Living in Princess Anne Manor & Princess Gardens
Princess Anne Manor and Princess Gardens are virtually one neighbourhood. However east of Kipling Avenue has always been referred to as Princess Anne Manor while west of Kipling Avenue is known as Princess Gardens. This is a quiet family oriented community that is the epitome of suburban living. Here you will find wide open spaces, tall stands of mature trees, spacious houses, excellent schools, an abundance of parks, nearby golf courses and neighbourhood shopping plazas.
History of Princess Anne Manor & Princess Gardens
Princess Anne Manor and Princess Gardens were the last subdivisions to be developed by Home Smith and Company, whose earlier developments included the building of neighbourhoods such as The Kingsway, Baby Point, Old Mill, and Humber Valley Village. Home Smith and Company also built the Brule Gardens subdivision in Swansea, and the Foxwell subdivision in Lambton. The following excerpt is taken from a 1955 Home Smith Properties Ltd. advertising brochure promoting the sale of homes in Princess Anne Manor and Princess Gardens: “Rapid acceptance of Princess Anne Manor and Princess Gardens by the builders and homeowners has been unprecedented. More than 45 discriminating families have moved into the area since May 1955 …If you are looking for the kind of home you and your wife have planned, come to us for advice on a house or a lot in Princess Anne Manor or Princess Gardens.” Princess Anne Manor and Gardens proved to be very popular with families and, by the early 1960’s this neighbourhood was completely developed.
Homes in Princess Anne Manor & Princess Gardens
The mix of houses in this neighbourhood includes ranch style bungalows, storey-and-a-half houses, split-level homes, contemporary style bungalows and Georgian Revival family homes. Most of these houses were built between 1955 and 1965. It is noteworthy that all of the houses in this neighbourhood are detached single family homes and the lots are exceptionally large with many streets offering eighty and ninety foot frontages.
Lifestyle in Princess Anne Manor & Princess Gardens
The Lloyd Manor Plaza located at Lloyd Manor Road and Eglinton Avenue features a 24 hour Metro grocery store, CIBC bank, Shoppers Drug Mart, an optical store, a dry cleaner, a photo finishing shop, a variety store, and a wine shop. There are also many medical offices at this plaza. Residents of this neighbourhood also shop at the nearby Thorncrest Plaza on Islington Avenue at Rathburn Road and the Humbertown Shopping Centre on The Kingsway.
Recreation in Princess Anne Manor & Princess Gardens
The main recreational facility in this neighbourhood is the John G. Althouse Community School located at 130 Lloyd Manor Road. This community school offers a variety of sports, music and arts programs for children and adults. They also host a Spring Flea Market and a summer camp. Tennis courts, sports fields and baseball diamonds are available for public use at the John G. Althouse School and Princess Anne Park. Lloyd Manor Park is a wide open green space that has been the site of many exciting touch football games over the years.
Transportation in Princess Anne Manor & Princess Gardens
Bus services along Lloyd Manor Road, Kipling Road and Islington Avenue, connect passengers to stations on the Go Transit line and the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Eglinton bus connects passengers to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Motorists are approximately twenty-five minutes from downtown Toronto, and five minutes from the Islington Avenue and Kipling Road on-ramps to Highway 401.