Our City Spotlight  series explores the neighbourhoods that make up Toronto and the GTA. Each month, we take a look at what makes these areas unique and what we love most about them. Join the discussion on our social media and leave a comment below to share your favourite things about each neighbourhood!

This month, we're featuring Clairlea-Birchmount, a charming west-Scarborough neighbourhood that features many affordable homes and mature streets, as well as the notable Warden Woods ravine valley. This was one of the first parts of Scarborough to be developed as a Toronto suburb, being transformed in the early 1950s.

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The mural on the underpass just east of Warden Station, pays homage to the area's historical roots. The north wall, seen above, honours the significant contribution made by women working in the local ammunitions plant during the Second World War. The south wall showcases the local area's unique history and pays tribute to its past as Scarborough Junction.

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Clairlea-Birchmount is a neighbourhood that's home to many families but recently we're seeing more young couples move into the area, attracted by the many great opportunities for homeownership in the form of well-maintained bungalows on large lots that offer a lot of potential. It's an ideal neighbourhood for commuters as it's well served by public transit (namely Warden Subway Station), and the Don Valley Parkway is in close proximity, adding to its appeal to young buyers.

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Housing in Clairlea-Birchmount

Homes in the area date from the 1940's and 50's, and many have been well-maintained by their long-time owners. The style of houses found here includes small bungalows, modest storey-and-a-half houses, and two-storey, detached houses, many of which sit on considerably-sized lots. To the north of St. Clair, many streets feature a curvilinear pattern and the houses are fairly uniform in style. The residential pocket south of St. Clair features a steep hill topography and smaller, older houses.

Townhouse developments have lately been springing up, particularly close to Warden Station on St. Clair. The new Warden Woods Ravine subdivision situated south off St. Clair Avenue, offers a collection of new townhouses, semi-detached and detached, family-style houses.

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Homes typical of the Clairlea-Birchmount neighbourhood

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Recreation in Clairlea-Birchmount

A major landmark in the area is Warden Woods, a deep ravine valley that spans the south-east perimeter. A paved trail in the Warden Woods Ravine parkland offers Clairlea residents a calming respite in nature. 

Warden Hilltop Community Centre, opened recently near the station, adds to local resources for recreation. It also holds the distinction of being the first public building in Toronto to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified featuring a geothermal heating and cooling system, green roof and solar power. The centre includes a double gym, weight room, teaching kitchen and preschool area.

South entrance to Warden Woods Ravine trail

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Shopping & Dining in Clairlea-Birchmount

Major shopping centres are easlily accessible in the Clairlea-Birchmount neighbourhood. The indoor shopping centre at Eglinton Square and Warden Power Centre are where you can find many big-box retail chain stores, in addition to smaller independent shops of all kinds. Every culture is represented by way of the many small restaurants and food joints in the area - it's no wonder that Scarborough was hailed as the "best ethnic food suburb"!

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Future Developments

Plans have been proposed to redevelop Eglinton Square into a major mixed-use site, complete with both commercial and residential space. These plans are still in their early stages, but if realized, they will give new life to the area through revitalization and add greater appeal to this neighbourhood.

Once complete, the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line will surely bring even more residential and mixed-use development to the area - property values are already appreciating in anticipation of the new transit line and other pending developments. We look forward to seeing all these exciting changes in the neighbourhood!

Eglinton Square Redevelopment Renderings

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Now is the ideal time to get in to the area, before values rise even more - talk to us if you're interested in finding a home in the Clairlea-Birchmount neighbourhood!