LIVING IN SCARBOROUGH VILLAGE
Scarborough Village is a quiet neighbourhood that features affordable homes in the Eglinton Avenue area and executive homes south of Kingston Road, overlooking Lake Ontario. The Scarborough Bluffs and Toronto’s east-end waterfront parks are just minutes away.
An exciting project currently underway in this neighbourhood is the construction of a brand new Scarborough Village Public School, which will be situated just north of the existing school on Centre Street.
HISTORY OF SCARBOROUGH VILLAGE
Scarborough Village began in the 1830’s as a crossroads village, centred around Markham and Kingston Roads and Eglinton Avenue. In 1832, it became the first community in the former Township of Scarborough to have its own post office.
Robert R. Bonis, in A History of Scarborough describes Scarborough Village in 1896 as “consisting only of a brick schoolhouse, a general store, a blacksmith shop, a building for the sale of farm implements, the Methodist parsonage, less than a dozen dwellings, and a large railway hotel converted to other uses.”
Historical Scarborough Village landmarks include the Washington Manse, circa 1875 which is located at 14 Centre Street, and the Fred S. Cornell House, circa 1850, which was relocated to Thompson Memorial Park in 1962, when the present day neighbourhood was being developed.
HOMES IN SCARBOROUGH VILLAGE
The most expensive real estate in Scarborough Village is located south of Kingston Road. This residential pocket has a varied topography with winding streets, lush landscapes and many mature trees. Here you will find large estate homes mixed in with ranch-style bungalows and Tudor cottages. Many of the houses on the south side of Hill Crescent are especially sought after for their panoramic views of Lake Ontario.
The residential pocket north of Kingston Road includes cosy, cottage-style bungalows around Scarborough Village Park and modest brick bungalows, storey-and-a-half houses and two-storey homes west of Markham Road.
LIFESTYLE IN SCARBOROUGH VILLAGE
Eglinton Avenue provides Scarborough Village residents with a myriad of shopping options. The many small shopping plazas located along this stretch feature a bevy of restaurants, as well as convenience stores, food markets, and new and used car dealerships. Markham Road is known for its selection of East and West Indian restaurants.
The Cederbrae Shopping Plaza is located nearby at the south-west corner of Lawrence Avenue and Markham Road. This shopping centre has recently been renovated and includes over seventy stores. The Marklington Square Shopping Centre, located at the south-east corner of Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue, is a mid-size shopping centre anchored by a large supermarket and a department store. Also included in this mix are a pharmacy, a camera shop, a bargain centre, a beer store, and a video store.
RECREATION IN SCARBOROUGH VILLAGE
The Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, located at 3600 Kingston Road, is the home of the Scarborough Village Theatre. Three local, award winning theatre groups perform at this centre. This recreation centre also has an active seniors program that offers ballroom dancing, country dancing, latin dancing and line dancing.
Scarborough Village Park, located off Scarborough Golf Club Road, features a baseball diamond with lighting for evening games.
TRANSPORTATION IN SCARBOROUGH VILLAGE
The Eglinton Go Train station, located just west of Bellamy Road, provides commuters with train service to downtown Toronto’s Union Station. This trip takes approximately twenty minutes.
Toronto Transit also services this neighbourhood with bus routes located along Bellamy, Markham, and Scarborough Golf Club Roads as well as Eglinton Avenue.
Motorists are approximately ten minutes from the Highway 401 on-ramp off Markham Road and approximately twenty-five minutes to downtown Toronto via Kingston Road.