Why Do Families Love Rockcliffe-Smythe?

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One of our favourite hidden gems in West End Toronto is the Rockcliffe-Smythe neighbourhood. If you have a young family in tow and are searching for a place in the city to call home, this is one great community you’ll want to consider. 

Located just north of the Junction, this is one of the most multicultural and diverse areas in the West End. To the west of the Humber River, you’ll find lush parks and greenery. To the east of Weston Road, you’ll find plenty of stores and eateries. What more is there to love? In this post, we’ll explore all you need to know about Rockcliffe-Smythe. 

Relatively Affordable Housing 

Rockcliffe-Smythe was once among Toronto’s most affordable neighbourhoods, which made it a haven for first-time buyers and young couples starting out. As the population grew, housing values increased here as well. 

Nevertheless, the neighbourhood remains relatively accessible compared to many other parts of the city. The real estate landscape consists of primarily detached homes and bungalows, which are very appealing to families with children. 

You’ll also find condo units and townhouses that are ideal for those starting out on the property ladder. For the more affluent family, there are custom-built and fully renovated homes with modern upgrades and plenty of living space. 

This is one of the few neighbourhoods where you can rub shoulders with anyone from all walks of life. Many homes have recent additions that make them completely unique. In the age of cookie-cutter houses, it’s refreshing to walk down the streets where no two residences are alike. 

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A Fast Developing Area

Once the site of an industrial gravel pit owned by Conn Smythe, housing developments and subdivisions began in Rockcliffe Smythe after World War 2. Smythe started by making homes available to returning military personnel, and the neighbourhood has been a hidden gem for families ever since. The old gravel pit is now the location of the beautiful Smythe Park, which features a playground, an outdoor pool, and a walking path.

A walk down St. Clair Avenue or Weston Road leads to a bustling shopping and dining area, with new businesses and services popping up all over the neighbourhood. In addition, new condos and townhouses are in the works, including the condos at 955 Weston Road and Lambton Towns.

Dazzling Art Scene

The incredible arts scene is one of our favourite features of this undervalued neighbourhood! It is a treasure trove of independent galleries featuring local and emerging artists. JRS ART Gallery, Jackson HallHoussam Alloum Studio, Zalucky Contemporary are just a few local hotspots where you can take in incredible exhibits. However, you don’t have to venture even that far to see captivating pieces from some of Toronto’s most talented artists. A simple stroll allows you to view several public artworks, including the giant mural displayed at the railway underpass near Runnymede Road.

Another mural at the intersection of Jane St and Woolner Ave attracts many passersby with its poignant message of anti-violence. These are just a few of the displays by residents that aren’t just beautiful to look at, but can also spark conversations. Rockcliffe Smythe received another boost to the local art scene in 2020 when the Ontario Trillium Foundation donated to expand the Museum of Contemporary Art’s learning programs in several of Toronto’s West End neighbourhoods.

Plenty of Schools

For many families, the schools make the neighbourhood. And this is one more aspect where Rockcliffe Smythe shines. There are 12 public schools within the catchment area, including highly rated facilities such as King George Junior Public School and Humbercrest Public School.

You’ll also find several Catholic alternatives at both the secondary and elementary levels. As always, a local real estate agent can help you find a home in the catchment area of your choice.

Easy Commuting

Whether travelling for work or play, getting around your new neighbourhood is easy! Rockcliffe Smythe is conveniently located near major highways such as the 401 and the Gardiner. For those using public transit, the main bus route is accessible along Jane Street, and the neighbourhood is well-served by the streetcar service on St Clair.

Once the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is ready, commuting will become even faster and more convenient, with service to the UP Express, several subway stations, and Go Transit stops. 

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Tons of Green Space

With so many parks, splash pads, and stunning natural paradises, you could almost call Rockcliffe Smythe a children’s playground. The entire western boundary consists of beautiful green space where you’ll find Lambton Park and Scarlett Woods golf courses. For the golf lovers in your life, you could argue that Rockcliffe Smythe is one giant playground for grown-ups as well!

Black Creek runs through the neighbourhood, which only adds to the scenic beauty you’ll find all around. We’ve already mentioned Smythe Park, one of the biggest draws to the area. However, there are many other natural wonders that have helped cement Rockcliffe Smythe’s reputation as one of the greenest neighbourhoods in Toronto. Haney Park, Noble Park, Henrietta Park, and Scarlett Bridge Parkette are just a few places where you can explore and play while creating memories with your family to last a lifetime.  

Do you want to start searching for your next home in Rockcliffe Smythe or one of the surrounding communities? Our experts are here to help. Reach out today by calling 416-769-3437 or email for more information.