede Station and Jane Station, or the bus routes on Windermere and Morningside Avenues.